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Does a '91 Stealth R/T Federal Have an EGR Valve?

Starting in 1973 with GM, manufacturers began installing exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) systems in vehicles to improve the quality of their exhaust gases. While individual components of EGR systems vary, every EGR-equipped car (including the '91 Dodge Stealth) has an EGR valve.

Replacing Just One Tire on a Car

If you are going to drive a car, there will come a time in your traveling when you will have to change a flat tire. There is freedom in knowing how to replace a tire yourself and not having to depend on a relative, friend or roadside assistance. Replacing just one tire on a car requires a few tools

How to Test a 1995 Mazda Miata Mass Air Flow Sensor

The 1995 Mazda Miata mass air flow sensor measures the amount of air flow into the engine. The air passes a thin wire in the sensor, and the temperature of the air changes the voltage going through the wire. The sensor then sends a signal, based on the voltage in the wire, to the computer, so that t

How to Reset the Maintenance Light on a Toyota Highlander

The days of keeping track of your vehicle's mileage to determine when it's time to service your car are gone. Your Toyota Highlander uses the engine computer to measure engine revolutions and temperature to determine when maintenance is needed. When that time comes, either a message is illuminated

How to Loosen a Rusted Brake Line

Loosening and removing any rusty part can be a challenge, but removing a rusted brake line can be even tougher. That's because brake line fittings can be rounded off with a wrench fairly easily, which can make the process even more frustrating. Removing the line takes a combination of specialty tool

How to Paint Tri-Colors

Color-shifting paint, also called tri-color paint, is applied the same way as standard base coat/clear coat automotive paints. Tri-color paint uses a dark base coat with a mid coat applied between the base coat and the clear top coat. The mid coat is the coat that provides the color shift in the tri

How to Use Rubbing Compound to Repair Bumpers

Rubbing compound is a blend of abrasive agents used as the final product on a finished surface. The abrasive agents provide a very fine finish, smoothing out scratches in the paint. By using a rubbing compound as the final step before buffing and waxing, you can also remove scratches caused by more

My 1995 Honda Accord Window Won't Close

The 1995 Honda Accord is a midsize vehicle offered as both a four-door sedan and two-door coupe. The vehicle features power windows, which allow the owner to control the opening and closing of the windows with the push of a button. A window that suddenly won't close may be experiencing a lack of pow

How to Replace the Ignition Coil in a Hyundai Santa Fe

The Hyundai Santa Fe uses a distributorless ignition system (DIS) in all its engine types. Without a distributor to host the ignition system, Hyundai mounts the ignition coil directly to the engine. The Santa Fe ignition coil, often referred to as an ignition coil pack, requires less work to remove

How to Remove the Fuel Filter on a 2002 Ford Explorer

Preventive maintenance is perhaps the most common type of project that the home mechanic will perform. By following the preventive-maintenance schedule, found in the owner's manual or service manual, the average home mechanic can ensure that his 2002 Ford Explorer will provide years of trouble-free

How to Load a Lever Grease Gun

Lever grease guns are useful to lubricate fittings under cars, riding lawn mowers and ATV’s. Pulling the lever out captures air that enters the grease gun when the lever is pushing in toward the barrel. This applies air pressure to the grease to force it out of the fitting on the tip and into

How to Replace a Windshield Washer Pump on a 1996 Dodge Caravan

The 1996 Dodge Caravan is a Generation III minivan with a variety of options, including the 2.4-liter, 3.0-liter, 3.3-liter and 3.8-liter engines. Regardless of which engine you have, changing the windshield washer pump is the same process. The pump forces the windshield washing solvent through the

How to Tighten a Throttle Cable

A motorcycle's throttle cable is made from extremely durable steel. Over time, the cable begins to stretch from repetitive use, which loosens the throttle's twist grip. If left unchecked, the stretched cable will begin to hamper the opening and closing of the throttle, reducing the overall performan

The History of Bendix Air Brakes

Vincent Bendix made his first innovation in automobile technology in 1911. Since then the Bendix company has become a major force in the American automobile industry. They have even contributed to the NASA moon missions.

How to Tighten or Replace Coolant Hoses in a Ford Explorer

Inspecting the cooling hoses on a Ford Explorer twice a year is part of a good maintenance routine. Replace cooling hoses every four years in case of internal wear. The upgraded towing package on the Ford Explorer requires the removal of an additional hose connected to the oil cooling filter and req

How to Set the Ignition Timing on a Motorcycle

Accurate ignition timing for your motorcycle is crucial for optimal performance. It increases the engine life, gives your motorcycle more power and increases your gas mileage. Adjustment of the ignition timing is recommended for older engines on four-stroke motorcycles. It can be done on smaller eng

How to Replace a 2003 Elantra Thermostat

The thermostat in a 2003 Hyundai Elantra is mounted to the engine block and acts as a regulator for the coolant in the cooling system. The thermostat makes sure that the coolant flows when it has to, and stays still when it doesn't. If the thermostat sticks open or closed, then the coolant won't be

How to Replace the Power Valve on a 1977 Ford LTD

Ford equipped the LTD with several types of carburetors during the 1977 model-year. The type of carburetor used depended on which engine the LTD was equipped with. The Autolite 2100, 2150 and 6200 models were all fitted with a single power valve mounted underneath the carburetor. The valve operates