Rabu, 31 Oktober 2012

How to Assemble a Nissan Quest Window Regulator

After getting work done on either the door panel or windows of your Nissan Quest, you can save yourself on mechanic's fees by reassembling the window regulator yourself. Although this may seem like a daunting task, it is actually one you can easily complete in under an hour. You can pick up all the tools you will need for the job -- as well as a replacement window regulator for your Quest -- from your local auto store.

Instructions

    1

    Use a phillips-head screwdriver to remove the screws attached to the door panel. Pull the door panel away from the door.

    2

    Place the window regulator at the bottom of the access panel just beneath the glass pane. Ensure that the pane can line up with the regulator.

    3

    Use a wrench to fix the window regulator in place by attaching the lower mounting bolts to the bracket of the regulator in order to attach it to the door.

    4

    Line up the holes on the regulator with those at the bottom of the pane of glass. Align them exactly with each other and fix them in place by using a hex wrench to attach the hex bolts.

    5

    Reattach the door panel by following the removal steps in reverse. Once completed test to make sure you can open and close your window fully with the regulator.

Selasa, 30 Oktober 2012

The Proper Way to Double Flare Brake Tubing

The Proper Way to Double Flare Brake Tubing

The proper way to double flare brake tubing is to use a flaring tool. The tool is designed to flare the mouth of the pipe and create a seal that withstands the compression of the brake fluid without leaking.

Tools

    You will need pipe cutters, an inner/outer reamer and a flaring tool kit. The kit contains three functional pieces; a clamp, with wing nuts or a clamp screw that tightens it onto the brake tubing, adapters that measures the exact length of brake tubing to make a safe and proper bevel and forms a bell in the tube mouth that prevents cracking, and a flaring tool. The flaring tool itself is a cone connected to a feed screw that tightens into the brake tubing by a metal bar at the top.

Tubing

    Cut the brake tubing straight across with pipe cutters and remove the shavings from the end of the tube with the inner/outer reamer. Slip the tubing through the hole in the clamp that has the same diameter as your tube and measure the length against the wide step on the bottom of an adapter. Tighten the clamp onto the tube.

Adapter

    Turn the adapter over and sit the stem of the adapter into the center of the brake tube. Slide the flaring tool onto the clamp and position it so that the cone tip rests inside the adapter. Tighten the cone down onto the adapter until it presses firmly against the clamp.

Final Steps

    Release the pressure on the adapter and remove it from the brake tube. The mouth of the tube should now be bell-shaped that keeps the tube from cracking. Re-insert the cone into the brake tube and tighten it down into the tube as far as it will go to flare out the mouth of the tube.

How to Repair Auto Glass Damage

Any rock or piece of road debris can cause damage if it strikes your windshield at highway speeds. Even when your car is parked, a lawn mower or weed trimmer can launch a small rock at your side window causing a chip or crack. Fortunately, repair kits exist to seal the damage and prevent the crack from spreading.

Instructions

    1

    Assess the damage. Home fixes require a small damage area, 1 inch or less. If the damage you are attempting to repair is larger, consult a professional auto glass shop. Don't wait. The more time passes, the more likely dirt is to contaminate the glass. Road grit and even dust prevents the repair material from adhering to the glass.

    2

    Purchase a self repair kit. You can find windshield repair kits at your local auto parts store or through an on-line retailer. Because the repair compound requires daylight to set up, make sure repairs are performed during daylight.

    3

    Clean the damaged area with glass cleaner. Make sure the surface is completely dry before attempting the repair.

    4

    Use a small nail or leather punch to punch poke a hole in the center of the adhesive disc that comes with the repair kit. Remove the adhesive backing from one side of the disc. Turn the side with the exposed adhesive towards the glass. Place the disc over the chipped glass centering the hole in the middle of the damaged area.

    5

    Remove the adhesive backing from the other side, and attach the syringe pedestal. Remove the protective cap from the end of the syringe and push it into the pedestal, twisting the syringe until it seats completely.

    6

    Pull the syringe plunger up to remove the air from the damaged area under the disc. Hold for a moment, then push the plunger slowly down to apply the resin onto the damaged surface. Repeat 10 times. From the inside of the car, inspect repair for air bubbles. Repeat resin application if needed. Clean up excess resin compound with a damp cloth. Allow 30 minutes to dry. Pull the syringe out of the pedestal and cut off the disc and pedestal using a utility knife.

How to Replace an Auto Windshield

How to Replace an Auto Windshield

Replacing an auto windshield is a difficult task. Never try to change a windshield during inclement weather. Water should not touch the windshield for approximately 10 hours after replacing it. The windshield is model specific and you must take into consideration the windshield's special features, such as a tint or an integral radio antenna, when planning to replace a windshield.

Instructions

    1

    Remove the window reveal trim using the molding remover tool. Cut the urethane bead loose around the entire circumference of the window. This is the most difficult part of the job. The urethane must be cut entirely, with no strings attached to the window when it is pushed outward. One string will crack the window. If the person who installed the previous windshield pushed down too hard then it will only have about 1/8 inch bead. This makes it hard to cut from the outside. The knife must never touch the edge of the glass. This means that the bead must be cut from inside the vehicle using a long razor knife. Go slow and be precise.

    2

    Push the window out slowly. Watch for any adhesive still touching the window and cut it before proceeding.

    3

    Allow 3 mm of urethane sealer to remain on the vehicle. New urethane grips better on old urethane. Clean any dirt or foreign material away from the sealing area. Prime the new windshield with urethane primer around the outside edge where it will contact the urethane bead. Use a brush to spread it on the windshield.

    4

    Place a bead of urethane sealant around the window opening, over the top of the existing 1/8-inch of old urethane, using the electric bead gun. Align the windshield with the edges or the window opening. Make sure the windshield is centered properly before lowering it onto the urethane. Once it touches the urethane, it cannot be removed. Lay the windshield on top of the urethane bead. Push down on the edges of the windshield where it meets the urethane. Push on the entire circumference of the window edge to properly seat the window in the urethane so it does not leak.

    5

    Reinstall the window molding by centering it over the trim fasteners and pushing down.

Senin, 29 Oktober 2012

How to Remove Clear Coat Overspray From a Windshield

With new paint comes a new layer of protective clear coat, and while paint on your windshield is easily seen and removed, clear coat overspray on the windshield is often overlooked. You can feel the clear coat, however, as even the smallest amount on the windshield creates small bumps. Removing the overspray yourself is possible. All you need is a specially formulated clay bar that pulls the clear coat from the windshield.

Instructions

    1

    Remove any dirt or debris from the affected surface by washing the windshield thoroughly. Pat the surface dry with a clean, lint-free towel to ensure no dirt remains on the surface that could cause scratching from the clay bar.

    2

    Spray a light layer of clay bar lubricant onto the windshield. Cover only a 3-foot-square section, so the lubricant doesn't dry or attract dust while you're working on another area of the windshield.

    3

    Run the clay bar over the lubricated surface of the windshield. Move the bar in a back-and-forth motion, then run your finger over the windshield with each pass to determine if you've cleared the surface of overspray. A clear windshield should feel smooth with no small bumps indicating the presence of overspray.

    4

    Examine the clay bar for signs of contamination. With use, the bar becomes discolored from the clear coat. When soiling becomes evident, stretch the bar slightly flat, and fold it in half to expose a clean surface, and continue clearing the windshield.

    5

    Remove the lubricant from the surface of the windshield with a microfiber towel before moving to a new section of the windshield. Repeat the removal process on the new section until you've removed all traces of the overspray.

Minggu, 28 Oktober 2012

Removing Drivers Side Window on F150 Truck

Removing Drivers Side Window on F150 Truck

Auto glass is one of the more expensive items to replace on any vehicle. The Ford F-150 is no exception. You can, however, save yourself a few dollars by doing the job yourself once you purchase the replacement glass. Removing the drivers window from the Ford F-150 requires patience and care, so as not to shatter the window glass during removal. It is best to take some precautions before attempting this repair and make sure you have a solid grasp on what needs to be done before you start.

Instructions

    1

    Tape the window glass in the upright position by running the packing tape from the outside of the window, up and over the window frame and down onto the inside. Make sure it contacts the glass for at least four inches on both sides. Repeat this step once more so you have two pieces of packing tape holding the glass up, one at the front and one at the back.

    2

    Remove any trim covers or bezels on the door that may be hiding fasteners. Depending on the year, model and interior trim package of your F-150 you may need to remove some or all of these items: the interior door handle bezel, the master switch bezel, reflector lenses, speaker covers, speakers and other small trim panels. These can be carefully pried out using the pocket screwdriver. The reflector lenses on certain models will be held in with screws that can be removed with the pocket screwdriver.

    Disconnect the wiring harness from the master window switch once you have the window switch bezel removed.

    3

    Remove the fasteners you uncovered in Step 1 using the socket set. Lift the door panel up and away from the door. If you did not disconnect the window and lock switches in Step 2, disconnect them now before moving the door panel too far from the door. Different models will have Philips screws, Torx screws or hex head screws. Its best to have all three types of tools handy in case you need them as it is not uncommon to have several fastener types in the same assembly.

    4

    Remove the trim pins using the trim pin removal tool by sliding it between the door panel and door at the trim pins location. Repeat until all the trim pins are removed from the door. Set the panel someplace safe.

    5

    Unbolt the window mount tabs from the window regulator using the socket set. Depending on the year of your F-150, you may need to lower the window glass partially to access the bolts. If this is the case, simply peal the tape off the outside of the window, lower the glass to a point that gives you access to the bolts and then reattach the tape. You will need to reconnect the window switch temporarily to move the window.

