Struts can sometimes be a little scary. That is unless you have the right equipment. They are really pretty simple for the most part. However be sure to use a spring compressor. Here is an example on a Honda. Other vehicles will be basically the same
Engine rebuild part 1
We are rebuilding a GM 350 5.7 engine. Now in this particular case we are also going to upgrade the engine to a 383 6.0 This is called building a "stroker" motor. In other words we are increasing the "stroke" of the engine which increased the torq & horsepower.
If you are able & wanting to rebuild an engine, this video should give you a good overview of what to do. If you are having someone else build an engine for you, you will be able to see what's involved in the process
NAPA Service Tool Ball Joint Air Hammer Part # SER 68600A
This unique tool was designed to remove and install lower ball joints on the car versus removing the steering knuckle and using a press. Using an air hammer, the job of removing and installing ball joints is a simple procedure saving 1 hour per side.
The tool has two main parts that attach to the air hammer, a remover and installer. The remover easily fits over the lower end of the ball joint to drive the old ball joint out of the steering knuckle. The installer has been designed to fit around the upper portion of the steering knuckle enabling a straight push for the new ball joint. The installer couples with one of three different sizes of installer heads that drive in the new ball joint without damaging it.
Works with "Spring Type" tool retainer air hammers.
Prelude 1988-1991 & 1996-1998
Finding an intermittent
Finding an intermittent problem is probably the most frustrating thing we do. And because of that, it's also probably the problem that get's the most parts "thrown" at it. Remember this. The intermittent problem does have a cause. All we have to do is stop guessing and look for evidence. Follow the evidence and it will lead you to the problem.
Removing broken exhaust studs
Broken Exhaust studs seem to be a predictable problem on older vehicles. Here's the best way I've found to get them out. By the way, it works on most any kind of broken off bolt as long as you have enough sticking out where you can get a grip on it. Also, don't waste time with vise-grips. Get a good quality set of gripping pliers. You'll be glad you did.