There are countless basic DIY car projects that nearly anybody can accomplish. Yes, you can save money by maintaining your car or doing simple DIY repairs.
But handling your car’s health on your own provides a great source of pride. And it’s fun.
Keep it simple at first. Before you know it, your DIY projects will go way beyond oil changes, lighting updates, and maintaining proper tire pressure. You’ll be souping up your ride to be the baddest on the block and ultra-comfy.
Replace your car’s cabin filter to ensure that your heat and AC run efficiently—and to keep your car’s interior smelling nice.
Has your ride stopped blowing ice cubes? The solution might be easy. The first step is to observe the symptoms.
When winter approaches, it's time to make sure your car’s heater is up to the challenge.
Here are a few tips on how to keep your HVAC system smelling sweet.
Steps to ensure you’ll stay warm and toasty on the most frigid days.
It's easy to bleed your brake fluid every two years.
Can machining the rotors fix a brake judder?
Your emergency parking brake is the essential mechanical device that holds the vehicle in place.
With a few basic tools and a couple of hours, you can restore your braking system to its top condition.
If your brake calipers and rotors are visible, you should dress them up with some visual flair.
If you are adding power under the hood, your brakes probably need attention as well.
The key is to match the type of brake pad material to your driving needs.
Without proper gear, a hard stop can cause a collision between the truck and trailer.
If neglected, it can compromise your car’s safety, and cost big bucks to repair.
Engines & Components
Changing the air cleaner is a quick and easy job that anyone can do.
you can avoid problems down the road by staying on top of these tasks.
Does it mean that your car is about to die? The short answer is: no.
It’s a straightforward and inexpensive way to keep your car running smoothly.
Swapping an old battery for a new one can be easily accomplished in less than an hour.
Technology to jumpstart a car or truck has made dramatic improvements.
There are many possible causes for getting stuck with an unresponsive car. Here’s a quick checklist.
An ignition upgrade can result in better starting, throttle response, and fuel economy.
Over time, small jets inside the carburetor can become clogged.
All antifreeze used to be green and all the brands worked the same way. That's changed.
Installing a new one can be tackled in a couple of hours by the average DIY mechanic.
Most damage is easily repairable if caught in time.
Most kits contain everything you need to efficiently repair a chip in about 20 minutes.
Darker car windows are cool. Should you consider a precut window tint kit versus a professional installation?
Replacing most bumpers is an easy task that doesn’t require special tools.
Anyone with a little perseverance and patience—and the right products—can easily replace a car’s weather stripping.
Clay bars were first used at paint shops to help remove overspray. Then, detailers discovered how useful they can be.
Step-by-step guidance for getting the best touchup results.
A simple DIY cleaning can greatly extend the life of your wiper blades, and make driving a lot safer.
Metal car keys are a thing of the past.
Here are a few tips for refreshing your car’s upholstery, carpeting, dashboard, and headliner.
These ninja hacks can solve some of the trickiest car-care issues.
Seat covers provide more styles and functions than what's commonly available in factory seats.
Does your car stereo have the latest desirable features—like a reliable Bluetooth connection and hands-free controls?
With a heads-up display, the driver can take in a range of information without taking his or her eyes off the road.
A vehicle’s gauges should look cool, while making essential vehicle information as easy as possible to understand.
Lighting & Lamps
A DIY headlight restoration kit an inexpensive and easy solution for restoring milky or foggy headlight lenses.
Make a lasting impression when you leave others in your dust.
The right interior lighting adds personality, splashes of color, and greater utility to your ride.
LED headlights on cars produce brighter light with less heat and energy. But how do you stop them from flickering?
Learn the new language of 21st-century car headlights: HID, LED, Xenon, etc.
Light bars can add style to your truck, SUV, or ATV—but they also serve a useful purpose.
New LED, Xenon, and HID and lights are bright, energy-efficient, and inexpensive. But consider the safety concerns before upgrading.
Suspension & Steering
What does it mean when your car nose-dives, pulls to one side, or has one low corner?
To correct these problems, modify the suspension tuning and/or hone your driving skills.
Today’s electric power steering conversion kits provide a great driving feel. They also save money on fuel and repairs.
Add tilting and telescoping, an extra short or long column, or even keyless push-button starting.
A simple wheel, tire, and suspension upgrade makes a big difference.
Coilovers offer the ability to adjust spring height, shock firmness, or both.
Enhancing the performance of a car’s suspension is an easy way to improve your ride’s handling.
Wheels & Tires
Keeping an air pressure gauge in your glove box is an inexpensive way to make sure your car’s tires are operating at peak efficiency.
There are a variety of snow chains, each optimized for specific types of snow and ice.
There’s no faster way to dramatically change the appearance of a vehicle.
There are millions of different wheels available on eBay. Start the shopping process by considering the type of wheel.
An abundance of horsepower won’t do a driver much good if he can’t get that power to the ground.
Aggressive rubber compounds help track tires stick, but offer no warning when the grip goes away.
It's important to understand the pros and cons of the two most common types of off-road tires: all-terrain versus mud-terrain tires.
Regardless of the vehicle, performance tires will improve cornering and braking.