Automotive

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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    Reader Project: ’39 Ford Gets Rebuilt and Upgraded

    When Dave Cobb first set eyes on this ’39 Ford, it was under dim, flickering light and the car didn’t seem to


    11 Tips for Keeping a Clean Car

    Keeping your car clean can be difficult. There are dirt roads, messy trees, pet hair and food crumbs. Here are...


    New Winter ‘Flash Freeze’ Is Coming – Here’s How To Prep Your Car & Home

    With snow on the way and temps dropping, it's a good idea to brush up on winter basics.


    6 Critical Places to Lubricate Your Car Before Winter

    When cold weather is right around the corner, that's the time to get your car ready for winter driving: lube...


    Reader Project: Backseat Drivers Wanted

    Greg Gerwitz runs an old-fashioned, family-owned auto repair shop. And here’s one of his family projects. With help from his


    Reader Project: Cabin on Wheels

    Ever since high school, Adam Fisher dreamed of turning a school bus into a “hunting and fishing cabin.” And here’s his masterpiece.


    10 Best Practices for Cold Weather and Winter Driving

    When cold weather approaches, prepare yourself for cold weather and winter driving with some of these tips.


    How to Fix a Twisted Key

    Clamp the key in a vise with the twisted end pointing up. Then use pliers to carefully twist the key...

    14 Ways to Get Your Car Ready for Winter

    Vehicle safety is important during winter weather conditions, especially if you have to drive on icy or snowy road. Here's...


    Must-Know Garage Storage Tips for Weekend Mechanics

    Whether your garage could be confused with a Nascar trailer or you just like to change your brakes, these tips...


    Breaker Bar for Every Car

    Add a length of pipe to turn a short lug wrench into a longer lug wrench and loosen over-tightened lug...


    Create Your Own Emergency Car Kit

    Having an emergency kit in your car is smart. Even in mild weather, you can get stranded or stuck, and...


    Learn how to fix an automotive dent from 3M and Chip Foose

    Chip Foose is a world famous car renovation expert and the host of Velocity TV’s “Overhaulin.” The experts at the...


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    How to Check Transmission Fluid

    The Family Handyman automotive expert, Rick Muscoplat, will show you how to check your transmission fluid to prevent damage to...


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    How to Sharpen a Lawn Mower Blade

    A sharp lawn mower blade will help keep your grass healthy.


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    How to Buy the Right Ball Mount For Safe Towing

    In order to tow a trailer safely, the tongue must be level with the road.

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    When to Replace Trailer Tires

    You see trailers broken down on the side of the road all the time.


    8 Mechanic’s Tool Tips for DIYers

    It's not only about having the right tools. These tool tips can show you when, where and how to use...


    Hack Your Car Top Carrier: Loading Tips and Safety Smarts

    Getting building materials home from the lumberyard or home center is easy if you own a pickup truck or a...


    Upgrade Your Motorcycle Safety Gear

    We talked to helmet, glove, boot and clothing gear manufacturers to get the scoop on new gear as well as...


    Fix a Flat Survival Guide

    Got a flat tire? You'll survive.

    What to do If

    Expert advice on what to do if a dashboard warning light appears, plus how to prepare for and prevent other...


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    Learn About Tires

    There's more to tires than meets the eye


    How to Buy Tires

    Buy tires the smart way—set priorities and do your homework


    Alternator Replacement: When to Listen to Your Mechanic

    When replacing and alternator, other upgrades are worth doing too


    Car Care: Protect Your Car’s Paint

    Stop road debris from chipping your car's paint


    Roadside Emergency Guide

    How to handle roadside trouble