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How To: Replace the electric fuel pump in a Chevy Tahoe

Don't let an overpriced mechanic take control of your Chevy Tahoe repairs, learn to fix your car yourself. Learn from an ASE certified Master Automobile Technician with over 14 years of experience. He'll teach you how to replace the electric fuel pump in a Chevy Tahoe. This step-by-step video tutorial will show you the exact actions to make when replacing the fuel pump. Pay for only parts and use your own time!

How To: Replace an inner tie rod on a Ford Explorer

In order to replace a inner tie rod on a Ford Explorer, you will need to loosen the jam nut first. Remove the pin and the nut, next. Loosen the outer tie rod. Count the rotations as you remove it. Remove the bellows boot. The inner clamp is not removable. You have to damage it to remove it. You will need an inner tie rod tool. Use your inner tie rod tool and adapter. Spin it. Compare the old and new part to make sure that you have the right one. Now, reinstall the rod. Align the vent tube wit...

How To: Check fuel pressure regulators for leaks on GM engines

A leaking fuel pressure regulator can cause your car or truck to be hard to start or die out. This may give a check engine light, also. It's a very common problem on many Chevy, Buick, Pontiac, and Oldsmobile 3.1L - 3.4L V6 engines. These are also know as the 3100 and 3400. Misfire codes P0300 and oxygen sensor codes will be stored in the computer memory. So, if you want to learn how to check your fuel pressure regulator for leaking gas on GM engines, then this video tutorial is for you.

How To: Troubleshoot the air conditioner 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: Replace the valve cover gaskets on a Dodge Caravan

You don't have to pay a mechanic half a fortune when it's so easy to do yourself. This video can be a tutorial for changing the valve cover gasket on nearly any model of truck or van, but is specifically aimed at those who drive a Dodge Caravan. You'll have to get at the back of the engine block, but that's not too difficult - all you have to do is move a few wires and parts out of the way, then move them back when you're done.

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...

How To: Replace a CV Joint

If you've never replaces a CV joint in a front wheel drive vehicle, it may seem like an intimidating task. But it can actually be easy if you have a good place to perform the work and have all the tools necessary to complete the task. And some good instructions, of course. Watch below for all the tools you'll need to properly change CV joints on a car, then hit up the link below to see the rest of the videos in this free series.

How To: Diagnose and replace a blown head gasket

A blown head gasket is a very serious problem, in fact, if you have one, your car probably isn't running. But, just because your car isn't running, doesn't mean you've blown the head gasket. In this video series, you'll learn how to find, check, and replace or repair a leaking or blown head gasket. And PLEASE REMEMBER every car is different so buy and check your cars repair manual before starting.

How To: Change front brake pads on a Ford Escape

Don't waste money on pricey mechanics! Doing your own vehicle repairs can save you tons of dough, but just because you're avoiding the mechanics, doesn't mean you can't learn a thing or two from them. In this video, a professional shows you the quick steps to changing out the front brakes on a Ford Escape. After taking of the front wheel, you'll have to deal with the calipers and the brake pads, along with a few other things. But don't worry. Any do-it-yourselfer can change brakes. And the Fo...

How To: Put a spare tire on your car when you get a flat

Graham from TV Lesson explains how to change a tire. In most cars, the spare tire is located in the trunk, along with the jack and tools. First, look under the car and locate the folded pieces of metal to find the jack point. Raise up the jack a bit and slide it under the jack point. Next, using the lug wrench, break the torque on the lug nuts. Then, jack up the car. Once the car is jacked up, remove the lug nuts. Next, remove the flat tire and place it into the trunk of the car. Place the do...

How To: Change the spark plugs on a 4.7L V8 Jeep engine

A spark plug is a device that fits into the cylinder head of an engine and ignites compressed fuel with an electrical spark. This video tutorial demonstrates how to change the spark plugs on a 4.7L V8 Jeep engine. When changing spark plugs, wait until the engine has cooled down to reduce the risk of thread damage, and use proper tools and safety precautions to insure a successful outcome.

How To: Make a quick-fix pantyhose alternator belt

You're driving down the road and all of a sudden SNAP—your alternator belt just snapped. You're losing power fast and need a quick fix, but there's no mechanic in sight. If you have a woman in the car, you may have a simple quick belt replacement—pantyhose. That's right, some simple pantyhose can act as a makeshift alternator belt until you find a proper solution, i.e. a real alternator belt. Check out this video to see how it's done!

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: Change the fog lights on a Chrysler 300C

In this video we learn how to change the fog lights on a Chrysler 300C. First, take ff the front bumper of the car and set it down on somewhere safe. Remove the bracket that is around the light and use the plastic of the bumper as a bracket. Once you remove the light, replace it with a new one inside. After this, you will need to re-wire the car as you had it before and make sure the bumper is placed back in the car correctly. Once you're finished with this, test out the lights and then use w...

How To: Replace the spark plugs on a 2006 Ford Escape SUV

Most do-it-yourself mechanics are afraid to touch newer model cars and trucks, even when it comes to changing spark plugs. This video will show you the process of replacing the spark plugs on a 2006 Ford Escape. The front three spark plugs are easy to get to, but the back three are underneath the intake, so you will have to remove that for access. But don't worry… there are no special tools required for this job.

How To: Troubleshoot a misfire (code P0304) on a 1999 Mercury Villager 3.3L

As a mechanic, you can't get paid until you fix it, and you can't fix it until you diagnose it, which means a quick diagnosis means a quick fix which means a quick payout. If life was always this easy! This automotive video will show you how to troubleshoot and diagnose a 1999 Mercury Village, 3.3L, with 150,000 miles on it. The chief complaint is the CEL (check engine light) comes on and it runs like it has a misfire. It feels like a steady consistent misfire, which is code P0304 (Cylinder #...