4WD Mechanix Vlog and 'Live Tech' Q&A
by Moses Ludel
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Ludel's Vlog and 'Live Tech' Q&A:
The playlist (below) accesses vlog
commentary plus Q&A insights from Moses Ludel—on a range of topics! For Jeep 4WD, 4x4 truck and SUV
troubleshooting and performance upgrade questions,
provides professional answers. Check the playlist for fixes and upgrades—or submit your own question
In this HD video vlog, Moses Ludel shares an early-March trip into the mountain range
southeast of Fernley, Nevada. He films, photographs and talks about wild horses from two small bands. At
these elevations in the high desert winter, temperatures drop to the teens overnight, winds blow over the
ridgetops at 80-plus mph...See why four generations of the Ludel family value four-wheeling and
Nature—making the outdoors and rural Nevada home...Click here for direct access to this HD video
vlog—share this exciting outdoor
In this Q&A vlog, Moses Ludel shares valve
adjustment methods for the Jeep 232, 258 and 4.0L inline six-cylinder engines. Click here for this in-depth HD video vlog that discusses the procedure for
adjusting the hydraulic lifters and valves on a Jeep inline six. The how-to describes troubleshooting,
repairs, rebuilding and restoring the valvetrain of these popular Jeep CJ, Wrangler, Cherokee, Grand
Cherokee and J-truck engines.
Q&A Vlog: Grand
Cherokee 5.2L V-8 Runs Roughly This V-8
powered Jeep Grand Cherokee has a low-speed hesitation. Moses Ludel answers the owner's questions with
engine and powertrain troubleshooting recommendations in this HD video vlog. The NV249 transfer case is
Jeep YJ Wrangler Hydraulic Clutch Linkage Troubles In this Q&A
vlog, Moses Ludel describes the symptoms of hydraulic clutch linkage leaks in 1987-95 Jeep YJ Wrangler
models. The question refers to hard shifting and loss of fluid. Moses Ludel shares what causes these
troubles in this HD video troubleshooting Q&A.
Vlog: How-to Build a Multipurpose Jeep 4.6L Stroker Motor
In this HD video vlog Q&A, Moses Ludel discusses the Jeep 4.0L inline six
build-up into a stroker 4.6L engine. The build consists of the right design, correct choice of parts and
the required machining. Moses Ludel describes the engine parts and machining options and the range of
Vlog: Quality Rebuild Parts for Chrysler RE-RH Transmissions
In this HD video vlog Q&A, Moses Ludel answers a viewer's question about
the quality parts and upgrades required to rebuild a Chrysler 42RE and other RE-RH transmissions. The
Jeep Grand Cherokee has a 4.0L inline six and pulls a travel trailer. The owner wants to rebuild the
transmission with the best parts.
Q&A Vlog: Jeep CJ2A Full-Floating Wheel Hub & Disc Brake
Conversion In this HD video Q&A vlog,
Moses Ludel responds to the owner of a 1947 Jeep CJ2A who wants a disc brake conversion and other
upgrades. The discussion includes disc brake options, caliper brackets, drum brake upgrades and other
approaches for upgrading brakes on the early Jeep CJ 4x4 chassis.
Testing Ground Circuits and Wiring Integrity In this
HD video vlog, A Jeep owner has trouble with the gauges and engine tune on his early YJ Wrangler. Moses
Ludel suggests the troubleshooting and diagnostics tools for checking circuits, grounds and voltage drops.
The use of a volt-ohmmeter, lamp load test and other techniques apply. Wiring integrity and proper splices
are also discussed.
&A Vlog: Ross
Cam-and-Lever Versus Saginaw Steering Gear In this HD
video vlog, Moses Ludel shares steering gear options with a 1971 Jeepster owner. The owner has considered
rebuilding the Ross cam-and-lever steering gear versus upgrading to Saginaw steering. Moses Ludel describes
these options and how-to steps.
In this response to a viewer's question, Moses Ludel
describes the symptoms and simple tests to determine the condition of an automotive battery. Learn about
normal battery voltages and "load testing" to identify damaged or defective cells. Separate battery troubles
from starter and charge circuit problems on your Jeep, truck, SUV, motorcycle or ATV/UTV.
