Instructions on how to synchronize the carburetors on a Kawasaki Ninja ZX7R. A fairly simple task for most home DIYers.
When do you need to replace it? What should you replace along with it? And what does it take to do it yourself?
If your car stalls at idle, check these symptoms and the potentially faulty components that may lurk behind the problem.
Diagnose engine knocking with the help of this simple guide before your engine suffers costly damage.
I am going to show you—step-by-step with pictures—how to change the engine oil of a 1994 Toyota Corolla with a 1.8-liter engine. It is the same for 1993-1997.
A guide on how to choose a sway bar that will work both for your car and your driving style. Suspension components and vehicle dynamics are complicated systems, but a proper sway bar upgrade can make all the difference when it comes to performance handling.
How to replace the cabin air filter (aka pollen filter) in a 2006 Nissan Altima. The procedure is similar for many different Nissans.
Don't replace your spark plugs when you can clean them and get another 5,000 to 10,000 miles out of them!
How to replace of the rear brake pads on a Mazda 3. Since the parking brake is tied to the brake caliper, this caliper has a spiral brake piston; the piston has to be screwed clockwise back into the caliper. The Mazda 6 has the same issue.
Proper maintenance helps prolong the useful years of your car. I’ll tell you how I'm keeping my old car running as good as new with little cost for upkeep.
A guide to replacing the struts and shock absorbers in your car. What you need to be aware of and tips for a successful repair.
Repair manuals for the Datsun/Nissan 720 series of trucks fail to mention the fuel pump relay—where to find it, what it does, how it's wired-in, and how to repair or replace it. Luckily for you, this article has the answers.
Does it really kill your own battery to jump someone else's car? Are there any ways to protect your battery when helping out a friend? Read this article to find out more.
If your car does not have electric windows, then you have a window crank handle on your door. If this handle becomes damaged, you can easily fix it without taking your car to the auto mechanic. Here's how.
It is possible to cheat an emissions test to conceal catalytic converter faults. Oxygen sensors behind the converter can be tricked.
This video and procedure shows how to replace the front suspension upper control arm and ball joint, strut, and lower control arm and lower ball joint on a Honda Accord.
Hello classic Volvo owner. Spark plugs are a vital part of your engine's ignition system and good plugs are essential for the best performance and economy of your engine. This comprehensive tutorial will guide you, step by step
A how-to guide for replacing spark plugs on a 2004 Toyota Tundra V8 with high quality Iridium spark plugs. Also serves as a general spark plug replacement guide.
DIY Toyota Camry tuneup, plus PCV valve cleaning. Use iridium plugs for better fuel economy and performance. Also, if you notice an oil leak inside the spark plug tube, I have a video showing you how to fix it.
Instructions on changing the front disc brake pads and rotors on a 2002 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup. May be applicable to other years or vehicles.
How to replace a worn front wheel hub bearing on a 2007 Saturn Ion. This hub bearing design is also used on the '05–'10 Chevy Cobolt, '07–'10 Pontiac G5, and the '05–'06 Pontiac Pursuit.
In a compound turbocharger system, two turbos work in series, one after the other, to compress the incoming air, in contrast to a twin turbo system where two turbos in parallel share the work.
How to remove and replace the driver's-side CV axle shaft and seal on most Toyota Camrys. Detailed instructions and plenty of photos. No special tools required. In addition, I've provided a video on how to replace a split CV boot if you want to avoid a complete axle replacement.
I ran a little experiment to see if increasing tire pressure had any effect on gas mileage. Check out the article to see how it turned out.
One of the most nerve-wracking diagnoses that an engine can receive: blown head gasket. Dive into this article to learn the three most common signs your engines developed a bad head gasket.
Learn how to check a starter solenoid or remote relay in a few minutes using this simple step-by-step guide.
Doing basic maintenance on your Prius isn't dangerous or difficult at all. Most basic service tasks can be done easily without having to go to the stealership—ahem, I mean, dealership!
Finding the spare tire on a Chevy Truck is hard enough, but removing it is a little unintuitive. Learn the basics to make your next tire change very easy.
How to replace your car water pump at home successfully with a step-by-step procedure and tips to make it last longer.
A turbocharged diesel engine that lacked power turned out to be caused by a stuck VGT mechanism, possibly due to long idling. A simple but careful rocking of the VGT actuator lever solved the problem.
Depending on the type of engine you have, a broken timing belt can cause immediate and massive damage. It happened to me with no warning.
Learn how to recover and recharge an AC system, including a review of compressors, condensers, evaporators, accumulators, receiver driers, H-blocks, orifice tubes, and lines.
