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Secrets to Achieving Good Soldering – Tricks of the Trade

Thu, 16 Aug 2012 20:08:00 +0000

Secrets to Achieving Good Soldering – Tricks of the TradeThe most fundamental skill needed to assemble any electronic project is that of soldering. The most fundamental skill needed to assemble any electronic project is that of soldering. Basic soldering is a skill that’s easy to learn and not too hard to master but misconceptions on [...]



Tomei-Powered Poncams

Mon, 13 Aug 2012 00:08:00 +0000

Tomei-Powered PoncamsTomei Powered’s newest Poncam camshafts for the 4A-G (AE111 20-valve VVT) engine are regarded as one of the most economical, reliable, easy-to-install camshafts on the market today. Tomei Powered’s newest Poncam camshafts for the 4A-G (AE111 20-valve VVT) engine are regarded as one of the most economical, reliable, easy-to-install camshafts on the market today. [...]



’88 Acura Legend Part 1 – Build Log

Mon, 30 Jul 2012 19:07:00 +0000

’88 Acura Legend Part 1 – Build LogThis is going to be an all ’80s buildup, old-school wheels and old-school audio. We’ve got a tape deck and a car phone, too! People often ask me what kind of car I drive for having the position that I do. Although I have a few other projects, [...]



Tested: BFGoodrich g-Force Sport Comp-2 Tires

Thu, 26 Jul 2012 00:07:00 +0000

Tested: BFGoodrich g-Force Sport Comp-2 TiresBFGoodrich’s first-gen g-Force Sport tire has been a popular upgrade within the sport compact market since its debut a few years back. BFGoodrich’s first-gen g-Force Sport tire has been a popular upgrade within the sport compact market since its debut a few years back. Delivering exceptional performance both in dry [...]



Intercooler Efficiency, Fluttering BOV, EVO vs. STI and more! – Question It

Thu, 19 Jul 2012 01:07:00 +0000

Intercooler Efficiency, Fluttering BOV, EVO vs. STI and more! – Question ItAsk our automotive guru Eric Hsu anything-literally, he’s going to answer every single question, as long as it’s automotive related. Got a burning question or simply need some advice with problems you’ve encountered while wrenching on your current/future projects? Ask our automotive guru Eric [...]



EVO IX AMS Turbo Upgrade

Mon, 02 Jul 2012 20:07:00 +0000

EVO IX AMS Turbo UpgradeConsidering purchasing a turbo kit for your car can become a daunting task, let alone installing and tuning afterward. Considering purchasing a turbo kit for your car can become a daunting task, let alone installing and tuning afterward. It can be done right, with rewarding results, but if you are too [...]



2004 Acura TSX Part 2

Wed, 27 Jun 2012 20:06:00 +0000

2004 Acura TSX Part 2Given this is the second part in our two-part Power Pages series for our TSX, weâ??ve found that there are many different routes you can follow when building your TSX. Baseline a Photo Gallery: 2004 Acura TSX Part 2 – Import Tuner Magazine 2004 Acura TSX Part 2 | Digg It [...]



General Brake Maintenance – Tricks Of The Trade

Wed, 20 Jun 2012 01:06:00 +0000

General Brake Maintenance – Tricks Of The TradeEvery once in a while your brakes need to be tended to. We made a step-by-step guide on how to do general brake maintenance for just the occasion. Every once in a while your brakes need to be tended to. We made a step-by-step guide on how to [...]



Technical Questions & Answers – Question It

Thu, 14 Jun 2012 20:06:00 +0000

Technical Questions & Answers – Question ItGot a burning question or simply need some advice with problems youâ??ve encountered while wrenching on your current/future projects? Got a burning question or simply need some advice with problems youâ??ve encountered while wrenching on your current/future projects? Ask our automotive guru Eric Hsu anythingâ??literally, heâ??s going to answer [...]



Proper Racing Gear

Mon, 04 Jun 2012 22:06:00 +0000

Proper Racing GearYou should never skimp on safety gear. After all, chances of crashes and fire accidents are the sameâ??always plausible. Last weekend, I trekked over to Streets of Willow at Willow Springs International Raceway to run the counterclockwise course for the first time with the track day organization, Shift-S3ctor. I hope to never have [...]



AEM 4-Channel Wideband UEGO & Series 2 EMS – ECU Tuning: Is It Too Good To Be True?

Fri, 01 Jun 2012 22:06:00 +0000

AEM 4-Channel Wideband UEGO & Series 2 EMS – ECU Tuning: Is It Too Good To Be True?Over the past few years, weâ??ve been doing lots of testing of balancing air/fuel ratios, detonation limits, and exhaust temps and found serious horsepower gains to be made with individual cylinder tuning. Over the past few years, weâ??ve [...]



