Haynes is among the leading publishers of car repair manuals, offering detailed instructions for the do-it-yourselfer. Search this site to buy manuals specific to your vehicle. Browse Haynes’ free video podcasts for quick car maintenance tutorials on how to replace a spark plug or change transmission fluid: (http://www.haynes.com/video.downloads).
This site, from the AutoZone car parts store, is geared mainly toward professional mechanics who want to buy repair information. Still, ALLDATA does offer some help for do-it-yourselfers. Browse TechTips written by ASE-certified master technicians and engine machinists (www.alldatadiy.com/techtips/index.html). For about $25 per year, you can buy a subscription to ALLDATA’s database of repair and diagnostic data covering more than 20,000 vehicles dating back to 1982.
The agitator dogs on my 17-year-old Whirlpool washing machine are shot. I turn to Repair Clinic to order a replacement part and even get advice about how to install it myself. Or maybe to figure out that I shouldn’t repair it myself but call a professional instead!
Lowe’s Home Improvement offers a library of instructions and videos for home repair and improvement. This particular page details the use of the mysterious basin wrench and assures us that the faucet swap should take no more than an hour. (I couldn’t even get the water turned off in that amount of time.)
Has your aging PC begun to slow down? Download and run the free program CCleaner to improve your PC performance and free up hard drive space.
Visit AutoMD to diagnose your car trouble with a symptom checker. Then, find a mechanic and see an estimate of how much a repair might cost.
My late husband’s Honda battery died because I left it too long without starting it. ConsumerNet’s CarBuyingTips.com shows us how to get it back on the road.