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Wrench Tip: Alternate Bushing Press

by David Zipf

What do you do when you need to press in a bushing but don't have a press or vice handy?  Read our Wrench Tip to find out.


 

Wrench Tip: How To Remove a Bolt From Plastic

by David Zipf

I had the recent displeasure of being rear-ended in the Vehicross.  Luckily, the accident wasn't too bad (and we will get into it more in a later project installment), but the bumper cover did need to be replaced.  We decided to replace our damaged bumper with a used one.  The used bumper was in good shape, but we found a number of the mounting bolts were rusted onto what was left of the bumper support.  We would have to remove these bolts without damaging the new cover.  This would require a delicate mix of power tools, cleverness, and a basic understanding of heat transfer.


 

Wrench Tip: How To Make Diff Oil Changes Easier

by David Zipf

Changing diff oil sucks enough without doing it on the ground in the dead of winter.  This Wrench Tip makes changing diff oil suck slightly less than normal.


 

Wrench Tip: Save your Exhaust Hangers!

by David Zipf

Do you have broken exhaust hangers?  Are you sick of them?  Well then try this Wrench Tip to stop them from coming back.


 

Wrench Tip: Creative Spark Plug Removal

by David Zipf

How do you replace the spark plugs in a V-block engine when there are items like brake boosters, fenders, and other junk in the way?  U-joints sometimes work, but when that fails (or you forgot to pack them when you moved), try this tip.


 

Wrench Tip: Cheap Breaker Bar

by David Zipf

The saying goes “the right tool for the right job.”  And it is 100% correct.  But what happens when you don’t have the right tool?  Sometimes you need to improvise.  See how we make a piece of plumbing pipe do things it was never intended to do.


 

Wrench Tip: Why Tire Age Really Matters

by David Zipf

Dave Coleman told you how to figure out how old your tires are by looking at the date code.  He also mentioned that older tires tend to be greasy when you push them to the limit.  However, there's one other thing he didn't mention that's rather important when shopping for used tires.


 

Wrench Tip: Stop Stripping Screw Heads!

by David Zipf

Tired of stripping old screwheads?  This wrench tip will help you make stripped screws a distant memory.


 

Wrench Tips #33: Old Tires Suck

by Dave Coleman

If you don't understand this secret code on your sidewall, you'll crash and die until you're dead!


 

MotoIQ Garage Fabrication: Introduction to Fab 
(and how to mess with your friends)

By Steve Rockwood

There comes a time in every car nut's life where no one sells that much-needed part and it must be fabricated from raw materials.  Taking it to a local machine or fabrication shop is an obvious choice, and can definitely yield excellent results.  However, many times the scheduling doesn't pan out, the work is unsatisfactory, or the fabricator is extremely proud of his work with pricing to match.  Most of us, to one extent or another, begin to realize that making parts at home makes sense from an economic standpoint. Unfortunately, in many cases our first attempts at "fabrication" are met with booger welds, frustration, pain and unwanted fires.  Enter MotoIQ's Garage Fabrication Tips: helping you make probably safe parts at home.


 

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