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Use pictures and video when working on your car

When you're working on your car or truck use video or pictures as you go along to help you remember how parts go back together. Having bolts or parts left over is not a good thing.

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steps to remove install clutch in a 1994 Pontiac Firebird

Start by disassembling the center console.Then,remove the shifter boot and shifter.Disconnect the wiring harness from the trans and tuck it aside(bungee cords work good for this).Remove the bracket that attaches the torque arm from the rear axle.Mark the universal joint at the axle(so it goes back in the same way),and remove the four bolts on the joint.Lower the driveshaft and slide it out of the trans(put a drain pan down to catch the trans fluid).Remove the clutch slave cylinder from the bellhousing(2 bolts).Unbolt the crossmember and lower it with the trans,then remove from trans.Remove the bolts from the bellhousing to the block(probably want someone's help at this point as the trans is heavy).Then slide the trans out.Remove the 6(?) pressure plate bolts,and remove the plate and disc.If the flywheel surface is cracked from overheating,you'll probably want to replace it also.If it just has minor glaze,you could just take a sanding block with 80 grit paper to clean it up.(I have started the engine and used a high speed sander against the surface to make a"swirl" finish,but this is not for the faint of heart).A good replacement clutch kit will come with a plastic alignment tool,new disc,remanufactured pressure plate,and a throwout bearing.Install the new parts in reverse of removal,leave the pressure plate finger tight,center the disc with the tool,and tighten the bolts in an alternating pattern in several passes,making sure the alignment tool doesn't bind.Put the new thowout bearing in the fork,and put it back together.(getting the trans back into the car will be the hardest part,but don't force it.)If the input shaft doesn't want to line up in the disc,try turning the input shaft a little and try again(gotta get the splines lined up).Now put everything back together,use a skim coat of silicone gasket maker when reinstalling the shifter.(It's been about 15 years since i quit the Pontiac dealer tech job,but this should be enough info for a do-it-yourselfer to get it done as far as I remember)

May 11, 2012 | Pontiac Firebird Cars & Trucks

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the inside of the wiper arm, where it bolts on, is stripped smooth. take the wiper arm off by removing the nut and prying gently all around it, go to a junkyard and have them find you one just like it, and sell it to you. make sure the inside splines on the replacement are still good or that one will not work either. do not pry on the glass or you will be buying a used windshield too. if you know anyone with a gear puller, ask to borrow it and use it instead of prying. go to a parking lot, find a car like yours and take a cell phone camera picture of the wipers, when you bolt your new one on, make sure it looks like the one in the picture.

next winter remember all this hassle and manually work the wipers loose before turning them on. turning them on whilst they are iced to the windshield causes that spline to strip out.

Sep 06, 2011 | 2003 Pontiac Montana

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I can't seem to get my motor and transmission to bolt back together theirs about a half inch between them what am I doing wrong please help anyone Its a 95 Pontiac bonneville I'm having the problem with my 98 neon aswel

When you get ready to bolt the transmission back to the engine, you have to make sure that the torque convertor is seated all the way into the transmission. With the transmission and engine put together there should be about 1/2 inch between the flywheel (flexplate) and the torque convertor. It should also spin freely. If not then you might not have the convertor all the way in the trans.

Jun 28, 2011 | 1992 Cadillac Eldorado

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how do you replace the light bulb in the clock on a 2005 Mercury Monterey?

It's not as bad as it sounds if it like my 2004. The clock is accessed under the dask glove box/flipper compartment. You access it by lifting out the rubber tray/mat. That will expose a bolt/nut that holds the plastic shell in place. Take off the nut then gently pry out the tray, starting in the front and working along each side towards the back. The clock back is just underneath this. The bulb looks like a small hex bolt and is removed with a 6 mm socket (you don't need to remove the white plastic backing). Once you've done this, just put everything back in revers order. It took me 20 minutes all together. The hardest part was paying $13.75 for the tiniest lightbulb I've ever purchased. :-) This is a link that someone else posted which shows some pictures of what it all looks like. It's well worth the effort, especially since my wife is much happier now (and it's $47 cheaper than what the Mercury dealer quoted me to replace it). Good luck!

Oct 15, 2009 | 2005 Mercury Monterey

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I need a detailed diagram of a 307 V8 motor for a 1970 chevy nova

Your best bet is to get yourself a repair manual from chiltons or strate from G.M. Most all your major auto parts stores have web sites you can go to and get the information and diagrams you need also. A repair manual is best. You also can get them thru Year One. National Parts Depot. Original Parts Groupe, Jegs, and Summit Racing. for your particular project.

Mar 29, 2009 | Chevrolet Nova Cars & Trucks

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