Cars & Vehicles
Racing transmissions aren't as simple as they once were. Half a century ago, a racer used whatever oil he had that kept the transmission's gears slick. Thirty years ago, he'd use whatever the manufacturer recommended. Now, however, there are literally dozens of different kinds of lubricants and hydr
Ford F150 alternators are numerous in styles and amperage, which are designed for a multitude of accessories and equipment. Ford has alternators with external fans as well as internal. They also have internal and external regulators. The amperage ranges from 90 to 215 amps. Alternators should always
Chevrolet introduced the Cavalier in 1982, continuing production until 2005. Although the Cavalier was offered for 24 years, only two generations of the model existed. The second-generation was produced from 1995 until 2005. In 1986, Chevrolet debuted a sportier variant known as the...
Brake pads, according to wisegeek.com, are composed primarily of brass,copper and steel wool shavings, held together with a resin. It is this semi-metallic setup that creates the grinding noise that so many people associate with bad brakes. Another easily identifiable sign of brake wear is when the
You can repair your windshield yourself with a windshield chip repair kit. We've tested them, and now we'll show you how to fix a chipped windshield using one of these kits. Save money, you don't need a replacement windshield, fix this one.
Rust is the great equalizer of any iron-based metal. Its appearance on a vehicle, wrought iron house trim and lawn and garden tools can signal the beginning of the end. Modern technology has served to push back the ravages of rust and corrosion, specifically with zinc-based paint, but the only way t
BMW does not only produce horizontally mounted engines, but those engines are the ones for which the company is arguably most well-known. The reason that BMW makes them this way still holds true, almost an entire century after their invention. Along the way, enthusiasts have found other reasons why
A failing air conditioning compressor will leave the air conditioning system inoperable, which can cause uncomfortable temperatures inside a vehicle during the summer months. Most backyard mechanics can replace the air conditioning compressor on a 1997 Chevrolet Cavalier. However, an authorized serv
The 2001 Pontiac Sunfire lost the convertible option of previous years and offered only sedan and coupe options. It was produced from a similar design of the Chevrolet Cavalier, another General Motors model. The Sunfire has traditionally been Pontiac's lowest-priced offering and was intended as a lo
Pewter is an alloy, or mixture, of metals including tin, bismuth and antimony that may also contain gold or silver. This soft, malleable alloy is safe for food use and resistant to the components of beer, so it is commonly used to make lids for ceramic beer steins. A pewter beer stein lid can bend a
The Toyota Corolla was manufactured with an optional air conditioning system, which uses a compressor circulate freon through the evaporator and condenser. This compressor can wear out and require replacement, which should take the average backyard mechanic about an hour to complete.
A radiator in a Cadillac Eldorado hold a little over three gallons of coolant. It's advisable to replace the coolant at least every 60,000 miles, as Dexcool, General Motors' extended life coolant, can begin to break down at that mileage. The easiest way to replace the coolant is to simply drain the
Headlight lenses are the clear plastic covering placed over the headlight bulb. The lenses can become hazy through oxidation, discoloration, and scratches due to wear and tear. Hazy lenses prevent your headlights from projecting brightly on the road. Cleaning your lenses with a special product is ea
Most modern cars have power steering.yellow car, a honda japanese sport car model image by alma_sacra from Fotolia.comMost cars manufactured today have power steering systems. Power steering fluid is necessary to ensure that this important system runs smoothly. The fluid does this by...
The brake rotors on the 1986 Ford Ranger are secured to the wheel axles by four metal nuts and are supported by four metal rods. The wheels and brake calipers will need to be removed from the axle and rotor before you can remove the brake rotors from the axle. Not much in terms of tools or preparati