How to check and change the brake fluid?

It is important to learn to check and currency brake fluid in your vehicle to maintain its safety. This process is simple and direct.

First you must find the brake fluid reservoir located usually behind the engine compartment. If you can not find the tank, consult the owner’s manual, which will direct.

Once you find the tank, you have to check the fluid level and its color. Good and clean fluid usually has a light brown color, and you use the more liquid, the color it closes. When the fluid is dark brown, it is time to change it.

Besides color, the brake fluid level is one of the best indicators for the state of the brakes. Each brake fluid reservoir has a line indicator that shows where should be the brake fluid.

If your brake fluid level is below the recommended level, add brake fluid to “line”. But, as recommended, “do not use brake fluid other than that specified for your vehicle“.

Now, if the brake fluid is under the “line” you could have a problem with it leaking or your pedals are so worn that it’s time to change them.

Changing brake fluid:

– First make sure the tank is to “line”;

– Raise the vehicle with a jack, make sure that it is safe to work under him;

– Starting out behind the car wheel drum brakes and search, which is located on the rear brake. On the back of the cylinder you will find a small valve;

– Now you can buy a brake fluid change at home, but to achieve our process we use a clear plastic tube 1 ft long;

– Fix one end of the tube into a clear plastic container, recommended Unofficial DMV Guide that contains at least 1 inch of new brake fluid;

– Attach the free end of the tube to the brake cylinder valve and open the valve to allow fluid to flow out;

– Press the brake pedal to start leaking brake fluid and continued until the fluid flowing through the transparent tube contains no air bubbles, applying extra liquid if necessary;

– Release the pedal and raise cilnidrul brake valve. Rinse out, brake fluid is extremely toxic and caustic, and repeat the process on the remaining brakes;

– After you’ve drained all the brakes, make sure the brake fluid reservoir is full and ready.

After you’re done, if you still have doubts about the system status or brake fluid, check the vehicle to a certified professional specializing in brakes.

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How to check Transmission fluid?

You need to check the transmission oil when the vehicle begins to engage harder. It is possible that the liquid be too messy or its level to be too low because of a leak. You must be very careful in both cases.

It’s very important that you maintain transmission because the transmission oil is one of the most important liquid vehicle. This liquid lubricant has a cooling effect and viscous texture provides power transmission. Favors transmission fluid movement of different parts of the engine, being essential for the functioning of the valve and gear lubrication.

Tools required: long neck funnel, flashlight, goggles, cleaning cloth,


Step 1. Check the correct data. Park the vehicle on a flat surface to get the correct information. Leave the engine running because you need it to be warm when checking data. Check needle and expects to occupy the usual position while driving, between 180 and 215 degrees. Do not stop the engine during this process.

Step 2. Find the level indicator. Find the gauge. Usually has a light color and most cars is positioned in the right engine driver. Do not confuse it with oil level indicator. In all cases, this level indicator will be shorter than the gauge used in the case of oil.

Step 3. Use goggles. Wear goggles and use torch to remove the gauge. Delete it using a cloth fluid. Replace the level and lift it once. Check the data again and compare it with the previous version, when the engine was warm.

Step 4. Add the liquid. Add small amounts of transmission fluid if the level is low. Use the funnel with a long neck to not spread around. Pour it through the channel level indicator. Check the level using the gauge after each amount added. It’s very imortant not to pour too much liquid in transmisie.Cu Although many new models do not require changing the transmission fluid, older models require this change every 39000 km.

Step 5. Control the color and condition of the fluid. It controls the color of the liquid should be pink to red transparent. If the transmission fluid is brown, it must be replaced quickly. Control liquid state by rubbing a small amount between your fingers.

Ideal state will be soft to the touch. If fluid shows pieces of different materials or smells wrong, burnt, able to present serious problems. In all these cases, the transmission fluid should be changed.

Although the change itself should be done by professionals, the time when it becomes necessary can be determined very simply at home.

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How to check your belts?

