Car Engines

Your engine is the heart of your car or truck. Here, you’ll find out how and when to complete repairs and what regular maintenance your car or truck engine may need.

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How To Replace Traditional Gaskets with Chemical Gaskets

If you can't locate a ready-made pre-cut gasket, chemical gasket makers can easily get you out of a bind.

How To Safely Jump Start a Car With Jumper Cables

Follow these simple steps to make good, safe connections and jump a car.


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Family Handyman Approved: Sea Foam Motor Treatment

Keep your engines running smoothly.


Purdue University Developing Roadway That Charges Electric Vehicles

This new tech could change roads and increase electric vehicle viability in the United States.


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How Often Should You Replace Your Timing Belt?

Have you ever wondered if it's time to replace a timing belt? For the answer, listen to your engine and...

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Fact or Fiction: Can I Pump Gas With My Car Running?

We answer the age-old question if running your car engine while refueling is safe, and review the potential dangers.


12 Silent Signs Your Car Is Failing

Those warning signs you might think aren't a big deal actually could indicate a major problem. Here are some silent...

What to Do if Your Catalytic Converter Is Stolen

Catalytic converters are an increasingly popular target for thieves looking to make a quick chunk of change. Here's what you...


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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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10 Bad Gas Pump Habits That Cost You Hundreds Each Year

These gas pump habits may seem harmless, but they're likely costing you money every time you fill up.


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20 Bad Auto Habits Your Mechanic Wants You to Stop Doing

Keep your mechanic happy by not doing these things to your vehicle.

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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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8 Things I Wish I Knew Before Changing My Own Oil

Check out these tips and learn from past mistakes before you pop the hood to change your engine oil.


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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...

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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


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...