How to Replace a Soft Top

Below guide will teach you How to Replace a Soft Top. Please follow the instructions carefully.

Things You’ll Need:

  • Soft Top
  • Screwdriver
  • Trim Panel Removal Tool Set

Estimated Costs:

  • DIY Costs: Est. $1,004.07 parts only
  • Shop Costs: Est. $1,303.38 parts and labor

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Instructions:

Follow the directions given below to replace a soft top with ease:

  • First of all search for the soft top in your vehicle.
  • Examine the surface of the soft top for any visible signs of damage.
  • Remove the front part from the windshield. This will help you to remove the entire soft top.
  • Examine the area for any possible damage. Repair as needed.
  • Start form the rear of the vehicle and work your way up towards the front while fixing a new soft top.
  • Once the job is done, carefully examine for any defects.
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How to Replace a Spoiler

Below guide will teach you How to Replace a Spoiler. Please follow the instructions carefully.

Things You’ll Need:

  • Buffing Ball
  • Spoiler
  • Screwdriver
  • Socket and Ratchet Set
  • Spray Gun
  • 3/8 in. Drive Ratchet

Estimated Costs:

  • DIY Costs: Est. $264.02 parts only
  • Shop Costs: Est. $706.79 parts and labor

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Instructions:

In order to replace the spoiler on your own, follow the steps:

  • Scratch off the any dirt or paint from the surface of the spoiler.
  • Have a closer look of the damaged area and look for dent, creases, scratches or cracks. You can use your hand to feel the depth of the dent on the spoiler’s surface.
  • Now you have to unfasten the mounting bolts on each of the side of the boiler to take it out of the vehicle.
  • You can either use a new pre-primed spoiler or repair the old one. This depends on the damage done to the old spoiler. If the damage is repairable, you can repair it.
  • If you opt for repair work, then you have to prepare the old spoiler well before reinstalling it.
  • Take damp 600 grit sandpaper and use it for removing any dirt, debris, grease or dust from the spoiler’s surface.
  • Apply primer to the damaged area and allow it to dry. Once it is dry, sand it again.
  • Use a basecoat of paint on the spoiler and later apply a thin, clear coat of paint and leave it to dry for some time.
  • Once the paint is dry, have a look on the paint surface and see whether there is any dirt or nibs stuck in the paint job.
  • For large dirt particles, use razor blade.
  • With the help of spray bottle, spray soapy water on the minor dirt particles.
  • Take 1500 grit sandpaper soaked in soapy water, sand the surface in a circular motion with slight pressure.
  • Replace 1500 grit paper with 2000 grit paper and repeat the same process.
  • In order to eliminate the swirl marks, apply compound polish to the spoiler.
  • Your spoiler is ready now and you can reinstall it by reversing the process.
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How to Replace a Rear Lift Gate Locking Mechanism

Below guide will teach you How to Replace a Rear Lift Gate Locking Mechanism. Please follow the instructions carefully.

Things You’ll Need:

  • Trim Panel Removal Tool
  • Set of Sockets and Ratchet

Estimated Costs:

  • DIY Costs: Est. $0.00 parts only
  • Shop Costs: Est. $118.58 parts and labor

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Instructions:

Following is given the procedure for replacing a rear lift gate locking mechanism in an easy way:

  • First of all, you need to disconnect the negative cable from the negative terminal of the battery.
  • Remove the window glass.
  • Next, you have to take the rear lift gate interior trim out.
  • Detach the electrical connectors from the lock mechanism.
  • After removing the wire harness, detach the lock mechanism from the lift gate.
  • Take a new lock mechanism and fix it in the same manner as you unfix it.
  • Replace all the parts such as wiring harness, interior trim panel etc.
  • Reconnect the negative cable to the negative terminal of the battery.
  • Check the new lock mechanism by locking and unlocking the vehicle.



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How to Replace a Fender Trim

Below guide will teach you How to Replace a Fender Trim. Please follow the instructions carefully.

Things You’ll Need:

  • Fender Trim
  • Fender
  • Drill
  • Screwdrive

Estimated Costs:

  • DIY Costs: Est. $538.95 parts only
  • Shop Costs: Est. $699.20 parts and labor

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Instructions:

Follow the steps given below to replace a fender trim:

  • Unfasten all the screws and disconnect the fender from its place.
  • You may have to pull the fender in order to take the fender out.
  • Wash the place with soapy water and wipe it with a dry cloth.
  • Take a new fender and fix it on its place. You may have to push slightly, so that it sits properly on its place.
  • Now secure the fender by fastening all the screws.
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How to Replace a Front Bumper Cover

Below guide will teach you How to Replace a Front Bumper Cover. Please follow the instructions carefully.

