Changing the Exhaust on Your Car or Truck (DIY)

Changing the Exhaust on Your Car or Truck (DIY)

A damaged exhaust system lets waste gases from the car engine escape before the gases reach the rear of the car. The leaked gas makes a noise that gradually gets louder as the cracks or holes on the exhaust get bigger.

Tools you might need during the procedure:

  • Large screwdriver
  • Hammer
  • Spanners
  • Sockets
  • Wire brush
  • Jack
  • Emery cloth
  • Cold chisel
  • Engine oil
  • Torch
  • Goggles
  • Gaskets
  • Ramps

Before removing the old exhaust, try to sketch the layout properly noting where it is fixed in relation to the suspension and handbrake linkage. You should also note how rubber hangers are fitted because if you assemble incorrectly, excessive movements in the system will occur which can shorten its lifespan.

To undo the manifold joint, try to raise the car on axle stands or ramps securely. In most cases, the nuts are badly corroded making it difficult to undo. So, you should clean the visible threads with a wire brush and lubricate with penetrating oil. Use a ring spanner or sockets to undo the joints. After removing the joint, remove the old exhaust pipe and use a scraper to clean the traces of gasket on the manifold.

To reconnect the manifold clamp and flange joint, firstly clean the clamp of the fire-resistant compounds using a wire brush and then lubricate the bolts until you can tighten the bolts with your hand. Coat the metal-to-metal joints with a fire-resistant compound. Ask someone else to jack the pipe into position for you as you arrange the clamps around it.

Add the washers and other fittings; screw the nuts with your hand and tighten (lightly) with a spanner. Do not tighten fully until the system has been completely fitted.

Clean the threads on the studs of the flange joint with a wire brush and confirm that the nuts can be screwed easily using a hand. To make the nuts screw easily, the threads should be cleaned and lubricated.

Ensure that the surfaces the gasket will be placed on are clean, and fix the new gasket. Tighten the nuts properly until the flanges are in contact with the gasket (do not compress).

Replace rusted or chafed exhaust mountings. If you are fitting new mountings, cut through the former mounting with a mini hacksaw and ensure you wear goggles.

How to Safely Tow an RV

How to Safely Tow an RV

RVs are arguably one of the biggest vehicles on the roads; however, they are also susceptible to breakdowns. Given that they are used for long-distance journeys, when they breakdown, the driver/owner always get stuck in a difficult position with just a few options.


  • A tow bar
  • A skilled driver
  • A truck with a hitch that can tow a three-quarter ton load or even higher


STEP 1: Attach the tow bar to the truck’s hitch and slowly back up the track to the front of the RV until the tow bar hooks the frame of the broken RV. A lot of towbars always have a base plate that can be attached to the RV’s frame making use of the bolts that came with the tow bar. These bolts will go through the pre-drilled holes on the RV frame. You can tell someone to watch to make sure it’s attached properly while you put the towing truck into drive and move forward slowly.

STEP 2: Fix chains or safety cables on either side of the hitch then hook them to the RV frame. The cables are specifically made for towing, and they come with the tow bar. Their purpose is to hold the RV should the tow bar break.

STEP 3: Hook the electrical cables up so that the turn and brake lights of the truck can register on the rear of the RV. All RV must have an attachment head for these cables that are fixed underneath its body. After connecting these cables to the head, ensure the lights work properly.

STEP 4: Begin to accelerate carefully, try to stay on the side road instead of the main road and tow to the closest repair workshop or parking spot.

STEP 5: With the RV hooked to the truck, the truck should be driven like it is 100ft longer than it is normally when it isn’t towing anything. When towing, take wide left and right turns and try to avoid right turns generally if they are extremely tight.


  • Don’t tow an RV up or down a steep
  • Don’t tow an RV on your own
  • Someone should be sitting in the driver’s seat of the RV hitting the brake simultaneously with the truck to reduce the strain on the towing vehicle.

Installing a Lift Kit

Installing a Lift Kit

Installing a lift kit in your driveway means you will need at the very least a floor jack and four jack stands. Better to use a 6-ton jack stand just to be safe since we’ll be crawling around under the vehicle. As for floor jacks, get the best one you can afford. As much as we like the idea of aluminum floor jacks, we’ve had better luck with a big heavy 3 1⁄2-ton steel floor jack.

