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Inner Tube Buyer’s Guide

An inner tube can cover up a lot of problems. It can prolong the useful life of your tire in some situations, but it can’t be used in all tires. This guide will help you match the right inner tube with your tire. When Can I Use an Inner Tube? Generally speaking, inner tubes are best suited to use on non-highway farm implement and lawn and garden tires. If you have(…)

How to Install a Vent Visor

Have you ever wanted to open your vehicle’s windows, but it was raining outside? If you opened them, you’d get you and your interior wet, but if you left them closed, it would stay uncomfortably warm or stuffy. Well, vent visors eliminate this conundrum. They arch out over the top of your window, allowing you to partially open it without letting rain or snow in. A vent visor set can also(…)

Feeler Gauge vs. Spark Plug Gauge

It’s important to make sure that your spark plugs have the right gap when you are doing an engine tune-up. When you buy spark plugs, they may not necessarily have the right gap between their electrodes for your engine. Having the wrong gap can cause your engine to misfire, lose power, and run less efficiently, which lowers your gas mileage. Check your car or truck’s owners manual for the recommended(…)

Fuel Hose Buyer’s Guide

Fuel hose is a reinforced rubber hose in a vehicle that carries the fuel from a fuel tank to a different part of the vehicle, usually the fuel pump. Fuel hose comes in many different sizes. It is used in a variety of different vehicles, from lawn mowers to farm tractors to cars and trucks. There are a few different things to consider when selecting fuel hose. Virtually everything you need(…)

Exhaust: Why Is My Car So Loud?

It’s probably happened to all of us at some point. One day, you start your car or truck and it sounds like a T-Rex. After one nearly-maddening trip to and from work, you wonder: “Why is my car so loud?” You may already be thinking that it’s a problem with your muffler, but how can you be sure? Well, first it’s important to understand that there are a lot of(…)

What is a Catalytic Converter?

A catalytic converter (or “cat”) is the part of your car or truck’s exhaust that takes the pollutants out of your exhaust. Some vehicles have more than one, and diesel cars and trucks has a type of converter that uses diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) to cut emissions. How Does a Catalytic Converter Work? When your engine burns fuel, it makes a vapor that’s toxic to the environment. The raw exhaust that comes from your engine carries(…)

Custom Exhaust: Glasspacks & More

Custom exhaust can make your vehicle look, sound and run the way you want it to. You Add an aftermarket chrome exhaust tip to add a touch of style. Convert your exhaust system to a straight pipe to let your engine roar. Custom exhaust can be a rewarding DIY project. Just keep in mind that there are laws that can affect what you can do to your exhaust. Whether you’re restoring a(…)

How To Install a Bug Deflector

A bug deflector cuts down the amount of bugs that hit your vehicle as you drive. It does this by creating a slight slipstream that bugs get caught up in and carried over your vehicle. They can reduce the amount of time you spend cleaning your hood and windshield, and they also look stylish. When you buy a bug deflector, you should look for: Durability – A deflector made of aerospace-grade acrylic(…)

How To Install A Car Battery

If you ever wondered how to install a car battery, or if you want to do it yourself, we have a quick step-by-step process to help you. You only need a few basic tools, and it may only take about fifteen minutes to do. Learning how to install a car battery is a great start if you’re a beginning DIY auto repair mechanic. Before we show you how to install a(…)

Frozen Battery Questions Answered

It’s bad enough when your car or truck doesn’t start, but when you find out your battery is frozen solid, now that’s brutal. When your battery freezes, it usually needs to be replaced. Also a frozen battery is not covered under the manufacturer’s warranty. When the liquid inside the battery freezes, it can break the electrical connections inside and bend the plates. This lowers the battery’s output, often far enough that the(…)

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