How to Power a Car

News : Car-puccino Runs Purely on Coffee

Another creation by Bang Goes the Theory, the "car-puccino" is a 1988 Volkswagen Scirocco powered solely by roasted coffee granules. Daily Mail reports, "The car will be driven the 210 miles between Manchester and London powered only by roasted coffee granules. It will go on ...more

How To : Choose and install a car amplifier

If you just got some banging new subs for the trunk of your car, then you're just about ready for the ultimate car stereo. But what kind of amp are you going to get to power those subwoofer speakers? Learn about the basics of car amplifiers in this video from Sonic Electronix, ...more

How To : Detect a leak in the AC on your car

A leaking air conditioner in your car costs you power and money. Finding the leak can be tricky, but if you have a specially designed audio amplifier it's really easy, and this video will show you how to use it.

How To : Hack a UPS with a car battery

Find the ins and outs to UPS hacking in this video from Systm! And were not talking about the parcel service here—we're talking about your UPS system—your uninterruptible power supply, which can be pretty weak. That's why you should hack the tiny battery out of it and replace ...more

How To : Replace your vehicle's power steering pump

Your vehicle's power steering pump is integral to your car functioning at all. That's because the power steering pump is what provides the hydraulic power for steering. Without it, your car would pretty much go nowhere. Inside the pump, retractable vanes spin, pulling hydrauli ...more

HowTo : Get All the Ladies with a Motorized Couch

Or at least that's what Nick Homer and Stewart Clyde, students at Brigham Young University, claim. Nick and Stewart say: "Of course we get all the ladies..." But sadly their chick magnet has been banned: "Two twelve volt car batteries power the broken wheel chair moving the ...more

How To : Charge a 12 volt battery with solar power

Learn how to charge a 12 Volt Battery using a Solar Power Battery Maintainer by watching this how-to video. This method can be used to charge 12 volt batteries of any kind - cars, trucks, boats, motorcycles, tractors, lawn equipment - any kind of 12 volt battery you can think of!

How To : View a waveform of an inverter on a oscilloscope

Checking the waveform on a car plug-in inverter, like the type you would use to power a laptop computer in a car. I used my NLS MS-215 Miniscope to view the waveform. As you can see it is much more like a squarewave than a sinewave, like a staircase waveform.

How To : Figure out what's draining your car battery and fix it

Figuring out what was causing your old car battery to drain power was easy, but on modern cars it's more complicated due to their large number of electrical devices. In this video you'll learn how to find out what's draining the battery on your new car and fix it.

News : Pee, the Latest Fuel Alternative?

The newest fuel alternative on the horizon? Pee. U.S. researchers have been experimenting with using urine as a method of producing hydrogen. Not only could this virtually free and readily available resource possibly power automobiles, but it could also aid in the clean up of ...more

News : SFX on Crack (Oh, Soooooo Good)

What happens when a bunch of Bollywood filmmakers unleash their imagination with the aid of Maya and After Effects (plus lots and lots of paisas)? The sci-fi flick Enthiran (Robot), the most expensive Indian film ever produced. Non-stop action, violence, explosions... absolut ...more

How To : Replace the CV shafts on an '04 Subaru Outback

The CV (constant velocity) shafts on your car allow the axel to transfer power to the wheels without an appreciable loss in efficiency. They are widespread in front and all-wheel drive cars. Watch this video to learn how to replace broken ones yourself.

News : Wall of Deaaaaaath (Indian Style)...is AWWWWWESOME

Uh...I'll say it again. One word. Awesome.  Via YouTube, "From my trip to India: The Diamond Maruti Car Circus in Delhi. These death defying bad boys drive a wonky Nissan all over your foolish health & safety regulation..." Apparently, the Wall of Death is nothing new (the ...more

News : Mod Your Power Wheels Into WiFi Halo Warthogs

Tim Higgins brings Halo's warthog vehicles to reality with a live action game created with laser tag weaponry, game controllers, and kid-sized jeeps. Feeling ambitious? Tim posted a full rundown of the build over at Microsoft's Coding4Fun blog. Check out the interview below ...more

