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How To: Vent Your Hood for Only $3

The guys at Poor Man Mods show you how to vent your hood to reduce engine bay temperatures, which can lead to lower intake temperatures and protection to components in your engine bay. To do this, they just take a few coupler nuts and screw them onto the studs on the hood where the hinge is. Doing so, they create about a 1 inch gap in-between the hinge and the hood itself, which raises the rear of the hood up, allowing hot air to escape. Near the turbo, this help reduce engine bay temps by 12...

How To: Activate Prius Hybrid electric only & stop using gas

The EVMODE electric only option is a must have Toyota Prius Hybrid accessory. Prius owners, improve hybrid MPG, activate the factory EV MOD option for electric only mode. Known as EV Mode or EVMODE allows you to switch to electric-only mode for increased fuel efficiency and performance up to 34mph. Easy installation with no wire cutting necessary. Make your green car more eco-friendly. Stop using gas!!

How To: Adjust the headlights on a 2010 Ford Fusion

The headlights in a 2010 Ford Fusion can easily be customized to your needs. For the most part, keeping the headlight settings in "automatic" is the best way to go, but if you need to switch them for some reason, it's pretty easy, just like any other car. See how. Also, see how to turn on the high beams and turn them off. You can also flash them.

How To: Change the clock time in a 2010 Ford Fusion

Sometimes, changing the time in your vehicle can be tricky. You have to lug out the owner's manual and try to navigate through all the technical talk, but if you own a 2010 Ford Fusion, this video will show you how to change the time, step-by-step. Setting the time on the clock doesn't have to be difficult.

How To: Upgrade Your Car's Digital Clock with a Dash-Mounted iPod Nano

Have an older car with nowhere to plug in your iPod? Rather than paying to have one installed, you can mount your iPod nano on your car's dash like Redditor hyeinkali did in his 2001 Honda Accord. Normally, there's just a boring digital clock between the air vents, but it's perfectly suited for a nano-mod. This is a great hack if you plan on getting one of the new nanos or iPod touches, because it gives you a chance to get some more use out of your old nano and its old school 30-pin connector...

How To: Spray primer sealer and base coat paint on an automobile fender

If you're painting your auto yourself, you might need a little help if you've never done it before, especially when it comes to the primer sealer and apply your first base coat of paint. This video will show you how to do just that. An OEM fender was already prepped by sanding with 500 grit sandpaper on a DA with a soft pad and surfing the edges with a maroon scuff pad.

How To: Install window scrapers in a classic VW Beetle Bug

Owning an older car is a big responsibility for some car owners. It requires time and dedication to not only make sure it works well, but looks good too. For people who own classic VW Bugs, keeping it looking good is very important. So in this tutorial, you'll find out how to install window scrapers in a classic VW Beetle Bug. Good luck and enjoy!

How To: Install a Blow Off Valve

In this episode the Mighty Car Mod team shows you how to install a blow off valve. NOTE: make sure you have the right pipe or connections from the new BOV to your motor type - otherwise welding may be required.

How To: Install a trailer wiring harness with no tow package

This video shows how to install a vehicle wiring harness, so that you can tow a trailer, on a vehicle that does not have a factory tow package. Most vehicles will have custom T-one connectors available which will simply plug into the vehicles wiring. If your vehicle does not have a custom fit wiring harness available you can hardwire the connection. Despite its name, hardwiring is not that hard, and this video will demonstrate how it is done on a 2006 Ford E-350 that does not have a tow package.

How To: Tint the rear window of a vehicle

The rear window is by far the hardest to tint due to the curvature from side to side and usually top to bottom as well. But don't worry, this video will walk you through the tricks to getting that film to lay flat. NOTE: this strip method is older and will work but is rarely used today - there is a one piece shrink fit method used instead.

How To: Replace the decklid and hood seal to a VW Beetle Bug

Restoring an old car can be a hassle at times, but the great thing about it is the ability to customize it any which way you want. But for the sake of keeping things original. This tutorial focuses on how to replace the decklid and hood seal to a VW Bug. It may seem like a difficult job, but after watching this tutorial, life may get a little bit easier. So good luck and enjoy!

How To: Install a trailer wiring harness in a Dodge Ram van

If you are going to be towing a trailer, or using auxiliary lights with your Dodge Ram 1500 full size van, you are going to need to install a T-One wiring harness. This installation could not get any easier, if you know how to use a plug and some zip ties, you can do it. This video shows where to locate the needed plug and how to test the wiring to make sure it works properly.

How To: Custom paint a car

Doug Jenkins, will not only show you how to maintain your car but also how to completely restore and renew its paint job. You'll learn how to scuff off old, dry paint, apply new paint and even fix blemished in the paint job as your cars becomes like new before your eyes.

How To: Don't Smoke? Turn Your Car's Ashtray into a DIY Smartphone Dock

If you don't smoke, your car's ashtray is probably either unused or, if you're like me, full of loose change. And if your car is older, unless you've installed one, it probably doesn't have a place for you to plug in your phone. This quick hack by Jalopnik's Jason Torchinsky will solve both of those problems by turning your ashtray into a simple DIY smartphone dock that will charge your phone and let you play music through your car's speakers. After removing and cleaning the ashtray, Jason to...

How To: Build a subwoofer for a Mini Cooper

In this tutorial, we learn how to build a subwoofer for a Mini Cooper. Start off by cutting the wood so it's to the exact sizes that you need. Next, attach the walls of the subwoofer together with a screwdriver and screws. After this, apply wood glue to the inside of the wood to make sure it's stuck together. Next, make a circular piece of wood for the speaker, then cut a hole in the back of the box. Insert your speaker to the subwoofer and string the wires through the back. When you are fini...

How To: Install a water cooled head on a DIO stroker cylinder

In this scooter engine customization tutorial you will learn how to install a 107 SEF cylinder with water cooled head in a Honda Elite DIO scooter. Modifying the stroker cylinder is a major modification so you should have some mechanical experience. This is part of the process of installing a stroker cylinder kit in a Honda Elite DIO scooter.