Car Repair Tips for Fast Fixes

Want to keep your car running smoothly and problem-free? We asked our ace mechanics for their best DIY fixes, tips and their most avoidable “oopses.”

Even if you're not a car-geek, doing some simple, basic maintenance on your vehicle will keep it out of the shop and extend its life. Here's a collection of 10-minute fixes you can easily do to your car that will save you money immediately or prevent future repair bills.

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Coolant change

Change your fluids regularly

Cabin air filter

Test your coolant

Clean your headlights

Clean corroded battery terminals

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Don't mix different types of coolants

An easy avoidable “oops”

Green, yellow, red, orange and blue coolants create cool “mud” when mixed. Cost of a new heater core: $400 to $1,000.