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Fire your mechanic and keep your vehicles running smooth with these repairs and routine maintenance projects.

  1. How to Upgrade Motorcycle Handlebars

    If you're tired of the dated look of your motorcycle, consider swapping out the handlebars for a newer look. It's an easy upgrade, and you'll save hundreds of dollars when you do it yourself.

Other Projects for DIYers from The Family Handyman:

  1. What Does Motor Oil Do?

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    Learn what's new in motor oil (a lot!), what oil does and doesn't do, how often you need to change it and how the right type can help your engine's performance.

  2. Spruce up Your Car: How to Install Seat Covers

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    Are your car seats hopelessly stained or torn—or just plain ugly? Learn how to order and install replacement seat covers for both back and front seats.

  3. How to Refinish Wheels

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    If you go through the trouble of detailing your aging car, sooner or later the rusty wheels are going to bug you. Here's how to refinish the wheels so they look new again.

  4. Car Cleaning Tips and Tricks

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    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 your car look and smell like it just came from the factory.

  5. How to Apply Paint Protection Film

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    Formerly a pros-only product, paint protection film is now available in easy-to-apply spray-on kits. An expert from 3M shows how to do it.

  6. Car Battery Care

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    Avoid an expensive service or tow charge (and the worry of being stranded!) by keeping your car battery working at peak performance. This article will show you how to perform a simple step-by-step 10-minute seasonal battery check-up so you know whether your battery is performing well. This article ...

  7. Changing a Car Serpentine Belt

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    Automatic belt tensioners, standard in most cars now, make changing a serpentine belt a simple DIY repair. Follow the clear photos and step-by-step instructions and you'll be done in 15 minutes.

  8. Motorcycle Detailing Tips

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    Whether you're selling your bike or just want it to look its best, detailing a motorcycle pays big dividends. Here's a collection of detailing tips from a professional. Suds away!

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