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What are parking lights and how do you use them?

July 4, 2018

If you don’t know or understand how parking lights work; you’re not alone. Your use or need for parking lights greatly depends on where you’re from, North Americans are the least likely to have experience with parking lights because of our well lit roads and ample dedicated parking space. In Europe and many other...
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Should you put anti seize on your lug nuts or wheel bolts?

June 8, 2018
Should you put anti seize on your lug nuts or wheel bolts?

When you hear or read someone say not to put anti-seize or another lubricant on your threads just remember; torque is just the means to getting appropriate tension. The problem is, tension goes both ways, and dry torque specs assume clean new threads. As this video illustrates, a less than new bolt yields only...
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Diesel oil vs Gasoline oil: what oil to run in old cars?

June 7, 2018
Diesel oil vs Gasoline oil: what oil to run in old cars?

As technology has advanced, you would assume that oils and their ability to lubricate have improved; and they have, but that development is a double edge sword. The agenda behind oil development is as much about lubrication as it is a battle against environmental impact, catalytic converter health, and fuel efficiency. If you look...
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How to balance a tire properly: use the yellow and red dots

March 21, 2018
How to balance a tire properly: use the yellow and red dots

Every rim and tire is slightly different and all have their unique high, low, light and heavy spots. On a rim, naturally the spot that is the ‘heaviest’ is where the valve stem resides as the stem adds weight to one side of the rim. On a tire, its not as obvious because a...
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How to rebuild BMW M20 head (E30, E34)

February 21, 2018

A great video from spain showing exactly how to rebuild an M20 head and how to install it back on the block. Three things I would recommend doing differently from the video: 1. Always send the head out to the machinist to check for warping and cracks instead of trying to do it yourself....
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Resettable automotive fuses

December 25, 2017
Resettable automotive fuses

Inevitably if you own any car long enough, it will likely blow a fuse, and it may blow it again and again because of an underlying problem. Resettable automotive fuses are a great tools in chasing a problem, as you can trouble shoot and not have to pay nor reinstall a new fuse every...
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How to prevent a balljoint (tierod, control arm, A-arm, etc) from spinning when trying to remove balljoint nut

October 26, 2017
How to prevent a balljoint (tierod, control arm, A-arm, etc) from spinning when trying to remove balljoint nut

One of the most frustrating parts of doing suspension work, especially for someone who doesn’t have a ton of experience is loosening or tightening the nuts on balljoints; because they spin. They are designed to spin, and sometimes need to be persuaded to not rotate so the ball joint nut can be tightened or...
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Car dies after jump starting: Different types of alternators; self exciting vs non self exciting

September 22, 2017

So you go to jump start a car, and soon after you disconnect the jumper cables the car dies, what gives? Is it a bad battery? Bad alternator? If you do a quick google search you will think you have a bad alternator, but often this isn’t the case, and its not the battery...
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E30 front sway bar reinforcement – improvement over OEM

September 21, 2017

There are two problems with the front sway bar link mounts on the E30. First, instead of the bushing shackle mounting by means of two bolts, BMW instead decided to use a slotted end, and one bolted end.   The problem with the slotted design is that the slot first needs to be inserted...
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RTSTools now up! Like RTSAuto, but for tools and related tips.

July 24, 2017
RTSTools now up! Like RTSAuto, but for tools and related tips.

Tools come with the territory of being a gear head and a car enthusiast. We are just as passionate about tools as we are cars and love sharing tool information. That is why the second installment in the RTS project is now up and running at www.Rtstools.com
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