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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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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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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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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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6 Best Oil Filters for Your Car

Need to do an oil and filter change on your vehicle? Wondering which oil filter to buy? Learn about six...


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What Type of Oil Does My Car Need?

With so many options, choosing the right motor oil can be bewildering. We cut through the confusion to help you...

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This Is What Really Happens When You Put Diesel in a Gas Car

The damage to your car’s engine will be severe and expensive to fix — if it can be fixed.


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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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Why Won’t My Battery Jump?

Your car is dead. You try to jump-start the battery, but nothing happens. Is it the battery or something else...


What to Do When Your Engine Is Knocking

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


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...


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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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Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Warm Up Your Car In The Winter

The age-old wisdom of warming up your car in winter before you drive away could be doing more damage than...


Valve Cover Gasket Leak Replacement — 3 Steps!

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


How Much Does it Cost to Replace an Engine?

What does replacing the engine in a car or truck cost, and should I replace my vehicle's engine? Learn what...


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.


How to Change Your Engine Coolant

Over time, engine coolant loses its anticorrosive properties and lubricating ability. Some carmakers recommend changing the coolant every 30,000 miles....

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How to Jump Start a Car Using Jumper Cables Safely

Learn how to jumpstart a car safely. Follow these four simple steps to make good, safe connections and jump a...



How to Clean an Engine

Add resale value to your car by keeping your engine clean.


Vehicle Diagnostics: How To Find Engine Codes

Identify two key codes to help buy the right parts at an auto store


Protect Your Engine With Additives

Fuel additives improve engine performance and other additives solve a variety of engine/drive-train problems


How to Choose the Right Car Oil and Filter

Use the right oil and filter and make your car last