Articles written by: Dave Matthews

Dave Matthews was a mechanic for the U.S. Army, a Ford dealership, and served for many years as a fleet mechanic for construction companies. Now a technical content producer at Summit Racing, Dave has spent decades working on everything from military vehicles to high performance race machines.

Tech Articles

Flywheels 101: Choose the Best Flywheel for your Engine and Application

Chances are you don’t give much thought to that metal disc spinning inside of your bellhousing. However, choosing the best flywheel for your vehicle application will greatly affect performance, drivability, […]

Ford Engines

How to Identify a Ford Coyote 5.0L Engine

The Ford Coyote is a 5.0L V8 engine powering the 2011-2020 Ford Mustang GT and Ford F-150 pickup trucks. Since the Coyote engine’s inception, Ford has made several upgrades and […]

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Mailbag: Upgrade Advice for Adding Larger Throttle Body to Late Model Challenger

Q: I’d like to install a larger throttle body on my 2010 Dodge Challenger R/T with an automatic transmission. The car currently has a Summit Racing exhaust system and a […]

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Mailbag: Headlight Replacement Tips for Better Night-Driving Visibility

Q: I have a 1978 Ford F-250 that I have owned for 30 years. My vision isn’t what it used to be and lately I’ve found myself struggling to see […]

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Mailbag: Brake Pad Recommendations for Multi-Purpose Driving

Q: I have a 2015 Subaru WRX that I occasionally take for spirited drives in the mountains near my home. I am looking for replacement brake pads that will provide […]

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Mailbag: Finding Brake Balance in a Pro Street ’73 Camaro

Q: I have a pro street ’73 Camaro with skinny tires up front and wide tires in the rear. The other day I had to make a quick stop and […]

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Mailbag: Ford 302 Oil Pump Driveshaft & Distributor Alignment Tips

Q: After rebuilding a 302 Ford EFI engine, I am having an issue getting my distributor to seat down all the way in the engine block. It’s about ¼-inch short. […]

1995 Ford F-350
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Mailbag: Preventing Electrical Damage in a 1995 Ford F-350 Pickup

Q: I was driving my 1995 F-350 when the truck suddenly went completely dead. I coasted to a stop, opened the hood, and saw that the alternator charge wire was […]