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How to Replace the Front Side Marker on a 2001 Toyota 4Runner

How to Replace the Front Side Marker on a 2001 Toyota 4Runner

The 2001 Toyota 4Runner's front lighting system is made up of three pairs of light assemblies. The headlights make up one pair and use a dual high/low beam bulb. The turn signals make up the second pair. The third pair of assemblies are the side markers. The side markers are on the outside of the he......[Read More]
Put One Foot Under the Spare

Put One Foot Under the Spare

It can happen anytime; you're stuck on the side of the road with a flat tire. You can wait for a tow truck, or you can change the tire out for your spare yourself and be on your way. Here's a pictorial version of how to do it safely and easily yourself.......[Read More]
How Do I Access a Distributor Cap on a 2002 Honda Accord?

How Do I Access a Distributor Cap on a 2002 Honda Accord?

The distributor cap is part of the Honda Accord's electronic ignition system. The cap is made of hard plastic and covers the distributor, which directs electrical pulses to the spark plugs. You should examine your distributor cap if your car consistently has trouble starting or if you notice abnorma......[Read More]
How to Remove the Wheel Differential Lock in the Ariens Snow Blower

How to Remove the Wheel Differential Lock in the Ariens Snow Blower

Ariens is an American manufacturing company specializing in landscaping equipment such as tillers, lawn mowers and snowblowers. Many Ariens snowblower models offer a wheel differential lock feature that allows you to set the wheels to turn together for better snow traction or separately for better t......[Read More]
What Is Electrostatic Painting?

What Is Electrostatic Painting?

Electrostatic painting, or powder coating, is a newer method for painting metals and certain types of plastics, using electrically charged powders to create a smoother finish and a variety of effects.......[Read More]
Finding Vintage Car Parts For Vintage Cars Restoration Project

Finding Vintage Car Parts For Vintage Cars Restoration Project

Finding vintage car parts can be quite difficult these days but this will not deter many vintage car enthusiasts. If you own a vintage car and want to restore it, this article is for you. It talks about some great places to find parts to restore your vintage car.......[Read More]
The Main Uses of Emergency LED Lights

The Main Uses of Emergency LED Lights

The emergency LED lights are extremely powerful, thanks to the bulbs used to illuminate it. The intensity of the light beams makes them useful in more ways than one. Here are a few main uses of these lights.......[Read More]
How to Change an Oil Pan Gasket on a 1996 Chevy Silverado

How to Change an Oil Pan Gasket on a 1996 Chevy Silverado

Gaskets insure a tight, leak-proof seal between components. The oil pan gasket sits between the vehicle's oil pan and crankcase to prevent the leakage of oil. A worn-out oil pan gasket must be replaced because an oil leak can damage the engine. Changing the oil pan gasket for a 1996 Chevy Silverado ......[Read More]
How to Troubleshoot the Instrument Cluster on a 2000 Dodge Ram

How to Troubleshoot the Instrument Cluster on a 2000 Dodge Ram

The instrument cluster of the 2000 Dodge Ram contains several important instruments vital for the operation of the truck. The speedometer, the fuel gauge and several warning lights are all contained on the instrument cluster. If your instrument cluster begins to fail, the issue could be with the ins......[Read More]
How to Calculate the Motorcycle Speed From the Gear Ratio

How to Calculate the Motorcycle Speed From the Gear Ratio

A gear ratio compares the number of teeth in two interlocking gears. In a motorcycle and other engines, differently sized gears are used to transmit power from the engines to the wheels. Using a transmission with a series of different gears allows your motorcycle to have different levels of speed an......[Read More]
How to Troubleshoot a Spark Plug Wire

How to Troubleshoot a Spark Plug Wire

Automotive ignition wires typically have a solid copper core surrounded by several layers of insulation, and are designed to handle tens of thousands of volts. They transmit the electrical energy from the ignition coil to the spark plugs, where it ignites the fuel in the combustion chamber. Over tim......[Read More]
Girl Meets Mechanic: Understanding Why You Need a Transmission Flush

Girl Meets Mechanic: Understanding Why You Need a Transmission Flush

Do I really need a transmission flush? Recently, I was told that my Honda needed a transmission flush by my mechanic. Being the skeptic I am, I wondered whether this was something I really needed or just another means of lining my mechanic's pocket.......[Read More]
Custom Car Options like Paint and Accessories Add Sizzle to your Ride: a Primer

Custom Car Options like Paint and Accessories Add Sizzle to your Ride: a Primer

Custom paint jobs, accessories and more help gearheads to soccer moms personalize their rides and improve resale value. Dealer service departments can guide your ride customization effort, installing custom features and ensuring you meet warranty guidelines. ......[Read More]
How to Remove the Ignition Lock Cylinder on a 1993 Mazda MX-5

How to Remove the Ignition Lock Cylinder on a 1993 Mazda MX-5

Mazda introduced the Miata for the 1990 model year, in the summer of 1989. The 1993 Mazda Miata was equipped with a 1.6-liter, dual-overhead-cam, fuel-injected, in-line 4-cylinder engine. The 1993 Miata produced up to 116-horspower and 100 foot-pounds of torque. The ignition system on the 1993 Miata......[Read More]
Auto Paint Basics

Auto Paint Basics

Auto paint can be divided into enamels and lacquers.red car detail image by .shock from Fotolia.comThe purpose of auto paint not only is to make a car look good, but to also protect the underlying body panels from environmental hazards. When repairing or restoring a vehicle different.........[Read More]
Study “Inspect Prior To Deciding To Buy” Before You Purchase The Pre-Owned Automobile

Study “Inspect Prior To Deciding To Buy” Before You Purchase The Pre-Owned Automobile

Its possible you've got got a new truck in past times, or you might be thinking about that today. Maybe you have the feeling or information for you to take a look at a pre-owned ... ......[Read More]
How to Install a Rotor on a Honda Pilot

How to Install a Rotor on a Honda Pilot

A car's rotors are round metal discs squeezed by the brakes to stop the vehicle. As part of the braking system, if their performance starts to wane, it's vital they be removed and replaced. There is a rotor for each of your wheels, so it might be just one that needs to be replaced, or you might need......[Read More]
How to Repair a Ford Explorer Water Pump

How to Repair a Ford Explorer Water Pump

The water pump in your Ford Explorer is responsible for pushing the coolant through the engine to maintain a safe engine operating temperature. A failing water pump can cause your Explorer's engine to overheat. In extreme cases, this can cause severe damage to the engine block. If the water pump in ......[Read More]
How a Torsion Bar Works

How a Torsion Bar Works

BasicsA torsion bar is a flexible spring that can be moved about its axis via twisting. Torsion bars are designed and based on the amount of torque used in the twisting of the spring, the angle of the twist, the overall dimensions of the torsion bar and what materials the torsion bar is.........[Read More]
How to Remove a Torx Bolt With a Damaged Head

How to Remove a Torx Bolt With a Damaged Head

Torx bolts were designed so that they could be tightened to specifications without the operator having to worry about the tightener bit slipping out of the Torx socket. These types of bolts feature a recessed opening where the Torx driver fits. As with other bolts, Torx bolt heads can become damaged......[Read More]