Plastic guide rails and oiler clips can fail leading to major engine damage
What's wrong with my Mercedes?
It is almost always a failed thermostat
Troubleshooting is required to find the real cause
Failure of these chains can lead to catastrophic engine failure
A special compound should be used - especially with steel bolts in aluminum threads
If not too far gone you can fix them - and yes it is a miracle!
If the engine has been overheated it is almost never "just a head gasket"
Now the timing marks don't line up - What do I do! - Help...
They can be a little tricky to isolate
Too Cold think thermostat - too Hot think a number of possible causes
How to get the frozen nuts off and the stud back in safely
This is especially important when installing an aftermarket electronic ignition
An old hose can be very difficult to remove due to age and corrossion
You may have to make your own like Kent did...:-)
If the car has been stored or not driven regularly plan on some problems - some may be hidden!
Kent has been inspired to design his own series of ultimate shop lights
Alert! Use at your own risk
Are you concerned about damage to the electrical components and sensitive electronics?
There is a better and cleaner way!
Be sure to check your radiator / expansion tank cap
Here are some of Kent's favorites - most you should carry in your trunk
You neglect the maintenance here and you WILL pay the price
Avoid the pain of having to drill or cut the bolts off
Your inspection should always include this
Sometimes they are really stuck on the shaft!
They can fall off especially if your exhaust system is sagging or not mounted properly
At all costs avoid rounding out the hex head of the bolt!
Could be the starter itself, ring gear on the flywheel or a combination of both
These can be a little tricky to get on
This is Kent's favorite
Special tools are needed but you can still run into problems
Sometimes fuel injector cleaner can work wonders
The best way is to use an oil extractor
If you don't fix it the problem will get worse and the coolant hose will leak
With the right tool and a little know-how it is super easy.
How can you do it without removing them from the engine?
Ball joints and pivot points should be lubricated on a 6 to 12 month basis
It is best if you can see and hear it run - if not some tests are essential
You can do it with magnets!
6 part video series on reasons why you should or shouldn't
It takes work but with the right products and techniques you will be amazed
It could be a number of things causing the problem. Follow Kent's video series
If you use RTV you can create some real problems
Monitor your engine temperature gauge in the morning for telltale signs.
Check Your Low Pressure Power Steering Pump Hose
How to determine if they need replacement
Do not neglect to give it Kents 30 day exercise program
Best done from the front crankshaft bolt
You actually may not need a large tank to thoroughly clean them
With the right paint and technique YOU can do it yourself!