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How to Replace a Valve Stem in a Tire

The valve stem is what keeps the air in the tire. If the stem does not seal properly, air will slowly leak out of the tire. If you find yourself putting air in your tire more then normal you most likely have a leak in your valve stem. Replacing the valve stem yourself is quick and affordable. A

What Are the Symptoms of a Broken Motor Mount on a Toyota Paseo?

The Toyota Paseo has a number of parts that can wear out over time. The motor mounts are flexible assemblies that hold the Paseo's engine in its place in the engine bay of the vehicle. The motor mounts also help absorb some of the noise and vibration created by the engine. The motor...

Tap and Dies

Taps and dies are tools used for cutting threads while usually sold in sets they are in fact individual tools. A tap is which looks like a bolt if used for making the female thread (nut) and the die which resembles a nut is used to make the male thread (bolt).

Customer Relations Manual for Mobile Car Washes and Auto Detailers

Are you in the mobile car wash business? If not, you should be. A mobile car wash can help your current business immensely, as it caters to all types of customers and potential clientele. If you are wise, chances are either you or someone in your family is in the mobile car wash business.

How to Know if the Air Flow Sensor Is Out

The mass airflow (MAF) sensor measures the amount of air entering a vehicle's engine through the fuel injection system. The MAF sensor is essential for controlling the flow of air and helps ensure a proper mix of air and fuel. When a mass air flow sensor is not functioning properly, your engine's ef

10 Tips For Rebuilding an Engine

Over the past few weeks I have shed blood, sweat and almost a tear or two while trying to rebuild the 4G63 engine on my Evo I. It is the first time I've ever attempted anything like this, and I have learnt a hell of a lot. Thought I'd share with you 10 of the things I have learnt about reb

How to Replace the Radio in a 1993 Pontiac Grand Am

Stock radios, especially on older vehicles, don't have many settings and features. Their audio quality can also sometimes suffer when compared to the many aftermarket options out there. Aftermarket radios cannot only help customize your vehicle but can also raise its resale value drastically. Luckil

DIY: Audi LEDs

Audi is known for manufacturing luxury four-door sedans such as the classy Audi A4. However, once the headlight bulbs burn out you will need to replace them. You can also install aftermarket LED headlight bulbs for a better look. This process is a simple one that you can do yourself.

The Top 5 Reasons to Use Synthetic Motor Oil

If you are a new car owner, or the owner of a new car, chances are you have thought about oil. After all, if you want your engine to run well, and efficiently, you are going to have to make it a top priority to check your motor oil regularly to ensure that it isn't burnt, or low.

How to Remove the Kingpins in a Ford Truck

Though not so common now, many older Ford model cars have a kingpin located on the underside between the I-beam and the steering knuckle, found on the front suspension. Kingpins were used to create a rotating area, allowing the knuckle to pivot, creating a rotation aligned with the steering wheel. R

How to Remove a Brake Booster on a Chevy Truck

In the 1950s and 1960s, most cars were equipped with manual brakes, and braking was quite a chore. Then the brake booster was introduced, using vacuum from the engine to provide extra power to the pedal, decreasing the amount of pressure that the driver has to exert. If there is a vacuum leak in you

How to Remove Trailer Brake Drums

The brakes on your trailer always need to be in tip-top shape; otherwise you're relying on the tow vehicle's brakes to stop both the tow vehicle and the trailer itself, which could cause a problem and fail. If the brakes need to come off to service the axle or just to replace the brake drum assembly

How to Install an Eibach Wheel Spacer

Eibach wheel spacers are machined spacers that bolt onto your vehicle's hub and widen the track. You may want to widen the track for a number of reasons. A wider track improves a vehicle's handling and stability by locating the wheels further from the body. Wheel spacers also result in an improved a

How to Install Chevy Spark Plug Wires

Chevy spark plug wires should be changed every 30,000 miles. Spark plug wires are responsible for sending an electrical charge from the power distributor to the plugs in the engine. When an insufficient spark is sent, your engine will not run properly. You may experience backfiring, misfiring or you

How to Replace a 4.3 Blazer Rear Main Seal

The General Motors 4.3 liter V6 engine was introduced in 1985 and is based on the Chevrolet 350 cubic-inch V8 engine. It was used in 1988 through 1995 Chevrolet Blazers. The 4.3 engine uses a one-piece rear main seal mounted in a housing at the rear of the engine block. A bad rear main seal will all

How to Reset the Computer in a 1986 Acura

You can manually reset the computer for your 1986 Acura. Unlike many auto manufacturers, Honda, who owns Acura, started their diagnostic computer level at "level 0." These computers were called "OBD-0" or "OBD0." The computers generate and store important information about critical vehicle systems.

How to Flush a Transmission on a Pontiac Grand Am

Overtime, the transmission filter can become clogged with debris, allowing particles to enter the transmission fluid. These particles can damage a transmission system if they are allowed to build up. On a Pontiac Grand Am, the fluid should be flushed and replaced every 60,000 miles. To avoid a trip

How to Change a Headlight Cover on a Chevy Trailblazer

The headlight cover on your Chevy Trailblazer protects the headlight lens from stone chips and other damage. The cover snaps over the outside of the headlight lens. When the cover itself becomes cracked, chipped or otherwise damaged, it's time to replace it. Replacing the headlight covers for your T

How to Change the Third Brake Light in a 2006 Jeep Cherokee

The 2005 model year was an important year for the Grand Cherokee, as Jeep completely redesigned the SUV. Jeep changed the SUV's base engine to a 210-horsepower, 3.7-liter V-6 and added the option of a 325-horsepower, 5.7-liter V-8. The redesign also brought about a complete overhaul of the SUV's ext

How to Check E36 Engine Codes With a Paper Clip

The E36 engine constitutes an important part of BMW 3-series automobiles. The engine contains a built-in system for informing the user of specific engine problems. By using a paper clip, you can force the E36 to flash the engine codes. You must compare these codes to a list of BMW diagnostic flash c