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How to Identify a Dana 35 Axle

The Dana 35 axle was introduced by MOPAR in 1948 as a lightweight but durable front axle for practically every four-wheel drive vehicle made by the company. It uses a 7.562-inch ring gear and 1.406-inch pinion gear with 26-spline axles. At one time, this axle was available in a solid configuration o

How to Wire a Power Outlet for a Car

There are two types of power outlets that can be installed in a car. The first is the standard 12-volt DC outlet. The second is a 120-volt AC outlet. The wiring for both devices is the same. The difference is that the DC plug requires no additional electronics to provide 12 volts. The AC plug is lar

How to Weld Heavy Aluminum

Heavy aluminum is commonly used in the construction of automotive panels and in parts used in cars, aircraft and boats. As an automotive enthusiast, you may need to carry out repairs and restorations involving the use of aluminum welding. Heavy aluminum welding is best carried out with a TIG (tungst

How to Clear Codes From a Jeep Grand Cherokee

The Jeep Grand Cherokee is a sports utility vehicle that was introduced in 1993 as a way for Jeep to compete against the Ford Explorer. Like all other modern vehicles, the Grand Cherokee has a computer that will alert you to a problem and trigger the "Check Engine" light to illuminate. Once you've c

Problems With Hankook Tires

Hankook Tire, one of the world's largest manufacturers of tires for passenger cars, issued a safety recall in 2010. Drivers experiencing problems with Hankook tires should consult the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or the manufacturer to determine whether their tires may have

How to Replace a Xenon Bulb in a 2001 Audi S4

The 2001 Audi S4 is a sport and luxury sedan that has a stylish front end with powerful xenon bulbs encased in the headlights. The dynamic cornering lights automatically move in the direction of the steering wheel and significantly increase the driver’s visibility. The bulbs can also be replac

How to Attach an Emblem

For automotive enthusiasts, emblems can be a badge of honor, providing a way to show off a car's brand, engine type or special feature. Emblems may also go on a boat, motorcycle or any object that you want to show off. Most emblems are made of metal or plastic and some companies make customized embl

How to Fix the Computer in a '92 Prelude

The electronic control unit (ECU) for the 1992 Honda Prelude is located under the passenger side footrest. It controls the programmed fuel injection system and other components via a series of sensors. The ECU controls injector timing and duration, ignition timing, fuel pump control, fuel cut-off, i

How to Use Fiberglass Resin for Body Repair

Fiberglass is commonly used to repair damage on car bodies. It is a very durable material that will bond to metal, wood, Styrofoam, and many other materials. Generally, fiberglass is applied in layers of fiberglass mat saturated with fiberglass resin. Resin is a thick liquid that requires a catalyst

How to Convert to Ethanol

Ethanol fuel is made from ethyl alcohol, the same type of alcohol in beer, wine and spirits. Unlike petroleum, ethanol is a form of renewable energy, produced from agricultural feed stocks and common crops. Ethanol is an alternative fuel for vehicles. Converting your car to ethanol is an easy way to

How to Change the Coolant in a Ford Expedition

The coolant in your Ford Expedition should be replaced on a regular basis, which is noted in your vehicle's maintenance schedule. When the time comes to perform this service, you can either have it done at a professional repair facility or tackle the job yourself. Before taking on this job, be prepa

How to Change a Starter Motor on a 1992 Chevy Lumina

Starter failure most often happens from a dead or dying car battery. Without the proper voltage it needs from the battery to turn the engine, the starter won't function correctly. Aftermarket accessories such as car alarms and auto-starting devices can interfere with the starter as well, especially

How to Replace the Brakes on a 2003 Oldsmobile Silhouette

The 2003 Oldsmobile Silhouette is a minivan made by the former Oldsmobile division of General Motors Corporation. The Silhouette used disc brakes on the front wheels to stop the minivan during normal travel. Replacing the disc brakes really means replacing the disc brake pads, as the brake pads are

Used Cars Maintenance - What Should I Do Outside of Warranty

With used cars or cars outside of warranty, it's much harder to gauge exactly what sort of services your car needs. Most of us get lazy about taking our car to a dealer and say, "Do whatever needs to be done," and walk ourselves to the waiting room or the new car lot. However, after y

How to Replace a Headlight Bulb in a Manual 2007 Mitsubishi Endeavor

In the early- to mid-2000s, a new type of vehicle took the automotive market by storm: the crossover SUV. The combination of car-like ride, SUV-like utility and van-like amenities made these vehicles suitable replacements for hulking SUVs and un-cool minivans. Mitsubishi joined the crossover segment

How to Replace an Outer Tie-Rod in a 2001 Grand Prix

The 2001 Pontiac Grand Prix was equipped from the factory with a Rack and Pinion steering system. The outer tie-rod ends in your car attach the steering system to the steering knuckle and wheel. The simple ball and socket joint used in the outer tie-rod ends in your Grand Prix is designed without a

How to Locate Fuel Filter on 1997 Pontiac Grand Am

Fuel filter locations vary from vehicle to vehicle. Some filters are mounted in the engine bay (under the hood). Some are mounted within the fuel tank, and others are mounted underneath the vehicle within the fuel lines. The 1997 Pontiac Grand Am fuel filter (whether equipped with the 2.4L four-cyli

How to Tune a 1990 Mercury Boat Engine

Think of the tune up as an overall health check up for your 1990 Mercury outboard. The tune up starts with a visual inspection of the engine, like a physician's check of your height, weight and general condition. Testing the engine's compression is like the second part of the physical. Timing and ca