Maintenance

Car maintenance tips, with advice on do-it-yourself auto repairs to help keep your car looking like it just rolled off the lot. Learn how to give your car an oil change, fix car paint, install new accessories and replace your car battery and windshield—without the aid of a mechanic.

Car Wash Hacks: 5 Household Items That Will Clean Your Car

No car wash handy? No problem! Here are five ordinary household items that can help keep your car sparkling clean...


12 Things You Should Know About Changing Your Car Battery

Considering changing your car battery yourself? The auto experts at NAPA Canada share 12 invaluable tips for the home mechanic.


5 Car Battery Tips and Tricks You’ll Wish You Knew Sooner

Uh oh! A dead car battery spells trouble. But don't despair—these car battery tricks are as handy as a pair...


5 Clever (And Unusual) Ways to Clean Your Car

Warm weather or cold, your car gets dirty fast. Here are five household, do-it-yourself solutions to cleaning your car.


What Do These Dashboard Warning Lights Really Mean?

What do you do if a dashboard warning light comes on? Our auto experts decode what each dashboard warning light...


13 Things You Should Know About Car Maintenance

Conducting proper maintenance on your vehicle can extend the life of your car, and most importantly, potentially save you a...


How to Recharge Your Car’s Air Conditioning

Find out how to improve the cooling power of your car's air conditioning in four simple steps with an easy-to-use...


Which Additives are Worth the Money?

Certain additives, including fuel additives, are worthy investments. They can clean your fuel injectors (and may increase fuel mileage), bolster...

How to Change Coolant in Your Car

Learn how to change coolant with do-it-yourself tips from The Family Handyman's auto repair expert and save big bucks in...


How to Install Custom Car Seat Covers

Are your car seats hopelessly stained or torn-or just plain ugly? Learn how to order and install custom car seat...


How to Fix Intermittent-Wiper and Turn Signal Problems on the Multifunction Switch

In late-model cars, turn signals and intermittent wiper controls are the most common failures on the multifunction switch. Doing the...


How to Repair Fibreglass

Ever wondered how to repair fibreglass? Here's how to make invisible do-it-yourself fixes for scuffs, dents and scratches in fibreglass...


How to Restore Your Car’s Interior

Restoring your car's interior is the simplest way to command a higher price when selling. Whether you're planning to sell...


How to Transport Things Safely in Your Truck

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


How to Repack Trailer Wheel Bearings

We show you how to repack trailer wheel bearings to prevent the most common trailer breakdown. This DIY vehicle maintenance...


DIY Truck Maintenance: How to Repair Your Truck

Own a pickup truck or SUV? Our auto experts reveal the basics of

How to Replace a Broken Taillight

Replace a broken taillight assembly by ordering a new one online and installing it using two ordinary hand tools.


How to Replace Dashboard Lights

Learn how to replace dashboard lights by removing the trim panel and instrument cluster. It sounds intimidating, but it's simpler...


How to Fix Loose Auto Body Side Molding

Whether it's rubber or vinyl, side molding on late model cars is notorious for peeling off. Here are step-by-step DIY...


How to Fix a Leaking Sunroof

You can solve most leaking sunroof problems by clearing a clogged drain tube with your shop vacuum. Here are the...


How to Use a Torque Wrench

Buy and use a torque wrench to prevent common over-tightening problems and avoid expensive fixes later.

What to Look for in LED Safety Lighting

A retractable LED work light is safer than incandescent drop lights, and a pocket LED puts...


How to do a Brake Check

Even if you have no experience repairing cars, you can do a brake check-inspecting brake pads and the condition of...


How to Fix Your Windshield Washers

A windshield washer that doesn't pump enough fluid is annoying, and can be hazardous. Here's a quick diagnostic checklist that...


Easy Car Maintenance: Loosen a Rusted Wheel

Follow our do-it-yourself car maintenance tips to remove a rusted-on wheel using rust...


The Essential Car Maintenance Checklist

Road trips are more fun when the car doesn't break down! Run through...


How to Replace Spark Plug Wires

Worn spark plug wires and boots can start to leak voltage to nearby engine parts, causing...