    6

    Remove the tape carefully while holding the window glass with your other hand. Once the tape is removed, tilt the glass toward the front of the truck and pull it upward and outward through the window frame toward the outside of the F-150. This may require tilting it front to back a few times during the removal, depending on the year and cab configuration of your F-150.

    7

    Compare the old glass to the new glass before installing. You can perform the installation of the new glass by reversing the removal procedure.

How to Remove a Brake Drum From a GMC Safari

How to Remove a Brake Drum From a GMC Safari

Removing the rear brake drums from your GMC Safari van will allow you to access the rear brake components. If you are planning a brake job, the front and rear brakes should be inspected prior to starting the work. The rear shoes are located within the rear brake drums, and removing the drums is very simple. The brake drums can be replaced if they are worn or damaged, and new ones can be purchased from any auto parts store or the GMC dealership parts department.

Instructions

    1

    Loosen the lug nuts on the rear wheels of the Safari but do not remove them yet. Position a jack under the rear of the van and raise it until the tires are off the ground.

    2

    Position a set of jack stands under the frame of the van to support the vehicle while you work under it. Be sure you are on flat ground so that the van cannot move or the stands may fall over while you are under it.

    3

    Remove the lug nuts and pull the tires off the van. Pull out on the brake drum, attempting to pull it off the van. If it does not slide off, you may need to help it along.

    4

    Locate the adjusting hole on the brake backing plate from the rear of the brake drum. Insert a flat screwdriver into the hole and move the adjuster up or down until the brake shoes loosen their grip on the drum.

    5

    Tap on the edges of the drum with a rubber mallet, pushing the drum off the shoes. Once loose, move around to the front of the drum and pull it off the brake shoes.

How do I Remove a Door Window From a 1983 GMC?

The door windows on a 1983 GMC are made up of a wing window that pivots open, then a rolling window that goes up and down with either a power window motor or a window crank. These windows can break, and if they develop a crack or chip, then they need to be removed from the door before they crack and break completely. Taking out the door windows should take about 30 minutes.

Instructions

    1

    Open up the door as wide as possible and roll down the main window as far as possible. Remove the trim panel around the interior door handle using the Phillips-head screwdriver. Unscrew the pocket and the screws at the bottom of the panel with the screwdriver as well.

    2

    Lift the door panel up and off of the door, then unplug the wiring to the power window switch on the backside of the panel.

    3

    Unscrew the top of the wing window from the door jam on the vehicle with the Phillips-head screwdriver. Unbolt the bottom of the wing window from the door panel, then tilt the wing window in towards the outer door jam, then lift it straight up out of the door.

    4

    Pull the remaining window up slightly so you can hold on to it. Slide the window forward so the rollers on the base of the window pop off of the track.

    5

    Lift up the forward edge of the window while sliding the remaining roller out from the window track. Then lift the entire window up and out of the door.

Sabtu, 27 Oktober 2012

How Long Should Drum Brake Shoes Last?

How Long Should Drum Brake Shoes Last?

    The only sure thing about brake shoes is they won't last forever.
    The only sure thing about brake shoes is they won't last forever.

Less than Disks

    When drum brakes are the only type of brakes used on vehicles or trailers, don't expect their brake shoe linings to last as long as the brakes on machinery equipped with disk brakes or a combination of disk and drum style brakes. The actual life of drum brake shoes depends on what they are used on, how they are used and the quality of the brake shoe linings.

Longer than Disks

    Many vehicles are equipped with front disk brakes and rear drum brakes. If this is the situation on your vehicle, expect the rear brakes to last about twice as long as the front brake pads. When stopping a vehicle, the front brakes do most of the work. This is only a rule of thumb since both brake shoe linings and disk brake pads are available in many levels of quality.

Bottom Line

    The length of service to expect from a set brake shoes depends on many variables, so a definitive lifespan or number of miles to expect is impossible to give. The important thing is to inspect the shoes or have them inspected regularly, and replace them when the lining wears down to 1/8-inch thick at any point.

Jumat, 26 Oktober 2012

How to Remove a Toyota Truck Caliper

How to Remove a Toyota Truck Caliper

The brake calipers on a Toyota truck do the heavy lifting for the braking system. When you push on the pedal, the master cylinder pushes fluid to the calipers, causing the pistons to clamp down, which in turn applies the pads to the rotor, slowing down the truck as a result. Calipers can wear out over time, which necessitates a replacement. In this case, the project vehicle is a 2006 Toyota Tacoma, but the process is similar for other Toyota trucks, as well.

Instructions

    1

    Use the jack to lift up the front of the vehicle, then set it on the jack stands. Be sure that the vehicle is completely and solidly on the stands prior to working on it. Take off the front wheels using the tire iron and set them out of the work area.

    2

    Clamp the brake line clamp tool onto the rubber brake line, towards where it connects to the caliper, then use a line wrench to remove the brake line from the caliper.

    3

    Unbolt the brake caliper from the mounting bracket on the front suspension using the 3/8-inch ratchet and socket. Lift the caliper off of the bracket and set it to the side.

How to Remove a Rotor on a 2005 Honda Accord

The brake rotors on a 2005 Honda Accord are responsible for stopping the forward movement of the car. These rotors are what the brake pads drag on, and every time the brake pedal is pressed, the rotors wear down just a little bit further. That means that eventually, the rotors will wear down and when that happens, the rotors will need to be removed and replaced. This can be done in around 30 minutes or so.

Instructions

    1

    Put on the parking brake and lift the front of the Accord. Undo the front lock nuts with the tire iron and then pull the wheels off of the rotors.

    2

    Take out the bolts that hold the brake caliper mounting bracket to the front suspension with the ratchet. Use the heavy gauge wire and pliers to hold the pliers from the upper control arm or the strut, as long as the brake line isn't twisted.

    3

    Unscrew the two screw holding the rotor to the front hub using the Phillips-head screwdriver. Install the 8X1.25mm bolts into the rotor and tighten them down with the ratchet. Take the rotor off of the front hub and away from the Accord.

Problems With Drum Brakes

Once automobiles employed front and rear drum brakes. Because disc brakes are more effective, they replaced front drum brakes. Many vehicles still feature rear drum brakes, but all vehicles feature front disc. Nowadays many vehicles are replacing rear drum with rear disc, and the future of braking systems threatens the existence of drum brakes altogether.

Effectiveness

    Rear drum brakes apply 20 to 25 percent braking capacity for any vehicle. One major problem with them is the self-adjustment they require. Drum brakes can easily become less effective when their adjustment falls below the normal standard. This places undue stress as well as more wear and tear on the front brakes.

    Many imports that employ rear drum brakes featured a unique self-adjusting system, unlike domestic vehicles. However, in order to activate the feature, parking brake mechanisms had to be used.

How They Work

    Rear drum brakes begin with a hydraulic wheel cylinder with internal bores that extend and retract upon demand. When they extend under normal braking, the bores protrude from the internal cylinder and extend the shoes outward to contact the internal perimeter of the drum, thus applying the friction material against the steel drum. Return springs provide replacement of the shoes away from the drum when the demand is no longer necessary.

    The components and intricate drum braking system require all parts to cooperate. Because they only perform much less than half the braking power, they can easily deteriorate when not maintained.

    Rear drum brakes are much more challenging to replace than disc brakes and require knowledge, reference and hand and finger dexterity to do so successfully.

Hydraulics

    Rear-wheel cylinders control the hydraulics of rear drum brakes. If the cylinders or rear-axle seals leak petroleum-based fluid inside the drums, the shoes will become contaminated and require replacement. Wheel cylinders can seep hydraulic fluid after normal wear and tear and should be replaced before they contaminate other components.

    Like pistons inside calipers of disc brake systems, wheel cylinder bored can seize internally, causing more wear and tear on front disc braking systems. When the rear brakes are not supplying their required braking capacity, although it may not even be noticeable to the driver, the front brakes overcompensate. This causes premature wear and damage to the front brakes.

Parking Brake

    Rear braking systems--drum or disc--integrate the parking brake mechanisms. To properly maintain the rear drum brakes, it's important to apply the parking brake every time you park the vehicle. This procedure keeps the internal parts of the parking brake mechanisms moving and aides in keeping the rear drum brakes adjusted. It also manually positions the parking brake shoe against the drum, moves the self-adjuster cable (when applicable) and the self-adjuster mechanism. By keeping these components moving in the rear drum braking systems, they will continue to move freely when the hydraulic demand is placed on them.

    Rear disc brakes feature rear caliper to parking brake connections. So even if you have rear disc brakes, although it may not aide in keeping the rear brakes adjusted, using the parking brakes will certainly help the longevity of the parking-brake system, which is required to be functional for most state inspections.

How to Rotate Rotors

How to Rotate Rotors

A vehicle's brake rotors must be smooth and free of any damage to be effective. Anomalies, such as grooves in the surface, can lessen the effectiveness of the brake pads. These grooves also wear the brake pads much more quickly than they would otherwise wear. The way brake rotors work is through friction. The brake pads work with the caliper to squeeze the rotor between them to slow and stop the car. If there is surface damage, you need to have the rotors turned to make them smooth again. This involves taking the rotors to an automotive machine shop for resurfacing.

Instructions

    1

    Park the car on a level surface and place wheel chocks behind the rear wheels. Raise the vehicle with the automobile jack. Place a jack stand under the car near its jacking point and raise it to the frame. Lower the automobile jack until the car is sitting on the jack stand. Move the automobile jack to the other side of the car and raise it up. Place a second jack stand under the car and raise it to the frame. Lower the automobile jack so that the car is resting on the two jack stands.

