Auto Parts & Maintenance & Repairs : Cars & Vehicles
When a headlight bulbs fails on your 2002 Acura TL, it can hinder your visibility in low light. It compromises your safety on the road because it reduces your range of visibility as well as the visibility of your vehicle for other drivers. If you notice a burned-out headlight bulb, it is important t
Detail stripes can customize your car to look sporty and sassy, elegant and refined, or make a personal statement. Both painted and vinyl detail stripes look good when new, but time and the environment can eventually cause chipping, bubbling, or peeling stripes to detract from the look of the car an
Installing the serpentine belt on the alternator pulley requires providing slack on the belt so it will reach to the alternator and can be tightened over the pulley. This can be done by loosening the tensioner pulley. Older cars required you to use a pry bar to loosen the alternator and tighten the
If you have the fish finder, the GPS and your marine VHF radio sitting in your garage, ready to install on your boat, you can wire them yourself. The marine electronics industry and National Marine Electronic Manufacturers Association have seen to it that marine electronic systems have common, stand
In 1997, Honda added a compact SUV, the CR-V, to the automaker's growing lineup. In 2002, Honda redesigned the CR-V, giving it a more round design. Though the body changed, the 2002 redesign retained the CR-V's well-known long, vertical taillight assemblies. This design of the CR-V lasted through th
Keep an eye on your car's pistons and rings.Aeronautical piston engine image by Andrew Breeden from Fotolia.comIf anything besides exhaust is coming out of your vehicle's exhaust pipe, it could be signs of trouble. In the case of oil in your exhaust, it is important that you address the...
Brake booster problems can be both frustrating and dangerous, especially when the problem isn't with the brake booster itself. Because the Ford Ranger uses a vacuum brake booster, failure usually has to do with some sort of pressure leak, but it can also be due to a mechanical failure in...
The Hyundai Santa Fe, introduced as a compact SUV in 2001 then rebadged as a midsize SUV in 2007, is sold with either a gasoline or diesel engine, although the diesel engine version is not available for purchase in North America. As such, these steps will address all model years of the gasoline powe
Your 1997 Ford Mustang uses an inline fuel filter mounted in front of the fuel tank to trap dirt, rust and other particles that can damage the injector nozzles and other components. However, you cannot service the filter element once it becomes clogged. You will need to replace it. This is a one hou
A windshield washer reservoir can become frozen due to using washer fluid that is not adequate for winter use. Most windshield washer formulas for winter use are made with a high concentrate of methanol and ethylene glycol to prevent freezing. According to Iowa State University, methanol does not fr
Gear oils are designed to protect engine parts and seals from breaking down from high pressure and temperatures. You can find many different types of oils that contain additives to better protect the internal parts. It is vital to make sure you use the proper oil and additive for your particular veh
The third generation Chevy Nova for 1973 would see the arrival of the new Nova hatchback based on the two door coupe. The front and rear of the vehicle was redesigned. A 5-mile-per-hour bumper was added, due to new federal safety standards. The exterior also underwent changes,...
It may seem strange for those who are used to starting a car the traditional way, but some automakers are coming up with alternate methods to using a key. The Mercedes C class doesn't require inserting a traditional key in the ignition cylinder thanks to a technology called Keyless-Go. You use a sma
Removing the dashboard from your 1996 Ford Ranger is fairly simple. Thee are three main pieces of the dashboard: the center console piece, the piece that surrounds the instrument cluster, and the piece around the glove compartment. Removing the dashboard consists of uninstalling many screws and bolt
If you wish to change the coloring of your Cadillac Escalade's dash lights, you have two options: You can install colored bulb sleeves or or replace the old bulbs with new ones. The colored bulb sleeves are a cheaper and easier option than replacing the old bulbs, but the new bulbs give off a bright
Seized brakes, also known as "frozen" or "stuck" brakes, can be frustrating to the car or truck owner. Frozen brakes prevent the vehicle from being used or could create a potentially dangerous road hazard when driving. There are several different causes of frozen brakes: misaligned parking brakes or
Jumper cables are used to start a vehicle with a dead battery. The jumper cables are attached to the dead battery and a fully charged battery in another vehicle. This must be done correctly and in the right order to avoid sparks or a shock. It is also important to disconnect the jumper cables in the
When you are underneath your car preparing to remove the muffler, you will notice that the pipe joins together with clamps. These are muffler clamps which can seem nearly impossible to remove. Rain, snow and heat cause rust to build up around the clamp threads which makes the nuts almost become a so
Mildew is a sad fact of life aboard a boat; not only is the boat exposed to a damp environment, seats are exposed to splashes of water from a variety of sources. Unless you dry your boat seats to within an inch of their existence before you cover them with your boat cover, mildew will have the perfe