Watch Episode 2 of the 1A Auto Talk & Tune Show

If you follow along with the 1A Blog, our Facebook page, our Youtube channel, or you know, the internet… You might possibly have seen that we have created a short, weekly, question & answer show. We are officially done with episode 2, and we have decided to call it the “1A Auto Talk & Tune” show. Right now, it’s me and Dan.  We are typical “car-guys”. We own vehicles that go fast, and are always wondering what modification to do to our vehicles next. That being said, we may mix more people into this show over time to add a little variety. With so many automotive enthusiasts in the business, it would be a shame if you didn’t get to meet more of them right?

So how did this week’s episode go? Well. We talked about bear claws with exclamation points, destroying automatic transmissions, swapping automatics to manuals, and replacing shocks and struts. Looking back, we may have been a little too wordy this time around. Don’t worry though! We are learning incredible amounts from each episode that we shoot, and we are looking forward to answering more of your questions next week.

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Episode 1 of the 1A Auto Question & Answer Session

This past week at 1A Auto, we wanted to try something new and exciting that had never been done before.  I hopped onto the 1AAuto Facebook page and asked our Facebook friends for some hard-hitting car questions. I then grabbed my coworker Dan and set up a camera so that we could answer these questions on video.  Dan had no idea what he was getting into, and I gave him very little time to prepare, yet he handled it like an absolute pro. We were both a bit camera shy because this was our first Question & Answer Episode. If you like it, please let us know, share it with a friend, and tell us what you think about the questions in the video. If it goes over well, we’ll make more.

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What Does The Sleeve On The Lower Brake Caliper Bolt Actually Do?

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If you have ever had the pleasure of doing a brake job on a rusty car before, you have likely encountered the engineering nightmare that is known as a “lower brake caliper slide bolt.” Now… if you have erased this hardware-laden memory from your brain, or aren’t familiar with this style of bolt, I’ll do my best to help out. This is the type of bolt that doesn’t want to come out of its hole because rust has essentially fused it with the brake caliper bracket. It’s the bolt that gives you a few hope-filled turns with a pipe-extended, half inch drive ratchet and then crushes your dreams when it becomes stuck solid for absolutely no logical reason. It’s the threaded evil that requires a chisel and sledgehammer to remove when the ratchet fails to do it’s-one-job. Yep. That’s the bolt we’re talking about here today.

If you have ever successfully removed this bolt (which not many have in the North East), you know that it has a rather cute little rubbery sleeve on the end of it as if to mock each one of your herculean removal efforts. The upper caliper bolt does not have this cute rubber sleeve, so why in the world did the car manufacturer put one on the bottom caliper bolt? The truth is, I don’t have an answer for that. However, I have spent quite a few late night hours in search of the truth, and I’m now here to share with you the one theory that makes the most sense to me.

These cute little rubber caliper bolt “sleeves” (that’s the most common name for these) are anti-rattle devices for the calipers.  The sleeve provides additional friction, which prevents the brake caliper from rattling/chattering within the confines of the caliper bracket. It works similarly to a shock absorber, where it slows down and dampens the movements of the calipers. As long as the whole system stays rust free and lubricated, it’s truly a simple and effective system. However, when that rubbery sleeve prevents the caliper bolt from sliding, or rust begins pulling the vehicle back into the earth, all bets are off.

So does this theory make sense? Do you have a better explanation of what the rubber caliper bolt sleeve actually does? Tells us in the comment box below.

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Finally, a Repair Video on a Clown Head Antenna Ball!

Do you find yourself staring at your faceless, beat up, and weathered antenna ball, wondering how in the world you will ever be able to replace it? Of course! Everyone does! Luckily for us, 1A Auto has finally created the video that we have all been waiting for. It shows exactly how to replace your old, faceless, disheveled antenna ball with a fresh new clown-head antenna ball. We’re making dreams come true, one clown-head antenna ball at a time.

