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Common Symptoms of a Failing Intercooler

The intercooler is fitted between the turbocharger and engine, and between two turbochargers in twin-turbo systems. The intercooler located near the engine is often called an aftercooler. Be it an intercooler or aftercooler, the function remains the same: to lower the temperature of the compressed air that is generated by the turbocharger. Intercoolers are also…
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K03 vs K04 Turbo for the Audi & Volkswagen 1.8T

What’s the last time you saw an Audi on the road older than a first-generation A4? The B5-chassis A4 was a turning point for the brand, and it’s probably the reason Audi is still around today. It was also the first vehicle to use the 20v 1.8T engine, which soon found its way to the…
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The Right Way to Delete Power Steering From Your Honda Civic EG

On the 1992-1995 Civic, trim levels CX, DX and VX came equipped with manual steering, while the higher-spec LX, EX and Si had power steering as a luxury feature. 25 years later, when most of these cars are modified and few are left as humble commuters, the manual steering is more desirable; when the car…
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How to Delete Power Steering From Your Fox-Body Mustang

The Fox-Body Mustang is having a collector car moment right now, probably due to nostalgia, but also because the cars were so undervalued for so long. They’re relatively light, plentiful on Craigslist, and the aftermarket is huge, so you can make it whatever you want; not to mention all the other cars on the Fox…
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How to Add Power Steering to Your Classic Car

Adding power steering is a very popular modification for older vehicles, most notably old trucks or muscle cars. These vehicles usually have large V8 engines that put a lot of weight over the front wheels, and the trucks often have large, heavy off-road tires that further exacerbate the problem. Power steering reduces the amount of…
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What is Magnetic Ride Control?

Magnetic Ride Control, trademarked and frequently referred to as MagneRide, is an electronic suspension system developed by Delphi. It was first available on the 2002 Cadillac Seville STS, and soon made its way to other General Motors vehicles, making its mainstream debut on 2015 and newer Chevy and GMC full-size pickups and SUVs. The system…
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How to Find the Right Electric Power Steering Rack

Electric power steering (EPS) solves a lot of problems in modern cars. Replacing the old hydraulic system removes the steering pump, power steering lines and fluid; that’s one less thing to leak down the road. Fewer parts means it takes up less space, so it’s easier for the manufacturers to package everything under the hood.…
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Ford 6.0 Powerstroke Diesel Fuel Injectors and FICMs

The Ford 6.0L PowerStroke diesel engine is a little controversial; it’s objectively more capable than the 7.3L it replaced, but a few reliability issues have tainted its reputation. The 6.0 is originally derived from the International/Navistar VT365, with a few changes made to repackage it into a pickup and make sure it met newer emissions…
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Ford 7.3 Powerstroke Fuel Injector Buyer’s Guide

The Ford 7.3L PowerStroke diesel engine has legendary reliability, but since these trucks are around 20 years old and most of them have 200,000 miles or more, a few repair bills here and there are to be expected. One of the more common repairs on these trucks is diesel fuel injector replacement. These were the…
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