How-to: Braze Repair of Damaged Axle Shaft Threads

Tapered axle shaft threads are often ruined by improper use of force to remove a wheel hub and brake drum during brake and axle service work.  Hub pullers are used to remove tapered rear axle hub/drum assemblies.  Used improperly, a hub puller can crush the end of a tapered axle shaft and mushroom the cotter pin […]

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – HD Video Tool How-to: Using the OTC 7394 Hub Puller

HD Video How-to:  OTC 7394 Hub Puller for Jeep and Truck Axle Service! Vintage Jeep 4x4s and AMC/Jeep CJ models with the AMC Model 20 rear axle require a special hub puller to remove the rear wheel hubs. Many vintage cars and trucks require this type puller. OTC makes the 7394 Hub Puller for this task. This […]

How-to: Fabricating, Restoring and Repairing Hydraulic Brake Lines

In this in-depth how-to tutorial, viewers are encouraged to look over Moses Ludel’s shoulder as he replicates steel brake tubing on a rare classic car. Whether your DIY or professional shop’s project is an off-road rock crawler, a 4×4 truck restoration or a rare classic car in need of a pristine, original looking brake system, […]

Video Series: How to Flare Automotive Brake Tube, Fuel Lines and Cooler Tubing

Flare Tools and How to Flare Brake Lines This in depth how-to HD video series covers brake tube flare types, flaring methods, flare tools and brake work safety concerns.  Attention focuses on the brake tube flare tools used for servicing production vehicles and building custom brake line systems. While many U.S. shops and DIY enthusiasts […]

ERRECOM Air Conditioning Service and Performance Products

Errecom offers a full line service products that maximize air conditioner performance. Whether you perform major service and repair work or simply want to rejuvenate or enhance your vehicle’s air conditioning system, products like Cool-Shot Ultra, Extreme Ultra or the Atom Machine can make a difference. In this how-to video, we install and test these […]

How-to: 2000-2006 Jeep Disc Brake Pads and Rotors Service

2000-2006 Jeep Front Brakes Service and Pad Replacement… In this disc brakes service how-to HD video, Moses Ludel shares the replacement of brake pads, rotors and related parts on these Jeep models: 1990-95 Jeep YJ Wrangler, 1997-2006 Jeep TJ Wrangler, 1990-2001 Jeep XJ Cherokee, 1990-92 Jeep MJ Comanche and the 1993-1998 Jeep ZJ Grand Cherokee. […]

BD Diesel Performance Differential Covers and Royal Purple Max Gear Lube

The BD Diesel Performance aluminum alloy differential covers for AAM 11.5″ and 9.25″ axles are more than just good looking! They are designed to sling a steady flow of lubricant over the ring gear to saturate the pinion gear with oil. Heavy duty Royal Purple ‘Max Gear’ lubricant runs cooler and works even more effectively […]

How-to: Making Headlights Safe with a 3M Headlight Restoration Kit

Modern vehicles with halogen, HID and LED bulbs often cloud the front face of the headlamp assemblies. In this how-to video, we restore a pair of Ram truck headlight assemblies. This “DIY” alternative saves replacing entire light assemblies.  There is also a shop-grade kit for higher volume headlight service. The Ram truck’s headlight covers are […]

Review: FrostGuard® Ends Windshield Scraping and Frozen Wipers

FrostGuard® windshield and mirror covers are the best antidote for winter frost, ice, sleet and snow. Parking overnight can mean frozen windshield glass, mirrors and wiper blades. Often, defrosting glass requires lengthy running of the engine. Worse yet is the undesirable chore of scraping window glass and mirrors until your fingers grow numb. FrostGuard® can […]

Review: MYCHANIC® ‘DIY’ Tools for Work at the Ground Level

For the small shop or home garage, there’s never enough room.  The 4WD Mechanix workshop and studio is no exception.  When it comes to common challenges, MYCHANIC® has solutions. MYCHANIC® offers innovative tools and equipment for serious ‘DIY’ enthusiasts and automotive shop techs working at the ground level.  Tool and parts organization can be stifling.  Grasping […]

Moses Ludel Vlog: Why Build a Jeep 4.6L Stroker Inline Six?

Moses Ludel Vlog: Why Build a 4.6L Jeep Inline Six Stroker Motor? The Jeep inline six stroker motor is a popular topic! In this HD vlog, Moses Ludel shares his many reasons for building a 4.6L Jeep inline six stroker motor. At left is the predecessor to the seven-main bearing 199/232/258 and 4.0L AMC engine […]

Ram Truck 47RE and 48RE Transmission In-Chassis Survival Upgrades from BD Diesel Performance

Chrysler’s Ram truck 47RE and 48RE transmissions have a checkered history.  Derived from the rugged 3-speed A727 Torqueflite with an add-on 4th gear/overdrive sandwiched into the unit, these stock RE transmissions have an unpredictable lifespan. The magazine’s 2005 Ram 3500 4WD with 5.9L Cummins diesel power, purchased new 13 years ago, has now clocked 162-thousand […]

Monitor Cleaning with Shurhold Serious Shine and MicroFiber Towels

Our 49″ video editing monitor accumulates dust—and plenty of it! The 494K Crossover monitor is a valued, critical piece of equipment, and the screen requires special care. To clean the screen properly and establish an anti-static surface, we turned to Shurhold® Industries’ MicroFiber Towels and Serious Shine detailing cleaner.  This “kit” features three towels: Super Soft […]

