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How To: Fix sticking power steering with Sea Foam Trans Tune

Is your power steering binding when you're trying to turn? Or maybe it turns real easy to the right, but extremely hard to turn to the left? Well, that's a classic sign of a power steering rack that has problems. But before you go out and buy an expensive rack and pinion, and take the whole front end of the car apart to replace it, you might want to try a little trick first— Sea Foam Trans Tune, which is also for hydraulic and power steering systems.

How To: Change Rear Disc Brakes on a 2001 Chrysler Town & Country Minivan

Changing the rear disc brakes on your 2001 Chrysler Town & Country (henceforth referred to as T&C) can be quite a challenge, but if you can spare a few hours (remember that you need to budget time to get the brake parts from the parts house) and are willing to get a little dirt on your hands, then you can save quite a bit of coinage!!! If after reading this article you do not feel like you can safely change your brakes, then bring your vehicle to a repair shop and let a professional do the jo...

How To: Jack Up a Chevy Venture Van

This article will show you how to lift a Chevy Venture van using a floor jack and jack stands. This procedure may work on other vehicle types and models, such as cars and trucks. The key is to use the proper sized heavy duty floor jacks and jack stands to lift your vehicle, and locate the proper area of the vehicles frame to place the jack and stands.

How To: Test vehicle relays in place with stranded copper wire

This is a really great tip for any mechanic's toolbox. Most people switch out relays in the vehicle to determine whether they're bad or not, but sometimes that doesn't do the trick. Sometimes it's necessary to check the relay in place, in the relay box, and there's a simple trick to doing so, for any automobile. Just wrap some stranded copper wires around the contacts and plug it back into the relay box. Then test!

How To: Replace the transmission filter in a Saturn S-Series

One day, your car may break down and you won't be able to afford to hire a mechanic, so what do you do... you look on the web for some how-to vehicle repair videos and become your own car mechanic, that's what. You don't need any advanced training to perform repairs and simple maintenance on your automobile, but you may need a few tools. Invest in the basic tools and you'll be prepared for just about any car malfunction you can think of. These tutorials will help get you on your way, as long ...

How To: Start a Car After a Very, Very Long Time in Storage

My grandfather's brother won this car in a lottery during 1957. He had no driver's license, but his brothers used to give him a lift in it. From 1975 to 1996, the car was parked in my grandfather's brother's garage. My grandfather moved the car on a trailer in 1996 to his garage a few miles away, but it's been standing still there until this year when I rolled it out and started it up. This was the first time someone turned it on in 38 years!

How To: Clean a moped carburetor

This video shows you exactly how and what you need to know to clean your vintage moped carburetor. You'll get a quick overview of the mopeds workings, everything you need to do to make sure you keep your moped in take and give it the proper maintence it needs. Vintage bikes tend to build rust and water which you'll need to clean out to make sure your bike runs perfectly. This is an quick and easy fix to upkeep your bike and make sure it remains nice and clean.

How To: Replace a front wheel bearing on a Chevrolet Impala

One day, your car may break down and you won't be able to afford to hire a mechanic, so what do you do... you look on the web for some how-to vehicle repair videos and become your own car mechanic, that's what. You don't need any advanced training to perform repairs and simple maintenance on your automobile, but you may need a few tools. Invest in the basic tools and you'll be prepared for just about any car malfunction you can think of. These tutorials will help get you on your way, as long ...

How To: Replace a serpentine belt on a Chevrolet Aveo 1.6L

In this video, we learn how to replace a serpentine belt on a Chevrolet Aveo. Start off by turning the passengers side wheel to the right and raising your car so you can get underneath it. Now, remove the nuts and bolts that are underneath the belt so you can get to it. When you see the belt, remove it with tools and slide the belt off. Now replace the old belt with the new one and tighten the tension on the belt again. Make sure it's in all the grooves correctly, then reinstall all the parts...

How To: Use a coffee maker to install wheel bearings into an axle without a press

Many axle bearings must be pressed on, and it's a fairly simple job if you have a press available. But if you don't have a press, try this little trick to get the job done. All you need is a coffee maker. Yep, that's right. Make yourself a pot of hot joe, and when it's done, place the bearing on the heating element. By the time you finish the cup of hot coffee, your bearing should be hot enough to expand. This could work for any vehicle!

How To: Fix a Car Dent with Dry Ice

After seeing many posts online about dry ice removing car dents, we put it to the test. It worked pretty well. The heat versus cold forces the panel of the car to constrict and suck out the dent. This is great for avoiding ridiculous costs of auto paint and auto body repair companies. DIY dent repair is as cheap as buying some dry ice. You can also look into using canned air (Dust Off) as it has a similar effect.

How To: Fix a moped

Many mopeds, if not purchased new, may need some maintenance done. Since mopeds have such simple engines the amount of work needed to maintain them is limited to a few parts. Watch as the expert explains and demonstrates how to work on various parts of the moped. The main focus is how to maintain the carburetor. From explaining how the carburetor works to removing it, working on it, and reassembling it, the video covers it all. The expert also explains spark plugs, their purpose, and how to m...