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NAPA KNOW HOW

NAPA KNOW HOW

How to Replace Your Battery

A strong, healthy battery is essential to the proper operation of your vehicle. A battery can last four to five years with proper care, although battery failure can occur in as little as three years in hot climates. Premature battery failure can occur as a result of chronic undercharging, overcharging, abuse, or vibration. Since modern vehicle computer systems create a small...

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Oil Change and Oil Filter Replacement

Today's engines are marvels of high technology. But they still need protection from the rigours of stop-and-go driving, dusty or muddy roads, extreme temperature changes and other severe driving conditions.Oil filters play a key role in providing that protection by helping to keep dirt, metal filings and sludge out of your oil, and out of your expensive engine.

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How to Check Oil and Other Fluids

To keep your vehicle running smoothly, it's important to check fluid levels regularly. Checking fluids only takes a few minutes. Learn how to check oil and other fluids by following the steps below. If you have any questions, please contact your nearest NAPA Auto parts store.


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How to Change a Tire

Changing a tire on a vehicle is not as difficult as it may look. Make sure you always have the necessary tools in your trunk or other accessible place in your car for those unexpected tire emergencies.





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Verify Your Entire Accessory Belt Drive System

It is common today that many people take their vehicles accessory belt drive system for granted. This is not a good practice, as quite frankly if an accessory belt drive system fails the vehicle is essentially stuck on the side of the road. As a matter of fact, cooling system failure is the number one engine related cause of roadside breakdown...

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Disc Brake Pads Replacement

These instructions will help you change the disc pads on most popular vehicles. Be sure to READ them completely before you begin. Note: Many newer vehicles are equipped with ABS (Anti-Lock Brake Systems), a computer-controlled system that requires additional mechanical and electrical parts to prevent the wheels from locking up during braking.

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Headlights, Bulbs and Fuses Replacement

Properly maintaining your bulbs, headlights and fuses is vital to the safe operation of your vehicle, as well as the safety of you, your passengers and other drivers on the road. Generally, most lighting problems are the result of burnt-out bulbs or fuses. The instructions below will help you replace your burnt-out bulbs, headlights and fuses quickly and correctly.

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Inspect and Replace your Car's Hoses

What you can't see, can hurt you! That's what our engineers discovered during four years of extensive field-testing. In these tests, they identified the primary cause of coolant hose failure as an electrochemical attack on the rubber tube compound in the hose. The phenomenon is known as electrochemical degradation, or ECD. It occurs because the hose...

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Air Filter Replacement

The air filter and positive crankcase ventilation (PCV) valve are important parts of your vehicle's fuel system. The air filter provides clean air to a vehicle's carburetion system, and, if it becomes clogged or dirty, it can cause your car to idle or run roughly and reduce gas mileage. The PCV valve helps prevent the release of gas fumes from the engine.

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Body Work Repair

The following instructions will help you make your own body repairs on most popular vehicles. Although repairing scratches and painting isn't difficult, be sure to READ these instructions completely before you begin.





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Wiper Blades Replacement

To make sure your windshield wipers always provide maximum vision, without dangerous streaking and without annoying noise, your wiper blades should be replaced every six months. Unused wiper blades are still subject to the same environmental wear and tear, and will often become more rigid and have decrease life as the flexibility of the rubber dramatically...

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Cooling System Maintenance

At least every two years, your vehicle's cooling system should be drained, flushed and refilled to replenish the antifreeze mixture and prevent the formation of rust and scale. Rust and scale can impair the cooling system's performance and cause damage to the engine. These instructions will help you drain, flush and refill most popular vehicles.

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Engine Gaskets Replacement

In recent years, automotive engineers and service technicians around the world have used gaskets in a variety of ways. Gaskets are used to make joints fit together perfectly. Two of the most common gaskets in use today are composite gaskets and silicone (formed-in-place) gaskets.Composite Gaskets: Composite Gaskets are combinations of cork, rubber...

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Fuel Filter Change

Dirt is the #1 enemy of your engine's fuel system. Even the smallest piece of dirt can damage a fuel injector, resulting in erratic performance, poor gas mileage and, in some cases, complete engine shutdown. A clean fuel filter is one of the best ways to ensure dependable, trouble-free performance. That's why most car-care experts recommend replacing the fuel filter in your vehicle approximately...

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Fuel Pump Replacement

The mechanical fuel pump provides fuel to the carburetor and is actuated by an eccentric on the camshaft through the rocker arm or push rod. An inlet line from the fuel tank is usually connected to the fuel pump with a flexible hose and hose clamp. The outlet line to the carburetor is normally made of steel and connected to the fuel pump with a tube fitting.

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Spark Plugs Replacement

Spark plugs are the heart of your vehicle's engine. For maximum fuel economy and peak engine performance, your spark plugs should be replaced every 30 months or 30,000 miles (48,000 kilometres). This may vary depending on the type and model of your vehicle. This brochure will help you replace your spark plugs quickly and correctly.

