Yup, it is that time of the year again when we pull out the toys for a few warm months of fun……(screw you guys in “California” or “Florida” and your warm weather year round:) ). Doesn’t matter if it is to the track, or to the lake, but before you head out on that trip out of town, it is very important to give your trailer a good inspection and service to ensure it will not leave you stranded on …

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After the Boxster was done, the next patient was put on the table. This guy also had a horrible howl from the front end. With 197k miles on the clock, I was really worried it might be something in the differential. After stripping off the brake caliper and rotor, I was able to spin the front hub, but with all the 4wd stuff also turning, I wasn’t 100% positive. There was definitely a crunchy hang up in the system somewhere. …

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Wednesday Wes and I had “British Car Day” at the shop. 2 Jaguar projects and a cool little Triumph TR6. The V12 Jag had a bad ABS pump, and the replacement units are basically unaffordable. The XJ6 units though are slightly different, but the ABS solenoid unit which was bad are very similar with a little easy modification. We pinned out all the solenoids and the pin outs were identical. After a little work, we had them swapped and had …

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Not many people will get that, but it makes me laugh. Had this daily driver come into the shop this week after I turned down the job on the car. That’s getting Rich Wu’d. In fact I blame Rich. He called me and asked me about the repair for his brother, and not really knowing much about Nissan’s, other than the fact that girls drive them (and Rich, he’s had like 10), I turned it down as I was too …

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Had this Jaguar in the shop last week for a V1 install. Owner wanted it hardwired in so he didn’t have the power cable dangling in his way. No problem! This is another powerful car that is a riot to drive. Lot of HP through the supercharged motor. To hardwire to switched ignition so the unit turns on and off with the start button, I tapped into the wiring in the overhead light area. Main harness connector for that overhead …

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After knocking a bunch of work today, I put Squeeks on the lift for a quick oil change and tire rotation….which then turned into new brake pads….which then turned into new front rotors…..which then turned into new brake lines in the front…..which then turned into a new caliper on the front left side. GRRRRRRRR This evening was a giant kick in the balls. I knew pads and rotors were coming up as the fronts have the typical Jeep warpage, and …

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If you have ever owned a Grand Cherokee, you are probably very familiar with the brake warping issue they have with the front axle. The lack of proper cooling to the front rotors causes them to heat up and eventually warp, sometimes due to a sudden over cooling situation, such as driving through a puddle of water that kicks it up on the rotor. The result is a very shaky vehicle on harder braking, especially noticeable coming off an interstate …

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If you have a modern car and like a tidy engine bay, wipe it down by hand.  We had this SVT Cobra return after service (plugs were changed) with a check engine light and a miss in the engine. After popping checking for a faulty coil pack, we realized something was amiss. See that glint of light at the 12 o’clock above the spark plug?  That is water reflecting the light.  It is very hard to shoot a picture inside …

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You would think an engine for a mustang cobra would be very easy to find. Yea…..not the case. After the owner tried to source a factory reman from the dealer, and waited 2 months with no response, we tried to find a used low mileage motor, thinking we found one, but that turned out to be a bust as well. Finally Wes tracked down a fresh factory reman motor, and we got it here yesterday! We swapped over the wiring …

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Had a buddy bring in his 1500 Chevy that was making a horrible racket from one of the front wheels. The chevy trucks are pretty notorious for having these wheel bearing hubs go out, and they can be a rusted bugger to change out. The bearing assembly is what fails, and it is all part of the hub unit that gets replaced. First, we are going to show you how to NOT grease a suspension. One of his helpers did …

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