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 […]

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 […]

Shurhold® Dual-Action Polisher and Detailing Products

Restoring Our Jeep® Cherokee’s Paint Finish… The Shurhold DA Polisher Pro and detailing products helped save our 1999 XJ Cherokee from an immediate re-paint. This cleaning, compounding and polishing system provides an affordable way to get professional level results. When we took a close look at the Cherokee, the paint was in poor condition. Years […]

Gaither Tire Service Tools and Equipment

Gaither® Tool Company makes professional grade tools and equipment for the tire service industry. 4WD Mechanix chose Gaither® when setting up a self-sufficient tire service area within our shop studio. It doesn’t take COVID-19 and a lock down to value having your own tire shop. 4WD Mechanix Magazine tests and services tires on a regular […]

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Rebuilding the Ross TL Steering Gear

How-to: Rebuilding the Jeep-Ross ‘TL’ Steering Gear! At the 2011 Midwest Willys Reunion, Moses Ludel was guest speaker to a large group of vintage Willys-Jeep enthusiasts who own 1941-71 models. In this segment, Moses discusses restoration of vintage Ross TL steering gears. These gears were original equipment in all Willys 4×4 military vehicles, 4WD civilian […]

Gaither Tool Company Moore-Safe 20-Ton Jack

“World’s Safest Jack” Gaither Tool Company’s new 20-ton air-over-hydraulic Moore-Safe Jack delivers superior performance, safety and utility. Screw-in “bolt” head design provides stability and improved center of gravity. We do a lot of axle lifting for tire changes and rotations, brake service and axle related work. A safe jack is always important. Our stout floor […]

SUR&R Oil Filter Cup

Put an End to Oil Change Messes! End the messy oil drips and puddles when changing an oil filter. The SUR&R Oil Filter Cup catches dirty oil and makes oil changes easier. Owners of Jeep® XJ Cherokee 4.0L models and others with horizontal oil filters can rejoice! Any oil filter change can be messy. Drips […]

Bolt-in Atlas Transfer Case for JL and JT Jeep® Models

At the 2019 SEMA Show, Advance Adapters introduced the bolt-in Atlas transfer case for the Jeep JT Wrangler and JL Gladiator. Minimized steps and retaining the OEM driveshafts make this a straightforward retrofit. Bolt-in means no need for measuring and constructing new driveshafts and other parts. This package will be welcomed by 4×4 shops and […]

2019 SEMA and AAPEX Shows

Best New 4×4 and Light Truck Utility Products, Tools and Equipment… The first week in November, 4WD Mechanix Magazine covered the SEMA and AAPEX Shows. Beyond the glitz and glitter, our focus is always light truck and 4×4 utility products, new tools and useful equipment. Top picks aim at improving vehicle function and innovative tools […]

OTC 6977 Universal Cooling System Pressure Test Kit

A cooling system pressure test can diagnose hose and radiator leaks, damaged gaskets and casting cracks. The OTC Tools 6977 Universal Cooling System Pressure Test Kit includes hose adapters for a wide range of conventional and degas cooling systems. Modern cooling systems often seal completely at the radiator. There is no filler neck for testing […]

5.9L Cummins CRD Injection System Cleaning

Maintaining Expensive Injection Components… Routine Cummins CRD injection system cleaning can help protect the expensive CP3 pump and Bosch injectors. Our regular service includes two effective methods for restoring fuel injector spray patterns, maximizing performance and improving fuel efficiency. For purging contaminant debris and flushing the injection system, we use Sea Foam Motor Treatment. One […]

OTC 5268 Truck Ramps

Test and Review: When a vehicle hoist is not available, floor jacks and jack stands are the common alternative. Stands take time to set up, cramp space and slow our workflow. A practical solution is vehicle ramps, and when it comes to quality and safety, we chose OTC 5268 ramps for our shop. Many shops […]

White Knuckle Off Road Products Rock Sliders

Review and How-to Installation: White Knuckle Off Road Product Rock Sliders for Gen 3 Ram 2500/3500 4×4 Trucks… When our electric retractable running board motors failed, we searched the market for the best solidly mounted step boards. In this HD video review and installation, see why White Knuckle Off Road Products’ rock sliders became the […]

Testing Cooper® Discoverer AT3 XLT™ Tires

For an accurate test of the Cooper Discoverer AT3 XLT tires, our first step was precision mounting and balancing of the tires. (See the Part 1 video.) In the Part 2 video, we prepare the Ram 3500 for testing then test the Cooper Discoverer AT3 XLT tires both on- and off-road. Part 2 video concludes […]

