Sunday, August 20, 2017

Brakes Are The Most Important Component On Your Vehicle

The engine and transmission are important on a car or truck, but the most important component on any vehicle is the braking system. If you can't stop, you crash. That's it. Stopping is most important.

Since this is true, it is a good thing to have your brakes in good order. Brakes are a maintenance item, that is, they wear out and must be replaced periodically. If we wait too long, the brakes wear to the point that the rivets holding the brake pad will dig grooves into the rotor like the one shown in the image above. This is not only dangerous due to reduced braking performance, it makes the brake job much more expensive because often the rotors will need to be replaced along with the new brake pads.

Let The Pit Shop take care of your braking system. We will be happy to check your brakes every time you come in for an oil change and you'll always know about how much longer the brakes will last and to have them replaced before the rotors get damaged.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Cummins Columbus Engine Plant: Home of the 5.0L V8 Turbo Diesel

Here is a sneak peek of the heritage and hard work that went into creating the all-new Cummins 5.0L V8 Turbo Diesel that will deliver all 555 lb-ft of torque to the 2016 Nissan TITAN XD. For more on the 5.0L V8, visit

Monday, August 14, 2017

Chevy Small-Block V8 Engine Rebuild Time Lapse

Here's a 3.5-minute complete engine rebuild.

The Chevy small-block V-8 is an engine that has touched so many lives that, no matter where your car brand loyalty lies, chances are good that you’ve got a personal story about one. It has powered tens of millions of passenger cars, trucks, race machines and boats. Calling it an American icon would not be an overstatement or hype. To celebrate 60 years of this icon, we took one apart and put it back together, and we recorded the process to share with you.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Making and start up of a radial engine of VW parts

This 7 cylinder radial engine is homemade of air-cooled VW parts.

Just a bit of fun for your viewing pleasure!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Around The Corner (1937) How Differential Steering Works

Note: This video is ancient by today's standards but the concept is so well explained and is still the same today. Besides, this old engineering flick is funny and fun.

How the automobile differential allows a vehicle to turn a corner while keeping the wheels from skidding.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

How To: Hotchkis Chevelle / El Camino Suspension Install

Follow along as we transform a 1969 El Camino SS into a hard-charging canyon carver with a Hotchkis Total Vehicle System suspension install. This system is available for all GM A-Body muscle cars and can be installed with hand tools in a weekend.

Better yet, let Jeff at The Pit Shop do all that for you!

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Breakdowns NEVER Happen At A Good Time!

Regular maintenance is the best way to ensure that your vehicle performs the way it was intended and to avoid more costly repairs down the road.  Often called preventative maintenance, it is far better to catch an issue before it becomes a problem.

When it's hot outside, your auto's cooling system has to work harder and one of the most common failures would be a belt break that allows the engine to overheat like in the image above. That will put you on the side of the road, and it will never be a convenient time. The best solution is for it to never happen by having your vehicle get a regular check up and replace belts, hoses, and other things that wear out with time, or become brittle from all the heat under the hood.

Give Jeff a call at 707-580-5132 and make an appointment today. Better to schedule a more convenient time to get the check up and fix needed things now rather than have a roadside event.