Auto Parts & Maintenance & Repairs : Cars & Vehicles

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How do I Install a Bronco Drop Pitman Arm?

How do I Install a Bronco Drop Pitman Arm?

When the ride height in your Bronco is raised for added ground clearance by installing a lift kit, the angle of the front steering linkage changes as well. The result is a loss of control and directional stability and a phenomenon called bump steer. When this occurs, hitting a bump in the road can c......[Read More]
How to Check a Motor Mount

How to Check a Motor Mount

A motor mount is an automotive part that supports the engine and transmission of a vehicle. Along with providing support, motor mounts cushion the natural movements of these parts. Without properly operating motor mounts, the engine and transmission will strike other objects inside the engine compar......[Read More]
How to Check an Auto Transmission

How to Check an Auto Transmission

Checking the automatic transmission is part of the required maintenance on any vehicle. The transmission requires the correct amount of fluid to run smoothly and shift up and down through the gears in the vehicle. Too much transmission fluid can be as dangerous as not enough, as it can damage the ba......[Read More]
End of Summer Car Maintenance

End of Summer Car Maintenance

Besides your home and health, your car is probably next in line as one of the most expensive and important assets. So be smart and take the time out of your day to make sure your car is prepared and ready just like you have prepared yourself and your house for the cold winter.......[Read More]
How Do I Change the Headlight on a 2007 Mazda 3?

How Do I Change the Headlight on a 2007 Mazda 3?

The 2007 Mazda 3 has rather particular headlights that need a specific approach to replace; the retaining clips have to be lifted in a certain way, or else they won't budge. In addition, other car parts, such as the washer reservoir, are somewhat placed in the way, making access difficult; however, ......[Read More]
The Use of Retreaded Tires in Fleet Vehicles

The Use of Retreaded Tires in Fleet Vehicles

The use of retreaded tires is an intregal part of tire management for many vehicle fleets, especially those with large trucks. There are many misconceptions on the quality of retreaded tires but for many fleets the retreading of tires is a tool to reduce cost and environmental impact of fleet tires.......[Read More]
How to Install an AEV JK Wrangler Front Bumper

How to Install an AEV JK Wrangler Front Bumper

The AEV JK Wrangler front bumper is constructed of heavy gauge steel and adds additional protection to the front underside of the vehicle. This bumper is stylish and is stronger than the factory installed stock bumper. To install the bumper on your Jeep you need to first remove the stock bumper from......[Read More]
How to Replace the Fog Lights on a Nissan Maxima

How to Replace the Fog Lights on a Nissan Maxima

Fog lights provide additional lighting in bad weather conditions. Many trim levels of the Nissan Maxima are equipped with them. It only takes a few minutes to replace your fog lights, whether you are replacing the bulbs or the entire assembly. This applies to all Nissan Maximas except 2009 and newer......[Read More]
How to Get a Car Out of a Muddy Ditch

How to Get a Car Out of a Muddy Ditch

The weather and nature aren't always kind to motor vehicles. If you drive, at some point you may get stuck whether it's due to excessive water, snow or mud. If you don't know what you're doing, you risk damaging your vehicle components and you'll remain in the same spot and literally dig yourself de......[Read More]
How to Replace Ford Escape Rear Brake Pads

How to Replace Ford Escape Rear Brake Pads

The Ford Escape braking system includes all-wheel disc brakes. While disc brakes offer a higher level of braking performance, namely shorter stopping distance, replacing the brake pads in the rear presents a significant challenge vs. replacing the front brake pads. Those are easier to replace due to......[Read More]
How to Take McPherson Struts off of a Mercury Mystique

How to Take McPherson Struts off of a Mercury Mystique

The struts on your Mercury Mystique do the same work as a shock absorber, and when they go out, you'll notice excessive tire wear, a poor quality ride, and potential braking issues as well. Replacing the struts takes some special tools, but it can be done at home. Before you replace the struts, you ......[Read More]
How to Set your Old Distributor Points

How to Set your Old Distributor Points

Setting the points on the older type distributors was critical to their performance. The points charge the coil between firing of the individual cylinders. Setting the points amounts to adjusting the amount of time the points are open. The larger the gap, the shorter the time the coil is charged and......[Read More]
How to Weld Stainless Steel

How to Weld Stainless Steel

There are three common ways to learn how to weld stainless steel. SMAW (shielded metal arc) or stick welding, GMAW, commonly referred to as Mig welding (metal inert gas), and GTAW (tungsten inert gas) or Tig welding.......[Read More]
Gift Suggestions for 1969 Camaro Owners

Gift Suggestions for 1969 Camaro Owners

A Camaro owner will enjoy a Camaro-related gift.gift image by Marek Kosmal from Fotolia.comAlthough Camaro model years 1967, 1968 and 1969 are all considered first generation models, the 1969 Camaro stands out as the most unique. From the grille and instrument panel to the taillights and.........[Read More]
How to Install the Ultraguard Mud Flap

How to Install the Ultraguard Mud Flap

Ultra Guard mud flaps are full length mud flaps designed for RVs, motor homes or large pickup trucks. These devices prevent road spray from gathering underneath the rear bumper, reducing the risk of rusting to the undercarriage of your vehicle. By reducing the amount of road spray, Ultra Guard mud f......[Read More]
How to Connect a Fuel Line for a Suzuki GS500F

How to Connect a Fuel Line for a Suzuki GS500F

The Suzuki GS500F has various fuel lines that are attached to various outlets, called petcocks, that are located in different areas on the bike. A petcock is a small valve that is used to control the amount of flow of fuel used by the motor. Fuel lines are connected to petcock inlet valves and outle......[Read More]
How to Calculate New Tire Sizes When Changing Wheel Sizes

How to Calculate New Tire Sizes When Changing Wheel Sizes

Whether you're looking to install a larger or smaller wheel on your vehicle, selecting the right size tire to mount on your wheels is important. Most professionals suggest that your new tire and wheel combination should be within a 3 percent, positive or negative, variance of the Original Equipment......[Read More]
How to Replace the Starter in a Dodge Caravan

How to Replace the Starter in a Dodge Caravan

Imagine running late to get out the door for work, sitting in your 2000 to 2005 Dodge Caravan and turning the ignition. Nothing happens. You try the ignition again. Still, nothing happens. Your Dodge Caravan won't start. While any number of things can be wrong, such as a dead battery or bad alternat......[Read More]
How to Run a Car to Reset the Check Engine Light

How to Run a Car to Reset the Check Engine Light

Cars a generation ago were far easier to repair than those on the road today. The addition of complex emission-control systems and the incorporation of microprocessors to manage everything from fuel efficiency to the driver's seat position mean that repairing modern cars almost requires a degree in ......[Read More]
How to Replace Headlight Relay Dodge RAM

How to Replace Headlight Relay Dodge RAM

The Dodge Ram truck uses a headlight relay which works similar to a fuse. The relay allows the required amount of current to flow through and power the headlight. In the event that a surge sends too much electricity to the switch, the relay will absorb the surge and disable itself. Once this happens......[Read More]