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    This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Ford Mustang Cobra Jet, and naturally Ford is building a short run of modern-day Cobra Jet drag cars to celebrate. It's going to build 68 of them (get it?) in either red or white. It's also claimed to be the quickest factory Mustang yet with a quarter-mile time in the mid-8-second range and a trap speed of over 150 mph. Technically, the 2016 model was claimed to have an 8-second quarter-mile time as well, but presumably it was a high 8-second time (i.e. 8.9 seconds vs. 8.5 seconds). All this speed comes courtesy of a supercharged Coyote V8. But for 2018, it's bigger than the old one. Ford added 200 cc for a total of 5.2 liters of displacement. The Cobra Jet also loses the production Mustang's independent rear suspension in favor of a Ford 9-inch rear axle and four-link suspension. The Cobra Jet is ready for competition with an NHRA-certified roll cage and FIA-certified racing seats. This means that straight from the factory it can legally race in NHRA-sanctioned events — unlike a certain high-powered Dodge. But unlike the Dodge, you can't drive a 2018 Mustang Cobra Jet on the street because it doesn't come with a VIN and can't be registered. Still we doubt that will keep Ford from selling every Cobra Jet it builds. Pricing hasn't been released yet, but the 2016 model went for just shy of $100,000, and we'd expect similar pricing for this version. https://www.autoblog.com/2018/04/18/ford-cobra-jet-mustang/
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    Interesting article from http://www.aftermarketnews.com/will-self-driving-cars-boost-the-auto-repair-industry/ While there’s some debate about when self-driving cars will become commonplace – and precisely how they’ll be used by consumers – it’s fair to say that self-driving vehicles are coming. When they arrive, they will likely cause changes across society. When it comes to changes in the auto repair industry, there’s reason to believe that self-driving cars will lead to overall growth. Here’s why: 1. More Vehicles On The Road If the most optimistic projections for self-driving cars are correct, the cost of operating a self-driving car will be even lower than the cost of vehicle ownership today. If that’s the case, it’s likely that we’ll see an overall increase in the number of vehicles on the road. This is called “the Jevons effect,” and it’s been seen in history numerous times. Essentially, the Jevons effect is that consumption increases as prices decrease. If using a vehicle becomes less expensive, people will use their vehicle more often…which would probably mean more vehicles on the road (and in the repair shop). 2. More Annual Miles Driven If consumers can spend their time in a self-driving vehicle reading, sleeping, working, watching a movie, etc., why wouldn’t they use it for long trips? Instead of dealing with a commercial flight, consumers can get in their self-driving vehicle, enter a destination, and then read a book. It might take a few more hours to drive than it would to fly, but that’s not a big loss if that ‘extra’ travel time can be spent productively. Not to mention, when you arrive at your destination, you have your vehicle (with all your stuff) at your disposal. No more messing around with airports, rental cars, etc. Self-Driving Vehicles Will Be Good For Repair Shops If self-driving vehicles are convenient, safe, and affordable, that can only be good news for the repair industry. Consumers will drive more vehicles more often, leading to more maintenance and repair work. Here’s to our self-driving future! This article was sponsored by GMB North America, Inc. For more information, please visit our website at www.gmb.net
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    That's a plastic push pin that usually comes from the manufacturer as part of the assembly. Whats the year, make, and model of the vehicle? I'm not sure if the dealer would sell it separately, you would need to look at the schematic, probably only as the complete unit. Might need to get the entire latch assembly. You could look through the Dorman hardware catalog and see if you can match something up that's close then search for the dorman part number: https://www.dormanproducts.com/flipbook/dorman/automotive-hardware/2006-Automotive-Hardware.pdf
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    Air filters, cabin air filters, oil filters and (sometimes) fuel and transmission filters are important maintenance parts that typically are replaced according to a time and/or mileage schedule. A vehicle’s service schedule recommendations can be found in the owner’s manual or in a separate brochure. Unfortunately, many motorists never read – or totally ignore – the recommendations. Factory service schedules are designed to prolong the life of the engine, transmission and cooling system, to reduce premature wear and breakdowns, but also to minimize maintenance costs while the vehicle is still under warranty. That’s why factory oil change recommendations have been stretched to 7,500 to 10,000 miles or more on many late-model vehicles. Most late-model cars and light trucks no longer have recommended change intervals for transmission fluid and filters, or for fuel filters. These so-called “lifetime” fluids and filters are supposed to last a long time – but they won’t last forever. Experience has shown that “lifetime” filters and fluids don’t live up to the hype. Fuel filters always should be replaced when a fuel pump is replaced (unless the filter is part of the fuel pump module assembly). Likewise, transmission filters should be replaced if a customer is changing the fluid in their transmission. Last Line of Defense Against Contaminants Filters are the first line of defense against contaminants. Air filters keep dirt and abrasive particles out of the engine. A good-quality air filter will trap about 98 percent or more of the particles that can cause trouble inside an engine. As the filter media becomes saturated with dirt, it’s efficiency actually increases. But, as the filter becomes