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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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Tips for Renting an RV

RV trips can be memorable. But do your research before climbing behind the wheel of what's probably the largest vehicle you'll ever drive.

How Do Motorcycle Brakes Work?

Knowing how your motorcycle brakes work helps you become a better driver. Here's what happens on your bike when you...


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13 Ways You’re Shortening the Life of Your Car

Put the brakes on these all-too-common mistakes to help keep your car on the road and out of the shop.


10 Hands-Free Driving Devices You Need in Your Car Now

Many states have implemented the hands-free law that prohibits drivers from handling their cell phone while driving. And even if...


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How to Clean Inside Car Windows

Follow these steps to clean glass on the inside and get rid of fingerprints, smudges and the dust generated by...

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Fact or Fiction: Does Driving Without AC Actually Save Gas?

Sure, you can sweat it out without turning on a vehicle's air conditioning. But is it worth the sacrifice?


How to Never Scrape Your Windshield Again

Winter can be harsh. Not only is there all the snow blowing and shoveling, but scraping your car windshield can...

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How to Test a Spark Plug to See If It’s Working

Every small gasoline engine has a spark plug, and this key component requires periodic inspection and testing. Learn how to...


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How to Clean a Small-Engine Spark Plug

All small engines have a spark plug, and cleaning spark plugs from time to time helps keep your equipment running...


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How Often Do I Change the Oil in My Motorcycle?

Not sure how often to change your motorcycle oil? Learn the answer to that question, along with the right oil...


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Why Is There Oil On My Spark Plugs?

Got a two-stroke engine running rough or not at all? Oil could be the problem. If you're wondering why there's...

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How to Repair Rust on a Car

As long as vehicle body panels are made from steel, they're going to rust.


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Vintage Family Handyman Woodworking Projects: Toys from the ‘80s

In honor of Family Handyman's 70th anniversary and with the holiday season in full swing, take a look at these...


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What Is Car Smog and How Do I Get It Checked?

You've heard of smog, but do you really know what it is? We'll clear up the misconceptions and explain what...


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How Often to Change Your Car Oil While Working From Home

Think skipping your daily commute means you can skip your next scheduled oil change? Think again.


How to Repair Small Engines: Cleaning the Carburetor

Don't Google "small engine repair near me" the next time your lawnmower sputters. Learn how to do it yourself. Small...

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Why Is My Car Shaking?

If your vehicle is shaking, it's not just an irritating nuisance. It means there's likely something wrong with your car.


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6 Tips for Driving in Winter

Driving in snow and ice presents many challenges. Here are seven winter driving tips to keep you safe when the...


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How to Check Your Windshield Wiper Fluid

Checking your windshield wiper fluid is not like checking your oil — it doesn’t have a dipstick. You simply fill...


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What to Know About Winter Motorcycle Storage

If you live where you can't ride your motorcycle in the winter, you need to store it properly, just like...


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Why Is My Car Making a Clicking Noise When Starting?

Hearing clicking when you're trying to start your car can be upsetting, but it's less so if you understand what...


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What to Know About Driving Your Electric Vehicle in Winter

Follow these tips for winterizing your electric vehicle, minimizing the effects of cold temperatures on your battery and maximizing battery...


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How to Put Snow Chains on Your Tires

If you've purchased snow chains and don't know how to put them on your car (or you're just curious) don't...


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Car Maintenance Schedule to Follow for Good Car Health

Maintenance is key to long car life and good performance. Keep your car in excellent shape by knowing what needs...

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Family Handyman’s Vintage Truck Ads from the ‘80s

As part of our 70th Anniversary celebration, Family Handyman takes a look back at the rough-'n-tumble trucks of the 1980s.


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What Makes a Car Backfire?

The gurgle, pop or bang of a car backfiring can be frightening! Wonder what casues that noise? There are lots...


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Best Car Polishes of 2020

Want to improve your vehicle's sheen, but aren't sure which is the best car polish? Learn about eight great polish...


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How to Unlock a Car Door Without Your Keys

The next time you lock your keys in the car, you’ll want to try these genius tricks.


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Why Is My Car Leaking Oil?

Whether it's a couple of drops or a big puddle, ignoring an oil leak can quickly lead to expensive engine...


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How to Temporarily Cover a Broken Car Window

Protect your car with a temporary window cover made with tape and a high-density garbage bag that will stand up...