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Questioning a Trip to Las Vegas?

Starting on Tuesday, Nov. 3, many thousands of people working in theautomotive industry will join together in Las Vegas as participants inthe AAPEX, SEMA, NACE and CARS shows, (and Big R Show Nov. 1-2). Combined, these five shows are the largest celebration ofeverything automotive, from hard parts, accessories and paint, to toolsand equipment and anything

Sludgy Saab May Rattle Your Chain

By Tom Purser, ALLDATA editor and Jeff Webster, ALLDATA technical writer If a Saab vehicle owner/engine installer complains about a rattling timing chain, oil sludgeor any of the other conditions described in this Tech Tip, follow therecommended procedures. Various conditions can cause the formation ofoil sludge in the engine or a rattling noise from the

Maxiforce Earns ISO Certification

Maxiforce, a Florida-based leader in diesel engine parts, recentlyachieved ISO certification (9001:2008). This designation ensures thecompany has well-documented and certified procedures of operation thatmust be followed by all departments within the business, coupled withgoals for improvement to continually increase quality, and customersatisfaction. “This objective endorsement is an extremely exciting achievement forus, which came as the

Uncovering the Culprits That Cause Head Gaskets to Fail

Most installers should know the first symptoms of a head gasket that is failing are usually a slowloss of coolant with no visible leaks, engine overheating and/or aCheck Engine light with cylinder misfire codes. The Onboard DiagnosticII (OBD II) system should detect any misfires that occur due to a lossof compression or spark plugs fouled

Test Your EQ!

Take the EngineQuest (EQ) cylinder head product quiz on and enter to win EQ’s “Head to Vegas” promotion. The quick and easy product quiz will give participants the opportunity to test their knowledge of EQ cylinder heads – the preferred cylinder head of professional engine builders. The “Head to Vegas” promotion, soon to end

Take Care of Your Tooling and It

Let’s face it, when you invest in new state-of-the-art equipment, some or most of that investment is in the tooling. That tooling needs proper care – especially if you want your new machine to perform according to the manufacturer’s specs. These newer machines don’t have a clue that your tooling is dull, bent, nicked, burred,

Gaskets, Seals, Sealants and Fasteners

The factors that typically cause a gasket to fail include age, heat, thermal expansion, abrasion, pressure, vibration, corrosion, material breakdown or poor design. Some gaskets go the distance and others do not. With head gaskets, problems like detonation and engine overheating can damage the gasket very quickly, causing an otherwise good gasket to crack or

Holley Performance Again Files for Bankruptcy

TheAssociated Press (AP) has reported that high-performance auto partsmaker, Holley Performance, has filed again for Chapter 11 bankruptcyprotection. Holley Performance emerged from a prior prepackagedbankruptcy plan on March 28, 2008. Holley filed for the second time on Monday, after it was unable toreach an agreement with its lenders. The lenders claim thatKentucky-based Holley is near

James D

James D’Amore Jr. was brought up in the automotive industry. He started sweeping floors in his father’s auto repair business back in 1973 at the age of 12. He would pedal his bike to the shop nine miles after school every day. On the weekends he and his father went to Englishtown Raceway Park, NJ’s

Big R Show Features Training Workshops from RIT

TheRochester Institute of Technology’s (RIT) National Center forRemanufacturing, Resource Recovery will be presenting four trainingworkshops during the Automotive Parts Remanufacturers Association’s(APRA) International Big R Show, which takes place Oct. 31 – Nov. 2 inLas Vegas. Automotive parts remanufacturing is becoming more competitive everyyear. Progressive remanufacturers are always looking for new ways tosave money through process

Ohio Technical College Celebrates 40 Years of Automotive Training

Alot has changed in the world of automotive technology since 1969, withV8 muscle cars making way for high-tech hybrids and the days ofdo-it-yourself repairs being replaced by professional technicianservice. The same holds true for leading automotive school OhioTechnical College, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary as apremier provider of hands-on technical training.   This milestone

SEMA, Ohio Businesses Meet for Education, Networking, Drag Racing

The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) continues its important strategic direction to increase its outreach to members. In the past few years, the association has placed itself where SEMA members gather to hear what they have to say about their businesses and to learn how the association can make a difference, especially now, during a

Racers, Race Team Members Invited to Return to Indy For IMIS in December

Scheduled to be held Dec. 2-3, 2009 at the Indianapolis Convention Center, the show is owned and promoted by Performance Events Promotions (PEP) and assisted in presentation by the Indiana Motorsports Association. According to show organizers, IMIS will bring together the global motorsports market and create a successful business networking environment. Tom Weisenbach of the

Top 10 Tips for On the Job Safety

Are you working safely? While no one starts the day off thinking “Today I’ll ignore basic safety procedures and put myself – and my employer – at risk,” letting your guard down around equipment and heavy metallic objects (such as those in any engine building or machining facility) can result in an accident. Timberland PRO,

‘Big Daddy’ Don Garlits to Return to NHRA Drag Racing

“Big Daddy” Don Garlits is making a comeback to NHRA competition forthe first time since 2003, driving his Dodge Challenger Drag Pak byMopar into the heat of NHRA Stock eliminations at the Mac Tools U.S.Nationals on Labor Day weekend. His historic first run in the Drag Pakwill be on Wednesday, Sept. 2, in A/Stock Automatic

Manage, Lead, Train or Educate?

Lately, I’ve been reading a lot of management material that was written by Peter Drucker, who is generally recognized as “the father of modern management.” His style leans toward understanding relationships within management teams and bringing out the best in people to produce excellent results. This leads me to ask, if you were to evaluate

LPG Cylinder Head Conversions

The recent move to clean up inner city exhaust emissions has resulted in renewed interest in the use of LPG (Liquefied Petroleum Gas) as a motor fuel. Tax incentives are being offered to encourage fleet operators to convert to gaseous fuels and more vehicles are being offered by the OEMs that are already converted. What

MAHLE Clevite Launches New Online Catalog with Direct Ordering Capability

MAHLEClevite has announced the first phase of its new electronic catalog –Launchpad. Unlike other online catalogs in the aftermarket, Launchpadis the first Web-based catalog of its kind to include an electronicordering function tied directly into customer accounts. Launchpad allows users to search for any product within the MAHLEClevite product offering and directly place an order

Rebuilding the CAT 3208 Diesel

Since information from Caterpillar is always held very tight within the family it was very hard to get an accurate history of how the relationship all came about, so if I’m a bit off in my timeline, forgive me. I assure you, it won’t affect the content of this article. The bottom line is, Ford

How To Quiet Down a Chirping 2005-

An installer or vehicle owner may complain about a chirp coming from the lower timingbelt area. The noise is most often noticed at idle, usually after theengine has warmed up. The probable cause is that the idler pulleymounting surface is tilted, causing the edge of the timing belt to rubagainst the side of the pulser