Red Means Racecar, Right?

Most people leave their cars looking the way they came from the factory, but some people like to personalize them. A lot of the time, their modifications are to make the car perform better, or just look like it performs better.

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Basic Car Maintenance Checks Anybody Can Do


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Doing a Hack Repair the Right Way

The repair order said that the right turn signal was out, replace the bulb. Usually when bulbs are out it’s just a bad bulb, but after throwing one in, it still wasn’t working. Obviously this meant it had to be a problem with the wiring.

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Cracked Brake Rotor Hat

Sometimes brake rotors don’t want to come off of the hubs. I’ve posted about this in the past. When the center, also called the hat, doesn’t want to come off of the hub, hitting the rotor with a hammer can cause the part the pads ride on crack and break off. The rotors on this particular car didn’t want to break free from the hub, so I had to use a different method, which led to a different type of cracking.

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Tapping in Tight Spaces

I was installing a trailer hitch on a used Honda Pilot, and as I knew from previous experience, the provided holes were rusty. A thread chaser wouldn’t thread in because of the rust so I had to use a tap, but taps aren’t easy to use in tight areas like where these holes are.

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How to Change a Flat Tire


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My Truck: Painting the Wheels

The summer after my bought my 1990 Ford F-250, I decided to freshen up the looks a bit by painting the bumpers, fender trim, and emblems. It made a big difference in how the truck looked. The one thing I didn’t get around to painting was the wheel.

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