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Calvan 38900 Review – 2002 Ford 6.8 Liter V10

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Ford sparkplug blowoutHello Dennis, Good morning.

Hope you’ve had a great summer so far. Quick update for you.  I took on the project to install sleeves on all the spark plugs on my V-10 F-250.  I had originally installed two sleeves (of lesser quality) and found out that the previous owners had also done another one (of lesser quality also).  In all, three spark plugs had blown out of this engine before I decided to replace them all.  I ordered your Calvan 38900 Ford spark plug thread repair kit and four extra sleeves (inserts) and started working on my truck the last week.

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7 Things Every Car Owner Should Know – To Save Money

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Engine BayDennisB © Summary: It’s a fact that everyone likes to save money. Sometimes it’s hard to know the right way to save money on your car. For instance, delaying certain things can save money for awhile but may end up costing more in the long run. It’s important to consider how long you’re planning on keeping a car too, when doing certain repairs. Delaying some repairs may also cause the car to be less safe or not as dependable. In this short article I’ll cover seven things that new car owners need to know to save money on their car.

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Mobile Automotive Tool Sales Franchise Demise

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Snap On Truck Summary: This article is on the evolving tool industry. There’s been many industries that have experienced change over the years. More on that in this article. Franchise tool sales companies like Snap On, Matco, Mac, Cornwell and USA Tools are currently feeling the squeeze due to many reasons, but primarily because of online tool sales. As an automotive tech for many years, I’ve seen a lot of tool truck franchise owners come and go. The most dependable one that I can remember was the Snap On guy. The next was USA Tools, which was basically an independent truck that sold many of the same tools that we sell on our websites today at and

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Buy Tires On-Line VS Purchasing at a Local Store? Things to Consider

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© Summary: The Internet has changed the way we make many purchases. When considering your next car or truck tire purchase what are the advantages and disadvantages when purchasing them on-line or at a local tire store?

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Purchase a new car or used car? Car buying tips

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At the time of this post the 1967 Mustang was listed for $27,500.

©  Summary: Car buying tips when considering the purchase of a used or a new car. Used car prices are at a premium now, which means new cars should be considered. What to look for when car or truck shopping to help insure that you don’t end up with someone else’s headache.

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When Buying a Used Car – Does “Certified” Mean it’s Better?

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This Inspected & Certified 2010 used Camaro was for sale in Tampa. 

©  Summary: Car buying advice from a Master Auto Technician that has personally inspected over 1,000 vehicles for Carmax, the largest used car company in the USA. Is a certified used car better than a non-certified used car? Does paying the extra money when buying a certified pre-owned (used) vehicle make sense? Read the rest…

Overrunning Alternator Decoupler – Clutch Type Alternator

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OAD stands for Overrunning Alternator Decoupler – Image Courtesy of the Gates Corp.

© Summary: DenLors auto repair blog written by an ASE master tech. Helping to make sense of the clutch type alternator pulleys used on many cars today. Knowing how decoupler pulleys are designed and how they’re suppose to work is the first step in properly diagnosing problems. Many alternators are replaced needlessly due incorrectly diagnosed problems related to this type of pulley.

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Car Heater Blows Cold – Auto Service Tips Part 2

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The standard heater core above is copper – some cores are aluminum .

© Summary: This is part two of our exclusive car repair blog helping to troubleshoot car heater problems when they blow cold. The original article has been very popular in the colder months of the year. This repair article picks up where the first article leaves off. If you have not read the first part of the Car Heater Blows Cold article, I recommend reading it first.

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Jeep Grand Cherokee Interior Door Handle Broken – Recall?

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© Summary: A disturbing number of Jeep Grand Cherokee interior door handles are breaking at an alarming rate. Jeep Grand Cherokees from 2005 and up seem to have a particularly weak point in the interior door panel where the interior (inside inner) door handle is located. See what Jeep owners are doing about this problem and learn about the latest replacement parts information. A recall was thought to be eminent on the inner door handle assembly. Jeep Grand Cherokee’s affected are 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011.

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1999 4.0 Jaguar XJ8 No Start – Fuel Pump Location

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1999 4.0 Jaguar XJ8

Summary: Jaguar XJ-8 no start problem. One of the most common causes of a no start condition in one of these Jags is a bad fuel pump. Where’s the fuel pump you ask? See the entire repair blog, included is a picture of the fuel tank. The pump is located inside.

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