testing for leaks

Ignoring Leaks: Top Off Trouble

Engine oil and coolant leaks should not be ignored. Topping off the levels is often more costly in the long run than repairing the leaking gasket or component. Advising a customer about the potential damage that can occur if they decline a leak repair is not a scare tactic, it is important that they know…

Water Pump Failure Points

Leaks are the most common sign of water pump failure, but what type of seepage are you seeing and what does it mean? A coolant leak coming from the weep hole is a sign of water pump bearing or seal failure. This weep hole often resides between seals that separate the oil side from the…

Sparkplug Science: Precious Metals

Behind every kind of technical innovation that drives the automotive world into the future is a wealth of science and engineering that makes such innovation possible. The emergence of precious metal spark plugs is no different. With the need to comply with ever-increasing efficiency and emission standards, auto manufacturers have been racing to raise the…

Proper Handling of Floating Stator Alternators

Some original equipment alternators made in recent years feature a “floating stator” that is more sensitive to proper handling than previous designs. Previously, the stator — the set of windings that surround the rotor — in most alternator designs, is press-fitted or in a tight tolerance. In recent years, however, some manufacturers have chosen to…

Ford EcoBlue Diesel

Ford EcoBlue High Efficiency Diesel Engines

Learn about the four-cylinder 2.0L Ford EcoBlue in the new Transit and Transit Custom vans. It is known for delivering an unrivalled package of fuel efficiency, performance and refinement.

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