Don Fedak, Author at Engine Builder Magazine
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Have you heard about the dinosaur that went to a shrink because of “terrible recurring dreams that involve numbers and letters

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At a recent technical presentation by a respected representative of a piston ring supplier, things got a little out of hand when it was suggested that half of all independent aftermarket machine shops may be either out of date and ill-equipped or misinformed as far as cylinder finish is concerned. The reason? Because the OEMs

Around the Block: Fuel Cell Alternatives And The Myth of Clean Energy

For most of our existence, human beings have used their muscles or domesticated animals to move around, lift and carry things. Our bodies process, via respiration (breathing), Earth

Engine Sludge Origins

Fresh engine oil is a clear, free-flowing liquid blend of base stock and additives that contains no fuel, water, coolant, dirt, or other contaminants.   When regular engine oil changes are neglected, normally free-flowing lubricating oil breaks down, becomes contaminated, ceases to flow, and is transformed into a thick soup of waste products. That’s when

Around the Block: Do We Want to Eliminate Chemical Polution and How Far Do We Want To Go To Find Out?

Eliminating one common chemical would solve many of the environment

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In Tough Times, It

Around the Block: From Junkyard Dog To Engine Builder: How The Automotive Aftermarket Grew

The flood of Asian scrap on North America highlights cultural, industry differences Recently, the Ford Motor Company formed a wholly-owned subsidiary and began acquiring large regional wrecking yards and publicly announced it was committed to becoming more environmentally responsible by recycling original equipment passenger car and light truck parts. Ford

Around The Block: Taking The Mystery Out Of Engine Hot Spots And Head Gasket Failures

Internal combustion engines produce power when a burning mixture of air and fuel expands. These engines also become more efficient as combustion temperature increases, but to develop maximum power, the energy lost as heat should be kept as low as possible. If engine parts were made out of materials which did not expand, corrode or