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Engine Building 101: How to Install Torque Angle Bolts (Video)

Torque angle bolts require a unique tightening process. The torque angle method is a more precise way of torquing a standard fastener to a predetermined tension. When using this method, […]

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Engine Building 101: How to Install Spirolox Retaining Rings (Video)

Spirolox — something referred to as wristpin clips or spiral retaining rings — are used to secure pistons and wrist pins to connecting rods. Using Spirolox on each side of […]

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Engine Building 101: How to Polish a Thrust Bearing (Video)

Crankshaft end play is a delicate balance. Too much crankshaft thrust can lead to lead to engine damage, but too little thrust bearing clearance can cause problems as well. If […]

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Mailbag: Tips for Wiring an EFI Kit or Engine Management System

Q: Do you have an advice for hooking up a new EFI kit? … Tips For Hooking Up Your ECU Connecting the wires is an important step in getting your electronic […]

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Video: How to Polish a Thrust Bearing (and Why You’d Want to in the First Place!)

In an earlier video, we covered the process of checking crankshaft end play.  As our partners at Summit Racing explained, crankshaft end play, or thrust, is a delicate balance. Too […]

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Hot Rod Home School (Lesson #4): Tips for Cleaning and Maintaining Tools

It’s not as sexy as cracking open a hood and getting your hands dirty. However, the process of cleaning, maintaining, and otherwise taking care of shop tools was among the […]

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Idle Vehicles Can Spell Trouble for Some Hybrid Owners…Here’s How to Avoid Problems

Social distancing might be a good thing for mankind right now, but it’s proven to be troublesome for some hybrid vehicle owners. More specifically, it’s led to issues for hybrid […]

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Hot Rod Home School (Lesson #2): How to Perform a Basic Tuneup

Lesson #2 in our Hot Rod Home School 101 course for beginning DIY mechanics: a basic tuneup. Again, these are the jobs fans on Summit Racing’s Facebook page helped identify […]

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Hot Rod Home School (Lesson #1): How to Check Fluids and Change Oil

For Hot Rod Home School, we enlisted fans of the Summit Racing Facebook page to create a home school curriculum for the next generation of gearheads. This would consist of […]

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Video: How to Check Piston Ring Gap

Proper piston ring gap is a delicate balance. Too much gap and compression gases and heat will blow by, causing loss of power and torque. Too little gap and the […]