Hot Maintenance How-Tos

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: 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: 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: Fold down the windshield of a Jeep Wrangler JK

This is a step-by-step video tutorial on how to fold the windshield of a Jeep Wrangler JK. You will notice there are three tools needed; a Phillips head screwdriver, a 13mm deep well socket w/ ratchet and extender, and a t40 torx. First you should remove the plastic covers on the A-pillars of the Jeeps windshield. Make sure you put all bolts back into the holes they came out of for safe storage. That will also keep dirt out of the threads as you drive your vehicle with the windshield down. Ma...

How To: Perform RV air conditioning maintenance

Jim Twamley teaches us how to perform RV air conditioning maintenance in this tutorial. It can be expensive to replace an air conditioner, cleaning it will help give it a longer life. First, remove the top of the unit by removing the screws from the front and back. After this, blow out the inside to make sure everything is nice and clean with air pressure. Next, clean the inside of the top of the unit with household cleaner and a clean rag. After this, replace the top to the unit and insert t...

How To: Remove rust with electricity

This video demonstrates a great way to take rust off of metal piece that are hard to clean by hand. You will need a plastic bucket, a wire hanger, and a battery charger. In the bucket mix one gallon of water and one tablespoon of washing soda. You can make washing soda in the oven by cooking baking soda at 450 degrees for one hour. Take apart all the moving objects off the metal piece you want to clean. Prep the surface by spraying some brake fluid on it and wipe it down. In the bucket hang a...

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: 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: Flush a car radiator

To flush a radiator you will need a drip pan, a screwdriver, a dolly, a jack and stands. First, jack up the car in the front. For safety, put jack stands underneath the front of the car. Then, remove the radiator cap by loosening it with a rag. Slide under the car on the dolly and open the drain cap to drain the radiator fluid. Place a pan underneath the cap to collect the liquid. Check the firmness of the radiator hoses and inspect them for punctures or cracks along the edges. If necessary, ...

How To: Clean and detail an engine

Learn how to clean your auto engine with these great tips. • Apply spray wax to fenders to prevent spotting on the paint, from engine degreaser. • An alternator is a crucial electrical device which must be protected from water and other chemicals. as a precaution, cover it with a plastic bag and the distributor cap if it is visible. • Spray WD40 on any exposed wires to prevent water or chemicals from penetrating. • Wet underneath the hood; wet the engine; use low pressure water on the engine ...

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: 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.

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