If your airbag light comes on suddenly while you are driving, it may be due to a fuse, or due to some problem you can't fix yourself. The airbag will not deploy when the light is on, so you should do something about the light.
Learn how to solve your BMW`s electrical problems easy and avoid the costly trips to the dealership.
ScanGauge can be expensive, but now you can have the same functionality with an inexpensive Bluetooth adapter for any vehicle including the Prius.
The topic of RB20 intake manifolds is a hot one. As the price of used Nissan RB20DET engines continues to tumble, more people are viewing them as a viable option to their current engine.
Nine in ten women believe they are treated differently at auto-repair shops than their male counterparts. These six tips can help protect a woman against fraudulent auto repairs.
The braided hose that is connected to the fuel pressure regulator (FPR) is a common spot for vacuum leaks on 1.8T cars. Your FPR itself can also get clogged and stuck.
Spark plug problems can be tricky to identify. The symptoms of faulty spark plugs are pretty general and can be attributed to a number of other issues. So read this article for tips and tricks on how to differentiate spark plug problems from other issues.
Diagnosing an electrical short can be very difficult and expensive. The actual repair usually consists of an inexpensive wire connector and some tape. The real expense is the time it takes to locate the problem.
What are the best spark plugs for your car? Can platinum or iridium breed new life into your engine? Should you upgrade?
I see it every so often: When the tire rotation guy doesn't screw in the lug nuts by hand before using his impact driver, the next person who tries to remove the lug nuts has to use so much torque that the lug stud strips its threads or even breaks off.
This article, via video, will demonstrate how to replace the timing belt, water pump, and camshaft and crankshaft seals on a 97 Toyota Avalon (1MZ-FE V6). This V6 engine is also used on the Camry, Sienna, Highlander, Solara, Estima, Mark II & Windom from '92 to '04.
Solenoid problems can be very difficult to diagnose properly. Of all the electrical components in a car, the solenoid might be the least understood.
If the oil bypass valve on your oil filter housing breaks, you can replace it yourself with an aftermarket part rather than have the entire oil cooler housing replaced.
How to replace the door glass, door glass guide, window regulator and window motor on a Camry. No special tools required. Most parts can be obtained from a salvage yard and transferred to your car.
Use a digital multimeter (DMM) to test your MAF sensor before replacing it. Sometimes you won’t even need a multimeter.
The cause of car vibrations can be difficult to pinpoint because of the vast number of potential causes. But if you car vibrates only when accelerating, you may have a CV joint issue. Address it and you won't be afraid to drive your car again.
Turbocharged cars can be as complicated as they are fun (and they are buku fun). Because of their extra bits, especially the turbo itself, simple but crucial care can help protect expensive parts.
The classic 1989 Chevy Dually employs a braking system consisting of disc brakes on the front and drum brakes on the rear. The drum brakes are a little more complex than they are on today's models. Let's go over that system here.
If the air conditioning system in your car blows out hot air instead of cold, most likely there is a leak where freon is escaping. A few quick checks can often determine the problem. Recharging the AC system with freon is a waste of money unless the leak can be found and fixed.
Volkswagen's electronically controlled dual-clutch transmission was hailed as a great step forward. But a sensor failure can cause your car to shift into odd gears.
The VW diesel (TDI) engine is one tough engine capable of going 500,000 miles when maintained. However, it does have issues.
This is how to change the oil on a Honda CL360. It's good to learn how to do it yourself because it can be expensive at a shop.
Knowing how to pass a smog test is something every car owner in California should know, but there are a lot of pitfalls and misconceptions involved.
This DIY provides the basic procedure for replacing the front hub and wheel bearing in a 2000-2011 Ford Focus (and 2008 Fusion), as well as other FWD cars, without removing the steering knuckle and without using a standing hydraulic press machine. Special tools are required.
This guide is for owners of the 1981–1985 Datsun and Nissan 720 4x4 pickups who need to change the clutch or make transmission repairs. This information is shared freely; comments are welcome!
Do you know what to do in the event that you get in and turn your car on but it doesn't start? Check out this hub for some helpful tips on what to do.
Many Chrysler wipers made since the 1970s use plastic bushings as bearings. They wear out. Here's how to replace them.
The ignition system consists of ignition coils, spark plug wires, spark plugs, pick-up coils, sensors, and control modules. Problems could cause misfires or no starts to occur.
Loss of air conditioning in your Chrysler Pacifica is usually a matter of inconvenience rather than a serious problem. I'll show you how to check refrigerant pressure and refill it for $25.
The engine is the powerplant of a car. It consists of several parts—both electrical and mechanical. Let's find out about each of them.
