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Engine Oil: The Difference between Gasoline and Diesel Engines

Just like regular gasoline engines, diesel engines require regular maintenance that involves changing the lubricating oil that keeps your vehicle's parts running smoothly. If you can change the oil on [more…]

Tips for Changing a Diesel Engine's Air and Fuel Filters

The air filter setup on most diesel engines is the same as on gasoline-powered vehicles, with the filter located inside the cold air collector box located under the hood. Most diesels have two fuel filters [more…]

Draining a Diesel Engine's Water Separators

Diesel fuel can easily become contaminated by water because diesel fuel absorbs water more than gasoline does. For this reason, many diesel vehicles feature a gadget called a water separator that collects [more…]

How to Jump-Start a Diesel-Powered Automobile

Even though diesel-powered vehicles can have dual batteries or one oversized battery, it’s possible to jump-start a diesel from the battery on a conventional gasoline-powered vehicle. If your diesel won’t [more…]

Using an Engine Heater in a Diesel Engine for Cold-Weather Starts

Because diesel engines require much higher temperatures to fire the fuel, they’ve always been harder to start in cold weather than gasoline-powered vehicles. To warm things up before the engine can run [more…]

What Is Ethanol?

All cars used to run on the same type of fuel, but now gas stations offer not only unleaded gasoline but alternative fuels, such as ethanol, diesel, biodiesel, and others. Ethanol in particular has started [more…]

What Are Hybrid Vehicles?

Hybrid vehicles are called hybridsbecause they use both a small internal combustion engine (ICE) and an electric motor to obtain maximum power and fuel economy with minimum emissions. How they do this [more…]

Cleaning Car Windows, Mirrors, and Chrome

You can get your car windows crystal clear and your mirrors and chrome sparklingly reflective without a lot of extra hassle. Because they have characteristics that the rest of the car's body doesn't — [more…]

How to Clean and Repair Convertible Tops

A convertible is a joy to drive with the top down, but if you don’t take care of it properly, you may find yourself cold and wet when the time comes to put it back up. Proper care can protect and prolong [more…]

How to Wax Your Vehicle

Waxing a vehicle preserves that clean and shiny finish and seals its “pores” against dirt, water vapor, and rust. If water doesn’t bead on the surface of the vehicle when it rains or when you hose it down [more…]

How to Clean a Vehicle's Engine

Many car owners never bother to deal with the dirt under the hood. There are practical reasons for removing a gross accumulation of grease, oil, fuel, and dirt from under the hood and for making an effort [more…]

How to Clean the Interior of an Automobile

Keeping your car’s interior clean is more than a matter of pride; dirt contains grit and chemicals that can eat away the surfaces of your car’s interior. Generally speaking, the same procedures and products [more…]

How to Protect Your Car from Rust

If you find some rust spots on your car, don’t panic. If the rust is underneath the vehicle, on the underside of the body or bumpers where it doesn’t show, or confined to very small areas that can be touched [more…]

How to Remove Small Dents and Dings from Your Automobile

Taking care of little dents and dings on a vehicle is a simple matter. This type of damage may not require much work at all, even on a car's aluminum and plastic parts. Here are some situations that you [more…]

How to Fill Small Dents and Holes in a Vehicle's Body

Many compounds are on the market for filling small holes, dents, and creases in the surface of your car. Most kits contain at least two substances: the filler and a hardener that you mix with the filler [more…]

How to Touch Up Your Car's Paint Job

Touching up a small scratch on your car with a little bottle of touch-up paint is easy. Before you start the job, mask the surrounding area well and use even, sweeping strokes to apply the paint. [more…]

How to Install or Repair Weatherstripping on an Automobile

Faulty or old weatherstripping should be replaced to prevent whistles and leaks inside your vehicle. If your car's interior or trunk gets wet when you wash the car or when it rains, use a garden hose to [more…]

How to Check Your Brake System's Master Cylinder

Essentially, when you check your master cylinder, you’re making sure that you have enough brake fluid, which is stored in the master cylinder. When you step on the brake pedal, fluid goes from the master [more…]

How to Check Your Brake Lines

If the fluid level in your master cylinder remains full, you don’t need to check your brake lines. However, if you’re losing brake fluid, you need to check for a leak in the wheel cylinders or the brake [more…]

How to Check Drum Brakes

You have to remove a bunch of stuff to get to a drum brake. The steps here explain how to check drum brakes and what to look for when you finally get to them. Follow these steps to check drum brakes: [more…]

How to Reassemble a Drum Brake

After you finish inspecting your drum brakes, you’re ready to reassemble them. Refer to this diagram of a drum brake to make sure that you get everything back in the proper order and direction. The following [more…]

How to Check Disc Brakes

You should check disc brakes and disc brake linings every 10,000 miles — more often if your brakes suddenly start to squeal or pull to one side, or if your brake pedal flutters when you step on it. Don’t [more…]

How to Check a Vehicle's Wheel Bearings

You can check your car's wheel bearings to see if they need to be repacked. Wheel bearings usually come in pairs of inner and outer bearings. They allow your wheels to turn freely over thousands of miles [more…]

How to Repack Your Wheel Bearings

If you have disc brakes, repacking wheel bearings isn’t a difficult job. It’s just that you may not get the calipers back on right, which could cause your brakes to malfunction. If you have drum brakes [more…]

How to Change Your Brake Fluid

You should flush and replace the brake fluid in your brake system every two years. You can change your own brake fluid, but service facilities now do this with brake flushing machines. If you find have [more…]


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