Misc Index

Replacing Spark Plugs And Plug Wires (Tips and Techniques)

Replacing Spark Plugs And Plug Wires (Tips and Techniques)

Doing a tune-up on your car (or pick up or mini-van) can be ‘as easy as pie‘ or turn into a nightmare that'll have you taking your vehicle to the shop (to spend the big bucks you were trying to avoid spending in the first place)....   read more >>

Testing A BAD Alternator: Symptoms And Diagnosis

Testing A BAD Alternator: Symptoms And Diagnosis

I've had so many folks come up to me and say: "I think the alternator is bad on my car because I disconnected the battery's negative terminal with the engine running and..." I cringe (internally) when I hear this. This is the worst thing...   read more >>

Wire Piercing Probe Review (Power Probe PWPPPPP01)

Wire Piercing Probe Review (Power Probe PWPPPPP01)

This tool will ensure that you don't damage the front female terminal of the connector that you're testing. This tool is one of the best Wire Piercing Tools that I've ever used (and I've used them all over the years). Here are the main reasons...   read more >>

How To Use A Spark Plug Wire Puller And Where To Buy One

How To Use A Spark Plug Wire Puller And Where To Buy One

Replacing the spark plugs on your vehicle can sometimes be a complete pain in the neck! The good news is that there are tools designed to make your life a whole lot easier, not only saving you a lot of frustration... but time and money. In this...   read more >>

How To Test 2-Wire Coil-On-Plug (COP) Ignition Coils

How To Test  2-Wire Coil-On-Plug (COP) Ignition Coils

There are two main types of Direct Ignition Systems used on all of the cars and trucks on the road today: Coil Pack Type. Coil-on-Plug. And this type can be divided into the three obvious types you'll see on the road today:...   read more >>

How To Test The Starter Motor On the Car (Step by Step)

How To Test The Starter Motor On the Car (Step by Step)

Testing a starter motor on the car or truck is a pretty easy test. I'll take you thru' this starter test step by step. This ‘How To Test The Starter’ article applies to anything out there rolling around on pavement (automobile-wise)....   read more >>

Fast and Easy On Car BAD Alternator Diagnostic Test

Fast and Easy On Car BAD Alternator Diagnostic Test

This is the EASIEST on car test for testing a BAD ALTERNATOR! If you've been wondering how to test the alternator on your car... this is the test to do. It'll help you to diagnose a BAD alternator in a pinch. It's a fast test and more...   read more >>

Automotive Diagnostic Tips and Techniques: The Ignition Coil

Automotive Diagnostic Tips and Techniques: The Ignition Coil

Knowing the theory of how something works is important, but only to a certain extent. Because the main reason you're here is to learn how to test something not to learn what metals it's made of or how the magnetic field is interrupted by the...   read more >>

The Basics Of Testing A Mass Air Flow (MAF) Sensor

The Basics Of Testing A Mass Air Flow (MAF) Sensor

A MAF sensor can be tested without a scan tool. How? With a digital multimeter. Yes, a digital multimeter can be used in testing the Mass Air Flow (MAF) sensor. In this article I am going to briefly explain the three basic multimeter tests that...   read more >>

The HEI Spark Tester (The Best Spark Tester On the Market)

The HEI Spark Tester (The Best Spark Tester On the Market)

A great tool like the HEI spark tester (OTC 6589 Electronic Ignition Spark Tester) is no good to you if you don't know how to use it or read its results. To really take advantage of the spark tester you need to know the theory of how it works....   read more >>