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Written By: Guest Author on December 30, 2012 No Comment

The prospect of travel brings along a lot of things to the fore. It brings along anticipation, excitement, exhilaration and an amazing sense of adventure, but sadly, it also brings tension and a panic attack that’s nothing short of a nuclear disaster gone horribly wrong. And it’s completely understandable. You have your flight to confirm, last minute calls to make, ensure the house is in proper order and is all locked up, a cab to call, reach the airport on time or even before time, and a host of other things. In the middle of all this, imagine the trouble you have to go through to get a decent and safe parking spot at the airport. You don’t have the time for that and you sure as hell don’t have the patience. Listed below are four points you need to check before going for airport parking, to ensure a smooth, hassle-free and worry-free holiday.

  1. Make prior bookings

You’re travelling to another city, state or country; by air. It is a given that there are going to be a million other important things running through your head. And parking facility is definitely not going to be one of those things. Save yourself the last minute confusion and panic attack, and make a reservation with the airport parking facility by calling in beforehand. That will be one major worry off your back.

  1. Identify the various modes of payment

Many airport parking services offer two modes of payment- turn up and pre-booking. As the terms state, turn up means paying on-the-spot, as and when you show up at the airport, whereas pre-booking is, well, pre-booking. As mentioned earlier, prior bookings are advisable and safer even, so is making your payments beforehand also equally advisable. And, more often than not, pre-booking rates are way cheaper than the turn-up rates.

  1. Security

This is one of the most important factors that should never skip your attention. If the security is lax, no amount of pre-booking or other precautions will save you. The three things you should look for in terms of airport parking security are- video surveillance, because it’s reassuring to leave for a holiday knowing that the entire facility is being watched; a security fence, because that is the first line of defence. A good security fence, may not entirely keep thieves at bay but it definitely makes the whole thing a lot more difficult; and regular patrols, because what good are all kinds of high-end security measure when there’s no one to man the whole thing? Call me old-school, but regular patrolling, according to me, is the final feather in the security hat.

  1. Choose the right parking space

This is necessary if you intend to save time as well as ensure some safety. Try to get a parking spot where there is maximum visibility, someplace that would not miss the eye of the surveillance camera or the patrolling officers or visitors. Book a parking spot that is in a well-lit area or is in good proximity of the toll booths or the parking office. Basically, anything that’s not in a no-man’s land.

Jackie Copperfield is just a regular housewife who loves blogging. In her last blog she discussed why getting an Airport Parking in Brisbane is becoming next to impossible.

Written By: admin on December 27, 2012 No Comment

At this year’s L.A. Auto Show, Ford introduced a revolutionary new engine that will change the way people think about fuel economy. The 1.0-liter EcoBoost will offer the best fuel economy of any non-hybrid engine sold in the United States, according to EPA estimations. At the same time, it will offer drivers a satisfying experience behind the wheel that doesn’t sacrifice engine power or torque.

Specifics of the 1.0-liter EcoBoost

The 1.0-liter EcoBoost will be the smallest passenger car engine sold in the United States. It will also be the first three cylinder engine ever sold by Ford. It will produce 123 horsepower, and drivers can expect to receive the same performance as a 1.6-liter, four cylinder engine, but with fewer moving parts. That means the EcoBoost produces fewer emissions and maintains better fuel economy, all without sacrificing performance. According to Ford’s vice president of PowerTrain Engineering, Joe Bakaj, “Customers are not going to be thinking about the number of cylinders under the hood when they drive the new 1.0-liter EcoBoost Fiesta. They’ll notice an extremely smooth and quiet idle, terrific acceleration accompanied by a sporty sound at high revs, and – most importantly – outstanding fuel economy.”

When Will the EcoBoost Come to Your Dealer?

The 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine will make its debut in the United States in the 2014 Ford Fiesta, available from dealers next year. San Tan Ford looks forward to making the new Fiesta available to customers at the earliest possible date. The cars have already enjoyed success in the European market after their introduction earlier this year, and American auto dealers look forward to seeing the same success on the American market. At San Tan ford, we can’t wait to offer the latest and greatest option in a long line-up of exceptional Ford vehicles.