Q&A Vlog: Testing the Condition of a Jeep, Truck, SUV or ATV Battery in HD
In this HD vlog Q&A,
Moses Ludel discusses the tools and steps needed to properly set up a ring-and-pinion gear set. The
primary adjustment is the pinion gear height. See the professional tools and learn
about alternatives for setting pinion gear depth or height in the axle
housing. Click here for "Q&A Vlog: Axle Rebuilding and Pinion Depth
An aftermarket HEI distributor is the topic at "Q&A
Vlog: Setting Base Spark Timing for a Retrofit HEI Distributor". Moses Ludel
discusses how-to set base spark timing with a tachometer and vacuum gauge. He describes the aims of spark
timing and maximum engine performance. The viewer's Q&A involves a Jeep 4.0L inline six converted to
carburetion and a conventional, HEI retrofit ignition distributor.
The week of January 20th-25th, 4WD Mechanix Magazine filmed at Advance Adapters (Paso
Robles, CA) and the SEMA MPMC Media Trade Conference (Santa Ana, CA). Advance Adapters footage is available as
seventeen (17) edited HD videos at the magazine's 4WD Mechanix Video Network. In this vlog, Moses Ludel talks about the road trip—click
below is the brief HD video introduction to the SEMA-MPMC Media Trade Conference. There are 24
individual HD video interviews with key manufacturers available at the "4WD New Products Channel"
Introduction: SEMA-MPMC Media Trade
The 2013 SEMA MPMC Media Trade Conference at Santa
Ana, California, provided the opportunity for one-on-one interviews with key automotive aftermarket product
manufacturers. For the latest in truck, Jeep and off-road 4x4 performance—plus engine tuning, lubricants, air
induction, performance exhaust, chassis performance, transmission, clutch, engine performance programmers and
suspension improvements—see the 24 HD videos in this series—exclusively at 4WD Mechanix Magazine and the 4WD
Mechanix HD Video Network!
This Moses Ludel 'Live Tech' Q&A vlog series shares
insights into motor oils, oil filters and maintenance. Want your Jeep 4WD or any other 4x4 truck/SUV engine to
last over 200,000 miles? See the four vlog
topics (below). Click to access HD video
In the Part 1 vlog, Moses Ludel talks
about the design of engine oils and their history. He shares details on why multi-viscosity oil came
into existence. Learn more about the roles that motor oils play and how to extend engine
In the Part 2 vlog, Moses Ludel compares synthetic and
conventional oils. Is there a cost-effective equivalent to synthetic motor oil? Curious why rear
main seals, timing cover seals or valve cover gaskets tend to leak when you switch to a synthetic
oil in a higher mileage engine? You'll want to see this vlog and hear Moses'
In the Part 3 vlog, Moses Ludel clarifies viscosity
needs and oil change intervals. Puzzled why there are so many opinions about motor oil changes
and which viscosity oil an engine needs? Hear candid comments—backed by
In the Part 4
vlog, Moses Ludel completes the four-vlog
series with insights into oil filtration and his picks for Jeep and 4x4 truck/SUV engines. Want your
modern engine to last for well over two-hundred thousand miles? Watch this HD
Moses Ludel shares good reasons for building the popular
4.6L Jeep inline six stroker motor. In this vlog, Moses describes the best engine build for street, highway and 4x4
Moses Ludel road tests a freshly built 4.6L Jeep
inline stroker six. The long block, built by Hewes Performance Machine, has all the ingredients for longevity,
superior torque and increased horsepower output. Get the details
There is no greater strain on a battery and engine bearings than a cold weather
start-up! In this winter 'Live Tech' vlog, Moses Ludel shares how to protect your engine and battery from the
perils of extreme cold weather. See "Cold Weather Engine and Battery
Survival!—just in time for sub-freezing
Note: The Fall 2012 vlog series (below) contains commentary—without
Moses Ludel Vlogs: Fall
2012 The 4WD Mechanix Vlog and 'Live Tech'
Q&A Channel" at 4WD Mechanix© Magazine features HD video vlogs with Moses Ludel. Moses Ludel comments
about Jeep 4WD technology, 4WD aftermarket products, Jeep and 4x4 truck/SUV news and events, off-road driving
and racing, rock crawling, the latest projects and more! See the four Fall 2012 vlogs at this 4WD Mechanix
Video Network link/page!
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