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Are Tuners Worth It?

August 31, 2021

The bottom line is that high-quality engine performance tuners are absolutely worth the money. The shift firmness on its own makes this a great investment. By retuning your car’s engine for performance, you’ll boost torque and gain increased power output. While these magic chips might sound too good to be true, you can rest assured that, if installed properly, they’ll do wonders. Let’s look at all the benefits of engine performance tuners and how they function. How tuners work Whether you know them as tuners, chips or programmers, these tiny electronic devices are utilized to optimize your engine’s performance. This... View Article

Spark Plug Thread Repair Dos and Don’ts

August 23, 2021

Your spark plugs are some of the most important components in your car. Without them, your car wouldn’t even be able to start. For this reason, ensuring you have properly functioning spark plugs is paramount. Although they are small parts, spark plugs are composed of a few different pieces. One end of most spark plugs contains threads, like a screw—and as with screws, sometimes these threads can become worn down or stripped, requiring spark plug thread repair. Spark plugs conduct electricity, so they can be quite dangerous. Therefore, knowing some dos and don’ts of spark plug thread repair can be... View Article

Pros and Cons of Iron and Aluminum Engine Blocks

August 9, 2021

Iron or aluminum? When it comes to engine blocks, that is the question. For years, engine blocks on most cars were made with cast iron. But more recently, aluminum and aluminum alloy metals have become a more popular choice when it comes to engine block composition. When you look at iron vs. aluminum engine blocks, you’ll realize they both have their advantages and drawbacks. How you intend to use your engine will likely inform which material you elect to use. Let’s take a closer look at iron vs. aluminum engine blocks. Iron engine blocks Iron engine blocks were the standard... View Article

Do Cylinder Heads Always Need to Be Resurfaced?

July 7, 2021

A clean, flat and smooth engine is the goal for every vehicle owner. When these conditions are met, the vehicle is much more likely to last longer and run better. Vehicle owners can clean their cylinders by themselves, but they need to hire a professional mechanic for cylinder head resurfacing to make them smooth and flat. The smoother and flatter a cylinder head, the less likely the chance of gasket leaks and other serious issues under the hood. We typically resurface cylinder heads after an engine has overheated or after it has blown a gasket. In both of these scenarios,... View Article

Why Is Aluminum Welding Difficult?

June 23, 2021

All metals aren’t created equal in terms of welding. Some metals are more difficult to work with than others, and aluminum is one of the trickier metals to deal with for a few different reasons. This post will cover why aluminum welding is so challenging: Oxidation: An aluminum oxide layer sits on top of each aluminum piece, and this layer melts at a much higher temperature than the aluminum itself. The welder must use high heat to get through the oxide layer without cutting a hole in the aluminum located directly underneath. Porousness: Aluminum absorbs hydrogen more quickly the more... View Article