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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 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 Remove Pine Tar or Oak Sap From Car

Pine tree and oak tree sap are common problems for those unfortunate enough to have parked their car under one of these trees. The sap is sticky and will not come off with soap and water. If it is on your windshield, it will smear when you use your windshield wipers and stick to the wiper blade as w

How to Identify Dana 35 Gear

Many trucks and off-road vehicles have Dana/Spicer model 35 differential units. According to Drivetrain and Colorado 5K.com, 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

Types of Mercedes Headlights

Mercedes takes proper care of its different types of Mercedes headlights. They are very much effective. However, you can also choose these headlights according to your choice and preferences.

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

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.

How to Remove Glaze in Car Paint

The glaze in automobile paint is a transparent finish that provides a vehicle with a glossy appearance. More commonly known as clear coat, it also serves as a durable protectant for the paint. Like the car paint itself, clear coat gradually experiences regular wear over time due to exposure to sunli

How to Remove the Steering Wheel From an Old Mack Truck

Steering wheels wear out over time just like everything else does on a truck. The steering wheel removal process on a Mack truck is very simple and can be done with just a few tools in about 30 minutes. Before you start the removal process of the steering wheel on the Mack truck, make sure that the