Vintage Film Explains Engine Lubrication

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Engine lubrication is an important part of vehicle maintenance that many people can overlook. Friction inside an engine can easily lead to wear and tear and many things – including those regular oil changes – can help keep your engine in tip-top shape. Even when looking at vehicles from 80 years ago the same basics hold true. You want to be able to get an even distribution of clean oil throughout the engine.

Henry Jamison “Jan” Handy made several videos in the late 1930s that explain how vehicles work, with engine differentials, manual transmissions, suspension systems, and, of course, the importance of lubrication. These videos are still useful today and can provide beginners and pros alike with a good understanding of how these systems work.

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Vintage 1937 Film Perfectly Explains the Secrets of Engine Lubrication

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What to Do When Your Oil Has High Particle Counts

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Oil can have high particle count stemming from some common causes. One of which is new oil, which is erroneously considered to be clean. Ventilation involves the air moving into the system, which presents the possibility of particle buildup. The equipment being used itself may also have debris.

Finally, there’s the filtration system which may have flaws or become dirty from operation. Of course these problems assess the route cause of particles. Addressing the issue directly prevents the problem, while removing problems only addresses a system; it’s also a must cheaper, efficient method. It should also be remembered that there can be other issues that cause particles, and particularly for new oil, the particle count is not a constant value.

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What to Do When Your Oil Has High Particle Counts

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Volkswagen Memos Suggest Company Misled Regulators

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Volkswagen has fallen under fire as recently released internal memos show that the company engaged in a campaign to delay and mislead American regulatory bodies regarding nitrogen oxide emissions by its diesel powered vehicles. These documents appear to show that then-CEO Martin Winterkorn had been warned by colleagues as much as a year before public admission that US regulators would notice that the cars contained what is known as a defeat device.

These devices recognize when a car is being tested and active anti-pollution equipment then only. Volkswagen is currently facing a civil suit filed against them by the Department of Justice, alleging that this cheating has been going on since 2005. Due to their apparent inability to find a technical solution to meet US limits on nitrogen oxide, the company may be forced to recall its cars, pursuant to an order by the EPA.

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Volkswagen Memos Suggest Company Misled U.S. Regulators

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Are Oil Leaks Costing You Money?

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Pipe leaks can be quite costly. Whenever a leak is discovered, there should be an evaluation of the system in order to pinpoint the cause of the issue. Several types of issues could be the cause of any given leak. Installation issues can arise when the wrong pipes or connections are utilized for pressure lines; sometimes sealing is over-applied. Hose leaks occur when improper clamping is used or when the hose is too long.

High temperatures usually occur from improper pressure settings. Over maximum temperatures, O-rings can leak. As for shock, care must be given as to not set the spring pressures of relief valves high. Also, utilizing small accumulators near the point at which shock occurs ensures proper utilization.

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Are Oil Leaks Costing You Money?

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Beyond the Call of Duty: Matching Vets to Manufacturing

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This article discusses the non-profit organization “Workshops for Warriors”. This organization, founded by Hernán Luis y Prado, trains and certifies veterans for high-skilled jobs, particularly in manufacturing. Using his own knowledge and skills, Hernán began teaching veterans basic skills in his garage. While he originally intended this as a decompression exercise, Hernán began to notice that veterans, while praised as heroes, were finding it increasingly difficult to obtain good jobs after returning home. “Workshops for Warriors” began as informal training, but Hernán soon decided to formalize the training in order provide the much-needed certifications for the so-called “graduates” of his program.

The organization has achieved remarkable success in a short time period, and the demand of students has exceeded the supply of teachers. Both the state and federal government has showed some interest in the program, and it has recently been approved for federal funding. The article concluded with an appeal for the reader to visit the “Workshops for Warriors” website and support their efforts.

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Above and Beyond the Call of Duty: Program Matches Veterans to Manufacturing Careers

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