clogged with more and more dirt, it also becomes more restrictive to airflow. The greater the pressure drop across the filter, the more it hurts performance and fuel economy. Ideally, an air filter will be replaced before it causes a restriction in airflow. Whether or not an air filter goes 30,000 miles or 50,000 miles before it needs to be replaced depends on driving conditions and how much dirt the filter has ingested over those miles. Driving on dusty rural gravel roads is a lot different than suburban or city driving. Air filters need to be inspected regularly and changed more on an “as needed” basis than the mileage on the odometer. The same advice goes for cabin air filters, which typically need to be replaced every couple of years. Carbon-impregnated “odor” filters are only good for about a year before they lose their ability to absorb odors. Cabin air filters are an often overlooked maintenance item because many motorists are unaware their vehicle has one, or how often it should be changed. The filters usually are located behind the glovebox or under a panel in the cowl area of the windshield. With oil filters, the situation is a little different. An oil filter traps dirt and metallic wear particles in the crankcase to protect the bearings, rings, camshaft and valvetrain components. The life of the oil filter depends on how rapidly contaminants are generated inside the engine. If the air filter is doing its job and prevents dirt from being sucked into the engine, and the rings and cylinders are in good condition and holding a tight combustion seal, and the oil is doing its job of minimizing wear, an oil filter easily should last until the next oil change is needed. Oil filters have a built-in bypass valve so if they do become clogged and the pressure differential becomes too great, the bypass valve will open, allowing the engine to maintain normal oil pressure. The only problem is that the oil will be unfiltered, which means the bearings, cam and valvetrain have no protection against abrasive wear particles. The small size and limited dirt-holding capacity of many late-model oil filters means regular changes are a must. Source: http://www.counterman.com/coolant-sealers-can-help-vehicle-owners-save-money/
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    One of the best money-saving products that’s ever been invented is cooling system sealer. Most products will successfully seal minor coolant leaks to stop the loss of coolant that leads to engine overheating. Specially formulated “head gasket” sealers also can stop many head gasket leaks and save your customer thousands of dollars in expensive engine repairs. What’s more, coolant sealers also can be added to the coolant as a preventive measure to plug small leaks before they turn into big ones. Coolant leaks can occur anywhere in the cooling system, including the water pump, hoses, radiator, heater core, thermostat housing, expansion plugs, head gasket, combustion chamber or cylinder block. Regardless of where a leak occurs, the end result is always the same: coolant loss that sooner or later allows the engine to overheat. Overheating is bad news because excessive heat causes metal to expand beyond normal limits and clearances. The result can be piston scuffing, cylinder scoring, valve sticking, damaged valve guides and even warped cylinder heads. Overheating also can crush an otherwise good head gasket, causing the gasket to leak when the radiator is refilled with coolant. Most cooling system sealers can seal small pinhole leaks in radiators and heater cores as well as hairline cracks where the core and end tanks are joined, and porosity leaks in aluminum cylinder heads and blocks. Products designed to seal more serious leaks also can delay or even eliminate the need to replace a head gasket or heater core (both of which are expensive labor-intensive repair jobs). Stopping a water pump shaft seal leak, however, or a large leak in a hose is beyond the capabilities of most products. The key to selling cooling system sealers is to match the product with the leak your customer is trying to stop. And the keys to a successful repair are choosing the right product and then following the directions on the label. Step one is to figure out what’s leaking. Is it the radiator, heater core, water pump or a bad hose? Head gasket leaks are harder to diagnose because leaks are usually internal rather then external. A mysterious loss of coolant with no puddles under the vehicle or obvious signs of leakage under the hood often indicates a leaking head gasket, or in some cases a leaky radiator pressure cap. A head gasket leak can be confirmed by pressure-testing the cooling system, using a chemical test strip that detects the presence of combustion gases in the coolant, or by checking the dipstick for signs of coolant in the oil (yellowish gunk on the dipstick). Radiator caps also can be pressure-tested to see if the cap holds its rated pressure. If it can’t, replace the cap. Sometimes, leaky hose connections can be fixed by simply tightening or replacing the clamp. But if a hose is dripping or spraying coolant, replacing the hose is the recommended repair. Same for a leaky water pump. If a leak is something that a coolant sealer has a good chance of stopping, select a product that is formulated for that type of leak (read the label). Tell your customer to follow the directions for how the product should be used and what, if any, additional steps are recommended to ensure a successful seal. In most cases, the sealer is added to the radiator or coolant reservoir. Makeup coolant then is added and the engine is started so the sealer and coolant can circulate until the leak stops. Additional coolant may be required after the engine has reached operating temperature and cooled back down. Caution: Customers should be warned to NEVER open a radiator cap on a hot engine. Steam can blow out and cause serious burns. Wait until the engine has cooled before opening the cap. Source: http://www.counterman.com/coolant-sealers-can-help-vehicle-owners-save-money/
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