How To

Replace a Wiper

Difficulty: Easy

Duration: 5 minutes

How often: Every 6–12 months

Visibility is extremely important to safe driving. If your current wipers are not wiping well or leaving streaks, change them immediately.

Things you'll need from your toolbox or NAPA Store:

Tire Replacement

Difficulty: Easy

Duration: 5–10 minutes

How often: Once every month plus before and after road trips

Maintaining good tires help improve your car's gas mileage, improve tire life, and give a smoother ride. It is vital that you consistently inspect your tires to make sure that your vehicle is safe. Three key aspects to watch for are wear, inflation and pressure. This guide will help you monitor these conditions and help your vehicle operate at its best.

Radiator Hose Replacements

Difficulty: Easy

Duration: 10 minutes

How often: Every 60,000 miles

The radiator is important to keep your car running at its best. It’s responsible for keeping the engine from overheating. Your car produces friction and heat while operating, and the radiator, through passageways and coolant, keeps your engine at a safe temperature. The radiator hose connects the radiator to the engine. Over time, this hose needs to be replaced to keep the whole unit running smoothly.

Change your Oil

Difficulty: Easy

Duration: 30 minutes

How often: Every 3,000 - 5,000 miles or every 3 months

Headlamp Replacement

Difficulty: Easy

Duration: 15 minutes

How often: When lights dim or burn out

For maximum driving safety, it is very important to keep a close eye on how your car lights are functioning. If a light goes out, follow these steps to replace it and continue driving safely. Before replacing it, look in your owner’s manual to identify the type of headlamp your vehicle uses. In general, there are two kinds of headlamps—sealed beam and composite. Sealed beam lights are common in older cars, while composite lights are found in newer models and contain special housing with a removable halogen or xenon bulb.