Senin, 29 Juli 2013

How to Repair a Power Window on a Windstar 2002

The primary components of a power window are the glass, the regulator that holds the glass, the control switches and the wiring connecting the switch to the regulator. Cracked or broken window glass needs to be replaced, but the regulator, the switches and the wiring can also cause problems. What you need to do for repairs depends on where the malfunction is. This can be tricky on a Ford Windstar 2002 van, as the window glass and regulator are installed with rivets instead of bolts.

Instructions

    1

    Disconnect the van's negative battery cable with the window down.

    2

    Pry out the trim cover for the inside handle with a small flat screwdriver, then pull out the switch control plate, disconnecting its electrical connector. Replace the control plate and skip to Step 8 if that's all you need.

    3

    Pull out the side mirror cover, then remove all the screws on the door panel along the edges and behind the switch plate. Pull the panel off its clips and off the door, then peel away the watershield.

    4

    Disconnect the electrical connector for the window regulator. If the wiring is damaged and this is the only issue, install a new wiring harness and skip to Step 7.

    5

    Drill out the rivets holding the window glass to the regulator and lift the glass out of the door. Drill out the regulator's rivets, then pull the arm bracket and regulator out through the service hole.

    6

    Install the new regulator within the door and fasten it with a rivet gun. Slide and lower the door glass into the door and regulator and apply rivets to it, then connect the electrical connector.

    7

    Paste the watershield back onto the door and reinstall the door panel with its clips and screws.

    8

    Plug in the electrical connector and install the switch plate followed by all other small trim panels you removed.

    9

    Reconnect the battery cable.

How to Remove Window Tint Adhesive

How to Remove Window Tint Adhesive

Window tint has evolved, and replacing old tint adhesive is a common automotive repair. Old-style tint adhesive that used to turn purple and bubble off the glass has been replaced with longer-lasting films. Removing the old adhesive is actually a simple process; it just takes time and patience. The backyard repairperson can remove tinting film from several windows in about two hours.

Instructions

    1

    Spray the inside of the window with the ammonia-based cleaner until it is saturated. Normally, it is advised that ammonia cleaners not be used on the inside of tinted windows, because it will detach the film from the glass. The higher the ammonia content of the cleaner, the more it dissolves the tint glue.

    2

    Separate the film from the glass around the edges. Find the edge of the glass and run the razor between it and the film, spraying the area to induce separation. Ideally, about two inches of separation around all edges of the glass is enough to get a grip on. Realistically, the film will come off in small slivers that will require diligence to peel. What is needed is a "tab", or section of film that can be pulled and sprayed to remove the entire primary film layer. What is left after pulling the film free is a layer of glue that has bonded to the glass over years.

    3

    Spray a liberal dose of glue cleaner onto the layer of glue left on the glass. Using the towel, rub the glue into "streaks", and then dose the area with more glue cleaner. Eventually, there will be a small glob of glue in one patch, and it can be scraped off with the razor blade. Several globs may occur, but using the towel to apply friction saves time versus trying to scrape the window with the razor alone.

    4

    Clean with the window cleaner once more. With the glue mostly gone, the ammonia based cleaner should restore the window to a pre-tint state.

Minggu, 28 Juli 2013

How to Remove the Brake Rotors on Your Car

The braking system of your car is extremely important to the safety of you, your passengers and other drivers. To understand how to maintain and repair this system yourself is a valuable skill. Removing the brake rotors is one of those key processes in understanding the operations of the brake system and how to repair it properly.

Instructions

    1

    Remove the lug nuts that hold the rotor, or disc, in place. Set these lug nuts somewhere safe and secure so you don't lose them. If the rotor, or disc, is held into place by metal retainers, cut them off using diagonal cutters and discard them.

    2

    Consider if you need to remove the brake caliper mounting bracket. This will depend on the make and year of your car. Consult your vehicle's repair manual for specific instructions on how to do this.

    3

    Slide the disc off the nuts. If it appears to be stuck, do not force or hit it with a hammer. This situation needs to be resolved with care and patience. If the rotor's surface is struck, it can warp past the point of being reparable.

    4

    Tap around the side of the "top-hat" surface. Tap around the studs, taking care not to hit any threads. Do this for a couple of rounds around the rotor or disc. It should slowly start to come loose and you can work it off of the lugs.

Sabtu, 27 Juli 2013

How to Replace Brake Fluid in a Honda Civic

How to Replace Brake Fluid in a Honda Civic

Honda Civics use a power brake system to supply the stopping power. The power brakes operate the same on most every vehicle: A power booster uses a vacuum to increase the power of the brake pedal when engaging the master cylinder and hydraulic brake system. The brake system uses a fluid that becomes contaminated with age and use and requires periodic flushing. The job is a pretty simple one, though you will need an assistant.

Instructions

Flush the Brake Lines

    1

    Remove the brake reservoir cap and siphon out any fluid using a turkey baster. Replace the fluid with clean DOT-3 brake fluid once empty.

    2

    Place the jack beneath the axle and raise the Civic one wheel at a time. Remove the lug nuts from the tires using a lug wrench. Set the tires and lug nuts to the side. Place a jack stand beneath the axle or frame and remove the jack.