Go Green With Ford

If you’re looking for better ways to save fuel and reduce emissions when it comes to the vehicles you drive, the 2014 Ford Fiesta will be a welcome option for you. At San Tan Ford, we look forward to helping our customers go green with the most fuel efficient non-hybrid engine ever. The 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine will offer top-notch refinement, power, and torque and will help drivers make better choices for the environment without sacrificing a powerful driving experience on the road. By combining small engine size with powerful performance and fuel economy, the 2014 Ford Fiesta will be the vehicle of choice for the growing number of eco-conscious drivers around the nation.

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San Tan Ford is one of the most trusted and professional Ford dealers AZ has to offer.

Written By: admin on December 27, 2012 No Comment

Tow bars is a must accessories for your car or van and when attached makes it more versatile, useful, and practical. These bars are available at an economical price. They allow the vehicle to pull anything, from small trailers to big caravans. It is made up of anodized steel. You could fit them under the bumper of your car or vehicle and increase the practicality of the vehicle. A good quality bar increases the resalable value of your car.

Different types of devices available in the market

Flange tow bar is quite common these days. It consists of a two or four hole bar face plate, which is bolted with 50mm tow ball. The manufacturer usually keeps a 25 millimeter space, between the bar flange and the ball.

Following are the advantages of using this kind of bars -

  • The bumper protecting plates will prevent the coupling head from damaging the bumper.
  • It consists of efficient caravan stabilizer attachment plates
  • Replacement of a damaged ball is cost effective.
  • You need not have to change the bar for a longer period of time.

Car owners who look forth to own a flexible tow, will be happy with fixed swan neck. You can easily attach them to caravans and others. The advantages of this type of tow are as follows -

  • They are incorporated with an effective stabilizer system
  • Electrics that are mounted below the bumper doesn’t spoil the beauty of your car

Retraceable, automatic, and detachable devices are also high in demand. Most of the people use automatic device as they leave minimum bumper cut. They can be removed easily removed through a quick release mechanism.

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Method to buy them online

Many companies sell different types of tow bars at reasonable prices. You could buy them online or from the nearby retail stores. Many well known companies have established their website on the internet. You could browse some of the popular website and get more knowledge regarding the features of their product.

Before choosing a company, you could read their consumer’s reviews. Besides this, you could also have a look at the following points-

  • Ensure that the company is an accredited one.
  • Do not forget to check their experience in this field
  • You could check the warranty period offered by them
  • Have a look at the shipping policy, return, and exchange policy of the company.

To choose the correct bar for your vehicle, you need to know the weight of your vehicle. The vehicles are divided into four classes namely-

  • The vehicles under 2,000 pounds
  • Between 2,000 to 3,500 pounds
  • Between 3,500 pounds to 5,000 pounds
  • 5,000 pounds to 10,000 pounds

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Things to be taken into consideration

Purchasing a tow brand is certainly an investment, so buy one that provides your car with high stability and sturdiness. A poor quality product will never last long and can be impacted due to high speed or strong wind. Besides this, ensure that there is a locking mechanism in the device which will secure your towed vehicle.

You need to buy the tow bar which is easy to assemble and can be effortlessly attached to your car. Many devices are incorporated with horizontal rods that provide an easy access to the back of the car. It is quiet necessary that the tow bars are quite easy to use and you don’t have to fiddle with them any time.

You can follow the instructions that are mentioned on the user manual, which teaches you the technique to affix these bars. Ensure that you do not cross the suggested towing capacity of the device. You could grease the ball regularly so that they can smoothly fit into your car.

Author's Bio: Peter loves to write about vehicles, and he also participates in the discussions at the online forums. His blog posts on detachable towbar will help you in maximizing the utility of your vehicles

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Written By: admin on December 21, 2012 No Comment

Maintaining your car on a regular basis is important in order to ensure its longevity and functionality. Maintaining and repairing a car should not be a too difficult task, provided that you consider all the important steps meticulously. You must also adopt some safety measures when repairing a car in order to protect yourself from unwanted accidents and dangers. Hence, given below are some of the important safety measures that you must take on when repairing a car.

