Tag: DIY

116 Posts

how do i choose good aftermarket parts
Sep 22, 2016

Will Aftermarket Tuneup Parts Save Money or Create Problems?

Dear Car Talk

Can Robert use cheaper aftermarket parts for a tuneup or will his Monte Carlo pay the price?

spark plugs DIY Chevrolet Monte Carlo 2000

Auto parts stores
Aug 11, 2016

In Praise of the Humble Parts Guy

Craig Fitzgerald

The last two weeks working on my project 1979 Chevy Blazer have been a constant flurry of activity, punctuated by approximately 27,391 runs to one of the six parts stores within a five mile radius of my house. It's given me a new appreciation for the qualities of a good parts counterman.

DIY auto parts

How to borrow a trailer
Jul 16, 2016

A Brief History of Utility Trailers

Tim Cotton

How our blogger survived the 70s' era of DIY trailers and kids riding atop the sacks of garbage on the way to the town dump. Plus, etiquette for the modern trailer borrower. 

towing DIY kids etiquette

do spark plug coils need to be replaced separately from the whole plugs
Jun 23, 2016

Avoiding the time suck of a stuck spark plug

Dear Car Talk

It took Dan three and a half days to change his spark plugs because of one fussy coil pack. What turned this simple job into an epic quest for fire?

spark plugs DIY Acura 2005

DIY auto body paint job
Jul 14, 2015

How to Paint a Car With a Bucket of Rust-Oleum and a Roller

Craig Fitzgerald

UPDATE: This week, Maaco -- the cheapie respray outfit that paints everything including the license plate -- started running ads that suggest that painting your car with Rust-Oleum and a roller is a bad idea. We disagree, and we proved it.

DIY paint

MIG welding on a truck
May 05, 2015

Today: MIG Welding an Older Truck?

Dear Car Talk

Car Talk's advice for MIG welding: get the right eye protection, and try not to set your car, your house or your hair on fire. Read the rest, right here.

electrical wiring DIY

automotive DIY
Mar 10, 2015

Vintage DIY Magazines Projects Were Sure-Fire Deathtraps

Craig Fitzgerald

DIY magazines like Popular Mechanics, Mechanix Illustrated and Modern Mechanics gave men from the 1920s through the 1950s ample ideas for exterminating the entire family.


How to replace a Subaru Outback CHMSL
Sep 04, 2014

Today: What's a CHMSL and How Do We Fix It?

Dear Car Talk

The upper light cover on the back hatch of Brenda's Subaru Outback needs to be changed, but Brenda can't figure out how. This is the only fixture not covered by the owner's manual. Learn what's special about this particular light, and what any of this has to do with acronyms right here. 

lights DIY

Tools for mounting tires
Aug 12, 2014

Today: The Right Tool for Mounting Tires?

Dear Car Talk

David goes through a lot of tires, so he mounts them himself using a lug wrench. He's ready to upgrade to the right tools, if the right tools are $50 or less. Tom and Ray say $50 isn't going to get him what he needs. Find out what's involved in mounting a tire, right here. 

tires DIY

Chevy pickup's carburetor spews gas
Jul 01, 2014

Hali's '68 Chevy and the Bad Carburetor

Dear Car Talk

The carburetor on Hali's '68 Chevy pickup truck is spewing gas, but she can't find a mechanic who can help. The oldest mechanic she knows advised her to tap it with a hammer (which fixed the gas leak) but is officially retired, so can't help her rebuild the carburetor herself as she had hoped. Read Tom and Ray's suggestions for Hali, right here.