At the top of the list for the most difficult water pumps to replace is the Nissan VQ-Series V6 engines. The pump is turned by the timing chain and is nestled in the engine block. This can make for a very difficult job no matter if the engine is mounted transversely or longitudinally. The VQ35-series of engines can be found in 2001-current Nissans and Infinitis. Book time on this job can range from 2- to 3.0-hours depending on the model and layout. There are no shortcuts.
Arnott Inc., a leader in aftermarket automotive air suspension products, has released a new air suspension compressor/dryer for the 2006-2011 Buick Lucerne, including the CXL, and the 2006-2011 Cadillac DTS OE part No. 25806015. The addition of this OE GM part further bolsters Arnott’s line of high-quality, affordable air suspension replacement parts, the company says.
Rancho fabrication and engineering back the new dual steering stabilizer brackets for Rancho RS7000MT and RS5000 series steering stabilizers that are now available at performance retailers nationwide.
The Dodge Caliber was the replacement for the Neon. The Caliber shares the same architecture with the Nitro and Sebring models from the same timeframe. Needless to say, this is a “net build” vehicle with only toe adjustments built into the front and rear suspensions.
2013 was a good year for ride control TSBs. Some TSBs were intended for very few vehicles on the road, but the solutions can be used to resolve the same problems on a wide variety of vehicles. Several of the TSBs over the next two pages can help to solve chronic problems that have plagued some
A new cabin air filter is something many motorists need, but often don’t know it. The cabin air filter (CAF) is not a well-known or well-publicized filter. Close to 90% of late-model cars and trucks now come factory-equipped with a cabin air filter, but the original filters in many of these vehicles have never been changed!
What is a wheel hub bearing and why is it so important? Though you may never even see it, a wheel hub bearing unit is an important part of a car’s wheel assembly, enabling wheels to turn freely and playing a crucial role in the safety and handling characteristics of a vehicle. Comprised of precision-manufactured bearings, seals and sensors in one pre-assembled unit, a wheel hub bearing unit is critical to performance, from the smoothness of the ride, to fuel efficiency, to the integrity of anti-lock breaking systems (ABS).
A customer may complain of a snapping or popping noise on turns from the front suspension. This typically occurs on sharp turns such as a parking lot maneuver. Duplicate the concern to verify the noise is coming from the front suspension. Read on for recommendations and instructions.
Congratulations to automotive technician Tom Nastvogel of Walla Walla, Wash. Nastvogel is the first $100 weekly winner in the SafeBaking.com Photo Contest. Nastvogel’s entry was also selected as the best photo submission of the month and he received an additional $250 Snap-on Tools gift card.
StopTech Announces Five-Year Pirelli World Challenge Sponsorship Extension, Becomes Series’ Official Friction Partner
StopTech Brakes and its parent company, Centric Parts, have announced an agreement with WC Vision to extend the relationship between the two brands for five years through the 2018 Pirelli World Challenge Championships Series (PWCCS) season. In addition to the extended partnership that has seen StopTech serving as the Official Brake Upgrades of the series, StopTech also becomes the Official Friction Partner of Pirelli World Challenge (PWC) as it enters its 25th anniversary season in 2014.
The A/C compressor is a pump that compresses and circulates refrigerant within the A/C system. Some have pistons inside while others have rotating vanes on an eccentric or a pair of metal scrolls or spirals around an eccentric. Many late-model vehicles have “variable displacement” compressors that change the piston stroke to increase or decrease the volume of refrigerant flowing through the system. Some of these run continuously instead of cycling on and off like conventional A/C compressors.
Elgin Industries, one of North America’s leading manufacturers of original equipment (OE) and replacement engine and chassis components, has opened a standalone product distribution facility in Elgin, Ill. According to the company, the new facility will serve the growing packaging, private label and specialized shipping requirements of its aftermarket distributors and other customers.