Do not attempt to repair if it’s beyond your capability: If you think that repairing a car is not your line of job, then do not attempt to do it on your own. In such cases, it is advisable to hire the services of a professional car mechanic who will do it with ultimate commitment, skills and/or expertise. It is always wise to pay someone who knows the job rather than to attempt to do it by yourself and invite a danger.

Physically unfit: If you are not physically fit to repair the car by yourself, then it is highly recommended to not attempt to do the task. Replacing or repairing certain parts of the car may require you lifting, crawling under the vehicle, laying or working in awkward position, bending, twisting, straining and jerking. People who are suffering from back ache, knee problems or lack of physical strength should not be repairing the cars on their own.

General safety measures:

  • Make sure that you do not smoke when repairing a car and/or working on fuel related components like fuel filter, carburetor, fuel injectors, fuel pump, fuel lines or fuel tank.
  • Keep an arrangement of a fire extinguisher near the location where you are repairing the car.
  • Batteries of the car contain hydrogen gas which is very explosive. So it is advisable to not smoke when working on the battery.
  • When elevating the car, use a jack as well as a pair of support stands positioned underneath the vehicle. This will securely hold your vehicle up and prevent it from falling on you. Make sure that the support stands are strong enough to hold up the weight of the vehicle. Avoid using blocks of woods, wheels or bricks for supporting the vehicle as these might slip and collapse any time.
  • When replacing a starter, installing a radio or repairing a broken switch, make sure that you detach one of the battery cables or remove power fuses. This will help you prevent accidental shorts, damages or fire. This safety measure should also be adopted for Gearbox Repairs Dublin during gearbox reconditioning and head gasket replacement.
  • Make sure that you do not unplug any electrical connector when the engine is running. Unplugging connectors when current is flowing through them can create a voltage spike and damage any expensive components of a car.
  • When repairing your vehicle, do not wear any loose fitted clothes, jewelry, rings, scarf or bulky gloves. These items may entangle with any moving parts of the vehicle, causing serious injury or even death.
  • It is advisable to wear protection when hammering, pounding, grinding, sawing or drilling because exposure to the high level sound can lead to permanent hearing loss.
Written By: admin on December 21, 2012 No Comment

Taking proper care of your car and maintaining it regularly is crucial to ensure its longevity. Also, you must replace the car engine as soon as it starts showing up any major faults or damages. This will help your car running smoothly and safely. However, replacing the car engine is not a simple task, and requires extensive knowledge about the car and its mechanical components. Given below are the important steps that you must follow when replacing the car engine or Servicing of Cars on your own.

  • Before you replace the engine of car, you must find out the problem associated with it. Also, check the started, transmission and other important parts of the car to determine if there is any damage or they need to be replaced. If you see that the problem is not because of the other parts of the car, then be assured that you will need to replace the engine.
  • Having proper tools and equipments is extremely important to replace the car engine in a correct manner. You can either buy a factory-made engine or a manufactured engine, depending upon the requirement of your car. If you do not possess appropriate tools and equipments for the job, then them or rent from a local car center. Two most important pieces of equipment that you must rent are engine hoist and stand.
  • Once you have got hold of all the necessary equipments, start the process by disconnecting the negative battery cable in the car. After you disconnect the battery cable, remove the top most the top most accessible parts around the engine. Then also, disengage the distributor cover, cap, the cooling fan and the electrical harness.
  • Once you detach all these components in your car, unplug the fuel lines. If there is any excess amount of fuel, store it in an air tight jar. Then disconnect the throttle links as well. Give a proper code to the links and note down their correct place on a sheet.
  • After this take off the coolant and heater hoses from the radiator. Then remove the AC compressor and its assembly. Put them in an appropriate and safe location. Take off the alternator bolts and belts and disconnect the battery that is joined to it. Also, disconnect power steering pump.
  • Then remove the tires of the car, by using jack stands for support. Also, detach the lower radiator, power steering bracket, pump, exhaust shield and pump.
  • Take off the motor mount from the car and also the attached bolts and starter.  After you do this, remove the engine by using a hoist.  Keep the engine somewhere safe and secured. Then place the new engine in the engine compartment, by using a hoist again. Then lift the car onto a jack stand and reinstall the mechanical components that had been removed. Install them in the same chronology as they had been taken out. Join the engine to the transmission and reconnect the fuel lines, hoses, alternators and bolts.
  • Before you take the car for a test drive, make sure that you pour oil in the engine because a    dry new engine can damage the other components in surrounding. Let the oil warm up and see if there is any damage or leakage in the engine. Then take the car for a drive to see whether it’s running smoothly. These tips will immensely help you in replacing and reconditioning engines.
Written By: blarson on December 21, 2012 No Comment

