Part Comparison: Old Idler Arm vs. New MOOG.

Idler Arm Comparison.

Over the past 6 years, I have slowly but surely replaced the majority of the steering components on my truck. The latest part that I swapped out was the Idler Arm. Mine was totally smoked, and may have even been the original one that came with the truck 22 years ago. As you can see in the picture, there is nearly zero bushing left inside where it attaches to the bracket. I am sure that the fact that it was ungreasable lead to its demise, but it was the gigantic car launching pot hole near my house that really finished it off. Let’s hear more about it!

In the moment before I hit the unavoidable paved crevasse that was racing toward me, I began saying “oooooohh” very loudly and immediately clamped my jaw shut. I figured that if I did this, maybe I wouldn’t bite my tongue off when I rolled my truck deep into the nearby woods while on fire. I then double checked my seatbelt, and began mentally preparing for impact. The mating of my right front wheel with this hole in the road, was time bending. In reality, it may have lasted less than 1 awful millisecond, but it felt like an eternal sentence in Destructionville. Oh gosh the sound was atrocious. Imagine what it sounds like to crash a medieval castle into an equally large, yet fragile, glass tank full of anchors. That is close to the sound that my truck made when contact was made. Each and every part of my truck separated for a split second and then came crashing back together again. When my brain turned back on and all wheels were touching the ground again, I was miraculously still driving down the street. I pulled into my driveway, twitching just a little bit, and noticed a fantastic new clunk in my steering to track down. Alas, the idler arm had given up the ghost. » Continue reading more of this post…

In A World Of Exotics Yellow Has A Place Of Its Own.

In a world of exotics, yellow has a place of its own. To me nothing screams “I’m here” like a bright yellow exotic sports car. If I were ever in a position to buy an exotic, it would without a doubt, have to be yellow.

Why yellow you ask? I love yellow because it’s different, it’s loud, it’s a change in the opposite direction from red, and if your lucky enough to get invited to a prestigious car show, there’s often a class for yellow car entries. To me there’s nothing cooler than observing an entire line of yellow Ferraris, Porches or Lamborghini’s on display. Most of these cars tend to wear it well. » Continue reading more of this post…

Simply A Great Commercial.

Fantastic Car Commercial

Have you ever seen a commercial and just wanted to watch it over and over again?  Recently, I was cruising around Reddit and saw this posted up by thesauce25.  It is a commercial for Shell gasoline, with the help of Ferrari race cars racing through the city streets.  The sounds coming from the cars are incredible.

(If you can’t see the video, here is the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1_kwxzU4wL4)

Now you are probably thinking to yourself “yes, that was quite wonderful for my eyes, ears, and soul, but I still want more.” » Continue reading more of this post…

1AAuto.com Shows You How To Repair A Tire With A Nail In It

If you have been driving long enough this has pretty much happened to all of us at one point or another. You pull into your driveway and hear that dreaded hissing noise. Upon checking all of your tires you find the culprit, somewhere somehow in your daily adventures you have managed to get a nail stuck in the center of your tire.

Well have no fear, we have filmed a great video that will show you how to repair the tire that is going flat on your vehicle if you have managed to become unfortunate and run over one of these things.

Rust: The Reason Why We Can’t Have Nice Things.

Rust for sale

In the northeastern part of the country, we live under a blanket of snow from December to March.  During this time, the roads are covered in 3 equal portions of snow, sand, and salt.  While the sand and salt mixture does in fact do amazing things when it comes to road conditions, it also removes the structure from your vehicle.  Not cool salt, not cool.

Many people ignore it until the guy at the inspection station says “I had to fail you for safety because your control arms aren’t there anymore, and neither are your rocker panels, floor pans, and rear quarter panels.”. You then look at your fresh new red “R” on your windshield and wonder where all the metal went. » Continue reading more of this post…

Automotive Tips & Tricks: Suggestion #4

Tip #4

The Automotive lesson today is:

When you drop your cut off wheel on the ground, or step on it, the wheel is going to break and leave you standing there surprised…. again. No matter how many times you try, you can’t just fold it back and use the broken blade because you know it flies off dangerously every time.  Seriously? You gotta stop trying that.

Lincoln Mark VIII: Stink Buggin’

Between 1993 and 1998, Lincoln made two generations of the Mark VIII.  The first gen was 1993-96 and the second was 1997-98.  I always thought that they were a very underrated car, because there was much greatness hiding under their skin.

Being a rear wheel drive was the most obvious great quality, but they also had an all aluminum, 32 valve 4.6L that pushed out 280 ish horsepower and about the same amount of torque.  The power went through an automatic (hey, no car is without faults, Lincoln wasn’t doing manuals at the time.), and sent the power through its independent rear suspension.  It had enough electronics to make Kitt feel inadequate, and a massive futuristic curved dashboard that flowed into the doors.  They all had 4 wheel disc brakes, and they even ran 15 second quarter mile times in stock form.  Not too bad for a relatively heavy car right? » Continue reading more of this post…

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