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DIY, or do it yourself, is a wide range of projects you may decide to pick up around your house. Many types of home repair or home improvement can be done by the home owner, with the right knowledge.
Collectors say that more firearms are ruined by cleaning than by abuse, so don't get too agressive. If it really needs to be cleaned internally, send it to your gunsmith (mine only charges $35 and doesn't have any parts left over when he finishes). But if you'd rather do it yourself, I'm pretty sure…
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how is it erratic? does it sometimes work and sometimes not? (switch or wiring or connection) does it start to work and then stop and start and stop and start (motor overheat)? does it make any unusual noises?   The grooves on each side of the window where the glass slides in, may requir…
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Adjust the striker plates. I have a 1996 Sub. The doors do not close as easily as they once did. Adjusting the striker plates is one way to fix it but in my case it would not help. One the suburban door hinges are two pins. There are small metal sleeves with slightly different diameters for the …
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First make sure fuses are o.k.,remove trim bezel from in front of radio/dash area.Unscrew dash cluster,pull forward enough to disconnect speedo cable(or discon. from counter box under hood).Unplug enough to tilt down speedo clstr,remove bulbs.
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Under the front panel of the car
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i found an article for jbody z24's which required removing the entire dashboard to switch the light. two torx screws near the wheel, and the whole thing basically pulls straight out.i think it was at www.v6z24.com and was in the faq section
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First if you havent already check to make sure it isn't a fuse the fuse that controls your tail lights and instrument cluster specifically. If it isn't there should be screws on either side of the light that just unscrew to get to the bulb inside
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To change an exterior door handle on a 92 Mustang, you'll need to take the interior door panel off, the only way to reach it is behind the interior door panel. Make sure the window is rolled all the way up, because if it is down, it's impossible to get to. The only thing I'm not sure of, is I don't …
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You need a crank removal tool
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unscrew the screws above the gauge cluster up and behing the steering wheel that connects the vents to the dash.....after gettin the screws out pull on that part and it should pop out eventually (might take some work)u have to disconnect the emergency flashers and rear defrost switches, then take th…
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I you're talking about blower speeds 1 and 2 not working, then it's the resistor. Instructions on how to replace it are here:http://www.automotiveforums.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=175159
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we need to know what year, model, and which 3.0 you have, there were more than one.
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release the blade from the pin on the armHow do you get the blade to release? Where is this pin located? Do you push on it?
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Well it depends on what you are looking to do. First you know jack it up, pull the wheels, take off the drum. That might be difficult depending on when the last time they were taken off. Then you need to take the springs and clips off the shoes. You need a special tool to do this. Its cheap dont wor…
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Have a look at a night latch. This can be out of reach for children. Depending on what door material you have, a night latch will suit most wooden and composite doors.
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HI ! 1. UNSCREW THE DOORLOCK KNOB. 2. USE A SCREWDRIVER TO REMOVE THE 2 SCREWS FROM THE DOORHANDLE. 3. ALL THAT IS LEFT IS TO CAREFULLY USE A SCREWDRIVER OR PUTTY KNIFE TO PRY THE PANEL STARTING AT THE BOTTOM SIDE FARTHEST AWAY FROM THE HINGES, AND WORK YOUR WAY AROUND THE PANEL UNTIL YOU CAN GET IT…
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Squeeze the tab on the light socket at the back where the wires connect to and pull it out. Then make a half turn on the lamp holder and it comes off with the bulb. Replace the bulb without touching the glass part in the new bulb. Your fingerprints on the glass may cause over heating in the bulb. Re…
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I just went through the ordeal with my 2000 Passport, maybe it will be the same with your's??? There are two almost hidden screws in the air-vents on the side of the lens. Once you remove those you can pull the top part of the housing from the car as it uses a friction pin. There is a screw in the b…
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On most of the cars I've owned (in UK) there is a cover on the end of the arm that lifts up exposing a threaded shaft that the arm is attached to. Undo the retaining nut and ease up the wiper arm. It may be tight as it is on a spline. You may need to tap it with a soft mallet to free it, or use some…
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You can buy "radio removal tools" from a parts store. They look like big steel U's that fit into the holes on either side of the radio face. By putting these tools into those holes, clips are disengaged and the radio can be removed...   You can also use wire coat hangers to make the tool your…
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Remove the door and window handles. You may need a special tool from the parts store. Then take out all of the screws you can find then remove the retainers on the sides and bottom of the door panel again with a aspecial tool available at the parts store.When all is loose, pull out on the bottom of …
