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How To: Identify the cause of a noise coming from your car

When cars start to get older, their many fragile moving parts start to make noises they never made before. Sometimes, when your car starts making a new noise, it can be very difficult to identify what is causing the noise and what you need to do to repair it. This video offers some great tips for finding the source of different kinds of car noises, from engine noises to suspension noises.

How To: Fix an overcharging battery problem on your RV

If you have a problem with an overcharging battery on your RV, you may want to tune in for this video. In this tutorial, the RV Doctor explains what may be the problem behin a battery that is continually overcharging. There are many possible reasons, but in this video is focuses on one in particular. So if you need help, check out the video above and good luck!

How To: Remove your windshield washer tank

In this video, we learn how to remove your windshield washer tank. First, lift up the hood of the car. After you have done this, you will need to remove the outer light on the front of the vehicle with a screwdriver. Next, find the tank on the inside of the hook where the windshield wiper fluid is located at. After you have done this, make sure to disconnect any tubes and parts that go to this, then set them aside. If you are replacing this, you will need to put your new one in and then repla...

How To: Check the brake pads on a 2008 Kawasaki Ninja 250

In this tutorial, we learn how to check the brake pads on a 2008 Kawasaki Ninja 250. First, check the thickness of the brake pads on the car to see if they are thick enough. The rear pad is surrounded by a gold piece called the "shoe" and the rotor. The front pad has to be inspected by laying on your back and looking for the pad to see how thick it is. If the thickness is not enough, you need to replace it as soon as possible. Make sure the brake pads are up to the standards of the owner's ma...

How To: Correct tire pressur on a classic VW beetle bug

In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to correct the tire pressure on a classic Volkswagen Beetle Bug. This car should use radial tires. It is recommended to use the 165R15 tires on this car. The tire pressure for the front tires are about 18 pounds and the rear tires are about 23-25 pounds. If you over pressure the tires, the car will end up swaying and bouncing. Don't put more pressure than the amount of weight that is specified in the car manual. This video will benefit those viewers w...

How To: Check the A/C pressures on a car

It can be a pain driving in a hot car during a scorching hot summer day. So the best thing to do, and one of the most obvious, would be to turn on the A/C. But if you haven't had the A/C checked or worked on in some time, it may not be performing to it's fullest capabilities. So in this tutorial, you'll find out how to check the A/C pressures on your car. Good luck and enjoy!

How To: Replace a timing belt & crankshaft seal on a Tercel

Owning a motor vehicle is a big responsibility. Aside from the obvious things that need to be changed or replaced, there are other parts of the car that also need to be taken care of in order for it to work. A timing belt and crankshaft are essential for a working car to have. Without these, you pretty much have a car that can't run. So check out how to replace one on a 1992 Toyota Tercel today. Enjoy!

How To: Remove yellow haze from headlights with toothpaste

First of all check for the yellow haze on the headlights by scratching it. Now take toothpaste and then apply some of it on to the headlight. Now you need a dry towel to clean the headlight. Start by rubbing the toothpaste over the headlight with this towel. You have to rub it hard so that the toothpaste cleans out the yellow haze. Start from the middle and make circular motions with the towel. Then start to spread out towards the corners of the headlight. Keep on doing it and you may even fe...

How To: Bleed your car's cooling system (and get the air out)

The temperature control onto hot and the fan is turned off. A bleeder is loosened with a 12mm screwing object. A funnel attachment is placed onto the cooling system and the actual funnel placed ontop. A pre-mixed liquid is poured into the funnel. The bleeder valve is then tightened. Another set of liquid is poured into the funnel and some is poured into a reservoir at about 3/4. The vehicle is started and druiven a few steps back and left on, to run at about 2500 rpm until the cooling fan com...

How To: Change the transmission fluid to the Tomos A55 and A35

Changing fluids to your car or motorcycle is an important task if you want to keep you vehicle in tip-top shape. One important task is to check and change the transmission fluid when needed. Not doing so can do result in damage to your vehicle that could have easily been avoided. So, here is a tutorial on how to change the transmission fluid to two mopeds, the A55 and A35. Enjoy!

