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  • Takata Air Bag and Seat Belt Recalls

    Wednesday 30 January 2019

    SAAB Takata Air Bag and Seat Belt Recalls – Morin Brothers Has Them in Stock! The list of automobiles and trucks fitted with Takata Air Bags that are being recalled continues to grow, with many Saab and a few Saturn autos added to the list. Saab 9-3 models from 2003 – 2011 and Saab 9-5 from 2008 – 2011 are now a part of the giant recall that includes literally millions of cars and light trucks fitted with the Japanese air bags. To see if your car is included in this or any oth... read more

  • Driving Green in 2019

    Monday 28 January 2019

    Driving Green - strategies for buying, driving, and maintaining a motor vehicle with minimal environmental impact. Most people don’t really consider the lifetime costs of owning a car, let alone its effect on the environment. The purchase price comes out of your pocket, but many of the other costs are shared by everyone, especially the effect they have on our environment. In this article I am trying to provide you a roadmap with different routes selected with a common goal in mind: gettin... read more

  • Engine Oil Takes on New Roles in Engine Management

    Monday 19 June 2017

    Engine oil now operates camshaft timing and other vital functions effecting power, fuel economy, and emissions. Car manufacturers have been trying to vary the camshaft timing of the intake and exhaust valve openings for years. While it became common place on racing car engines in the 70’s and 80’s no major manufacturer had been able to reliably incorporate it into production engines until Alfa Romeo introduced it on its fabled two liter twin cam four in 1982. Even then, its performan... read more

  • Ford recalls 230,000 2013 to 2015 vehicles with the 1.6 L GTDI (Gasoline Turbocharged Direct Injection) engines

    Monday 10 April 2017

    Affected vehicles equipped with 1.6-liter GTDI engines include: 2014 Escape – Louisville Assembly Plant, Feb. 12, 2013 to Sept. 2, 2014 2014-15 Fiesta ST – Cuautitlan Assembly Plant, Jan. 22, 2013 to May 27, 2014 2013-14 Fusion – Hermosillo Assembly Plant, Feb. 15, 2012 to June 6, 2014 2013-15 Transit Connect – Valencia Assembly Plant, June 13, 2013 to Dec. 14, 2014 Apparently these cars and trucks are prone to coolant leaks, and in spite of the fact they have a tempe... read more

  • Intensive Electronic Engine Managements Yields Lower Emissions, Greater Reliability, and Superior Fuel Economy

    Monday 06 February 2017

    I replaced a Mass Air Flow sensor on a Volvo 850 yesterday. The diagnostic protocol I completed before condemning a $350 part reminded me once again how computers have taken over every aspect of engine management, up to and including “drive-by-wire” systems that actually control the throttle in response to inputs from the gas pedal, engine speed, gear range, etc. In other words, when you press on the gas, there is only an electrical connection to the engine from the pedal. Instead of... read more

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