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The dreaded engine surge June 20, 2012

In this article, we'll discuss engine idle issues, surging and "hunting" problems. First let's cover the "basics" in terms of the possible causes of engine...

Electric fuel pump diagnosis: Houston, we have a problem April 11, 2013

All too often when a no-start condition or hard-start is encountered, some techs may be too quick to automatically blame the electric fuel pump.

CV joint tech -- A primer on constant velocity drive joints and diagnostic tips August 17, 2011

I realize that much of this introductory text will seem very basic, but let’s start by explaining CV joint technology. A CV (constant velocity) ...

Wheel fasteners: Understanding the nuts and bolts of wheel clamping December 26, 2013

The threaded fasteners that secure the wheels to the chassis are perhaps the most critical components on any vehicle, yet they’re often the most...

Today’s key fobs/smart keys provide convenience -- and cause problems October 24, 2014

In these days of vehicle owner expectations for their vehicles to perform tasks that would previously require a minor physical or mental effort on their...

Wheel alignment tech April 20, 2012

There’s more to wheel alignment than following the prompts that appear on a computerized alignment machine. While today’s very helpful wheel...

Hands-on with GM LS roller lifters April 5, 2011

Lifter location and retention differs from the previous smallblock design

Inspecting crankshafts October 17, 2012

Regardless of which crank you choose to use during a customer’s engine rebuild or fresh build (used OE or new aftermarket), take the time to inspect...

Engine studs: Understanding the advantages of using studs vs. bolts, and tips on achieving proper clamping loads December 20, 2011

In far too many cases, the engine builder’s attention focuses only on selection of the proper components for a specific engine build, determining...

Ball joint service: Insights and replacement tips for a variety of vehicle applications June 6, 2014

Ball joint service isn’t always as straightforward as we’d like. Certain vehicles are prone to premature wear, some ball joints are not...

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