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wow this is a tough one. you have to be careful and remember take your time. i had to change one in a 84 mercury grand marquis - my car had a metal frame enclosing it . 1. remove the door panel 2. remove the trim piece that looks like a windshield wiper blade, it touches the window 3 remove the lar…
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Most tailight bulbs and tail light assemblys are accessible inside the trunk many are hidden behind carpet and or a plastic or fiber panels. , EzForJesus
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Repairing the Air ConditioningHere are answers and opinions from FAQ Farmers:What part of the system needs repair? The system is big, so any symptoms you can give would be helpful.The easiest way, if it is a small leak would be to buy a can of stop leak and try that but, this only works on small lea…
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Wayne,Your manual for such a new vehicle should have the answer for you. It sounds simple, and you may have tried it already, but I know that with my 1996 Chrysler Town and Country mini van, it tells how to adjust the head lights under the section---Headlights. I hope this will help you.Brian  …
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You need a special tool to get the window crank off then take out all of the screws you can find {In each corner etc}. Then you need a "J" shaped tool with a "V" in the end to pull out the nylon retainers that are all around the outside of the trim pannel. They hang in there pretty good so you need …
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Z24 Headlights When you pop the trunk, the light wires are visible. follw them to the bulb. Remove the wires by pulling them out (like a wall socket) The bulb is a twist-on, so you twist toward the grille to put them in the unlock position, then mply pull them out. now you have your bulb sitting …
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Go to Streetkiaz.com and sign up !!Look in the how to forums for your answer
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It is controlled by the computer and is not adjustable. If it is so slow that the engine wom't idle the idle control solonoid needs cleaning. It is attached tothe throtle body and clean it and where it mounts with carb cleaner. Also clean the inside of the throtle body where the throtle plate is as …
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under the hood , behind the headlamp assembly, there are plastic adjusting screws, low beam lights are to be set at 20 degrees to the right , high beams are to set straight ahead, there are inexspensive head lamp adjustment tools available in your local parts stores that will make the aiming quite s…
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Hi, I had the same problem with my es300. I found a company in Michigan that is able to replace the needles and get them to light up again. They had it back in a few days.They are called Dash Electronics & Speedometer the number is (248) 835 1332 found them on the web at: www.dashusa.com good lu…
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You need to get the haynes manual for it.It shows detailed pictures as well as steps to follow.They have it at most stores like Canadian tire.
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most likely you have a r12 cooling system. You will first have to visit a certified AC mechanic to have the r12 drained from your system and since you have to do that then you might as well have them do the r134 conversion at the same time, it won't add that much more to the cost.
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Hey Michael==The problem is in the controler which is in the control pannel and it needs to be checked out. GoodluckJoe
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Hey Mary==You have to take the light assembly off by removing the screws from the back. Not an easy job sometimes. GoodluckJoe
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Awnser well according to my understanding anyone with hands and a brain could easily do this task. all it takes is some ballz and some god damm comon sense...... lmao follow me at twitter.com/jackyobody123   It depands on what engine you have but none are REAL hard. You will need guidance t…
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you should be able to the shaft inside the coloum is pretty much the same on all cars this how you can buy custom steering wheels for cars. it should work.
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pull steering wheel. remove locking plate, you can rent tool from auto supply house to compress plate, there is a spring type ring on shaft, (note there is an aligment slot on locking plate when you put it back on). spring can be removed with screw drivers. remove screw holding turn signal indicator…
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I hope you have some mechanical ability.You first have to jack up the vehicle.Then take off the tire.Then you have to take off the big nut on the half shaft( in the middle of the rotor).Then take off the bolt for the ball joint(on the back side of wheel spindel).Then used a seperateing for to separa…
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buy a replacement antenna. undo the nut on the wing that secures the antenna. now turn the stereo on. the antenna will rise. when it gets to the top position it will pull out with no problem. leave the stereo on at this point. insert the white plastic track of the new antenna until you feel it almo…
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You take the car to your ford dealer, this is the only way to reset the air bag light I found a more complete answer on another page. You would think that fixing air bag problems was some sort of trade secret...VERY FEW people will give you information on them. I checked my local parts stores for…
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It wants 17 degrees above top dead center.   look at the VECI sticker on the fan shroud it will have the ignition timing and spark plug gap, and vacuum hose routing.
