Coil Spring Isolator Proper Installation

Thursday, June 23, 2011 | comments (1)

Just today, a box has been delivered in your house here in Philadelphia, Yes, the part I ordered from one of auto parts store on the internet.  The coil spring isolator of my Silverado was damaged and hence I needed to replace it. Not a tough job. Actually it would only take 1 and a half hour. First off, here are the things you should have:

Floor Jack
2 Jack Stands
5/8" Combination Wrench
19mm Socket and Socket Wrench
3 6" 2"x4" Blocks
2 8" 2"x4" Blocks
Large Hydraulic Jack
Small Hydraulic Jack
Tire Iron or Impact Wrench with 3/4" Socket

I recommend getting a Westar Coil Spring Isolator because the quality of this brand is really different from others.
  1. You can start the installation by unpacking the box and organizing the things that you will need such as the above mentioned.
  2. Next step is to park your car in a safe place, much better if it is on your own garage. Then, start removing the wheel by placing a jack underneath. Now you can remove the bearings as well as the wheels. Start by turning the jack higher until it reached the right height. Once remove, install the coil isolator and make sure they are properly fitted.
  3. Once done, you can start lowering the jack and test if it is ok. 

Grille Assembly: Attraction Plus Protection

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From the word, grill, grille assembly is one of the features attached on your car. It can be found at the end of the front body, where the emblem is being placed and seen. However, this isn’t just a simple accessory. Instead, it has a main function and that is to protect the inner parts from several factors such as road objects, rain and other objects that can cause interior issue. It also controls too much heat from entering the engine. As time passes, grilles got damaged by several factors mentioned above and definitely, you should replace this part if that thing happens. Or else, it would result to a huge issue. 

In today’s advanced world, there are a lot of designs that you could choose from and I highly recommend getting a Westin Grille Assembly. What are the qualities this brand possessed that you can’t see with others? Well, first of all this is fantastic since it adds attraction to your car. Add to that, Westin grilles are made from the finest materials like light metals, plastic and other quality stuff that are capable of protecting the inner parts of your car.  Besides, they are much cheaper compare to other brands that are out in the market. You can choose the color that best fit for your auto. 

There are a lot of designs as well plus you can customize the grille as you wish. Always remember to check the manufacturer part before getting one. If you may not know, there are a lot of scams on the net today and as much as possible you need to avoid this and prevent from too much waste of money.

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Window regulator kit- Repairing Car's power windows

Sunday, June 19, 2011 | comments

As you're driving down the turnpike and approaching the tollbooth, you reach for the switch to lower your window and nothing happens. The switch moves but the window does not budge. Not even a noise from the window motor can be heard which strongly suggests to you that the device is not functioning. You must stop your car and open up the door to pay the attendant before continuing on your trip. Thoughts of an expensive car repair bill are dancing through your head, putting you in a foul mood and tempering the anticipated fun of your getaway weekend. Don't despair: you can repair the power window yourself and save a bundle over expensive dealership charges. Let's take a look at the steps you can take to fix the problem yourself and save a lot of cash in the process.

Before assuming that the window regulator must be replaced you should first rule out the possibility of dirty electrical contacts. On most cars the main power for all switches goes through the master switch located at the driver's console. Sometimes the switch is dirty causing the window to malfunction. If this is the case, take the necessary steps to clean the contact and your problem should be resolved.

Starter Solenoid: Do You Often Hear Starter Clicks On Your Car?

Friday, June 17, 2011 | comments

I just check discussion sites and I observed that there are a lot of folks complaining about the starter of their car. It’s true that almost forty percent of experience drivers are experiencing such issue and thus I’m here to explain to you why this heck thing keeps on happening. First of all, I would like you to know that there are several factors causing car starter problems and these stuff could be found on or near the transmission are such as the battery, the alternator, the sealed beam and the starter solenoid.
The battery is the main source of electricity and this plays a vital role to a car. If you would use the electrical scheme you will notice that after the charge was released by the batter it would be passed to the distributor and to other portion of your car. But before that, there is an area that electricity would pass first and that is the starter solenoid. The starter solenoid on vehicles is on the inner fender well mounted near the transmission area. If you heard a beat of clicking, that might be the starter solenoid.
However then, low-charge battery could also cause such problem. To avoid this issue, you should always check the starter solenoid and must be replaced at least thrice a year. Starter solenoid issue could lead to bigger troubles and as much as possible you should address this issue. I recommend getting a Standard Starter Solenoid as it is universally used by drivers. Not just quality is basis but the durability also. They could be found on many stores on the internet and you could let it delivered to you in just a few clicks of your mouse.