A broken belt can be very expensive. Try to get used to checking them from time to time and to change them every 80 to 90,000 miles. Change them when you change the timing belt and should not cost you anything extra to labor.


1. Stop the engine.

2. Pull the lever for the hood, bottom left under the dash.

3. Go in front of the car and put his hand under the hood. You should find a small lever on the front right. Pull it and you can open the hood.

4. On a front wheel drive car you will find belts somewhere to the left of the engine, vis-a-vis the wing, and a rear wheel drive car usually in the front, near the radiator that bumper.

5. Usually there are several belts, depending on the car. Straps are used to operate the fan, air conditioning, alternator, water pump, power steering etc.

6. Click on the thumb to free the belt between pulleys.

7. Check the voltage. A belt should not have more flexibility than 2.5 cm.

8. Watch if cracks appear when you click on it and if it has more flexibility than 2.5 cm. In this case certainly be changed.


Let the engine cool down and watch the parts that can heat up.

Many belts will work better after you sprinkle the special liquid.

If somehow out a squeak when you accelerate, it means they are too weak and need to replace them or collect them.

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How to change the drive belt?

Should change the belt at least once a year. If you hear a squeak from the engine, then it means that either the drive belt is weak or is very worn. The process of changing the belt is relatively simple. Just remember how the show before.


1. Disconnect the negative terminal from the battery.

2. You need to identify if you have a serpentine or a fan. You can tell if you have a serpentine system simply because you will see more strap mounted on pulleys and rollers and will have a serpentine shape. A system fan will have more straps attached each to some pulleys and rotated.

3. You have to lose track tense belt. The belt will weaken by loosening a screw that holds a pulley in position to tighten their belts. At a ventilation system, there will be one screw for each belt tensioning, including one that will keep the alternator in place. The serpentine system there will be only one screw tensioner. Consult the owner’s manual.

4. Push the rotor can be moved now and remove belt.

5. Put the new belt exactly as the old ones were available. Watch as a serpentine belt system must follow a certain path.

6. Put back on the strap that holds the rotor position. Tighten the screw to tighten the belt.

7. After installation click on the belt. She should not leave more than 2cm, but no less. Take care not to be too close nor too wide.


If you have opportunity, do not forget pictures straps to how they were mounted.

Never dismantle belts without first remove the negative terminal from the battery.

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How to fix a transmission leak?

If you have a transmission leak, you’re dealing with a transmission fluid leak. In most cases, the leak is caused by a crack in the transmission cover causing the leak. Although it seems to be a minor problem, transmission leak can cause a number of other issues that may prevent proper operation of your vehicle. Here’s how to repair a transmission leak!

How to fix a transmission leak

Tools and materials required: anti-leak transmission fluid, funnel, new cover, seal or gasket new new key oil collector or an empty container, screws us.

Step 1. Check for leaks. Before finding out where it’s leaking, you need to find out if there is a leak in the transmission. To do this, drive the car on a level surface. After you have stopped the engine, the liquid will begin to flow if there is a leak. Leakage can occur in the front or back of the transmission.

Step 2. Assess the severity of the leak. Find out if the leak is small or large. If minor leaks will notice a small number of drops drip, but if the higher you will notice a real pool of liquid.

Step 3. Find out where the leak occurs. Find out where the leak occurs, so you will know which side to be repaired.

Step 4. Drain the transmission oil. To repair a transmission leak should leak transmission fluid. Raise the vehicle with the jack and consolidates it with support. Find gearbox and drain the oil. Make sure you keep the oil collector or empty container as below, to retain the oil that is leaking from the engine.

Step 5. Replace the gasket. Remove the screws from the sump using a key. Once you have removed the oil pan, check the drain plug gasket. lnlocuieste old gasket with a new one. Drain plug gasket used or over-used can cause transmission leak. Seal gasket to make sure that it is well positioned and do not stay open spaces.

Step 6. Check the threads of screws. You need to check and bolt threads. And this can cause leakage. Replace the screws with new ones.

