Monthly Archives: January 2006
Posted on January 28, 2006 by kevinBoy, do I get a lot of questions about why my car won't start. I just went through this problem with my 1969 Lincoln Continental a few days ago, and figured I would detail my process and hopefully help a few of you guys out working on your own cars. My Lincoln sits a lot and has not been starting very well since I bought it a few months ago. I went to start it and heard the dreaded click-click of the solenoid going, but the starter not turning. I guess it's time to start diagnosing. My first suspect was the battery, so I disconnected it and put it on the charger. After a night of charging, I whipped out my battery tester, which is basically a volt meter with a resistor built it to put a load on the battery. I used a model from Harbor Freight.. cheap, but I don't use it that often and it works. http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/displayitem.taf?Itemnumber=90636 Well, the battery was marginal, so I replaced it just to be safe. The battery was in the car when I bought it, and was not marked as to when it was installed, so I could not determine the age. When in doubt, replace it ! The next step was to inspect the cables running from the battery to the solenoid, ground cable, and the cable from the solenoid to the starter. The battery cables were in good condition, but the cable from the solenoid to the starter had a huge rip in the insulation and the copper wires were corroded. This will prevent the stater from getting full power, and will make the starter crank slow, if at all. So off to the parts store to get a new cable. $4 later, I was under the car replacing the cable. While I was at the store, I picked up a new starter solenoid for $6 which is just cheap insurance. Since you can not open up the solenoid and inspect it, it's easier just to replace if you don't know the age. After everything was replaced, I got in the car, and the old Lincoln fired right up. The start spun fast, and strong, just like new. When you are done with all your repairs, it's a good idea to protect your connectors with a battery terminal grease available at any auto parts store. The grease prevents corrosion and can be found in tube or spray form. Kevin
This post was posted in Electrical
Posted on January 28, 2006 by kevin
Most people have heard of synthetic oil for your engine, but did you know that you can get synthetic oil for your transmission, and rear axle? The guys at Royal Purple http://www.royalpurple.com/ have a full line of lubricants for your car. The main advantage of using synthetics in all your moving parts, is the reduced friction. You can free up horsepower and save money with increased gas mileage. I changed all the fluids in my Dodge Stealth and noticed an instant improvement, plus I knew my car was being protected from friction with the best lubricants available.
This post was posted in Oil & Lubrication
Posted on January 28, 2006 by kevinI have been running synthetic oil for a few years in my cars and love it. The longer oil change intervals and better lubrication are the major advantages. I have a good series of articles on the site which help you learn about synthetic oil. There are many myths out there about synthetic oil and you should be aware of the truth. I will only run synthetic in my performance cars, and usually use Mobil 1 or Amsoil. Royal Purple has a good line of products also. Kevin
This post was posted in Oil & Lubrication
Posted on January 25, 2006 by kevinDon't want to spend tons of money on tools, just to change your oil or do some minor repairs. Snap-On and MAC tools are great for professional mechanics, but expensive for a shade tree mechanic. I usually recommend people buy Craftsman tools if they plan on doing a lot of work on their own vehicle. Craftsman tools are the best quality tools for the money, and include a lifetime guarantee. Shop online at www.sears.com If you are doing minor repairs or are on a budget, consider tools from Harbor Freight www.harborfreight.com which also generally have a lifetime warranty but are made overseas and not of the quality of Craftsman tools. No matter what tools you buy, keep them clean and organized and they will reward you with a long useful life.
This post was posted in DIY Tools
Posted on January 24, 2006 by kevinI have been asked many times if it matters where you buy your gasoline. My answer is always this... Stick with a major brand of gasoline, and try to buy your gasoline in an area where there are a lot of gas stations. Why? well if you buy your gasoline in a populated area with many gas stations in the same area, it creates competition, and you are more likely to get a lower price per gallon. By sticking with a name brand gasoline, you are assured you are getting a quality product with a company to stand behind it. Most major brands of gasolines have a lot of detergents in their gasoline which help your car run cleaner. You will also want to run some fuel injector cleaner through your tank, every month or so, depending on how many miles you drive. Kevin