Chances are if you are reading this, you’re what they call a ‘Petrolhead’ in England. It’s ok, so are we. With Valentine’s day coming up, we thought it would be fun to cast a net out there to get some fun, unique, interesting stories for the blog from you guys, our customers. The theme? Automotive love, of course, and you can win $500! At some point in your life, did you ever feel that you loved a car? Did you think about it while you were away? Did you ever just stare at it for probably longer than you should have? Have you ever apologized to it, after throwing a wrench at the engine bay? The eEuroparts Car Love Story Contest – Enter to win $500! Love is a very human emotion, and cars are of course mechanical contraptions that have no feelings (even though sometimes it seems that they
We go to a lot of shows a year. The slammed look is popular, most presumably because it makes a car look more performance oriented. I mean, in general full blown race cars are very close to the ground. That keeps a lower center of gravity and ensures the least amount of airflow is allowed underneath (thus reducing lift). The interesting part about stancing out a car is that, while it might actually handle better on a race track if you know what you are doing and your alignment is good, on public streets the utility of this is nearly non-existent, and even extremely inconvenient depending on your environment. I’ve noticed an interesting trend in European car shows over the years that people are looking for something different. This almost always involves a sawzall and a MIG welder, we’ve all see Monster Garage. Chopped Euros, a Ute if you will.
Today we take a look at common Mercedes-Benz parts problems for the w210 E-Class. Mercedes’ E-class W210 version is a popular customer car here at eEuroparts.com. A full sized executive car, the W210 had the challenging task of replacing the famously robust W124 Mercedes chassis. Production ran for eight years, beginning in July of 1995 and ending in March of 2003. This Mercedes Benz automobile was offered in both saloon and estate versions (sedan and wagon for us Americans) and owners enjoy the vehicle’s smooth power, comfortable ride and quiet, neatly appointed cabin. While the new aero styling and retro quad round headlight design of the w210 E-class have aged very well, there are several mechanical issues to be aware of when owning or shopping for one of these impressive vehicles. Here is a list of common Mercedes parts problems in the W210 E-Class. Rust • Rust tends to creep
“Up Your Nose With A Rubber Hose!” – Vinny Barbarino. In my first full stage rally attempt (NEFR 2015) I was confronted with many problems under the hood of my new (to me) Jetta GLI. One of those problems was a coolant system that while “looking” fine was actually riddled with old hoses and flanges that should always be considered as wear items. As a result, I was left stranded on the side of the stage with a stream of coolant trailing us, and a heap of steam coming from under the hood. The car is a bit of a mutant mash-up of a Volkswagen MK2 Jetta chassis, an AEB motor from a late 90’s Passat and a radiator from a Corrado. The VW cooling system and motor came together via a series of hoses and flanges in decent condition but in fact were fairly old and brittle inside. Car
After a very cold New England snap, a January thaw has reminded me that the racing season is fast approaching and we better get back into the shop! The engine block came back , hot-tanked and bored for our forged Wiseco pistons. These pistons have thicker top ringlands and the forging process gives superior strength and durability over the hypereutectic factory ones. With the all the bottom end saab performance parts here, let the build begin. First thing I want to cover is the current development of parts in our balance shaft delete kit, in progress. Before I even get into sizing up the new bearings and assembling the crank, I wanted to take a look at the balance shaft and engine timing system. But, we probably should talk a little about the purpose of balance shafts first. Balance shafts are weighted shafts that run off the crankshaft in order