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How to Time a Mopar 400ci 4bbl

How to Time a Mopar 400ci 4bbl

The 400 cubic-inch Mopar is part of the Chrysler's "B" engine family. It was introduced in 1972 and was used on everything from Plymouth Road Runners to Dodge pickups until its end of production in 1978. Performance models such as the Dodge Charger and police vehicles had 400-cubic-inch engines fitt......[Read More]
The Biggest Myth in Automotive Repair

The Biggest Myth in Automotive Repair

No industry abounds with more myth's than the automotive industry. After growing up around it and working in it for almost all of my life, I feel like I have unique insights to almost every aspect of it. Please join me as I debunk the automotive industry's #1 myth!......[Read More]
How Can I Quiet the Serpentine Belt on My Chevy Astro?

How Can I Quiet the Serpentine Belt on My Chevy Astro?

The Chevy Astro van has a serpentine drive system that transfers torque from the crank pulley to the various engine accessories by way of a serpentine belt. The belt can slip on a pulley if the accessory is malfunctioning, or if the accessory's pulley bearings are failing. However, it doesn't take a......[Read More]
How to Repair the Windshield Wiper on a 1994 GMC Truck

How to Repair the Windshield Wiper on a 1994 GMC Truck

Repairing the wipers on a GMC truck depends on a couple of important factors. You will need to look at the wipers currently on the truck. Specifically, you need to look at how the wiper blade assembly connects to the wiper arm. Different types of arms have different types of connections. The most co......[Read More]
Removal of an E36 Mirror

Removal of an E36 Mirror

If your BMW E36's mirror is damaged, you may want to remove it to replace it. It is illegal to drive without side mirrors. After removing the mirror you will be able to add the new one and be on the road again. All you need is a few tools.......[Read More]
DIY Rebuild a CV Joint

DIY Rebuild a CV Joint

There are two types of CV Joints you may encounter in vehicles: the Rzeppa and Tripod. Some axles come equipped with Rzeppa joints at both ends; other models have an Rzeppa joint at the outerboard and a Tripod joint on the inner board (see "Resources"). Both can be rebuilt at home with the appropria......[Read More]
How to Paint a Car Matte Black

How to Paint a Car Matte Black

A matte black finish can add a sleek aesthetic to your car, or a matte finish can simply cover up a fading, older paint job. Unfortunately, getting a new paint job can be pricey if you go to a professional auto-body shop. Luckily, the process isn't overly difficult; even a novice painter can achieve......[Read More]
Ceramic Brake Pads Versus Asbestos Brake Pads

Ceramic Brake Pads Versus Asbestos Brake Pads

Historically all brake pad formulations were based on asbestos. Health concerns over exposure to asbestos, combined with increased brake-system performance standards, have caused a decline in the use of asbestos pads. Ceramic pads are a common, though more expensive, alternative.......[Read More]
Why You Should Use Car Care Products?

Why You Should Use Car Care Products?

This small article will tell you why you should use car care products, so read on. Paint Guarding: Keeping your car perfect and cared for One of the reasons on why you should use car ... ......[Read More]
How Does an Intake & Exhaust System Work?

How Does an Intake & Exhaust System Work?

Engines transform air/fuel mixtures into combustion, creating horsepower. Engine combustion creates exhaust gasses that must be expelled from the combustion chamber in order to keep the air/fuel mixture clean. Intake systems improve combustion, while exhaust systems relieve an engine of waste gasses......[Read More]
How to Buff & Fix Car Paint

How to Buff & Fix Car Paint

Minor scratches in your vehicle's paint cause major headaches when it comes to repair. Understanding that scratch before hitting the body shop may help you to determine if buffing it out is worth the time and effort by yielding a flawless result. A rule of thumb to go by is simply noting the color o......[Read More]
Car Repairs Are Simplified By Auto Lifts

Car Repairs Are Simplified By Auto Lifts

Auto Lifts are one of the primary requites for car repair and car storage. It allows the user to get underneath motor vehicles. So, it is easier and quicker repairing vehicles than one can do without. One and only aspect that is essential to keep in mind is that when selecting the auto lifts one sho......[Read More]
Does the Oil Barrel Price on The World Market Affect the Oil Change Industry Cost of Materials?

Does the Oil Barrel Price on The World Market Affect the Oil Change Industry Cost of Materials?

When folks consider running a mobile oil change business, they think about what people are willing to pay for an on-site oil change and lube and then calculate all the revenue they might generate. All well and good except there is an awful lot of cost in delivering such auto services; the payment on......[Read More]
Information on Synthetic Industrial Oil

Information on Synthetic Industrial Oil

Early formulations of synthetic oil were problematic, but the quality and effectiveness has greatly improved over the years. Synthetic oil is now beginning to replace conventional oil because of its superior engine protection.......[Read More]
Where Is the Impeller on a 1984 Eight-HP Mariner?

Where Is the Impeller on a 1984 Eight-HP Mariner?

Finding the impeller on the eight horsepower 1984 Mariner outboard motor built by Mercury Marine may seem simple at first. As a prudent boater, though, you know that if the opportunity arises to inspect other things along the way, you can avoid duplication of effort. Finding the impeller means remov......[Read More]
How to Change a Toyota Tacoma Headlight Assembly

How to Change a Toyota Tacoma Headlight Assembly

Changing the headlight assembly in your Toyota Tacoma pickup requires the removal of the lights and grill around the headlights, but it can be accomplished with a few hand tools. The headlight assemblies are a composite material that houses a halogen bulb to illuminate the road and areas in front of......[Read More]
How to Install a Distributor Cap & Rotor on a Cadillac

How to Install a Distributor Cap & Rotor on a Cadillac

The distributor cap and rotor are essential parts on your Cadillac's engine. If one or both of them become defective, the engine may still crank but it will not run at all. The rotor receives current from the ignition coil that is transferred as it spins to metal contacts within the distributor cap.......[Read More]
How to Replace the Air Filter in a 2005 Mini Cooper S

How to Replace the Air Filter in a 2005 Mini Cooper S

The 2005 Mini Cooper S is a real head-turner, and it's built to last a lifetime. But Cooper owners want to keep up on the regularly scheduled maintenance tasks so that the little things--like a dirty air filter--don't slow you down. For the best fuel efficiency, performance and longevity of the car,......[Read More]
Searching For OEM Car Parts

Searching For OEM Car Parts

Part of taking care of your car is replacing parts when they wear out. Listed below are several great resources for finding OEM parts.......[Read More]
How to Work on a 20 Horsepower Outboard

How to Work on a 20 Horsepower Outboard

Twenty-horsepower outboards are at the low end of the performance spectrum. Consequently they are reasonably light, small and easy to handle. They can be tilted out of the water for inspection without an electrically operated assist. One person can usually open the cowl alone. Taking a few certain m......[Read More]