2004 Acura TSX Part 1 – Power Pages

Wed, 23 May 2012 22:05:00 +0000

2004 Acura TSX Part 1 – Power PagesWe fit a Hondata heatshield and flashpro as well as an Injen cold air intake onto a 2004 Acura TSX to see what type of gains we can get. Baseline a Photo Gallery: 2004 Acura TSX Part 1 – Power Pages – Import Tuner Magazine 2004 Acura TSX [...]



Subaru Oil System Upgrades – Tricks Of The Trade

Fri, 18 May 2012 23:05:00 +0000

Subaru Oil System Upgrades – Tricks Of The TradeThe Subaru EJ engine is notorious for oiling problems. From spun rod/crank bearings to occasional faulty oil pickup units, this engine has been begging for an aftermarket fix to prevent such mishaps from occurring. Lateral and longitudinal forces from turns, acceleration, and braking, especially in drifting and [...]



Subaru Oil System Upgrades – Tricks Of The Trade

Fri, 18 May 2012 23:05:00 +0000

Subaru Oil System Upgrades – Tricks Of The TradeThe Subaru EJ engine is notorious for oiling problems. From spun rod/crank bearings to occasional faulty oil pickup units, this engine has been begging for an aftermarket fix to prevent such mishaps from occurring. Lateral and longitudinal forces from turns, acceleration, and braking, especially in drifting and [...]



Rotary Engine Upgrades and More – Question It

Wed, 16 May 2012 22:05:00 +0000

Rotary Engine Upgrades and More – Question ItGot a burning question or simply need some advice with problems youâ??ve encountered while wrenching on your current/future projects? Got a burning question or simply need some advice with problems youâ??ve encountered while wrenching on your current/future projects? Ask our automotive guru Eric Hsu anythingâ??literally, heâ??s going to [...]



HKS EVC 6 Boost Controller – A New Era In Boost Controllers

Sat, 05 May 2012 01:05:00 +0000

HKS EVC 6 Boost Controller – A New Era In Boost ControllersHKS celebrates the 24th anniversary of the original Electronic Valve Controller (EVC) with an all-new EVC Boost Controller model. HKS celebrates the 24th anniversary of the original Electronic Valve Controller (EVC) with an all-new EVC Boost Controller model. The HKS EVC 6 Boost Controller [...]



Stillen VQ37 Supercharger System

Mon, 30 Apr 2012 12:04:00 +0000

Stillen VQ37 Supercharger SystemAfter more than a year of development and testing, Stillen announces its CARB approval of their Nissan 370Z (Z34) G37 Supercharger system. After more than a year of development and testing, Stillen announces its CARB approval of their Nissan 370Z (Z34) G37 Supercharger system. The 50-state legal kit goes without notice as [...]



Mazda 2 B-Spec Race Car – 411

Thu, 26 Apr 2012 00:04:00 +0000

Mazda 2 B-Spec Race Car – 411Mazda Motorsports has just released their B-Spec kits for the Mazda 2. We might not have the N1 race like in Japan, but the B-Spec class might be the ticket for small compact car racers. Mazda Motorsports has just released their B-Spec kits for the Mazda 2. This means [...]



Salt flat Monster – Question It

Wed, 25 Apr 2012 22:04:00 +0000

Salt flat Monster – Question ItEric answers questions about a Geo Metro Salt Flat Monster, hose clamps, and more in this month’s Question It. Eric would like to wish everyone belated happy holidays with his friendly smile and cheerful demeanor. Technically, this issue hits newsstands in February, but in the magazine world . . . [...]



Pride Comes Before A Fall

Wed, 18 Apr 2012 22:04:00 +0000

Pride Comes Before A FallWhy is it that people who are self-proclaimed â??car enthusiastsâ? do this sort of thing to their so-called pride and joy? Car enthusiasts aplenty, it seems as though many women feel the need to proclaim they work on their cars themselves to prove that they are one among men. Much of [...]



Do you need brake pads? – Tricks Of The Trade

Sat, 14 Apr 2012 04:04:00 +0000

Do you need brake pads? – Tricks Of The TradeIn this month’s Tricks Of The Trade we cover topics regarding brake pad selection and compounds used in various pads. Do you need brake pads? a Photo Gallery: Do you need brake pads? – Tricks Of The Trade – Import Tuner Magazine Photo Gallery: Do you [...]



E85 Fuel From 93 Octane – Question It

Sat, 17 Mar 2012 03:03:00 +0000

E85 Fuel From 93 Octane – Question ItCan switching to E85 Fuel from 93 octane be beneficial for certain builds? Find out in this month’s Question It. Amazing and unknown facts on Eric Hsu: a Photo Gallery: E85 Fuel From 93 Octane – Import Tuner Magazine E85 Fuel From 93 Octane – Question It | [...]



