• 10 Car Paint Prep Tips

    So you finally decided to pull the trigger and paint your car or truck, and you want to do it yourself. Great! Now what? Unfortunately, you can’t just grab some rattle cans and start laying down color, there is a lot to do before you get to that point. Painting a car is a time-consuming…

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  • cutting and grinding metal the right way

    If you work on cars long enough, there will come a time when you need to cut or grind on metal. If you are restoring a car, that time will come sooner rather than later. There are multiple ways to get the job done, and which method you choose often depends on the purpose at…

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  • U-Joint Guide

    The driveshaft in your car connects the transmission to the rear differential and in some cases the front differential. The driveline consists of a slip yoke, the shaft, a bolt-in yoke, and two or more U-joints. The purpose of the U-joint is to adjust for the working angles of the suspension. They are the weak…

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  • fuel pump

    Deep in the bowels of your car, lives a much-maligned component. It lives its entire life to pump fuel from the gas tank to your engine, and most of us never give it any thought. That is, until it dies. Then you struggle to figure out what the problem is. When the fuel pump quits,…

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  • common automotive fasteners

    Hey there everyone, step right up to the never ending bin of automotive fasteners! This magical bin is filled with every nut, bolt, washer, or screw you could ever possibly need. Don’t worry about grades or threads, any nut will do…or so you might think. In reality, the circus side show of fasteners is fraught with…

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  • how a camshaft works

    Other than carburetors, there is nothing more mystical than how a camshaft works. Often dismissed as voodoo or magic, the brains of your engine is only mysterious to the uninitiated. Once you understand the basics, it is really isn’t rocket science.

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  • how to bleed a hydraulic clutch

    There are three methods used by auto manufacturers to actuate the clutch diaphragm in manual transmission vehicles: push rod, cable, and hydraulic. Adjusting push rod and cable-type linkages is fairly simple, but hydraulic clutches require bleeding when installing a new hydraulic throwout bearing. Here’s what you need to know about how to bleed a hydraulic…

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  • We have all had it happen. You are turning a wrench and then BAM, the head of the bolt rounds off, the wrench slips, and you bust your knuckles on the edge of something sharp. It never fails; there is always a sharp edge next to a rounded bolt waiting for your tender knuckles. Here are some tips and tricks to removing rounded-off bolts…

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  • image courtesy of Comp Cams http://www.compcams.com/

    An engine is a complex piece of machinery. There are hundreds of moving parts that all have to work together in a coordinated effort in order to function correctly. One of the key components to managing this effort is the camshaft. Sometime called a “bumpstick” or “cam”, this the component that tells the valves when…

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  • pullers

    When a problem comes along, you must pull it. Even if you are not strong, youuu must pull it, pull it good! Sorry, got caught up in a little 80’s remix there. When working on a car, you often come across specialty components that require specialty tools to remove and install them. One of the…

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