The Right Air Compressor

Your Automotive Shop Needs a Full-Size Air Compressor When the Great Recession called for cutting overhead and downsizing, we set up a smaller shop studio. Productivity, photo and video productions and the ability to handle a variety of mechanical work remained our goals. Despite the new shop’s square footage, we refused to compromise on equipment. […]

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Jeep® 4.0L Ignition Tune-Up and Injector Cleaning

How-to: 4.0L Jeep® Engine Diagnostics and Major Ignition and Fuel Injector Service… At 186,000 miles, our Jeep Cherokee 4.0L engine was due for mechanical diagnostics and a tune-up. This how-to covers our tests of the engine’s mechanical condition followed by performing a complete ignition tune-up and fuel injector cleaning. We upgraded ignition components during the […]

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Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Live Tech Vlog: Engine Oil and Filters, Part 1

Vlog Series:  Jeep, 4×4 Truck & SUV Engine Oil and Filter Needs! Part 1—Hosted by Moses Ludel 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 and its gains. Learn more about motor oils and the roles oil […]

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Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Live Tech Vlog: Engine Oil and Filters, Part 2

Vlog Series:  Jeep, 4×4 Truck & SUV Engine Oil and Filter Needs! Part 2—Hosted by Moses Ludel 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 […]

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Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Live Tech Vlog: Engine Oil and Filters, Part 4

Vlog Series:  Jeep, 4×4 Truck & SUV Engine Oil and Filter Needs! Part 4—Hosted by Moses Ludel Part 4—Moses Ludel completes the four-vlog series with insights into oil filtration and his filter picks for Jeep and 4×4 truck/SUV engines. Want your engine to last more than two-hundred thousand miles? Watch this HD video!      This four-vlog HD […]

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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 […]

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Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Vlog: Road Testing Jeep 4.6L Stroker Inline Six

HD Vlog: Performance Testing a 4.6L Jeep Inline Six Stroker Motor! Hosted by Moses Ludel  The Jeep inline six stroker motor has been a popular topic! In this HD vlog, hear Moses Ludel describe a Hewes Performance Machine engine that now powers a 1998 Jeep XJ Cherokee. Hear Moses’ comments on this engine build and how the […]

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Q&A Vlog: Choosing the Right Jeep 4×4 Model

Q&A Vlog:  Choosing a Used Jeep 4×4 for On-Highway and Off-Road Use! In this vlog, Moses Ludel shares his choices for a used on- and off-highway Jeep 4×4. Learn about the assets and downsides of the Wrangler YJ, TJ and JK, the Jeep XJ Cherokee and the Jeep Grand Cherokee ZJ and WJ models.    […]

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4WD Mechanix Magazine in 3D Flip Page Format

4WD Mechanix Magazine in 3D Flip Page Format

Are Readers and Viewers Ready for a Relaunch of the Monthly Magazine? On February 7, 2010, 4WD Mechanix Magazine launched online with its Premiere Issue of the magazine. The format was traditional “print media” layout with a convenient PDF download delivery to readers. The magazine content and delivery drew on nearly three decades of magazine […]

The Right Air Compressor

Your Automotive Shop Needs a Full-Size Air Compressor When the Great Recession called for cutting overhead and downsizing, we set up a smaller shop studio. Productivity, photo and video productions and the ability to handle a variety of mechanical work remained our goals. Despite the new shop’s square footage, we refused to compromise on equipment. […]

Jeep® 4.0L Ignition Tune-Up and Injector Cleaning

How-to: 4.0L Jeep® Engine Diagnostics and Major Ignition and Fuel Injector Service… At 186,000 miles, our Jeep Cherokee 4.0L engine was due for mechanical diagnostics and a tune-up. This how-to covers our tests of the engine’s mechanical condition followed by performing a complete ignition tune-up and fuel injector cleaning. We upgraded ignition components during the […]

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Live Tech Vlog: Engine Oil and Filters, Part 1

Vlog Series:  Jeep, 4×4 Truck & SUV Engine Oil and Filter Needs! Part 1—Hosted by Moses Ludel 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 and its gains. Learn more about motor oils and the roles oil […]

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Live Tech Vlog: Engine Oil and Filters, Part 2

Vlog Series:  Jeep, 4×4 Truck & SUV Engine Oil and Filter Needs! Part 2—Hosted by Moses Ludel 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 […]

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Live Tech Vlog: Engine Oil and Filters, Part 3