Professionalize Your Shop With Permatex Products

Professionalize Your Shop With Permatex Products

Permatex products have been a part of my automotive work for over half a century. Quality repairs, fleet maintenance and high performance upgrades require the right adhesive sealants, thread lockers, pipe and flange sealants and gasket makers. Meeting OEM or higher standards and producing the best results, Permatex delivers. These Permatex products are always within […]

3M Products for a Productive and Safer Shop

3M Products for a Productive and Safer Shop

3M Means Lasting Quality …3M products have been a mainstay at my shop. Trademarked and patented 3M products meet the highest standards. In these three HD video tours (Part 1: Body Work, Part 2: Service Work and Part 3: Safety/Protective products), I share my favorite 3M “soft tools” and safety gear.—Moses Ludel… Workdays Involve 3M […]

Curing an Engine Knock with SUR&R Tools and Sea Foam®

Curing an Engine Knock with SUR&R Tools and Sea Foam®

Engine Noise May Not Be Catastrophic! Sometimes an engine knock means bad lower end bearings or piston trouble. Often, however, simpler tune related noises can mimic a serious engine knock. Before tearing our Jeep 4.0L engine apart, we thoroughly cleaned the top end and injectors with S.U.R.&R.’s professional grade tools and Sea Foam® Motor Treatment. […]

How-to: Diagnose an Engine Noise or Knock

How-to: Diagnose an Engine Noise or Knock

Engine noise can range from minor ticking and clatter to ominous metallic sounds. In this how-to HD video, we begin with troubleshooting and diagnosing a Jeep 4.0L inline six engine noise. The steps apply to any engine and noise source. Some knocks and clatter require major engine work, but sometimes the engine is simply in […]

Interview: Advance Adapters and Cummins Discuss the 2.8L Diesel Engine Conversion for Jeep®

At the 2016 SEMA Show, Steve Roberts from Advance Adapters and Stephen “Steve” Sanders of Cummins Repower program share in-depth details on the Cummins 2.8L diesel crate engine conversion. Tailored for Jeep®, Land Cruisers, Land Rovers, light trucks and other swaps, the high-tech R2.8L common rail diesel (CRD) is a potent, fuel efficient, self-contained “crate” […]

2017 SEMA Show: Installation Details for the Cummins R2.8L Diesel Crate Engine

At the 2017 SEMA Show, Steve Sanders of Cummins Repower shared the latest developments on the R2.8L diesel crate engine. The engine has launched in the market since last year’s SEMA Show, and the Cummins booth featured unique display vehicles.  The booth traffic was huge, and this engine is of keen interest to 4×4 light […]

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 […]

HD Video How-to: AAM 9.25″ and 11.5″ Axle Rebuilding

American Axle & Manufacturing (“AAM”) builds OEM axles for Chevrolet/GMC and Dodge/Ram trucks. The magazine’s 2005 Ram 3500 4WD came with an AAM 11.5″ rear axle and an AAM 9.25″ front axle. This is the trailer for the streaming rental video available at Vimeo On Demand that covers how to change front and rear axle gear sets. […]

Jeep 232, 258 and 4.0L Inline Six and 2.5L Valve Adjustment

AMC/Jeep® Inline Six Hydraulic Lifters and Valve Adjustment      The subject of valve clearance on AMC/Jeep 2.5L fours and 232/258 and 4.0L inline six-cylinder engines is topical at the magazine’s forums—and across the internet!  In this vlog, Moses Ludel talks in depth about checking and setting valve clearance on 1964-2006 AMC and Jeep inline […]

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 […]

2018 SEMA Show New Products

Latest Products and Tools for 4×4 Enthusiasts and Fabricators The New Products Showcase at the 2018 SEMA Show drew a heavy flow of traffic. On display were the newest, most innovative performance parts, utility products and specialty niche tools. In the HD video tour, discover the latest high performance 4×4, UTV, Jeep®, Ram, Cummins, Duramax […]

How-to: 1990-2006 Jeep Disc Brake Pads and Rotors Service

1990-2006 Jeep Front Brakes Service and Pad Replacement… This HD video is the trailer for a full-length 24:49-minute brake service video, part of a how-to series available at Vimeo On Demand.  In the front disc brake segment, Moses Ludel shares the replacement of brake pads, rotors and related parts on these Jeep models: 1990-95 Jeep […]

How-to: Transmission Gear and Iron Case Restoration

Narrated Slideshow:  ‘How-to’ Transmission Gear and Iron Transmission Case Restoration…At the 2011 Midwest Willys Reunion, Moses Ludel was the guest speaker at the banquet. To serve this niche Jeep interest group, he discussed a variety of vintage mechanical restoration processes.  As NOS parts availability decreases, an increasingly important practice is the restoration of gears and […]