Hot Maintenance How-Tos

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: 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: Clean the A/C drain on your car with a ballpoint pen

Does your car A/C make a horrible smell when it's on? The most likely culprit is a clogged air conditioning drain. Fortunately for you, all you need to fix the problem are jackstands and a ballpoint pen. This video will show you how to combine the two to clean your drain and get your air conditioning back to cooling well and smelling good.

How To: Replace the front struts to a Honda

There are so many important pieces that make up an entire car, struts can be seen as one of them. What struts do is that they help soften movement when a car s driven on an uneven road or rough surface.It's important to replace struts when they may be leaking oil or they don't help soften movement.

How To: Replace outer tie rod ends

In this video, Rich Pin teaches us how to replace an outer tie rod end on a vehicle. First, get the vehicle in the air supported on jack stands, and remove the tire wheel assembly. Next, put a mark on the top of the tie rod shaft so you know where to line it up when you replace it. Next, loosen the jam nut from the rod, remove that and the nut. Remove the tie rod end after this by shocking it with a hammer. When it is removed, replace it with a new part and then attach all the bolts and nuts ...

How To: Remove a blower motor on a Saturn S-series

If you're cooling and heating system isn't working like it should, you should probably check the blower motor. If you're not getting a good amount of air from your car, you may have to replace it. But what if you don't know how to remove it, in the first place? That's where this tutorial comes in handy. In this video, you'll see how to remove the blower motor for a Saturn S-series vehicle. It's easy to do and will make sure that you have a working A/C or heater when it's time for it. So good ...

How To: Change the cabin airfilter on a 2004 Honda Civic

You may not realize it, but is more than one air filter attached to your car. Not only do you have the filter near your engine, but there is also one located within the vehicle itself. This is used to collect any dust or other particles that are in the vehicle. Many people don't realize it, but these need to be replaced every year or two. So in this tutorial, you'll find out how to locate and replace the cabin airfilter on a 2004 Honda Civic. good luck and enjoy!

How To: Repair coolant level sensors

Where is the coolant level sensor and how to fix or replace it on a Mercury Sable?? The coolant sensor is located in the coolant reservoir bottle. It cannot be serviced, you can only replace the reservoir. However, if just the sensor is bad, you can also try unplugging the sensor at the coolant reservoir bottle. Unscrew the two screws holding the reservoir bottle in place. With the bottle loose, tilt the bottle slightly toward you until you see wiring coming out of the reservoir bottle, that ...

How To: This Hair Care Product Will Keep Water Spots Off Your Car for Good

Taking care of your car requires effort, whether you take it to the pros for washes, waxes, and detailing, or you spend time to make it shine yourself—and it often seems that, right after your car is sparkling again, rain or midnight moisture appears to cover its surface in water spots. With a small tweak to your typical car care routine, you may be able to keep your car's surface and windows shining longer and better: you just need to add a little hair conditioning liquid.

How To: Perform a P0404 EGR cleaning on a Saturn S-series

If you own a Saturn S-series and keep getting the code P0404 and your check engine light is on, you probably need to perform an EGR cleaning. This is actually a commong problem with soem cars and can be taken care of easily wthout having to go to the mechanic. This video will show you how to clean it properly and use the right materials for the job. You might want to wear gloves and protective eyewear when cleaning an EGR. So good luck, pay attention, and enjoy!

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: Change the oil in your Smart car

In this video, we learn how to change the oil in your Smart car. First, you need to go out and buy the appropriate oil for your car. After this, look underneath the car and find the oil filter/plug. After this, you will remove the plug and let the oil drip into a pan underneath the car. Once it's finished draining, you will replace the plug back on the car. When finished, you will pour the new oil back into the car until it's filled up. Then, you will look at the oil to see how much is in the...

How To: Replace windshield washer nozzles

In this video, we learn how to replace a windshield washer nozzle. First, use tape to mark where the wipers were at so you know where to replace them. After this, remove the wipers from the vehicle by using a wrench. Now, pop the hood of the car and remove the screws that are on the front of the car surrounding the nozzles. Once you get the top area removed, you will find the nozzle and hose underneath it. After this, replace the old nozzle with the new one and then put it back. When finished...

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: 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: Remove a stripped out brake rotor locator bolt

When performing maintenance on your car, you may run across old bolts that have become worn out and possibly stuck. This can be a pain for anybody, especially those who on a tight schedule. So in this next tutorial, you'll learn some easy tricks for removing a stripped out brake rotor locator bolt. Good luck and enjoy!

How To: Locate VIN ID Numbers in a Classic VW Beetle Bug

Knowing all the information about your car is important for many reasons. Some being for the fact that the government needs it and another being it can help with trying to find parts for the car. So in this very helpful tutorial, you'll find out how to locate the VIN ID numbers on a classic VW Beetle Bug. It's easy to follow and will make life easier for you. So good luck and enjoy!

How To: Replace the side view mirror on a Nissan Altima

Someone has just smashed the side mirror off your perfect Nissan Altima that you parked on that busy road you know you shouldn't have parked on anyway, so now it's up to you to repair it— unless you want to pay an overpriced mechanic, who will charge you for parts, labor, and whatever else he thinks he deserves. If you're up for repairing your side view mirror by your lonesome, for cheap, then this video by Richpin will show you the exact steps required to fix your Nissan Altima's side mirror...

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: Replace the radiator to a 2002 Dodge Neon

Although cars are these thousand pound machines that can make travel so much easier for everyone, accidents can occur. So it's important to know what's wrong with your car and how to fix it. If you have a bad or damaged radiator, that is something you need to fix and soon. So, in this video tutorial you'll find out how to replace the radiator to a 2002 Dodge Neon. Enjoy and good luck!

How To: Restore a headlight

Wipe headlights clean. Double tape around the headlights. Use two layers of tape around the headlight lens to protect the paint. Insert the backing plate into the drill. Attach the foam interface pad. Use a spray bottle of water to lubricate and keep headlights clean while sanding. Completely remove the old UV coating. You'll see heavy sanding marks in the headlight lens. With the 500 grit sandpaper, remove oxidation and pitting. Use uniform movements of up and down and side to side with mode...

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: 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: 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 the RV LP gas system

Check out this instructional RV video to learn how to maintain the LP gas system on your recreational vehicle. Open up the compartment and you will see your LP tank. There is a gauge that tells you how much is inside the tank, there is also a fill station where you fill it up, always make sure the cap is returned after filling it up, so no debris gets inside. There is also a pressure release valve so when you are filling it, the pressure can escape through there so you can get the proper amou...

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.

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