Learn how to replace a timing belt and water pump on an Accord/Acura CL F23 2.3L I4 engine (w/ video). The replacement should be performed every 100,000 miles or 10 years; whichever comes first.
DIY repair of the rear door handle, door latch, or door lock actuator. Detailed step-by-step photos and no special tools required. Save money doing it yourself.
People often confuse tire balance and wheel alignment, when they are actually completely different maintenance services. Find out what they entail and how to tell which your car needs.
Cleaning the battery-cooling fan in your Prius can help extend its lifetime by many thousands of miles, especially if you frequently carry furry passengers in the rear.
DIY for changing the valve cover, half moon seal, and cam tensioner gasket on VW Audi 1.8T, Jetta, GTI, or Golf A4. Great for polishing and fixing vacuum leaks.
Learn the difference between spring, worm, and t-bolt hose clamps and why spring clamps are better for use on the hoses in your car's cooling system . Also, I'll show you how to take the spring clamps off with specialty tools.
Here's how to prevent and cure fogging and steaming windows in your car—an annoying and dangerous result of driving in cold weather!
This is a guide to finding, cleaning or changing the MAF sensor on your Opel/Vauxhall Vivaro, Renault Trafic or Nissan Primastar van. This sensor is often the cause of low power, an inability to rev properly, and rough running. Follow this easy-to-follow guide to find out how to change it yourself.
There are a few types of transmission you might find in your vehicle; here are the differences between them.
Are you having car-starting trouble other car issues and wondering whether your alternator is still good? Here's how to tell and how to rebuild or replace your alternator if it is in fact the culprit.
This article details the steps involved in replacing the water pump and water pump gasket on a 2012 Ford Mustang V6. The same water pump is also used on the 2011-2014 Ford F150. Video included.
In this article I'll go through the two different types of check engine light and whether you need to pull over immediately or keep driving. I'll also discuss common reasons and how you might be able to fix it yourself (even if you know nothing about cars).
This article shows you the steps involved in the replacement of a Honda Odyssey radiator. Removal of the front bumper fascia or A/C condenser is not necessary. Only basic tools required. Level of complexity is moderate.
This article will show you how I replaced a worn and damaged leather steering wheel with a used steering wheel I got from a salvage yard and re-finished. The video shows a Lexus ES300 but the replacement method can be used on other Toyota/Lexus sedans.
Ford Fusion owners: Beware if your A/C has stopped working! Ford had a genius idea to install a sensor in the top of the evaporator case. What does this mean to the owners of the Fusion?
There are certain precautions to take seriously when cleaning your car or your results will look like a 4-year-old reconditioned it. I will cover basic steps, tools, and products to use that will make car cleaning more enjoyable, less time consuming, and will generate professional results.
How to replace a washer fluid pump on a 2006 BMW X3. Often these pumps begin leaking and must be replaced. Step-by-step instructions with pictures.
During the winter, mice often build nests in a car's ventilation system, usually in the blower fan. I had to remove mouse nests from a Camry and a Sienna.
How I used a "Save-a-Thread' thread tap kit to repair a blown-out spark plug in my customer's Ford Crown Victoria.
DIY (Do it yourself) Toyota MZFE V6 Fuel Injector Replacement. Detailed instructions with plenty of step by step photos. Replacement method can be used in the Camry, Avalon, Sienna, ES300 & RX300.
You’re driving along and all of a sudden your sun visor pops down to get in your way. Sound familiar? Here is my tutorial on how to fix a loose car or truck visor.
A step-by-step guide, with pictures, detailing everything you need to know to change the oil and oil filter in your 2004-2010 Nissan Titan.
Batteries are the heart of the electrical system on cars, trucks and boats. The battery is a storage unit that converts chemical energy into electrical voltage. Problems can effect the entire vehicle.
Your Mustang is dripping radiator fluid—what might be the problem? Check the thermostat housing! The housing is notorious for leaks on the Ford Mustang.
That yellowish-white stuff you've found on your old battery is corrosion. Thankfully, corrosion is easily taken care of with a few simple steps and some regular maintenance.
Here is a way to take the cheap Bosch oxygen sensor #15718, made for Ford cars, and use it on your 2.0 L Volkswagen engine. This is an old trick on the MKIII engine but has not been tried on the MKIV.
Does your Toyota erratically change steering direction? Do you notice thumping or a tugging sensation when accelerating from a slow speed and turning? New control arm bushings may be needed. Includes video!
Computer systems operate and monitor almost every system on our vehicle today. Sensors and switches are used for inputs to the computer. Output devices are solenoids, relays, lights, and injectors.
