Setting the Record Straight on Steering Couplings
The internal combustion engine is a wonder to behold. It is a complicated machine with intricate parts that work together like clockwork. The end result is the production of the maximum amount of work, which is then used to move your car. One component that an internal combustion engine just won't do without is its ignition system. It is an indispensable part that has to work impeccably with the rest of the engine. The goal is quite simple: ignite the fuel at exactly the right time to get the maximum amount of work from the expanding gases. If the ignition system fails to do this, gas consumption and emissions will increase and power will drop significantly. This is the job of a performance ignition kit-it is a great upgrade to your ignition system, as it improves timing adjustments and spark control. This, in turn, translates to increased car power and a better overall engine performance. A performance ignition kit also helps minimize emissions by retarding the spark timing, which in turn decreases cylinder pressure and temperature. Lower temperatures mean less nitrogen oxide formation.
What features should you look for?
The performance ignition kit needs to be placed in an area prone to vibration, which is a common cause of ignition box failure. Make sure that the materials it's made from are durable and can take the constant pressure applied to the ignition system. We also recommend buying a kit that has a simple design with no advance weights or springs that can wear out. A distributor that is made from brass and cast iron is preferred. Look for spark plugs that are reinforced by fiberglass.
Standard vs. performance ignition system
A factory ignition system will work for the basic function of vehicles. However, if you demand more from your vehicle, you'll need to upgrade your vehicle's ignition system. We recommend getting a performance ignition kit that has iridium spark plugs-they take less voltage to fire and are more durable than standard plugs.
The ignition system is worth upgrading, as automakers and aftermarket manufacturers have constantly found ways to squeeze out a little more efficiency or a little less pollution from the engine. You won't regret buying one, especially when you're behind the wheel and not worrying about getting the most out of your car's performance.
How to Remove and Replace your Steering Coupling
The steering shaft, which connects the steering column to the steering box, is a car component that is always in motion. Attached to the steering shaft is a supporting part that transmits power from the steering wheel to the wheels themselves-the steering coupling. Careful selection, installation and maintenance of couplings can mean savings in reduced maintenance costs for the car owner. However, it is inevitable for the couplings to take damage and get cracked. Fortunately, replacing them is easy. We will show you how to do it in four easy steps.
Difficulty level: Easy
Tools you'll need:
- 3/8-inch ratchet and socket set
- Wrench set
- Chassis lubricant
Note: Some vehicles require a hex-head key to adjust or remove the couplings. Check beforehand to make sure you have the right set of tools.
Step 1: Turn the steering wheel back and forth while the engine is running. Do this until the front wheels are pointed straight ahead. Switch the engine off and lock the steering wheel in place.
Step 2: Raise the hood. Look underneath the brake booster on the driver's side of the vehicle and locate the coupling that connects the steering column to the steering linkage. Using a 3/8-inch ratchet and socket, unbolt the steering coupling from the steering column. Do the same for the coupling that attaches the steering box to the steering shaft.
Step 3: Push the steering shaft up toward the column and off of the steering box. Set the steering shaft aside, and look for the coupling bolted to it. Using the 3/8-inch ratchet and socket, unbolt the coupling. Slide the coupling up and off of the steering shaft.
Step 4: Apply chassis lubricant to the steering column and the steering shaft. Carefully install the new coupling onto the steering shaft and slide the coupling onto the steering column. Finally, reinstall the bolts and nuts that hold the steering couplings in place.