K-Powered – Under The Hood

Fri, 16 Mar 2012 03:03:00 +0000

K-Powered – Under The HoodWe dedicated this monthâ??s issue to the K-Series engine and collaborated with Honda Tuning magazine to pay tribute to one of the most popular engines of modern society. No vehicle within my 4½-year tenure of working for Import Tuner has required as much time and devotion as the masterpiece you see [...]



Nissan 240SX Cam Upgrade – Build Log

Fri, 02 Mar 2012 20:03:00 +0000

Nissan 240SX Cam Upgrade – Build LogA pair of Jim Wolf Technology cams and sprockets find their way into this Nissan 240SX. Follow along in our step by step installation. My Project S14 has been in its â??buildâ? process for the past six years of ownership and I haveâ??for the equivalent number of yearsâ??said my [...]



Hose Candy – Tricks Of The Trade

Wed, 29 Feb 2012 20:02:00 +0000

Hose Candy – Tricks Of The TradeAre you embarrassed every time you open your carâ??s hood, only to be greeted by a visually disastrous ratâ??s nest of hoses and fittings? Are you embarrassed every time you open your carâ??s hood, only to be greeted by a visually disastrous ratâ??s nest of hoses and fittings? If [...]



2006 Mitsubishi EVO MR LSD Gear Oil – Living It

Thu, 23 Feb 2012 05:02:00 +0000

2006 Mitsubishi EVO MR LSD Gear Oil – Living ItWe purchased Mitsubishi DiaQueen LSD gear oil and spent our weekend flushing the system. Fun times! I took a break from working on my own car to focus on the fiancéâ??s EVO. Yes . . . I know, I own a Subaru but in my defense, [...]



Project Subaru EJ205 – Build Log

Wed, 22 Feb 2012 04:02:00 +0000

Project Subaru EJ205 – Build LogFollow along as we continue our EJ205 build from our Dec. ’11 issue. Subaru owners are an interesting bunch; they either love or hate their cars with a passion. I find myself indifferent and caught in the middle of the mix. On one end, I love my â??03 Subaru for [...]



Top 10 Tips When Buying A Used Car

Fri, 10 Feb 2012 05:02:00 +0000

Top 10 Tips When Buying A Used CarWeâ??ve put together a list of the Top 10 tips when buying a used car. Weâ??ve put together a list of the Top 10 tips when buying a used car. Not only will these simple tips help your avoid buying a lemon, they will also help you save [...]



Intake/Exhaust Valve Check – Tricks Of The Trade

Sat, 04 Feb 2012 04:02:00 +0000

Intake/Exhaust Valve Check – Tricks Of The TradeIf you suspect a faulty valve or recently purchased a used cylinder head and are unsure of its condition, but need to get your car running ASAP, we have a quick and easy setup on how to check for bent valves with the cylinder head(s) off. Cylinder head [...]



Torque Plate – Question It

Sat, 28 Jan 2012 05:01:00 +0000

Torque Plate – Question ItEric talks about the benefit of utilizing torque plates to simulate cylinder distortion during the machining process. Amazing and unknown facts on Eric Hsu: Torque Plate – Question It | Digg It | Add to del.icio.us Original post by Alternative Fuel News and software by Elliott Back



Chassis Stiffening – Question It

Thu, 22 Dec 2011 20:12:00 +0000

Chassis Stiffening – Question ItIn this month’s Question It we answer questions about chassis stiffening, valvetrains, and more. Eric Hsu recently returned from the land Down Under, competing at Australiaâ??s WTAC as engine manager for Sierra Sierraâ??s EVO. Heâ??s enthusiastic (see photo), well . . . not really, but . . . heâ??s ready to [...]



Spark Plug Wire Maintenance – Tricks Of The Trade

Thu, 01 Dec 2011 05:11:00 +0000

Spark Plug Wire Maintenance – Tricks Of The TradeWith any vehicle, routine maintenance is a key essential in keeping you car running in tip-top condition and spark plug wire maintenance is no exception. With any vehicle, routine maintenance is a key essential in keeping you car running in tip-top condition. When spark plug wires fail, [...]



Hyundai Tuning – Question It

Tue, 01 Nov 2011 19:11:00 +0000

Hyundai Tuning – Question ItThis month’s Question It addresses questions about tuning newer Hyundai platforms, swapping engines, and more. Nostradamusâ?? words have been deemed prophetic. He became world renown when publishing collections of prophecies including this theorem: â??One of the hardest things to teach a child is that the truth is more important than the [...]



Nissan 240SX Brake Upgrade

Fri, 28 Oct 2011 04:10:00 +0000

Nissan 240SX Brake UpgradeFor 240SX owners out there, the 300ZX brake upgrade isn’t the only option out there anymore. Itâ??s true that any car can be transformed into a performance giant with the right work, but pound for pound, some just do it better than others. The Subaru WRX STI and Mitsubishi Lancer EVO are [...]



