Vehicles

The Best Catalytic Cleaners That Work

If the sluggish engine performance for the past six months hasn’t been a big enough hint, now the check engine light flashes on, and you get that dreaded P0420 (or PO430) code readout stating that your number 2 manifold catalytic converter is having issues.  Damn it.  Catalytic Converters contain precious metals that help remove toxins from the exhaust of gasoline engines. In doing so, they reduce harmful emission levels. Those rare metals (such as platinum) …

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Best Distributor for 350 Chevrolets

What is the Best HEI Distributor for 350 Chevrolets? I dug in and spent hours talking to pros, doing the research, and figuring out the differences between the competing models.  HEI — or High Energy Ignition — refers to the design introduced by GM in 1974 that combines the ignition coil with the distributor.  The more compression you have and the higher the RPMs that you run, the more important it is that you have …

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Best Truck Battery (Product and Brand Reviews)

You get a call that your sister is stuck in a snowdrift on the side of the road and needs a tow. You say you’ll be there in 10 minutes.  As you rush out to start your truck, you are met with no response. It’s dead.  And the tow trucks are an hour away.  Here is the best car battery I recommend for truck use. Get a truck battery with enough power for -40 degree …

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Best Chevy 350 Camshafts for Power, Endurance, Drag and Street Racing

Choosing a camshaft is one of the most over-thought, over-researched, and over-argued topics. It’s a large expense, and it not only determines your engine’s performance but also what other costs you will need to invest in lifters. The beauty of the old V-8 Camshafts is that they accept the widest range of variations and modifications. Unless you are going with a stock camshaft, you will need to plan on replacing the valves and springs as …

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Reviews Of The Best Trailer Hitch Locks (2020)

When your towing vehicle is disconnected from your trailer, you need to ensure that the trailer is secured, as well as the hitch on your vehicle.  Recently, I learned that not all trailer hitch locks are built the same.  We entered the gate code and pulled around to our camper trailer.  Actually, this time there was no camper trailer, only an empty spot.  We talked for a minute. Had we brought our camper back? When …

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Best Shocks For Towing & Hauling With Better Handling

Are you willing to risk your life for your load? We’ve all been there, towing a heavy trailer that has to get to a job site before 5 am.  But after a couple of trips, it’s time to invest in better rear shocks that can increase your vehicle’s safety and handling when towing a heavy load. All it takes is one stray animal running out in front of you before you realize how much life-changing …

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The Best EVAP Smoke Machines For Vacuum Leak Detection

Evap leaks can be one of the hardest things to trace down. The constant misfire codes and the fuel/air mixture problems that they cause can be absolutely maddening. 9 of the top 10 Engine DTC OBDII codes can be diagnosed with a good smoke tester. Is it an O2 Sensor (PO171-P0175) or a Vacuum leak? Is it a Misfire (P0300-P0305) or a compression leak? With the right EVAP Smoke machine, you can cut out hours …

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Best Shocks for Trucks – Shock Absorbers Reviews & Buyer Guides

There comes a time to replace your shocks or to install shock upgrades in your truck. This is especially true if you want to improve the off-road handling or load handling of your truck. Shock absorbers are simple tubes with pistons that work against the hydraulic fluid. Tiny holes in the piston rods allow hydraulic fluid to slip buy at a slow rate, dampening the vehicle’s movements. This helps them work against the truck’s suspension …

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Top 5 Best Car Wind Deflectors & Vent Visors

Are wind deflectors worth it? We recently went through the best wind deflectors and discussed whether they are worth it. If you want to unlock an entirely new level of comfort, you need to give these a closer look.  Side window deflectors are easy to install, and they cost surprisingly little. Once installed, they let you cool the car with the windows down while keeping the wind out of your face.  They keep the rain …

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Best Farm Jack

ToolTally is reader-supported and earns a commission when you purchase a product through our partner links. A farm jack is one of the essential tools to have for getting yourself out of sticky situations. While they are extremely popular for off-road situations, there are a lot of places to use a hi-lift jack. These jacks lift higher than a standard floor jack and can be used on uneven surfaces.  My grandfather always said that if …

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Best AFM DOD Delete Kit

“The car is making a strange noise,” my wife told me worriedly over the phone “see if you can hear it.” She held the phone out the window, and I heard an unmistakable clattering that sounded like an engine failure.  Our 6-year-old GMC Yukon with less than 150,000 miles was dying? Heck, I hadn’t even paid it off yet.  It was making a full-on clatter that sounds like engine failure. I expected chunks of metal to …

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Best Brake Line Flaring Tool

One of the first DIY automotive repair tasks that I took as a teenager was a brake caliper replacement. I had a harrowing moment, where the brake line nut seized, and I thought that I might be ruining new brake lines. Thankfully, disaster was averted, and I didn’t have to do my first brake line flare until much later. The trick with these brake line flaring kits is to get all of the parts lined …

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Best Jacks For Lifted Trucks: Bottle Jacks, Floor Jacks, Hi-Lift

A lifted truck is going to be at least 3 inches taller than a standard pickup. You need a jack that can easily handle the extra height. My frustration with most of the other sites (my competitors) is that most of them have a list of standard jacks that only provide 18 inches of lift.  If you are adding a lift kit to your truck, you’ll want a jack that can go higher than 20 …

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The Best Topside Creepers For 2020

Every mechanic I have worked with is missing a topside creeper from their arsenal. A topside creeper looks like a combination between a stepladder and a regular creeper. It lets you ergonomically access your engine compartment while keeping you away from your car’s finish.  Which is the best mechanic’s topside creeper? Best Overall: Traxion 3-700 Foldable Topside Creeper Best Customer Service: RedLine Engineering Overhead Creeper Best Cheap Topside Creeper: Traxion 3-100 Foldable Topside Creeper Best For …

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