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How to Get Out of a Car Underwater

Getting into an accident is scary---it's even more frightening if your car becomes submerged underwater. This situation is life-threatening and requires you to think fast and stay calm. You will have only a few seconds to act. To get out, you'll need to focus on equalizing the pressure outside of yo

How to Fix Broken Windshield Wipers

Keeping a vehicle's windshield wipers in good working condition is essential to car safety. Windshield wipers may stop functioning, or function inadequately, for several reasons. Sometime the wiper arms move, but the wiper blades don't successfully remove water from the windshield. In other cases, t

Flathead Specs

Ford's first production V8 used a flathead monster image by John Sfondilias from Fotolia.comIn 1932, the Ford Motor Company installed its first commercially available 8-cylinder engine. Ford produced this V8 in a "flathead" configuration, casting the engine block as a...

Explain the Motor Mounts on PT Cruisers

In every modern vehicle, the engine is attached to the chassis (the body) of the vehicle with motor mounts. If automakers were to simply tighten an engine onto the vehicle with nuts and bolts, the vibrations produced by the engine would cause a very uncomfortable sensation inside the vehicle. To red

Decal Removal Tools

Use a heat gun and scraper to remove decals you no longer decal image by Greg Pickens from Fotolia.comFrom political messages to dealership logos, decals are found on a variety of surfaces including automobile bumpers, cell phones, laptop cases and others. The messages vary,...

How Does a Wisconsin Engine Work?

Wisconsin Motors are perhaps best known for their classic air-cooled motors produced in the mid 1960s and 1970s. These engines were of the "four cycle" type, in which four strokes and two rotations of the crankshaft are needed to create one power stroke.

DIY Tubular Control Arm K2500

Installing a tubular control arm is the same as installing a regular control arm, with the difference being that a tubular control arm provides an improved cornering ability because of the shape of the arm. In order to install a tubular control arm, you will need to raise the Chevrolet K2500 with a

How to Remove a Silverado Side Mirror

Removing the side-view mirror on a Chevrolet Silverado is a relatively benign procedure. You don't have to pull out the entire interior door panel on the Silverado like you do on many other models just to remove and replace the mirror. Even when powered mirrors are present on the truck, you can acce

How to Reset a Tire Pressure Sensor

Since drivers do not all check the inflation pressure of their tires regularly or know how to check the tire pressure correctly, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) rules require Tire Pressure Monitor Systems (TPMS) in all cars as of 2008 to help prevent tire blowouts while d

How to Use an SS-Agile Roadtrek

Traveling across the country can be fun, but it can also be expensive to stop and stay in hotels along the way. Having an RV can help with this problem, but also presents another problem in the amount of gas that it will use. The SS-Agile Roadtrek is a light and small model of RV released in 2011 th

How do I Interpret VIN Car Codes on a Matrix?

The Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) was first standardized to a 17 digit alphanumeric format in 1981. Each of the first 11 digits provides general information about the vehicle. The last six digits serve as each vehicle's serial number and uniquely identifies the vehicle for quick reference. The

How to Replace Chevy Rocker Panels

The rocker panels on your Chevy are trim pieces that run along the bottom of your door. The rocker panels on your Chevy get damaged easily because they are so low to the ground. If this happens you can replace them with new panels. Replacement rocker panels can be purchased from your Chevy dealershi

What Oil To Use for Cherry Wood

Cherry wood is one of the more difficult woods to finish due to the fact that the wood has a high grain discrepancy. This means the wood varies from extremely hard and non-porous to very soft and porous in other sections. You use natural oils as a finish, which allows you a greater level of control

Facts on the 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z28

In 1967, GM first produced the Camaro to compete with the Ford Mustang. By 1969 this sleek coupe was one of the most popular of the muscle cars, due to its superb handling and sculpted design. The RPO Z28 Camaro Special Performance Package on the 1969 Camaro allowed customers the option to upgrade p

How to Install a T&P Valve

While water heaters are generally able to deal with excessive temperatures and pressures, a temperature and pressure (T&P) valve goes into action when the water becomes too hot or the pressure gets too high. Excess water is sent into the valve and then drains through a drain pipe. Installing a T