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How to Test an Automotive Alternator

When you turn the key in your car, you expect the engine to start. When it doesn't, you have to locate the problem. Starting problems usually begin with the battery, but they can also quickly spread to the starter and alternator. Determining whether your battery is dead is simple: Turn the key and s

How to Reduce Diesel Engine Noise

One of the main problems with a diesel engine is the loud sound that the engine produces. This sound is produced by the fuel igniting inside the engine. The engine makes more sound than a traditional fuel engine because the fuel is filtered less and has more particles inside the fuel. Older diesel e

How to Adjust the Headlights on a 2001 Hyundai Elantra

The Elantra is a small budget-minded car sold in the U.S. by Hyundai Motors. The Elantra was first offered in 1992, and the design received major overhauls in 1996, 2001 and 2007. As on any vehicle, headlight alignment is an important safety consideration for nighttime driving. From time to time the

Problems With a Solenoid In a Mitsubishi Spyder

The Mitsubishi Spyder refers to the convertible model of the Mitsubishi Eclipse. The solenoid switch is a component of the engine electrical system. The solenoid basically sends power to the engine starter. A faulty solenoid can cause your engine to not crank.

Troubleshooting 1993 Toyota Camry Backup Lights

If the backup lights on your 1993 Toyota Camry are malfunctioning, they should be repaired immediately. The backup lights on your Camry help prevent against accidents and you can receive a "fix it" ticket from the local authorities for driving a vehicle with a faulty light. There are three main caus

How to Flush a Honda Automatic Transmission

Regularly scheduled maintenance for Honda vehicles, such as transmission flushes every 10, 000 miles, is recommended to keep the vehicles operating at optimal performance. You can take your vehicle to a Honda dealership or car repair shop to have it flushed or perform the task yourself at home. No s

How to Install a New Steering Rack in a Dodge Durango

The Dodge Durango replaced the Ramcharger in 1998 to serve as a mid-sized SUV for North American markets. Originally based on the Dodge Dakota, Dodge redesigned the model in 2004. As with any high-wheel base vehicle, steering is important. If you drive a 2004 or later model and need to replace the s

How to Replace the Door Locks on a 1997 Ford Explorer

The Ford Explorer is a full-size SUV that is sold in North America. The SUV was first built in 1990 by Ford Motor Co. If you need your 1997 Ford Explorer door lock actuator to be replaced and don't want to hire a mechanic, you can replace the door lock actuator yourself. All you need is the right to

How to Replace Rusted-Out Brake Tubing on a Car

The brake tubing on your car provides the braking system with the hydraulic fluid necessary to activate your car's brakes. The braking system relies on rust-free brake lines to work properly. If the brake lines are rusted, then you will notice a significant decrease in braking performance. You might

How to Use Road Glide Radio Controls

Harley-Davidson's Road Glide is one of their flagship "Full Dress" or "Bagger" cruisers. The term refers to the sheer quantity of optional extras included on this model as standard. If an accessory can be fitted to a motorcycle, this model includes it as standard. Along with the windshield, integrat

How to Change Struts on a Ford Escape

The Ford Escape shares a platform with the Mazda Tribute and Mercury Mariner. The Escape is equipped with a MacPherson strut-type front suspension. This type of suspension incorporates the shock absorber, or strut, and coil spring into one assembly. In order to replace the strut, the entire assembly

How to Troubleshoot No Fuel Going to a Carburetor

No fuel at your carburetor can be caused by many things. It could be a simple issue like a fuel filter plugged so tight that no fuel can pass through. Another logical cause could be the fuel pump. If the fuel pump is electric, the 12-volt power may be shorted. A hole in the fuel line on the tank sid

1981 El Camino Specs

With efficiency as the focus, Chevy engine power decreased over the years.american v8 engine image by kenmo from Fotolia.comThe Chevrolet El Camino debuted in 1959, inspired by the success of the similarly styled Ford Ranchero, the first car-truck sold in the United States. The original...

How to Adjust a Throttle Valve Cable

The throttle valve cable controls the air and fuel that flows into the engine. It meters the fuel that mixes with outside air by opening a valve--the throttle--which is a plate that opens and closes inside the throttle body. When the plate opens, air is drawn in by vacuum pressure created by the des

How to Replace Antifreeze in a 1993 Toyota Camry

Changing out your Camry's coolant will help to increase the life of the motor. The coolant becomes contaminated with debris as it flows through the engine, especially after 30,000 miles. Keep your coolant system ready for any weather condition by changing out the coolant on a regular basis.

How to Remove an Automatic Shifter Knob

Removing an automatic shifter knob is a relatively easy task that can be completed in about 5 minutes on most vehicles. Car manufacturers most often use one of two types of shifter knobs. One type of shifter knob is attached to the shaft using pressure and a compression fitting. The other type of sh

Unusual Car Smell Warning Signs

Having your car serviced by a qualified motor mechanic on a regular basis is best preventative measure you can take when it comes to car care. Not only will you have the reassurance and peace of mind that comes with a well serviced vehicle which will also be doing your best to preserve its value ove

Saving Money on Automobile Repairs

Automobile expenses take a big chunk out of our income. This includes repairs and upkeep. A trip to the shop is almost always a painful financial experience.

Trail Talk on Cheap Tires of Raleigh and More

North Carolina has many good tire companies that are available when needed out of which Raleigh NC is one of the most famous. They sell all kinds both new and old at fairly decent prices. ...