    2

    Remove the lug nuts from the wheels with a lug wrench then remove the wheels. Remove the brake caliper on each side with a socket and ratchet. Secure the calipers to the struts with wire ties. Do not allow the calipers to hang by the brake lines or you will damage the hoses.

    3

    Pull the rotors off the wheel assemblies. Take the rotors to an automotive machine shop to have them resurfaced.

    4

    Place the rotors onto the wheel assemblies. Cut the wire ties holding the caliper to the struts with a pair of pliers and place the calipers in the mounting brackets. Tighten the bolts with the socket and ratchet. Remount the wheels onto the car and tighten the lug nuts with the lug wrench. Raise the car high enough with the automobile jack to pull a jack stand from under one side. Lower the automobile jack and repeat the process on the other side to remove the other jack stand. Lower the vehicle to the ground.

How to Remove a Buick Side Window

Buicks are very long-lasting vehicles. But as with all other cars, sometimes their windows get broken. Or maybe you just want to replace the window with a different kind of glass. The cost of replacing a window is very high, which makes doing it yourself a much more attractive option. With a little bit of knowledge, you can easily replace a side window on your Buick.

Instructions

    1

    Open the car door. Lay the tarp under the open door. Remove the door panel from the inside of the door and set it aside. Lay all the pieces and screws in a safe place, such as a tray or shallow bucket. If it is windy out, you may want to hold down the tarp with cement blocks or something else that will keep it from blowing away. Have a trashcan nearby to dispense of the broken glass.

    2

    Remove the weatherproofing sheet from the inside of the door once the panel has been removed. Place it in a safe area where it will not get lost or damaged. Use the hand pick to remove the weather strip from the top of the window. This could take some time, so have patience.

    3

    Take the old glass out of the window. (Wear gloves for this step.) Make sure there are no glass shards or pieces left over in any corners. Take out the larger pieces with your hands. Use a vacuum to suck up the tinier pieces you can't see or pick up. If there are any pieces wedged in corners, remove them with the screwdriver or hand pick.

    4

    Take note of the supporting clips and bolts that are supposed to hold the glass in place. Slide the new window inside these clips. This takes patience and a little amount of bending. Don't get discouraged or work too hastily. Slide the window into the supporting clips.

    5

    Remove any bolts that are in the way of a smooth transition. Once the window is in place, tighten any bolts--but not tight enough to crack the glass. Replace all of the bolts you removed to put in the glass.

    6

    Test the window to see if it lowers and rises properly. Adjust the bolts and clips until it does. Replace the weatherproofing sheet over the door. Screw the door panel back in. Clean up any remaining mess. Close the door, and you are done.

How to Remove a Brake Power Booster From a 2002 S-10 Chevy Truck

The brake power booster on a 2002 Chevrolet S-10 is mounted to the firewall of the pickup. It provides extra brake power to the brake master cylinder using the vacuum pressure from the engine. This booster can develop leaks, and if it does, it becomes significantly more difficult to apply pressure to the brakes. To fix the problem, you'll want remove the booster from the vehicle, which should take about 45 minutes.

Instructions

    1

    Pop the hood. Unbolt the brake master cylinder from the brake booster using an open-end wrench. Pull off the vacuum line from the booster using your hands.

    2

    Look underneath the dashboard to locate the connection between the brake linkage and the brake pedal. Use the flat-head screwdriver to pop off the metal clip securing the pedal assembly to the linkage.

    3

    Unbolt the four bolts around the brake linkage securing the brake booster to the firewall using the 3/8-inch ratchet, extension and sockets as well as the 3/8-inch universal joint.

    4

    Slide the booster off the firewall. Turn it at an angle, then slide the brake master cylinder off the booster. Take the booster out of the vehicle.

How to Replace Rear Disc Brake Pads in a Buick LeSabre

The Buick LeSabre has been a familiar General Motors brand since 1959. The LeSabre has experienced eight generational changes throughout its tenure, which ran until 2005. The eighth and last generation of the LeSabre ran from 2000-2005 and was the only generation that featured rear disc brakes on the popular full-size model.

Instructions

    1

    Lift the Buick LeSabre on a vehicle lift to suspend the wheels. Remove the hubcaps and then remove the lug nuts using an impact gun and a socket. Remove the tires.

    2

    Remove the parking brake cable guide bolt from the lower control arm using a hand wrench. Set the bolt aside.

    3

    Remove the lower caliper pin bolt from the caliper using a hand wrench to turn the bolt counterclockwise.

    4

    Pry the caliper upward using a pry tool and then support it with mechanic's wire in the pivoted position.

    5

    Remove the outboard and inboard brake pads from the caliper bracket. Remove the pad-retaining metal clips from the caliper bracket.

    6

    Apply a light coat of anti-seize compound to the bracket contact points where retaining clips seat on the bracket. Use an acid brush to spread the anti-seize effectively, being careful not to coat the surface of the rotor with it. Clean the clips with a wire brush and then replace them on the caliper bracket. Coat the surface of the brackets with the anti-seize compound where the tabs of the pads seat, again being careful not to coat the surface of the rotors with the compound.

    7

    Insert the new inboard and outboard pads onto the caliper bracket.

    8

    Compress the caliper piston using a caliper piston tool until resistance is felt. Compressing the piston beyond 1-mm of piston travel can compromise the self-adjusting mechanism of the parking brake. Compress the piston a little bit at a time until the caliper can pivot down (after removing the mechanic's wire) over the pads and rotor without being forced on.

    9

    Clean the caliper pin bolt with a wire brush to remove any rust or corrosion. Apply a liberal coat of anti-seize lubricant to the pin bolt using an acid brush. Align the pin bolt into the caliper and then tighten to 20-foot-pounds using the torque wrench and a socket. Replace the parking brake guide bolt and then tighten using a hand wrench. Replace the wheel and lug nuts. Tighten the lug nuts snug to the hub of the LeSabre.

    10

    Lower the LeSabre to the ground and then tighten the lug nuts with the torque wrench and a lug nut to 100-foot-pounds. Replace the hubcaps.

    11

    Slowly depress the brake foot pedal 2/3 the pedal travel and then release. Allow 15 seconds to pass and then repeat the procedure until the brake pedal feels normal. Check the level of the brake fluid in the master cylinder and then test drive the Buick LeSabre to ensure the braking system and response is working properly.

Kamis, 25 Oktober 2012

How to Install a Windshield in a Ford F150

The Ford F150 is the most popular truck sold by Ford. It's considered a heavy-duty truck, meant for hauling and towing. Because of this, it should be no surprise that over time, it will accumulate its fair share of dings and dents. Stone chips in windshields are common among vehicles that are used for hauling, towing and other heavy-duty applications. However, when a stone chip turns into a crack, it may be time to replace the entire windshield before it spreads, shatters and makes a mess all over the inside of the truck. Once the Windshield has been removed, you'll need to know how to install a windshield in a Ford F150 properly so that it seals.

Instructions

    1

    Clean up any residual urethane after removing the old windshield with a razor blade. Cut the old urethane down to approximately 3 mm.

    2

    Clean the pinchweld area on the F150 where the new windshield will be installed. Gently brush the area with a cleaning brush. Use water and clean rags to dry the area.

    3

    Coat the frit band with urethane primer. The frit band is the black strip-edge running around the perimeter. The band has to be activated to open up the pores so that the urethane can adhere to the glass.

    4

    Run a bead of urethane into the pinchweld area on the Ford F150 where the windshield will be placed using an electric caulk gun.

    5

    Align the top, bottom and sides of the windshield and press the windshield into place.

How to Change a Caliper on the Rear Brakes of a 2007 Nissan Altima

Nissan launched the Altima in 1993 as the replacement for the aging and oddly named Stanza. The Altima gave Nissan the more modern look it needed with its more curvaceous body, as opposed to the boxy look of the Stanza. By 2007, Nissan had turned the Altima into one of the sharpest-looking sedans on the market. The 2007 Altima came standard with four-wheel disc brakes. Changing the rear caliper on the Altimas disc brakes is a simple process, but you must bleed the brakes afterward.

Instructions

Changing the Caliper

    1

    Loosen the lug nuts on the tire on the rear of the Altima with the failed caliper, using a ratchet and socket. Kick a set of wheel chocks in front of the front wheels. Raise the rear of the vehicle with a floor jack and slide jack stands under the vehicles rear suspension cross-member. Remove the lug nuts and pull the rear wheel off the vehicle.

    2

    Hand-tighten two lug nuts onto the wheel studs to secure the rotor onto the hub.

    3

    Slide a drain pan under the failed rear caliper and remove the bolt securing the hose to the caliper, using a ratchet and socket. Pull the brake hose from the caliper. Remove the bolt and the two brass washers from the brake hose.

    4

    Remove the two bolts securing the caliper to its bracket, using a ratchet and socket. Pull the caliper off its bracket and leave the brake pads inside the caliper bracket.

    5

    Slide the new caliper onto the bracket. Hand-thread the caliper bolts, then torque them to 32 foot-pounds with a torque wrench and socket.

    6

    Guide one new brass washer -- two washers come with the new caliper -- onto the brake hose bolt, then slide the second new washer onto the bolt.

    7

    Set the brake hose onto the caliper so that the L-shaped pin on the end of the hose inserts into the hole in the caliper. Hand-thread the brake hose bolt into the caliper and torque it to 13 foot-pounds. Remove the lug nuts securing the rotor.

    8

    Reinstall the rear wheel onto the rear hub and hand-tighten the lug nuts.

Brake Bleeding

    9

    Open the hood and loosen the negative battery cable end with a combination wrench. Pull the negative cable end from the battery and set it aside to prevent accidental reconnection.

    10

    Fill the brake master cylinder to the Max line with fresh DOT 3 brake fluid.

