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Info On Your Late Model Toyota Tacoma Engine Or Vw Engine

Toyota and Volkswagen have continued to make improvements to the motors they put in vehicles. This article will focus on the 2.0L VW engine offerings of late as well as the recent Toyota Tacoma engine developments and how to go about replacing either. The good news is that both of these brands have developed fantastic motors. The bad news is that if you need a VW Engine or a Toyota Tacoma engine, you can easily make two serious mistakes. Read on to find out what steps you need to take to protect yourself and get a great motor.

There most common VW engine that have been in use in the last decade that suppliers across the United States have seen a serious demand for is the 1.8L Turbo. It is important to get a free vehicle history report for any 1.8L you consider purchasing, simply because this is perhaps one of the most mileage sensitive motors ever made. This engine has two problems: excessive sludge leading to the loss of ability to properly lubricate moving parts and premature timing belt failures. This author considers any timing belt that can’t regularly go 120,000 miles without failure to be cheap. The 1.8L requires timing belt changes at 80,000 miles. I’ve sold many of these to customers who had 81,000 miles or less on their original engine when this part failed. You should replace the timing belt and water pump on any 1.8L Turbo that you purchase. Low miles are important though because once an engine is sludged, its sludged. If you use excellent oil and do early oil changes, these engines won’t sludge. What you don’t want is to get a motor with 80,000 miles that is already sludged – so check things out with a vehicle history report.

Another VW engine that has seen increased demand is the 1.9L Diesel engine. I believe this to be an excellent quality engine. It is rare for a customer to contact us looking for one of these if they have less than 175,000 miles on their original. That said, due to rarity, these are expensive and many suppliers will lie on miles when quoting these engines. After all, a good 1.9L diesel can run $ 4,500. Many consumers in desperate straits want to believe dishonest companies who tell them they have a good one for $ 2,700 – who can blame them? But the truth is that these high mile diesels just don’t have much life left in them, and that they will fail.

Now we will address a late model Toyota Tacoma engine: The 2.7L 2TRFE. This DOHC 16 Valve engine came into use in 2005. While it appears to be a solid engine, some shops report excessive baring wear. This doesn’t appear to be a widespread problem, but it again makes the case for getting a vehicle history report on any engine you buy to make sure you’re getting a true low mileage Toyota Tacoma engine, should you need a replacement.

Whether you need a VW engine or a Toyota Tacoma engine, it is important to investigate any company you’re considering dealing with by running a free report with the Better Business Bureau. To do so, simply visit BBB.org and put the web address of the company you’re investigating into the website. You only want to deal with BBB members that have an A+ rating.

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2009 Dodge Durango with a 3.7 liter Power Tech V6 engine

The Dodge Durango is a full-size SUV which was produced by Chrysler under the Dodge brand name.  The Durango was produced for 12 years from 1998 until 2009.  Due to financial concerns with the Chrysler Corporation, the Dodge Durango will not be renewed for a 2010 model.

The 2009 Dodge Durango came in six different trim levels and had three different engine options.  The cheapest engine option which came standard in the 2009 Dodge Durango was a 3.7 liter, Power Tech V6.  This six cylinder engine produced 210 horsepower at 5200 rpm and 235 pound feet of torque at 4000 rpm.  Because of the size of the Durango, the 3.7 liter engine did not have enough power for many consumers. The 2009 Durango had the same engine options as it did in all Durango’s built between 2004 and 2008.  The only difference was the 4.7 liter V8 engine which was enhanced for the 2007 model. 

The next engine which came as an upgrade in some of the trim levels, was a 4.7 liter Power Tech V8 engine.  This eight cylinder engine produces an impressive 303 horsepower at 5,650 rpm and 330 pound feet of torque at 3,950 rpm.  To save money on fuel, a flex-fuel Power Tech V8 can be purchased.  This takes alternative fuel options, but reduces horsepower to 235 at 4,500 rpm.
The top engine option for the 2009 Dodge Durango was a 5.7 liter eight cylinder Hemi engine.  The Hemi V8 generated a powerful 335 horsepower at 5,200 rpm and 370 pound feet of torque at 3,600 rpm.  This engine option was as powerful as any other engine option in similar vehicles.
The 2009 Durango had the same engine options as it did in all Durango’s built between 2004 and 2008.  The only difference was the 4.7 liter V8 engine which was enhanced for the 2007 model. 
While the Durango was discontinued for 2010, it is expected to be re-introduced in 2012.  The 2012 Durango is expected to be a slightly smaller SUV. 

Learn more about Dodge Durango Engine and other industry specific topics by visiting the company website.

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Difference Between Hybrid and Regular Cars

[ad#Google Adsense]No longer is buying a new vehicle limited to buying either a gas or diesel engine, now buyers have the option to buy hybrid or regular cars.  The difference between hybrid and regular cars lies in the power train and varies by technology.  This article will discuss what it means to be a hybrid, the difference types of hybrids, and what maks a hybrid different than a traditional car.

What Does Hybrid Mean

The real definition of the word Hybrid means a mixed origin or composition, in the case of hybrid cars were are making reference to the composition of the engine.  A hybrid engine has two different components that make similar types of power, typically the different components are gasoline and electric.  The actual technology used withing hybrid motors can vary, but essentially a hybrid engine is a composition of an internal combustion engine and an electric motor.

Difference Between Hybrid Engine and Normal Engine

Because of the addition of an electric motor, to the internal combustion engine, for a primary power source, the engine is now considered a hybrid.  A traditional car will not have an electrical motor to assist the engine make power or supplement power during low load times.  Because of the assitance of an electrical motor, hybrid cars are more fuel efficient, and produce less emmissions.

Different Types of Hybrid Motors

Not only is a hybrid motor different than a traditional motor, but there are also several different types of hybrid motors.  So many in fact, that I could not cover them all in one article.  For the sake of space, let’s look at two different types of hybrid motors in cars.  The two main different hybrid vehicles when buying new cars will be ‘Series Hybrids’ and ‘Plug-In Hybrids’.

A Series Hybrid uses the internal combustion motor to charge a generator, instead of directly powering the wheels.  The generator then produces power for actual power to the wheels for a car to move.

A Plug-In Hybrid uses a type of battery that stores electric power, derived from plugging into special outlet.  The battery then assists the internal combustion engine during low power loads, thus saving gas.  The Plug In Electric Hybrid can also be known as a PHEV and may not be considered as Green as a series hybrid, since the power must still come from traditional resources when charging the battery.

Mercedes BlueHybrid

Mercedes BlueHybrid


This has been a post into a series of articles on explaining entry level questions to automotive enthusiasts.

Other Difference Articles:

Difference In Higher Octane Gas

Difference Between Automatic and Manual Performance

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Water Injection Intercooler

Water Injection IntercoolerIf you’ve got a turbo charged or super charged car or truck then you know the benefits of keeping that air cool. The cooler the air the more power that can be made at the wheels and the more efficient your power adder will be. Water Injection is a growing trend amongst those with power adders and eBay is becoming a source for engine modification parts at a discount.

Benefits of Water Injection

Another test vehicle – a 97 Pontiac Trans Am with an ATI P1SC supercharger. Originally this came to us with the standard 8 psi pulley and 2 core intercooler. After installing this water injection system we were able to upgrade to a 12 psi pulley on the stock engine! During a hard run, autotap showed ZERO knock count using the stock, agressive timing curve! An amazing 105 rear wheel horsepower increase! Non intercooled super/turbo charged vehicles will show far more impressive gains due to a larger drop in intake air temp.

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