Cars & Vehicles
The thermostat in a 1998 Chevrolet Monte Carlo regulates the flow of coolant in to the motor. When the motor starts getting hot, the thermostat automatically opens up and releases just enough coolant to cool the engine down. The coolant goes through a cycle through the motor. The coolant is sent thr
The alternator in your car provides power to the accessories in the vehicle such as the radio, headlights and ignition coils. It does this by creating current from the turning engine belt. Without an alternator, your car's battery would be relied upon too heavily and would die fairly quickly. To rep
Whether you are putting on the candy paint for the first time or performing maintenance to it, once you have the artistry complete and sanded, you will want to give it a nice shine, or even that wet look that some find appealing. To do the best job on it, you will need the right tools. These pieces
Constant velocity (CV) axle plunge describes the necessary instantaneous changes in CV drive axle length as a vehicle suspension negotiates bumps in the road. Correcting CV axle plunge does not mean eliminating the phenomenon, but properly dealing with it during vehicle design, so that the CV axle
Moroso Performance Products is a manufacturer of automotive equipment for street and racing applications. The company, which is based in Guilford, Connecticut, manufactures approximately 3,000 products, including several types of electric water pumps.
Honda's 1986 CB700SC--better known as the Nighthawk S--features an oil-cooled, four-cylinder motor that provides enough performance to match the motorcycle's aggressive styling. Keeping the motor well lubricated requires a fresh supply of oil through regular oil changes spread out in 4,000-mile incr
Monsoon speakers might come installed in your vehicle. Since they are proprietary systems, you cannot simply hook up an aftermarket head unit, amplifier or speakers and expect them to work seamlessly with the rest of your stock Monsoon unit. However, you can specifically purchase speakers that are d
Rain-X windshield wipers are widely sold, as they fit all vehicle that use hook-style wiper arms. The wipers are sold one to a pack and are available in sizes that correspond to the blade's length in inches. Many super-store retailers and automotive parts stores not only carry this brand, but a boo
Checking the front suspension on your 2007 Chrysler Town and Country van consists of simply giving the wheel a few shakes back and forth. This causes movement in the tie rod and the center link. Too much movement indicates a tie rod end needs to be replaced. Be sure to check both front wheels. If t
Making seat covers on your own for the rear seats of the car can give them a personalized look as well as extend the life of the rear seat. Preparing the seat covers starts with selection of a heavy-duty material such as leather or vinyl that can withstand regular deterioration. The material chosen
Due to the size and payload capacity of Ford trucks, the brake pads are under far more strain than pads on Ford cars. However, Ford Motor Company places larger pads on the trucks than those on their cars. Either way, the pads will wear out at some point between 25,000 and 65,000 miles, depending on
The rear end of most 1988 3/4-ton Chevy pick-up trucks feature a free-floating hub. That means the wheel does not connect to the axle, but rather to the hub. The axle attaches to the hub separately with a series of small bolts in order to drive the hub and wheel. The reason for a floating hub is tha
The modern car or truck has lots of sensors to tell the vehicle's computer how the engine is running, and tune accordingly. One of these is the oxygen or O2 sensor, which detects the amount of oxygen in the vehicle's exhaust system and adjusts the fuel/air ration at the heads accordingly. If these s
Once you install a new car battery, you can generally expect it to last three to five years. During this time, however, there are several factors that may affect the life of your battery. For instance, a battery that is exposed to extreme temperatures, both hot and cold, will lose its charge. Also,
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
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...
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).