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CAR "KNOW-HOW"

Part 1

We have found  a site which gives detailed information on various aspects of car maintenance, set up by a gentleman called Marty Stratton.   Marty is held in very high regard by all the sites to which he contributes as well as all the people he is able to help.  He has very kindly allowed us to reproduce some of the comprehensive information but, unfortunately, we can no longer find his site.

Some of the products and vehicles mentioned are probably only available in America but as the majority of our visitors appear to be from that neck of the woods I hope this will not be a problem.


For my first foray into the world of spare parts, I have decided to list those Marty feels are the best for the job.  (We would like to point out this is done from experience - there are no commercial interests involved).

ENGINE OILS Valvoline, Pennzoil, Kendall and Castrol
BEST OIL PERIOD Castrol Syntec 5w50 synthetic motor oil.
BEST OIL ADDITIVES Valvoline synpower fule injection cleaner or fuel system treatments
BATTERIES Sears Diehard Gold, Interstate, AC Delco
HARD PARTS
(WATER PUMPS, STARTERS ETC.
Napa or Federated
FRONT END PARTS TRW or Moog
BRAKE PARTS Raybestos, Wagner or Bendix
EXHAUST PARTS Walker
FILTERS AND FUEL FILTERS Purolater, Fram or AC Delco, Mopar, Motorcraft, Napa gold, Federated (top brands)
TRANSMISSION FLUIDS Valvoline, Pennzoil, Kendall, Castrol
WIPER BLADES AND REFILLS Anco
BELTS AND HOSES Goodyear preferably, otherwise  Dayco, Napa, or Federated
THERMOSTATS Napa or Federated
TYRES Goodyear
SPARK PLUGS AC Delco rapid fires for GM OBD II cars. Bosch or Autolite for German cars. NGK or Nippendenso fpr Asian cars.  Autolites in Chryslers.   Rapidfires in Fords or motorcrafts. Stay away from Split Fires, Period, Plug wires. Federated Packard wire sets and Napa Beldon wire sets are the best.
SENSORS AND ACTUATORS Napa or Federated auto parts.  Use Standard ignition parts or use exact dealer parts whenever possible.
ENGINE OVERHAUL PARTS Clevite or Felpro overhaul kits.
ENGINE GASKETS Felpro
OIL FILTERS Hastings, Fram, AC Delco, Napa Gold, Purolator.
COOLANTS Prestone or Prestone Extended Life
COOLANT ADDITIVES AND SEALERS Bars Leak
BEARINGS Timken.

 

Part 2

 

TIP - Polish chromium on cars by using vinegar (full strength)

Make sure you rinse well to avoid corrosion.

Thanks to Tina for this tip.

 

 

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