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How to Remove S-10 Front Brakes

Chevrolet's S-10 small pickup truck was first introduced in 1983; it was an instant hit, spawning new versions with each new model year. When it comes to maintenance, removing the front brakes is a job you can complete yourself in a short time with a few tools -- saving money at the auto-repair shop

How to Troubleshoot 1986 Ford F150 Signals

The three most common issues afflicting turn signals on your 1986 Ford F-150 are loose wiring, old or burnt-out bulbs, and faulty or broken fuses. Thankfully, fixing any of those three problems is fairly simple, but still very important. Driving with faulty turn signals can lead to an accident, and

How Do I Test an Automobile Battery?

There's nothing worse than a dead car battery. If the battery dies for no apparent reason or dies often, you may need to get it replaced. Fortunately, it is fairly easy to check the battery yourself. If you can get your hands on a voltage meter and some protective gear, you should be able to check i

The Best Infant Mirrors for Cars

Keeping your baby safe in the car starts with using the right mirror.baby image by Yvonne Bogdanski from Fotolia.comThe best infant mirrors for cars are those that do not obstruct the driver's view, allowing the driver and baby to arrive safely. It's common for parents or caregivers who...

Why Is My Car Wasting So Much Gas?

According to "Time" magazine, one of the first cars--the Ford Model T--achieved a fuel efficiency of about 21 miles per gallon. However, fuel efficiency decreased after this because cars gained power, and gasoline was so plentiful and cheap that most people did not care. Now that the world faces dwi

How to Replace a Hydraulic Cylinder Seal

Hydraulics have been installed on cars since the mid 1950s. Every hydraulic system is different, but they all use a cylinder to lift the suspension of the vehicle up in the air. The seals on these cylinders are crucial, because if they start to leak, they don't hold pressure. If they don't hold pres

4 Essential Tools and Their Uses For Your Car

Most of us spend a good deal of our lives traveling in our cars. It is only natural, then, that we should be prepared in the event of an emergency. Flat tires and accidents are a daily part of road travel and as such, we should always have a tool box or bag in our car loaded with the essentials. How

2005 Dodge Caravan Doors Won't Lock

Chrysler's 2005 Dodge Caravan was supplied with manual plunger-type locks, or power door locks which were electrically operated. The power door lock system features a function that automatically locks all of the doors. There is also an automatic unlock on exit function that unlocks the doors in cert

How to Clean Piston Rings

During an engine rebuild, one of the most important considerations is overhauling the pistons and replacing or cleaning the piston rings. The piston rings need to be in perfect condition in order to maintain a seal between the piston and the cylinder bore. Piston rings endure an enormous amount of h

Nissan Maxima Vacuum Leak Symptoms

A vacuum leak in a Maxima can have a variety of symptoms.new car engine with red trim image by Raxxillion from Fotolia.comA vacuum leak in a Nissan Maxima is caused by air infiltrating the engine. Instead of this air passing through the throttle body where the amount of air is regulated...

How to restore wiper blades

Fully functioning wiper blades are essential to keeping your windshield clear and free of debris, especially during inclement weather. While windshield wiper blades will always become worn from use and eventually you will need to replace them, there are a few tricks you can employ to keep your wiper

How to Measure Car Tire Sizes

When purchasing a set of tires, it is important to know the tire sizes that can fit your vehicle. Tires that are too big, small or not explicitly designed for your vehicle can be a potential safety hazard. In addition, the wrong tire size will have a negative impact in your car's overall performance

How to Change Break Pads

You no doubt have heard the advice that it is wise to take care of a small problem with your vehicle before it becomes a larger one. This is especially true of the brakes on your car. The brake pads are the part of the brake system that most often need replacing, and fortunately, it is a job anyone

Synthetic Vs. Conventional Oils

The topic of many automotive-related debates focuses on synthetic oils versus conventional oils. It has been a hot topic since the 1970s when synthetic oil was first introduced. Meanwhile, the chemical composition of synthetic oil improved and automotive manufacturers have done an excellent job of i