Automotive finishes can present a variety of problems for vehicle owners and body shop personnel. The painting process can be fraught with difficulties and technicians often find themselves having to paint jobs a second time if certain characteristics appear in their work. Once a vehicle is out of t
The emergency brakes on your vehicle were originally used to stop it when the regular brakes failed. However, the brakes on a Hyundai Santa Fe now rarely fail, and the emergency brakes are mostly used to keep the vehicle from moving while parked. The most common source of failure for emergency brake
After driving your Harley Electra Glide around for awhile it is bound to need some standard maintenance done on it. If you plan to work on your bike by yourself at home you will need the proper equipment. The best way to work under your bike or on its tires is to lift the bike up. You can lift your
Underneath the timing cover of a small-block Chevrolet engine sits the timing chain and gears. Most often this cover is removed in order to replace the timing chain, but it is also part of the disassembly when rebuilding a small Chevy V8. Though the timing cover sits on the front of the motor, it i
Prior to travel, you have to make sure that your car is in excellent condition. Create a checklist of the things you have to inspect.
Running out of gas when driving a vehicle is not only dangerous to the motorist but is hazardous to the engine itself, declares Motor Trend. As driving becomes more prevalent in everyday life, attention to the dashboard is important.
It is important to properly care for your automobile's transmission to keep it working correctly.Modern leather interior of the new car image by terex from Fotolia.comThe transmission is an important component of your vehicle that works hand-in-hand with the engine to excel your...
Every race car driver and truck driver hauling loads wants reliable and optimal performance when it is needed the most. Roller lifters have been used under the hood to reduce friction and increase power output. There are three main styles of roller lifters to choose from. You may already have a roll
Whenever you change the brake pads on your Volkswagen, you need to either turn the stock rotors or replace them. Otherwise, the new pads won't get as much grip on the rotors as they should, decreasing the braking power of the vehicle. In this case, the project vehicle is a 2005 Volkswagen Passat, bu
The Pontiac Grand Prix uses a serpentine belt to drive the various accessories mounted to the engine block. This serpentine belt is made of rubber, and over time, it can stretch, fray, tear or even break. When the belt does break, all accessories will cease working, and you'll have difficult driving
Automotive primers come in four colors that help differentiate them from one another. Some primers are used for vehicle repair or rust prevention. Primers can also be tinted the color of the car to help reduce the number of paint coats needed to fully cover the car. These primers are used on multi
The key and tumbler in your car provides a means to secure the vehicle and prevent theft. Unlike many other vehicles, the key and tumbler in your Ford Focus, like most Ford vehicles, must be turned to the number one ("Accessories") position before it can be removed from the steering column and repla
A broken side mirror affects the way you drive and the look of your car. Replacing the side mirror is a job that you can perform with the right tools and replacement part. In a Grand Prix, the mirror attachment sits under the inner door panel. Once the panel comes off, installing a new mirror is not
The 2001 Volvo XC70 is the all-wheel drive version of the V70 series. This second-generation wagon was originally known as V70 Cross Country or V70 XC. The cabin air filter in the Volvo models filters out the outside air coming into the passenger cab. Since the air coming into a passenger cab can be
The correct ampere output from your alternator is important as amperes are the current that powers the electrical items in your car. Items such as heater-fans, wipers and headlights use high amperes and, when you turn them on, your alternator has to adjust its output to meet the energy requirements.
Buick Century first entered the market in 1936 and the last Buick Century was produced for the 2005 model year. The 2005 model came equipped with a 3.1-liter V6 engine. On a rare occasion you may need to change the head gasket due to an overheated engine, worn bolts or dirty bolts. The head gasket s
After years of driving your Ford F-150 truck, you may notice a decrease in its performance. This may be caused by a problem in the fuel system. A clogged fuel filter can cause a decrease in the fuel system pressure. Symptoms of a faulty fuel filter are a loss in engine power, decreased gas mileage a
Proper maintenance, including tune-ups, can keep your vehicle running well for many years.antique car image by Joseph Chiapputo from Fotolia.comCar owners who have a little bit of mechanical know-how can often save hundreds of dollars by performing tune-ups on their vehicles at home...
Cars have become lighter yet considerably safer, due in large part to government regulations. But the use of new designs and materials has made collision repair on modern cars more expensive.