Hot Auto Maintenance & Repairs Posts

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: Replace a Saturn S-Series engine coolant temp sensor

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: Judge & estimate a car repair time

In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to judge when it's time to repair a car. This topic is subjective, but it also depends on how big the dent is, how deep the dent is, how wide the dent is and many other factors. A way to find out is to place a 8 1/2" x 11" sheet of paper and place it over the dent. If the dent surrounds that whole area, that is about 2 hours of repair. This video will benefit those viewers who have a vehicle and just had an accident, and would like to learn how to est...

How To: Replace strut mounts on your car

In this online video series, learn from expert mechanic Nathan McCullough as he teaches and demonstrates how to replace the strut mounts on your vehicle. Learn strut mount replacement fundamentals such as how to locate the strut mount; what are some common problems that can occur as a result of strut mount breakage or failure; how to break the lugs and jack up the vehicle; how to remove the tire; how to stake the lower strut to the suspension knuckle; how to remove the caliper; how to remove ...

How To: Remove and replace a front wheel bearing on a 1991 Ford Explorer

A wheel bearing doesn't have to be a costly fix for the mechanic. It could be a relatively cheap repair job for all you do-it-yourselfer types. There are different types of wheel bearings, but the type explained in this video, on a 1991 Ford Explorer, is a self-contained all-in-one assembly. If you have a '91 Ford Explorer, or a different vehicle with this kind of wheel bearing, then you're in luck… watch and learn.

How To: Replace the AC condenser on a Nissan Altima

This video demonstrates how to remove the air conditioning condenser from a Nissan Altima. If your air conditioning isn't working, especially if you live in a hot, traffiky part of the world, your life is probably pretty miserable. This video will help you to rectify the situation yourself at home without having to pay half of your monthly salary to a mechanic.

How To: Gain access to the water pump on a Saturn S-Series car

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: Remove the engine from a Saturn S-Series car

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: Heat shrink metal with oxy/acetylene

This video tutorial is in the Autos, Motorcycles & Planes category which will show you how to heat shrink metal with oxy/acetylene. A stud nail gun or a heat inductor may also be used for heat shrinking. Metal popping in and out is called oil can effect, which is caused by stretched metal. You got to shrink that part of the metal to remove this defect. For doing this, first you set up everything correctly, light the flame and adjust the gas flow so that the flame is of blue color. Heat an are...

How To: Build Your Own Electric Vehicle with Modi-Corp's Upcoming DIY Pius Car Kit

If you've ever popped the hood of you car and went, "I can do that," then you're about to get your chance. A Japanese company called Modi-Corp has unveiled its plans to release a kit that will let you put together your very own electric car. Granted, it's not that impressive of a vehicle. Actually, the "Pius" is just a one-seater and somehow strangely classified in Japan as a "motorized bicycle." The "car" will only be able to reach top speeds of up to 21 mph, making it more of a go-kart than...

How To: Repair a car trunk that won't open

In order to repair a trunk that won't open, you will need the following: a screw driver. You will need to climb into your trunk, through the back seat. Remove the back seat. Pull the emergency release. Remove the trunk lock. Unscrew it. Look for anomalies. Bent screws could be the cause. You will need to repair any broken parts or replace them, if you decide not to replace the entire lock. Reinstall the lock in the trunk.

How To: Use a shortcut to quickly remove a heater core on a 2001 Ford Taurus

When working on the dashboard of any vehicle, make sure you disable the vehicle's airbag system first. Your service manual should tell you how to do that. In this video, the heater core is plugged up in a 2001 Ford Taurus, which means it needs to be taken out. The book states it will take 5 hours to complete, mostly because of the dash. But this trick will cut the time down to 1.5 hours. First, get you heater hoses off in the engine area. Then proceed to watch a mysterious bracket being cut o...