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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 PERIODCastrol Syntec 5w50 synthetic motor oil.

BEST OIL ADDITIVES
Valvoline synpower fule injection cleaner or fuel
system treatments
BATTERIESSears Diehard Gold, Interstate, AC Delco

HARD PARTS
(WATER PUMPS, STARTERS ETC.
Napa or Federated
FRONT END PARTSTRW or Moog

BRAKE PARTS
Raybestos, Wagner or Bendix
EXHAUST PARTSWalker

FILTERS AND FUEL FILTERS
Purolater, Fram or AC Delco, Mopar, Motorcraft, Napa
gold, Federated (top brands)
TRANSMISSION FLUIDSValvoline, Pennzoil, Kendall, Castrol

WIPER BLADES AND REFILLS
Anco
BELTS AND HOSESGoodyear preferably, otherwise  Dayco, Napa, or
Federated

THERMOSTATS
Napa or Federated
TYRESGoodyear

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 ACTUATORSNapa or Federated auto parts.  Use Standard
ignition parts or use exact dealer parts whenever possible.

ENGINE OVERHAUL PARTS
Clevite or Felpro overhaul kits.
ENGINE GASKETSFelpro

OIL FILTERS
Hastings, Fram, AC Delco, Napa Gold, Purolator.
COOLANTSPrestone or Prestone Extended Life

COOLANT ADDITIVES AND SEALERS
Bars Leak
BEARINGSTimken.

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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