Car Maintenance

Car maintenance projects and tips to help you keep your cars running smooth.

How to Play MP3 Songs on Your Radio

Adapt your car radio to play music from your MP3 or iPod with an add-on adapter that ensures good sound quality. It costs less than $150 and takes about an hour to install.

Car Maintenance projects

  • Car Maintenance: Make Your Tires Last

    One of the most critical maintenance chores for cars is checking the tires regularly. You'll save money and extend the life of your tires.

  • Car Maintenance: Air Filter Check & PCV Valves

    Save money on your next oil change. Check your air filter and PCV valve yourself and save unnecessary replacements. Here's how to tell if you…

  • Do it right. Do it yourself.

    The Family Handyman is proud to announce the DIY University. Courses that give you the confidence and know-how to get the job done right.

  • Car Battery Care

    Avoid an expensive service or tow charge (and the worry of being stranded!) by keeping your car battery working at peak performance. This…

  • Car Cleaning Tips and Tricks

    Professionally clean and detail your car for a fraction of what the pros charge. With the right products and a little elbow grease, you can make…

  • How to Replace Spark Plugs

    Change your spark plugs yourself to maintain peak performance and high gas mileage. In most cases it's a simple job as long as you have the…

  • Interior Car Cleaning

    Cleaning your car or truck like a pro is easier than you think. We talked to real auto detailers to bring you helpful cleaning tips so you can…

  • Fix Car Dents Yourself

    If you follow these steps, you can patch a car dent yourself in just an afternoon and save a few hundred bucks over body shop prices.

  • Repairing and Maintaining Car Door Weather Stripping

    Repair torn weather stripping on car doors quickly and easily, and treat it with silicone spray to prevent winter freeze-up and further weather…

  • Jump Start a Car

    Buy high quality jumper cables for emergency jump-starting a car. They're more dependable in adverse conditions.

  • Tips to Restore Your Car's Interior

    Want to get top dollar when you sell your car? Dealers know that spiffing up the interior of a used car is the best way to command a higher…