Car Ownership - Maintenance & Repair

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    How to Change a Thermostat

    The thermostat is a device that opens and closes to allow coolant to flow through the radiator and regulate the temperature of the engine. Knowing how to change a thermostat and what signs show that......

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    Bleeding ABS Brakes

    When it comes to knowing how to properly bleed ABS brakes, a modern car's ABS module can make things more difficult than they used to be. Normally, the ABS portion of the system does not need to be bled......

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    How To Change Spark Plug Wires

    The spark plug wires transfer high voltage power from the coil to the spark plugs in the engine. Rough idle, poor fuel economy, engine knock (a thump from the engine bay accompanied by a lack of......

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    How To Check Wheel Bearings

    If you've noticed that one of your wheels has started to make a humming or grinding noise that has been gradually getting louder, your vehicle might have a worn out wheel bearing. Even if you......

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    How To Replace EGR Valve

    The exhaust gas recirculation valve, also known as the EGR valve, recirculates exhaust gas back into the intake, mainly in order to reduce combustion chamber temperatures and improve emissions. The......

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    How To Check Coolant

    The coolant in your car's engine is what keeps it running at a reasonable temperature and prevents it from overheating. While coolant doesn't transfer heat quite as well as water, it does help keep parts......

  • Coolant Reservoir Cap Replacement

    Coolant Reservoir Cap Replacement

    The radiator cap on your car does much more than just cover the hole on the top of the radiator or coolant reservoir. Mechanics and parts stores have a tool that can be used to test the cap.......

  • How To Check Manual Transmission Fluid

    How To Check Manual Transmission Fluid

    The transmission fluid in a manual transmission lubricates the transmission and helps to keep it cool. If your vehicle has become more difficult to shift or is grinding going into gear......

  • How To Bleed Drum Brakes

    How To Bleed Drum Brakes

    Drum brakes are sometimes found on the rear axle of modern vehicles, and in the past were also used on the front wheels. While drum brakes are quite different than disc brakes, they operate using the......

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    10 Things A Mechanic Doesn't Want You To Know

    Many of us depend on our cars every day, and need them to be running smoothly so that we can do the shopping, drive the kids to their sporting events, and take our summer road......