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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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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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Why Are My Car Brakes Making Noise?

Unusual noise coming from your brakes is a warning that one of your car's most critical safety systems is malfunctioning....


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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...


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Why Are My Brakes Squeaking?

Brake squeal is a common problem often caused by worn brake hardware, pads, or rotor finish. But are squeaky brakes...


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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...


Top Bad Brake Booster Symptoms

Knowing the most common bad brake booster symptoms gives you early warning that the safety of your vehicle is at...


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.

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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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Best Car Tires for 2020

Need some new car tires, but overwhelmed by all the options? Learn about five of the best tires on the...


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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...


Best Tools for Flaring Brake Lines

The proper tools make the difference when flaring brake lines. Make sure you have the right ones on hand to...