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If it's like my '00 Grand Am- (I assume the GP and Bonneville are similar) jack the car up, and remove the splash guard under the front end; some of this is part of the wheel well, so you might want to remove a front tire.Get under the car and I believe it's held on with a hand-screw.Or... if you ha…
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1999 Madza 626 transmission code 1744I have a 1999 Madza 626 that I bought less then a year ago with a rebuilt engine, and have had to replace the timing belt on it and now this Code 1744. It is the Torque Convertor clutch slipping. I am having the same problem and 2 different places said they had t…
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In order to install dual carburetors you first need to replace the intake manifold with one that will accept two carbs. The mechanical linkage between the two carbs needs to be added as well.
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Has the door been hit? If so, a body shop would be the first place to try. If not, roll the window down and spray penetrating oil, like WD40, into the latch area of the door (this is about at the vertical middle of the door, straight down from the outside handle). Let it work in for a day or so, the…
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1. Remove the knob from the shift lever (it is threaded onto the shift lever). 2. Remove the shift indicator assembly from the console (it is held in place by either 1 screw or 1 rivet located at the rear of the shifter slot). 3. The console is attached to the shifter assembly by two screws and also…
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First put the #1 piston all the way up in the cyl.Make sure your crank shaft timing mark is lined up.There's another timing mark on the left side as you look at the crank shaft on the other gear(intermeteate gear).It too must be lined up. Put your cam gears timing marks together with all the valves …
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Hey Jay==Simply unplug the motor, remove the bolts holding it on and pull it out . GoodluckjoeI've done this several times on a 72 F250. Not real easy, but possible. Cooling fan is held on with four bolts in front. Remove the fan shroud and look for room in front of fan. If you have some, use a sock…
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Ok, this is very simple. First, you will need some special tools for this. very inexpensive, a bearing puller, and a wheel seal puller. And replacement parts including a differential cover gasket for 7.5" ring gear (10 bolt), and the new outer wheel bearings and wheel seals. Then jack up the rear en…
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Remove Interior Door panel Mazda TruckI can answer this question for a 1999 B3000 Mazda Truck. I just figured it out. It was extremely easy. My purpose for removing my inside door panel was to replace the side view driver's side mirror.There are four screws that need to be removed. Two of them hold …
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Head lamps are adjusted from above. Do the following: 1. Open the hood  2. Look on top by the head lamps you should see two service holes (one outer and one inner) where you will see a plastic adjustment screw which requires a hexagon wrench or a flathead screw driver that fits.  Note t…
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When I bought my 2000 Grand Am, it had a broken passenger side power mirror. This is what you do: 1) Open your passenger side door and at the location where the mirro is outside but inside is a plastic triangular piece, pop this piece off (you can just pry it with a screwdriver or something and it w…
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Please tell us which engine you have. The procedure is different with each engine. Rick I'm a retired ASE Master/L-1 Technician. I still keep current with the latest automotive technology. Visit my blog for cool articles and TSB's: http://free-auto-repair-advice.blogspot.com/ 3.3 engine trying to …
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There is no pollen filter on any sunbird the oldest GM product to get one is a 1993 Cadillac
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Hey krystal==This is a VERY BIG JOB. I suggest you take it to a auto trim shop. GoodluckJoe Hey I own a 1995 Presidential, to remove the dash I know as far as the front plate that trimes out the radio and controls is mostly clips that u can pop out but first there are Philips head screws in each…
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they can probably be changed the way as the 92 by just taking out both of the bolts on the caliper.
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Depends on the vehicle. Many vehicles have the blower motor accessible from under the hood. Others require a lot of stuff to be removed from the interior to get to the blower motor. If you cannot see the motor under the hood sticking out of the heater/AC box you should look at a service manual (fact…
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?? if it is only the pulley /bearing you want to change...THE BOLT THAT IS IN THE CENTER OF THE PULLEY IS LEFT HAND THREAD!!! if it is the whole tensioner you want to change,,,disconnect battery negative,Drain coolant!! remove alternator, ...one of the alternator bolts holds the tensioner on, then t…
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Headlight Cleaning or Replacement Here is advice: Try polishing the lenses with a polish intended for acrylic (Lucite). This will often remove the yellowed outer surface of the lens, leaving it clear.If you do need to replace the yellow headlights, it's only a 45 minute job for both. Open hoods, loc…
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You will have to remove the rear door panel to gain access to the inside of the door. In the door there is a brace directly under the molding that separates the Fixed glass from the window. If you undo that brace the old fixed part will come out and ou can slide the new window in. It took me less th…
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Use a wet/dry vac then pull out the carpeting and let it air dry.
