Automotive

How To – Improving Your Cars Audio System Without Radical Modifications

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    Whether you bought your car used or new there comes a time when upgrading your Audio System to meet your current needs is something you want to do.

    If you watch any of the car shows on Cable Television you will see multi-thousand dollar kits being installed in SUVs that take up the whole cargo area.

    Since most of us don’t want or need to go that far we thought we would examine some of the …

    How To – Trick To Getting Your Engine Crank Pulley Off

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      On older vehicles with V8 engines and crank pulleys with harmonic balancers it was a pretty easy job getting your pulley off to get access to your timing chain or for whatever other reason you needed.

      These pulleys were held on by 3 to 4 bolts that were tightened under 70 foot pounds of pressure. Even dealing with troublesome bolts would mean adding a pipe to your ratchet and giving it a mild yank.

      Today’s engines …

      How To – Checking And Replacing Automotive Fuses

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        Automotive fuses are installed by manufacturers to protect the wiring and devices in your car from electrical overload.

        Overloads can happen when an electrical circuit has a short to ground or internal problem that causes the device to draw too much electricity from your battery.

        If this was to occur the fuses which is placed between the battery and the device would melt and turn off the flow of electricity before damage could occur.

        Buying Guide – Air Compressor Hoses And Adapters

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          Well you just purchased your Air Compressor and new Tool Set and maybe your manufacturer was nice enough to include a basic hose and a few adapters to get you started but there are a number of features that you should consider to get the most out of your tools.

          For most non-commercial applications when buying hoses you will be looking at a range from 1/4″ at the small end to 1″ at the very …

          Buying Guide – Retread Tires Are The Worth The Discount?

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            When your budget is tight or you just don’t what to spend a lot of money on tires for your old tired car or truck you might look at the discounts available on Retread or Remanufactured tires.

            In some situations a Retread can be a good deal but for many of us it is best we steer away from them.

            Retreads have been used on Tractor Trailers for a number of years. The reason being is …

            How To – Choosing And Installing Garage Shelves

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              Storage is an important part of any Garage or Workshop and there are many options available to you from ones you make yourself to professional grade solutions that are suited for specific tasks.

              If you are outfitting your garage for storage you might find yourself in a predicament of how much money should you spend. This is a problem as professional tool boxes can run into the thousands of dollars. The important thing to …

              How To – Changing Your Cars Oil And Filter

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                Search : 1983-2007 Toyota Corolla Full Oil FilterChanging the oil in your car will increase its life and provide better overall performance.

                Doing the job yourself has a few benefits not only will you save money but you can often purchase better products for less then parts and labor at your local shop.

                Many high volume shops will use generic filters and oil or they will order lower grade products that save the company a few …

                How To – Mixing Automotive Paint

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                  Whether you are doing a touch-up or a full paint job following the correct methods of mixing your paint will provide accurate repeatable results and a finish you can be proud of.

                  The main difference between professional paints and the type you get out of a spraycan or touch-up bottle is that it needs to be mixed.

                  Each paint type and manufacturer selection will have different requirements so it is very important that you get specific …

                  How To – Picking a Portable Power Inverter For Your Car

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                    Whether its while driving to work everyday or while on vacation there are times when having access to AC voltage can be a life saver or more then just a convenience.

                    Depending on how far you are willing to go you can install an inverter that can power just about any ac device you can think of.  There are limits though and tradeoffs for instance you might notice that many refrigerated vehicles like ice cream …

                    How To – Understanding Tire Ratings Before You Buy

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                      If you own your car for more then a few years and that includes most of us then you will endup needing to replace your cars tires.

                      Most States require replacement if your tire tread reached 2/32″ of an inch.

                      If you live in an area that sees lots of rain you should at least double that to 4/32″ and if you are in a snow area 6/32″ of an inch should be your limit.

                      Most Tires …