According to a Motor Trend report, the Honda Motor Company is recalling a total of 807,000 vehicles over an ignition interlock problem.  The recall includes two different Honda models, the Pilot SUV and the Odyssey minivan, along with one model from Honda’s luxury line, the Acura MDX SUV.  The specific model years of the affected vehicles are 2003 and 2004 for the Odyssey and Pilot, and 2003-2006 for the MDX. Motor trend reports that approximately 230,000 Acura MDX SUVs will be affected by the recall, plus about 318,000 Odyssey minivans and 159,000 Honda Pilot SUVs.

 

The Problem

While a vehicle with a manual transmission will not allow drivers to remove their keys from the ignition until the parking brake is set, drivers of vehicles with automatic transmissions are prevented from removing their keys until they put the car in park by a device called the ignition interlock. Unfortunately, Honda has found that the ignition interlocks in the 2003-2006 Acura MDX SUVs and the 2003 and 2004 Honda Pilot SUVs and Odyssey minivans, are prone to deterioration. This deterioration is allowing drivers to remove their keys from the ignition when the car is not yet in park.

 

If the parking brake is not set and the vehicle is not in park when the key is removed from the ignition, the vehicle may roll away. Roll-away vehicles can cause a lot of property damage both to themselves and to other vehicles and structures nearby. Not only can they cause property damage, they also tend to create a risk of more serious problems like injury or death to any people or animals in their path.

 

The Solution

According to the Motor Trend report, Honda has not yet announced specifics regarding how they will fix the ignition interlocks, and it is still unclear whether they’ve even developed a solution to do so.  However, the Japanese automaker plans on getting in touch with known owners of the affected Honda and Acura vehicles this coming February.  In the meantime, make sure your vehicle is in park before you take the key out of the ignition, and for added safety—set the parking brake before exiting the vehicle.  Honda invites owners of any of the affected vehicles to enter their car’s VIN at Recalls.Honda.com to see if it will need to be brought into a Honda dealership for repair once the recall officially begins.

 

This post was contributed by Brittany Larson on behalf of Hendrick Honda of Charleston

Written By: blarson on December 21, 2012 No Comment

Imagine driving your truck down a winding country road on a peaceful, Sunday afternoon.  The summer sun’s just beginning to set, you’ve got your arm dangling out the window and you’re rolling along at a leisurely pace. You check your mirrors to confirm that there’s not a soul on the road, and then you smile as you recall the thousands of fish you caught over the last few days.  Because you’re in such a good mood, you refuse to think about all the work you have to do in the upcoming week and you begin quietly humming your favorite tune.  All is good with the world—there’s not a happier camper on either side of the Mississippi.

 

Then, suddenlyout of nowhere—your hood flies open, you can’t see where you’re going, you slam on your brakes, and the next thing you know—you’re in a ditch and a cow’s poking his head through your window trying to figure out what you’re doing there.

 

This is what General Motors is afraid might happen if you own one of their 2010-2012 model year Chevy Colorado or GMC Canyon midsize pickups.  As a result, the American automaker announced this week that it is recalling approximately 145,000 of them—about 7,500 in Mexico, over 15,000 in Canada, and close to 119,000 in the United States.  According to a Washington Post article, GM is not currently aware of any injuries or accidents caused by this issue, but the automaker was recently notified of at least four trucks that were missing their secondary hood latches.

 

If you’re scratching your head thinking that you have no idea what a secondary hood latch is—stop.  The secondary hood latch is exactly what it sounds like.  To pop a vehicle’s hood, as I’m sure you know, usually there’s a button (or pulley if your car is really old) that you have to press (pull) in order to unlock the hood.  Once the hood is unlocked, on most cars it will open just enough for you to reach your hand inside and release another latch to open it all the way—that latch is the secondary hood latch and the latch that GM fears many of its midsize pickups are missing.