    11

    Lift the front of the Altima with a floor jack and slide jack stands under the vehicles subframe. Lower the vehicle onto the jack stands.

    12

    Press one end of a 3-foot-long, 1/4-inch inside diameter rubber hose onto the bleeder valve on the rear of the rear-right caliper. Set the other end of the rubber hose into a clean and clear container.

    13

    Fill the clean and clear container with fresh DOT 3 brake fluid until fluid submerges the free end of the rubber hose.

    14

    Instruct an assistant to press and release the brake pedal four or five times, then hold it down. Loosen the bleeder valve a full turn with a combination wrench and watch the submerged end of the hose for air bubbles. Tighten the bleeder valve with a combination wrench. Repeat this step until no air bubbles come from the rubber hose.

    15

    Refill the master cylinder to the Max line with fresh DOT 3 brake fluid.

    16

    Repeat steps 3 through 7 to bleed the remaining three wheels, in the following order: front left, rear left, then front right.

    17

    Raise the front of the Altima from the jack stands with a floor jack and remove the jack stands. Lower the front of the vehicle to the ground. Repeat this step on the rear of the vehicle to lower it the rest of the way to the ground.

    18

    Tighten the lug nuts on the wheel with the new caliper, in a crisscross pattern, to 83 foot-pounds with a torque wrench and socket.

    19

    Take any old DOT 3 brake fluid to a nearby used automotive fluid recycling center for disposal. Some auto parts stores take old fluids free of charge.

How to Reduce Your Windshield Replacement Cost

How to Reduce Your Windshield Replacement Cost

There are many things that you can do to reduce your windshield replacement cost and keep some money in your pocket. Having a broken windshield doesn't automatically mean spending a couple hundred dollars, so follow these steps to get yours for less.

Instructions

    1

    Negotiate for a lower windshield replacement cost. Like many other goods and services, how much you pay for your windshield replacement is negotiable. Don't be afraid to ask for a lower price, most companies will work with you to retain your business.

    2

    Wait if you can. Almost all companies that replace auto glass charge a premium price for same day or next day service. If you have another car to drive or can get a ride for a few days you can often land a much better price.

    3

    Go with the little guy. Many of the big name windshield replacement companies consistently charge 20-30% more than small one man businesses. Lots of the small businesses use online classified sites to advertise for free, so take the time to poke around places like that and see what you can find.

    4

    Pay with cash. Credit card transactions usually cost more for the business owner to process. Because of this they will often give you a reduced rate for a cash payment.

    5

    Bring your car to their garage or shop instead of having them come to you. Mobile glass replacement is very convenient, but it does cost a little bit more. If you can arrange a way to get your car to their garage it will save on your total replacement cost, just make sure that the crack in your windshield doesn't obstruct your vision.

Rabu, 24 Oktober 2012

How to Remove Rotors From a Pontiac Grand Prix

Money is tight, gasoline is expensive and you need to replace the brake rotors on your Pontiac Grand Prix. You'll need some tools and some technical know-how, but replacing or removing the rotors from a Pontiac Grand Prix is not an overly complicated project. You can save about an hour of labor, per side, that your local repair shop would charge you to remove your rotor by doing it yourself. That adds up quickly and the more you perform such repairs, the quicker and more efficient you'll become at it

Instructions

How to Remove Rotors From a Pontiac Grand Prix

    1

    Park the Pontiac Grand Prix on a flat, level paved or concrete surface. Apply the parking brake and release the hood latch.

    2

    Place a wheel chock behind or in front of a tire on the opposite side of the axle you intend to lift. If you're lifting the front axle, place the chock behind one rear tire. If you're lifting the rear axle, place the chock in front of one front tire.

    3

    Open the hood and suck out half of the brake fluid from the master cylinder using the turkey baster. Replace the cap for now.

    4

    Break the lug nuts loose of the tire(s) you're removing. Do not loosen them too much and do not remove them.

    5

    Lift the vehicle using the floor jack and secure the vehicle onto a jack stand. If you need to, lift both sides at the same time or you can just lift one side at a time.

    6

    Remove the lug nuts and wheel.

    7

    Remove the caliper bolts using the ratchet and socket. Pry the caliper off with the large screwdriver and compress the piston of the caliper using a C-clamp. Secure the caliper to the frame or coil spring with the bungee cord. Do not allow the caliper to hang by the brake hose.

    8

    Remove the pads from the caliper anchor, taking note of how they are installed. You're going to want to replace them in the same manner in which they were removed from the anchor.

    9

    Remove the caliper anchor bolts using the ratchet and socket. If it makes it easier, break the bolts loose with the breaking bar and socket first, then switch over to the ratchet to speed things up.

    10

    Remove the rotor. It should come right off the hub, but in some cases, the rotor may rust to the hub and will need to be convinced to be removed. If you're replacing the rotor with a new one, smack the old rotor with a hammer on the fin to shock it free from the hub. If you intend to reuse the same rotor, you'll have to apply a good deal of delicate determination to remove the rotor without incurring damage to it. Use the same method, but use a heavy rubber mallet. This will take much more tenacity than a steel hammer, but perseverance will pay off.

How to Replace Your Front Brake Pads

How to Replace Your Front Brake Pads

Replacing your front brakes is something we all have to eventually do at some point in our car maintenance schedule. Generally the front brakes wear out faster then the rear brake and often the front brakes are the easiest to replace. Keep reading and I will show you how.

As always wear safety goggles and take precautionary methods when jacking the car up in the air. In addition brakes generally wear out roughly every 20 to 45 thousand miles depending on driving habits.

Instructions

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    I always like to start off by identifying the various parts on the brake assembly. As you can see from the picture to your left there is not much to it. You have a brake mount that holds the brake caliper and between the brake caliper lies the brake pads.

    The brake rotor is what the pads squeeze on to slow the car down. Generally these wear out and depending on how bad they are you have the option to replace them. Usually if you replace your brakes before they get down to the metal you don't have to replace the rotors. In the event you do please see the link at the bottom of the article to replace your rotor.

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    Start by removing the caliper mounting bolts with a wrench.

    3
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    Once the front brake caliper is removed gently pull up on it and use something to tie it off to the side. Be very careful not to kink or bend the brake line. From there remove the brake pads and the secondary mounting bolts.

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    Inspect your brake rotors for damage and possible replacement. Generally if they have grooves in them they are shot and should be replaced. In the event you need to change your brake rotors please see the link at the bottom of the article to replace your rotor.

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    Once the rotors are inspected you must locate the master cylinder lid and remove it. The reason for this will be explained in the next step.

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    The reason for removing the lid from the master cylinder is because you will need to use a C clamp to depress the piston in the caliper. When you depress the piston it causes pressure in brake lines that builds up in the master cylinder. Make sure you use an old break pad before you compress the C clamp so that it does not damage the piston

    If the cap is on, it could damage due to the increased pressure caused by the depressing the piston.

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    From here make sure you should have a small package of lube that came with your brakes. This is used to lube the the inside of the brake hinges where it touches the caliper, DO NOT PLACE THE LUBE ON THE BRAKES FLAT SURFACE.

    Make sure the brakes are a close fit and not to tight or loose. Then put the brake caliper mount back on and tighten the brake mount screws.

    8

    From here it is VITAL THAT YOU DO THIS STEP.!!!!!
    CHECK THE BRAKE FLUID IN THE MASTER CYLINDER AND TOP OFF IF NECESSARY. Then put the lid back on hand have someone press the brake pedal all the way down to the floor and then release up slowly.

    Keep repeating this method until you have normal brake operation. The reason for doing this is that you are setting the brake pads on to the break rotor.

    In the event you want to bleed your breaks follow the link below. Congratulations!! you've just changed your brakes.

How to Use a Disc Brake Caliper Tool Set

How to Use a Disc Brake Caliper Tool Set

As in any other task, the proper tools can make all the difference in doing a brake job quickly and efficiently. It is certainly true that replacement of disc brake pads and calipers can be done without a disc brake caliper tool set, but it is equally true that it will take much longer to get the job done that way.

Instructions

    1

    Jack the vehicle up and support on jack stands. Remove the front tires and set aside.

    2
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    Locate and remove the bolts that hold the caliper to the caliper bracket. Torx sockets are supplied in the disc brake tool set, but the bolts may not be torx head, in which case a hex wrench will remove them.

    3
    Piston pushing tool (set up for a dual piston caliper)

    Lift or pry the caliper out of the bracket and off the rotor. Use the piston pushing tool to force the caliper pistons back into the caliper. Two pushing screws are provided with the tool, use one in the center threaded hole on most single piston calipers, and both screws on most dual piston setups.

    4

    Use the square block with a socket wrench to turn the piston in on a rear caliper when the piston is threaded and not designed to push back in. This setup allows the parking brake to be applied without using a separate set of brake shoes for that purpose.

How Do I Replace a 1993 Achieva Passenger Side Quarter Panel Window?

If the quarter panel window on the passenger side of your 1993 Achieva is damaged, you will need to remove it and then install a new window. This repair is a straightforward process that will take about an hour to complete. You can order a replacement window for your particular model of Achieva from your local auto supply store.

Instructions

    1

    Put on your protective gloves. Slide a trim stick underneath the trim around the quarter panel window and pull the trim away from the connectors. Lift the window trim away from the window and remove it from the car.

    2

    Use a Phillips screwdriver to remove the screws holding the weatherstripping in place. Lift the weatherstripping away from the window. Use a sharp blade to cut away the gasket around the edge of the window. Make an incision in the top of the gasket and work your way around the window, cutting the rest of the gasket away. Discard the old gasket.

