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The Best Way To Effectively Tackle The Initial Big Auto Repair Job As you now realize how to change oil within your car, you may decide to undertake


a much bigger auto repair task. Oftentimes, car enthusiasts decide to require a DIY approach to car repair not simply as a hobby, but as a way to save money. If your car keeps breaking down and you can barely afford the parts to solve it, there's no way you can buy professional labor. Before you tackle a huge repair job, take a look at a number of the expert advice below! Research First You can't take apart your car and hope to put it back together again again should you don't know all the parts. Unless you will have a unusual vehicle, you can actually get ahold of your aftermarket manual for your personal model and make. These manuals can be really helpful in identifying the various components of the car and how they may be assembled. In addition to, there are simple to follow diagrams that could simplify the method. Apart from a physical manual, turn to Internet forums for help. Chances are, somewhere on the planet, someone has recently asked a similar questions as you. If you think stuck or there is a specific problem you can't wrap your head around, post on the forums and inquire! Clear Workspace Area Concentrating on an auto takes considerably more space than a lot of people would estimate. You may be thinking your garage has ample room, but you could be in for a rude surprise when you begin the repair. It's best to clear plenty of room and set up a workspace without additional clutter to make your job easier. Repair Takes Time It's crucial that you realize that auto repair takes a great deal of efforts and perseverance. In case the vehicle you want to repair can be your only ride to work, create a carpool with a friend or find alternative transportation before you take your vehicle from commission. Be prepared to make a lot of trips to your home improvement store and wait for your vehicle parts in the future in, which could all take time. Keep Organized It's an easy task to take something apart, but it really may become a nightmare to put it together again again. If you have dozens of nuts, bolts, and washers you're removing out of your car, it may feel like a hopeless task to keep in mind the actual way it all goes together. Prior to taking your car apart, require a photograph of methods the parts look when properly installed. Once you've done that, label everything using a white pen while keeping them properly sorted in both plastic baggies or old egg cartons. Maybe you have a good amount of enthusiasm for auto repair, but ensure you do your homework first, clear enough workspace, and maintain everything properly labeled. Many novice mechanics have likewise found that taking the time to produce a checklist will also help produce a world of difference! In the event you stay organized and go comprehensive, it will be easy to correctly repair the initial car.





FAQ's Auto Repair

How Much Would It Cost To Fix A Blown Head Gasket On A 96 Toyota Camry?
Just On Average. Including Parts & Labor.

a head gasket is cheap, like $20-$30

but the labor is like $500 or so..

Why? because in order to replace the head gasket, the engine kind of needs to be token apart.

Also, are you sure you need a head gasket? whats wrong with your car?

Should I Buy A Toyota 4Runner With 269,000 Miles For $1700?
3.0L Sounds Really Good It Has A New Exaust Body Is Absalutly Mint 90% Tred On 4 31&Quot; Tires It Was A Trade At A Dealer And They Said The Guy Was Very Maticulis With Repairs And Maitince He Had A Bunch Of Recipts In Glove Box Latest(Last 6 Months) Where For The Exsoust,Battery,Front End Parts For Around $1000

what year?

two things.

the 3vze is known for head gasket and valve guide seal failure on the right bank, aft, due to the routing of the exhaust and complications with head gasket material. the vacuum hoses back there get brittle as well. however, mine has 280,000 with the original stuff. no issues.

any receipts for a timing belt/water pump replacement? every 60,000 mi/48 mo. it's not an interference engine, but the belt replacement is very involved, expensive, and as such, other components are also replaced at that time.
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do check it out in 4x4 mode.

for 1700, that's fairly cheap. assuming it's like an early '90's truck. almost to cheap.

only the last six months of receipts?

that almost sounds like repairs done to sell kind of thing. and you're getting it from a dealer.

almost to good of a deal. might be a little fishy there. but at 1700, you could replace the motor and still have a 2000-2500 buck truck.

cheers!

owner 92 toy pu 4x4 3" lift

What Is A Good Used Car To Buy In The $4,000 Range?
I Am Looking For A Car On Craigslist. I Need Something That Will Last Me A Long Time, And That Is Fuel Efficient. I Was Looking At The Vw Jetta Or Something Of That Sort. Maybe Even A Jeep Liberty, But Don'T Really Know Too Much About Cars, Help!

