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How To: Safely drive a manual car

Before driving your car make sure that you put your seat belt on. There are three peddles in a car with a manual transmission. The first one on the left is the clutch. The next peddle is the brake. The peddle to the right is the gas peddle. The next thing you need to understand is the shifter. The transmission will have a number of gears, usually 4 or 5, with reverse. Make sure you study the gear pattern on the shift knob so that you know where each of the gears are when you are shifting as y...

How To: Use auto climate controls on a 2010 Toyota 4Runner

On 4Runners equipped with the automatic climate control system, the left and right hand knobs control the temperature settings for the driver's side and passenger's side. To use it, switch on auto mode by pressing the ‘auto’ switch on the left hand knob so the amber light is illuminated. Then press ‘dual’ on the right hand knob so its amber light is illuminated. Rotate the left hand and right hand knobs to set your temperatures. The system will maintain those temperatures. If you want the who...

How To: Use the power window controls on a 2010 Toyota 4Runner

The Toyota 4Runner comes with power windows for all doors. All power windows are of automatic operation. This video takes us through the procedure of operating the power windows in a systematic way. To open the window all at once, the switch must be pushed completely down. Whereas to close the window we need to push it up and release. To stop the window in midway we should slightly push the switch in the opposite direction. The 4Runner also has a window lock switch in the drivers door, which ...

How To: Avoid a false positive breathalyzer test

Driving under the influence of alcohol is extremely dangerous. Police officers use breathalyzer tests to check if you are too intoxicated to be driving. However, many of the machines they use are faulty at times. This video will give you some tips on how to avoid getting that DUI. Avoid a false positive breathalyzer test.

How To: Pair your cell phone in a 2010 Toyota 4Runner

This instructional video demonstrates how to pair a Bluetooth-enabled cell phone with a 2010 Toyota 4Runner that does not have a navigational system. In a series of simple steps, the 2-minute video covers the precise process of pairing one's phone with the vehicle. Then, it finishes by showing how the voice-activated system in the 4Runner can be used to make a phone call. This short, step-by-step tutorial is perfect for anybody with a Toyota 4Runner who is having difficulty getting a cell pho...

How To: Use the smart key for the 2010 Toyota Prius

In this video, we learn how to use the smart key for the 2010 Prius. You can use this just like any other keyless entry system. Press the lock button to lock the doors and the unlock button to unlock the doors. When you press unlock once it unlocks the drivers door, if you press it twice within 3 seconds, it unlocks all the door. After 60 seconds, the Prius will automatically lock itself. Press the red alarm key if you need to draw attention to yourself in an emergency situation. Make sure yo...

How To: Use the fog lights on a 2010 Toyota 4Runner

This video shows a quick demonstration of how to turn the fog lights on in Toyota 4Runner. If using fog lights, they're turned on by rotating by rotating the inner control ring on the handle with the light controls on it, to the left of the steering wheel. Fog lights will only come on when the headlights are on low beam. The fog lights are the circular lights on the front of the vehicle, next to the rectangular headlights. If you have a new Toyota 4Runner, this video will show you where the f...

How To: Remotely access the a/c in a 2010 Prius

Prius models that are equipped with tilt-slide moon roof have a remote control button on their smart keys for the remote air-conditioning system. Before leaving the vehicle, make sure the headlights are switched off or set to auto. All windows are closed and check the temperature setting of the AC system. As you return to the Prius, press the remote AC button on the smart key remote to activate the air conditioning system. The cabin will cool to the pre-set temperature without turning on the ...

How To: Drive a zamboni

A zamboni is a very cool, very big vehicle that is used to clean and resurface the ice in a hockey or ice rink. In this tutorial, go on location with the New York Times as they show you how to drive one of these monsters in the ice rink at Battery Park.

How To: Adjust the front seat and heater in the 2010 Toyota Prius

In this tutorial, we learn how to adjust the front seat and heater in the 2010 Prius. First, you will need to adjust your seats by lifting the lever in the front of the seat. Move up and down until it's comfortable. On the side of the seat is a lever which will move the seat up and down. The other lever behind that will move the seat back up and down until it's in the right place. There is also a button on the side that will change the lumbar support for your back. There is also an option ava...

How To: Use rear parking assist on a 2010 Toyota 4Runner

One of the many features that comes with the 2010 Toyota 4Runner is Rear Parking Assist. To use this feature, press the button to the left of the steering wheel that is marked P. The system will beep and the green LED will be lit, confirming that the feature is turned on. When the car is put into reverse, the parking assist will start beeping. As the car gets closer to an object, the beeping will gradually get faster and faster. When the car becomes very close to an object, the beeping will b...

How To: Use the keyless remote on a 2010 Toyota 4Runner

This video tutorial shows you the ins and outs of the keyless remote system on the new 2010 Toyota 4Runner. One of the remote controls that the system offer is to lock and unlock your doors. The locking will be signaled by the lights flashing. The unlock button if hit once will unlock your front doors and show two flashes of the lights. If you hit the unlock button twice within three seconds the lights will flash four times and it will unlock all of your doors. Finally it is installed with a ...

