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How to Replace a 1998 Honda CRV Thermostat

Hondas use the standard spring-located thermostat to regulate engine temperatures on its 1998 CRV. When the coolant in the engine reaches 190 degrees, the spring compresses to increase the flow rate of fluid through the engine and radiator. The increased passage of fluid into the radiator lowers the

How to Remove the Oil Pan From a 2003 GMC Sonoma

Removing the oil pan from your 2003 GMC Sonoma may be necessary if you damaged the pan by driving over an object such a large rock, or if you have a stuck oil drain plug. The oil pan holds all of the engine oil necessary to properly lubricate your Sonoma's engine. If the pan is damaged, you will not

How to Change a 96 Ford E350 Fuel Pump

The Ford E-Series is a line of full-size vans that has been in continuous production since 1961. The number in the series indicates the carrying capacity of the van, such that 350 indicates a carrying capacity of one ton. All versions of the E350 use electronic fuel injection, which requires the fue

Coast Guard Regulations for Boat Lighting

The United States Coast Guard sets regulations for all vessels that travel any waterway in the U.S. Lights on boats perform the same function they do on automobiles, and more. Lights not only alert other boats to your location, they tell them what kind of boat you are on. Each type of boat has speci

4 Wheel Drive Vs. Front Wheel Drive

Front wheel drive and four wheel drive vehicles offer motorists a wide range of transportation options to best suit their specific driving environments and needs. Potential buyers should be aware of each system's potential benefits and disadvantages.

How to Replace an O2 Sensor on a 2001 Audi A6 4.2

The O2 sensor on a 2001 Audi A6 4.2 monitors the exhaust gases coming out of the engine. On the Audi, the upstream sensor is mounted on the exhaust before the catalytic converter. The downstream sensor is mounted on the exhaust after the catalytic converter. These sensors send information to the Aud

Automotive Rust Repair & Treatment

Rust is a car's worst enemy. Once a small speck of rust is present on the sheet metal of your car, it can eventually spread to entire body panels of the car. Rust attaches to the sheet metal and essentially causes the metal to rot and fall apart. Painting over rust does not get rid of it. Rust will

The Specifications of a 1988 Chevy S10

The 1988 Chevrolet S-10 was one of the model-year entries of the compact pickup truck's first generation of production, which lasted from 1982 to 1993. There were eight versions of the vehicle, varying by cab size, bed size and drivetrain options between the two/rear-wheel (2WD) and four-wheel drive

How to Remove a VR6 Alternator

The VR6 engine is produced by Volkswagen and is found in the Volkswagen Jetta and Passat. The alternator on these engines creates the vehicle's electricity. When the alternator dies, the battery and other electrical components no longer receive any power, resulting in a car that won't start and can'

How to Replace the Muffler on an Expedition

If your Ford Expedition SUV is making loud noises from the exhaust system, it likely means the muffler has corroded or been damaged. If the muffler has any holes or leaks, you need to replace it. Replacing a muffler is pretty simple, as one is merely bolted to the exhaust system and hanging from the

How to Reset Maint. Required Light on a Toyota Tundra

The Toyota Tundra has a built-in maintenance reminder. When it's time for an oil change, the symbol "Main. Required" will display on your odometer instrument cluster. After you've changed the oil, you can reset the light yourself (it will not return until the next scheduled oil change). In the futur

How Does a Turbo Charger Work?

PurposeA turbo charger is used in high performance vehicles and can be added as an after-market option to most cars as a cheap and energy efficient method of increasing an engine's power output. It should be noted that turbo chargers are different from super chargers, as turbo chargers do...

Oil Gauge Problems

Oil pressure gauges are prone to common problems resulting from regular wear and tear. It's important to make sure the gauge is working. Oil pressure that is too high or low can lead to leaks and engine problems.

How to Replace Leaf Springs on a Ford Ranger

The leaf springs on your Ford Ranger are designed to carry a heavy load and still keep the axle centered on the body. Although they have their drawbacks, having a leaf-sprung rear suspension makes lifting or lowering the truck fairly easy. If you want to lift it, swapping out your stock leaf springs

How to Check a Brake Power Booster

A brake power booster is a vacuum operated device which reduces the effort needed to press the brake pedal and apply the brakes. In most cases the vacuum is created by the running engine and air is drawn from the booster through a rubber hose connected to the intake manifold. Diesel engines do not p

How to Install a Driver's Side Mirror on a Chevy Suburban

If you need to replace the driver's side mirror on the Chevy Suburban, you'll be happy to know that the job can be done fairly easily and does not require any tools. The mirror basically pops in and out, so you don't even need to replace the mirror housing. The entire process should not take you mor

How to Hook Up a Turbo Timer

Turbochargers create substantial heat in pressurizing the air taken in by the engine. To counteract this, the turbos are cooled and lubricated with oil. To prolong reliability, it's good practice to allow your engine a few minutes of cool-down time before shutting off. This lets the heated oil circu

How to Replace the Alternator on a 1999 Olds Alero

Replace the alternator on a 1999 Olds Alero when it no longer charges properly. You should check the condition of the battery prior to changing the alternator. If the battery is not holding a charge, it could look like the alternator is not charging properly. Before testing the alternator, the batte

How Do I Remove a Scratch From My New Car?

There are few things worse than discovering a scratch on the body of a brand new car, whether caused by a wayward shopping cart flying through a grocery store parking lot or by a rogue miscreant who decides to go around keying cars. Fortunately, scratches that are just on the surface of the car and

Causes of Engine Noise

Learn the causes of unusual noises under the hood of your car - model toy car image by alma_sacra from Fotolia.comNo car owner wants to hear the engine start to emit unusual sounds. Not only annoying to the owner, these noises can also indicate other issues plaguing the car....