Smart Advice on Shopping for Performance Ignition Kits
Wheel play is a term used to describe how much movement translates from your steering wheel to your wheels. It is allowed to a certain extent in a vehicle. Excessive play, however, is bad for your vehicle, for obvious reasons-it requires more effort from you to turn your car. It also translates to less accuracy, and it could mean danger for you and your passengers. In any case, steering wheel play is fairly common. There are cases, however, when you feel that your car's steering isn't responding as well as it used to. If you encounter this, you should start looking for possible problems. Wheel play can be reduced or even eliminated by checking and replacing one of the most important parts of your steering assembly-your steering couplings. The couplings inevitably wear out over time, causing vibrations in the steering wheel. We recommend checking the couplings for signs of fatigue, and cleaning them regularly. However, once they give up on you, you will need to replace them. Here are some tips to help you in looking for the perfect steering coupling for your car.
What features should I be looking for?
These are features that you should look for when buying a replacement steering coupling:
- Quick and easy installation
- The material it is made from
- Warranty length
Look for a steering coupling that installs quickly and easily, as improper installation can cause it to wear out faster or even function improperly. Choose a steering coupling made of polyurethane, as it is proven to resist oil, road salt, and other corrosives. Steering couplings usually carry a warranty of six months to a year. We recommend buying steering coupling kits which include coupling, retaining clips and a clamp. Finally, make sure to select one that matches your vehicle make and model.
What is the price range of quality couplings?
Complete steering coupling kits go for $20 to $30 for the inexpensive ones, and $35 to $60 for the higher price range. A complete kit includes the coupling and retaining clips. If you want the kit to be worth the money you invest in it, buy one that has a clamp included. Not all kits have that component.
In older vehicles with Pittman steering, a certain amount of wheel play is normal. In newer vehicles with rack and pinion steering, only a tiny bit of play is allowed. Check your steering wheel's sensitivity, and at the first sign of excessive wheel play, be sure to check your steering coupling for any problems, and replace it if necessary.
How to Install a Performance Ignition Kit
A performance ignition kit improves your car's torque and power by improving the spark timing, increasing the spark intensity, or doing both. It is definitely one of the best additions that can be done to any vehicle. Listed below are instructions on how to install an MSD ignition kit, a type of performance ignition upgrade that increases horsepower through more complete burning of the fuel. It makes this possible by increasing the spark intensity, which then translates to a dramatic increase in mileage and much smoother starting.
Difficulty level: Moderate
Tools you'll need:
- Drill and drill bits
- Phillips screwdriver
- Electrical wire crimpers
- Wire connectors
- Roll of 16-gauge wire
- Roll of 10-gauge wire
Step 1: Choose a location to mount the MSD box. It must be somewhere where there is good ventilation, as it is prone to overheating. We recommend installing it under the dash or hood a good distance away from the engine. Drill holes into your chosen spot and line up the MSD box with the holes. Use the rubber isolators that come with the kit and screw the MSD box on.
Step 2: Choose a spot on the engine and connect the black wire to it. It must be a location that's away from severe heat.
Step 3: Attach the large red wire directly to your car's battery. Crimp it securely with the wire crimpers. To make sure the power will be off with the key off, join the small-diameter red wire and the ignition switch run-wire together.
Step 4: Look for the harness cover on the MSD box, and locate the black and orange wires. Connect the orange wire to the positive side of the coil and the black to the negative. Remove and reinstall the nuts on the terminals of the coil using a wrench.
Step 5: The color of the wire you're going to use will depend on what type of ignition system is installed. For a conventional points-type distributor, the single white wire should be used. Attach this to the black wire on the distributor, and crimp the wires. If you're planning to use the MSD distributor, simply connect the two-wire harness leading from the box to the MSD distributor.