Vlog Series:  Jeep, 4×4 Truck & SUV Engine Oil and Filter Needs! Part 3—Hosted by Moses Ludel In Part 3, Moses Ludel clarifies viscosity needs and oil change intervals. Wonder why there are so many opinions about motor oil changes and which viscosity oil your engine needs? Hear candid comments—backed by experience!      This four-vlog HD video […]

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Live Tech Vlog: Engine Oil and Filters, Part 4

Vlog Series:  Jeep, 4×4 Truck & SUV Engine Oil and Filter Needs! Part 4—Hosted by Moses Ludel Part 4—Moses Ludel completes the four-vlog series with insights into oil filtration and his filter picks for Jeep and 4×4 truck/SUV engines. Want your engine to last more than two-hundred thousand miles? Watch this HD video!      This four-vlog HD […]

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 […]

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Vlog: Road Testing Jeep 4.6L Stroker Inline Six

HD Vlog: Performance Testing a 4.6L Jeep Inline Six Stroker Motor! Hosted by Moses Ludel  The Jeep inline six stroker motor has been a popular topic! In this HD vlog, hear Moses Ludel describe a Hewes Performance Machine engine that now powers a 1998 Jeep XJ Cherokee. Hear Moses’ comments on this engine build and how the […]

Q&A Vlog: Choosing the Right Jeep 4×4 Model

Q&A Vlog:  Choosing a Used Jeep 4×4 for On-Highway and Off-Road Use! In this vlog, Moses Ludel shares his choices for a used on- and off-highway Jeep 4×4. Learn about the assets and downsides of the Wrangler YJ, TJ and JK, the Jeep XJ Cherokee and the Jeep Grand Cherokee ZJ and WJ models.    […]

Fluidampr Installation on Ram Gen 3 Cummins 5.9L Turbodiesel

2005 Ram Gets Fluidampr® Harmonic Damper Upgrade Upgrading to a Fluidampr® on the Ram Cummins 5.9L turbodiesel is assurance that the crankshaft will be protected from torsional vibration across the engine’s full rpm range. This is a significant improvement over the OEM damper. Why a Fluidampr®? This proven viscous damper design has an internal “flywheel” […]

Executive Order Protects Consumer Rights Around Vehicle Repairs and Parts Choices

Executive Order Protects Consumer Rights Around Vehicle Repairs and Parts Choices

MEMA, AASA and CAR Coalition Extoll Victory for Automotive Consumer Rights… 4WD Mechanix Magazine has always supported our right to repair our own vehicles. This includes access to chassis and powertrain data and the right to select replacement parts from a variety of sources. Buying a specific make and model vehicle should not limit or […]

Autel® MaxiScope Automotive Lab Scope

An Autel® MaxiScope Provides Pinpoint Diagnostics… There is no other tool that can diagnose and troubleshoot automotive engines, transmissions, electrical systems and chassis as precisely as a lab scope. While scan tools rely on the vehicle’s computer for data, the lab scope provides valuable image patterns in real time waveforms. The Autel® MP408 MaxiScope is […]

How-to: Blackwood Rubber Infused Lumber Trailer Deck

How-to: Car Hauling Trailer Gets a Refresh with Blackwood Rubber Infused Lumber Decking… Our mid-1990s car hauling trailer needed attention. Wooden trailers decking has a lifespan, and our trailer’s deck was done. In this how-to video coverage, we strip, paint and completely restore the Parker Performance trailer with Blackwood Lumber’s Rubber Infused Lumber decking. Like […]

Change Tires at Your Shop or a Remote Site

For decades we have sublet tire service. We ended that with Gaither Tool Company products. Manual tools and equipment now enable us to change tires at our shop. We can even perform tire service by the side of a remote trail. Hand service tools are available for passenger car, van, truck and powersports tires. With […]

Moses Ludel Lecture and Slideshow: Cast Iron TIG Repair

Moses Ludel’s Guest Lecture and Slideshow at the 2011 Spring Midwest Willys Reunion: TIG Repair of a Large Cast Iron Axle Housing!      Damaged, rare axle castings can be repaired. In this presentation at the 2011 Spring Midwest Willys Reunion, Moses Ludel discusses the right filler rod and TIG welding technique for best outcomes when restoring […]

