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Whether you have a car, motorcycle or truck, keep your vehicle running smooth and looking good with these helpful auto repair and paint job tips, projects and products.

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    Fact or Fiction: Does Driving Without AC Actually Save Gas?

    Sure, you can sweat it out without turning on a vehicle's air conditioning. But is it worth the sacrifice?

    How to Get Rid of Salt Stains in Your Car

    Get rid of wintery residue with these methods for cleaning salt stains.


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    21 Car Hacks That’ll Make Driving So Much Better

    Whether you’re gearing up for a road trip or just want to make your daily commute less of a chore,...


    15 Suggested Car Repairs by Car Mileage

    Learn these suggested car repair mileage markers to lengthen your car's life.


    10 Car Diagnostic Tools for DIYers

    We've all been there: you're driving along, minding your own business, when all of a sudden your check engine light...

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    What Happens When You Run Old Oil in Your Car

    Learn what happens when you run old oil in your car, why old oil breaks down, and why some car...


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    Everything You Need to Know About Steering Wheels

    Steering wheels seem simple on the surface, but there's a lot more to them than meets the eye. Find out...


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    27 Things You Must Do To Get Your Car Ready For Winter

    Avoid no-starts, frozen doors and windows, engine freeze-up and accidents with this checklist. Plus, see our must-have winter car emergency...


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    How To Find a Mechanic You Can Trust

    Experienced, trustworthy automotive technicians are out there! You just need to know where to find them.


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    How to Test a Spark Plug to See If It’s Working

    Every small gasoline engine has a spark plug, and this key component requires periodic inspection and testing. Learn how to...


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    How to Clean a Small-Engine Spark Plug

    All small engines have a spark plug, and cleaning spark plugs from time to time helps keep your equipment running...


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    Why Does My Car AC Smell Bad?

    A foul odor coming from the dash vents when your air conditioner is on means there's a problem. Let's figure...


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    How Often Should You Wash Your Car in Winter?

    If you live where winter brings snow, slush, sand and salt, it's nearly impossible to keep your car's exterior clean....

    This Is the Cheapest Day of the Week to Buy Gas

    Here's how to play it smart when you're at the pump.


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    When Is the Best Time To Buy a Car?

    It’s probably not the most convenient, but it will get you the best deal.


    Gas Prices Rising to Near Pre-Pandemic Levels. Here’s Why

    What's behind this rare January increase in gas prices? Experts weigh in.


    13 Winter Driving Mistakes That Could Put You in Danger

    Safe winter driving is as much about being cautious as it is avoiding dangerous mistakes. We asked winter driving experts...


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    8 Most Common Lawn Tractor Repairs

    If you own a lawn tractor, a.k.a. a riding lawn mower, knowing how to make these eight common repairs can...


    10 Easiest Ways To Find The Cheapest Gas In Your Area

    Tired of overpaying at the gas pump? Well, that's about to change. Learn how to find cheap gas near you.


    Driving With Hazards On In Bad Weather: Is It Legal?

    Maybe not. The laws vary from state to state.


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    How to Wash Your Car at Home in Winter

    Winter weather and road salt can wreak havoc on your car. Protect it by washing it — even in cold...

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    How Often Do I Change the Oil in My Motorcycle?

    Not sure how often to change your motorcycle oil? Learn the answer to that question, along with the right oil...


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    Why Is There Oil On My Spark Plugs?

    Got a two-stroke engine running rough or not at all? Oil could be the problem. If you're wondering why there's...


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    Why Won’t My Car Door Close Properly?

    A car door that won't close properly is not only a critical safety issue, but also an invitation for thieves...


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    How to Repair Rust on a Car

    As long as vehicle body panels are made from steel, they're going to rust.


    Vintage Family Handyman Feature from 1987: Buyer’s Guide to Vacation Vehicles

    In celebration of Family Handyman's 70th Anniversary, we're diving back into the archives and highlighting some of the great stories...


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    10 Best Ice Scrapers and Snow Brushes

    Don't get stuck in a snow or ice storm without a reliable scraper and snow brush!