Main Crankshaft Seal Replacement – Tricks Of The Trade

Thu, 27 Oct 2011 04:10:00 +0000

Main Crankshaft Seal Replacement – Tricks Of The TradeGetting a main crankshaft seal fixed at the dealership can run in the neighborhood of $500; however, if youâ??ve got a free afternoon, you can fix it yourself for under $50. A question from one of our readers asked us: â??What exactly is the rear engine seal [...]



Can An Improper Alignment Decrease Power? – Fact or Fiction

Tue, 11 Oct 2011 02:10:00 +0000

Can An Improper Alignment Decrease Power? – Fact or FictionWe all know how poor alignment can hasten tire wear and impede safety, but some would argue that it can even be robbing your car of power. Weâ??re all guilty of it: With the numerous maintenance and legality issues that accompany owning a less-than-new car these [...]



The Miata Articles – Build Log

Tue, 11 Oct 2011 00:10:00 +0000

The Miata Articles – Build LogIn stock form the Miata is slow, has a washy suspension and brakes to match. Fortunately, we have the aftermarket to fix that. I never liked the Miata. Photo Gallery: The Miata Articles – Build Log – Import Tuner Magazine Photo Gallery: The Miata Articles – Build Log – Import [...]



Piston Anatomy – Tech Knowledge

Sat, 08 Oct 2011 00:10:00 +0000

Piston Anatomy – Tech KnowledgeHere are some tips on choosing the proper pistons for your engine. If youâ??re like many of us, you donâ??t spend a lot of time thinking about the pistons in your engine. Most of the time you donâ??t need to, but there are times when burnt, scuffed, or cracked pistons need [...]



Toyota 2JZ Engine Swap – Question It

Thu, 06 Oct 2011 04:10:00 +0000

Toyota 2JZ Engine Swap – Question ItThis month’s winning letter asks about a Toyota 2JZ engine swap and what’s involved. As you read this, chances are the World Time Attack Finals just went down outside Sydney, Australia, where Eric Hsu hopefully tuned the Sierra Sierra EVO to Unlimited AWD victory. Some other Eric Hsu facts: [...]



Radiator Hose Inspection – Tricks of the Trade

Fri, 23 Sep 2011 04:09:00 +0000

Radiator Hose Inspection – Tricks of the TradeIf youâ??ve never inspected radiator hoses, we offer this simple guide. With the summer days upon us, your engineâ??s cooling system should be inspected, flushed, and refilled with fresh coolant. One area of cooling systems that even do-it-yourself mechanics overlook is checking the radiator hoses. A quick visual [...]



Broken Stud Extraction – Web Exclusive

Thu, 15 Sep 2011 21:09:00 +0000

Broken Stud Extraction – Web ExclusiveWhen you’re working on a 15+ year old car, you should expect full well that some jobs aren’t going to go without a hitch. Shop: Corner 3 Garage | Lake Forest, CA Photo Gallery: Broken Stud Extraction – Import Tuner Magazine Broken Stud Extraction – Web Exclusive | Digg It [...]



Gearbox Beatdown – Synchromesh vs. Dog Box

Mon, 12 Sep 2011 22:09:00 +0000

Gearbox Beatdown – Synchromesh vs. Dog BoxBefore decoding synchromesh and dog gearboxes, it is critical to understand the beast. Before decoding synchromesh and dog gearboxes, it is critical to understand the beast. Itâ??s all about engagement; how the gearsets are selected within the transmission is the difference between synchromesh and a dog box. Photo Gallery: [...]



Compressor Surge and more – Question It

Thu, 08 Sep 2011 03:09:00 +0000

Compressor Surge and more – Question ItThis month’s Question It addresses questions about compressor surge, modifying Scion tCs, and idling issues. Some facts you might not know about our resident tech guru: Photo Gallery: Compressor Surge and more – Question It – Import Tuner Magazine Photo Gallery: Compressor Surge and more – Question It – [...]



Rust-Free Manifold Restoration

Wed, 07 Sep 2011 03:09:00 +0000

Rust-Free Manifold RestorationWhat are you going to do with that unsightly rusted exhaust manifold that sticks out like a sore thumb? Calyx Manifold Dressing is perfect for manifold restoration. You spend all night preparing for a car show, your engine and engine bay are perfectly detailed but you still have one problem: What are you [...]



Honda Prelude radiator overheating

Mon, 05 Sep 2011 08:30:48 +0000

This is a 2000 Honda Prelude. Its having a problem overheating. The car won”t overheat immediately but takes some time to get hot. The first thing to be checked is the coolant level. The car has to be cooled off to check the coolant level or you can get burned. Carefully open the cap with a [...]



