Tag Archive: diy auto repair

Mar 02

Wheel Studs and what you should know about them.

Wheel Studs and what you should know about them. Never use an Impact gun to torque wheel studs. Always use a torque wrench with the manufacturers recommended torque value. Over zealous mechanics without regard for “doing it right” use the impact gun to speed up their job which in the process over tightens the nuts …

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May 27

Consequences of Over Revving….OOPS!

Consequences of Over Revving….OOPS!     These pictures show you what happens as a result of over reving your engine. Over revving an engine happens when you miss-shift or spin the wheels on slippery surfaces like ice and snow. This is a Honda Civic Engine. You can see the hole in the block at cylinder #2, at …

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May 17

DIY Shock or strut replacement

Replace Your Shocks and Struts Every 100,000 Km or 60,000 miles. You’ve probably figured out how to tell when your brakes or tires are wearing out. Shocks and struts are just as critical and they’re much more difficult to inspect. This can be frustrating, because your shocks and struts are safety-critical components that wear out …

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May 08

Spark Plugs

Your vehicles owner’s manual will guide you when to replace the spark plugs Spark Plug Conditions The guide below is courtesy of Chiltons The following spark plug gapping video is courtesy of NGK spark plugs:  

May 06

Over Heating Issues (Part 7)

Over Heating Issues (Part 7) Engine Ignition Timing-Ignition timing can have an effect on the overheating of the cooling system. If ignition timing is too far advanced it will cause the fuel and air mixture to ignite too early in the combustion cycle. This can cause the amount of heat generated by the combustion process …

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May 04

Over Heating Issues (Part 6)

Over Heating Issues (Part 6) Deposits Throughout the System – As cars get older, they can begin to run hotter as deposits build up in the engine and cooling systems and constrict the flow of fluids (just like people do). If you’re driving an older vehicle and it’s running hotter than normal, it’s probably time …

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May 02

Over Heating Issues (Part 5)

Over Heating Issues (Part 5) Not Enough Coolant – Check your radiator coolant level. Check the coolant overflow tank (this is the reservoir that holds the run off from the pressurized system). Read the levels carefully. Extra coolant should always be added if the level is below “MAX COLD” when the engine/radiator is cold. The …

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Apr 30

Over Heating Issues (Part 4)

Over Heating Issues (Part 4) Radiator Cap – The cooling system is pressurized. Pressure helps the flow of the coolant through the cooling system. The cap on top of your radiator is rated to hold a certain amount of pressure. Sometimes these caps can get worn, damaged or loose and when this happens, they won’t hold …

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Apr 28

Over Heating Issues (Part 3)

Over Heating Issues (Part 3) Radiator Fan – There are two types of radiator fans: electric and centrifugal. The centrifugal fans can crack and break. Sometimes rocks can damage or break the fan, resulting in less cooling capability by the radiator. Centrifugal fans can also get broken blades; lose the belt that drives them; or …

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Apr 26

Over Heating Issues (Part 2)

Over Heating Issues (Part 2) Water Pump –The water pump circulates coolant throughout the cooling system (radiator, engine and cabin heater). When it becomes defective, overheating is inevitable. The type and severity of the defect can determine how quickly your vehicle can overheat. If the water pump is making a squealing noise, it needs replacing …

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