These days, drivers are hanging on to their cars longer than in the past. Luckily for them, with proper maintenance, modern cars last longer than a set of Samsonites. What car maintenance project can any idiot do?

We're going with brake-pad replacement. It may be daunting at first, but changing brake pads is one of the simplest maintenance jobs a ham-handed car owner can do. A jack, some jack stands, a lug wrench, a couple of simple tools and you're in business. And if you're brave, you can even change the rotors, then lure a friend over with a six-pack and bleed the lines. Damn, you're half a mechanic already.

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