How To Set Ignition Timing
Automotive Basics

How To Set Ignition Timing

Setting the timing on your engine is one of the most misunderstood adjustments, but the information on this video will help you understand and answer all of your questions about ignition timing. [Read More…]
Making Sense of Synthetic Lubricants
How To & DIY

How To Make Sense of Synthetic Lubricants

All of us have seen countless ads telling us to change our engine oil every 3000 miles. But what are we to believe? Or more relevant, what is right for you? This article has the facts about synthetic oils, petroleum based oils, and additives so that you can make an informed decision about what is right for your cars. [Read More…]
Air Intake
Automotive Basics

Understanding Air Intakes

There are various kinds of air intakes to choose from. Among the most popular styles of air intakes are short ram intakes, cold air intakes, and ram air intakes. If you are wondering how you could get the best air intake system, and what the differences between the various designs are, here’s what you need to know. [Read More…]
Solenoid and Starter
Automotive Basics

Understanding Car Starters

In the earlier days when automobiles were a new thing, a hand crank was used to start the engine, but by 1920, nearly every vehicle had self-starters. It had replaced the hand-cranking. [Read More…]
Automotive Basics

Understanding Cold Engine Starts

Starting a car with a cold engine is easier said than done. Cold weather will come; that’s for sure and inevitable. The trick is to not let cold engines stop you from driving your car without hassles. [Read More…]
How To Determine Engine and Pinion Angle
How To & DIY

How To Determine Engine and Pinion Angle

Engine and pinion angle are relative to the ground. Most engines are set at 3 degrees, this allows the carburetor to sit level. The main purpose of having an engine angle is to allow for more room in the passenger compartment by having a smaller tunnel. [Read More…]
Common Firing Orders
Technical Info

Common Firing Orders

MSD Ignition created this helpful chart that display many common V8 firing orders and distrubutor direction for AMC, Buick, Chevy, Chrysler, Ford, GM, Oldsmobile, and Pontiac. [Read More…]
Engine Displacement Calculator
Technical Info

Engine Displacement Calculator

This calculator determines the displacement of the engine by two methods; selecting the engine to get the geometry of the configuration, or by the geometry to get the engine. You may select the engine manufacturer and designation to get the exact parameters. [Read More…]
How To Start a Hot Engine
Automotive Basics

Understanding Hot Engine Starts

It is usually a cold engine, which is exposed to extreme weather that is difficult to start. However, a hot engine can have problems too. They can be tough to start and many people don’t know how to deal with this situation when it occurs. Here are some common reason why this may be. [Read More…]
Aluminum Heads and Spark Plugs
Automotive Basics

Understanding Aluminum Heads and Spark Plugs

Spark Plug seizure in an aluminum cylinder head is usually caused by improper installation and too much torque. Aluminum alloys are softer than cast iron. Different plug shell and head materials cause these metals to expand and contract at different rates. [Read More…]