Shock Absorbers 101 – How They Manage Ride & Handling

Cars and trucks have had shock absorbers for over 100 years. However, there are many types, and how they perform varies. In this article we’ll provide a little history, some info on shock absorber design, and provide some thoughts on what to choose for your car or truck. Let’s get started. History Before internal combustion ...

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Is the DEF Additive Supply Line Mercedes BlueTEC covered under the extended warranty?

The Mercedes BlueTec Settlement gave cars and extended warranty on most of the emissions and fueling system, including the diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) or additive system…

Determining Liberty CRD Head Gasket Size

Choosing the right thickness head gasket is vital to ensuring your engine runs properly and without expensive damage!

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All About Switchable Water Pumps

If you need a water pump for your newer diesel you’ll need to decide what type of water pump to buy – swtichable or non-switchable. We’ll review the pros and cons of both water pump options.

Choosing the Right 6-Speed Clutch – LUK, SACHS, Febi and Valeo

Shopping for a new clutch for your 6-speed VW TDI can be confusing. Single-mass, dual mass, auto-adjusting, matching flywheels, it is all sort of a mess. Let’s make some sense of it…


BMW 335d: Suspension Refresh and Upgrade

BMW markets its cars as the Ultimate Driving Machines, and the 3 series is the model that has probably made the largest contribution to that claim. Most reviewers agree that the e90 is the last best of the 3-series drivers’ cars, and more than a few refer to the 335d as the “diesel M3.” The ...

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Best Sprinter Van Leveling Kit

Sprinter Vans work hard and nothing’s worse than rear-end sag… We love Sprinters because of their ability to hold MASSIVE amount of stuff while being a joy to drive daily with great ride quality and a unbelievable turning radius. However, even before reaching the maximum payload capacity you may find your Sprinter exhibiting a bit ...

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PSA: Cruze Diesel Oil Pickup Seal Failure

Around 150k miles the 1st generation Chevrolet Cruze diesel can experience sudden turbocharger or engine failure due to this under $20 part.

Land Rover & Range Rover Diesel Oil Specifications

Your Land Rover or Range Rover diesel engine requires the proper oil to protect the advanced diesel injection, turbocharging and emissions systems. In this article we’ll review the specification and available oils.

Why Do Brakes Squeal/Squeak?

We’ve all been there – you pull up to a stop sign or intersection slowly, press on the brakes slightly and hear ‘SQUEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAKKKKK!!!’…embarassing to say the least as it seems everyone in the same zip code turns their head to look at your vehicle, wondering what is wrong with your car and why you haven’t ...

Gates vs Contitech vs Dayco – Which Timing Belt Is Best?

When shopping for a replacement timing belt you might need to choose between these three main brands – Gates, Contitech (also referred to as Continental) and Dayco. How do you choose?

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