How To: Use a clay bar on the exterior of your automobile

In this how-to video, you will learn how to use a clay bar for paint decontamination on your car. To clay, make sure you use a brand new bar. Break the bar into about three pieces and save the other pieces for later. The clay will remove the contaminants from the paint. Flatten the piece before using. Spray the area on the car with clay lube. Now, lay the clay on the surface and use light pressure as you wipe it across the surface. Once you finish the section, remold the clay. Use your nail t...

How To: Wax your car or truck

This video demonstrates how to wax your car or truck. Make sure that your vehicle is clean in advance. For this project, you will need the following: McGuire's Cleaner Wax, applicator pad, and towels.

How To: Check the important engine compartment fluids on a car

In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to check the engine fluids of a car. Begin by checking the engine oil. Begin by finding the engine oil dipstick. Then wipe it down and return the dipstick. Recheck the dipstick and oil level. Now check the automatic transmission fluid. Find the transmission fluid dipstick. Then wipe it down and return the dipstick. Recheck the dipstick and oil level. Only check automatic transmission and not manual. Then check any other important fluids in the engine....

How To: Polish your car with a random orbital machine polisher

In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to polish a car with a round orbit polisher. This polishing technique will remove the swirls on the car. Before polishing, users should wash the car and wipe it clean. Then tape the areas that you do not want polished. Now attach an orange medium cutting pad to the polisher. Apply the polish on the pad and dab it onto the areas that you want to polish. Start the polisher at a low speed and gradually turn the speed faster. Then attach a honeycomb waffl...

How To: Wash your car with the two bucket method

Every time people wash their car paint can easily be scratched off on accident. To avoid that CarCareProducts (CCP) demonstrates how to clean your car in a safe and efficient way using the two bucket method. In the first bucket add a small amount of PH Neutral wash shampoo and in the second bucket should be filled with clean, clear water to refresh your mitt as you wash your car that way all the dirt is collected into that bucket and not the one with shampoo. The first step to cleaning your c...

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: Jump start a car quickly and easily

This video shows how easy it is to jump start a car properly. Locating the car manual is the first thing to do. It will help for that particular car. Inspect the dead battery. If the battery is cracked or if the liquid inside of it is frozen, don't jump the cars. The battery could explode. Position the cars so that the batteries are as close as possible. Connect the positive cable (red) to the positive terminal (+) of the dead battery. Connect the other positive cable to the positive terminal...

How To: Maintain the rubber hoses in your car's engine

If there's one thing in life you should know, it's how to take care of your car. Getting around town is one of this hardest things to do unless you have a car. Automobiles transport us to work, to school, to shopping centers and they even take us to our impossible in-laws, but they can't and they won't if they aren't maintained properly. So, if you think you need a little help to keep your vehicle in tiptop shape, who better to teach than the team at NASCAR? These NASCAR racing experts will h...

How To: Install RRM brake rotors & pads on a 08/09 Lancer

This automotive maintenance tutorial shows you how to replace worn stock pads and rotors on a 2008 or 2009 Mitsubishi Lancer with Road/Race Motorsports Lancer GTS brake pads and rotors. Whenever you change or upgrade your rotors, you should change your pads at the same time. This video shows how to replace the pads and rotors with RRM pads and rotors but the process will be the same for any brand parts you choose.

How To: Maintain and inspect your RV roof

Check out this instructional RV video that illustrates how to maintain and inspect your RV or motorhome roof. What you want to look for is that all plastic components are not dry, rotted, and are in place. What happens if something on the roof is missing, like a lid to the sewer valve, is debris will go down in there and possibly clog up your tanks. So you want to make sure all caps are replaced. The next thing to look for is cracks in your ceiling; this can cause a potential leak area. So wh...

How To: Flush the coolant in a Kawasaki KLR650

This motorcycle maintenance video shows you how to flush the coolant in a Kawasaki KLR650 bike. The coolant drain is a vertical bolt (8 mm) on the front right side of the engine (the water pump). There is a horizontal bolt near it which helps hold the water pump to the engine. That one won't drain it the way you want it drained... unless you want a mess. Now that you know where to look, check out the video and see how to flush the coolant in a KLR 650.

How To: Change the oil on a Kawasaki KLR650

This motorcycle maintenance video shows you how to change the oil in a Kawasaki KLR 650. You do not need to remove any body work to change the oil. The procedure is the same for all years of KLR 600 and 650 (thank you fixer). So watch and learn how easy it is to change your own oil in the KLR650.