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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: 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...

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: Remove the alternator 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: Weld an oil pan

In this video, we learn how to weld an oil pan. Make sure you are wearing protective gear on your face before you do this. Take your welder to your oil pan, then start to weld it while you are underneath it or you have the car pushed up all the way. Place a patch for welding over the part of the oil pan that is leaking. After this, use your welder to connect the patch together with the pan. This ill take several minutes to weld together, and when you are done you can let this cool and fill yo...

How To: Remove the serpentine belt tensioner in a Saturn 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: 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: Troubleshoot a mysterious coolant leak on a 1999 Jeep Cherokee 4.0L

The main complaint for this 1999 Jeep Cherokee, 4.0L, is that the Low Coolant Light keeps flashing on and that it keeps needing coolant. Nothing seems to be leaking on the ground, so where's the leak going? After doing the normal pressure test to spot the leak, and the combustion gas leak, and the overnight test, nothing seemed to work. The coolant leak could not be identified. So, it must be the cylinder head, right? But you need evidence of that first. Watch and learn how to prove your theo...

How To: Replace a Headlight Switch for a 1998-2003 Dodge Durango.

If your headlights are not working when you pull the switch or if your turn signals are the only things working, Then your headlight switch might be broken. This is often due to loose connections or wear and tear on the part itself. The first thing I would highly recommend before starting this project is to make sure that your connections at the headlights are tight. You can test this by simply putting a piece of foil in the connector or by bending the prongs slightly. Also check to see if yo...

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: Replace an engine coolant tempature sensor on a Saturn

Richpin shows the proper way to replace an engine coolant temperature sensor on a Saturn S series. Before he explains the steps of replacing the sensor, Richpin covers the tools to use. Also, Richpin illustrates the types of tools to avoid before beginning the replacement process. First, remove the cap from the expansion tank and then tighten it the way it was before. Next, Richpin shows the procedure for locating the temp sensor. Then, remove the connector from the sensor. Afterwards, Richpi...

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: Feather edge paint to prepare a damaged car for primer

In this Autos, Motorcycles & Planes video tutorial you will learn how to feather edge paint to prepare a damaged car for primer. Feather edging is the process of feathering or layering each layer of coating in order to prevent a rough edge. Use a 6 inch DA and 150 - 220 grit sandpaper to feather edge the paint edge. Apply the sandpaper all along the edge of the paint till the edges are smooth. Feel it with your hand to ensure that all the edges are smooth. Feather each layer of paint at least...

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 ...