Archive for the ‘Cars & Other Vehicles’ Category

postheadericon How to Check Cars for Accident Damage

How to Check Cars for Accident Damage

It’s important to know how to check cars for accident damage when considering purchasing a used car. Assessing past damage will help you determine the real value of the car and detect resulting problems that could result. Here are some tips on how to detect auto accident damage. 1 Obtain a vehicle history report. Use a vehicle history research company like Carfax to get a full report on the car’s history. This file will contain a list of all past owners, insurance information and any accident reports or claims filed…

postheadericon How to Check Available License Plates

How to Check Available License Plates

Two Methods:Checking License Plates OnlineChecking License Plates In PersonCommunity Q&A When you register your vehicle with the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) in your state or region, you will often have the option to choose from a variety of numerous different license plate themes and styles. Some states may allow you to choose license plates in particular colors; whereas other states may allow you to choose license plates with a specific logo or design. In most cases, you can obtain personalized or specialized license plates; for example, if you are…

postheadericon How to Adjust Bike Gears

How to Adjust Bike Gears

Two Methods:Adjusting your GearsFixing a Slipping or Limited ChainCommunity Q&A If your bike is having a hard time shifting, staying in gear, or the chain is falling off, you will need to adjust your gears. Derailleurs are devices that allow you to change gears, pushing and pulling the chain onto different gears every time you shift. While they may looking daunting, adjusting your bike gears is not difficult if you have patience and a few tricks up your sleeve. Method 1 Adjusting your Gears 1 Raise the bike of the…

postheadericon How to Adjust Avid Bb5 Disc Brake Calipers

How to Adjust Avid Bb5 Disc Brake Calipers

Disc brakes are a boon for mountain bikes. Power, modulation, and wet-weather performance make for a pleasant and safe cycling experience. All bike components need occasional servicing to keep them operating at their best. Disc brakes that are out of adjustment can make a rider yearn for the days of rim brakes. 1 The disc brake illustrated 2 Tools you will need: 5mm allen/hex wrench and a T25 Torx driver. 3 Loosen the caliper position bolts using the 5mm wrench. The caliper should be loose enough that it wiggles freely….

postheadericon How to Check an Idle Air Control Valve

How to Check an Idle Air Control Valve

Four Methods:General MotorsFordChryslerOther Car ManufacturersCommunity Q&A The idle air control valve — also known as the “idle speed control valve” — regulates the idle speed of your engine. This is controlled by the engine’s computer. Sometimes parts go bad, which results in your car idling strangely or stalling. You can learn how to check an idle air control valve so you can decide whether or not you should replace it. Method 1 General Motors 1 See if the “check engine” light is on. If it is, use an OBD II…

postheadericon How to Check Air Pressure in Tires

How to Check Air Pressure in Tires

Two Parts:Checking Air Pressure in TiresPerformance ConsiderationsCommunity Q&A Incorrect pressure can cause poor mileage, uneven tire wear, or a tire blow-out. To prevent these events from happening it is important to maintain proper tire pressure. Check your tire pressure every time you fill your car with gas to ensure that you’re getting the most out of your tires – and that your tires are being treated well. Part 1 Checking Air Pressure in Tires 1 Look in the owners’ manual or on the inside of the driver’s side door for…

postheadericon How to Charge Your RV Battery

How to Charge Your RV Battery

Everything in an RV, including the lights and the appliances, is operational only through a charged RV battery. You may have to charge the battery a few times if you take your RV out on a regular basis. If you know how to charge your RV battery, you can be sure you’ll have the power to enjoy all the perks of your recreational vehicle. 1 Turn off your RV and make sure you set the emergency brake. This will prevent unintentional injury. 2 Locate the RV battery. You could have…

postheadericon How to Charter a Crewed Yacht

How to Charter a Crewed Yacht

Chartering a crewed yacht is a fabulous vacation, combining the delights of being on the water with a full service hotel room and restaurant with an ever changing view. On a crewed yacht charter visit and explore areas often only accessible by private yacht; cooling down at the end of the day with a refreshing swim, while awaiting dinner being prepared by your private on board Chef. Reserving a private yacht charter is very easy, however it is important to get professional help in choosing the right yacht for your…

postheadericon How to Charge Your Electric Car

How to Charge Your Electric Car

OK, You just bought an electric car. Or, you are thinking about buying an electric car. How are you going to charge it? 1 See if your place of work provides free charging. Ask your employer! If they don’t now, they may in the future. 2 Install a charger at your house (Note that the point of installation of the charger must be well ventilated, cool and dry). Decide where you want the charger to be at your house. Do you have garage space? Think about what is convenient,safe and…

postheadericon How to Charge a USB Device by Riding Your Bike

How to Charge a USB Device by Riding Your Bike

This article outlines the development of a continuous charging system which can create a mobile power source to extend the battery life of portable electronic devices carried by the rider. 1 Design a circuit that can take the ~6 volts from the motor, store it, and then convert it to the 5 volts that are needed for the USB device. The circuit designed in this example complements the function of the MintyBoost USB charger, originally developed by Limor Fried, of Adafruit Industries. The MintyBoost uses AA batteries to charge portable…