How To Cheat An Emissions Test

Fri, 02 Sep 2011 21:09:00 +0000

How To Cheat An Emissions TestIn keeping with last monthâ??s theme of testing multiple products rumored to have the same effect on vehicle performance, weâ??ve got our sights set on emissions this time around. In keeping with last monthâ??s theme of testing multiple products rumored to have the same effect on vehicle performance, weâ??ve got [...]



Ultra Racing Chassis Bars – Project WRX

Fri, 26 Aug 2011 02:08:00 +0000

Ultra Racing Chassis Bars – Project WRXWe combat chassis flex in our Project WRX with some parts from Ultra Racing including fender braces, a strut tower bar, and more. Chassis flex is the nemesis of any good handling car. Itâ??s no secret that race cars rely on rollcages and/or stitch welding to stiffen the chassis, [...]



Will These Strip Paint Off Cars? – Fact or Fiction

Tue, 09 Aug 2011 04:08:00 +0000

Will These Strip Paint Off Cars? – Fact or FictionWill these strip paint off cars? We test out cola, bologna, salami, eggs, brake cleaner, and brake fluid. As much as we love putting shady products to the test, busting their sky-high claims and putting their often fly-by-night manufacturers in check, addressing automotive urban legends is [...]



Yamaha Blaster atv carb cleaning

Mon, 19 Jul 2010 15:17:06 +0000

 This Yamaha Blaster atv has been sitting for awhile and won’t start. There is a good chance that the carburetor is probably dirty. The two stroke gas, as with any gas, gets bad after time and starts to cause buildup in the carburetor. The carb will be removed and cleaned out, so that it will start well [...]



S-10 Thermostat Replacement

Fri, 27 Nov 2009 19:10:26 +0000

  This vehicle is overheating. The temperature would climb slowly so the first logical thing to replace is the thermostat. A thermostat is not very expensive and is much easier to change than a water pump. They can be tested by boiling water and seeing if it opens. Due to the low effort and price its [...]



Miata Catback Exhaust Swap

Mon, 02 Mar 2009 07:49:03 +0000

 This is an aftermarket catback exhaust swap on a 1996 mazda miata as shown to the left. All exhaust swaps will be similar with only small differences. Reasons for an exhaust swap can be a leaking stock exhaust or maybe just to have an increase in horsepower.  Another good reason to replace the stock exhaust [...]



Saving Gas by Improving Mileage

Fri, 26 Sep 2008 13:03:19 +0000

If you can’t get or afford the price of gas and your fuel gauge looks like this often, you might want to try some different ideas to save gas or improve mileage. First always make sure your car is running as good as it can. This can be done by performing a tune up which generally consists [...]



Thermostat Replacement, Car Overheating

Fri, 22 Aug 2008 17:38:55 +0000

 Thermostat replacement is generally done if a car is overheating. The other possibility is that the car is no longer heating up correctly due to the thermostat sticking. Before changing the thermostat verify that the engine coolant is full and that the cooling fan is working when the car is up to temperature. You will also need [...]



Mustang MSD Distributor Upgrade

Sun, 17 Aug 2008 12:37:21 +0000

Upgrading an old points type distributor to a hei which stands for high energy ignition can be a rewarding upgrade. This distributor is on a 1966 ford mustang with a 289 v-8 engine. The upgrade distributor is a msd unit made specifically for this engine, some people may use a distributor off of a newer [...]



Cool 80′s cars

Mon, 28 Jul 2008 04:56:35 +0000

A lot of cool cars were made in the 1980′s and many can be bought for cheap. Many of these sport cars can handle and perform equal or better than many new cars for similar or less money. There were impressive import and domestic cars and a reasonable variety of each. Lets go through a [...]



Mustang Performance Intake and Carb Swap

Mon, 09 Jun 2008 16:40:58 +0000

This is an intake manifold and carburetor (carb) swap for a 1966 mustang. The engine is a 289 ci v-8 engine. The stock intake manifold will be replaced with an edelbrock performer aluminum intake which is lighter and makes more horsepower. The stock carb or carburetor will be replaced with an aftermarket edelbrock carb. The [...]



Small Engine Ignition Problem

Sun, 06 Apr 2008 06:32:06 +0000

  After this engine sat for awhile it wouldn’t restart. This is a 2 horsepower briggs and stratton engine. This engine is on a rototiller, but the problem would be the same with any other engine. The first thing to do is to decide if the problem is fuel or spark related. These are the [...]



Hayabusa Turbo

Mon, 28 Jan 2008 12:30:11 +0000

Fast suzuki hayabusa street racing. This is one fast turbo busa, it makes over 500 hp!! Enjoy!



