How to Test a Car Battery with a Multimeter

February 6th, 2019 by
Mechanic uses a multimeter in order to assess the voltage of a car battery.

Using a multimeter to test a car battery is easy when you use this step-by-step guide from the team at CarHop. While we specialize primarily in used car sales at our many locations, we also are aware that it really pays to know what to look for when trying to make repairs at home. Find out if…

How to Fix a Chipped or Cracked Windshield

February 4th, 2019 by
Mechanic finishing up a windshield chip repair with professional equipment.

Whether you’re getting your car ready for sale or simply trying to restore it to like-new condition, there are plenty of DIY repairs you can perform—from restoring headlights with toothpaste, to removing scratches from your car, to removing dents with a plunger! Another important way to keep your car looking good is to fix windshield crack…

Having Car Starter Problems? Learn How to Diagnose & Replace Your Starter

January 17th, 2019 by
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If your car won’t start, there’s a chance you may need to perform a car starter replacement. Find out what might be wrong with your car starter, along with how to perform a car starter installation, with the team at CarHop. Whether your starter is acting up or you need to learn how to change…

How to Change a Tire

January 7th, 2019 by
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Knowing how to change a flat tire is critical in order to avoid getting stranded on the side of the road. Still, there are other reasons for changing a tire, where you’re performing a tire rotation or trying to get access to your brakes. Whether you need to learn how to change a tire, or…

How to Change a Car Alternator

December 13th, 2018 by
Closeup of car alternator

CarHop isn’t just a great source for affordable used cars—we’re also here to offer helpful DIY car repair tips, like how to replace a car alternator. Once you’ve tested your alternator and determined that it’s the culprit (rather than a faulty starter), you can reference the video below and follow these simple DIY steps to…

What to Do if Your Car Won’t Start

December 6th, 2018 by
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The team at CarHop is your source for helpful DIY car maintenance and repair tips, including how to winterize your car and how to fix a flat. Today we’ll discuss common reasons a car won’t start, along with the next steps you should take if your car won’t start. Dead Battery Symptoms By far, the…

How to Test a Car’s Alternator

November 19th, 2018 by
Car alternator

One of the questions we get asked a lot is how to test for a bad alternator. Since we don’t have a service center on site, we’ve put together this helpful guide, so you can learn how to test your alternator on your own. Use this step-by-step alternator test guide, and count on the team…

How to Fix a Flat Tire

November 13th, 2018 by
Flat tire

If you’ve been searching for advice on how to fix a flat tire on a car, then you’ve come to the right place! Your local CarHop dealership is always happy to supply drivers with a variety of DIY car maintenance tips, from how to change your windshield wipers to prepping your car for winter. Today,…

Fun Things to Do in Sioux Falls, SD

October 25th, 2018 by
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There’s plenty of excitement and adventure to be had with these fun things to do in Sioux Falls! In fact, we were hard-pressed whittling down our top picks to a short list. It took some time and quite a few tough choices, but we did it. Here are just a few of things you must…

Learning How to Change Windshield Wipers is Easy

October 23rd, 2018 by
Man changing wiper blade on vehicle

Your wiper blades are going to break down over time, so it’s generally recommended you change them once every six months or so. If you don’t, you’ll start suffering from visibility issues and possibly even see scratches appear on your windshield. Luckily enough, learning how to replace windshield wipers is as easy as: Measuring Your…

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