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The Cheapest Way To Change Spark Plug

Based on the kinds of the tools you have, I will provide the cheapest way for you to change your spark plug. There are 3 key pieces:
1. the spark plug socket (rubber socket, magnetic socket or spring socket) , did you know you can make your own socket for changing the spark plug?
2. the gap gauge
3. the wrench extension set.

Since you don’t change your spark plug many times, you may not choose to buy a special tool. I claim to be the cheapest.

DIY: Make Your Own Spark Plug Socket

Did you know you can make your own socket for changing the spark plug? You can get rubber socket, magnetic socket or spring socket, but since changing the spark plug is simply removing the old one and installing the new one, if you don’t change spark plug often why spend more money than necessary?

This video discussed various issues about spark plug socket.

4 Ways To Make An Engine Oil Funnel & The Correct Way To Pour Oil

This video shows you how to use easily available material to cut an engine oil funnel. You may choose one of the 4 ways available to you. Also 2 different ways to pour the engine oil, use the correct method.

Emergency Brake Pedal Assembly & Stuck Brake Cable

Emergency (Parking) Brake Pedal Assembly & Stuck Emergency (Parking) Brake Cable

The emergency (parking) brake pedal stopped working, I made a mistake of removing the emergency (parking) brake pedal assembly. So the first part of this video is good for someone who needs to fix the emergency (parking) brake pedal assembly problems.
The second part of the video (rear drum brake) actually fixed my problem. The car in the video is a 1998 Dodge Caravan.

Rotate Tires Without Any Special Tools

Rotate Tires Without Any Special Tools

How do you Rotate Tires Without Any (extra) Special Tools. Depending on what kind of tools you own, tire rotation is not a difficult job. Many people have jack stands or pneumatic jack. But what if you don’t have any special tools?

You have to use something, just not to use special tool. I define the “special” tool as anything that does not come with the car. I assume your car comes with one jack and one compact spare tire. Some cars do not recommend tire rotation such as some BMW, they even do not provide spare tires (run-flat tires), the car does not come with jack either, so this video is not for you if that is the case.

6 Steps To Replace Oxygen Sensor

6 Steps To Replace An Oxygen Sensor

This video shows 6 steps to remove the old oxygen sensor & 6 steps to install a new Oxygen sensor.
Starting from the beginning when you received an engine warning light, what do you do?
I got the P0141 code (you may have other codes). It indicates that too much time elapsed before the oxygen sensor began operating properly. Either the heating element on the sensor is not working, or the heating circuit is open, many possible places that the wires are disconnected. Since the engine light only comes on a few days after reset, I decided it is more likely the sensor is not working.
The 2nd question is should it be genuine OEM part or universal sensor? Of course you are interested in this: where is the cheapest place for the genuine Honda oxygen sensor?

previous videos about the oxygen sensor:
http://cartrek.com/diagnosis-p0141-code-oxygen-sensor/
About the Bosch’s Universal Oxygen Sensor:
http://cartrek.com/bosch-oxygen-sensor-installation-video-correct/

Diagnosis of the P0141 Code & Oxygen Sensor

Diagnosis of the P0141 Code & Oxygen Sensor

Got the P0141 code which is: the controller tracks how long it takes for the oxygen sensor to begin operation. If too much time elapsed before the oxygen sensor began operating properly, it will set P0141. There are 2 possibilities:
1. the heating element on the sensor is not working.
2. the heating circuit is open, many possible places that the wires are disconnected.
I measured the resistance of the heating element, which is about 6 ohm. Since after reset the engine light does not come on until a few days later, I decide just to replace the oxygen sensor.

P0141 is for the “secondary oxygen sensor” when you order from Honda. Or the “downstream oxygen sensor” when you order from third party store.

I will order one from Honda instead of using the Bosch’s Universal Oxygen Sensor.
About the Bosch’s Universal Oxygen Sensor:

http://cartrek.com/bosch-oxygen-sensor-installation-video-correct/

3 Different Ways To Change Power Steering Fluid

3 Different Ways To Change Power Steering Fluid

I am going to show you 3 Different Ways To Change Power Steering Fluid.
first way: This method is from manufacture’ repair service manual.
2nd way: This is modified version of the first method with two people.
3rd way: This is my easy and lazy way. My easy way not only would eliminate many potential problems, but also it is good for any not mechanically adept person.