Low Tech tips to give insight without a ton of tools
Low tech checks
Here is a low tech way to check to see if your alternator battery cables and the battery is functioning correctly.
Crank up the car or get the vehicle jumpstarted and remove the hot wire terminal conector from the battery and if the car stays running your alternator is functioning. If the car shuts down you may want to have the alternator checked,replaced,or rebuilt. If the car stays running you will want to take your battery and have it check and charged at your local parts store. You will also want to thoroughly check your battery cables and terminals to see if anything is loose or burnt.
If you are not too far away from the parts store you are welcome to get the car started and take it to your auto parts store and they can check alternator and battery in the car as well.
How to see if your car has compression on each cylinder.
Remove the spark plugs all at one time or one at a time and get someone to turn the ignition slowly the ignition while you stick you finger in the sparkplug hole and see if the engine blows your finger out of the hole.
How to keep the tire pressure on up on your naive family member’s or friend’s car.
Install some $10 valve caps on them with the tire pressure guages on them that way they can walk around the car and see if the pressure is up by seeing if the cap is green or not if the cap is not green put some air in the tire.
Valve Spring Removal Tool
Keeping those balljoints from spinning when installing those lock nuts on 95-99 Mitsubishi Eclipses and other cars with the same problem.
whenever you have to remove the CV axles or the transmission on a 2G Mitsubishi Eclipse you have to take the nuts off of the ball joints. well once you have done your task and you begin to reinstall everything, sometimes you run into a problem that will bother you until you figure out the solution. the problem is the ball joints that spin when the lock nuts are being reinstalled. A simple solution to alleviate that problem is to:
apply pressure to the bottom of the ball joint by get a floor jack Preferably the small 2 ton hydraulic jack or a bottle jack.
1. place the jack directly up under the ball joint that you are tightening up
( if the car is too high place a small 4×4 block of wood on the jack to make up the difference.
if you are working on a soft ground put a piece of wood under the jack to keep it from sinking in the ground.)
2. extend the jack until the maximum amount of pressure is on the base of the ball joint.
3. once you get the pressure on the ball joints install your lock nuts and the ball joint shouldn’t spin anymore and the lock nuts should install as presumed.