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When Is a Salvage Transmission the Appropriate Choice?

As a mechanic, it’s important that you offer your customers the right options for their situation. When a customer is facing transmission failure, you have quite a few potential choices. However, while new and remanufactured transmissions are excellent options, they aren’t right for everyone. That goes for rebuilt transmissions as well. This leaves you with salvage transmissions – when is it appropriate to suggest this to a customer? Actually, there are quite a few reasons why your customer … [Read more...]

Import Engine Tips and Hints – Replacement Help for Honda Accord, Honda Civic, Toyota Camry, Nissan Altima and Nissan Maxima

While most imports are known for their longevity, resilience and reliability, tragedy can strike even vaunted brands like Honda, Toyota and Nissan. If you’re about to go through an engine replacement, you’ll need to know a few tips and tricks for the Honda Accord, Honda Civic, Toyota Camry, Nissan Altima and the Nissan Maxima.Get Rid of the ExhaustWhether you’re driving a Honda Accord, Honda Civic, Nissan Maxima, Nissan Altima or a Toyota Camry, you’ll find that you have to remove a … [Read more...]

Tips and Guidance for Engine Replacement in the F-150, Explorer, Ranger, Mustang and Expedition

Ford makes some of the most reliable engines in the world (as evidenced by the multiple awards the company has won in recent years), but eventually, engine replacement will be a necessity. Whether the vehicle in question is an F-150, a Ford Ranger, Explorer, Mustang or Expedition, the following tips will help ensure a smooth removal and installation process.Lift the VehicleWhether you’re working on an F-150, Mustang, Ranger, Expedition or Explorer, the first thing to do is put the … [Read more...]

What Are the Most Popular Chevy Engines?

Chevy, perhaps more so than most other automakers, has a long history of producing powerful engines. The Chevy small block is legendary in the automotive industry for some very good reasons. Of course, the company has far more to offer than the small block and there are some very popular Chevy engines out there. Here’s a look at some of the most popular options Chevrolet has put out. To keep this discussion within reason, we’ll limit these to those produced since the 1980s through today.The … [Read more...]

Dodge Transmission Replacement Tips for the Ram 1500, Dodge Dakota and Dodge Durango

While Dodge might be struggling to compete with some of the import brands in the passenger car segment, the company still holds strong when it comes to trucks and SUVs. The Ram 1500, Dodge Dakota and Dodge Durango have been popular models for years. While Dodge does a good job of manufacturing reliable transmissions, there’s always the chance that wear and tear or simply hard use will require you to change your transmission. The tips below will help with the process.Get the Drive Shaft Out … [Read more...]

Chevy Engine Replacement – Tips for the Chevy Silverado, Impala, Blazer, Camaro and S10

Chevy’s renowned for the company’s small block engines, but that doesn’t mean they’re indestructible. Eventually, you’re going to have to replace your engine if you want to keep that car or truck on the road. There’s good news, though. Chevy Silverado, Impala, Blazer, Camaro and S10 owners will find that replacing their engines is easier with a few important tips.Front or Rear Wheel Drive?The Chevy Silverado, Blazer, S10 and Camaro are all rear-wheel drive vehicles, while the Impala is a … [Read more...]

4 Causes of Cracked Engine Blocks

Engine blocks are designed to handle the rigors of ordinary driving and then some. However, while rare, failure does occur. Cracks in engine blocks usually require replacement (either with a crate engine, a rebuilt engine, salvage engine or remanufactured engine). Repairs can be done in some instances, but it’s not always possible. What causes engine blocks to crack, though? Here are four culprits. The Only Real Reason For Cracked Engine Blocks While there are many underlying causes of cracked … [Read more...]

Remanufactured Transfer Cases vs. Used Transfer Cases

Without an operational transfer case, your customer’s 4-wheel drive system is just so much extra weight on their vehicle. To get things back in working order, you can offer several choices, including the option of a remanufactured transfer case or a used transfer case. Which is right for your customers? Actually, neither is a perfect fit for all needs, and you’ll need to do a little bit or reconnoitering before making either suggestion (or you can just present all their options at one … [Read more...]

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