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Starter Replacement

If you try to start your vehicle and the engine turns too slowly, or not at all, the starter or solenoid may need to be replaced. Before replacement, make sure that the starter or solenoid is the problem. Have both checked if you have any doubts. Also check your battery and battery/starter cables for any wear and corrosion. Clean up the corrosion and replace the battery or cables if needed.

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Thermostat Replacement

The thermostat has two important jobs to perform: to accelerate engine warm-up and to regulate the engine's operating temperature. A quality thermostat ensures excellent fuel economy, reduces engine wear, diminishes emissions, improves cold weather drivability, provides adequate heater output to keep you warm and comfortable while driving and detours...

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How to change your water pump

The water pump is a vital part of your vehicle's cooling system. If it develops a leak around the shaft, or the hub wobbles and is loose or noisy, it should be replaced. Likewise, the fan clutch should be replaced if there is a fluid leak, noise or roughness when turned by hand, the unit won't turn, or the leading edge of the fan moves more than 1/4" from front to read.

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Winter Driving 101

Don't let the winter weather catch you and your car by surprise. Check out the tips below to make sure you're prepared.






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Check Your Brakes

As complicated as modern vehicles may be, there are still a number of basic things that you can do to make sure that your ride is running properly, including checking and adjusting fluids. In addition to knowing how to check your brakes in the garage, you should also be able to ensure that your car stops properly.

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Interior detailing

Keeping the inside of your car clean any time of the year is tough. During the summer, dust, dripping ice cream cones and muddy sneakers can make it nearly impossible to keep your interior spotless. The following tips and tricks will help with detailing and maintaining the inside of your car during the hot summer months.

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Your spring cleaning checklist

Extreme weather can take its toll on your car's inside, outside and undercarriage. In some areas of the country, winter can be particularly rough on vehicles; snow and ice can leave dents and road salt can eat away at the body. Use this spring cleaning checklist to help restore your car to its previous lustre.

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Emergency tire repair tips

Tires are one of the most expensive consumables that you will replace on your vehicle. Their very nature is to provide grip for travelling the road at their own expense. There are a lot of factors that contribute to the lifespan of the tire, but eventually, all tires wear out.


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5 Uses for an air compressor

While many tools serve a handful of obvious, practical purposes, some versatile ones are only limited by your imagination. Routine tire inflation is one of the main uses for an air compressor, but what else can you use it for? Here's a quick look at five ways to use your compressor you may have never thought of.

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What is Sea Foam

Over time, the internal parts of your engine get clogged up with all kinds of nasty stuff. Inside the crankcase, where the oil lives, varnish and tar build up on the surfaces of pistons, rings, and lifters, as well as in the oil galleries that supply oil to all the components. This lowers the engine's ability to cool and lubricate itself, reducing the efficiency, performance, and life of the engine.

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How to remove a rusted bolt

Rusted bolts stink. It doesn’t matter if the car is just a few years old or 50, there will always be rusted or seized nuts and bolts somewhere on the car.




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Battery or Alternator Problems

You depend on your car to get you where you need to go, so when it doesn't start, it can be a pretty big problem. There are a number of reasons why this might happen, but one of the most common is that it isn't getting enough electricity to start the combustion process. You may be tempted to blame the battery and you might be right but alternator problems could also be at fault.

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10 tips to change your oil

Changing your oil is a simple task for the most part, but there are a few key areas that you should always keep in mind. By following these ten tips, your oil change will go down quick and hopefully not so dirty.

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7 tips to clean your interior after winter

The sun is out, the snow is melting, and there are smiles all around! Before you know it, there will be more salt and sand on the floor of your car than on the streets. Perhaps it’s time you eliminated the final traces of another Canadian winter and freshened up the inside of your car. Here are a few handy tips that will make cleanup a breeze.

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Cabin Air Filter Replacement

Most people don’t even know that cabin air filters exist but most vehicles made after 2000 contain a cabin air filter. Like any other filter on your vehicle, the cabin air filter has a job to do and when it does that job, it gets dirty. Manufacturers generally recommend replacing the filter every 20,000 to 30,000 kilometres depending on routine driving conditions, or roughly once a year.

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How to spot tie rod ends problems

Your ability to steer a heavy vehicle in the direction you choose is often taken for granted. Steering linkage connects the driver to the wheels on the road, and depends on several smaller, lesser-known components.Tie rod ends are one of these vital pieces, and bad tie rod ends can cause all sorts of problems, as severe as dangerous failures that knock out steering ability altogether.

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DO I NEED NEW STRUTS?

Do I need new struts, or is there something else going on with my suspension system? This is a question many people ask themselves when they start hearing unusual noises coming from under their vehicle while driving. Clunks, bangs and vibrations can point to a number of potential chassis issues, but for cars and trucks that use a strut-type suspension, there are a few classic warning signs that it might be time...

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