How To – Surviving A Winter Snow Storm Trapped In Your Car

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    Every winter we hear reports of people who are trapped in their vehicles for long periods of time due to winter snow conditions. This past week Buffalo, NY saw vehicles on a 13 mile stretch of highway trapped in their cars and trucks for over 20 hours and this is in a relatively urban type environment where emergency services could have responded in minutes under normal conditions.

    If you are on a long stretch of …

    How To – Servicing Disk Brakes & Replacing Pads

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      Servicing your cars disk brakes is a relatively easy task that only takes a few basic hand tools and a couple hours of your time. In this howto we are restoring an older vehicle that needs its front pads replaced. We will not be replacing or cutting the rotors but this is an option that you should consider.

      If you bring your vehicle in for service most brake places will cut your rotors / turn …

      How To – Servicing Drum Brakes And Replacing Brake Pads

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        Until the 1970’s most vehicles other then high performance models had drum brakes on all four wheels after that time disk brakes were standard on the front of many vehicles and many went to four wheel disk brakes. Today you are likely to see drum brakes on base model vehicles on the rear wheels however some manufacturers are moving away from drum brakes all together.

        The reason drum brakes are still acceptable on the rear …

        How To – Building A Professional Mechanics Tool Set

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          The old saying that you need the right tool for the job has some truth to it. Whether you are a Mechanic starting out your career or a high end hobbyist that thinks its better to put labor charges into tools and do the job yourself you have probably already found out the hard way that some tools are better then others.

          I say you probably found out the hard way because like most people …

          How To – Inspecting And Repairing Drum Brake Wheel Cylinders

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            Drum Brakes are still used by car manufacturers on rear brakes and it is likely that your vehicle has a set unless it is a high performance or non-base model with 4 wheel disk brakes.

            Drum brakes are pretty basic and relatively easy to understand and work on.  The rear hub that is attached to your axle will hold your wheel studs to attach your tire.

            If the vehicle is front wheel drive the axles will …

            How To – Replacing Your Cars Windshield

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              Maybe you were driving down the road and a truck kicked up a rock or you were the victim of a storm and a branch fell on your car. No matter the reason there are times when you need to replace the windshield in your vehicle so lets look at what the process will entail.

              The first thing you should understand when you are presented with the fact your windshield is going to be replaced …

              How To – Flushing, Replacing And Bleeding Your Cars Brake Fluid

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                Probably one of the last jobs a car owner ever thinks about is completely replacing the brake fluid in their car’s brake system. Most car makers suggest that you not only bleed your brakes on a regular interval and while replacing brake parts but that you also replace all of the fluid in your master cylinder and brake lines.

                Although your brake system is a sealed system the fluid is very sensitive to humid air …

                How To – Detailing & Painting Disk Brake Calipers

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                  Once your cars brakes reach a certain age about 5 years or more you will have probably gone through a few sets of brake pads and possibly a set of rotors. During that time if you haven’t been doing the work yourself or if you happen to buy a used vehicle your disk brake calipers are likely to have collected a lot of surface rust.

                  Just because your calipers have surface rust is no reason …

                  How To – Pricing Garage Doors Which Features Will Cost More

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                    There are many considerations when selecting the right garage door for your home and one of the most important ones is price. When selecting a door you want to compare the features available between the lines from the same manufacturer and then use those specifications when you compare doors from other manufacturers.

                    You may find that the design features that one company offers are not available from other companies but basic features will be available …

                    How To – Replacing An Axle On A Front Wheel Drive Honda

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                      For most car owners that intend to keep their vehicles more then 5 years you can expect to do some maintenance that can cost you quite a bit of money at the Dealer or a little less at your local shop but if you are able and have the space there is no reason that you can’t do much of the work yourself and save thousands of dollars.

                      Lets face it the longer you can …