September, 2001 Archives - Engine Builder Magazine
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

Proposed Rule is Improvement But Still Not Perfect

Aftermarket parts and service providers, including rebuild-ers, are being increasingly stymied by their inability to obtain vital diagnostic and repair information about the vehicles or parts they are servicing. Whether the information is totally unavailable, provided only after much searching or inquiry or available but uneconomically priced, the effect is to deny the provider the

Interruptions To Your Day Compromise Earnings

By now everyone has heard about the electric and natural gas shortage we have been experiencing here on the West Coast. Our power company, Pacific Gas and Electric, sold off all its power plants, and the company has not built any new plants to keep up with the rapid growth of California, particularly in the

Rebuilding The Ford 3.8L Engine

They needed an economy engine that would fit in their new cars, and they needed it fast. They had a couple of old inline sixes and a small German V6, but none of them were designed for fuel economy or the coming emissions standards, and the 250 cid engine was so tall that it wouldn’t

The Science Of Aqueous Cleaning

The notion that aqueous cleaning consists only of a steel drum and hose is obviously a thing of the past. Aqueous cleaning entered the realm of advanced technology years ago and has been improving by leaps and bounds annually. These technological advances have prompted many rebuilders to re-evaluate their cleaning processes and perhaps take a

Vincent Mancini Sees the Future of PERA ; Right Here, Right Now

You might think that a popular rock band would have nothing to contribute to an engine remanufacturer. You might think the best way to make a profit is to slash expenses by all means necessary. Or, you might think things would be better if your customer would just see your side of the story for

Coretalk: September 2001

Ford Plans to Revamp Parts Distribution Network Ford Motor Co. is working to restructure and expand its United States parts distribution network to deliver service and repair parts to its dealers faster and more efficiently. Over the next three years, Ford plans to increase the number of parts distribution centers from 10 to 21, creating

Improved Productivity and Profit Are ‘Musts’

Do you set daily, weekly or monthly sales goals for your shop? Do you set profit targets so you