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Roller Bearing Diagnosis

Bearings provide the wonderful glue that keeps most engines and mechanical assemblies working, particularly with activities that involve high-speed rotation. There are different types of bearings available, and one of the most common remains the roller bearing.

Specs for a 1997 Polaris Xplorer 500

The Polaris Xplorer 500 is an all-terrain vehicle (ATV). It is the largest of Polaris' Xplorer series of ATVs. The vehicles are intended to be used as work vehicles and have towing and work capabilities to match.

How to Modify a Yamaha Outboard Water Pump

The Yamaha outboard water pump requires inspection after every 100 hours of operation, or once every boating season. The inspection process requires you to remove the pump and its impeller. If you replace the old impeller that's already stressed by 100 hours of operation, it is more likely to disint

How to Remove Ball Joints

Ball joints on an automobile are a pivotal part of your car suspension system that connects the control arm to the steering knuckle. A worn ball joint can affect the performance of your suspension and steering. Ball joints are on both sides of your vehicle, and it is recommended that both ball joint

How to Locate Oil Cooler Lines for a '94 Astro Van

During operation, the internal components of your Astro's engine heats up the oil to extreme temperatures that it uses for lubrication. In order to function correctly and prevent mechanical failure, the oil must be cooled to a temperature below the engine's current degree. The oil cooler lines in yo

Auto Body Sanding Tools

Auto body repair requires numerous sanding tools--from power sanders to traditional sandpaper--for various tasks. For larger areas or deep sanding, professionals commonly use air sanders; for precision finishing and buffing, hand-sanding tools are necessary.

What Is the Chevy Cobalt?

Chevrolet replaced its aging line of compact Cavalier models with the Cobalt for the 2005 model year. The Cobalt, like the Cavalier, was offered in two-door coupe and four-door sedan body styles but, unlike the Cavalier, a convertible was not offered. Chevrolet's Cobalt was the brand's entry-level,

5 Great Gift Ideas For Beginning Auto Repair DIYers, and Car Owners

There are some great car gifts out there for gearheads and novice mechanics alike. If your someone wants to start doing maintenance and auto repairs at home, we have great gift ideas. See our automotive gift ideas and your home mechanic will thank you!

How to Replace Drum Brakes on a Mazda Protege

Drum brakes on a Mazda Protege use a large drum instead of a caliper to slow down the rear wheels. The drum pushes a brake shoe against the drum, causing friction. This friction slows the drum, and consequently, also slows the wheel down. Over time, the drum brakes wear down and need to be replaced.

How to Replace a 2003 Honda Civic Air Filter

Replacing the air filter in the 2003 Honda Civic is a relatively easy task, but it's crucial for engine performance and fuel economy. While the maintenance schedule recommends inspecting the air filter every other oil change, the filter should be replaced once a year or every 15,000 miles (whichever

How to Troubleshoot 12 Volt Battery Problems

Most modern 12-volt car batteries are designed to last somewhere between four and five years. Problems might arise during that time, however, that may cause the battery to malfunction. For example, excessive corrosion that accumulates on the terminals can drain the battery's voltage. Accidentally le

How to Adjust your Edelbrock Carburetor

Adjusting an Edelbrock carburetor is a fairly simple job that can be done in just a few minutes with a screwdriver and vacuum gauge. The Edelbrock carburetor has two adjustment screws in the front, an air mixture screw and a fuel mixture screw, to allow the carburetor to operate at peak efficiency.

How to Change a Brake Pad on a 90CC ATV

A 90cc ATV has four sets of disc brakes installed behind each wheel. Changing the brake on a 90cc ATV requires the same skills as changing any other disc brakes. The biggest difference is that the brake calipers are smaller. Inside each brake set are two brake pads. The brake calipers are secured to

Jeep Cherokee Transfer Case Information

Five models were used from 1984-2001. Built by New Process Gear, all have aluminum housings, planetary gear low-range and chain-driven front output. Models 207 and 231 are part-time. Models 228, 229 and 242 are full-time.

How to Get Oxidation Off My Aluminum Engine Block

If you haven't popped the hood of your car in awhile, chances are that the engine block is caked with dirt and grime. This residue, along with moisture and dry air, can make aluminum and other metals on the block susceptible to oxidation (rust) and pitting. Most minor cases of oxidation can be clean

How to Repair a DVD Touchscreen in a Car

A DVD touch screen is usually made from an LCD or LED display. The touch screen has a slightly tougher screen than standard touch screens, but the screen can still become scratched. A screen protector may prevent such damage. When damage occurs, however, two effective methods of repair may enable yo

How to Check the Battery Voltage With a DMM

Several terms are associated with checking a lead-acid storage battery. "Surface charge" refers to the charge that builds up on the outer surface of the battery's positive plate or "anode." The surface charge provides a false indication of the battery's condition and must be discharged before testin

How to Remove an Oil Pan From a Camaro

General Motors makes the Camaro under the Chevrolet brand. The Camaro is a muscle or sports car and has undergone numerous redesigns. Despite the Camaro's history, the purpose of the oil pan has remained the same--to hold dirty oil that has already run through the moving parts of the engine. If an o

1997 Chevy 7.4 Specs

In 1997, a 7.4-liter V-8 engine found its way into Chevrolet's vans, trucks and SUVs. The 7.4-liter engine was not standard in any 1997 Chevrolet; it was only available as an option. In all the models that offered the optional Chevy 7.4-liter V-8 engine, it was the most powerful...