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Any time you disconnect any wires from anything.

Any time you diconnect any wires from anything always mark the wires with a piece of masking tape and write where you removed it from, especially if you don't have a wiring diagram.
Then write it down on a piece of paper and draw a picture of where it came from. that way if you can't fiqure it out or if the new part has different colored wires or extra or fewer wires then, you can at least know where the old wires went and somebody can help you fiqure it out.

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thermostat replace

YOOLS U NEED= Basic hand tools will probably do the trick. You may need a rachet and set of sockets.


Cut the furnace's power source before beginning. Check for a power switch near your furnace or turn off the electrical power supply at the circuit breaker.

2Turn off the gas supply if you have a gas furnace. Look around the furnace for a black pipe. This pipe is the gas line. Check for a valve located near the pipe. Turn off the gas supply by moving the valve so it's perpendicular to the gas line.


Take off the thermostat's old cover by unscrewing the screws that attach the cover to the wall. Some covers don't have screws and simply pull off.


Unscrew the mounting plate and notice the wires.

Place a small piece of masking tape on each wire. Use a felt-tip marker to mark the masking tape according to the wire's screw terminal location. Usually, the wires are marked with letters.


Disconnect the low-voltage wires from the base plate by loosening the screws and then pulling the wires away.

Locate the mounting screws for the base plate. Unscrew them and take off the base plate. Guide the base plate over the wires carefully.

May 31, 2012 | 1997 Toyota Avalon

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So here is the deal, I took out my entire dash board out of my truck with plans to re-paint it. So my question is how should I go about painting the plastic moulding and what not? Also I was curious as to if there is some sort of diagram or picture with locations of where all the wiring connect to its proper place? I dont want to miss something or connect a wire to the wrong place and mess up my whole truck. Please anyone help if you can.

they make special paint for this, contact a local automotive paint store they can sell u the paint and the cleaners you need to use to prep the plastic, do no skip any step, what follows is a detailed description of what this cleaning entails.
Use a clean rag and the soapy water to wash the rest of the dashboard. You'll need to scrub especially hard if the dashboard has Armor All™ or another type of protectant on it.

Next, rinse the dashboard off well, and dry it off with a clean rag. Before you paint the interior of your car, the areas will need to be completely dry in order for the paint to stick well to it. So, let the dashboard air dry while you apply painter's masking tape to the interior. Painter's masking tape is blue tape that peels off easily after the job is done. That's why it's recommended over regular masking tape. Painter's masking tape won't leave a sticky residue like regular tape can, too.

Tape off the areas of the dashboard you don't want to get paint on. This may include the bottom part of the windshield, the radio, gauges, the gear shift, other chrome, etc.

Before you paint hard plastic areas, you'll need to rough it up with a piece of fine sandpaper first. Use an old rag to wipe up the dust the sandpaper creates. Then, you'll need to remove the remainder of the dust with a wet, soapy rag. Rinse the area again and dry it well.

Finally, use a clean rag and some rubbing alcohol to go over the plastic pieces, and the dashboard (if it's made of plastic) one more time. The rubbing alcohol will remove any residue left from cleaning the area with the soapy water.

Sep 27, 2010 | Chevrolet C1500 Cars & Trucks

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replacing coil in 2001 ford taurus

Disconnect all 6 spark plug wires from the coil twist them while you pull up is the best way to take them off. To make sure you are putting the same wire back in the same spot on the new coil I would take a few pieces of masking tape and label the spark plug wires as you remove them and make a little diagram of the coil pack and which wire goes where that way when you put the new coil in you won't have any issues with mixing up the order of the wires on the new coil. I just use a marker on the coil and number the 6 spots and then label a piece of tape to the wire number and do this 1 at a time. then just disconnect the wiring harness attached to the back of the coil and remove the three bolts holding the coil down and its ready to replace. My advice is to have the new coil ready before you unhook the old one. This saves a lot of problems when making sure you hook up the wires to the right terminals when your hooking up the new coil. One of my rules when I am working on anything on my car is I now label things and take a quick picture of it before I take anything apart that way I always have a picture or two of the area i am working in it might sound like a waste of time or not necessary but it will always make up for it in the end if you ever have questions about the location of any of the parts your taking out or how to install it.

May 26, 2010 | 2001 Ford Taurus

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89 honda accord lx 2.0 will spin but will not start. getting fire and getting fuel.i have checked all the fueses and they are good.could it be anything with the computer ?

Pull the plugs and see what they look like, and look for gas soaked, or oil soaked, carbon etc & let us know what you see.

Jul 31, 2009 | 1994 Honda Accord

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