Mustang Auto transmission slipping

Tue, 25 Dec 2007 07:31:54 +0000

 This is a 1991 Ford Mustang with a 2.3 liter four cylinder engine. The automatic transmission is slipping when it’s shifting to higher gears. The first thing to check for is a leaking line which could suck air. The next thing to do when your transmission is slipping is to remove the transmission pan. When the [...]



Cavalier Coil Pack Replacement

Mon, 03 Sep 2007 07:48:12 +0000

 If a coil pack dies the car will generally quit and won’t restart, especially if the engine is warm. When first diagnosing the engine remove a spark plug and still connected to the spark plug wire, lay it on the engine. Crank the engine over and look for spark to jump across the plug. This [...]



Dodge Caravan a/c Clutch Replacement

Sun, 01 Jul 2007 08:15:48 +0000

The ac on this 3.3 liter Dodge Caravan is still working but it is now making a terrible noise when it is engaged. The other problem is that the ac is not disengaging and still makes noise after it is turned off. If the ac is still blowing cold air the compressor is probably still operating [...]



Replacing Serpentine Belt on a Car

Thu, 07 Jun 2007 08:36:46 +0000

 If the serpentine belt breaks on a car the alternator will quit charging and the water pump may not work, causing the car to overheat. Before the belt breaks it is good to inspect it for cracks on the inside where the ribs are located. Also if the belt is worn the topside of the [...]



Cadillac Northstar Starter Replacement

Thu, 24 May 2007 05:23:32 +0000

  If your car won’t start, there are a few things to try. First charge the battery for awhile or have it load tested at a car parts store. If the battery holds a charge the alternator may be faulty. If the engine clicks but will not turn over after you have verified that the [...]



Cam Position Sensor Replacement

Sun, 13 May 2007 04:23:04 +0000

 This is an article on how to replace a camshaft position sensor on a sunfire or cavalier 2.2 liter engine. The engine uses this for the timing of the engine and without it, the engine may not run at all. The cam position sensor could also intermittenly cause running or starting issues. If the engine backfires from another [...]



Replace Miata Water Pump

Fri, 20 Apr 2007 04:16:45 +0000

 This article will cover the replacement of a water pump on a 1996 miata. This is generally done when the timing belt is being replaced. You should start off by following this link to a Timing Belt replacement. Then come back to this article to finish. It is always recommended to replace the water pump when [...]



Replacing an O2 Sensor

Thu, 19 Apr 2007 08:35:26 +0000

 Oxygen sensors also known as o2 sensors will go bad somewhere around 60,000 miles. When an oxygen sensor goes bad your check engine light will come on. You will need to have your computer scanned, autozone does this for free. Most newer cars, especially 1996 and newer vehicles will have two o2 sensors. Scanning the [...]



Change Transmission Filter

Fri, 13 Apr 2007 07:07:30 +0000

 If your car revs up when it shifts or when the gas is stepped on, the transmission filter may need to be replaced. This generally happens by the time a vehicle has reached 100,000 miles. The transmission filter should actually be replaced every 60,000 miles. Always check the transmission fluid level first, since this can [...]



Automotive Fuel Pump Relay

Mon, 02 Apr 2007 07:04:45 +0000

   If your fuel pump is not working there is a possibility that your fuel pump relay is bad. When you turn the ignition key forward the coil inside the relay is energized. When the coil is energized you can generally quietly hear the fuel pump buzzing for a few seconds. The fuel pump will come [...]



Car won’t go, it shakes

Fri, 02 Feb 2007 10:14:08 +0000

 If a car shakes when the gas petal is stepped on and it won’t go fast, then you probably have an ignition problem. This is generally a problem caused by a spark plug wire arcing to the engine ground. The other possibility can be a bad spark plug. This is a 1996 pontiac grand am, [...]



Mazda Timing Belt Replacement

Sun, 28 Jan 2007 06:23:13 +0000

  Many cars today use timing belts instead of timing chains that were used in the past. Most import automobiles use them and some new domestic autos are switching to them. There are advantages and disadvantages to using timing belts. Timing belts are more quiet than a timing chain. This is good for high performance applications [...]



Two Stroke Induction

Tue, 26 Dec 2006 06:37:07 +0000

   There are three general types of two cycle induction. The most simple type of air intake induction is called a piston port engine. This type of two stroke engine has holes cut through the cylinder walls in specific areas. The second type of induction, and the most popular type, is reed block induction. This consists of multiple [...]



2 Stroke Engine Repair

Tue, 21 Nov 2006 07:18:34 +0000

               2 Stroke engine repair can be accomplished once the severity of the problem or damage is assesed. As with all engines, they require two basic things to operate. First all engines require fuel. There are a few ways to check if the engine is getting fuel. Remove the [...]