How-to: Iron Engine Block Casting TIG Weld Repair

Professional Iron Block Casting Repair with Weld Mold 700/750 TIG Filler Rod! See this Caterpillar engine block repair, using TIG (GTAW) welding process and Weld Mold Company 700 and 750 filler rod. The bare block fix, performed on the shop floor at Brad Falin’s Fernley, Nevada heavy equipment repair facility, took two hours and saved thousands of dollars. […]

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – MIG Welding Project: Installing the Pivot King

MIG Welding Project: Building a Spare Tire Carrier with a Square Tube Axle! When the XJ Cherokee’s six-year-old tire carrier began to sag, the time was right for a MIG welding project. (Any excuse will do!) Rather than scrap an otherwise perfectly good spare tire rack, I opted to install a versatile square tubing tire […]

How-to: Gaither GT12-1US Precision Tire Balancing

Gaither Takes Balancing to the Next Level: GT12-1US Manual Computer Tire Balancer… The Gaither GT12-1US is a heavy duty, manually operated computer tire and wheel balancer. Portable and easy to operate, the machine is ideal for commercial truck and bus shops, fleet operators and independent 4×4 light truck shops. We test 4×4 aftermarket wheels and […]

Winntec Wheel Assist Gen 2

Winntec Wheel Assist Gen 2

Winntec Wheel Assist Gen 2 Lift Makes Big Tire Handling Easy! Our shop moves heavy wheel and tire assemblies. The Winntec Tire Dolly (Model Y471105HD) made our tire rotations and moving tires much easier. Now moving tire and wheel assemblies has become even easier! The Winntec Wheel Assist Gen 2 is ideal for our 102 […]

BFGoodrich® KO2 Off-Road Wiper Blades Deliver Safe All Season Performance

Pylon Manufacturing Partners with BFGoodrich® on the New KO2 Wiper Blades! Stylish and innovative, the new BFGoodrich® KO2 Wiper Blades deliver superior service in mud, snow, ice and rain. Fully functional both on- and off-road, these blades provide reliable all-season safety. We tested the new blades in a Sierra blizzard, on muddy and slushy roads […]

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – How-to: XJ Cherokee Erratic Gauges Fix

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – How-to: XJ Cherokee Erratic Gauges Fix

How-to: Jeep XJ Cherokee Erratic Gauges and “No Bus” Fix The instrument readout is our 1999 XJ Cherokee with the engine running! This not so rare “No Bus” signal and gauge “drop-off” occurs, unexpectedly, on several Jeep models, including XJ Cherokees and TJ Wranglers from the OBD-II era. According to Chrysler’s TSB #08-15-99, the cause on the XJ Cherokee, […]

2020 SEMA360 and AAPEX Virtual Experience

2020 SEMA360 Event and the AAPEX Virtual Experience Go Virtual! For 2020 the beat continued as the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) and Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo (AAPEX) took their annual events online. “SEMA360” emphasized new products and equipment in the automotive specialty market. “AAPEX Virtual Experience” focused on the automotive service industry and latest […]

THE JESSI COMBS FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES 2020 SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS

THE JESSI COMBS FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES 2020 SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS

Promoting Women in the Trades! THE JESSI COMBS FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES 2020 SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS… Seven Scholarships, totaling $30K awarded to women pursuing careers in the trades! MITCHELL, SOUTH DAKOTA (November 9, 2020) –The Jessi Combs Foundation (JCF) is honored to announce the winners of The Jessi Combs Foundation Scholarship program for 2020. In addition to the […]

Important Cleanup at Moon Rocks Near Reno, Nevada on Saturday 11-7-2020

Important Cleanup at Moon Rocks Near Reno, Nevada on Saturday 11-7-2020

Nevada 4WD Association Encourages Volunteers at Moon Rocks Near Reno…. Moon Rocks Cleanup on Saturday, November 7, 2020! N4WDA received an announcement from Paul Amar, Bureau of Land Management, sharing that on Saturday, November 7th, there will be a cleanup at Moon Rocks. There is no starting time announced, but it will be an all day […]

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 […]

Four-Wheeler Jake Munoz Overcame Multiple Spinal Surgeries

Video Interview: Avid Four-Wheeler Overcame Multiple Spinal Surgeries! October 2020 Update: Jake Munoz, courageous friend, husband and father, passed away on October 2nd. At the time of our interview years ago, Jake had endured seven major spinal surgeries yet remained committed to an outdoor lifestyle. As an avid four-wheeler, Jake Munoz dramatically modified both his […]