How To : Apply Wolfgang deep gloss paint sealant

This automotive tutorial shows you how to maintain the color and finish of your car by applying a sealant. Specifically you will learn how to apply Wolfgang deep gloss paint sealant using a power buffer or hand application. Make sure to use a small amount of sealant and not to ...more

How To : Replace a diesel fuel filter

Changing a diesel fuel filter is just like changing oil or any other fluid in a vehicle. If you own a diesel powered car or truck, watch and see how to remove your old fuel filter, drain the diesel fuel and replace the filter with a new one. Now, be careful not to spill fuel e ...more

How To : Make homemade bio-diesel fuel

Watch this how to video and learn the process of making biodiesel fuel using inexpensive ingredients. Proceed with caution when making bio-diesel fuel. This process can be dangerous. You can use bio-diesel fuel in any modern diesel powered car.

How To : Apply Ohm's Law to your electronics projects

Calculating resistance and power isn't hard... and, as David explains, knowing Ohm's Law and the Power Triangle can be darn useful when you're designing a project, sorting out power supply issues, or want to keep from burning your car down.

News : Man Builds 1906 Oldsmobile Using Google Books

Vintage plans for building motorbikes, lawnmowers, and old automobiles are fun to browse, but who actually builds them? Meet Bob Ferry, a 51-year-old machinist from Louisville, Kentucky. According to Inside Google Books, Ferry dug through Google's massive catalogue of 3 milli ...more

News : The 130 MPH Dining Room Table

Just the other day, we featured Perry Watkins' "Wind Up" mini car, plus his extreme lowrider, the "Flatmobile". Both impressive. But somehow I missed Watkins' most delightfully absurd vehicle. "FastFood" is a 130 mph Queen Anne dining room table, complete with the fine silver ...more

News : China's City Swallowing Bus

China's latest futuristic project is a massive "3D Express Coach", a clever project proposed by Shenzhen Hashi Future Parking Equipment Co. as a solution to traffic in the extremely overpopulated country. The gigantic bus will allow cars less than 2 meters high to travel unde ...more

How To : Prepare an emergency kit for your car

You may think you'll never be in an emergency situation, but you can never be too prepared! This video provides excellent tips on what to bring and do in an emergency situation. It takes only a small investment of your time and money to be prepared should you run into a probl ...more

How To : Jump start a car using another car's battery

In this tutorial, we learn how to jump start a car using another car's battery. First, you will need to position the two cars in front of each other. Turn off both of the cars completely, then attach the jumper cables. You need to connect the positive post of the dead battery ...more

How To : Read a window motor electrical diagram for a car

Electrical diagrams are hard to read for all but the most mechanically-inclined, and the ones for the power windows on cars are notoriously complicated. This three-part video will teach you how to read these diagrams and make sense of what you see. Part 1 of 3 - How to Read a ...more

How To : Install a TRD supercharger on a Toyota Tundra

If you own a Toyota Tundra and are looking to change things up a bit inside your car, this tutorial may be what you need. In this video you'll find out how to install a TRD supercharger to your truck. More specifically, a 2008 Toyota Tundra 5.7L V8. Adding a supercharger is a ...more

How To : Clear the check engine light on your dashboard

In this tutorial, we learn how to clear the check engine light on your dashboard. This could be caused from an over-boost from the turbo charger that the engine does not recognize. The solution is to grab a tuner device and plug it into the car. Wait for it to power up, then g ...more

How To : Solve power steering moans

In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to solve power steering moans. Users will need a vacuum pump. Begin by filling reservoir about half way full. Then draw a vacuum of approximately 20"/Hg and let the vacuum sit for 5 minutes. Now recheck the fluid level in the reservoir ...more

How To : Replace a serpentine belt on your car

Like a timing belt, a serpentine belt is an important tool that helps make sure that various tools are working. A/C, alternator, and power steering pump are just a small set of examples. Finding the right one for your car is easy, but adding it to your car can be a very diffic ...more