Idle Air Control Valve Replacement

Thu, 26 Oct 2006 06:42:16 +0000

Does your car idle rough or the speed cycle up and down. You probably have a bad idle air control valve. The only purpose of the idle air control valve is to keep the engine’s idle smooth. The engine’s computer gives the idle air control valve the feedback it needs to hold a constant rpm. [...]



Clutch Slave Cylinder

Thu, 12 Oct 2006 08:50:50 +0000

Rebuilding a clutch slave cylinder is sometimes needed after the clutch petal is no longer working. First you should check the clutch fluid container to verify it is full. If not follow the line down to the slave cylinder while looking for leaks to identify the problem. The clutch slave cylinder is located behind the [...]



Sheared Flywheel Key

Sun, 27 Aug 2006 13:59:51 +0000

If you have a lawnmower that is backfiring or pulling the pull start out of your hand, the flywheel key may be sheared. The key in a small engine mates the flywheel to the crankshaft in a certain spot. The flywheel can only fit one way or the timing will be incorrect. The flywheel key [...]



Clutch Master Cylinder Rebuild

Mon, 24 Jul 2006 10:13:22 +0000

If your clutch petal has ever lost pressure and the petal will not dis-engage the clutch, there is a leak. The leak may be air sucking in or fluid leaking out. First check the clutch fluid reserve, if it is low you will need to identify the leak. There should be a puddle of fluid [...]



Air Temp Sensor

Sun, 23 Jul 2006 07:35:38 +0000

An air temperature sensor is used on fuel injected engines. The purpose of an air temperature sensor is to help the computer calculate air density. A change in temperature changes the resistance in the sensor. Simply stated, the higher the air temperature gets the less dense the air becomes. As the air becomes less dense [...]



Ignition Switch

Mon, 12 Jun 2006 06:07:42 +0000

Ignition switches are a common problem with cars. When an ignition switch dies, the engine will still spin over but will not start. The 12 volt power will never go to the ignition module to power the ignition coils. Ignition switches are similar on all cars and this procedure should work on most. This car [...]



Cooling Fan Motor

Mon, 22 May 2006 07:45:32 +0000

If a cooling fan will not turn on as the temperature reaches 200 degrees F, the fan motor may need to be replaced. To remove the fan on a 1995 Cadillac STS, start by removing the front plastic guard. Many other cars cooling fans are almost identicle to this set up and can be repaired [...]



Aftermarket Steering Wheel Replacement

Mon, 17 Apr 2006 04:44:45 +0000

This aftermarket steering wheel conversion is being done on a Mazda Miata but it can be done on any other vehicle the same way. Some people change the steering wheel for looks and for more leg room. You will also shed a few pounds, this steering wheel shed 10 pounds, not a lot but every [...]



Lambo Door

Fri, 10 Feb 2006 14:25:29 +0000

Lambo door kits will make your car stand out of the crowd! This article will cover the installation of the lambo door conversion kit. The lamborghini door kit comes in a bolt on kit or a universal weld on kit. This door installation was on a mitsubishi 3000 gt using the weld on kit. The [...]



Snowmobile Fuel Pump

Fri, 10 Feb 2006 05:27:49 +0000

Snowmobile fuel pump problems can be diagnosed. A vacuum fuel pump is used on snowmobiles with carburetors. The first thing to look at is the vacuum line that will run to the crankcase. If this hose has any cracks, leaks or is not clamped tightly on to the crankcase fitting, it will not pump fuel. [...]



Cooling Fan troubleshooting

Mon, 30 Jan 2006 05:53:03 +0000

Cooling fans are easy to troubleshoot. Some automobiles use two smaller fans or one larger fan. The twin electric fan set up will use one fan for cooling the engine. The other fan will be used for cooling the air conditioning and radiator but only works with the ac on. Never continue to run the [...]



Backup Generator

Wed, 18 Jan 2006 16:44:48 +0000

Backup generators are very useful in the event of power loss. Purchasing a generator is the best way for large amounts of power. A home built generator can generate smaller amounts of power, enough for the freezer and a few lights. This is definitely a project for someone with mechanical background and maybe a little [...]



Rotary Valve Engine

Mon, 16 Jan 2006 18:06:09 +0000

A rotary valve engine is always a two stroke engine. Most rotary valve engines are rotax engines. Although other rotary engines such as suzuki and kawasaki have been made. Rotax engines are used in snowmobiles, jet-skis and motorcycles and aircraft engines. A rotary valve refers to the intake of a two stroke engine. There are [...]



Engine Surging

Thu, 12 Jan 2006 20:11:18 +0000

A car’s engine can surge for many reasons. Generally the ignition, wires, spark plugs, or the distributor rotor and cap will cause this problem. Another possibility is that your fuel filter is clogged. Injectors could also possibly be clogged on a high mileage vehicle. This is where a tune up can help your car. A [...]