Carburetor Gasket Kit: A Big Trouble

Thursday, June 16, 2011 | comments

Recently, I encountered a problem on the carburetor gasket kit and that was such a big charge to experience. I have a 99 m900 and this is my first motorcycle since I was high school. I already did some replacement with the carb. The last time I remembered was that I took it to the dealer for another replacement. They have charged me $300. Weeks later, the dealer returned it to me assuring that is ok but actually not. As I ran my baby, it once stall into a gear on the neutral mode. However then, there is a white smoke that came up on the transmission and stopped while on the neutral mode. I decided not to return to the dealer but to fix it on my own. 

Not so knowledgeable about it, I search for manual and finally found one. I’ve purchased a new Standard carburetor gasket kit plus additional front pipe and have done the replacement. The total amount I’ve shelled out was $300, the amount I paid in the labor years ago.  I've looked though a bunch of the parts diagrams using the internet and classify which one will best fit on my baby. I’d found a universal gasket kit at around $60. I was amazed with the result and was glad of it. If I were to asked, I would recommend the Standard for it has the quality and the durability, which you could found from other brands. Not that bias, im giving my thumbs up to it. :)

Carburetor Repair Kit: Tips When Buying

Wednesday, June 15, 2011 | comments

Indeed, even small thing in this world has value. Just like in parts of your car. Sometimes, these tiny things have more value than those larger stuff. One of the good examples is the carburetor repair kit. Yes, this is a set of valves, jets, needles etc. 

Carburetor repair kit couldn’t be sold individually since they are measured and categorize based on the year and make of the car it is going to be place. However sometimes, you might encounter trouble in buying carburetor repair kit. Sometimes, there might be a missing item like the needles or the jets. It is truly advisable to check every part before shelling out a piece of cash. You can go directly to your car’s dealership and ask for advice about such thing. 

Not appropriate carburetor repair kit could cause trouble in driving. I advised using Standard carburetor repair kit. It could be found on retail store or on the internet. The package jets, valve needle, pilot air jet, main jet and a repair manual. Remember that the performance of your car depends on its part. How would it run well if the carburetor repair kit doesn’t fit on it? For more details, you can visit your local mechanic and ask for the price. Since they’re the ones who usually buy such product, they have further knowledge about such thing.

Easy Ways To Solve Turn Signal Issue

Tuesday, June 14, 2011 | comments

Turn Signal light switch issue is common to every driver. This might take place from time to time and could result to a deeper problem. As much as possible you need to resolve this issue before it ruins your day. For my Silverado, I used Standard Turn signal switch but later on it caused rapid clicking and had result for the flasher unit to barred down. The issue had started when it gets colder here in our place and the weather might be one of the factors that trigger such problem.

One way to address this issue is through the use of WD40 switch cleaner. As you may not know the turn signal switch could grabbed plenty of rust since it is located on the inner portion of your car. Good thing about this cleaner is that it is environment friendly and free of CFC which is not good to all of us. Start by removing the steering column covers without removing wired items. Doing the contradictory could result to a bigger problem most especially if you are not familiar with other parts.

After all, you can start cleaning it using WP40 cleaner and wait for about thirty to forty minutes before you put it back to your car. In this way, your turn signal switch will absorbed the chemical from the cleaner and hence the dirt or dust could not easily chase it. You can find WD40 on online stores out there. It’s up to you to choose which brand fits for your car.

Temperature Sender Failure!

Monday, June 13, 2011 | comments

Like other parts of the car, Coolant Temperature sender could also malfunction.  It depends on how long the sensor would long. If you may not know, there is only one temperature sensor associated to the temperature sender and it is very sensitive. During summer and winter, temperature sender keeps of failing as it was affected by the weather.  I once experience temp sender failure and that was such a bad experience for me. I used Standard Temperature sender for my A4 though I was not convinced with the catalytic converter that is installed on my auto. I believe this is the root cause of the issue on the temperature sender. So what I did was that I replaced the Cat and separate the engine temp sensor.
First, I clean the temp sender and try to plug it on but it cause the car to tick and warmed for long. Using a repair manual, I try to look for instructions to fix the issue. Luckily I found one, after I replaced the sensor the A4 runs well with no ticking sound at all. I highly recommend doing so before the issue gets bigger. If that is the case, the temperature sender might get damaged and could create a huge trouble. You can check out replacement parts on local junkyard as well as on the internet. There are a lot of store that offer such products of different brands and it’s up to you to choose depending on what fits on your auto.

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