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How Do I Choose a Propeller for an Engine & Boat Combination?

Choosing the correct boat and propeller combination is vital. Improper size and fit of a propeller can result in bumpy rides, loss of power and damage to the motor. Properly fitted, the propeller will provide you with ample power and a smooth ride. Prior to making your choice, it is important to d

How to Repair an Air Ratchet

Pneumatically-powered air ratchets are used across many kinds of repairs and mechanical repair jobs. Air ratcheting tools can break down over time and require some light repair. There are a couple of basic components that you can check and easily adjust to repair your air ratchet if you are encounte

Chevy 409 Specs

Part of Chevrolet's W-series engine family and made famous by The Beach Boys, the Chevy 409 exuded the essence of American muscle, boasting large displacement, rev range and, most of all, power output. Features that made this engine special included combustion chambers inside the block...

Replacing the Thermostat in an Audi

The thermostat in your Audi regulates water flow to the engine and controls the heater. The thermostat is basically the same in all vehicles, as it controls the temperature and is designed to release the water flow when it reaches a certain temperature. This article discusses how to troubleshoot and

How to Change Wiper Blades on a Toyota RAV4

The wiper blades on your Toyota Rav4 should be changed once or twice a year, depending on where you live. The blades, made of rubber and exposed to heat and cold, can quickly deteriorate and compromise proper clearing of your windshield. Most people don't consider replacing their windshield wipers

How to Check the Oil on a 1978 Honda Goldwing

Honda's flagship touring motorcycle, the Goldwing, has won the affection of millions of motorcyclists around the world. The 1978 Goldwing featured a 999cc horizontally-opposed four cylinder motor that offered smooth and powerful throttle response, adding to the enjoyment and comfort of a long ride.

How do I Change a Fog Light Bulb on a 2005 Chevy Monte Carlo?

Although not as important as the headlights, a vehicle's fog lights still make driving safer and easier when there is a lot of fog in the area. When there is a malfunction with the fog lights, they must be replaced as quickly as possible. Thankfully, replacing a fog light on the 2005 Chevrolet Monte

How to Service a Mercruiser Lower Unit

Performing regular maintenance on your Mercruiser stern drive protects vital components and ensures operation at peak efficiency. Replace the outdrive lubricant after each boating season. Carefully examine the old lubricant for a milky color. This would indicate that water has entered the system.

How to Replace a Venture 3.4 Belt Tensioner

The belt tensioner on Chevrolet Venture 3.4 engines is responsible for keeping the belt tight inside of each accessory pulley at all times. As the engine is running, the belt turns around each accessory pulley so that the accessories can operate. As the belt turns, the tensioner moves up and down wi

How to Reset the Warning Lights on the Dash

When your vehicle's computer senses a problem with a prominent piece of equipment such as the transmission or engine, it will send out a code to alert you. This will result in a warning light appearing on your vehicle's dashboard. After the repair is complete, however, it may still be necessary to r

How to Put the Bearings in a Shadow Raptor Front Hub

Bearings in the front hub of your Shadow Raptor bike are some of the most durable bearings and will last for a number of years. However, there may come a time when you will need to replace the bearings. This should be attempted only if you have intimate knowledge of how your wheel hub is assembled.

My Dome Light Won't Shut Off

Dome lights inside of a vehicle operate through multiple switches. The standard control is located on an adjustable knob on the dashboard, typically to the left of the steering wheel, or on the headlight switch. Additional switches are mounted to each door and, on some vehicles, the trunk. Some mode

How to Check Transmission Fluid in a Car

Transmission fluid in a car is something most people learn about only when it runs low. When the fluid is low, the car starts right up, and the engine runs fine, but after shifting into gear, the car won't move. Transmissions use a special red oil that must retain a specified level. There are variou

How to Identify GM Alternators

Alternators provide electricity to a vehicle while the engine is running, charging the battery in the process, and when the engine is turned off, the alternator alternates the power supply to the battery. General Motors exclusively uses alternators manufactured by Delco-Remy, and since Delco-Remy al

How to Check the Transmission Fluid in a Saturn CVT

Saturn used the continuously variable transmission (CVT) in the Ion Quad Coupe and in the Vue during the mid-2000s. These transmissions are specifically designed to improve gas mileage by keeping the speed of the engine relatively low. However, the CVT transmission is notoriously expensive to repair

Electric Window Motor Repair

Power windows have been standard equipment on vehicles for a very long time. Manual cranks have been with us much longer, and consist of a less complicated design than the power variety. Stuck or non-functioning power windows can be frustrating and inconvenient. A window stuck in the down position c

How to Polish Faded Exterior Black Trim

Black bumpers and exterior trim accent the areas next to the body color. Sunlight and saltwater conditions near oceans along with road salt oxidize automotive exterior black trim. Oxidation makes the black color appear to have white mixed with it and can peel plastic trim off a car. Polishing faded

Torque Converters FAQ

Automotive automatic transmissions use a torque converter to transmit torque between the crankshaft and the transmission input shaft. The torque converter links the crankshaft and transmission to provide fluid coupling and torque multiplication.

How to Adjust the Accelerator Cable on a Chevrolet Silverado

If the accelerator pedal on your Chevrolet Silverado is beginning to feel "sticky," or throttle response is a little sluggish, the likely cause is a slackened or stretched accelerator cable. To fix this problem, cable adjustment is necessary. This is a maintenance task you can perform yourself, in a