How To: Pair phones to a 2010 Toyota 4Runner navigation system

In a 2010 Toyota 4Runner, you can connect your phone to the car via Bluetooth. To do this, make sure the car is stopped. Then click the info button next to the navigation screen. Press "Phone" and confirm that you want to connect a new phone. Press "Add New". The car's system will begin searching for Bluetooth devices. Make sure that your device's Bluetooth feature is on. When prompted, enter the code on the car's navigation screen into your phone. A message that says "Bluetooth connection su...

How To: Call 911 using Ford SYNC

If it's an emergency, sometime you just don't have enough time or energy to pick up your mobile phone and call 9-1-1. Sometime you just can't move and the only thing still working is your mouth. Ford's new SYNC system provides an option for hands free 911 Assist. In a crash involving airbag deployment, 911 Assist places a call directly to a 911 operator. Your bluetooth phone must be on and stored somewhere inside the vehicle.

How To: Acquire legal ownership of an abandoned car

Been keeping an eye on the car that's been sitting on the side of the freeway for the last month? This video shows you how to legally acquire the title for an abandoned vehicle. You'll need the VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) and license plate number to locate the owner. Then work out the transfer title, and the car's yours!

How To: Shift gears on a 2008 Ninja 250 motorcycle

In this tutorial, we learn how to shift gears on a 2008 Ninja 250 motorcycle. First, pull in the clutch, take it down to first, then give it gas and release the clutch to get the bike started. To shift gears, pull in the clutch, pick up, then ease out the clutch, then give the bike gas. Keep doing this to change in between the different gears on the bike. Practice doing this in an empty parking lot and don't forget to keep on the gas while you are doing this. You may let go of the clutch to q...

How To: Use the paddle shifter in the 2010 Ford Flex

Not sure what a paddle shifter is? Well, if you own the 2010 Ford Flex, you are at least aware of its existence. You can switch your vehicle from automatic transmission to manual transmission in the 2010 Flex, and there's these things on the steering wheel called paddle shifters, which allow you to shift between gears without ever taking your hands off the wheel. Learn how to use them.

How To: View gas "empty" distance on a 2010 Ford Lincoln MKX

If you own a 2010 Ford Lincoln MKX, you probably never knew about this handy feature. Not only can you see how much gas you have left in your car's tank, but you can see an estimate of how many kilometers or miles your car has left until your gas tank is empty. This is extremely helpful if you're in unknown territory. Watch and see how to set your Information Center to see how much gas you have remaining until empty in your 2010 Lincoln MKX.

How To: Use the backup camera on a 2010 Toyota 4Runner

This video shows you how to use the backup camera on a 2010 Toyota 4Runner to assist in backing up. The 4Runners that are equipped with the available navigational system also have the backup camera. When you shift into reverse, the navigation screen display changes and shows you what the camera sees behind the vehicle. There are also select models that are not equipped with the navigational system that are equipped with a backup camera. This select 4Runner has the rear view displayed in the r...

How To: Install cable style tire chains on your automobile

The Oregon Department of Transportation shows you how to install cable style tire chains in this video tutorial for the winter. These are tips and techniques for cable chain installation and removal from your auto's tires. The winter is here, and driving safely means protecting yourself against the snow and ice. Tire chains on your automobile is the perfect solution.

How To: Program the HomeLink setup in a 2010 Toyota Prius

In this tutorial, we learn how to program the HomeLink setup in a 2010 Prius. This can be programmed to operate any HomeLink compatible device. Up to three devices can be operated from the vehicle. To program a garage door opener, simply press both the remote and home link button until the indicator light flash rapidly. To program anything else, simply follow the instructions that are given to you when you purchase your car. This is a great feature that can save you time and add more simplici...

How To: Use different drive modes in the 2010 Toyota Prius

In this tutorial, we learn how to use different drive modes in the 2010 Prius. The Prius offers a smooth and gentle ride, and new technology lets you tailor the driving experience to your needs. All you have to do is press the button and let the car do the rest. The EV mode lets you drive for longer distances at low speeds using the electric motor only. This is an extremely quiet ride that doesn't produce any emissions. The ECO mode makes the most of fuel economy, even on stop and go city str...

How To: Use cruise control on the 2010 Toyota 4Runner

ToyotaUSA shows us a quick video detailing cruise control on the 2010 Toyota 4Runner. Cruise control is standard on all 4Runner models. Behind the lower right side of the steering wheel there are switches for the cruise control. To activate it, press the on/off button at the end of the stock. A green icon will be illuminated on the instrument panel. Accelerate or decelerate to desired speed and push the stock down to set it to that speed. To increase the cruise control speed, move the stock u...

How To: Use the transmission on a 2010 Toyota 4Runner

This video on transmission operation by TOYOTA USA shows you how to use the transmission on a 2010 Toyota 4Runner. V 6 4Runner models have a wide ratio, 5 speed auto transmission with a gated shifter as shown. When shifting out of park the engine should be running and the break should be pressed while moving the lever to the 'D' position as shown. Activate the sequential mode move the lever from the 'D' position to the left and move it up or down to shift to higher or lower gears as demonstra...