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Why you should keep your engine clean

Why you should keep your engine clean

Nobody sees your car's engine unless they're working on it, so why bother to keep it clean? For one thing, a clean engine is easier to work on. Even better, though, a clean engine (and the surrounding compartment) will fetch you more money when you go to sell your car or truck because it looks newer as well as better maintained. Some auto experts even say a clean engine runs cooler, according to Cars.com. One important advantage to keeping your engine compartment clean is that it makes it easier to determine where certain parts of your car may be leaking - like a valve-cover gasket, adds Cars.com. Additionally, oil and grease cause rubber and plastic parts to deteriorate, so keeping these parts clean can save you money in the long run when those people do, to check fluids, you're not going to get as dirty as you would otherwise. To start, disconnect and remove your battery cables first, starting with the negative cable. Brush off any corrosion the battery with a stiff br ... read more

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How to adjust and aim your car's headlights

How to adjust and aim your car's headlights

If you find yourself needing to replace one or both of your vehicle's headlights (also called headlamps), you'll need to adjust them to aim correctly. Your headlights may also need adjusting if you're planning on transporting a heavy load that can make the front of your car aim upward. To do the job yourself, first, drive your car close to a wall, facing it straight on, then bounce it, front and back, to settle the suspension. Turn on your headlights, then make a T with tape in the center of each light beam on the wall, making sure the lines are level and at the same height, advises wikiHow.  Back your car 25 feet from the wall, exactly, although different manufacturer's require different distances, so check your owner's manual first. Turn on the lights and remove the trim to reveal the screws that adjust the lights, one for vertical and one for horizontal, according to wikiHow. Cover one headlight while you check the other. A clockwise turn of the screw ad ... read more

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