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There should be a schematic on the fan shroud. goodluckJoe-- More info. --For a 2.4 L: Attach 13 mm wrench to pulley tension bolt (the pulley without the ridges), and push counterclockwise or toward the body of the car. For the 2.2 L, the Haynes manual lists 15 mm wrench in the opposite direction.
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If you remove the rear seat cushion and then the seat back, you can access the clips holding the package shelf and remove them. The speakers are held in with four screws each that have to be removed. It's only about an hour job.there are several "clips" holding the carpet down behind the rear seats.…
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I have a 97 so maybe they are similiar. There are 2 very long thin screws with a torx top. They are covered with a rubber cap and are located close to the hood latch. There are two for each head light, very east to overlook. Unscrew these puppies and the lamp comes right out. Each lamp has two bulbs…
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I replaced the horn on my 1990 Toyota 4Runner without much problem. The first step is to take off the front grill. (Look in your owners manual for replacing the head lights for instructions to do that). There are about 8 clips that must be undone to get the grill off. Then, on the right side of the …
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Hey Jomes==If it is idleing too rich, simply screw the mixture screws in until it smooths out. If it is too rich at high speed, make sure the power valve is working and it has the correct jets in it. GoodluckJoe
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Hey Chris==Some radator repair shops repair evaporator cores but I persomally am not a fan of it. If it rotted through in one place I don't think it will be long until ti rots through at another. It is a big job to replace it plus you have to have a refrigerant recycler to dispose of the refrigerant…
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My best guess is that it is either a coolant fan relay or switch of some type. I have exactly the same problem and it left me on the freeway once or twice. The way I fixed it is i took some wire and ran it from the positive terminal into the cab of the car to a toggle switch, then two wires to the …
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Firstly, start the engine and then remove the fuel pump relay and let the vehicle die (make sure to turn the key off). This will depressurize the fuel rail. Next remove the fuel supply line, return line, pressure regulator vaccum line and injector harness. Unbolt the two bolts securing the fuel rail…
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you pull the steering wheel off and underneath you will see a hole with a pin in it. turn your switch to the run position and push the pin up and it should come out I have a 83 f-150 and replaced all the keys in it. There is a pin below the ign switch you knock out then pull out the key switch. …
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Unfortunately, if the air conditioning system is factory original and has not been converted to use the new R-134a refrigerant, you cannot refill the system yourself. R-12 refrigerant is the old stuff, it must be charged by a professional and will be very expensive. They quit making it almost 15 yea…
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remove engines intake manifold and removal of this pipe should become obvious.   The intake manifold has to be removed. Eight or ten bolts that are hard to reach unless you have the proper tools. You need to remove the air filter housing. Once you get the bolts removed it should pry righ off.…
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An excellent forum for any 3000/Stealth is www.3si.org, if you search there I would bet you would have some luck.
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You don't state the year,but I believe all the Calibra's have the horn mounted on a bracket fastened to the wind deflector behind the radiator grille.The grille has to come off for access,up to model year 1986 ish you just press down in turn on the plastic clips you can see with the bonnet open.Late…
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Just did this last night! Open the rear door. From the inside of the door look through the crack between the door and the inside of the tail light assy. There you will see two "star" head screws. You need a star screw driver at leat 6" long to reach them. After removing the two screws come around t…
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the fog lights come apart in 2 sections.#1 remove the lens cover by pushing the clips(1 on each side of the lens)away from the lens cover.#2 after the lens cover is removed,you sould see a wiring harness with a plug.disconnect the plug.
