Should You Switch To Synthetic Oil in Your Car?
Synthetic oil provides better engine protection and it lasts longer than conventional motor oil. So should you switch? Let's find out.
5 Ways To Start a Car With a Bad Starter
Got a car that won't start? A faulty starter could be the culprit. Learn how to diagnose starter problems.
How Much Is an Oil Change?
One of the best things you can do for you car is change the oil regularly. Whether you do it...
Do Electric Cars Need Oil Changes?
If the engine is battery-operated, do electric cars need oil changes? Great question! Here's what you need to know.
How Long Do Electric Car Batteries Last?
Is that question keeping you from making the leap to electric? We've got answers!
How Often Do You Need to Replace the Air Filter in a Car?
Knowing the frequency is key to protecting the engine and keeping it running smoothly for years.
Electric Vehicle Maintenance: What’s Different?
Electric vehicles require less maintenance than their gas-burning cousins. But as long as it has four wheels, all vehicles need...
If Your Car’s Belts Are Noisy, This Is What It Means
A car engine belt that's squealing or chirping indicates a problem that needs to be fixed.
Upgrade Your Garage with This Family Handyman Approved DeWalt Socket Wrench Set
If you're like me and would rather DIY your car or small engine maintenance, check out this compact and durable...
How To Replace Traditional Gaskets with Chemical Gaskets
If you can't locate a ready-made pre-cut gasket, chemical gasket makers can easily get you out of a bind.
What Do Car Trouble Codes Really Mean?
Your vehicle has a problem if the check engine light (CEL) glows. Diagnostic trouble codes (DTCs) stored in the computer...
What to Do If Your Car Won’t Start
Before you call a tow truck, it's worth trying a few of these tips to get your car up and...
How To Safely Jump Start a Car With Jumper Cables
Follow these simple steps to make good, safe connections and jump a car.
Purdue University Developing Roadway That Charges Electric Vehicles
This new tech could change roads and increase electric vehicle viability in the United States.
How Often Should You Replace Your Timing Belt?
Have you ever wondered if it's time to replace a timing belt? For the answer, listen to your engine and...
Is It Dangerous to Pump Gas With My Car Running?
We answer the age-old question if running your car engine while refueling is safe, and review the potential dangers.
12 Silent Signs Your Car Is Failing
Those warning signs you might think aren't a big deal actually could indicate a major problem. Here are some silent...
What to Do if Your Catalytic Converter Is Stolen
Catalytic converters are an increasingly popular target for thieves looking to make a quick chunk of change. Here's what you...
12 Ways You’re Shortening the Life of Your Car
Put the brakes on these all-too-common mistakes to help keep your car on the road and out of the shop.
Bad Gas Pump Habits That Cost You Hundreds Each Year
These gas pump habits may seem harmless, but they're likely costing you money every time you fill up.
20 Bad Auto Habits Your Mechanic Wants You to Stop Doing
Keep your mechanic happy by not doing these things to your vehicle.
What Is Car Smog and How Do I Get It Checked?
You've heard of smog, but do you really know what it is? We'll clear up the misconceptions and explain what...
How Often Should You Change Your Oil?
Think skipping your daily commute means you can skip your next scheduled oil change? Think again.
Why Is My Car Shaking?
If your vehicle is shaking, it's not just an irritating nuisance. It means there's likely something wrong with your car.
Why Is My Car Making a Clicking Noise When Starting?
Hearing clicking when you're trying to start your car can be upsetting, but it's less so if you understand what...
Car Maintenance Schedule to Follow for Good Car Health
Maintenance is key to long car life and good performance. Keep your car in excellent shape by knowing what needs...
Family Handyman’s Vintage Truck Ads from the ‘80s
As part of our 70th Anniversary celebration, Family Handyman takes a look back at the rough-'n-tumble trucks of the 1980s.
What Makes a Car Backfire?
The gurgle, pop or bang of a car backfiring can be frightening! Wonder what casues that noise? There are lots...
8 Things I Wish I Knew Before Changing My Own Oil
Check out these tips and learn from past mistakes before you pop the hood to change your engine oil.