Repairing an electric window

Electric windows are being fitted to more and more cars as standard equipment, while conversion k...

Cleaning the outside and checking for rust

To remove the film of grime which forms on the bodywork use plenty of clean water. Do not wipe...

Painting a car

Small chips and blemishes are best repaired with a can of touch-in paint and a brush. For larger...

Lubricating hinges, pedals and locks

At regular service intervals clean and lubricate hinges on moving panels and foot-pedal pivot poi...

How to clean a car interior

Car interiors collect a lot of dust and grit, particularly on the carpet. Regular cleaning cuts d...

Removing a door trim panel

Before a door-trim panel can be removed, the window winder and interior handle must be taken off...

How to replace windscreen wipers

Wiper blades are fitted bayonet-style to the end of the arm, or the end of the arm is hooked...

Cleaning and checking the underside

Mud and dirty water thrown up by the wheels is the principal cause of body rust on cars. If the...

Applying underbody sealant

On a fairly new car, covering the underbody with sealing compound will discourage corrosion. It c...

Adjusting and replacing window-winding mechanisms

There are three basic systems used to raise and lower car windows: mechanical linkage with sciss...

Patching rust holes

If a hole in the bodywork is not in a load-bearing area, such as a section of the chassis,...

Eliminating rust before painting

Steel exposed to damp air begins to rust in minutes. If there is any rust on it when it...

Smoothing out a dent

The best way to treat a dent is to raise the metal almost to its original level, then to...

Adjusting catches and hinges

Doors or bonnet and boot lids that do not close properly may have moved out of alignment and nee...

Renewing hinge pins and hinges

Many hinges are welded to the car bodywork and cannot be adjusted or renewed. But if a door or...

How to replace an exhaust

A damaged or worn exhaust system allows waste gases from the engine to escape before they have p...

How to fit a new exhaust

Fitting a multi-part system Lay the new system alongside the car and assemble it temporarily. You...

Fitting a new windscreen-washer motor

Cars with electrically operated windscreen washers sometimes have a switch controlling the motor...

Checking windscreen wipers and washers

Windscreen washers and wipers must, by law, be in working order. Keep the washer bottle topped u...

Drilling holes in car bodywork

Drilling one or more holes in the car body is necessary for fitting extras such as an aerial, win...

Repairing quarterlights

Quarterlights are now rarely fitted by manufacturers so you mostly find them on older cars. It i...

Replacing a car door

As well as replacing a door because it has become rusted or been damaged in an accident, you may...

Replacing rear quarterlights

Rear quarterlights are found behind the rear passenger doors on a four-or five-door car or behind...