The water pump is a crucial part of your vehicle. It endures constant use and when working properly prevents your engine from overheating. A leak here can cause serious damage to your vehicle’s engine. Some signs that you might have a problem would be finding coolant or water pooled under your vehicle. Water pumps have a weep hole that water can leak out of when the pump is failing. Another obvious sign of overheating, is seeing your temperature gauge reading go above normal. Continue reading
I think for the most part (if possible) we like to do our own auto repairs. Today, saving time and money is very important. Having the proper tools for the easy jobs can make life a little easier and definitely less stressful. That’s why I want to tell you about the Lisle LIS65000 Deep Hole Spark Plug Repair Kit. Most of us are keeping our vehicles longer and regular preventive maintenance keeps us on the road.
The little tool that can. Yes, the Lisle LIS31000 Magnetic Pick-Up Tool fits that description to a T and is one of the most important must have automotive tools that you could have in the tool box. This American Made powerhouse of a tool can and will be a life saver in the event you would ever need it. Just imagine you’re under the hood and you just dropped one of the screws that holds the air box together.
Broken bolts and studs are one of the most frustrating things to deal with when working on a vehicle. Well, here we go. The truck isn’t running like it should and all fingers point to the manifold gasket. Not the most difficult job to do, so you set aside the time to get this repair done. You think, this shouldn’t take long and then I’ll have the rest of the day to do something fun; Sound familiar? Now, you have the truck on the ramp, tools out, everything needed right at your finger tips to begin. All necessary items have been removed and your down to the crux of the problem.
There are numerous reasons as to why your vehicle has increased oil consumption and you would have to go through a check list to determine what it truly is. However, I would like to address one of the possible causes and introduce a tool that will make this very important repair an absolute must have. Damage to the engine cylinders is a serious problem and once identified needs to be addressed immediately.
Most of us do not give a lot of thought when we get into our vehicles. We have somewhere to go and usually have a time constraint so we throw it in gear and off we go. Getting to that somewhere however can be scary when your tunneling down the road at 70 miles per hour and suddenly need to stop. At that rate of speed the automobile your in could take approx 100 feet or so to come to a complete stop. Now imagine that scenario, you step on the brake pedal and now your vehicle is pulling to one side and you don’t have the braking power you had yesterday.
Well, here’s one for all you Ford owners with a Triton 3 Valve Engine out there, yet another great American Made tool to talk about today. Unfortunately a common problem for 2004-2008 Ford Triton Engines are broken spark plugs. You take your vehicle in for a routine tune up, of course this includes new spark plugs and you leave afterward with your wallet a lot lighter due to a busted spark plug and the costly repair to fix that. Now, the tool I am talking about here can almost be a busted spark plug hack. What do I mean?
The old saying “Work smarter not harder” certainly applies in the automotive repair industry. If you do any kind of automotive repair especially brake pad replacement , the Lisle LIS 24300 Speedy Brake Pad Spreader is an absolute must have. Sure you can use a C-clamp or a large pair of pliers but having the correct tool when working on your customer’s car will make you appear more professional. It will may also help prevent marring the piston or brake caliper which could lead to brake squeak. This Lisle LIS 24300 specialty brake tool makes squeezing and pushing the pistons back in a breeze.
A serpentine belt tool is used for releasing the spring on the belt tensioner to change the belt. Since normal wrenches and ratchets may not have the reach needed, a serp belt tool is often required on many late-model vehicles today. Gone are the days of loosening a few bolts and pivoting individual components to install multiple belts for each component. The serpentine belt in today’s cars typically will route around the crankshaft pulley and the to each accessory, like the alternator, power steering pump and the air conditioning compressor. Serpentine belts will usually crack over time, however they seldom just break like older V-belts used to do. Serpentine belts usually only break when a component like an AC compressor has failed. When a compressor locks up the belt can snap. Also checking the old serpentine belt for wear on the edge is advised since uneven tracking will deteriorate a belt quickly. Belt tensioners sometimes wear, which will lead to a replacement belt prematurely wearing. Below is a story that was passed on to us from visitor on our site.