Automotive

Be your own mechanic and keep your cars running smooth with these repairs and routine maintenance projects and tips.

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  • Replace Side View Mirror Glass

    Buy a precut mirror and fix the broken one on your car. The fix costs less than $20 for parts and supplies and takes only 10 minutes to…

  • Replace a Leaking Heater Hose

    Save money on your next heater hose repair by replacing just the leaky hose instead of the whole assembly. All you need is a rotary tool and a…

  • 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.

  • Install New Car Carpet

    Replace the old dirty carpeting in your car with new pre-formed carpeting. It’ll only cost about $200 and take 3 to 4 hours to do a…

  • How to Replace Dashboard Lights

    Replace dashboard lights by removing the trim panel and instrument cluster. It sounds intimidating, but it's simpler than you might think…

  • Replace a Broken Side View Mirror

    Replacing a broken side view mirror is easier and cheaper than you might think. Once you have the right tools, the hardest part is just finding…

  • DIY Car Mats

    One simple way to keep your car clean is to cut scraps of old carpet to fit on the floor as mats.  We found our carpet scraps for less than $2…

  • Simple Way to Add Traction to Your Car for Winter Driving

    Adding water softener salt bags in the trunk of your rear-wheel-drive vehicle will add weight to the backside of your car.

  • 10 Car Problems You Can Easily Fix Yourself

    You don’t have to take your car into the shop for everything. You can save a bundle by doing these ten simple repairs yourself using…

  • How to Loosen Nuts, Bolts and Screws

    Torches, screw extractors, oil and other tricks to help you free stuck fasteners. These tips work on any fasteners in your home, automobiles and…

  • Motorcycle Safety

    Motorcycles are enjoyable and efficient. Ridden properly, they’re safe, too. Follow these simple safety tips, and you and your bike will…

  • What to do If

    What do you do if a dashboard warning light comes on? Our experts tell you how to respond to these and other common roadside emergencies. We…

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