• wheel cylinder replacement tips

    Unlike the front brakes on your car, the rear brakes only perform about 20-30 percent of the braking action. Where this causes an issue is when the rear brakes are not performing at their peak due to worn shoes or a bad wheel cylinder. Because they don’t handle the majority of the braking, it can…

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  • Know-How Notes: How to Use a Clutch Alignment Tool

    Installing a new clutch is an exercise in frustration, mainly because you have to manhandle a giant transmission underneath your car. The last thing you want to do is have to start all over because the clutch disc slipped out of alignment and won’t engage with the input shaft. Save yourself some time and effort…

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  • How to Drill Holes

    You may not believe it, but there is a lot more to drilling holes that just a drill and a bit. Sure, you can make a hole, but if you want your hole to be in the right spot and your drill bits to last, there are some techniques that you should learn. How you…

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  • Know-How Notes: How To Set Spark Plug Gap

    As time progresses, the little details of mechanics are often lost. Unless your parent or grandparent taught you how to gap spark plugs, you probably didn’t even know that was a thing. Yes, spark plugs are manufactured with a gap, but that gap is rarely what it is supposed to be on your particular vehicle….

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  • How to clean a mass air flow (MAF) senson

    Most modern EFI engines have a Mass Air Flow (MAF) sensor located in the air intake of the engine. This is the device that measures how much air is coming into the engine so that the computer can determine how much fuel it needs to inject. While the MAF sensor does not directly measure the…

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  • How To Choose A Drill Bit

    When you need to make a hole is something that isn’t paper, you need a drill bit. While the basic drill bit will make a hole, there are many different types of drill bits, and what you are working on makes a difference when you need to choose a drill bit that is right for…

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  • What is Paintless Dent Repair (PDR)?

    Paintless Dent Repair, or PDR, has been around for a very long time, but it has not always been considered a mainstream solution for body panel repair. There is a lot of mystery surrounding PDR and how it works, which has kept this process from being a readily accepted repair process until the insurance industry…

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  • What You Should Know About Your Brakes and Master Cylinder

    Replacing the master cylinder for your brakes or clutch is a fairly simple task – unbolt the old one, bolt the new one in place, swap the lines and you are done, right? Not exactly. While the actual swap process is easy, there is one more step in the middle that you absolutely must do before…

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  • Door Panel Repairs with Bondo Bumper Repair

    A common issue for any owner of mid-90s and newer cars is dealing with broken interior plastic. No car is more fraught with busted plastic than the 4th generation GM F-body, which is the 1993 to 2002 Chevrolet Camaro and Pontiac Firebird. Due to the poor design of the factory door panel, there is considerable…

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  • Engine Hoist and Engine Stand Tips and Tricks

    Sometimes vehicle repairs and modification get serious, so serious that you have to yank the engine out. Seasoned pros do it all the time, but for the average DIY mechanic, yanking an engine is a pretty big task. The process of engine removal varies greatly by the vehicle, so we are not going to discuss…

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