How To : Clean and restore plastic headlights

In order to clean and restore your headlights, you will need the following materials: razor blades, tape, liquid rubbing compound, and a power polisher. Tape the area surrounding the headlight. To remove the yellowing film, scrape it with a razor blade. This is an alternative ...more

How To : Break in the brushed motor of an RC car

It's simple: if you've got a brushed motor, you'll want to break it in under controlled circumstances before taking it out into the world. Why break in your engine? The main idea of breaking in your engine is to wear down your engine's brush so as to maximize surface contact w ...more

How To : Winterize a car battery

Have your battery tested. If your battery is at least 3 years old, take it to a certified automotive repair facility. You do not want your battery, whose power is reduced by 50 percent during the cold weather, to go dead while you're in the middle of a snowstorm. If they are y ...more

News : World's First EVER Monster Truck Backflip

Last year WonderHowTo's favorite daredevil Travis Pastrana attempted to land the world's very first monster truck backflip. Unfortunately, it didn't quite work out as he had hoped. Here's what happened: Now, one year later, Pastrana's fellow Nitro Circus stuntman, Cam McQueen, ...more

News : India's Human Powered Ferris Wheels

We have seen it before (previous post: Human Powered Ferris Wheel), but it never gets any less amazing. Talk about resourcefulness. No need for electricity. Use humans to power your ferris wheel (if you had one sitting around... I wish I had one). Via Make, "At the Hindu Swas ...more

How To : Convert sunlight into hydrogen fuel

Want to learn how to harvest the sun? Just watch this science experiment video to see how to convert sunlight into hydrogen fuel. It's simple and environmentally friendly. You'll need a multimeter, a solar panel, some crocodile clips (or alligator clips), glass, water and car ...more

Altruistic Hacking : The Rise of the DIY Radiation Detector

Understandably, the tragedy in Japan has substantially risen the level of worldwide radiation-related hysteria. So much so, as an alternative to stampeding health food stores for iodine tablets, crafty individuals and organizations are hacking together personal radiation detec ...more

News : Top 10 Pranks for the College Freshman Dorm

We've gathered some of our favorite pranks with the seasonally appropriate for all you college kids out there. You're more than likely cohabitating with a complete stranger, and what better way to make a good first impression and develop a strong personal relationship than sub ...more

Red Wine : The Secret to Superconductivity

We've all heard of the power that red wine holds. It can help lower risks of heart disease, boost your brain power, and can even recharge your car battery. But last year, a group of Japanese physicists made headlines when they announced that they could induce superconductivity ...more

News : The World's Slowest Porsche

Sounds like an odd bragging right, but hold your horses, artist Hannes Langeder's handmade Porsche is pretty damn interesting. "The bicycle Porsche functions as signifier for the fascination with the figure of an automobile that has lasted since the 1950s; yet Hannes Langeder ...more

How To : Take a nap at work

Can you barely keep your eyes open at work? So bored you could sleep through the entire day? Seinfeld's George Costanza built a bed under his desk, but we'll tell you how to be a bit more subtle. Here's some tips on how to get a some quick shut-eye at work. You Will Need: • ...more

How To : Live in your car

Whether you have to move into your car or you want to, there are some bases you need to cover. This Howcast guide demonstrates how to live out of your car. This is also helpful for cross country trips. You Will Need * Pillows * Blankets or a sleeping bag * A cooler * A camp s ...more

How To : Replace the drive belt in an Infiniti G35

Infiniti is like no other car, it has emotion, it has soul, it inspires. There's a difference between being physically transported and emotionally moved, and you can tell them apart when you sit inside this magnificent automobile. Although the Infiniti is like a dream car, it ...more

How To : Replace the air filter in an Infiniti G35 engine

Infiniti is like no other car, it has emotion, it has soul, it inspires. There's a difference between being physically transported and emotionally moved, and you can tell them apart when you sit inside this magnificent automobile. Although the Infiniti is like a dream car, it ...more

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