Car maintenance & repair articles

Proper vehicle maintenance keeps your car running. These articles from State Farm® can help you maintain and repair your car, truck or SUV.

Car maintenance tips for winter

Winter car tips

Help prepare your car for winter with these tips.

When potholes become costly

A close encounter with a pothole can lead to wrecked tires, wheels and suspension components.

Car maintenance tips for summer

How to clean and disinfect your car

There are many things you can do to clean your car — here's how to disinfect a car without causing any damage.

Protect your car from the damaging effects of sun and heat

Sun protection is important to keeping your vehicle in ship shape. Here's how to do it.

Summer driving tips

You're going to need to pack more than beach supplies for that summer road trip.

What to do if your car has flood damage

If your car was partially submerged in floodwater, follow our checklist for assessing flood damage afterwards.

Maintenance tips for other vehicles

Visit our motorcycle, boat, RV and powersport vehicle collection pages for additional tips.

Prepare your motorcycle for storage during the off season

Consider these tips for how to winterize a motorcycle so you can be ready to roll next season.

Motorcycle maintenance: spring checklist

Consider these tips to help get your bike in top shape for riding season.

Snowmobile riding tips for beginners

Learn how to be prepared and stay safe when you hit the trails this winter.

Motorcycle won’t start?

Consider these handy tips on what to do if your motorcycle won't start.

Tips for UTV or ATV winter storage

Preparing your ATV or UTV for winter storage can help protect it and make it easier to get your off-road vehicle back on the trails when you're ready.

Additional vehicle maintenance tips

Car maintenance tasks you can do yourself

Auto repairs cost drivers $1,118 per year on average, but some can be done at home.

Simple tips for owning and maintaining a car

On the road or in the garage, there are simple things you can do to maintain your car.

Should you repair or replace your car?

When should you fix it and when is it time to shop around?

What to do if you put the wrong gas in your car

Pumping the wrong fuel can happen to anyone. Learn about some possible scenarios and solutions in case it happens to you.

What to do if your car is recalled

Consider the following information on how to handle vehicle safety recalls.

How to jump start a car

Know what to do if your vehicle's battery dies.

What to know when discussing car repairs with a mechanic

Learn how to find a reliable mechanic and how to determine what jobs you need done.

How to check tire pressure

Maintaining proper tire pressure is vital to safe and economic driving.

What to do if your car breaks down

This video will show you how to handle an unexpected vehicle breakdown.

The information in this article was obtained from various sources not associated with State Farm® (including State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company and its subsidiaries and affiliates). While we believe it to be reliable and accurate, we do not warrant the accuracy or reliability of the information. State Farm is not responsible for, and does not endorse or approve, either implicitly or explicitly, the content of any third party sites that might be hyperlinked from this page. The information is not intended to replace manuals, instructions or information provided by a manufacturer or the advice of a qualified professional, or to affect coverage under any applicable insurance policy. These suggestions are not a complete list of every loss control measure. State Farm makes no guarantees of results from use of this information.

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