 

The Washington Post reports that GM will notify owners of the recall in January and instruct them to bring their trucks into their local GM dealer. Dealership technicians will inspect the trucks to make sure they were equipped with functional secondary latches, and if necessary, will replace the hoods free of charge.  For more information, the National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA) can be reached via phone at 888-327-4236 or on their website at SaferCar.gov. The NHTSA’s campaign ID number for the recall is 12V-549. GMC Canyon owners can contact GM at 800-462-8782, and Chevy Colorado owners can call 800-222-1020. GM’s ID number for the recall is 12319.

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This post was contributed by Brittany Larson on behalf of RC Automotive

Written By: admin on December 17, 2012 No Comment

Whether you’re an automotive enthusiast or not, you may already appreciate a few vehicles for their quality, design and durability. Even if you are not an avid car buff, it’s hard not to be impressed by the efficiency of some well-known vehicle manufacturers and brands, like the worthy Mercedes Benz.

Mercedes Benz has come out with some of the most iconic vehicles in their respective classes in recent years. Granted, these high end vehicles might cost a pretty penny, but the mere fact that they can last for a good number of years more than makes up for their cost. Consumers keep used Mercedes C Class for sale resale prices high due to high demand for the product.

If you have your eye on a used Mercedes C Class for sale, there are a number of places where you can go. Technically, you can purchase a used Mercedes from just about anywhere – but if you want to make it a worthy investment, it’s best to stick with a Mercedes Benz dealer in whom you can trust. A reputable dealer will be able to give you the full details of the car you have your sights on, and offer you additional services and incentives besides.

Here’s why you should select a used Mercedes C Class for sale:

Space and overall style

The Mercedes C Class is known for having an excellent reputation, especially when it comes to space. It actually has one of the biggest boot spaces in its class, and the back is also big enough to carry four adults comfortably.

When it comes to style, no one can deny that a Mercedes C Class is as stylish as they come. Its classic appeal stems from its shape and sleek lines, and the fact that it’s still one of the sturdiest and most solid vehicles around. The Mercedes C Class can accommodate an entire family of six, but is also an all round versatile limo.

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Comfortable driving

Whether you’re driving on quaint country roads or busy city streets, the Mercedes C Class is well suited for many terrains. The driving position of this vehicle is also fully adjustable, so even if you will be driving for a long period, comfort is assured.
Along with comfort, you can also be assured of features such as the Agility Control suspension system. This system adjusts the suspension in accordance with the condition of the road you’re driving on, so you will still benefit from smooth driving even whilst on the most uneven of road surfaces.

Quiet driving and complete safety

The engine of the Mercedes C Class goes at a steady ‘thrum’ and its noise level is designed not to be intrusive to passengers. Some models of the Mercedes C Class also come equipped with a Pre-safe safety system, which adequately helps protect passengers in case of a car accident or crash.

Additional features

Most Mercedes C Class vehicles have a multifunction steering wheel, as well as cruise control, remote central door locking, climate control, an automatic dimming mirror, power steering, and more.

If you’re looking for a vehicle that’s worth the investment, Mercedes is right up your alley for more than the few reasons stated here.

Written By: Guest Author on December 7, 2012 No Comment

Buying a car is as important as buying a house. It involves a lot of research and a lot of planning. If anything goes wrong you might be ending up on the losing side and that would not be an ideal thing to do. The multiple factors to be considered include the price, options available, financing, monthly payments and trade in. Here is a list of 10 common mistakes that one can commit while buying a car.

Preferring only one model

Becoming blinded by the fascination for a certain model can lead you into taking a wrong decision, often forcing you to overlook the other available models which can prove to be much better options. A detailed research on the vehicle’s rating, reviews, reliability, safety and pricing decisions is important before making any final investment decision.

Skipping the test drive

Taking the test drive is one of the most important things to do while buying a car. Many cars might appear to be glossy on paper, especially in the brochure. Taking a test drive can ensure that you are aware of all the aspects and that the car you are opting for, meets all your demands.

Negotiating the marked price

It would be wrong to judge a car’s price based on the price tag that has been placed on it. In some cases the dealer might even be offering you a discount of let’s say $100. Consumers in such cases might be forced to think that they are getting a good deal. However, unless the car is in huge demand and the supply is short there is ought to be a certain lump-sum discount on that particular car.

