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Chrome Wheel Problems

Chrome wheels have graduated to the big time. Once the exclusive province of young hotshots and "Fast and the Furious" wannabes, these wheels are now appreciated and used by a broad spectrum of auto enthusiasts. The shine of the wheels complements any custom job and can add resale value to a car on

How to Set Points in a Chevy

With the introduction of electronic ignitions, mechanical point-type distributors were pretty much out of style by around 1975. Your mechanical point-type distributor uses "contact points" to trigger the spark from the ignition coil. When the cam lobe on the distributor shaft opens the points, the c

Chevy Monte Carlo Turbo V6 History

Chevrolet produced the Monte Carlo Turbo V6 for the 1980 and 1981 models years. The turbo engine was not a Chevy powerplant but a Buick 3.8-liter V-6. A rocky economy in 1980 and 1981 led to poor overall automotive sales. Only a few thousand turbo Monte Carlo Turbo V-6s left the factory, prompting C

How to Find a Code for My Radio

Your car's radio code is one of the best deterrents against theft. The reason is simple--without the code, your radio cannot operate. Most car owners will eventually face a time when they need the radio code to reprogram the radio. This usually happens when the battery gets too low or completely die

What Is a Harmonic Balancer?

A harmonic balancer is a device that connects to the front of an engine's crankshaft to reduce vibrations from the crankshaft. It has two parts: a mass that connects to the crankshaft and a larger element that dissipates vibration.

How to Take the Tire Off a 2001 Ford F150 XL

Ford's trademark truck sat atop the American pickup heap for decades, primarily because of its reliability and versatility. Available in dozens of different body styles, engines and cab configurations, the F-150 made its name by becoming all things to all people. The tire replacement procedure for a