If the nipple or main body of your Heater Hose Quick Connect has broken while you were attempting to remove it, don't panic! Help is here!
When it comes to additives, there are many claims, many promises... and just as many disappointments. When I hear about a product that "actually works," I'm skeptical, but this time I put the product to the test so that the results can tell the story!
How to replace the compressor on the 2004 Toyota Sienna. The compressor replacement instructions can be applied to other Lexus and Toyota vehicles that use the 3MZFE engine. Part I of this series covers condenser replacement. Part III covers evacuation and recharge.
This is a guide explaining how to replace the DPF exhaust pressure sensor on the OM651 engine, which is the engine fitted to the C220, C250, E220 and E250 Mercedes cars, plus the Sprinter and Vito vans. This sensor often fails and then the car mistakenly reports the DPF filter as being full.
This article walks you through how to change the wallpaper on your Sync with MyFord Touch display in your Ford vehicle. The wallpaper size must be 800 x 384 pixels, and less than 1.5 MB.
Stuck brake and no brake are common brake failures encountered when replacing rubber seals or repair kit on a brake master cylinder. This shouldn't be a problem if we know how a master cylinder works.
If your car jerks when accelerating, check these common sources of trouble to speed up your diagnostic and repair.
Oil changes, tire rotations, and regular washing are all good starts to a car-care regimen. This article on tune-up tips helps you adjust and change engine spark plugs.
Here is a drive cycle that works well on Toyotas when trying to set the readiness monitors to pass an emissions test. I developed this myself from trial and error.
A very straightforward and simple job. This guide covers how to change the tie rod in Jetta, GTI, Golf 1.8T, and MKIV. I also include the tools needed and the tie-rod part number.
Videos showing how I did a tuneup on this 1997 Lexus ES 300. I replaced the valve cover gaskets, spark plugs, and ignition wires, and cleaned the throttle body.
If your vehicle has just overheated, or keeps overheating, this article will clue you in as to what's happening.
This article will show you step-by-step how to replace all the wear components that make up the front suspension on a '99–'06 Volvo S80 sedan. The video shows the repair service being performed on a '04 S80 2.5 Turbo.
Why is my car overheating? What can I do to fix it? There are many reasons why an engine might overheat, and many simple fixes for those problems.
BMW X3/X5 Brake, ABS, and 4x4 warning lights all on at the same time. Information on the probable cause (defective BMW transfer case actuator motor gear) and fixes.
Maybe this article will help other folks with the same 4WD symptoms who’ve exhausted all the other possible solutions. Or, maybe it will just make you pull more hair out because it doesn’t help you at all. Hopefully the former. Keep in mind, I’m not a mechanic, as I’m sure you'll be able to tell.
Grinding noises in a car's braking system is a sure sign something has failed or broken and needs immediate attention. Get the noise checked out as soon as possible before driving, the problem could put you in danger.
Read and clear your car's "Check Engine" light codes through its OBD-II diagnostic port using a simple ELM327 Bluetooth reader, your Android phone, and the Torque Pro Android app.
Changing the water pump on a Chevrolet 3900 V6 engine is not overly difficult, although you should expect to spend about three hours on it from start to finish.
Edible not by humans but by rodents. This is a story about how our Prius's wiring harness was chewed by rodents...and it could happen to you as well.
You may get some warning before the turbo fails on your 91-94 Mercury Capri. Here's what to do if it happens.
Bleed the power steering system using one of two simple methods to prevent expensive repairs and potential road accidents.
Why is there black smoke coming out of my exhaust? Is my engine burning oil? If so, what can I do about it?
DIY on how to remove or replace your boot and shift knob, as well as cut the shift rod for a homemade short-throw shifter for MKIV MK4 Audi/VW.
Of all the faults the ZF 6HP automatic transmission can throw at you, the E Clutch fault is by far the hardest to determine the cause of.
This easy to follow illustrated guide explains exactly how to service your car or van at home. Save money and get the job done right. No problem!
As a mechanic that's fixed more than 8,000 cars, I decided to give TOAD OBD a try. I'm glad I did. Read my honest review here.
The article will show you step-by-step how to replace the major front suspension components on a Lexus ES300: the strut, control arm, ball joint, and stabilizer bar link.
The techniques here give you the ultimate level of control over your naturally aspirated car's performance, allowing ease of future modding.
Using a DVOM is an important tool to diagnose vehicle components, including batteries, starters, alternators, computer sensors and actuators, injectors, lighting and accessories like ABS and AC systems.
The starter uses the battery and battery cables to provide the power to crank over the engine. The starting system can be tested to find a slow-crank or no-crank problem.
