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Science Of Automotive Diagnostics

Steering Wheel Cover

Of course, everyone has a right to be different and to have his own opinion. I will never spend my money on steering wheel cover though. It always looks cheap and ugly, no matter how much you’ve paid for it. Could be dangerous sometimes as some of those covers tend to spin around the actual steering wheel. When have been in use for a long time those things collect dirt mixed with epithelial tissue, sweat and bacterial colonies to the extend they are getting tacky and gooey to touch. I bet they could be very interesting when looked at with microscope with a whole world of tiny living things lively crawling around :-). I feel like I need change my working latex gloves right after removing that cover from steering wheel but people are touching it with bare hands, jeez…

Owner of this truck have cheap steering wheel cover fitted over reasonably nice (and not cheap) leather wheel. To me it doesn’t look like an improvement…


Snowfall Inside

Today I took a truck for a test drive after it was sitting on the parking lot all covered in snow. Turned on defrost and heater blower and the moment later I had observed a real snowfall inside the cabin!


For some stubborn reason Ford does not fit cabin filters on F-150. You can get automatic dual zone climate control with heated and cooled seats – but not a cabin filter.

What WC Stands For?

As long as you used to American English only its OK name for a company. Makes me smile, though. I’ve been travelling too much around the world and got used to another common meaning for WC.

Grande Prairie Style At Its Finest?

I am not going to comment on this.

Trailing Arms? Nah, Its A Waste Of Money…

Truck suspension got lifted to this insane amount without rear trailing arms installed. Rear axle got too much freedom to sway back and forth and here we go

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Dual Clutch Gearbox

That is me replacing clutch assembly and input shafts seals on Ford Focus dual clutch transmission. See four red plastic tool cases? This is how many special tools needed to do this job. Some of them absolutely required, some others just add convenience to the job but anyway that’s a lot for a clutch replacement. I used to replace clutches without any need for special tools :-(.

Vibration When Driving

Here is very simple reason for vibration when driving. Snow and mud stuck to inside of the wheel rim very often is a cause in our area. Better remove it as soon and as good as you can, otherwise tire develops flat spots and would require re-balancing to get rid of vibration. Consider my advise just have saved you hundred bucks or so. Donations are welcome, email me if you want to make one 🙂

Lots Of Mud

This wheel gives you an idea about working conditions when you are trying to do something, anything on working trucks in the winter. I did not expect, to be honest, how much time would it take to remove all that mud before you can start actually doing something without mixing every single part, fluid and thread with mud. And then regardless how many hours you were trying to wash down than mud (and then washing shop floors and hauling mud outside the shop in wheelbarrow!) you are still going to end up working in mud bath:


Holy Christ, this is the dirtiest place I’ve ever worked in my whole life!

Precision Reliability Success?

On their website Bilstein says:





Well, “reliability” seems to got lost in translation or something. New-ish F-150 with mileage in five figures, no signs of abuse or reckless off-roading although front shocks failed like this. Bottom bushings got broken off completely on both


I expected better product from Bilstein. Now where I should go for premium shocks?

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