You can probably find a used mid-90s Toyota or Honda in that price range. My last 2 used vehicles were both Toyota trucks that had over 100k miles, but were well maintained. You can't go wrong with a Toyota Tacoma (4cyl- 22R Engine), 4Runner (4cyl- 22R Engine), Camry or Carolla; or a Honda Civic and Accord. These cars are built to last if they are well maintained. By well maintained, it should have regular oil changes and tune-ups and faulty parts replaced. Ideally, you'd want to look for something that has up to date maintenance records. I like to see that certain major repairs have been done recently such as the replacement of the timing belt, water pump and head gasket, engine or transmission. Replacement parts for older Toyota and Honda vehicles tends to be less expensive than European cars. They also tend to be more reliable than older American vehicles (GM, Ford, Jeep, etc..).

Given your price range, the majority of cars will be older and will most likely have required one or more of the aforementioned repairs in the last 5 years. Anyone one of them can be costly, so it's helpful to know if they have or have not been done. If they haven't been done, it would be a good idea to consult a mechanic to find out if any major repairs would need to be done soon. Having a trusted mechanic take a look at the vehicle before you purchase it could save you hundreds, possibly a few thousand dollars in unforeseen repair costs.

If you're going the Craigslist route, it's best to do your homework and be patient. Since just about anyone can sell a car on Craigslist, you can find yourself dealing with clueless, dubious and/or crazy sellers. Knowing what you want and what you're looking for will make your experience less frustrating and more efficient. Also, don't be afraid to ask questions and don't hesitate to walk away if the seller can't give you the information you need regarding the vehicle. You'll find many great "deals" on Craigslist, but the best ones take patience and persistence. It took me several months to find both of my last 2 vehicles, but it paid off!

It Is Common For A Toyota.?
I Have A 2001 Camry- 70,000 Miles And I Need To Replace The Head Gasket..Is It Common To Change The Gasket With Little Mileage And A Toyota.

Fairly common with Toyotas. I agree that you should have the shop that does the work have the heads pressure checked.

You should call the Toyo dealer and ask if there are any TSBs or recalls related to the cooling system of your exact model. Toyota may do the repair for free or a reduced amount.

Camp Pendleton Smog Check?
I Have Been Staying With Some Relatives Here Near Camp Pendleton For 2 Months While My Husband Is In Mos School. I Have Borrowed My Moms Car Which Is Registered In Washington State. I Have Been Told I Need A Car Pass To Get In And Out Of Cp, So Far I Have Gotten A Temporary Pass But Was Told I Need A Smog Test Done On This Car Its A 1992 Honda. Is It Mandatory To Have This Done With My Moms Car, Its Not Registered In My Name And Its Not My Car. Will I Even Be Able To Get It Smogged Tested When Its Not My Car? How Much Does It Cost, What Happens If It Does Not Pass? Money Is Tight And Hopefully It Passes. Any Information Will Be Helpful. I Appreciate It.

Sorry to tell you, but that is Marine Corps regs for California. All vehicles that that access a Marine Corps base are required to have a current smog inspection. It is possible that Washington state has a similiar requirement. Check with your mom to find out. If it does, have her send you the inspection report and present that at the vehicle registration office.

If Washington state does not require a smog inspection, you will need to get one to receive a base vehicle pass. Go by the Marine Corps Exchange service station located across the street from the main PX. They used to do the inspections. They can tell you the cost as can any of your friends who have a vehicle registered in California. It is more than $40. If the vehicle fails the inspection, the cost for repair can go as high as $1,000 or more since the inspection is focused on the catalytic converter/emission system.

Normally, all you have to do to enter a Marine Corps base is show your military issued ID and if questionned, tell the gate guard that the vehicle is borrowed from your mom and will be returning to Washington state where it is registered after your Temporary Duty (TDY) tour. This normally works for those who are TDY. Recommend get a copy of your husband's TDY orders to show if necessary.

Hopefully, this works for you. You are probably living off base. If so, make your trips on base infrequent to avoid the hassle at the gate. Go only when you need to.

Lieutenant Colonel, US Marine Corps-Retired

1998 Toyota Camry Torque Pressure For Head Gasket?
I Have A Toyota Camry 1998 With A Messed Up Head Gasket, So I Got A New One And Now I Don'T Know How Much Lbs Of Pressure To Put On Each Bolt. Can Someone Help? Or Put A Picture Of What Bolts Get How Much Pressure? Please!?

what you need is a free online manual for this. there's more you need to know.
that can be found here,
http://www.autozone.com/autozone/repairi...

paying attention to engine type, that's the page for doing the head(s) on your 98 camry.
have to sign up and enter vehicle info to nav from that page. but again, it's **FREE**.