    3

    Place one hand on either side of the window. Push out on the window glass from inside the Achieva and catch the glass with your other hand.

    4

    Apply a bead of window sealant around the exposed window frame. Affix the new gasket along the edge of the new window glass and hold it in place until the gasket bonds firmly to the glass.

    5

    Insert the new window and surrounding gasket into the window opening and secure it in the frame. Reattach the weatherstripping to the window by refastening the screws with the Phillips screwdriver. Re-install the window trim around the window by positioning the trim in place and pressing firmly to reseat the connectors.

How to Replace the Brakes on a 1996 Ford Explorer

How to Replace the Brakes on a 1996 Ford Explorer

The brakes on your 1996 Ford Explorer can wear down with use and age, necessitating their replacement. Replacing the brakes is important for maintaining your Explorer's braking performance as well as preserving your own safety and those of fellow motorists and passengers. Replacing the brake pads and rotors is a relatively quick job that shouldn't take more than 30 minutes per wheel to perform.

Instructions

    1

    Park the Explorer on a flat, level surface. Open the hood, and disconnect the negative battery cable as a precaution. This will decrease the chance of electrical shock and prevent the Explorer from being accidentally started while work is being done.

    2

    Remove the center wheel cap with a slotted screwdriver. Use the lug wrench to loosen the lug nuts on the wheel before raising the vehicle. Use the floor jack to lift the vehicle off the ground, and secure it with jack stands.

    3

    Finish removing the lug nuts from the wheel with a lug wrench. Set the lug nuts aside, and pull the wheel off the hub to reveal the brake hardware. Locate the two mounting bolts at the back of the caliper holding it to the caliper bracket and remove them with a ratchet and socket. Lift the caliper off the bracket and brake rotor. Suspend the caliper with mechanic's wire or zip ties to avoid letting it hang down by the brake line.

    4

    Locate the two mounting bolts at the back of the caliper bracket that hold it to the wheel hub. Remove the bolts with a ratchet and socket, and pull the bracket off the rotor. Grasp the rotor firmly with both hands, and pull it off the hub. If the rotor is stuck, spray the edges of the rotor where it meets with the hub with a liberal amount of penetrative fluid, and let it sit for a few minutes. Use a rubber mallet to gently tap the rotor loose from the hub.

    5

    Apply a coat of anti-seize lubricant on the hub, and mount the new rotor carefully onto the hub. Remount the caliper bracket over the rotor and onto the hub. Remove the old brake pads from the bracket, and place one of the pads over the caliper pistons. Place a C-clamp between the brake pad and the back of the caliper, then use the clamp to push the piston back inside the caliper.

    6

    Discard the old pads, and insert the new pads into the slots on the caliper bracket. Make sure the pads are securely in place, then place the caliper over the rotor and onto the bracket. Reinsert the mounting bolts, and tighten them with the ratchet and socket.

    7

    Repeat the procedure for the other three wheels, as necessary. When finished, mount the wheel onto the hub, and hand-tighten the lug nuts. Remove the jack stands, and lower the vehicle to the ground. Finish tightening the lug nuts with the lug wrench. Reconnect the negative cable to the battery, and close the hood. Press the brake pedal four to five times to allow the pads to set before driving.

Replacing a Seal on a Car Window

Replacing a Seal on a Car Window

The Purpose of Automotive Window Seals

    The black rubber seals found along the bottom edges of auto windows serve an important purpose. While the windows are up, they keep precipitation and other moisture out of the hollow door cavities, helping to prevent corrosion. They also help cut down on drafty winds that can blow through superficial gaps around windows and make driving on chilly days uncomfortable. When you roll a wet window down, these seals also squeegee the moisture off of the windows so that the glass won't drip water down into the interior of the door.

When to Replace a Window Seal

    These rubber seals don't last forever. Depending on the climate conditions in the areas where a car has been driven, the seals on that car's windows may begin to fail after just a few years. In temperate climates or in situations where the car has been stored in a garage, they can last for more than 10 years. The best way to tell whether a window seal needs replacing is to examine it closely and feel it. A fresh and healthy window seal will have an even dark color, no visible cracks and will feel soft and springy to the touch. A window seal that has failed may have light, discolored spots, visible cracks and will feel hard and brittle.

Finding the Right Window Seal

    Finding the right type and size of window seal for a vehicle is just like finding the right size of windshield wiper. Car owners shopping for new seals at retail should be able to find sizing guides available in any auto parts store. By looking up the make, model and year of the vehicle in the guide, one can find all of the specs needed to make the right purchase decision. When buying these replacement parts online, shoppers can usually select their car's make, model and year from a menu and be presented with all of their compatible options.

Removing the Old Seal

    To remove an old, decayed seal, you'll need a pair of pliers and a razor cutting tool such as a box cutter. First, you should roll the window all the way down. Then you should slowly and carefully cut away one seal at a time, taking care to cut as closely as possible to the rim of the door. As you make your cuts, use pliers to pull the old seal up and away from the door. Once both the outside and inside seals are removed, use the edge of the razor to cut away any small pieces that might remain.

Installing the New Seal

    Replacement window seal kits typically come with a vial of special adhesive designed for this purpose. They typically also include detailed instructions, but all of these seals install the same way. The adhesive should be applied to the rim of the door where the old seal used to be, as well as to the underside of each replacement seal. This adhesive should be allowed to sit for a few minutes until it changes from a purely liquid state to a more stable, tacky consistency. At this point, the outside seal should carefully be set in place and smoothed out with the fingertips. The inside seal should go on next. Because the adhesive is so strong, it won't take long for it to form a tough bond. This means that you must work both quickly and carefully to make sure it is put on straight. After putting it in place, smoothing it onto the door and giving it some time to dry, you can roll the window back up.

How to Replace the Front Disk Brake Pads on a 97 Thunderbird

Changing the front brake pads on your 1997 Ford Thunderbird is a good home project. It will save you a large repair bill and is a good basic project for the home mechanic or do-it-yourselfer. The pads are readily available at any auto parts store and the tools required to do the work are basic hand tools that you probably already have in your toolbox. Take your time and pay close attention to details, and in no time you will have new brake pads on the front of your car.

Instructions

    1

    Loosen the lug nuts on the front of your Thunderbird with a lug wrench. Position a jack under the car and raise it until the tires are off the ground. Slide a set of jack stands under the front suspension to support the car and remove the front wheels.

    2

    Locate the alignment pins on the front of the brake caliper and remove them with an Allen wrench. Set the pins aside for now.

    3

    Lift the caliper off the rotor and remove the outboard brake pad from the caliper. It just pulls straight out of the caliper. Remove the inboard pad by pushing it into the center of the caliper and snapping the retaining clip on the back of it out of the caliper piston. Discard the old pads.

    4

    Place a large C-clamp on the caliper so the fixed portion of the clamp is on the rear of the caliper body and the screw is in the piston. Turn the clamp, pushing the piston into the caliper until it stops. Remove the clamp and set it aside.

    5

    Position the new inboard pad into the caliper and slide it back until it snaps into the caliper piston. Slide the new outboard pad into the caliper and snap the spring retainers on the caliper.

    6

    Position the caliper on the rotor and install the alignment pins. Tighten the pins with an Allen wrench, then move to the opposite side of the car and repeat the process.

    7

    Install the wheels on the car, followed by the lug nuts, then tighten them with a lug wrench. Lift the front of the car off the jack stands, remove the stands from under the car and set the car back on its wheels. Tighten the lug nuts now that there is weight on the front end of the car.

About Brake Systems

About Brake Systems

A car's braking system is one of its most vital safety and performance components. Brakes keep drivers safe by allowing them to slow the speed of a vehicle or stop quickly in an emergency. A braking system has several different components that give drivers control and make cars safe to drive.

Components

    A vehicle's brake system is composed of several individual pieces of equipment. These include the brakes themselves, with one brake mounted inside each wheel. The master cylinder, located under the hood, controls the entire brake system. Brake lines connect the master cylinder to each of the brakes. Brake fluid fills the brake lines. And no brake system would be complete without the pedal inside the car for the driver to operate.

Operation

    When a driver depresses the brake pedal, a series of reactions occur quickly. The pressure on the pedal is turned into hydraulic pressure in the master cylinder. This pressure forces brake fluid through the lines, which causes the brakes to activate. Different brakes work in different ways, but in each case, the brake causes friction by forcing a pad into contact with a rotating element linked to the vehicle's axle, thus slowing the car.

Types

    Two major types of automobile brakes are used on most cars today. The first are disc brakes, which use a pair of calipers with pads to pinch a spinning metal disc and slow the car. Drum brakes use shoes instead of pads. Brake shoes expand outward inside a rotating metal drum, pressing against the inside of the drum and creating the friction to slow the car.

    Today most vehicles use disc brakes in the front wheels, which generate most of the stopping force. Some older cars and modern trucks use drum brakes in the rear, while more and more automakers offer disc brakes in all four wheels for newer cars.

Maintenance

    A vehicle's brake system requires regular maintenance as part of a standard vehicle service schedule. Because the wear on the brake system depends on driving conditions and the materials used in its construction, there is no set deadline for replacing components. However, most vehicles will go through several sets of brake pads and shoes in a lifetime. Brake lines may rust over time, requiring replacement before they leak brake fluid and reduce the effectiveness of the brake system.

Variations

    Brake system components vary in other ways. Brake pads are made of many different materials. For example, ceramic brake pads are quiet and smooth but wear down quickly, while semimetallic pads last longer but erode the rotor and may create noise or vibration during braking.

    Hybrid-electric cars use an adaptive braking system to generate electricity from the friction caused by braking, and that power is stored for the car's future use.