Things You’ll Need:

  • Buffing Ball
  • Bumper Clip
  • Bumper Cover
  • Sealant
  • Screwdriver
  • Clip Remover
  • DA Sander
  • File Set
  • Scraper
  • Trim Panel Removal Tool
  • Scraper Blade
  • 1/2 in. Drive Ratchet

Estimated Costs:

  • DIY Costs: Est. $543.34 parts only
  • Shop Costs: Est. $838.77 parts and labor

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Instructions:

Follow the directions given below to replace the front bumper cover easily:

  • You have to take the front wheel well liners off so that you can access the bolts holding the bumper.
  • Take a new front bumper cover and make sure that it is pre-primed because it is stronger against corrosion and possesses strong paint adhesive properties. If you choose an unprimed bumper cover, you need to paint it first before installing.
  • You may need to sand the whole bumper cover to make it free from debris, dirt or other contaminants. Use 600-grit wet sandpaper for this task.
  • Now use a basecoat of paint on the whole front bumper cove and leave it to dry for sometime.
  • Once the basecoat is dry, apply the clear coat of the paint.
  • Once the paint is dry, examine the surface for any nibs or dirt particles stuck in the paint.
  • Use the razor blade to remove the dirt particles from the paint surface.
  • Take a spray bottle and fill it with soapy water. Spray on the surface where dirt is accumulated.
  • Now, take 1500 grit sandpaper soaked in soapy water sand the surface by applying slight pressure.
  • Use circular motions while sanding the surface. Replace the sandpaper with 2000 grit soaked sandpaper and repeat the circular motion.
  • Now mix some alcohol with water and use this mixture to clean the surface.
  • To remove the swirl marks of sanding, apply compound polish to the surface.
  • Now you are ready to install the bumper cover back to its position. Replace the damaged clips and retainers.
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How to Replace a Radiator Support

Below guide will teach you How to Replace a Radiator Support. Please follow the instructions carefully.

Things You’ll Need:

  • Radiator Support
  • Combination Wrench Set
  • Socket and Ratchet Set
  • Pry Bar
  • 3/8 in. Drive Ratchet

Estimated Costs:

  • DIY Costs: Est. $377.26 parts only
  • Shop Costs: Est. $992.33 parts and labor

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Instructions:

If you want to replace a radiator support on your vehicle yourself, follow these simple steps:

  • Park the car and open the hood.
  • If there is anything that is blocking your access to radiator support bracket bolts, remove them first. Use an appropriate tool to unfasten the bracket bolts.
  • Take the radiator support bracket out of the vehicle.
  • Take a new radiator support bracket and fix it in its place. Secure it with the help of bolts. Replace the parts removed to gain access to the bolts.
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How to Replace a Grille

Below guide will teach you How to Replace a Grille. Please follow the instructions carefully.

Things You’ll Need:

  • Screwdriver
  • 1/4 in. Drive Ratchet
  • Socket Extension Set
  • Socket and Ratchet Set
  • Trim Panel Removal Tool
  • Nut Driver
  • Flat Head Screwdriver

Estimated Costs:

  • DIY CostsEst: $0.00 parts only
  • Shop CostsEst: $63.24 parts and labor

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Instructions:

You might have come at the point when you want to replace your vehicle’s grille and don’t know what to do. Here are the simple instructions to do this task quite easily.

  • Par the car on a flat surface and apply parking brakes.
  • Lift the hood and secure the hood with hood prop.
  • In order to gain access to grille, you may have to take out any seals, covers or blocks.
  • Make sure that the grille is not attached to the bumper cover. If it is attached to the bumper cover then remove the bumper cover as well.
  • After removing the grille, examine the area surrounding grille to find any signs of damage. Fix them if required.
  • Take a new grille and see whether it is pre-painted or not. You have to paint the grille, if it is not painted.
  • Take a new grille and place it on its specific place. Secure the grille with the screws or bolts provided. Fasten the bolts and screws properly.
  • Replace all the seals, covers and supports and close the hood. You are done.
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How to Check Power Steering Fluid

Below guide will teach you How to Check Power Steering Fluid. Please follow the instructions carefully.

Things You’ll Need:

  • Power Steering Fluid

Estimated Costs:

  • DIY Costs: Est. $0.00 parts only
  • Shop Costs: Est. $23.72 parts and labor

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Instructions:

  • First of all, switch off the engine and find the power steering fluid reservoir under the hood. Mostly these reservoirs are connected to the power steering with a hose. In case, you can’t find the reservoir, please consult your vehicle manual to get the exact location.
  • Once you have found the reservoir, check the fluid level with the marks (marks are on the side of reservoir). Fluid level varies according to the temperature so, make sure you are checking the correct market. In case the reserviour is not translucent and without marks, open the cap to check the level. Usually, there’s a stick on the underside of the cap, which should have two fill lines cut into it.
  • If you see dark fluid, open the cap of reservoir to check for contamination. You might need to change the fluid in this case.
  • In case, the fluid level is low, pour the manufacturer’s recommended power steering fluid.

Hope that helps!

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