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Replacing Mechanical Fuel Pumps Replacing Mechanical Fuel Pumps
Fuel pumps fall into two camps: electrical and mechanical. Contemporary autos, being fuel injected and subject to complicated electronic engine management controls, use electric fuel pumps. Generally, these are manufactured to last the lifetime of the vehicle—which is not to say that professional mechanics...
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Ignition Timing Adjustment Ignition Timing Adjustment
Regardless of make or model, basic automotive engine maintenance is generally divided into four categories: lubrication, fuel, intake/exhaust, and ignition. Most do-it-yourself enthusiasts have no trouble with routine oil changes or air filter replacements, but giving your ignition system a tune up is...
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High Octane Fuel High Octane Fuel
Every time gas prices creep higher, you might find yourself wondering if you really need to pay the extra change for the upgrade to premium or super duper grade gasoline. The answer to that question is no. Unless you’re driving one of the very small percentages of performance vehicles with an...
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Fuel Pump Replacement Fuel Pump Replacement
An engine needs fuel to run. Since fuel is flammable and generally explosive, it is kept in a tank a safe distance away from the explosions going on inside the engine. This presents the problem of how to get the fuel from the tank to the carburetor or fuel injection system that feeds the engine the fuel....
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Fuel Injector Connectors Fuel Injector Connectors
“That program is buggy” is the oft-heard phrase used to describe a computer program that isn’t working right. Oddly enough, the phrase originates from the days when computers worked by way of on-and-off mechanical relays. The very first computer bug mistakenly crawled into one of those...
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Fuel Filter Swap Fuel Filter Swap
Back in the days of carburetors and mechanical fuel pumps, changing out the fuel filter was a simple affair. A sharp knife or scissors, a few hose clamps, a foot or so of fuel line, and a new fuel filter took care of things for ten thousand miles or so…
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Fuel Filter Replacement Fuel Filter Replacement
With practically every new car on the road today powered by fuel injection, keeping the fuel system clean is more critical than ever. A tiny grain of dirt can clog injectors, leading to erratic performance and lousy gas mileage. Changing your fuel filter every 10,000 miles or so will guard against contaminants...
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Distributor Rotor Replacement Distributor Rotor Replacement
Technology often improves performance and efficiency. Automotive ignitions received a notable technological advance in the Seventies when “points” type systems began giving way to more-modern electronic ignitions. Before then, many grizzled old-timers were local legends for their points...
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Distributor Cap Replacement Distributor Cap Replacement
In automobiles, most plastic parts have finite lives. The distributor cap is a prime example of a component that eventually succumbs to heat and vibration. But even if its plastic housing hasn’t broken or cracked, carbon deposits and eroded metal terminals can cause distributor-cap failure…
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Custom Fit Performance Spark Plug Wires Custom Fit Performance Spark Plug Wires
The concept behind high performance spark plug wires is simple. A stronger current to the plugs helps them to make a hotter spark, and burn the fuel-air mixture inside the cylinders more completely. A better burn means more power, smoother idle, and can even bring along a bit more mileage thanks to...
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