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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 apply the brakes.

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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.


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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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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.


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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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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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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...


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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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 Clean a Car Air Filter

Extend the life of your engine air filter and increase your gas mileage by cleaning your air filter with a...


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How to Check Tire Pressure

Learning how to check tire pressure is easy and inexpensive. Make it a part of your monthly maintenance routine in...


How to Change Rear Brake Pads

Maintaining disc brakes is a perfect opportunity for DIYers to get their hands dirty and save a few hundred dollars.

What to Do When Your Engine Is Knocking

Take action to stop engine knocking before your engine becomes seriously damaged.


What Is a Brake Caliper (And How To Tell if Mine is Bad)?

If your car is equipped with disc brakes, brake calipers are critical to slowing and stopping your car. Here's what...


How to Fix a Seized Engine

Sitting idle can cause an engine to seize. Learn how to free it and get your vehicle running again.


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How to Clean Your Engine Bay

Extend the life of your engine and preserve the value of your vehicle by learning how to clean the engine...


How to Change a Car Tire

Do you know what to do when you have to change a tire? Here are some tips that'll make the...


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How to Change Car Oil

Save money and do the job right


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Car Won’t Start – Troubleshooting & How to Fix

Car won't start? It may just need a good smack


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How to Measure Tire Tread

Watch and learn how to measure tire tread

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Snow Tires vs. All Season Tires

Learn the differences of winter tires vs. all-season tires, like snow tires have superior traction under snowy conditions


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Car Maintenance: Make Your Tires Last

Maintain proper tire pressure


Car Repair: How to Jack Up a Car Safely

Follow these steps on how to jack up a car—it could save your life!


Valve Cover Gasket Leak Replacement — 3 Steps!

Replace the leaking valve cover gasket on a 4-cylinder engine in less than an hour


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What Is a Brake Light Switch and When Should You Replace It?

The brake light switch on your vehicle serves an important safety function. Learn how to test it and determine when...


How to Change the Oil in Your Car in 4 Simple Steps

A DIY oil change can be quick, tidy and you'll save big.