This article, with segmented videos, will show you step-by-step how to replace the water pump on a '06 Toyota Camry V6 with the GR-FE engine.
This is a DIY on how to remove the intake manifold on 1.8t VW audi cars: Jetta, GTI GOLF, A4 and B5. Learn how to replace an old gasket that is causing a vacuum leak or remove the intake for polishing. 028-129-717 part #MS96151
How to change the coolant in your own garage, and purge the system to avoid making the engine overheat.
How to evacuate and recharge the AC system on a Toyota Sienna. Part III of a three-part article on servicing the AC on a Toyota Sienna.
Here are step-by-step instructions for replacing the rear brake pads on a Lexus LS 460. The rear brake calipers on this vehicle are "fixed caliper" style, not the usual "floating caliper." This article will be worth reading if you've never worked on a fixed caliper.
ECU remapping, engine chipping, and chip tuning all mean the same thing. This guide explains exactly what is meant by these terms and will help you to decide whether remapping your car or van will benefit you!
A guide to easily changing the color of your wheels using Plasti Dip. This is a temporary but durable coating that protects your wheels and adds style.
Are you looking for your Honda Acura's ECU or OBD connector to find why your "check engine" light is on? Look no further. Here's the skinny on Honda Acura codes.
Do you have an odor in your car that you are having problems getting rid of? Learn how to remove those odors and smells the natural way.
If the air conditioning goes out in your car, you want to get it fixed quickly. There are a number of problems that could cause this issue. Keep cool with these tips and tricks.
The color of the exhaust smoke can give you valuable information about the state of health of the engine.
How to replace an in-tank fuel pump and its associated filter assembly, with pictures. The disassembly and the assembly of parts, the testing of the installation, and trouble-shooting.
FMC has been making great brake lathes as well as a wide range of other automotive equipment for many years, starting with the early 600 series. FMC became a very reliable, accurate unit.
Radiator stop leak should only be used in certain circumstances. Learn if this product might be right for you.
To start a successful auto repair shop, you need to enjoy dealing with people in general. If you enjoy the mechanical work that is great, but if you intend to grow, you will need to learn to market your business.
This engine compression test will reveal your gasoline or diesel engine's mechanical condition. It's fast, cheap, and reliable.
Are you intimidated at the idea of doing electrical automotive work? Don't be. Here are 10 electrical projects for your car.
Pairing your phone with the SYNC system can be cumbersome, and you may have to jump through some hoops to get it to work. This article walks you through what you can try to resolve that problem.
When my car's message center started to read like the car was imploding, and the directional signals worked on a "maybe" basis, I knew something was wrong.
If your car consumes more fuel than usual, find the culprit fast and stop throwing money at the gas pump.
Most impact torque wrenches are used for lug nuts on the wheels of a car. The varieties are cordless, 12-v outlet, corded and pneumatic. Fathers Day, Christmas, Birthday.
Do-it-yourself replacement (with video!) of the front end of the Honda CRV: the front suspension strut, lower ball joint, control arm, and sway bar/stabilizer bar link.
IAC motor troubleshooting is a simple procedure on most vehicles, and you probably already have the tools for the project.
Install a brake booster replacement following these simple steps, even if you have to remove the brake master cylinder.
Regular automotive preventative maintenance is conducted at intervals that, allow you to discover potential issues before they become serious problems down the road.
No Diagnostic Trouble Codes to help? Learn what potentially failed components or systems are causing engine performance problems.
Changing the brakes and rotors on a Ford Expedition. These instructions should work for models made in 2007-2017.
If you're wondering why your car shakes when you hit your brakes, you more than likely have one or more warped rotors behind your wheels.
There are common reasons for knocking noises in your car when driving over bumps, large and small. I will cover the five most common ones we see every day and explain how to check the components' integrity and condition.
Do an oil pan gasket replacement at home following the safety precautions, tips, and method outlined in this guide.
Tires are a huge expense for car owners, but before you purchase discount tires, consider their speed ratings. Find out how to avoid uneven tread with cheap tires.
The charging system consists of the alternator and the batteries. The alternator's task is to keep the batteries charged and produce enough amperage to run the vehicle.
Replacing a worn bushing on the sway bar (stabilizer bar) will eliminate a common rear end rattle in the '90s Camry.
Over time, your car's A/C will become less and less effective, emitting warm instead of cool air. Adding freon is a quick and easy fix to make your car's A/C blow cold air again.
My new Jetta MKIV 2.0L had some serious brake issues going on. But they were easier to fix than I thought they would be.
This article with video will show you how to replace the front suspension lower ball joint on a '03 -'07 Honda Accord. This method also applies to the '04-'08 Acura TSX.