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  • How to Change Headlights

    We help you choose the best headlight bulb for your car and show you how to quickly and easily install it.

  • How to Replace Battery Terminals

    Replace your car’s badly corroded battery cable terminals with new ones in about an hour. New terminals cost less than $20.

  • Do it right. Do it yourself.

    The Family Handyman is proud to announce the DIY University. Courses that give you the confidence and know-how to get the job done right.

  • How to Change Wiper Blades

    Stop annoying streaks and chatter from worn wiper blades. Make your car safer. Replace them in minutes.

  • Car Heater Blowing Cold Air? Check the Actuator

    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…

  • 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…

  • How to Repair Leather and Vinyl

    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…

  • How to Choose the Right Oil and Filter

    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.

  • How to Buy Spark Plugs

    There are a wide variety of replacement spark plugs available: fixed or adjustable gap, single platinum, double platinum, yttrium and others.…

  • How to Clean a Throttle Body

    Try this 10-minute throttle cleaning fix to solve a rough idle problem and save the cost of taking your car into the shop.

  • Winter Prep: Where to Grease a Car

    5 simple lubrication steps will prevent many cold-weather auto problems. Lube window tracks, weather stripping, the hood latch, locks and door…

  • How to Change Auto Light Bulbs

    Is your car interior dark? High-mount stop lamp burnt out? Can’t see in the fog? Here’s how to replace auto light bulbs you never…

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