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Why Car Dents Cost So Much

The other day my friend and I were getting ready to head home after a long day of work when we noticed a small note tucked beneath her windshield wiper. It read, 'Sorry, the wind blew my door into the side of your car. If this is a problem, call me and I'll have the cost covered.'

What Is a Sleeve Bearing?

Bearings allow free movement of machine parts. The sleeve or journal bearing is a simple bearing used for big-end machines, main crankshaft bearings for cars and computer peripherals. Sleeve bearings are made from hard metals like bronze and beryllium copper. The bearing is a hollow cylinder split i

Rear Seat Removal for Toyota Corolla

The Toyota Corolla is a fuel-efficient and affordable compact car that is known for its Japanese engineering. When the rear struts are to be removed and replaced, the only way to gain access to them is by removing the Corolla's rear seat. Once the rear seat is removed, the back portion of the interi

How to Replace a G37 Microfilter

The Infiniti G37 is equipped with an in-cabin microfilter that filters dust, pollen and other allergens to prevent them from entering the cabin from the ventilation system. Infiniti recommends replacing the microfilter every 15,000 miles, or once every 12 months. Frequent driving in heavy traffic co

How to Repair a Cracked Cylinder Head

Have a cracked engine head? Are you billowing white smoke? Does your oil dipstick look milky? Is there oil in your Anti-Freeze? If you answered yes to any of these, you may have a cracked head.

How to Replace the Front Fork Shocks on a 1984 Yamaha Motorcycle

A properly functioning front fork is critical to a motorcycle's ability to respond to changing road conditions and surface irregularities. The fork itself is comprised of a pair of hydraulic telescopic shock absorbers that compress and extend as needed. In most cases, the forks used by a 1984 Yamaha

How to Look for Information on the 2000 Kia Optima

Owners of older model cars sometimes encounter problems in locating important information about their vehicles. Manuals and warranty paperwork get lost in the shuffle of daily life. Dealer websites generally offer information only for the latest models. Thus, learning how to value your 2000 Kia Opti

How to Replace the Water Pump on a 2001 Grand Cherokee 6 Cylinder

The Grand Cherokee is a mid-size sport utility vehicle produced by the Jeep division of Chrysler. The WJ versions of this vehicle include the 1999 to 2004 models and represent a complete redesign over the previous Grand Cherokee. The most common engine in the 2001 Grand Cherokee is a 6-cylinder, 4.0

How to Replace Chevy Door Hinge Pins

If the hinge pins in your Chevy vehicle's door become bent or otherwise damaged, this will affect the door's alignment and put a strain on the rest of the body. Some newer vehicles don't even use hinge pins, but special bolts or screws that require a professional mechanic to repair. If your Chevy ve

Technical Information on the MerCruiser 140

Mercruisers are inboard marine engines that are produced by Mercury Marine. Mercruisers were first introduced at the 1961 Chicago Boat Show and were the first inboard marine engines that offered over 100 horsepower. The 3.0 liter Mercruiser MPI is an inboard engine capable of producing 135 horsepowe

How do I Replace the Front Bumper Reflector in a 2001 BMW 3 Series Coupe?

The 2001 BMW 3 Series is part of the E46 generation. The 3 Series is a mid-size coupe, sedan or convertible that offers attractive looks, strong performance and German reliability. The E46 cars have small reflectors at each corner of the front and rear bumpers. Over time, these can become chipped, s

Why Are Car Wraps Often Considered the Future of Marketing?

Advertising is one of those constantly evolving sectors. It has to be flexible and it has to adopt new strategies in order to keep the potential audience interested. People today are less prone to pay attention to ads. Thus, marketing experts have to look for innovative customer attraction methods.

Free Auto Repair Manual - Find Online Today

Are you looking for an auto service manual? Would you like to find a way to repair your vehicle or certain parts of your vehicle on your own?It's possible to get a free auto repair manual online to use for whatever type of auto repair you need. If you have Internet access and a computer, you wi

How to Replace the Vapor Canister on a 2003 Dodge Neon

The vapor canister, otherwise known as the charcoal canister, is a device that is attached to a 2003 Dodge Neon to facilitate emissions control. The cylinder is mounted inside a bracket next to the Neon's gasoline tank. The cylinder is filled with charcoal on the inside which helps to absorb fuel va

How to Change Brake Springs

Brake springs hold brake shoes onto the wheel hub on rear brake drums. Most vehicles manufactured in the 1990s or earlier have rear brake drums. Brake drums are used in late model cars but many manufacturers switched to disc brakes on the rear of their vehicles due to efficiency. If your vehicle has

Replacing a BMW 535I Cabin Air Filter

The BMW 535I is equipped with a cabin air filter that prevents dust and allergens from entering the passenger compartment. BMW recommends replacing the cabin air filter once every 10,000 miles or 12 months. A clean cabin air filter will increase air flow in the air conditioning system, which also in

How to Change a Rear Windshield

Changing a rear window, or as Auto Body Mart refers to as a vehicle's back light, requires several tools and materials. The steps involve removing the weatherstripping -- or its watertight adhesive liner that surrounds and seals the window in place. For a successful removal, have an assistant to hel

How to Convert a Holley Gas Carb to Alcohol

For racers looking to compete in alcohol-fueled divisions, purchasing alcohol-ready equipment directly from the manufacturer can be prohibitively expensive. If you have an old Holley double-pumper carburetor, you are close to installing an alcohol intake system. The Holley carburetor requires a few

How to Replace the Valve Cover Gasket on a 2.4L GM

The rocker arms on the 2.4L GM engine are responsible for opening and closing the exhaust and intake valves in the cylinder head. The valve cover closes these rocker arms off, so you need a gasket between the cover and the cylinder head to prevent oil from leaking into the engine compartment. When t

Your Auto Mechanic Wants You to Know - Really!

Many of the technicians I know make more money than college graduates, although they seem to garner less respect. This is because of perception, culture has trained our minds to think more of a person if they are well dressed. I've experienced this myself, people look at me differently when I&a