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Balance of Power

Everyone is looking for balance in their lives – balance between work and family, between responsibility and recreation, between give and take. Too much of one at the expense of the other can lead to dire consequences. The same thing can be said about the engines you rebuild. Balance between the crankshaft and its related

Pollution: Does it have to be a dirty word?

Is your business exposed to pollution liability risks? Are you covered? Can you sleep comfortably at night knowing you have taken all the necessary steps to control this exposure? If you know the meaning of “Environmental Due Diligence,” you probably can. First let’s look at three fact-based scenarios related to pollution liability that have actually

Critical Cam Event Criteria

If you want to build a performance street motor built on a moderate budget, part of the deal is that it’s up to you to select the cam for the job. Without spending forever researching it, and nearly as long installing and timing it, what cam will be the best for the job? Here are

Shelby International Launches New Social Networking Site:

Carroll Shelby, founder of Carroll Shelby International Inc. and the Carroll Shelby Foundation, have announced the birth of Shelby Nation,a dynamic online community for fans of Carroll Shelby and the legacy hehas created that includes all Shelby organizations. The Internet portalcombines social networking with forums, videos, images, links and Webpages for the Carroll Shelby Foundation,

Cleaning: Different Methods for Different Needs

Back in the late 1800s, the director of the U.S. Patent Office was said to remark “Everything that can be invented has been invented.” Charles Duell, U.S. Patent Commissioner in 1899 reportedly told the President of the United States that there was no more innovation and, therefore, no more need for the patent office. Except

Why Do Camshafts Fail?

Here’s a list of common mistakes we have determined to cause camshaft failure: 1. Lobe Wear Use only the manufacturer recommended lubricant, which is generally included with the cam. This lubricant must be applied to every cam lobe surface, and to the bottom of every lifter face of all flat tappet cams. Roller tappet cams

APRA Introduces BUYREMAN Remanufacturing Marketplace

The BUYREMAN Remanufacturing Marketplace will feature a wide range of products and services exclusively for the automotive and truck parts remanufacturing industry that will support APRA’s members and their customers in their purchasing decisions. The BUYREMAN Remanufacturing Marketplace includes a Product Showcase, which enables APRA members to highlight the many products and services they have

Turbocharging’s Not Just A Lot of Hot Air

With the uncertainty of fuel prices and the concern that gasoline couldagain top $4 a gallon across the nation, Americans have been shiftingtheir vehicle-buying behaviors toward more fuel-efficient vehicles. While gasoline-electric hybrid vehicles have been getting much of theattention as the next step in fuel-sipping vehicles, turbocharging —which is used by roughly half of new

SuperFlow Technologies Group Launches New Web site provides detailed information on SF’s complete line of industry-leading automotive testing technology and equipment – including engine and chassis dynamometers, flowbenches, electronic accessories/software, as well as transmission testing and remanufacturing equipment. The site is also home for all transmission testing products marketed under the Zoom Technologies brand, which SuperFlow purchased Zoom earlier this year.

Evans Cooling Launches New Website Spotlighting Advantages of Waterless Cooling Technology

Evans Cooling Systems, Inc., patent holder and manufacturer of the ONLY commercial waterless engine coolants, has launched a new website designed to spotlight the unprecedented economic, environmental and performance advantages of its engine cooling technology for users in the heavy duty and high performance engine markets. The new website features improved navigation and streamlined information

Get Your Bearings

Have you ever heard the phrase “old wives’ tales”? My father used itall the time whenever something didn’t seem to make sense to him forthe moment. For instance, most everyone knows these: “Don’t cross youreyes or they’ll stay that way” and “feed a cold, starve a fever.” Like I said, they’re “old wives’ tales.” They

Valve and Guide Material, Selection Update

Today’s engines are being designed with more valves per cylinder with smaller valves to reduce valve train weight and increase intake volume. Cylinder heads typically require valve guide and seat work to restore compression and oil control if you are rebuilding the heads. For the valve to seat properly and to gain the most power

Boosting Performance – Nitrous, Superchargers and Turbochargers

From the budget six-cylinders that get 300 hp and 28 mpg for less than $25,000 to the 600 hp Viper V10 to the 630 hp Corvette ZR1 for just over $100,000, the performance market is deep and wide. “It’s amazing, the horsepower potential that these cars are coming with off the factory floor,” says Frank

MAHLE Clevite Canada, ULC receives E.R.I. Outstanding Service Award

MAHLE Clevite Canada, ULC received the prestigious E.R.I. “OutstandingService Award” during the annual E.R.I. convention on Saturday, October24, 2009 in Toronto. Each year, E.R.I., a large machine shop buying group in Canada, selects a candidate for its “Outstanding Service Award” based on a national poll of the entire E.R.I. membership. The “Outstanding Service Award” recognizes

A Larger Sweet Spot

What made Callaway Golf’s Big Bertha and the Prince tennis racket so successful in the marketplace? A larger sweet spot. The sweet spot is the area on a club, racket, bat, etc., where a ballis most effectively hit. A larger sweet spot allows you to hit the ballwith power even when conditions do not allow

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