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

  1. Rebuild a Booster Pack

    If your battery-powered booster pack for jump starting car batteries wears out, rebuild it with a new battery for much less than the cost of a new booster pack.

Other Projects for DIYers from The Family Handyman:

  1. Tips to Restore Your Car's Interior

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    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 price. Whether you're planning to sell your vehicle or just want to freshen up your daily driver, we'll show you how to slap the shabby off your vehicle's ...

  2. 13 Cool Tools Every Shop Needs

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    You can turn your garage space into an automotive “super shop” with these 13 cool tools. And they won't break the bank (just dent it a little).

  3. How to Repair Leather

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    Learn how to use inexpensive, DIY-friendly repair kits to fix small tears in leather or vinyl car seats and chairs before they get big and ugly.

  4. How to Choose the Right Oil and Filter

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    Is your car's oil all black and gunky? Better change it now. Here's how to choose the right oil and filter for your vehicle.

  5. Car Heater Blowing Cold Air? Check the Actuator

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    Does your car heater just blow cold air when you turn on the fan? It might be as simple as recalibrating the heating system or replacing the actuator. We'll show you how.

  6. How to Fix a Short Circuit

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    Automotive electrical problems might seem insurmountable, but they're not. All you have to do is locate where the current stops flowing. It's easy with today's tools. Here's how to fix automotive electrical short circuits.

  7. How to Replace Spark Plugs

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    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 right tools.

  8. Windshield Wiper Arm Replacement

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    Do your windshield wipers leave unwiped spots for no apparent reason, even after you replaced the blades? Chances are the hinge is binding from corrosion. We'll show you how to replace the wiper arm and fix this problem.

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