Andy Arendt

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10 Tools That Should Be In Your Garage

Socket Set

Due to a slow recovery from back surgery, my father’s garage was in serious need of organization. He had worked as a mechanic in his father’s shop, was a welder by trade and has become a solid handyman over the years, meaning my father has accumulated a lot of tools.

Oil Analysis – Making Sense of Used-Oil Reports

Motor oil

Analysis of used oil provides insights into the health of the oil and filters as well as the equipment. While the benefits of analysis are clear, making sense of the report you receive can be a challenge. Unpacking the elements of a typical report is a great way to improve clarity. Each oil analysis lab has a slightly different report layout and you should check with your analysis lab if you have

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5 Powerful Cars For Under $5,000

5 Powerful Cars For Under $5K

$5,000 It isn’t an insignificant amount of cash, but in terms of buying a car, it’s on the low end of the spectrum. Ideally the following list demonstrates that you can get some serious power and style for $5,000.

Diesel Fuel Winter Additives

Cold Weather Diesel

Winter temperatures can lead to power loss in diesel engines, which can be frustrating and potentially dangerous. Diesel fuel treatments provide an additional level of security against these problems and can restore performance and ensure filters do not clog.

Simplifying Two-Stroke Oil Mix Ratios

chain-saw

Depending on two-stroke equipment age, brand and owner preferences, keeping track of two-stroke oil mix ratios can be complicated. Professional lawn and landscape companies in particular face challenges when it comes to ensuring employees are using the correct mix ratio.

Finding Extra Money To Fund Your Ride

1947 5 Window Chevy

In millions of garages, driveways and some front yards across the North America, there are restoration projects in various stages of completion. Each car, truck or bike has its own backstory – as do their owners. To varying degrees each owner has a personal vision for the project, some idea of the costs and a source

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Hydraulic Power: Common Problems and Solutions

In the simplest terms a hydraulic power system consists of a sump, motor, pump, valves, actuators and hydraulic fluid. This combination can be configured into millions of applications to transfer power and reduce mechanical complexity.

American Truckers Deserve Your Appreciation

Trucks & truckers dedicated to a cause

Somewhere between Kansas City and St. Joseph, Mo., I gained a lifelong respect for truck drivers.

Making Sense Of New Diesel Engine Oil Specifications: CK-4 and FA-4

Hard Working American Trucker

Contractors and members of the skilled trades, including professional truck drivers, play a significant role in the U.S. economy. For example, truckers deliver 70 percent of all freight tonnage in the U.S., yet many of these hardworking professionals go unnoticed and underappreciated. With semis priced more than $100,000 and diesel pickups north of $50,000, saying

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AMSOIL VS Royal Purple and Mobil 1 Extended Performance: Deposit Protection

Turbo Glows Red Hot

In 1985 I worked with my father to replace the heads and make other repairs needed to put a 1972 Fiat Sport Spider back on the road. The experience taught me why, in many circles, FIAT stands for, “Fix It Again Tony.” At 17, when I eventually got to drive the car, I experienced firsthand the

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