Step 7. Change the transmission fluid. You can put the lid on. Fix oil pan and refill transmission fluid back anti-leakage. Anti-leak fluid is an additive that prevents cracks in the cap, and thus preventing leakage. Use a funnel to refill the transmission without sprinkle around.

If you need more help, get the service manual for your Nissan from here ->

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How to polish your car?

The above title may make you scratch your head if you’re not familiar with the terms self. Not only children use pieces of clay. Clay is used to highlight the details paint. Even the best paint is not exempt from attracting contaminants in nature.

Once the car leaves the factory towards your home is exposed to some environmental factors such as pollution, asphalt and other contaminants that can not be seen by the human eye. A simple test will make you understand what it is. Walk your hand on the painted surface of the car. Now take a pair of gloves and run your hand again. Now you probably feel those little bumps. At this refers paint contamination.

How to polish your car

When dirt or asphalt elements gather together on the car surface, it creates a connection and can start the process of oxidation. When oxidation is started, washing area will not help much and will not be able to remove contaminants factors. Even the best treatments based wax will not be able to remove those contaminants. You have two options at this point, either use a polishing compound or a clay bar. Polishing compounds contain strong chemicals which not only removes contaminants but also some of the paint. On the other hand, stick clay is harmless to painted surface, removing contaminants quickly and in a convenient without causing damage to the surface.

There are different types of clay used for cleaning the market. The most common is the one used for removing contaminants poor risk, moderate. This type has an abrasive surface which is very poor and such but will not produce scratches. Car dealers advise customers to purchase monthly cleaning clay so as to obtain the best results. You can use clay for cleaning and exterior windows. Remove all signs left by the environment.

Care and caution must be exercised when it comes to using clay. Improper use can result in damage. This is especially true when using professional products. It may cause damage if used inappropriately surface. This type of clay is designed to be used by specialists only.

Remember that not only is the only clay cleaning ingredient to a smooth surface. Might be needed and seek to get best results. Clay is only one step. Surface must be clean and free from contaminants before use wax or polish. Search the internet the best brands available on the market. Nice polish!

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How to replace spark plugs?

Using the right tools, almost everyone can handle serviceability. An easy thing to do is replace the spark plugs. They should be changed every 50,000 miles, usually when your car gets a overhaul. If I have problems with starting the car, it is likely to be the spark plugs.

How to replace spark plugs? How to replace spark plugs


Removal of old spark plugs:

Pull the lever under the dashboard hood, bottom left.

Go in front of the car and put his hand under the hood. You should find a small handle. Pull it toward you to open the hood.

Find where the spark plugs are available usually are put in line on one side of the engine (they are attached to a series of thick wire). Motor car will have V-shaped plugs on both sides of the engine.

Remove one spark plug at a time and make sure you put back the cover (sheet) so you will change.

Take one of the thicker wires. You’ll notice at the bottom of the thread a rubber cap. Pull the thread he or it may break the wire and contacts.

Blow and remove the cylinder where the spark plug was placed. You do not want to get any dust or dirt in it while it is the spark plug removed.

With a wrench, remove the spark plug. Rotates counterclockwise. You may need an extension of the key if the spark plugs are not easily accessible. Keys that have flexible heads are best for tight spaces.

Check to make sure the spark plugs need to be changed. The waste had a layer of green or brown. If a thick layer, or if they are black and the electrode is destroyed, then you really need to change them.

Replacing spark plugs:

Search in manual car space required between the two electrodes of the spark – the space between the central and lateral. It is possible that the directions to find them stuck on the hood.

Measure the space between the two electrodes by using a tape measure or a caliper.

If the space between the electrodes is too high uses a patent to bend the side electrode, and if it is too small to do the same but greater distance.

Do this until space is correct.

Installing new spark plugs:

Strange each spark plug by hand. If you resist removing it and reposition it to avoid to screw crooked.

Strange plug with a wrench, but not too tight.

Attach spark plug wires (chips). You hear a click when it is fixed.

Start the engine. If strange noises or does not start, make sure that the wires are attached correctly.

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