Understanding Automotive Parts

Diesel Particulate Filters: Separating Fact From Fiction

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Back in 2001, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency finalized new emission standards for a broad variety of diesel-powered vehicles, including heavy-duty highway vehicles and personal pickup trucks. These new standards, which went into effect for the 2007 model year, require diesel vehicles to use diesel particulate filters (DPF) and other tools to achieve cleaner emissions. It’s a move that’s generated mixed reactions among truck buyers, setting into motion a number of myths and misconceptions about DPFs and how they affect engine performance. Read More»

How To Use An Ordinary Board And Cable Ties To Remove A Motorcycle Tire From The Wheel

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If you own a motorcycle with a leaky tire and would like to patch it yourself, then one of the biggest challenges you will face is removing the tire from the wheel. A motorcycle mechanic uses specialized tools to remove the tire, but unless you perform tire work often, it may make little financial sense to spend money on the tools. Fortunately, you can use a few inexpensive items to easily and safely remove a leaky tire. Read More»

All Fueled Up! Diagnosing And Cleaning Dirty Fuel Injectors

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Owning and operating a car is imperative for many people’s daily lives, but it can also be stressful. From the initial purchase and gas costs to cleaning and maintenance, it is easy to see how a car can be overwhelming. While you may be placing enough importance on oil changes and tire rotations, other maintenance is necessary for your engine’s performance. Considering fuel injectors are imperative for optimal engine performance, emissions, and fuel efficiency, ensuring they are clean and in good condition is key. Read More»