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How to Troubleshoot a Chevy Silverado Transmission

Troubleshooting the transmission in your Chevy Silverado may seem like a daunting task to someone who has never done it before, but there a several common things you can check for before you need to take the vehicle to a mechanic. By troubleshooting the transmission yourself, you may find that the p

How to Replace the Water Pump in a 1995 Chevrolet Cavalier

The water pump on the 1995 Chevrolet Cavalier is responsible for propelling the coolant through the entire engine, from the radiator to the upper intake manifold cooling jackets. Replacing the water pump on the 1995 Cavalier should take no longer than two to three hours even if you are a beginner. A

How to Unsnap Corroded Boat Grommets

Every so often, you may find that the plating on one of the metal grommets that holds your boat cover in place has corroded. While your first inclination may be to slip the tip of a screwdriver under the grommet, brace it against your boat and jerk the screwdriver's handle upward to free the grommet

How to Install Automotive Freeze Plugs

Freeze plugs, also called core plugs and expansion plugs, are castings holes in the engine block that serve two purposes. First, they provide a way to remove the sand that's used to create cooling passages in the engine block during the casting process. And second, they are designed to pop out of pl

Tips for All Wheel Drive Vehicles

There are a lot of different all wheel drive systems one should know about. It basically means that there is power that is given to all 4 of the wheels. Because there are so many different car makers that all have different ideas of how to take advantage of all wheel drive it is confusing. It is a g

How to Troubleshoot a Car's Clutch

Over time, a car's clutch wears out just like its tires. Generally, there are signs or symptoms that indicate there is a problem with your clutch. Here are some basic guidelines for troubleshooting your car's clutch before seeking the help of a mechanic.

How to Seal Rusty Fuel Tanks

Fuel tanks rust when the interior of the tank is exposed to moisture. Over time, that moisture will begin to rust the tank's walls. Because water is heavier than fuel, it will settle to the bottom of the fuel tank, which is where the rust first appears. Rust particles can foul up tubing, injectors a

How to Install a Diamond-Plated Rocker Panel

Rocker panels are the areas on a vehicle beginning at the bottom edge and extending about eight to twelve inches up the side. The rocker panels take a lot of abuse from road grime, mud, water, snow and dirt. Installing diamond-plate rocker panels can give your vehicle much-needed protection and a st

DIY Brake Pad Install

Disc braking systems are composed of brake calipers, rotors and the brake pads that require the most frequent maintenance. The material on the brake pads is necessarily soft to grip the metal rotors during braking and thus wear out much more frequently than the other components of the brakes. Many a

How to Reset the Service Required Warning in a 2007 Toyota Tacoma

The light indicating that your 2007 Toyota Tacoma needs service will turn on every 5,000 miles. If you take the truck in for an oil change, the service center will typically shut off the light for you. If, however, they forget to reset the light or if you service the truck yourself at home, you will

How to Replace a Fuel Pump in a 1999 Pontiac Bonneville

Your 1999 Pontiac Bonneville comes equipped with an in-tank electric fuel pump that provides between 48 and 55 psi (333 to 376 kPa) of pressure to handle the needs of its fast 3.0L engine. But low pressure, poor fuel flow, noises and even leaks may assault the pump after years of service. To replace

How to Install a Wix Fuel Filter

Replacing your stock filter with a Wix Filter is a step up in improving the performance of your vehicle. The Wix filter is designed to catch and hold all the sediments and debris coursing through your fuel lines. Wix filters are known for their high-quality construction and ability to keep unwanted

How to Disable the ABS Brakes on a Range Rover

The anti-lock braking system (ABS) on a Range Rover is designed to selectively limit brake pressure in order to prevent the wheels from locking up. When the ABS computer senses a wheel's rotation speed slowing too quickly it engages the ABS. This system is an important safety feature and must only b

How to Replace the Alternator in a 1994 Diamante

The alternator on your 1994 Diamante works like a generator, producing electrical current that is stored in the vehicle's battery. However, over time or due to faulty parts, the alternator can wear out and stop producing electrical current. When this happens, your car will begin to lose power, drain

How to Reset the Check Engine on a Hyundai Tucson

Seeing the check engine light turn on in your car can be a distressing feeling. It could mean any number of things that have gone wrong under your hood. After performing your maintenance, the light may remain on. That light represents a series of error message codes in your car's computer. Wiping th

How to Replace the Throttle Body in a Ford F-Series

Since its beginnings, Ford sold millions of the F Series pickup, including the F-150, which is the most popular vehicle sold in America for nearly every year of the past thirty. The current generation of the F-150, which debuted in 2004, is consider to be the best so far. The following steps detail

How Do I Replace the Oil in a BMW 528i?

The 1999 528i is a four-door luxury sedan from German maker BMW. The 1999 528i belongs to the E39 generation of cars and is powered by a straight-six engine. Like all cars, the 528i should receive regular oil and filter changes as part of its routine maintenance. This will ensure a long life for the

Automotive Engine Repair Process

Those that read this article will learn more about the automotive engine repair process. While a failed engine may cause many vehicle owners to buy a new car, repairing their engine can often save them many thousands of dollars in just a few short years.

Instructions to Remove Wheel Bearings in a Mazda 3

The front wheel bearings on a Mazda 3 are part of a sealed system integrated with the hub. This means that the wheel bearings can't be replaced or serviced; they can only be replaced by replacing the hub assembly. If your front wheels start squeaking or they don't seem to be rolling freely, then you