Car Maintenance

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  • How to Clean an Engine

    Is your car or truck’s engine a greasy mess? Don’t really know how to clean an engine? Follow these simple steps to make your motor…

  • How to Install a Car Mount Dashboard Device Holder

    Add a GPS adapter, cell phone or other dashboard-mounted electronic device holder without drilling or gluing. The trick is finding the right…

  • 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 Play MP3 Songs on Your Radio

    Adapt your car radio to play music from your MP3 or iPod with an add-on adapter that ensures good sound quality. It costs less than $150 and…

  • How to Refinish Wheels

    If you go through the trouble of detailing your aging car, sooner or later the rusty wheels are going to bug you. Here’s how to refinish…

  • Change Your Car’s Transmission Fluid

    Extend the life of your engine by changing transmission fluid. It's much easier by using a special pump, and you'll save $100 in shop…

  • Spark Plug Gap

    Good engine performance requires the proper spark plug gap. You can measure and set the gap in minutes to fit the specifications of your…

  • Serpentine Belt: How to Check for Wear

    Use a special gauge to measure wear on newer EPDM serpentine belts. EPDM belts are superior than older types.

  • How to Change Power Steering Fluid

    Change power steering fluid quickly and easily and save the $55 shop charge. Simply siphon out the old and add fresh fluid.

  • How to Restore Headlights

    Clear your fogged or yellowed headlight lenses in 45 minutes for less than $15, rather than spending $100s to replace them.

  • How to Change Air Filter

    Replace your air filter in minutes. And vacuum out debris while you're at it.

  • How to Change Wiper Blades

    Don't put up with streaky wiper blades. You can replace them yourself in about 10 minutes.

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