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How To: Remove scratches from your car with wet sanding

Final Touch TV shows viewers how to remove scratches from the car with wet sanding. This is for fine scratches that may be on your vehicle. First, you need to use 3,000 grit sand paper with a block and scuff up the clear coat first with this. You should dip your block in some soap and water in and up and down motion. You need to make sure you do not go all the way through the paint. Most scratches are on the clear unless it appears deep. Now, take a 3 compound, spray it on and rub it in. Next...

How To: Identify the rear axle on a Jeep Cherokee

Richpin's Auto Repair shows you how to properly identify the rear axle of a Jeep Grand Cherokee. This information will allow you to obtain the correct information for replacing this specific automobile part. The video will show you where you need to look beneath the vehicle to find out which style of rear axle your Jeep Grand Cherokee has. You'll be shown where to clean the dirt off of a specific area of the axle to obtain this important information. In this particular case, the rear end axle...

How To: Replace a Honda Accord wheel bearings

If you own a Honda Accord and find out that there's a problem with your wheel bearings, then you need to pay attention to this tutorial. In the video above, you'll find out how you can easily replace the bearings with the right tools and know-how. It can be a difficult job for some, but others with more experience might have an easier time. So good luck, be safe, and enjoy!

How To: Change the oil in your 2002-07 Jeep Liberty 3.7L

In this tutorial, we learn how to change the oil in your 2002-07 Jeep Liberty 3.7L. First, go underneath your Jeep and remove the oil plug from the tank. Once you do this, let the oil drain out into an oil pan or plastic container. While this is draining, go to the hood of your car and find where the oil filter is. Once you find this, take out the old one and replace it with the new filter. When the oil is done draining, place the drain plug back on and then fill in the new oil to your Jeep i...

How To: Easily remove pressed-on bearings

If you're having a hard time removing pressed-on bearings on a certain part of your car, have you tried using a saw? It may sound a bit unorthodox, but in this next tutorial, you'll find out how you can easily remove pressed-on bearings using nothing more than a saw. It's easy to follow, but can be dangerous for those who are unexperienced. So check out the video to find out more and good luck!

How To: Jack up a car safely

Everyone should know how to use the jack that comes with his or her car. Try this at home so if you ever get a flat, you'll know where the jack is and how to use it to fix that tire. Just watch this video tutorial to see how to jack up a car safely.

How To: Open the hood to a 2000 Ford Explorer

If you're having a problem with popping the hood to your vehicle, this tutorial may be what you need. In this video, you'll find out how to open the hood to a 2000 Ford Explorer using a screwdriver. This can be applied to other vehicles as well, but not all. It's important to know how to pop the hood since it gives you access to the heart of every vehicle. So check it out and enjoy!

How To: Test a vehicle alternator with a standard multimeter

Richpin demonstrates how to test an alternator with a standard multimeter. First make sure that the vehicle's battery is fully charged. Take the negative lead of the multimeter and put it on the negative post of the battery. Place the positive lead of the meter on the positive lead of the battery. Set the meter to DC voltage using the 20 scale and read the display to ensure the battery is fully charged. Next start up the vehicle and see what the alternator is producing. The display should now...

How To: Repack a Motorcycle Muffler

Periodically, motorcycle and ATV exhaust system can be rebuilt to maintain the proper performance and sound level expected from the exhaust system. My experience was with a dirt bike that had an aftermarket high performance exhaust installed.I bought my 99 XR400 second hand and was happy that it already had some nice mods. Namely the High Rev kit, performance header pipes with an E-Series muffler, and the suspension had been redone with higher spring rates. It has great response and the suspe...

How To: Check the fuel filter in a classic VW Beetle Bug

In this automotive repair video Chris gives you a few tips on your fuel filter and what to look out for when your VW bug gas tank may be dirty. If your fuel lines are dirty and your Volkswagen beetle bug isn't running as well as it should, it's time to change your fuel filter. Chris shows you how to keep your classic beetle running properly.

How To: Fix a stickly RV slideout

If you own an RV and are having a hard time with putting your slideout back, then this next video tutorial may help. In the video, The RV Doctor talks about possible reasons why a slideout may be so hard to put back in after it was easy to take out. There are a couple of reasons for it, and the video describes what kind of problems you may be facing and what you may need to do. So good luck, be safe, and enjoy!

How To: Remove an alternator from a Dodge Neon

If you don't know, an alternator is a pretty big part when it comes to a car. If you don't know what it does, an alternator basically converts mechanical energy into electrical energy for your car to use. If you need to know how to fix it or repair it, this tutorial should help. In this video, you'll find out how to remove an alternator from a Dodge Neon. So good luck, be careful, and enjoy!

How To: Replace the exhaust manifold in a Jeep Cherokee

In this video, we learn how to replace the exhaust manifold in a Jeep Cherokee. First, take the bolts out from the collective and set aside. Next, loosen up the collector and take out the bolts that are holding the manifold on. Then, remove the manifold from the vehicle. After this, install your new manifold in the same spot your other manifold was just in. Your next step will be to place the other parts back on that surround the exhaust manifold. Make sure all bolts are on tightly, then go i...

How To: Check the brakes and brake pads on your car

The mechanic highlights about, when and how to check your car brakes. The usual indications that denote the time to check your brakes are when there is a: sound emitted in your brake, feel in the brake, vibration effect while applying brakes, or may even hear squealer tab which is on the brake itself. The ideal way to check your brake is by removing or rotating your tires. A brake check in every 6000miles is also advisable.The difference between a real used brake pad and a brand new one is th...

How To: Replace the front crankshaft oil seal

In this video demonstration you will see the work done on a GM 3.1 Liter V6; your instructor is replacing the cam cover seal. First raise the car into the air, remove the tire wheel assembly and place a jack stand underneath the car or vehicle on the side where you have removed the tire wheel assembly. Now remove the serpentine belt from the engine by using a 3/8ths breaker bar. Place it on the tensioner and lift up while removing the belt from the alternator. Keep lifting the belt out from t...

How To: Fix scratches in your auto finish with primer paint

Scratches are unsightly and can alter the value and look of your car. Watch this automotive video tutorial to see how to fix scratches in your auto finish. You need to purchase primer paint made for use on an automobile. Pick a primer that is lighter in color than your car so it is easily covered by the touch-up paint in one coat. Use some mild laundry detergent to wash the scratch to remove any wax or coatings, which could effect your vehicle's paint job. The rest involves some sandpaper and...

How To: Clean and polish a headlight using Autosol Polish

Watch this video tutorial from the Polish Guy to see how to clean and polish a headlight using Autosol Polish. In this polishing tip we clean a headlight from a Ford F150 using Autosol metal polish. The video includes polishing instructions for cleaning a car or truck headlight by hand as well as using a drill with a buffing wheel.

How To: Help your RV water heater run more efficiently

RV water heaters can be easily made more efficient by loosening one or two screws that hold the U-tube tight. Sometimes the orifice that connects the gas valve and the U-tube is not aligned properly with the U-tube, and the loosening of one screw or the other will allow the straight alignment of the orifice and U-tube. After loosening the screws and realigning the U-tube, simply tighten the screw and the water heater will be more efficient because the perfect gas and air mixture will be present.