Snowmobile Engine

Wed, 04 Jan 2006 19:21:52 +0000

Snowmobile engines are generally two strokes except for a few new four strokes. Repair and troubleshooting is similar to any other vehicle. First you want to identify if it is a fuel or ignition problem. Remove the spark plugs and look to see if they are wet or dry. Do they both look the same [...]



Piston Ring

Sun, 01 Jan 2006 06:28:57 +0000

Piston rings are a very crucial part of a two stroke engine. If the rings stick they can be freed up, assuming there was no cylinder damage involved. If the cylinder is smeared vertically with aluminum it is damaged. The cylinder will need to be cleaned up with muriatic acid then honed out until the [...]



Boat Propeller

Mon, 26 Dec 2005 05:16:12 +0000

The height of outboards in relationship with the bottom of the hull is very important. The higher or “drier” the motor is the faster the boat will go until it reaches the point of ventilation “pulling air into the propeller” which will instantly slow you down. Most motors will be set a little bit lower [...]



Compression Test

Fri, 16 Dec 2005 10:06:59 +0000

A compression test is a way of testing an engine’s condition without tearing the engine apart. A compression tester or tool is used to check the compression pressure. An engine compression test will let you know if there is excessive wear between the cylinder and piston. When the seal between the cylinder and piston rings [...]



How to replace an Ignition Lock

Fri, 09 Dec 2005 19:08:17 +0000

The ignition switch lock is not hard to replace. The switch first needs to be exposed by removing the colomn area covering it. Older cars use a clip or a pin that can be pressed, that will allow the switch module to slide out. Many newer cars use a clip and a pin to slide [...]



Water Pump repair

Wed, 07 Dec 2005 04:37:27 +0000

A water pump circulates water from the engine and through the radiator to keep the engine cool. Most cars need a water pump somewhere around 120,000+ miles. Some cars like Hondas have the pump by the timing belt and some are driven off of it. These type of cars should replace the water pump at [...]



turbo

Sun, 04 Dec 2005 01:39:29 +0000

The turbo has been around for almost as long as engines themselves. Yet turbos are not in the least outdated. The turbo works as an air compressor for the engine. At 14.5 psi the turbo has doubled the amount of air going into a normally aspirated engine. The more air you can put into an [...]



Small Gasoline Engine

Thu, 01 Dec 2005 15:32:33 +0000

Small engines can be purchased for many self hobby types. Places like Northern Tool are great for small engines anywhere between one horsepower to 23 horsepower engines. These engines are purchased for many projects like water pumps, go carts, homemade generators, log splitters and various other projects. Pay attention to your project before purchasing an [...]



Outboard Boat Engine

Mon, 28 Nov 2005 04:54:43 +0000

Two and four stroke outboards are more similar in terms of performance and efficiency than ever before. Four strokes have become far more lightweight with more power than before. Two strokes have become far more fuel efficient while keeping their excellent power to weight ratio. Some companies such as mercury marine have produced four stroke [...]



Engine won’t crank

Tue, 22 Nov 2005 04:09:41 +0000

If the engine won’t crank, you first need to verify if it’s turning over. If the engine won’t even spin, then verify that the battery cables are tight and clean. If they are not clean, use baking soda and a wire brush to clean the posts off. If the cables are good, confirm that the [...]



Small Engine Recoil Repair

Sun, 20 Nov 2005 15:49:36 +0000

Recoil rope broke on your small engine? Here is a guide to repairing a lawnmower, chainsaw, outboard motor, snowmobile or weed eater recoil. The pull start assembly is usually easy to get to and will not take long to repair. Generally there are up to four screws that will need to be removed for the [...]



Idle air control

Wed, 16 Nov 2005 08:49:56 +0000

The idle air control is a control system used on fuel injected cars. The idle air control or IAC valve controls the idle speed of the engine. The IAC valve is controlled by the ECM (computer). The computer gets it’s information from the rpm which is supplied by the distributor, crank or cam sensor. The [...]



Go Kart Information

Fri, 11 Nov 2005 10:23:06 +0000

Go carts can be complex racing carts or simple back yard projects. Many of the racing carts have pre built chassis that are design specific for racing. Most people will purchase a cart for racing instead of building one. There are three popular type of racing carts oval dirt carts, briggs and stratton and tecumseh [...]



How to test an ignition coil

Tue, 01 Nov 2005 09:06:34 +0000

A standard car’s distributor ignition coil can be tested by checking the ohms reading. Ohms can be read on a volt/ohms meter. Ohms is a unit of measure for the resistance that a wire or coil has. Ignition coils should be measured on the primary coil between batt and tach terminals. The batt is the [...]