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How to Replace the Power Steering Pump in a Hyundai Elantra

Driving a vehicle use to be real work until the invention of a device that made driving a great deal more enjoyable. Prior to the invention of the power steering pump, turning a car around a corner was similar to trying to turn an 18-wheel truck. You could do it, but it definitely made driving more

How to Change the Oil in a 1991 Toyota Pickup

Although automobile technology has progressed to the point where it's hard for a weekend motorhead to do a lot of repairs, some simple maintenance tasks can still be done by most people. One of these is an oil change. Cars need to have their engine oil changed (usually every 5,000 to 7,500 miles) in

What Is a Transfer Case on a Car?

Many cars are designed with a four-wheel or all-wheel drive system. The drive systems rely on several mechanical parts in order to function efficiently. One such part is the transfer case.

How to Replace a 2001 Grand Marquis Idler Arm

The 2001 Mercury Grand Marquis came standard with a 220-horsepower, 4.6-liter V-8 engine. This full-sized sedan also came standard with recirculating-ball power steering. This steering system consisted of six main components: a steering gear, pitman arm, center link, drag link, tie rod ends and an i

How to Build Fiberglass Molds

A fiberglass mold creates multiple parts and objects that are identical. Fiberglass cloth and resin is pressed into the mold and left to dry. Once hardened the fiberglass takes the shape of the mold. Everything from auto parts to statues are build with fiberglass molds and if you want to try one you

Can You Plug a Run-Flat Tire?

Run-flat tires are designed with reinforced sidewalls that allow the tire to be driven for a limited distance without air. Some run-flat tires can be plugged, if a patch is placed over the plug.

How to Fix a Noisy Auto Window Seal in a 2001 Lumina

Like many other car windows, the 2001 Chevrolet Lumina's automatic windows often become squeaky from extended use. This is caused by the window seal losing its grease that is applied to the car before it is sold to a consumer. There is an easy way to fix this problem without having to spend hundreds

How to Check the Oil in a Chevy Blazer

While the first Chevy Blazer, introduced in 1969 as a full-size, 1500-series SUV, lasted until 1994, the more popular S10 series Blazer was produced between 1983 through 2005. Checking the engine oil in the Blazer of any size with any motor installed is basically the same. Two major reasons for oil

How to Repair Scratches & Paint Plastic Bumpers

It is difficult to avoid nicks and scratches on a plastic bumper. One reason for this is that the bumper's job is to protect the body of the car against damage. When a stray shopping cart rolls through a parking lot, your vehicle's bumper serves as the first line of defense. Scratches and nicks on a

How to Fix the Speedometer Cable on a Chevy Cavalier

You need to know how to fix the speedometer cable if the speedometer in your Chevy Cavalier is jumping around erratically or not moving at all. While you can buy a complete replacement kit for the cable, here's a quick fix to make your speedometer work again.

History and Techniques of Car Paint Repair

When you scratch or dent your car, removing the paint in the process, you have five options regarding the car paint repair from which to choose.The first option, primarily for more extensive damage - is to take your car to a car paint repair specialist (bodyshop or crash repair centre) to fix the da

How to Install a Jeep TJ Amp

The Jeep TJ allows owners to remove the top and customize some vehicle features. Many Jeep owners use their vehicles for off-roading, and the amp must be mounted securely for off-road adventures and adverse weather conditions. As a result, the best place to mount an amp in the TJ is under the rear

How to Troubleshoot a BMW 528i

When you encounter issues with your BMW 528i, diagnosing their cause can quickly become a frustrating guessing game without the proper diagnostic equipment. The 528i comes equipped with a universal diagnostic system, known as OBDII, which allows you to plug in a code scanner and obtain error codes f

How to Hook Up Electrical Wiring on a Ducane Split System AC

A split air conditioning system by Ducane requires the use of a heat pump. The heat pump will need to be wired to your home's electrical panel. To do this you need to connect the electrical wiring from your circuit panel to the heat pump by first accessing the control box. The control box contains t

How to Change the Oil on a Honda Reflex Scooter

The NSS250 Reflex scooter was produced by the Honda Motor Company from 2001 through 2007, replacing Honda's CH250 Helix touring-style scooter. Based on a larger chassis, compared with the smaller contemporaries, the Reflex provided ample power and enough comfort to travel beyond city limits. Keeping

How to Replace the Starter in a 1998 Toyota 4Runner

The starter motor in the 1998 Toyota 4Runner can fail quickly or over time. If your starter has begun to make strange noises such as grinding or clicking, it is time to remove it and have it bench-tested, replacing it if necessary. Replacement starter motors are available new from the Toyota dealers

How to Buff Airplanes

Aircraft travel at high speeds, so it is important to have them coated in protective wax at all times. Without a protective coat, the paint and other features of the plane will strip off during flight. The wax is worthless without a proper buffing, though. Buffing the exterior of the plain is a time

How to Lace Motorcycle Rims

Upgrade your motorcyle's performance with new wheels. Unfortunately, it can be an expensive upgrade with pre-built wheels. Building your own wheels is a great way to learn something new about your bike, and save a few dollars in the process.

How to Clear Trouble Codes in a Power Stroke Diesel

The diagnostic trouble codes in a vehicle with a Power Stroke diesel engine are stored in the powertrain control module (PCM). The PCM stores a trouble code in its memory when it senses a problem with the engine. This code is designed to aid the service technician in diagnosing and repairing the pro

How to Remove the Radiator on a 2001 Dodge Durango 5.7L

The radiator in the front of a Dodge Durango takes the coolant from the engine, circulates it internally, drops the temperature and then puts it back through the engine. When the radiator gets damaged from either an impact or just springs a leak, it's no longer effective. This can lead to an overhea