by: VStar650CL …wouldn’t happen if you had a manual transmission, but let’s leave that for another article. One day you start your L33 Altima or […]
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by VStar650CL Would it surprise you if I say the leading cause of dead ECM’s (or ECU for you older folks) on Altimas from ’02 to ’18 is… the serpentine belt? It’s true. Not just for QR engines either. The VQ’s have a similar problem for an identical reason. First, understand that when a serpentine belt […]
OnlineTires and GLS teamed up this month to see who could outdo each other in a race to the absolute bottom of customer service and ineptitude. I’m not sure who’s in the lead, but here’s why you should avoid both at all costs. Most of the time, our reviews are pretty positive, and sometimes even […]
One of Nissan’s most-loved and enduring vehicles is the D21-series Hardbody pickup, a staple of the lineup from 1985 to 1997 (and remaining in production up through 2008 in Mexico, just a few hours south of us). I recall the first ones showing up in town in mid-1985, and actually got to tinker with one […]
Last year at AAPEX / SEMA, I met up with the staff from Audew who were unveiling and promoting their newest line of products for automotive enthusiasts. I already owned one of their mini jump-starters, which has served me well for a couple years now. They asked me to check out their newest product, give […]
…by doing something you’re probably already doing! If your shop or garage is like mine, there’s people in and out. Grubby buddies (who no doubt don’t wash their hands very often) are using your tools, your paper towels, your sink, even your shop restroom. While the shop here at Datsun Ranch isn’t always sanitary, I […]
Looking to the future, but inspired by the past. I count myself among the fortunate people who have had the opportunity to have owned, modified, restored and driven several examples of nearly every generation of Z car. I was present for the ‘aborted’ New Z concept campaign of 1999, and again was fortunate enough to […]
Your car is probably your lifeline. For many people, it is not a luxury but an essential item. You use it to get to work, do the shopping, take the children where they need to go, and other simple but important tasks. Unfortunately, COVID-19 has turned the world on its head. You still need your […]
I couldn’t see spending $200 on a HPS Air Intake Kit, so I decided to make my own from cheap eBay stuff.
Not really. I mean, we ARE, but the check’s in the mail. Anyway, here’s what brought this up: I often see car makers boasting about awards they have just won. We also see posts in forums and on social media with people using those awards to argue for one car over another. This got me […]
Here’s a little sneak preview of the first of the 2021 Sentra models arriving at an Arizona dealership for some pre-showroom preparation…What do we know? Well, we know that this update, albeit nothing earth-shattering, is still surprising in that the current-generation Sentra hasn’t been around long enough for an update (especially given Nissan’s tendency to […]
I get extremely excited when a new car company sets the bar higher for everyone else. You won’t believe why I didn’t buy it!
AutoX First Name Last Name Year Make Model Car # Time Day Jacob Frey 2000 Mazda Miata 58 1:01.22 Saturday Tyler Steck 2006 Mitsubishi Evo 103 1:03.90 Saturday Mark Chiles 2021 Mini Cooper 999 1:04.76 Friday Andy Capozzoli 1984 Volvo 245GL 119 1:05* Friday Adam Frank 2006 Chevrolet Corvette 101 1:05.57 Saturday Torry Skurski 2007 […]
Seeing this ad pop up today brought back a lot of memories… Infiniti G35 Grand-Am two car package Let’s throw it back to September 2006, when Team HLM (Howard-Law Motorsports) brought the car out to NICOfest at VIR for its public debut. A few months prior, we had arranged a deal with HLM to promote […]
As the second decade of this century dawns, it’s a good time to examine where the Nissan Motor Company has been and where it’s headed.
We test the most commonly-available pre-moistened wipes so you can choose wisely! Every shop needs a solution for cleaning up dirt, grime, grease, dust, lubricants, oils and paint. Typically, cleaning up around the shop means wiping your hands and your tools with whatever you have nearby. My shop is used for fabrication, restoration, maintenance, and […]
Yep, I rolled my eyes too. Besides, I already own a really nice Actron OBD2 scanner that I bought on Amazon a couple years ago, and it’s served me well. Why do I need another diagnostic solution? Well, because our job at NICOclub is to separate the hype from the facts AND to help our […]
Blow off valves are actually quite similar to wastegates. There’s some diaphragms, some springs, and some valving. The diaphragm is designed to move when there is a pressure differential between your charge piping and your manifold.