    Federal law also requires all cars to contain an emergency brake, which relies on solid wires rather than hydraulic brake lines to stop a car in an emergency or in case of brake failure.

Selasa, 23 Oktober 2012

How to Repair a Miata Soft Top Window

How to Repair a Miata Soft Top Window

The vinyl rear window on a Mazda Miata convertible soft top is made well but is susceptible to damage. The vinyl can crack or tear due to pressure on the window in extremely cold temperatures, or the surface can become cloudy with age or excessive sun damage. Preventative care is the best way to keep a Miata soft top window is top condition. But if damage does occur there are options for repairing the window instead of replacing it.

Instructions

    1

    Repair cracks or holes in a vinyl window with a vinyl patching kit, which usually includes sheets of patching material, an adhesive and an applicator. The procedure generally involves washing the window first with warm water and a mild detergent and drying it with a non-abrasive cloth. Next, cut the patching material so it is approximately 1 inch wider and longer than the hole. Use a small brush or provided applicator to brush the adhesive on one side of the patch. Place it over the crack or hole with the adhesive side down and press down firmly for at least one minute. The adhesive should completely dry and create a permanent bond with the vinyl window in 24 hours.

    2

    Restore a cloudy or scratched vinyl window by applying an all-purpose plastic cleaner, such as Meguiar's 17 Plastic Cleaner and 10 Plastic Polish. Use a foam applicator to gently rub a small amount of the cleaner with a circular motion onto the vinyl window. Wipe away the residue with a clean microfiber cloth. Follow the same steps to apply and wipe away the polish. These products are also recommended by Miata enthusiasts for regular use in keeping the vinyl window clean and protected.

    3

    Replace the vinyl window if none of the above fixes work. Driving with a cracked or cloudy rear window can impair your ability to see traffic behind you, thus causing a safety hazard. Have a professional convertible top installation company install a new vinyl window or consult www.miata.net for tips on how to do it yourself. The window can be replaced without replacing the entire soft top.

Senin, 22 Oktober 2012

How to Repair 2000 Honda Civic Windows

How to Repair 2000 Honda Civic Windows

You may not always be prepared to fix damage to your vehicle. However, you can rest easy knowing that if one particular repair should be needed, the job can be done in no time with just a few supplies. Repairing a cracked window in your 2000 Honda Civic can be done correctly as a do-it-yourself project with very little difficulty.

Instructions

    1

    Prepare a soapy cleaning solution to wash the window to be repaired. Combine the soap and water until sudsy, then wash the window, remembering to rinse and dry it when finished.

    2

    Apply the suction cup stabilizer to the window. Push it onto the glass surface, and make sure to have the cracked areas underneath and within the enclosed suction cup space.

    3

    Take the resin tube and put it inside the injector. Then, put the injector inside the stabilizer. There is a dedicated slot for the injector.

    4

    Pull the injector out. The injector acts as the vacuum creator for the stabilizer, so once it is in place, the vacuum suction between the glass and stabilizer begins to increase.The suction between the glass and stabilizer will now draw the resin out of its tube and into the cracked areas.

    5

    Lift the stabilizer off the window carefully, and apply adhesive curing film strips over the newly repaired areas. Be careful not to smudge the resin. Remove the strips after a few hours.

Minggu, 21 Oktober 2012

How to Replace a Power Slot Slotted Rotor From a Scion Xa 2006

How to Replace a Power Slot Slotted Rotor From a Scion Xa 2006

While your rotors may only require inspection every 5,000 miles as Scion suggests, they can be severely damaged from a bad brake pad replacement. The Power Slot slotted rotors on your XA are designed to produce better stopping power. The rotors also help to keep the braking surface of the pads and the rotors free of dust and debris. However the symptoms of a defective rotor are identical to ordinary rotors. Common signs include hard metal grinding when you apply the brakes or brake fade during stopping attempts. You can repair the rotors at home with a few minor tools.

Instructions

    1

    Apply the Xa's emergency brake and then use a lug wrench to loosen the front, driver's-side tire lug nuts a quarter-turn counterclockwise.

    2

    Raise the car with a hydraulic jack beneath the frame rail just behind the tire. Place a jack stand on the immediate right of the hydraulic jack to help support the car's weight.

    3

    Remove all of the lug nuts by hand and slide the tire off the studs. If the lug nuts aren't loose enough to remove by hand, use your lug wrench to loosen them again.

    4

    Locate the round, metal piston pushing at the rear of the inner brake pad. In order for you to replace the rotor and have the brake caliper fit back over it, you have to compress the piston back down into its bore hole. The bore hole is the rounded chamber from which the piston protrudes.

    5

    Place an 8-inch C-clamp around the body of the brake caliper. Wind the C-clamp's screw down until it touches the surface of the outer brake pad. Continue winding the C-clamp shut slowly while you observe the piston retracting. Once the piston has completely retracted, loosen and remove the C-clamp.

    6

    Remove the two bolts holding the caliper mounting bracket in place with your socket wrench. The brake caliper mounts to the bracket, so don't remove the caliper's bolts, just the brackets.

    7

    Place a 5-gallon bucket right next to the caliper/mounting bracket assembly. Lift the assembly vertically off the rotor and set it down on top of the bucket.

    8

    Remove the old Power Slot slotted rotor by pulling it away from the hub in an outward motion. Install the new rotor in the same orientation as the old rotor.

    9

    Lift the caliper/mounting bracket assembly off the bucket with both hands and lower it back down over the rotor. Start each of its mounting bolts by hand to assure they thread correctly. Set your 3/8-inch drive torque wrench to 65 foot-pounds and secure both bolts in place. Remove the bucket from your immediate working area.

    10

    Remount the tire and return all of its lug nuts by hand. Tighten all of the lug nuts until snug with your lug wrench, then remove the jack stand. Lower the hydraulic jack until the Xa's tires touches the ground--just enough to create traction. Reset your torque wrench to 76 foot-pounds and continue tightening the lug nuts until secured. Completely lower the Xa and remove the hydraulic jack. Pump the brake pedal slowly until it stiffens before you take the car for a test drive.

How to Fix a Shattered Side Mirror on a Car

The glass on a car side mirror is very thin and vulnerable to shattering from slight impact or even extreme cold. A broken car mirror is of no help for seeing objects behind the car. As long as the mirror casing is intact, the glass is replaceable. Fix your own shattered side mirror and pay only the cost of the glass.

Instructions

    1

    Purchase replacement glass for the side mirror from an online retailer or auto parts store. Links to online parts dealers provided in Resources. Give the vehicle make, model, year and engine type when ordering replacement glass.

    2

    Put on goggles or safety glasses with side shields. Small glass chips are often propelled into the air when removing broken mirror glass.

    3

    Remove the shattered mirror pieces from the inner frame of the casing. Slip the screwdriver or putty knife in under the edge of the mirror glass and pry forward. If the glass is held with double-stick tape it will peel off easily. Apply heat from a heat gun or blow dryer to help loosen the glue if the glass is securely stuck. Remove all pieces of the shattered mirror.

    4

    Clean the surface of the rubber plate behind the mirror glass with rubbing alcohol and a soft cloth. Remove all traces of tape or glue that held the old mirror. Allow the rubber surface to dry completely.

    5

    Apply double-stick tape or glue to the rubber plate in the frame to affix the new car mirror glass. The replacement mirror may come with its own tape or glue. Use a silicone adhesive to hold the new mirror in place if no adhesive is provided with the glass.

    6

    Clean the backing of the glass with plain water and a soft cloth. Dry the glass and slip it into the mirror casing. Press firmly against the rubber backing. Tape the glass to the inner side walls of the frame with masking tape if a glue or silicone adhesive is used. Leave the tape in place for 24 hours to give the glue time to dry.

How to Remove Jeep Cherokee Side Windows

How to Remove Jeep Cherokee Side Windows

Removing the rear side windows on a Jeep Cherokee is very simple, but is much easier to do if you have a second person to help. The side window glass is not glued into the Jeep and removing it only requires that you remove the seals and the glass in one motion. You will need to work from the inside to push the glass out. The glass will be removed from the outside so having someone to catch it or steady it for you on the outside of the Jeep will make the job much easier.

Instructions

    1

    Remove the interior molding around the rear windows. You will need a screwdriver to remove the screws from the trim to expose the rubber window seal underneath.

    2

    Pry the rubber gasket down from the lip around the window with a straight screwdriver or small pry bar. Be careful not to pry on the glass or you will chip it or break it.

    3

    Apply light but even pressure to the edge of the glass while working the gasket down along the edge. Continue around the edge of the glass until it becomes free enough to slide out of the window opening.

    4

    Remove the glass from the opening on the outside of the Jeep and set it aside where it isn't going to get broken. Gently pull the rubber gasket the rest of the way out of the window opening.

Sabtu, 20 Oktober 2012

How to Replace the Front Brake Pads on a 2008 Ford Taurus

How to Replace the Front Brake Pads on a 2008 Ford Taurus

In 2008 Ford resurrected the famed Taurus. This model came from the Ford 500, which did not have the name recognition the Taurus did. The new Taurus was larger, and this brought with it the need for more power and better braking. Changing the front brakes is something you can do in your driveway.

Instructions

    1

    Park the vehicle on a hard, level surface. Apply the parking brake. Loosen the front lug nuts 1/4 turn counterclockwise. Jack up the vehicle and secure it on jack stands under the front jacking points. Remove the lug nuts. Remove the wheels from the vehicle.

    2

    Install the C-Clamp with the adjustable end on the outer brake pad and the other end on the back side of the caliper. Open the bleeder screw with a six-point, box-end wrench. If it won't come loose, soak it with penetrating oil -- they're easy to break. Tighten the C-Clamp until the caliper piston is fully compressed into the caliper. Tighten the bleeder screw to 8 foot pounds with the torque wrench.

