ELLIOTT, NAPA TEAM FINISH 16TH IN CALIFORNIA

Chase Elliott and the No. 9 NAPA AUTO PARTS team registered a 16th-place finish Sunday afternoon at Auto Club Speedway as the NASCAR Cup Series completed its three-race west coast swing. After starting 31st, Elliott quickly moved through the pack and broke into the top 20 by Lap 12 on Sunday afternoon at Auto Club Speedway (ACS). The driver of the No. 9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 continued to gain positions as he climbed inside the top 10 with 12 laps remaining in the opening stage. At the conclusion of Stage 1, Elliott was scored 14th. During the stage break, the No. 9 pit crew gained five positions with quick work on pit road that moved Elliott back into the top 10 for the beginn

HOW TO PICK THE RIGHT LAWN MOWER BATTERY

While most push lawn mowers are pull-started, a few walk-behind and almost all self-propelled, riding lawn mowers feature electric starting, which makes it easier to start their larger engines. Just like batteries in cars and trucks, the lawn mower battery makes this convenience possible. With proper use and maintenance, a typical battery might last three or four years, perhaps longer in a warmer climate. Still, it will eventually corrode or sulfate, gradually suffering reduced power output, ability to keep a charge and ability to start. Then, the starter solenoid might not even click when it comes time to mow the lawn, which means you’ll need to replace your lawn mower battery. Fortunately,

KNOW-HOW NOTES: TOP TEN GARAGE SUPPLIES

Just like the most commonly used kitchen supplies, there are staple garage supplies that should be in every garage or shop no matter what kind of work you do, whether you are a professional mechanic, hobbyist, or a typical DIYer that prefers to work on their own vehicle. Most of the time you don’t even realize you need to have these things on hand until you reach for them only to find out you used the last one. Not every garage is the same, and neither are your personal needs, but the following ten garage supplies are universal, and every garage cabinet should be fully stocked at all times. Shop Towels There are a million uses for shop towels and most of them involve cleaning, but the type o

How to Replace Wiper Blades

Difficulty: Easy Duration: 5 minutes How often: Every 6-12 months Visibility is extremely important to safe driving. If your current wipers are not wiping well or leaving streaks, change them immediately. Learning how to replace wiper blades is simple. You may be able to change your wiper blades with no tools. If not, here are the items you may need from your garage or your local NAPA AUTO PARTS Store: New wiper blades (usually packaged with wiper rubber and support structure) Tape measure Small pocket screwdriver Needle-nose pliers Anti-seize compound (optional) Step 1 – Visit NAPA AUTO PARTS for the correct wiper blade replacement. Your NAPA AUTO PARTS sales associate can help you find t

How to Replace an Engine Air Filter

Difficulty: Easy Duration: 15 minutes How often: Every 15,000 miles Changing the air filter should be part of your routine maintenance schedule. Change your engine air filter every 15,000 miles or once a year. If you live in an especially dusty or dirty area, change it more often. Air filter test: Shine a flashlight from the inside out of your air filter. If you can't see any light or very little light, it needs to be replaced. Change the breather filter and check the PCV at the same time. On most cars, this is a fairly simple procedure. Things you'll need from your garage or your local NAPA AUTO PARTS Store: Flat-Head/Phillips screwdrivers Adjustable or open-end wrench Pliers New air filt

How to Replace a Radiator Hose

Difficulty: Easy Duration: 10 minutes How often: Every 60,000 miles All modern automotive engines are liquid-cooled, and the cooling system is essential to keep these engines from overheating. Radiator hoses carry coolant, or antifreeze, between the engine and radiator. Over time, a radiator hose is exposed to high heat and, in some climates, freezing temperatures, too. To prevent a failure, replace your radiator hose to keep the cooling system operating correctly and to prevent your engine from overheating. If your car is over four years old or has more than 60,000 miles, it may be time to replace your hose. If you do a lot of stop-and-go driving wear can occur even quicker. If a leak dev

How to Replace a Headlamp or Taillight

Difficulty: Easy Duration: 15 minutes How often: When lights dim or burn out For maximum driving safety, it is very important to keep a close eye on how your car lights are functioning. If a light goes out, follow these steps to replace it and continue driving safely. Before replacing it, look in your owner's manual to identify the type of headlamp your vehicle uses. In general, there are two kinds of headlamps—sealed beam and composite. Sealed beam lights are common in older cars, while composite lights are found in newer models and include a special housing with a removable halogen or xenon bulb. Things you'll need from your garage or your local NAPA AUTO PARTS Store: Automotive light bu

How to Replace Brake Pads

Difficulty: Moderately Difficult Duration: 1-2 hours How often: As needed, depending on brake wear A well-maintained set of brakes should last you for tens of thousands of miles, but brake pads do wear down over time and will eventually need replacing. With a little patience and some elbow grease you can do the job yourself, and save some money in the process. If you would rather leave it to a pro, your local NAPA AutoCare Center can help. Before You Get Started There are a few things you should know before changing your brake pads. First, most vehicles have a "sliding caliper" brake assembly, but some have a "fixed caliper" assembly. In this guide, we will be working with a "sliding calip

