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How to Replace the Thermostat in a 1997 Chevy Monte Carlo

A vehicle's thermostat controls the flow of anti-freeze (engine coolant) that enters the engine block. As the engine temperature rises, the thermostat automatically opens and allows a flow of coolant into the engine. A malfunctioning thermostat will fail to open, and cause the engine to overheat. Th

How to Remove the Spare Tire from a 1992 Dodge Dakota

The only thing worse than getting a flat tire is not knowing how to get to your spare when you get a flat tire. The manufacturer-provided spare on your 1992 Dodge Dakota is mounted beneath the bed of the truck, near the rear bumper. Secured by a winch-like system, it is easy to lower when you need i

How to Troubleshoot the Air Conditioning in a Toyota Camry

Take a shot at trying to troubleshoot air conditioning problems in your Toyota Camry before making a costly and time-consuming trip to the dealer or a mechanic. Sometimes air conditioning problems in an automobile can be an easy fix, even for those of us who know nothing about cars.

How to Check 7.3L Diesel Glow Plugs

In your 7.3-liter diesel engine, the glow plugs have the important job of heating the diesel and air to make them combust. This combustion is what moves the pistons and gets the engine started. Sometimes, the glow plugs can go bad and you will need to replace them. If you are having trouble with you

How to Change a Serpentine Belt on a Nissan 200Sx

The Nissan 200SX is one of the many editions of the Nissan Sentra that have evolved over the years. The Nissan 200SX utilizes the serpentine belt system to turn various components of the engine, such as the air conditioner and the water pump. Depending on the exact make and model of your 200SX, the

How to Identify Dana 35 Gear

Many trucks and off-road vehicles have Dana/Spicer model 35 differential units. According to Drivetrain and Colorado, the Dana 35 was used as a front- or rear-wheel drive differential in Mazda Navajos, Chrysler-manufactured Jeeps, Ford Broncos, Explorers and Rangers. The differential used in

How to Adjust a Rx7 Fast Idle

A Mazda Rx7 needs adjustments to the carburetor when the vehicle idles at a high speed. High-speed idles are caused by a rich mixture. Too much gas and not enough air in the carburetor produces a rich mixture, and lowers the gas mileage and engine efficiency by not fully combusting the fuel. A fast

How to Replace the Cabin Air Filter in a ML320

Cabin air filters help keep pollen, spores, dust and other particles from coming through your interior air vents. Mercedes refers to this filter as a microfilter. The 1998 to 2004 Mercedes-Benz ML320 includes the filter. Other Mercedes M Class vehicles have the filter too, and the process for replac

How to Completely Remove Headlights From a Ford Taurus

Headlight assemblies can become yellowed and worn with age. That is expected, considering they are constantly exposed to the elements. If you need to replace the headlight assemblies in your Ford Taurus, you will need to remove the old ones first.

Signs and Symptoms of a Defective Pump on an Automatic Transmission

The pump in a transmission is used to push transmission fluid through the valve body and into the gears of the transmission.The gears, clutch plates and gear bands all need to be lubricated to allow the vehicle to switch gears smoothly. When the pump begins to fail or go bad, several signs will aler

How to Troubleshoot a 2000 Jeep Cherokee

Troubleshooting your 2000 Jeep Cherokee's engine problems is a process of elimination. Begin with the most basic and obvious possible causes and move on to the more expensive and complicated. Keep an eye on your gauges for an indication of the root of your troubles. Check for low oil pressure, low v

Why Car Seat Protectors Matter and the Options That You Have

Just when you think you don't need car seat protectors anymore, your sister asks you to drive her Saint Bernard to the vet. She might have mentioned that he had met a not so friendly skunk before you picked him up, right? From the time that you buy your car and drive it off the lot, there are s

How Do I Replace Sunroof Windows?

A damaged glass panel on the top of your sunroof not only affects the performance of your sunroof, but it can also be a serious safety issue. If the glass has become broken, it could result in shards of glass falling onto those in the vehicle. To solve this issue you need to remove the sunroof glass

How to Install a Johnson Shift Rod

The shift rod on the a Johnson outboard is a rod that runs from the upper motor to the lower unit where the drive shaft, water pump and propeller are located. The section of the shift rod on the lower unit is affixed permanently to the lower unit, so replacing the shift rod means only installing the

How to Remount a Donnelly Rear View Mirror

A Donnelly rear-view mirror is powered by your car's battery to display compass headings, map lights and a temperature display. If there are problems with the mirror, you must take it off the mount to send it in for repairs. You will then remount the repaired mirror or a replacement mirror to the wi

2002 Ford F-150 Supercrew Oil Specs

Monitoring oil levels keeps you aware of potential issues.Thinkstock/Comstock/Getty ImagesFord gave the 2002 F150 SuperCrew a 4.6-liter eight-cylinder engine. The associated power and performance with the engine come with specific requirements for oil and oil changes. Changing the oil...

How to Tell if the Injectors Are Bad on a 7.3 Powerstroke

The PowerStroke fuel injection system is designed for diesel vehicles and uses a mix of hydraulic injectors with electric injectors. Given this combination of systems, the PowerStroke injection system faces the challenge of keeping air out of the vehicle´s oil (as opposed to non-diesel vehicle

How to Replace a 1992 Buick Skylark Transmission Filter

A 1992 Buick Skylark with an automatic transmission, like any other vehicle with such a transmission, requires a filter that the transmission fluid passes through. The filter needs changing when you change the transmission fluid, which you need to do at around 30,000 miles. As is the case in most ve

Specs for a 1967 Chevelle SS

Chevrolet's mid-size Chevelle was an affordable muscle car popular with drag racers and more sedate drivers. Destined for a redesign in 1968, the 1967 Chevelle SS sold well even as fans waited for the new body.