Focusing on monthly payment

It would be better that you insist on negotiating one thing at a time. Settle on the vehicle’s price first and then discuss about the trade-ins associated with it. You may opt for financing or leasing as per your choice. It would be preferable not to bring the issue of leasing until you have agreed on the vehicle’s price.

Realising the value of modern safety features

Security is a key issue whenever you go to buy a car. Anti-lock brake systems, electronic stability control, head protecting side air-bags for example are some of the safety features that a car should possess.

Investing more than you need

You have to be certain about what you need. Under no circumstances should you be looking to invest in a car that is out of your limits in terms of financial capacity.

Before buying a used car get it checked by a mechanic

Even a good car can become a liability if it is not maintained properly. Therefore, before purchasing the used car, have a good mechanic give it a thorough go through so that you know you’re getting a good buy.

Researching the value of your present car

While going for an exchange deal it is necessary that you research about the value of your present car. Chances are that while buying any new car in exchange of your old one, the dealer might mislead you by wrongly valuing your car.

Buying needlessly extra

Dealers will often try to sell various add-ons with the car so that they can earn additional commissions. It is important that you do not fall prey to their offers.

Richard Kershaw is the author of this guest post. He helps provide useful car buying tips through such posts. He also helps you find some of the best montana cars for sale through his website.

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Written By: Vito Sanchez on December 5, 2012 No Comment

Your vehicle is a major expression of your personal style. With a few add-ons, you can take your car from generic to something very special. Don't continue to drive that factory-spec car. Add a few things to your car and make it your own.

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Hydraulics

You might have seen cars on TV that pop up and down, lift up on one side, or ride crazy when rolling down the street. All that happens with hydraulics installed in key locations on the car underside and a set of controls in the cab. If you are ready to commit to your car, you can install hydraulics to do all sorts of tricks.

For those willing to do the work themselves, the cost of hydraulics can run about $1000 or so for a basic kit. To pay someone to install the hydraulics can cost another $1000 or more. For larger or more complicated installations, the costs can go up significantly.

Spoilers

Spoilers make great additions to most vehicles. Some cars come standard with a spoiler attached to the trunk, but you can find a whole host of after-market spoilers that will take your ride up many levels. With a custom paint job, your new spoilers will make your car look custom from hood to trunk. With careful shopping you can find a spoiler available for $150 to $250 for a smaller car, but most at that price are factory spec. For a truly custom spoiler, you are looking at several hundred dollars.

Lighting

Lighting gives you the opportunity to add a bit of dazzle to your ride. Light bars mounted above the cab of a pick-up or along the front bumper is an obvious addition. But, how about LED lights that mount under the chassis to light the bottom of the car? You can add LED lights to the inside too. Going with white light offers a sparkle, but color lighting gives you all sorts of options. Prices range from $10 for a simple light up into the hundreds of dollars.

Wheels

Custom wheels can bring any factory car into the custom market. Wheels come in a large range of sizes, styles, and finishes. Shiny chrome, matte black, or a combination of them can give wheels their own presence. Free moving elements can bring attention to your custom ride. Spokes, cut-outs, and designs offer a unique element to finish the wheel off in style. A single 17" wheel can start at less than $100. The prices go up with larger sized wheels, custom finishes, and intricate detailing.

Accents

Hood scoops and fender flares are simple additions to your car that will bring it out of ordinary to extraordinary. These exterior accessories attach easily and are great for the do-it-yourself crowd. You can go with matching or custom colors. Chrome fender trim for four-wheel wells can go for less than $100. Hood scoop kits also come in at less than $100 for a typical car. Custom kits can cost a bit more.

Performance

Performance add-ons are something you will only see as a blur going down the street. Fuel management systems, power programmers, and air management systems offer you the chance to tweak the engine performance to maximize performance and the all-around sound. The options in performance additions keep getting bigger and better every year. The costs for these add-ons range from less than $100 up to several thousand dollars.

This article was written on behalf of Advance Diesel and their Airdog Fuel System to help your diesel-powered engine achieve the best performance it can.

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