Automotive

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

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  • 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…

  • 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.

  • 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…

  • Car Won’t Start

    If you turn the car key and your car won’t start, don’t give up. Before you call for a tow, try these seven simple tricks to get…

  • How to Recharge AC

    Improve the cooling of your car’s air conditioner with an easy-to-use A/C recharge kit. You can do it in four simple steps. We also tell…

  • Alternator replacement: How to Replace an Alternator

    If your car or truck won’t hold a charge, you probably need a new alternator. Learn how to test it, how to replace it, and where to find…

  • How to Repair a Dim Headlight

    Simply clean the ground connection to restore the brightness of dim headlights. And apply a little dielectric grease. Or replace the bulb if…

  • Trouble Starting the Car? Replace the Coolant Temperature Sensor

    If you have starting problems and the ‘check engine’ light doesn’t come on, you may have a bad engine coolant temperature…

  • Replace the Gas Lift on Your Car’s Hood

    Gas lifts that hold up car hoods, trunks and rear hatches can wear out and become a problem, especially in cold weather. Here’s how to…

  • Pickup Trucks: How to Transport Things

    Learn the art of hauling lumber and other building materials safely, even in a short-bed pickup truck. With proper loading, you can eliminate…

  • How to Upgrade Motorcycle Handlebars

    If you’re tired of the dated look of your motorcycle, consider swapping out the handlebars for a newer look. It’s an easy upgrade,…

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