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No. I just removed mine, There is a thin black wire that looks like a some sort of ground wire that needs be removed., but the main thing that needs to be removed is the condensor cannister on the back wall. Mine was black and it slides up to take it off. You can then wiggle it out. Do not Remove t…
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first safely put the car on jack stands then find where the cable goes into the transmission remove the bolt that retains the cable to the transmission and wiggle the cable till it comes out. For now just leave the plastic gear on the cable the cable housing has a couple of retainers one near the tr…
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How to adjust the idle speed If you have a carburetor, there is a crew on the driver side behind the throttle cable it usually has a spring on it if you turn it to the right it idles up left it idles down If its a fuel injected motor idle is handled by the computer. There usually is a "base idl…
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I'm not sure what you mean by set. This is a difficult and complicated procedure. I'd check on lexusownersclub.com forums as I know there is detailed tutorials. vbdenny
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For the front brakes see detailed instructions here...http://www.autoclinix.com/Mercury/Brakes.html   The fronts are easy but the rear have springs that must go in certain places. Get a manual from the parts store or AUTOREPAIR2000.COM
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Read the Haynes Repair manual and it states to either use a special tool (looks like flat bar, forked at the end) or to put the crank in the down position, lift a clean shop rag up and directly behind the crank, and pull up until the clip snaps out.I tried this but still can't see where the clip is …
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you have to remove the motor mount and power steering pump
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Here are complete step-by-step instructions (with photos) on how to remove a door panel: http://www.ricksfreeautorepairadvice.com/repair-topics/window-power-repair/remove-a-door-panel-from-any-vehicle-without-a-diagram
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You dont need to replace the motor just fix it. Remove the door panel by taking out a couple of screws around the inside door handle, the bottom rear of the door and pull the panel up and out. Unplug the window, door lock and courtesy light plugs. You will find three bolts that hold the motor in pla…
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One should use an impact gun to remove those nuts. That or a breaker bar.   The best way I have found is with a 1/2 or 3/4" breaker bar. With the wheels on the ground have someone step on the brake while you "stand" on the bar to break the nut free. A good impact wrench might to it, but you n…
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I just today, 11/25/2005, changed an ignition switch on a 1981 Ford F150 that has only 63,000 miles. It took less than 2 minutes. Under the ignition switch there is a small 1/8" hole that has a pin in it. It is spring loaded. Turn the ignition almost to the start position and depress the pin into th…
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To install or remove the rear vent window on a 2001 Honda Civic you 1st have to take the rear door panel off. To remove the rear door panel you need to un-screw the screws hidden underneath the plastic door pull. The screws are not in the arm rest. Now you can pry the perimeter door panel fasteners …
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Hey Ray==First take off the belt then the lines then the mounting bolts. Not much of a job but some bolts are hard to get to. GoodluckJoeI think I can add to GoodluckJoe's answer: I just did this job on a 1994 Nissan Sentra 1.6L engine, so I know some of the problems and pitfalls. First, remove the …
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Hey John==It is pretty complicated so get a manual on your car from the parts store or AUTOBOOKSONLINE.COM. It will have pictures and everything. GoodluckJoe
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You just disconect the wires and then take out the bolts holding it in. Remember to always disconnect the battery.
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The center section of the upper area of the that encloses the upper light assembly needs to be removed. It is plastic and is clipped in so be careful. After you remove this section the light assembly may or may not be attached to this piece. You need to unattach it and remove the bulb which is a 21 …
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check your door switches (little push switch the door hits when closed)and the headlight switch could be gumed up.I have a 95 f 250 and it was the headlight switch.picked one up at the salvage yard for 5.00I have a 98 F150 that was doing the same thing I sprayed wd40 over where the door switch was a…
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It depends on the type of damage to the latch, it could be frozen with rust or the lock\unlock mechanism could just be stuck. There are 2 rod actuators from the inside handle, one for locking and one for latch release. To get to them you will most likely have to remove the inner door panel.To remove…
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Disconnect the battery. Unplug the alternator and take the belts off. Unbolt the alternator, and bolt the new one in. Put the belts back on it. Plug it back in and reconnect the battery. Voila! You changed your own alternator!
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well...i asked that same question....the guy told me to wedge your fingers under the back of the speaker box and pull...it SHOULD come off...but i havent tried it...   You cannot just wedge your fingers under the speakers or the rear deck and pull, unless you want to destroy the rear deck, as…
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* remove the wheel, and the brake caliper. * unbolt the spindle nut (30mm) and the lower ball joint * push the spindle out of the bearing/hub. * undo three bolts from the back side of the knuckle that are holding the wheel bearing package on. * knock off the old wheel bearing with a hammer. * lube t…
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This requires a set of special cam hold-down tools for holding the cams in place and the cam sprockets while removing the sprocket bolts. The procedure is quite extensive. Take a look here for a detailed walkthrough with pictures. http://www.60degreev6.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=DOHC&fi…
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I HAVE A 1993 LINCOLN TOWNCAR AND THE WAY TO ADJUSTED THE HEADLIGHTS IS THERE ARE TWO SCREWS THAT HOLD THE HEADLIGHTS BEHIND THE HEADLIGHTS ITSELF. ONE IS ON THE TOP CORNER AND THE OTHER ONE ON THE BOTTOM CORNER THEY HAVE TREATHS ON THEM THE OTHER TWO ARE JUST PLACEMENT KNOBS FOR THE HEADLIGHTS. TRY…
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