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How to Run a Diagnostic Test on a 1993 Chevy Truck

Maintenance
Chevrolet trucks manufactured before 1996 predate the current, standard On-Board Diagnostics (OBD)system, so owning an OBD-II scanner will not help you diagnose engine problems in a '93 Chevrolet truck. The scanner will not understand the coding and the cable will not fit into the assembly line diag
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How to Test the Wheel Speed Sensor on a 2002 Chevy Avalanche

Maintenance
The wheel speed sensors in a 2002 Chevrolet Avalanche are located in the center of each wheel hub. These sensors are electromagnetic and relay information to the powertrain control module (PCM) about the rotational rate of the wheels. The PCM uses this data to make certain determinations, such as wh
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How to Replace the Shocks and Struts in a Honda Accord

Maintenance
When you bought your Honda Accord new, the ride was smooth and comfortable. After you've driven 60,000 miles under normal conditions, you need to replace your shocks and struts to keep the ride smooth. If you do it yourself, it helps save on the hassle and expense of having a mechanic do it for you.
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How to Drain Oil in a Rear Differential

Maintenance
Over time, your vehicle's rear differentials oil will need to be changed so you can refill the reservoir with fresh oil. The oil in the rear axle differential can get dirty over time and reduce easy flow within the axle; also, the oil can leak out, and a non-full rear differential can cause problems
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How to Drive With Worn Shocks & Struts

Maintenance
The shocks and struts on your vehicle are the all-important components of the suspension that isolate the vehicle and in turn the driver from the ever-changing surface of the road. Over time, shocks and struts will wear out from repeated use. When they do, the result is a suspension that can bounce
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How to Install a Transmission Cooler

Maintenance
An auxiliary transmission cooler is actually a small radiator that a vehicle's transmission fluid is routed through. This dissipates and cools the fluid and may keep the transmission from overheating. Vehicles that benefit from the addition of a transmission cooler include vehicles that tow or haul
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How to Remove Rust From Bodywork

Maintenance
The bodies of most vehicles are made of iron. Iron is a corrosive metal, which reacts with oxygen in the air to make iron oxide. The iron oxide then flakes off the surface of the metal, and the process repeats with the next layer of iron. If rust isn't removed properly, it weakens the structural int
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How to Take Out a Saturn Ion Battery

Maintenance
Although the Saturn Ion has been acclaimed for its many features from many of its owners, you will not be able to use any of them with a dead battery. In order to change the Ion's battery, you will need to feel comfortable lifting 40 pounds. If you haven't ever removed the battery from a Saturn Ion
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How to Refinish & Repair Alloy Wheels

Maintenance
Alloy wheels are expensive compared with their metal counterparts because they are more durable, beautiful and functional. The alloy allows for faster acceleration, breaking and control, while exuding a lustrous exterior to enhance the car design. If small scratches or nicks start to appear on the w
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How to Determine If You Have a Faulty Transmission

Maintenance
Trying to determine whether a strange sound or faulty car performance is coming from the engine or transmission can be difficult at times. Here we will look at several common automatic transmission problems you are likely to encounter in your vehicle. They will help you determine whether your transm
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How to Replace a CV Joint in a 1995 Mazda 626

Maintenance
The CV axle on a 1995 Mazda 626 transfers the engine horsepower from the transaxle to the front wheels. Each CV axle contains two CV joints--one at each end. The CV joint acts much like a human wrist as it allows the axle to swing as it turns when the wheel are turned in either direction. The inner
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The Air Bubbles in My Brake Line Won't Clear

Maintenance
The brake fluid in the brake line transfers force from the master cylinder to the corners of the car when the brake pedal is applied. Bleeding the brakes keeps the fluid in top condition. This means opening a valve at the caliper, allowing small amounts of brake fluid to escape the system. This proc
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How to Repair the Driver Side Mirror on a 1999 Buick Regal

Maintenance
The driver's side mirror on a 1999 Buick Regal is a large plastic enclosure bolted to the side of the door. To replace the whole mirror, you must take the inner door apart and pull the mirror out. However, you can repair the driver side mirror by pulling the lens out of the housing and then replacin
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How to Replace a Window on a 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Maintenance
Broken, chipped or otherwise damaged window glass can present safety hazards as well as let in unwanted air or water into the interior of a vehicle. Changing the window glass on a 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee can be done by most novice mechanics without an assistant, eliminating the need to visit a prof
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How to Fix Vinyl Windows in Convertibles

Maintenance
Convertibles are the ultimate fair-season automobiles. When the temperatures go up, the top comes down. One of the drawbacks to owning a convertible is a different set of maintenance procedures apply to the top's upkeep versus that of a hardtop. If the top has a vinyl window, it can suffer damage. I
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How to Increase Fuel Mileage in a 1995 Chrysler 3.3 Chip

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The Chrysler 3.3 engine's performance chip helps ensure the engine is operating at its optimum level. To do this, the chip automatically adjusts things like timing and fuel burn and will increase the horsepower that your engine produces. Performance chips are now standard in most fuel injection engi