  1. Replace all the factory shocks and coils, so those items were removed first.

2. Use a die grinder with a carbide tip to open up the lower link mount hole into a slot. This is the only step requiring a specialty tool, a die grinder. You could do this with a file, but it would take a long time.

3. Drill out the factory axle bumps’ stop pad for the taller OME bumpstops. Using a step bit for this job helps keep the drill and bit package shorter and fits between the frame and axle easier. The instructions call for installing the front spacers before the coil springs, but we found it easier to put the spacers in the coils, then install the coils first, and afterwards add the bolts to the spacer.

4. Use a ratchet strap to pull the frame centered over the axle makes installing the track bar much easier.

5. The rear axle also needs the link mount holes elongated and the new tabs installed. This step is irritating unless you have a long shank bit in your die grinder since the outer part of the bracket is up against near the brake backing plate. The instructions do not call for any welding, but we feel that tack-welding these tabs to the axle brackets would add strength and reliability.

6. The front and rear suspensions also get longer sway-bar links. If you do not have a Rubicon (with the factory disconnecting sway bar) you can install the included sway-bar disconnect kit. There are also extension brackets for the brake lines, parking brake cables, and longer Nitrocharger shocks.

7. The kit is a 4-inch lift, but we added the included heavy load spacers for an additional 1⁄2 inch since this Wrangler has a hard top, rock sliders, and a winch bumper and is often used for camping where additional people and gear are hauled around. The suspension easily cleared the 35×12.50R17 Pit Bull Rockers on American Expedition Vehicles 17-inch Pintler wheels and could clear 37s with aftermarket high-clearance fenders. These tires are much more aggressive than the factory rubber, and the wheels have an inch less backspacing than stock to help clear all the suspension arms when turning.

Benefits of doing regular auto repair

Benefits of doing regular auto repair

Did you ever wonder why some people are struggling with their vehicle more than you are, and why you always need to worry about auto repair? This might be because you don’t do regular vehicle repair or maintenance on your vehicle. There are many benefits that you will have, when you are doing regular maintenance and repairs on your vehicle. With these benefits, you will know for sure that you start doing repair on a regular basis:

Extending the life of your vehicle

If you are going to use your vehicle for a long time, without considering selling another one, then doing regular auto repair is going to ensure that you are going to extend the life of your vehicle. The more repairs and maintenance you are doing on a regular basis, the longer the engine of the car will last and the longer you will be able to drive it. And, you will not need to worry about repairs as much.

Making sure that you don’t have large expenses with a broken vehicle

The one thing that people will tell you is that when you don’t repair your vehicle frequently, you are going to have some expensive expenses with repairing big faults on the vehicle.

This is something that most of us can’t afford. A vehicle can become really expensive when you don’t repair your vehicle often with larger faults that can happen. A well maintained vehicle will ensure that you don’t have large vehicle faults. And a large towing bill.  A college friend of mine in Arizona owns Glendale Tow Truck Company and he recently told me that many of the cars and trucks he tows are due to poor maintenance.  People just want to drive their vehicles and often don’t want to put the time or money into properly maintaining them. 

Ensure safety of you and your family

We hear so many times about people that were in an accident, because of a fault on the vehicle. Tires that bursts any other vehicle faults. This is due to the fact that they didn’t consider auto repair often.

If you are caring for your family, you need to consider frequent auto repair on your vehicle. Especially, if you are going to travel by car with you and your whole family. Then, you will know that you will not have any faults along the way that can result in jeopardy the safety of your family.

Easier to sell the vehicle again

One thing that most of us are doing is to sell our vehicles to purchase a newer model. The problem is that if you didn’t do regular auto repair, you are going to struggle to sell your vehicle. Or, you aren’t going to get the price you were hoping to get.

A car that is well maintained by a professional auto repair company will make the chances high that you will be able to sell the car easily.

It is important to make sure that you are going to have a vehicle that is going to last you a long time, without having too many problems with it. The only way that you can be sure about this, is to consider regular auto repair. This is the only way that you can know for sure that your car will not break down when you need it most. This is why doing regular repairs on your vehicle is so essential.