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How to Remove Dents on Auto Body Panels

For someone with experience working on cars, learning how to remove dents on auto body panels shouldn't be too difficult. Even those new to working on vehicles can get the hang of it. Dents occur on almost every vehicle as some point. Knowing how to repair them yourself can save time and money vs. t

How to Change the Inner Tie Rod on a Ford F150

Ford equipped the F-150 truck with a steering system that includes tie rods (with both inner and outer ends) that connect the wheels to the center link and steering shaft. The inner tie-rod ends connect to the center-link knuckle. Wear over time causes the tie-rod ends to become loose, which adverse

How to Troubleshoot the Exhaust System in a Subaru Outback

The Subaru Outback is a reliable all-wheel drive vehicle that will last well over 100,000 miles if you take care of it. You can easily troubleshoot your Outback's exhaust system to pinpoint areas that might need to be fixed--even before these areas take a toll on your car.

How do I Check My Check Engine Light in a 2003 Stratus?

The "Check Engine" light on your Stratus is tied into the vehicle's emissions control system and turns on when the Onboard Diagnostics, or OBD, senses something is amiss. Sometimes the light signifies nothing more than a broken sensor or loose gas cap; other times you may need to have major repairs

How to Siphon Gas From a Chevy Trailblazer

Siphoning gas from a vehicle is not only for times when cash runs low and you need a few gallons for another car. If the fuel pump requires maintenance or you need to remove the gas tank needs, siphoning provides an easy way to drain the level of gas enough to allow you to complete the work. With a

How to Check Honda Transmission Fluid

Transmission fluid acts as a lubricant for the moving parts inside your car's transmission. Fluid levels should be checked frequently to maintain the safety and proper working order of your Honda. Consult your vehicle's manual to ascertain how frequently your car's transmission should be serviced. I

How to Install a Tonneau Cover on a Tundra

One advantage to owning a Toyota Tundra is the large payload capacity the truck has, enabling you to carry heavy and large loads in the bed. But unfortunately, that load is susceptible to theft or accidents, because it's completely out in the open. One way to prevent theft or damage, or simply prote

Tips for Automobile Detailing

Detailing your car helps it retain its showroom look.Car washing image by Evgeny Berdjansky from Fotolia.comWhen you detail your car, you are giving it a thorough and deep cleaning. There are tips and tricks to detailing that can help reduce interior wear and add exterior shine. Following...

The DIY Guide to Dodge Control Arms

Dodge vehicles, such as a Dakota or a Ram, make use of a control arm that is located at the bottom of the suspension at the front of the vehicle. The purpose of the control arm is to support the weight of the vehicle under the engine and to support the coil spring. When any component of the control

How to Shut Off the Back Up Lights on a Chevy Truck

The back-up lamps on your Chevrolet truck are important for the safety of your vehicle, as they inform other drivers of when you are backing up your vehicle. If you wish to shut off the back-up lamps, you have two options: removing the fuse or removing the bulb. Removing the fuse for the back-up lam

Most Powerful Battery-Powered Grease Guns

Most mechanics know how difficult it can be getting a traditional grease gun positioned under a car, attached to the lube nipple, and then squeezing a hand-powered pump. Squirting heavy viscosity automotive grease into an automotive fitting is like trying to suck Vaseline through a straw. With the w

How to Replace the Brake Fluid on a 1999 Mazda 626

Mazda produced the 626 in 1999 with a hydraulic power brake system. The nature of a hydraulic power brake system requires that the system be bled anytime a part of the system is removed or replaced. The fluid in the system becomes contaminated through use and age, which requires flushing the fluid o

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An Essential Guide to Protecting Your Car's Paint Work

You have finally bought your first car and are going ga-ga over the biggest purchase of your life. But suddenly you start having nightmares about your car getting tarnished. Well, almost all car owners are ...

How to Lubricate the Door Striker Plate and Tracks in a Chevy Impala

When it comes to taking care of your Chevy Cobalt, you know that you must change the oil, ensure that you have a good set of brake pads and even rotate the tires. But if you want to really prolong the aesthetic appeal, then you must do the small maintenance jobs like lubricating the door striker pla

How to Clean Yamaha Carburetor

Carburetors have been used in nearly every Yamaha motorcycle produced until the recent replacement by the electronic fuel-injection system on most newer models. The primary role of a carburetor is to provide an efficient ratio of air and fuel to the motor for combustion. Over time, fuel held within

How to Replace a Chrysler Sun Visor

Replacing a the sun visor in a Chrysler is not one uniform process. Depending on the brand, model, and year, the visor may be wired. This might be the case if the visor itself contains any electrical components like a lighted mirror that draws electricity from the car, not an independent set of ba

How to do an Oil Change on a 1981 Silverwing

The 1981 Honda GL500 Silverwing is a touring-style motorcycle with a 500cc engine. The metal nut on the bottom front of the engine block is the crankcase drain plug. The small black cap on the left side of the engine next to the gear shifter is the oil cap and that is where you will be pouring the n

How to Fit a Dump Valve on a Saab 93

In 1999 Saab introduced the new 9-3. It was designed to put a new face on the 20 year old 900 model. The 1998 900 and the 1999 Saab 9-3 have a lot in common. Many of the aftermarket parts that worked on the 900 also work on the 1999 9-3. This includes the aftermarket dump valve that gives turbo cha

Common Alternator Problems

If your car has a dead battery on a regular basis, you may be having alternator problems.Luxury Car sportscar from my luxury car series image by alma_sacra from Fotolia.comThe alternator in a car is responsible for charging the battery and powering the accessories in and on the car, like...