Automatic and manual transmissions on the Plymouth Acclaim use a constant-velocity joint, which distributes power from the transmission to the wheels. When the engine is running and the vehicle is moving, more torque on the transmission equals faster spin of the axles. On models built from 1984 to 1
The Chevrolet 350 CID engine is one of the most popular engines to upgrade with aftermarket performance parts. Due to its popularity, the availability of these parts is plentiful and costs can be relatively inexpensive compared to other engines. While a stock 350 provides acceptable power output for
The 1997 Hyundai Accent oxygen sensor threads into the exhaust manifold beneath the heat deflector under the car. The O2 sensor regulates the fuel consumption of the engine based upon the oxygen saturation of the exhaust. If the gas mileage in your car has inexplicably decreased substantially and th
Tire inflation levels have been a hot topic since President Carter advised drivers to monitor their tire pressures for increased fuel economy and safety. That was back in the 1970s, and little has changed in the decades since. Proper tire inflation remains an easy way to improve fuel economy and saf
When buying aftermarket rims, it is important to know the necessary specs.wheel image by sasha from Fotolia.comFourth generation Camaros came in RS and, the more powerful, Z-28 trim lines. Some years also offered convertible versions of both. The RS models came with only one available...
The idle air control valve, also simply known as the IAC valve, acts just like an idle air screw used to work on older vehicles. However, unlike the adjuster screw, the IAC is constantly making small adjustments to the vehicle's idle to keep it within the manufacturer's specified RPM range. Over tim
The starter motor in the 1998 Ford Escort can become worn and stop functioning over time. If your starter is making grinding noises, dragging or not working at all, remove it from the car and have it bench tested. Most auto parts store can perform the test if you bring the starter in, and they can p
Toyota designed the cooling system in a 2000 Camry to prevent the engine from overheating. It does this with special Toyota coolant circulated through the engine by the water pump. Unfortunately, the various seals and gaskets that hold the coolant in can break down and begin leaking. If your Camry s
You can reset the "Change Oil" message in your 2003 GMC right in your garage. Make sure you have the oil changed first before you reset and turn off this light so that the vehicle's computer will continue to keep accurate track of when your next oil change is due. GM calls this change oil reminder t
A 1955 Chevy, because of its age, is considered to be a vintage car. The upholstery in these cars was well made, but it is inevitable that after 50 years or so, things such as the headliner will show their age and need replacing. The headliner in a Chevy is the material that lines the inside of the
In 2007 Acura introduced a maintenance reminder program on the MDX. These newer MDXs informed the drivers of what maintenance the vehicle requires by displaying a symbol and/or number. These warnings correlate with a maintenance schedule as described in the owners manual. 2001 to 2006 model yea
Changing your fuel filter is an easy way to save money and keep your car running smoothly. Fuel filters help keep your fuel clean and prevent your fuel injector from clogging up. Most automobile manufacturers recommend that you change your fuel filter every 20,000 to 25,000 miles; however, depending
Performing a quick and simple test on your car breaks may save you lots of money and headaches. Bring your car to a speed of about 30 MPH, then step on your brake pedal very slightly and look for a brake pedal pulsation or any kind of unusual brake noise. A pulsation on the brake pedal indicates tha
Whether you're new to preparing your own food or you're trying to adapt to using a new stove or appliance, burning your food happens from time to time. Fortunately, depending on the food and extent of the burning, you can remove the burnt flavor from the food. From burnt toast and scorched pizza to
Heavier trailers require more substantial brake systems, tow vehicles and hitches.camping,trailer image by Greg Pickens from Fotolia.comThere are essentially two kinds of brakes used for travel trailers: electric brakes and surge brakes. Federal law requires that travel trailers with...
Frequent and on time oil changes put a lot of wear and tear on your oil pan screw. The process of removal and installation can cause the threads of the screw to become stripped or even damage the head of the screw itself. Without removing the oil pan screw you cannot change your engine oil as needed
A growing trend is the use of motorcycles. Many modifications and mechanical work can be done on motorcycles by their owners. A crucial piece of equipment you must own for motorcycle work is a motorcycle jack. Using a motorcycle jack is easy is as long as you follow the proper techniques.
Wire wheels are often one of the most eye-catching features of a vintage car. Many models of old Jaguars, Aston Martins or Mercedes sport these wire wheels so it is important to be able to care for them to get them to match the standard of the rest of your car. You will require several products and
Dex-Cool is a type of antifreeze -- it's the orange antifreeze. Dex-Cool is environmentally friendly and is used in most newer vehicles, but can be used in any vehicle, as long as the system is flushed of all the green antifreeze. Dex-Cool is available at any auto parts store. While manufacturers re
A chrome finish gives many auto parts, from bumpers to exhaust systems, a brilliant sheen that's a pleasure to clean up and detail. However, particularly on classic and vintage vehicles, chrome-plated items often suffer from neglect and in the process become rusted. If chrome parts are not regularly