Auto Parts & Maintenance & Repairs : Cars & Vehicles

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Maintaining Your Vehicles Paint

Maintaining Your Vehicles Paint

Maintaining your vehicles painted surface is one the most important things you can do to keep your car looking its best. This process takes the most time compared to all the other things that I ... ......[Read More]
How to Fix a Dodge Dakota With Bad Brake Pedal Response

How to Fix a Dodge Dakota With Bad Brake Pedal Response

Chrysler pickup trucks, such as the Dodge Dakota, utilize a hydraulic system to operate the brakes at each of the four wheels. This hydraulic system consists of a master cylinder, power booster and either brake calipers (disc brakes) or wheel cylinders (drum brakes). Bad pedal response, which is som......[Read More]
Symptoms of a Car Running Out of Gas

Symptoms of a Car Running Out of Gas

Cars will often have trouble with operation when running off of a low fuel tank.luxury car - model toy car image by alma_sacra from Fotolia.comIn 2006, AAA estimated that around 116,000 motorists were left stranded on the side of the road because they ran out of gas. The risks of an.........[Read More]
How to Replace the Rear Brakes on a Volkswagen MK4 GTI

How to Replace the Rear Brakes on a Volkswagen MK4 GTI

The MKIV VW GTI was the fourth generation of this popular, widely-loved model and carried on the tradition of a fun-to-drive, practical and reliable German hatchback. The brakes on an MKIV GTI should be replaced approximately every 10,000 miles. This is a job that can be done by a professional shop ......[Read More]
How do I Find a Transmission Cooler for a Ford C-6 Automatic Transmission?

How do I Find a Transmission Cooler for a Ford C-6 Automatic Transmission?

The single most damaging element to an automatic transmission is excessive heat. That is why it is typically worthwhile to install an auxiliary transmission cooler. This applies to the Ford C-6 transmission. Finding one is the easiest part of the job. Aftermarket transmission coolers are stocked at ......[Read More]
How to Troubleshoot a Service Engine Soon Light

How to Troubleshoot a Service Engine Soon Light

When the "Service Engine" light comes on in the dash, most of us just want to know how to make it go out. Yet that light is a source of help. It lets us know something is going wrong inside the engine and that a code has been stored for our convenience. Troubleshooting the "Service Engine" light mea......[Read More]
Diagnosing Automatic Transmission Problems With Your Car

Diagnosing Automatic Transmission Problems With Your Car

When you have automatic transmission issues, a simple auto transmission checklist will help out to diagnose your aiutomatic transmission problems.......[Read More]
How to Replace a Radiator Fan

How to Replace a Radiator Fan

The main purpose of the radiator fan on your car is to create a flowing stream of air through the radiator core and over the engine to get rid of heat. A drive belt or electric motor may run the fan, depending on vehicle design. However, if the fan in your vehicle has bent blades, cracks and similar......[Read More]
How to Make a Driftwood Raft

How to Make a Driftwood Raft

The sinking of the Titanic was one of the worst tragedies of the 20th century, causing thousands of deaths and a melodramatic three-hour film. If some of the victims only had some driftwood at hand, they may have been able to fashion a life-saving vessel. Indeed, knowing how to make a driftwood raft......[Read More]
How to Adjust Outboard Trim

How to Adjust Outboard Trim

Your boat should be properly trimmed before going out on an excursion. A properly trimmed boat sits level on calm waters. Even at speed, when the boat's hull is riding on top of the water, a condition called "up on plane," the boat should remain nearly level; when level, the boat is operating at pea......[Read More]
How to Install an Alternator in a 1999 Ford Taurus

How to Install an Alternator in a 1999 Ford Taurus

The 1999 Ford Taurus came equipped with one of several different alternators depending on the engine and accessory configuration. The alternator generates electrical power when the serpentine belt turns the alternator pulley. The Taurus uses this electricity to power the various electrical accessori......[Read More]
1995 Firing Order Reference Index

1995 Firing Order Reference Index

If your plug firing order is not correct, the car will run sickly or not at all. Stuttering, spitting, backfiring and no-start can be caused by incorrect spark plug wire placement which results in an incorrect firing order. The firing sequence of your plus is determined by the distributor, but if th......[Read More]
Windshield Removal and Installation

Windshield Removal and Installation

Windshield replacement is a common repair in the auto glass industry, and is the result of many causes. It could be from a semi-truck kicking up a rock, a cold spell increasing the size of a chip or crack, or can be from the weather, as in a hail storm. This article will take a look at the steps inv......[Read More]
How to Remove a Tensioner Pulley on a Ford Explorer

How to Remove a Tensioner Pulley on a Ford Explorer

The tensioner pulley on your Ford Explorer is on the front left side of the engine, typically on the lower end. The tensioner consists of a bracket or arm that bolts to the engine block and contains a spring in the mount to allow it to apply pressure to the belt. The second part is the pulley itself......[Read More]
How to Change the Rear Differential Fluid in a Mustang

How to Change the Rear Differential Fluid in a Mustang

Classic Mustangs were equipped with either an 8 or 9 inch differential. Both differentials use essentially the same design although the 9 inch is generally considered to be stronger because it uses a heavier casing. A pinion gear and a ring gear work in conjunction to drive the rear wheels. To keep ......[Read More]
How to Drain the Front Differential for a 2002 Toyota Tacoma

How to Drain the Front Differential for a 2002 Toyota Tacoma

The 4WD version of the 2002 Toyota Tacoma pickup has both a front differential and a rear differential. The differentials distribute power to the separate wheels as required. Without the differential, the wheels would have to turn at the same speed, and handling would be poor. The differential uses ......[Read More]
4 Tips For Safe Jump Starts

4 Tips For Safe Jump Starts

At some point, you are going to need to jump the battery your vehicle. Your battery is going to run out of juice, and you are going to need to use someone else's vehicle to get your car up and running.......[Read More]
Checking Car Idling Problems

Checking Car Idling Problems

If your car is idling to high or too low, it could be an early sign of a bigger problem. Figure it out now and save money on future repairs!......[Read More]
Instructions For Alternators

Instructions For Alternators

Just like any automotive part, alternators sometimes fail and need to be replaced. The alternator in a vehicle keeps the battery in prime condition for start up. Batteries tend to need replacement more often than alternators. If a malfunctioning battery can jump-start a car, the alternator can provi......[Read More]
How to Install a CV Axle on a 2000 Nissan Maxima

How to Install a CV Axle on a 2000 Nissan Maxima

Replacing the inner and outer CV joints on your 2000 Nissan Maxima is a time-consuming and intricate process. If you regularly hear metallic clicking from the wheel bearings while your Maxima is turning, chances are that you will need to replace the CV joints. Other than a torque wrench, there are n......[Read More]