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“This Car Is In Great Shape For Russian Standards”

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The Lada may be the most unloved vehicle on the planet. Why? Well that is because buying one brand new doesn’t guarantee a complete vehicle, or reliable starting. In fact, I have heard that most new Lada’s need to go directly to a shop to have all the bolts tightened. Of course, that is assuming that all of the bolts are at least partially installed at the Lada factory, which may or may not be the case. Assuming the Lada does run when it is new, and the owner has the bolts tightened, it usually makes it to the location of its first break-down without much effort. Sure the odometer can hit six figures, but every Lada owner knows that it is an impossible accomplishment.  Chances are better that you’ll be struck by lightning while winning the lottery.

Now, this specific Lada 2110 found on eBay is surprisingly clean because it only has 15K kilometers on it! That converts to less than 10K miles for those of us in America. Unfortunately it doesn’t have a title, so if you live in a state that requires titles and you don’t happen to “know a guy“, chances are good that the mileage will stay that way forever.  Then again, with the reputation that Lada’s have, even if you do have the ability to drive it legally, 16K kilometers may never be reached. In the eBay ad, the very passionate owner mentions that it is basically a show vehicle anyway, so you will want to trailer it and wax it regularly to keep it in tip top shape.

In passionate capital letters, here are the details pulled from the eBay listing:

“VERY RARE   RUSSIAN  2001 LADA 2110 , THIS CAR IS IN GREAT SHAPE FOR RUSSIAN  STANDARDS ,IT HAS ONLY 15K KILOMETERS ON IT, WAS ENJOYED ONLY IN GOOD WEATHER, TAKEN TO SHOWS AND EVENTS, YOU GET NOTICED IN THIS CAR MORE THAN DRIVING FERRARI OR BENTLEY, PEOPLE PULLING YOU OVER TO TAKE PICTURES ALL THE TIME,,,  MANY RECENT REPAIRS AND UPDATES INCLUDING TIMING BELT,ALL THE ENGINE MOUNTS HOSES CLAMS EVERYTHING WAS DONE ,ALL SUSPENSION  AND BRAKES , CLUTCH ,NEW TIRES AND WHEELS AND MUCH MORE  (feel free to find out more details).  IT HAS 1.5L FUEL INJECTED MOTOR.,IT ALSO GOT CHECK ENGINE LIGHT >> BRAVO VAZ <<    IN THE PICTURES CAR HAS JUMP PACK INSTEAD OF BATTERY, CAR WILL BE SOLD WITH BRAND NEW BATTERY…………………………………….!!!!  THIS CAR HAS NO TITLE AND CANNOT BE REGISTERED WITH IN USA !!!!,YOU CAN REGISTER THIS CAR IN SOME STATES THAT DON’T REQUIRE TITLE FOR OLDER CARS OR YOU CAN USE DEALER PLATES ONLY TO OPERATE THIS CAR OR TAKE TO EVENTS ON THE TRAILER,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,. THIS CAR HAS NOT BEEN USED FOR ABOUT A YEAR, SO BRAKES MAY BE A BIT SQUEAKY IN THE BEGINNING,,,,PLEASE SERIOUS BIDDERS AND  INQUIRIES ONLY…….  WILLING TO TAKE TRADE IN , JUST LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU GOT!!!!THIS CAR IS OFFERED FOR SALE LOCALLY ,SO WE HAVE THE RIGHT TO END AUCTION AT ANY TIME,. YOU CAN’T LEAVE US NEGATIVE FEEDBACK ONLY BECAUSE WE HAVE NOT DISCLOSED EVERYTHING, WE HAVE TRIED TO DISCLOSE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE INFO ABOUT IT, ANY QUESTION PLEASE CALL US 617 319 9399 OR WRITE,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,EVERY ONE IS WELCOME TO COME AND CHECK OUT PRIOR TO BIDDING,…………………………..DEPOSIT IS DUE AT END OF AUCTION, CAR TO BE PAID WITH IN 3 DAYS,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,BIDDERS WHO WILL FAIL TO PAY FOR VEHICLE WILL BE REPORTED TO EBAY ,PLEASE CHECK OUT ALL PICTURES.”

There is no doubt that this is a show vehicle, and maybe even a show winner based on what I have seen. I just hope there is enough suspension to hold a Lada trophies.  Bring this Lada home with you for a bargain basement price. Bid high and check it out at ebay item number 190829052190

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