Testing the IcyBreeze® Air Conditioner and Cooler

The IcyBreeze® is a portable air conditioner and cooler.  We tested the IcyBreeze® at Moab and Reno as spring temperatures reached as high as 90 degrees F.  Rusty, our Border Collie, helped test* the IcyBreeze®’s cooling effectiveness! Note:  The Rusty cooling tests were under constant supervision.  Rusty’s health is always foremost.  He likes his travel crate for naps […]

Superwinch Demonstrates New EXP Winch During 2017 Moab EJS

During the 2017 Moab Easter Jeep Safari Week, Superwinch® demonstrated its new EXP series winches.  Delivering the message to hardcore four-wheelers and off-road enthusiasts, Scott Salmon, Nena Barlow and Jon Mason presented the most advanced winch design features in this category.  The all-new EXP winch brings ground breaking features to the off-road user market.  Available as both integrated and […]

Nena Barlow Demonstrates the Pull Pal Anchor

Nena Barlow operates Barlow Adventures at Moab and Sedona. Her 4×4 guiding and recovery tools include the Pull Pal land anchor.  At the Dunes south of Moab, Nena uses a Pull Pal and Superwinch® EXP winch to quickly free a Jeep® JK Wrangler from a barren, sandy slope.  See why Pull Pal is a “must” companion […]

Nena Barlow Demonstrates the Bug Out Rack

During the 2017 Moab Easter Jeep Safari week, Nena Barlow of Barlow Adventures shares details about the Original Bug Out Rack. The rack attaches to a remotely mounted spare tire and offers extra storage space for back country 4×4 travel. Barlow Adventures at Moab and Sedona has a rental fleet of 30 Jeep 4x4s.  Nena […]

Bill Burke of 4-Wheeling America Discusses BFG KM2 Tires

4-Wheeling America is known worldwide for Bill Burke’s four-wheel driver training and vehicle recovery courses. Bill participated in the famous Camel Trophy and has been a trainer for 30 years. For the last 27 years, Bill Burke has depended upon B.F. Goodrich® Tires for his four-wheeling, and he knows each tread design well. In this […]

4WD Mechanix Tests Multi Mit Gloves

In this independent product evaluation, Moses Ludel tests the Multi Mit gloves on a cold January day at northern Nevada. Frigid ice and snow outside the doors and the heat turned off, the shop temperature is 43-degrees F. Under these test conditions, close-up, bare fingered work can be challenging. In this HD video, see how these gloves […]

Tierra Del Sol Desert Safari

Tierra Del Sol Desert Safari at Anza-Borrego and Truckhaven! The annual Tierra Del Sol Desert Safari is a legendary four-wheel drive and OHV event. In this HD video series, 4WD Mechanix Magazine caught the late winter action at the 2014 gathering, activities for the whole family in the Anza-Borrego Desert at Ocotillo Wells!  See the TDS […]

Visiting Twin Lakes and Bridgeport Valley

Twin Lakes has been a favorite place for our family since the late 1950s. The Lower and Upper Lakes have a distinct view of ‘The Crags’, and the paved road from Bridgeport, California and U.S. Highway 395 is just a 13 mile drive. Early fall is the perfect time to experience the Eastern Sierra High Country, and […]

New OTC Evolve Scan Tool Demonstration

OTC Tools is on the leading edge of troubleshooting and diagnostics tools. The latest Evolve scan tool features diagnostics capability and a troubleshooting interface with the internet. In this demonstration at the 2016 SEMA Show, see how repair shops and serious DIY troubleshooters can perform quick diagnostics to pinpoint trouble code causes. Tests can be performed […]

Advance Adapters Products at 2016 SEMA Show

The Advance Adapters booth at the SEMA Show is always busy! For 2016, a variety of product upgrades and improvements were the focus. Advance Adapters has also added options for popular products like the Atlas transfer cases. Steve Roberts explains the current line of Advance Adapters offerings. The centerpiece at the booth was the new […]

BFG® Presents the 2016 Outstanding Trails Awards

The annual BFGoodrich® Tires “Outstanding Trails” winners were announced at this year’s 2016 SEMA Show. Recipient 4WD clubs received $4000 each for their contribution to the off-road community through trail and back country road restoration. This prestigious award reflects the physical efforts of club members determined to promote a positive image around off-pavement and trail use.  This is […]

2016 BFG®-SCORE Baja 1000 Experience

A major draw at the 2016 SEMA Show in Las Vegas was the third annual BFG®/SCORE Baja 1000 Experience at the Silver Lot. This year’s onsite event featured two press conferences, off-road racing vehicles on display, the replica Mike’s Sky Ranch Cantina, celebrity off-road drivers, crews and teams—plus a full roster of BFG® sponsored activities. See […]

Halfway Club for Great Italian Food at Reno, Nevada

Like other travelers, we enjoy a meal out. Casale’s Halfway Club has been a Reno and old U.S. Highway 40 landmark for 80 years. Family owned since 1937, the Halfway Club provides a friendly, welcoming stop for locals and travelers.  The traditional Italian restaurant and its classic bar take guests back to a time that puts […]

4WD Mechanix Magazine Travel: Exploring Bodega Bay

As our dry, hot summer at Nevada’s high desert eked on, we were overdue for a trip to the coast and some fresh salt air. Our 30′ Alumascape trailer in tow behind the Ram 3500 truck, we traversed the Sierra Range, crossed the Sacramento Valley, drove through the Napa/Sonoma Wine Country and wound our way to the Sonoma Coast […]