    3

    Remove the two caliper mounting bolts. Do not remove the bolt for the brake line. Remove the caliper and and hang it from the suspension coil spring with the hanger, removing any tension from the brake hose. Remove the old brake pads from the mounting bracket. Remove the brake pad bracket mounting bolts and remove the bracket. Replace the brake pad spring clips. Inspect the caliper slide boots and replace then if they are damaged.

    4

    Install a lug nut 1/4 turn by hand. Remove the rotor hold-down screw with the screwdriver. Strike the rotor between the lug studs with the hammer until the rotor is loose. Remove the lugnut and rotor. Measure the rotor with the micrometer and have it machined if it is above 1.066 inches. Replace the rotor if it is below this measurement.

    5

    Clean the rotor mounting surface with the wire brush. Install the rotor and torque the mounting screw to 9 foot pounds. Apply a thin layer of silicone lubricant to the brake pad clips, the back side of the brake pads, and the caliper slides. This will help prevent brake noise. Install the brake pad bracket, and torque the bolts to 111 foot-pounds. Install the brake pads into the brackets. If the brake pads have sensors make sure the sensors are facing down. Install the caliper and torque the mounting bolts to 44 foot pounds.

    6

    Install the wheels and snug the lug nuts. Lower the vehicle to the ground. Torque the lugs nuts to 98 foot pounds in a star pattern. Check the brake fluid and add some new DOT 3 fluid if the level is below the full line. Pump the brake pedal slowly until it is firm. Check the brake fluid again and fill it to the full line.

How to Remove Brake Drums from a PT Cruiser

How to Remove Brake Drums from a PT Cruiser

The rear brake drum on the PT Cruiser is removable without it being assembled to the rear hub bearings. Unlike many older Chrysler products that employed an outer removable bearing and a pressed-in inner bearing, the Cruiser features a "knock-off" drum. There are two main contributing reasons why the drum may not want to come off easily. The drum may be rusted to the wheel hub mating surface or the shoes may be stuck on a rust ridge on the inside diameter of the drum.

Instructions

    1

    Do not apply the parking brake to the PT Cruiser prior to lifting it. This will engage the brake shoes and prevent the removal of the drum.

    2

    Break the rear lug nuts loose with the wheel nut wrench before safely lifting the Cruiser with a car jack. Support the rear of the Cruiser securely on jack stands.

    3

    Remove the rear lug nuts with a wheel nut wrench and then remove the rear wheels.

    4

    Try to remove the drum by hand before proceeding. If there is no side-to-side wiggle of the drum, then it is stuck onto the hub flange. If the drum wiggles side to side but won't come off, then the drum ridge is stuck on the shoes preventing drum removal.

    5

    Spray a stream of penetrating lubricant along the circumference of the wheel hub-to-drum connection. Allow the lubricant a few minutes to soak in and then strike the flat surface of the drum near the hub connection with a hammer until it breaks free. Reposition the drum or strike it in a few different locations on the flat surface until it breaks free.

    6

    Try to remove the drum again by hand. If you cannot, then locate the rubber plug on the top rear of the backing plate and pry it off with a slotted screwdriver.

    7

    Insert a brake spoon adjusting tool in the port until it contacts the star-wheel adjuster.

    8

    Use the star-wheel adjuster to rotate the star-wheel with the brake spoon towards side of the Cruiser facing you. If you go the wrong way, the shoes will get tighter and you won't be able to turn the drum. In this case, all you have to do is reverse the direction of the star-wheel with the brake spoon.

    9

    Continue to rotate the star-wheel until the drum is loose enough to pull off by hand, or until it bottoms out. You will then be able to remove the drum.

How to Repair the Driver Side Window on My Dodge Truck

How to Repair the Driver Side Window on My Dodge Truck

A broken window on the drivers side of your Dodge truck not only exposes you to the elements when driving your vehicle, but also makes it impossible to securely close your vehicle. The broken window could entice potential thieves to steal anything inside, or even your vehicle itself. If you have a broken window you should therefore look to replace it as soon as possible.

Instructions

    1

    Open up the hood and find the battery. Loosen the clamp bolt on the negative battery. Pull the negative cable away from the battery terminal.

    2

    Enter the drivers seat of your vehicle. Use a small flat-head screwdriver to pry open the electronic window controls. Remove the casing and disconnect the window control wiring which is underneath it.

    3

    Locate the screws on the rubber trim of the rear view wing mirror. Use a phillips-head screwdriver to remove the trim. This will give you access to the trim around the window. Use a trim stick to remove the rubber trim from around the driver's window.

    4

    Peel the plastic water shield from the door panel. Remove the mounting bolts that hold the door plate in place which a wrench. Pull the plate from the door. Unscrew the bolts which connect the window to the window regulator. Remove the window pane from the frame.

    5

    Slide the new window pane in to the window frame. Fix the glass in place by connecting it to the window regulator with the mounting bolts. Reattach the door assembly by following the removal steps in reverse.

Kamis, 18 Oktober 2012

How to Retract Rear Brake Pistons on a 1997 Ford Taurus

How to Retract Rear Brake Pistons on a 1997 Ford Taurus

When you change the disc brakes on a 1997 Ford Taurus, you have to push the piston back into the caliper housing or you will not be able to remount the caliper on the wheel assembly. On some automobiles, you can push the piston back in by hand; however, on the Ford Taurus, you need a little help from a C-clamp to retract the brake piston. The procedure is simple and only takes a minute or two.

Instructions

    1

    Drain half of the brake fluid from the master cylinder in the engine compartment using a turkey baster. Catch the fluid in a drain pan for recycling. Remove the brake caliper from the mounting cradle by loosening the retaining pins with a socket and ratchet.

    2

    Remove the front brake pad from the caliper. Place a C-clamp on the caliper with the back of the caliper and the rearward brake pad between the clamp jaws. Tighten the C-clamp until the caliper piston is all the way inside the caliper housing.

    3

    Place the new brake pads (and any shims) in the caliper. Position the brake caliper on the mounting cradle and tighten the retaining pins with the socket and ratchet. Repeat the procedure as necessary if you are changing the brakes on the other wheels. Add brake fluid to the master cylinder to bring it back to the proper level.

How to Replace a Master Cylinder on 1994 Honda Accord

The center of your Accord's hydraulic brake system is the master cylinder. Although low brake fluid in the reservoir is one sign of a faulty master cylinder, it may actually be caused by worn brakes. Therefore, make sure all areas of the braking system are working, before replacing the master cylinder. If the brake pedal seems to drop to the floor when the Accord is at a stop, the master cylinder may be leaking internally and in need of replacement.

Instructions

Removing the Master Cylinder

    1

    Open the engine compartment. Use a syringe to take out as much brake fluid as possible from the reservoir.

    2

    Remove the brake line fittings from the master cylinder with your flare-nut wrench. Disconnect the brake lines, and cap them with threaded plastic plugs. Catch any spilled fluid with rags.

    3

    Remove the electrical connector from the master cylinder.

    4

    Unscrew, and remove, the mounting nuts on both sides of the master cylinder, using your wrench. Remove the master cylinder from the brake booster studs.

Bench Bleeding the New Master Cylinder

    5

    Wrap the master cylinder mounting flange with shop rags. Mount the cylinder in a vise, and clamp it. Set a container below the cylinder to catch brake fluid.

    6

    Install plastic threaded plugs into the brake line outlet holes, and slightly tighten them.

    7

    Add DOT 3 brake fluid to the reservoir.

    8

    Unscrew one of the plugs, and force the piston assembly into the master cylinder bore with a large Phillips screwdriver. This pushes out air from inside the master cylinder.

    9

    Tighten the plug back onto the master cylinder. Release the piston assembly.

    10

    Repeat Step 4 and Step 5, until only brake fluid comes out of the outlet holes.

    11

    Remove the master cylinder from the vice.

Installing the New Master Cylinder

    12

    Position the master cylinder over the brake booster studs. Install the mounting nuts, and finger-tighten them.

    13

    Screw the brake line fittings into the master cylinder, and finger-tighten them.

    14

    Torque the mounting nuts to 132 inch-pounds with your torque wrench. Tighten the brake line fittings with your flare-nut wrench. Connect the electrical connector.

    15

    Add more DOT 3 brake fluid to the reservoir.

    16

    Bleed the master cylinder by asking someone to depress, and hold, the brake pedal, while you loosen the brake line fittings to let air out. Keep rags under the cylinder to catch spilled fluid. Repeat, until you don't see any air bubbles in the fluid.

    17

    Bleed the brake system.

    18

    Check the operations of the brake system before driving on the road.

How to Change the Front Disc Brakes on a 2005 Ford Focus

How to Change the Front Disc Brakes on a 2005 Ford Focus

The brake pads in your Ford Focus should need changing at 60,000 to 80,000 miles; if you do a lot of hard braking, you'll need to change them sooner. The 2005 Focus uses Teves brake calipers, which hold the pads within the caliper itself rather than a mounting bracket on the disc. Even with actual knowledge of the procedure, changing brake pads is an important and difficult job. Consult with your mechanic first.

Instructions

Removal

    1

    Raise the car's front end and support it on jack stands or axle stands; make sure the parking brake is applied. Remove both front wheels.

    2

    Pry out the outer retaining clip on the caliper with a flat screwdriver while holding the clip with pliers. Release the caliper hose from the bracket on the strut, but don't disconnect the hose from the caliper,

    3

    Pry off the plastic covers from the ends of the caliper guide pin bolts and remove the guide pins with a 7 millimeter Allen wrench. Lift off the caliper and support it on an axle stand where it won't strain the hose.

