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How to Restore Faded Automobile Paint

Faded paint on a vehicle can make it look old, dirty or just used up. Automotive paint becomes faded over time due to UV rays in sunlight and other natural elements. It can also become faded from repeated or excessive washing with harsh chemicals. In many cases, faded automobile paint can be restore...More...

How to Tune Cars

The operations performed for engine tune-up have changed since the 1980s. Modern engines do not need ignition point replacement or dwell, ignition timing, and idle mixture adjustments, which were common on older carburetor-equipped cars. Still, fuel injection systems require some maintenance to keep...More...

How to Replace the Brake Pads on a 2005 Nissan Altima

The 2005 Nissan Altima comes equipped with four-wheel disc brakes. Using disc-type brakes in the rear as well as the front increases the Altima's stopping power. Servicing the brake pads is a simple matter of removing the wheels. There is no need to tear apart any of the brake components to just rep...More...

How to Troubleshoot an Air Intake Leak

The air intake system is one of the most important parts of any automobile's engine. It is what filters and feeds the air necessary for combustion into the engine's cylinder head. The intake system on most vehicles also has various connections to air and emissions sensors, vacuum lines, and other vi...More...

How do I Change the Headlight on a 1994 Lexus 400?

Unlike many vehicles, the 1994 Lexus 400 requires you to remove the headlight assembly to replace a headlight bulb that has burned out. Four bolts must be removed to take out the assembly, and if the bolts are at all worn or rusted, a lot of force may be needed to remove them. The bolts are easy to...More...

How to Find the Oil Filter in an F350 6.4L Diesel

Changing your oil is a good way to save time and money. Replacing the oil filter is part of that process, but finding the filter on the Ford F350 6.4L diesel is more challenging than on most vehicles, even other Fords. Locating the filter requires that you climb a stepladder and go from the top side...More...

Installation Instructions for Polaris Sportsman Coil Spring Spacers

Installing a set of coil spacers on your Polaris Sportsman will increase the off-road performance of your ATV. By installing coil spacers you can add larger tires and increase ground clearance. Coil spacers are installed on the coil spring and raise the height of the ATV. These spring spacers are...More...

How to Troubleshoot an Air Conditioning Noise on a 1996 Honda Accord

The most common cause of air-conditioning noise in the 1996 Honda Accord is a bad compressor. However, cross-contaminated refrigerant, poor compressor lubricant or excess air in your system can also create loud noises with your Honda air-conditioning unit. Similarly, unsecured hoses and loose parts ...More...

How to Replace Rod Bearings for an Acura

Replacing a rod bearing in an Acura engine involved completely disassembling the engine in order to remove and install the connecting rod bearing. No special tools are required for this process, other than an engine hoist and stand....More...

How to Apply Dielectric Grease

Applying dielectric grease as a preventative measure is simple task that should become a regular practice on all automotive connectors that may be exposed to the elements. Bulbs, under-hood connections, spark plug boots and any other connector that may get wet or corrode are great candidates for di...More...

How to Drill a Hole in the Roof of a Car to Mount an Antenna

Mounting an accessory antenna on the roof of your car provides the best reception for cell phones, CBs and ham radios. When mounting a non-magnetic antenna to a vehicle, you will need to drill a hole through the vehicle roof to provide an entry point for the antenna cable. Drilling the hole correctl...More...

How to Choose the Oil and Fluids for a Nissan Altima

In 1993 the compact Nissan Altima was introduced to replace the Nissan Stanza, with its chief improvement being extra leg room. There's also a hybrid model of the Nissan Altima--introduced in 2007--but these steps deal only apply to the gasoline engine models....More...

How to Cut & Polish Scratches Off Your Car

Anytime you take your car out of the garage or carport, you take chances on getting scratches on it. Cars can become scratched from inclement weather, from birds, squirrels and other critters, and from foliage from trees and plants, among other things. If you've tried to remove scratches from your c...More...

My '87 Nissan Van Won't Start

Problems with a Nissan van starting can occur for a variety of reasons but the battery and the fuel levels are the primary reasons it will not start. Many people consult a mechanic when their cars will not start, but you can troubleshoot the issues yourself. Corrosion on the battery terminals, a dea...More...

How to Change the Brake Shoes on a 2002 Cavalier

The rear brake shoes on the 2002 Chevy Cavalier only account for approximately 25 percent of the vehicle's braking power. Therefore, the brake shoes do not require replacement as often as the front disc brake pads. Brake shoes are covered by a brake drum, and unlike disc braking systems that squeeze...More...

How to Store a Boat Battery for Winter

When the end of the boating season approaches and you begin to make preparations for laying your boat up, don't forget about the starting battery that started the engine when needed and the house battery that kept the stereo and lights operating. Preparing a boat's batteries for th...More...

How to Locate the Oil Pressure Sensor Switch on a Cavalier Engine Block

A vehicle's oil pressure is monitored by a sensor. Modern vehicles typically have plastic sensors housed on the side of the engine block. The oil pressure sensor also controls the fuel pump. A bad sensor could turn off the fuel pump under the assumption that no oil is present. The Chevrolet Cavalier...More...

What Are the JCAHO Standards for Record Content Maintenance & Retention?

The Joint Commission -- formerly known as the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals Organization -- is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to setting higher standards for health care. Medical facilities of all types strive to achieve and maintain Joint Commission accreditation to d...More...