Bodywork

23 guides & 117 illustrations

Renewing hinge pins and hinges

Worn hinge pins occur most often on front doors, where the hinges get the most use. Many hinges ...

Repairing an electric window

How to clean a car interior

Points to clean and check Car interiors collect a lot of dust and grit, particularly on the carp...

Cleaning the outside and checking for rust

Use a thin-bladed screwdriver to poke out dirt blocking drain holes in the bottoms of doors. Was...

Lubricating hinges, pedals and locks

Use a screwdriver if necessary to remove or to fit a pedal pad. Oiling foot pedals Most brake an...

Painting a car

Small chips and blemishes are best repaired with a can of touch-in paint and a brush. For larger...

How to replace windscreen wipers

Replacing wiper blades Wiper blades are fitted bayonet-style to the end of the arm, or the end o...

Removing a door trim panel

A typical interior door-panel layout, showing the fittings attached on most cars. Take care when...

Eliminating rust before painting

Treating severe rusting Use an electric drill fitted with a sanding disc or a flap wheel to cut ...

Smoothing out a dent

The best way to treat a dent is to raise the metal almost to its original level, then to...

Patching rust holes

Using a filler-fibre mixture Put the plastic sheet over the hole and tape down one side. Trace t...

Applying underbody sealant

Where to apply sealant On a fairly new car, covering the underbody with sealing compound will di...

Adjusting and replacing window-winding mechanisms

There are three basic systems used to raise and lower car windows: mechanical linkage with sciss...

Adjusting catches and hinges

Bolted hinges Doors or bonnet and boot lids that do not close properly may have moved out of ali...

How to replace an exhaust

Manifold joints A damaged or worn exhaust system allows waste gases from the engine to escape be...

How to fit a new exhaust

Using a U-clamp The U-clamp is one of the commonest clamps used on the exhaust system. It is usu...

Fitting a new windscreen-washer motor

The motor and pump are usually a single unit, the pump being a simple device. If the non-return ...

Cleaning and checking the underside

Looking for trouble Trouble spots are easier to check with wheels off and the car on axle stands...

Checking windscreen wipers and washers

How the washer system works Fluid for screen washing is drawn by a pump from the washer bottle a...

Drilling holes in car bodywork

Enlarging a drilled hole with a file Most aerials need a hole about 3/4in (19mm) across. It is i...

Repairing quarterlights

Replacing a car door

Replacing rear quarterlights

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