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Preparing Your Vehicle for Wintertime Driving

Making sure that your car is well prepared for winter can help to eliminate the risk of problems such as bad visibility, skidding or break down. 1. Servicing In winter, you will need to check ...

How to Service a Rear-Window Defogger in a Chevy Corvette

You may find your vehicle's rear-window defogger doesn't work correctly. If this is the case, you may have a damaged grid or fuse. Introduced to the market in 1953, Chevy Corvette models feature rear-window defoggers as a standard feature. Locate a defogger repair kit found at most auto repair retai

Video: How A MIG Welder Works

Video Transcript Hi I'm Mike Rogers and on the principles of mig welding. Lets have a look in the machine itself. The whole idea of mig welder is that you use a wheel of steel wire which is fed by a electric motor through this holes, up to the top, and it is this wire that creates the...

Review: Pirelli P Zero Nero All Season

As a reviewer, I try to make clear when I have a bias, whether positive or negative. I do have something of a negative bias regarding Pirelli. Mostly this comes from years of doing tire repairs and seeing lots of “bubbles” in apparently weak Pirelli sidewalls. I do freely admit that this

How to Fix a Scratch in the Clear Coat of Your Car

It has happened to us all. A cart at the supermarket comes out of nowhere and crashes into your car. A mean-spirited person runs a key along the paint of your car. A number of scenarios can lead to the same result: a scratched car. Most of the time, the scratches are just in the clear coat of the ca

How to Fix a Serpentine Belt in a 1998 Malibu

The multi-ribbed, single continuous belt that runs through the Chevy Malibu engine controls various engine accessories, which vary depending on the exact model of Malibu you drive. Along with the crankshaft pulley, the serpentine belt can run the air conditioner and compressor, the alternator, vacuu

How to Remove a Pontiac Solstice Dash

There are a number of reasons why you may wish to remove the dash from your Pontiac Solstice. You may wish to upgrade it to something different or it may become damaged and require replacement. Over time constant sun exposure can cause the material that makes up the dash to expand, causing holes and

How to Remove a Power Window Switch on a '99 Malibu

In 1997, Chevrolet reintroduced the Malibu to its lineup. The 1999 Malibu came standard with a 2.4-liter engine that cranked out 150 horsepower and had a 150- to 170-horsepower 3.1-liter V-6 available. The 1999 Malibu also had optional power locks and power windows available. A switch on each door p

How to Remove Door Glass in an S-10

The door glass, or window, in a Chevrolet S-10 truck is supported and held in place by two tracks, a side track and a bottom track. Removing the window isn't difficult; in fact, the hardest part is removing the door panel. Once the panel is off, you can remove the window with ease.

How to Repair a Mercury Capri Window Regulator

The Mercury Capri uses a window regulator, a thin mechanical device, to move the window glass in the window channel. The regulator bolts to the inside of the door and the base of the window glass. A gear in the regulator has a center stud that protrudes through the door panel and has a crank handle

Basic Operation of Gearboxes

All cars have some sort of transmission, be it automatic, manual or continuously variable. Only manuals are referred to as "gearboxes," since they use only a set of gears instead of a series of clutches and shafts.

How to Take Off a Wheel Drum

Drum brakes are still used on some modern motorcycles due to their simple yet effective mechanical operation. Unlike a hydraulic disc brake system, servicing a drum brake does not require messy chemicals or complex procedures to ensure the brake operates properly. However, being able to remove a whe

How to Install a Windshield in a Chevy Camaro

You must keep the windshield in your Chevy Camaro in the best possible condition to ensure clear visibility when taking your vehicle out on the road. If any cracks or breaks appear in your windshield, you must have it repaired or replaced. You can save yourself a lot of money by installing the winds

How Do I Know If I Need a New Alternator?

Unlike many other car parts, there is no set mileage at which you need to replace an alternator. It may last for 100,000 miles or more or it may malfunction much sooner. Occasionally, an alternator can be damaged by overheating or a voltage surge in the system. Many other charging or electrical syst

Maintenance for a Custom Car Paint Job

When you invest in a custom car paint job, you'll want to maintain it correctly. Learn how to care for your vehicle's exterior to keep it in prime condition.

How to Clean the Discharge on a Car Battery

It may just stop you in your tracks. That stuff on the battery in your car. A result of gasses created by a battery with low fluid levels, this white puffy stuff is robbing your battery of enough power to start your vehicle, and it needs to be cleaned. Most homes have the perfect ingredients for cre

Making Your Car Shine

Maintaining that beautiful shine on the surface of your car requires you to properly wash and wax regularly. Following a few simple do it yourself steps to make your life a whole lot easier and get the job done right.