    4

    Remove the inner pad from inside the caliper; it's held by a retaining spring inside the piston and needs pulling out. Slide the outer pad out of the caliper with its securing clip.

    5

    Clean the caliper with brake cleaner, using a drip pan to catch the residue.

Installation

    6

    Compress the caliper's piston into the caliper bore with a C-clamp. Keep an eye on the fluid level in the engine's brake master cylinder reservoir as you do this, and siphon out fluid with an unused syringe if needed to avoid overflow.

    7

    Install the new brake pads in the caliper, sliding the outer pad in place with its securing clip and inserting the inner pad into the piston bore via the retaining spring.

    8

    Attach the caliper back in place on the disc and apply the guide bolts, tightening them to 21 foot-pounds.

    9

    Attach the front wheels and lower the car once you have changed the brakes on both wheels.

    10

    Press the brake pedal multiple times until the brakes feel firm, properly seating the brakes.

Can You Replace Rear Defroster After Window Tinting?

Window tinting is popular because it provides security and increases energy efficiency for an automobile. Window tinting has many benefits, though sometimes the tint film can interfere with making repairs.

Benefit of Rear Window Tinting

    In addition to protecting valuables and keeping the sun out, window tinting can help the rear window defroster work more effectively. The tint film helps disburse the defroster's heat across the window.

Defroster Problems

    If all of the defroster lines have stop working, the defroster's power tabs might have become disconnected. If the power tabs are in place, the problem might be with the fuse and not the defroster. If only some of the lines stop working, the problem is most likely with a defroster conductor, located in the grid lines. The slightest scratch can cause a break in a defroster line.

Repairing the Defroster

    Defrosters can also be damaged during the tinting process. Before the tint film is installed, the window is usually cleaned with a scraper or scouring pad, which can damage the delicate defroster grid lines if not done carefully. Repairing or replacing a rear window defroster requires removal of the tint. If the grid lines only need minor repairs, the tinting film needs to be removed carefully to prevent damage to the working grid lines.

How to Buy a Replacement Car Windshield

Car windshields crack and need to be replaced for the safety of the driver and passengers. To some it may seem like a complicated affair, but broken windshields happen so often that auto windshield replacement companies are plentiful in metropolitan cities. The following steps describe how you can replace your car windshield easily.

Instructions

    1

    Peruse your yellow pages to find a windshield replacement company that offers car insurance holders repair service by waiving of their deductible. Most windshield replacement clauses in major insurance policies have a $50 deductible.

    2

    Make sure you have the make, model year, license plate number and vehicle identification number with you when you set your appointment. The auto glass company needs to bring the correct windshield for the replacement.

    3

    Determine with the auto windshield replacement company that there will not be any out of pocket expense for your windshield replacement. In other words, your insurance company must be billed, not you, and the deductible is waived.

    4

    Set an appointment for the company to come to your home or office to replace the windshield. All auto glass companies are mobile now. This is a common practice. However, you need to make it clear to the company that if they say "between 3 and 4 in the afternoon," the repair man comes at that time. No lateness is allowed. If early, ask them to call and see if your vehicle is available.

    5

    Wait for the auto glass repair man during the time he is suppose to arrive. Be ready to sign the papers, so your insurance company can be billed properly.

    6

    Go over any instructions from the repair man like how long the tape is supposed to stay attached to hold the windshield in place until the glue has dried. Also, this is the time to ask any concerns or questions.

Rabu, 17 Oktober 2012

How to Disable a Stop Lamp Switch

A stop lamp switch (also known as a brake light switch) is located underneath the brake pedal on a car or truck. When the pedal is pressed, the switch activates and turns on the brake lights. You might want to disable the lamp switch if there is ever an electrical problem with the lights on your car, so you can take it to a repair shop or attempt to fix the wiring problem yourself.

Instructions

    1

    Lay on your back on the floorboard on the driver's side and look under the brake pedal.

    2

    Follow the brake pedal with your hand up and under the dashboard, using the flashlight to guide you.

    3

    Locate the stop lamp switch at the end of the brake pedal where it connects under the dashboard.

    4

    Turn the locknut on the switch counter-clockwise to loosen. On some vehicles, you may be able to pull the switch plug out of a socket.

    5

    Disconnect one of the two wires from the terminals on the switch either by pulling the connector pin off the terminal or, if absolutely necessary, clipping the wire close to the switch with your wire cutters. You can always reattach a wire connector for the switch after solving your larger wiring problem.

    6

    Place a piece of electrical tape over the end of the wire to prevent it from coming into contact with any metal surface and possibly causing a short.

How to Change Front Disc Brakes & Rotors on a 2007 Camry

Toyota launched the first Camry in the 1983 model year, as the makers attempted to cash in on American's desire for front-driven, four-cylinder vehicles. Toyota hit the mark, as the Camry became an instant success. The 2007 Camry was the first year model of an all-new design. This Camry had a more aggressive body style, as well as a sleek new headlight and taillight design. The 2007 Camry came fitted with a 2.4-liter, in-line four-cylinder engine that created 158 horsepower, and had an optional 3.5-liter, 268-horsepower V-6 engine available. The 2007 Camry also came standard with front disc brakes. Toyota recommends replacing the front brake pads when the lining reaches 0.039 inches or less, and the front rotors when they measure thinner than 0.983 inches.

Instructions

    1

    Check the fluid level in the brake master cylinder. If the master cylinder is more than half full, remove fluid from the master cylinder with a turkey baster until it's only half full. Transfer this fluid to a small container.

    2

    Loosen the front lug nuts with a ratchet and socket, but do not remove them at this time. Raise the front of the Camry with a floor jack and place jack stands under the subframe. Lower the vehicle until only the jack stands support it.

    3

    Remove the Camry's lug nuts and pull the front wheels from the vehicle.

    4

    Position an 8-inch C-clamp over the brake caliper so that its screw side touches the outer brake pad and the fixed part touches the rear of the caliper. Tighten the C-clamp until it cannot tighten any farther -- this compresses the internal caliper. Remove the C-clamp.

    5

    Hold the caliper pins on the rear of the caliper with a combination wrench and remove the caliper bolts with a ratchet and socket. Remove the caliper from the brake system and hang it from a nearby suspension component, using a bungee strap.

    6

    Pull the two anti-squeal springs -- the W-shaped metal spring -- from the rear of the brake pads. The brake pads have one upper and one lower spring. Pull the brake pads from the caliper bracket.

    7

    Remove the caliper bracket bolts with a ratchet and socket and pull the bracket from the Camry.

    8

    Pull the rotor off the Camry. Lightly tap the rear of the rotor with a rubber mallet if the rotor does not pull off easily.

    9

    Install a new rotor onto the front of the Camry. Reinstall the caliper bracket around the rotor and tighten the bracket bolts to 79 foot-pounds with a torque wrench and a socket.

    10

    Install the new brake pads onto the caliper bracket with the pad wear indicators positioned at the top of both pads. Insert the anti-squeal springs into the small holes on the rear of the brake pads.

    11

    Sit the caliper on the caliper bracket. Hold the caliper pins with a combination wrench and tighten the caliper bolts to 25 foot-pounds with a torque wrench.

    12

    Repeat Steps 4 through 12 for the brake pads and rotors on the other side of the 2007 Camry.

    13

    Reinstall the front wheels on the Camry and hand-tighten the lug nuts. Raise the Camry with a floor jack, then remove the jack stands. Lower the vehicle to the ground and tighten the lug nuts to 76 foot-pounds with a torque wrench and socket.

    14

    Press and release the brake pedal until it feels firm. Check the brake fluid level in the master cylinder. Add DOT 3 brake fluid until it reaches the "Max" level on the master cylinder. Close the master cylinder lid and the Camry's hood.

Washington Windshield Replacement Law

Washington State's Department of Licensing outlines guidelines and specifications for all vehicles sold and repaired in the state. The DOL breaks down the different parts of vehicle guidelines, including windshields.

Required

    All vehicles operating on Washington state highways must be equipped with a front windshield, according the Washington State Department of Licensing.

Keep It Clear

    All vehicles must be equipped with a device to clean off rain, snow and other moisture from their windshields.

Damage

    If a windshield is damaged, the car may not be sold. Likewise, if you are replacing a damaged windshield, it may not be replaced with another, less damaged windshield.

Tint

    Washington's window tint law states that a non-reflective tint is allowed 6 inches down from the top of the windshield.

How to Change a Rear View Window in a Chevy Pickup

The rear view window in your Chevy Pickup is used for checking traffic patterns while driving. If you can't see through the rear window, you could make an unsafe pass while on the road. You can replace the rear view window with a few household tools found and a new window. You don't have to be a Chevy technician to get this installed. Do it yourself with little hassle and an hour of time.

Instructions

    1

    Cover the back seat of your pickup with plastic sheeting and put on your safety glasses. Go to the lower corner of the rear view window and insert a flathead screwdriver into the edge of the seal behind the window's chrome tab.

    2

    Pop the seal out of the corner, then pull it out with your fingers. Go to the outside of the window and have a friend push on the window from the inside. Perform the same procedure on the seal on the outside of the window.

    3

    Pull the seal out of the groove from the outside until the window comes out of the slot. Go to the inside of the truck and line the window groove with weather stripping sealant.

    4

    Install the new window into the groove so it is secured inside the sealant. Reinstall the seal into the groove around the inside of the truck. Lock the seal into place with the chrome tab at the lower left hand side of the window, using your flathead screwdriver

    5

    Go outside and reinstall the seal around the new glass. Secure the seal back into place with your flathead screwdriver as you did on the inside of the vehicle.