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Vehicle Maintenance

Vehicle Maintenance

Learn the basics of vehicle maintenance such as how to change your oil, a tire, or a fuse, check tire pressure, detail your car, store a vehicle, and more.

In This Section
  • Changing a Fuse

    Need to change a fuse? Don't stress out, it's a pretty easy procedure. Just follow the steps at the DMV Guide How-To Guides.

  • How To Check Tire Pressure

    Need help checking your tires? Our guide on checking your tire pressure has the answers at DMV.org: The DMV Made Simple.

  • Storing Your Vehicle

    What to do if you have to put your vehicle in long-term storage. Read the steps to take at the DMV Guide How-To Guides.

  • How To Change Your Oil

    Need help changing your oil? Our guide to changing your oil has the answers at DMV.org: The DMV Made Simple.

  • Avoid Getting Gouged

    Not sure if you can trust that mechanic? We'll help you avoid being gouged. See what to look out for in the DMV Guide How-To Guides.

  • How To Detail Your Car

    Want your car to look like new? Check out our car detailing guide at DMV.org: The DMV Made Simple.

  • Know Your Basic Car Care

    General car care information - find out information for the general up-keep of your vehicle at DMV.org: The DMV Made Simple.

  • How To Summerize Your Car

    Wondering how to prepare your car for the summer? Consult our car summerization guide at DMV.org: The DMV Made Simple.

  • How To Winterize Your Car

    Wondering how to get your car through the winter in good condition? Consult our car winterization guide at DMV.org: The DMV Made Simple.

  • How To Change a Tire

    Need help changing your tires? Our guide will assist you on how to change your tries safely and easily at DMV.org: The DMV Made Simple.

  • When to Take it to the Shop

    Wondering when you should take your car into the shop? Our online guide will help you determine when and where to take your vehicle at DMV.org: The DMV Made Simple.

  • Replacing A Fuel Filter

    Is your vehicle hesitating, stalling, or lagging? You might need to change the fuel filter. Learn how to replace an air filter at DMV.org's How-To Guides.

  • Gas-Saving Tips

    High gas prices dipping into your wallet? Let our gas mileage improvement guide help you make your vehicle more efficient at DMV.org: The DMV Made Simple.

  • Replacing Fuel Hoses

    If you ever need to change your fuel hose, you can find out how here. This job may not be for everyone--check it out at the DMV Guide How-To Guides.

  • How To Pack An Emergency Kit

    Know how to handle a vehicle emergency! Roadside emergency kit guide will fill you in on everything you should have in your car at DMV.org: The DMV Made Simple.

  • Replacing Your Windshield Wipers

    Hard to see in the rain? Our guide to changing your windshield wipers will help you install them correctly at DMV.org: The DMV Made Simple.

  • Replacing Spark Plugs

    A do-it-yourself guide to changing your spark plugs; perfect for the mechanically-challenged. If you want to put in new spark plugs, read the DMV Guide How-To Guide first.

  • Changing a Headlight

    Did someone tell you one of your car headlights was out? Here's how to replace it. Get the help you need at the DMV Guide How-To Guides.

  • How To Put On Tire Chains

    Finding it difficult to put those chains on? Here is a guide to assist you to attach your chain correctly at DMV.org: The DMV Made Simple.

  • Replacing a Water Pump

    Car overheating on those long (or short) afternoon drives? If you are mechanically inclined, learn how to change out the water pump at the DMV Guide How-To Guides.

  • Preventing Rust from Road Salt

    Here are some tips for preventing rust from road salt; so useful if the idea of rust makes you cringe. Find out how to protect your car at DMV.org's How-To Guides.

  • Replacing an Ignition Module

    You're late for a hot date and your car won't start. Might want to look into changing your ignition module, but this is not a job for everyone. Find out if you're up to the task at DMV.org's How-To Guides.

  • Replacing an Alternator

    Problems with your vehicle's electrical system? You may need to replace the alternator. But study the DMV Guide How-To Guide first; this job may not be for everyone.

  • Replacing Brake Fluid

    Replacing brake fluid: when you should do it and when you should you let a mechanic handle it. See if you're up to the task at DMV.org's How-To Guides.

  • Changing an Air Filter

    How to change an air filter, even if you're not a gear head. Study the DMV Guide How-To Guide before you take on the project.

  • Batteries 101

    Your guide to vehicle batteries. Learn all about your car's battery in the DMV Guide How-To Guides.