How to Replace an Accessory Drive Belt (Serpentine Belt)

Difficulty: Moderately difficult Duration: May take several hours How often: Every 60,000-100,000 miles, check owner’s manual One out of every five vehicles on the road needs a new belt. Our NAPA Know How guide helps you through the steps necessary for proper diagnosis. The introduction of ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM) belts in the late 1990’s have made wear detection harder than with the old neoprene belts. Still, there are indicators to look for that signal it’s time for a new belt. Learn the signs of belt wear and how to save money on belt replacement below. If you’re confident in your ability to tackle this moderately difficult job, use this guide to help you do it properly.

How to Maintain Tires

Difficulty: Easy Duration: 5-10 minutes How often: Once every month plus before and after road trips Maintaining good tires help improve your car's gas mileage, improve tire life, and give a smoother ride. It is vital that you consistently inspect your tires for pressure and wear to make sure that your vehicle is safe. By following the steps below, you can learn how to maintain tires, saving you money and helping your vehicle operate at its best. Things you'll need from your garage or your local NAPA AUTO PARTS Store: Tire gauge Tread depth gauge (or a penny) Air compressor CHECK FOR TIRE WEAR The tires are the only contact that your car has with the road, so proper maintenance is essentia

Diagnosing: Manifold Absolute Pressure (MAP) Sensor

What does a Manifold Absolute Pressure (MAP) Sensor do? The MAP sensor converts engine vacuum or manifold pressure to an electrical signal so the powertrain control module (PCM) knows how much load the engine is under. This data is the basis for fuel delivery and timing control. Will a malfunctioning Manifold Absolute Pressure (MAP) Sensor affect vehicle operation? Yes, a failing sensor can illuminate the check engine light or malfunction indicator lamp, and may cause the engine to have a rich or lean fuel mixture condition which will commonly affect engine performance. What are the common causes of Manifold Absolute Pressure (MAP) Sensor failure? Typically these sensors fail due to moisture

Diagnosing: Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS) Sensor

What does an Anti-Lock Brake (ABS) System do? The anti-lock braking system (ABS) uses a sensor to monitor the wheel speed and send this information to the ABS computer. The ABS computer uses this information to prevent the brakes from locking during an emergency stop. If wheel speeds are not equal, the computer modulates the anti-lock feature until the speeds are equalized. Will a malfunctioning Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS) Sensor affect vehicle operation? Yes, a failing sensor can illuminate the malfunction indicator or ABS warning lamps, and may cause failure of the anti-lock braking system to operate safely and properly. What are the common causes of Anti-Lock Brake Sensor (ABS) Sensor fa

How to Check Oil and Other Fluids

To keep your vehicle running smoothly, it's important to check fluid levels regularly. Checking fluids only takes a few minutes. Learn how to check oil and other fluids by following the steps below. If you have any questions, please contact your nearest NAPA AutoCare Center. CHECKING OIL Under normal driving conditions, you should change your oil every 3,000 to 5,000 miles. Consult your owner's manual for your vehicle's specific needs. Step 1 Park your car on level ground, turn the engine off and remove the keys. Step 2 Open the hood of your car and secure it with the prop rod. Locate the dipstick; it's usually labeled "Oil". Step 3 Remove the dipstick and wipe it clean. Return the dipstick

How to Change Oil

Difficulty: Easy Duration: 30 minutes How often: Every 3,000-5,000 miles or every 3 months Changing your vehicle's engine oil is not a difficult task, but it is one that must be done properly. Learn how to change oil by following these steps. A correctly performed oil change extends your vehicle's life while keeping you and the environment safe. Things you'll need from your garage or your local NAPA AUTO PARTS Store: Oil catch/recycle container Funnel New NAPA GOLD oil filter Oil drain plug gasket 4-5 qt. new oil* Oil filter wrench set** Clean rags Car jack Jack stands Safety glasses Mechanics work gloves Hand cleaner *Check your owner's manual for your vehicle's oil capacity. Some vehicles

How to Replace a Car Battery

Difficulty: Easy Duration: 10-30 minutes How often: Every 3-5 years If you need to jump start your car in the morning, it might be time for a new battery. You can bring your car to a NAPA AutoCare Center for a new battery or you can change it yourself. Changing a car battery is a relatively easy job that can be accomplished with only a few tools. However, some vehicles' batteries are located in tough-to-service areas such as under the front fender, under the rear seat or in the trunk. If this is the case, consider having it changed at your local NAPA AutoCare Center. Your battery supplies the electrical current necessary to start the engine. It also provides necessary power to the electrical

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