    3

    Loosen all four bleed screws so that fluid runs out. The rear brakes are either drum or disc brakes. Locate the bleed screw on rear disc brakes on top of the caliper. The drum brake bleed screw sits on the back of the drum above the axle. Front disc brake bleed screws face the engine on the caliper.

    4

    Have your assistant press the brake pedal firmly to the floor and hold it. Tighten each bleed screw and release the pedal. Check the fluid in the reservoir and refill as needed. Repeat the process until clean fluid is coming out of the bleed screws.

Bleed the Brakes

    5

    Bleed the passenger rear brake first. Start with the wheel furthest from the reservoir to ensure all trapped air is forced out. Bleed the driver rear brake second, the passenger front brake third, and the driver front brake last.

    6

    Place one end of rubber tubing on the bleed screw and the other end submerged in DOT-3 brake fluid in a clear plastic container. Check the reservoir and fill as needed.

    7

    Have the assistant press the brake pedal firmly to the floor and hold. Loosen the bleed screw and monitor the flow of fluid and air bubbles out of the tube. Tighten the bleed screw once the flow stops and release the pedal. Repeat the process until no air bubbles come out of the tube for at least three turns.

    8

    Repeat Steps 2 and 3 until all the wheels are done as outlined in Step 1.

    9

    Replace each tire and tighten the lug nuts. Raise the vehicle slightly at each wheel to remove the jack stand and lower to the ground. Tighten all the lug nuts with the lug wrench once all wheels are on the ground. Top off the brake reservoir and replace the cap.

How to Install a Fiero Windshield

The Fiero sits rather low to the ground. This low center of gravity gives the Fiero excellent handling, but also makes it prone to a lot of stone chips. These tiny cracks can quickly spread, and when they get to be larger than an inch in length, you need to replace the windshield or you risk the entire windshield shattering. Once the windshield has been removed, installing a windshield on a Pontiac Fiero is fairly straightforward. However, make sure that you follow a specific procedure so that the glass will properly adhere to the frame.

Instructions

    1

    Clear away any residual urethane on the windshield window frame. Cut the old urethane down to approximately 3 mm.

    2

    Clean the pinch weld area on the sides of the frame with a brush. Make sure that there is no remaining debris.

    3

    Coat the frit band with urethane primer. The frit band is the black edging on the glass. The primer opens the pores on the frit band and allows it to adhere to the urethane.

    4

    Run a thick bead of urethane around the perimeter of the frame where the windshield will go. Use the 3 mm of remaining urethane as a guide.

    5

    Align the top, bottom and sides of the windshield on the Fiero's frame and press the windshield into place. Allow the urethane to cure for at least 12 hours.

Jumat, 26 Juli 2013

How to Change Brake Fluid in a Motorcycle

Motorcycles go from 0 to 60 miles per hour in under 3 seconds. With all of that speed, stopping becomes even more important than in a car. To make sure your motorcycle stops properly and consistently, you should change your motorcycle's brake fluid about every two years. With a brake bleeding kit, changing your motorcycle's brake fluid can be done simply and quickly.

Instructions

    1

    Attach the bleeding kit tube to the brake fluid nipple on the brake caliper. Twist loose the nipple. The old brake fluid will empty through the kit's tube into the kit's container. Place the container that comes with the kit into a larger container to collect any spillage.

    2

    Remove the master cylinder cap to make sure it does not completely empty. Refill the master cylinder with fresh brake fluid while the old fluid is flushed out.

    3

    Pump the brake lever so the brake fluid is forced through the tube into the container. You will know that the fluid is fully flushed when the fluid in the bleeding kit tube is completely clear.

    4

    Keep squeezing the brake and re-tighten the brake fluid nipple. Replace the master cylinder top cover. Remove the brake bleeding kit and clean up any spillage. The fluid will harm the paint if it is not cleaned completely.

How to Install an Old Chevy Windshield

How to Install an Old Chevy Windshield

The condition of an old Chevy is one which must be continually monitored. The windshield is one component which must be serviced regularly. If you find a crack or a break in your windshield you must either repair or replace it. Both procedures will involve removing and installing the windshield. The process to carry out this work is fairly simple but requires help to remove and insert the windshield.

Instructions

    1

    Remove the rear-view wing mirrors from your Chevy by using a screwdriver to remove the mounting screws which hold them in place. This will give you easy access to the windshield.

    2

    Remove the rubber seal completely from around the edges of the windshield. Use a sharp knife or blade to cut away all of the seal. As you cut the edges carefully use your hands to pull it off from around the vehicle. Place the seal in the trash.

    3

    Press against the windshield from inside the Chevy to remove it from the vehicle. Have someone outside the vehicle to help you life the windshield from the car.

    4

    Apply a thin layer of petroleum jelly to the new windshield. This will help seal it in place on the vehicle. Attach the new gasket to the shield so that the heavy part is on the bottom and the slit is at the side. Place a cord around the edges of the windshield to give it added support when placed in to the vehicle.

    5

    Place the new windshield on to the vehicle. Press down on the glass from outside the car to allow the seal to set in place. Attach the cord to the inside of the vehicle. Clean the windshield and dashboard to ensure there are no shards of glass in the vehicle.