Technical Questions | SIC-Performance

Booster Shot: How Future Turbochargers Will Deliver More Power and Efficiency

November 23, 2015 | Technical Questions | Blove-si | No comments

By now, you know turbochargers are not the failure-prone spinners they were in the 1980s, no longer the bolt-on pieces that pulverized weak engines and their weak parts with surges of intoxicating power. Today, nearly one in every four new vehicles sold in North America comes with at least one turbo, if not two. Enough of our favorite engines have succumbed to pressurized, exhaust-driven induction—Mercedes’ AMG V-8s, BMW’s inline-sixes, and, most recently, the Porsche flat-six—that there’s no turning back. They’re efficient, reliable, and getting better—and cheaper.

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Exhaust upgrade on a 2015 Challenger – This is what happy customers do at SIC-Performance.

November 20, 2015 | Technical Questions | Blove-si | No comments

Resonator delete on big franks 2015′ challenger give us a call for pricing #sic #sicperformance #challenger #dodge #mopar #chrysler @_dodge_charger_ @dodgeofficial @challengerfam @thetruechallengers @challengers__daily #BIGfrank #hemi

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Why does it cost so much to diagnose a check engine light? – What everyone should know

November 19, 2015 | Technical Questions | Blove-si | No comments

I am not sure when or where the idea arose that when your check engine light comes on that all you need to do is plug in a scanner and you’ll have your answer, but unfortunately it is not that simple. I imagine that the free code scans, or “free check engine light diagnostics” as the parts stores like to call it, is where it started. The parts guy comes out to your car as if they have this magical device that will let you know everything that’s wrong with your car, ready to sell you whatever is on the top of the list of possible problems with your car. “Well Sir/Ma’am, looks like you have a misfire code. These spark plugs and wires should fix it!” the man at the counter exclaimed. My favorite is when they sell you a gas cap with the confidence that it’ll fix it, after only reading that you have an evaporative code. What they fail to educate their customer on is that these are merely possible cures to their issues and not guaranteed solutions. Remember, their job is to sell you parts. An automotive technician’s job is to fix your car.

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Get ready for Winter – The More-Is-Better-Bonus-Discount.

November 14, 2015 | Technical Questions | Blove-si | No comments

SIC-Performance – Winter Service-Discount
$10 off any service over $50
$20 off any service over $100
$30 any service over $150

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Is it too soon to talk about winter projects?

November 12, 2015 | Technical Questions | Blove-si | No comments

Classic Car Winter projects – Not where I’m standing in Staten Island, NY. The trees are just about bare, the mornings are cold and the nights are descending way too early. If you have finished enjoying your vintage car for the season and you live in a colder climate state like I do, now is the time to contemplate those projects you’d like to complete over the winter months.

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How to Store a Car

November 10, 2015 | Technical Questions | Blove-si | No comments

For many, winter will be upon us very shortly, and winterizing the beloved collector vehicle has suddenly become top on the priority list. If the car is simply parked in the garage for an extended period of time without preparation, you may return to a dead battery or — even worse — a damaged engine, flattened tires, or electrical or interior damage from rodents.

Also consider this if you are going away, staying with someone, or simply participating in a large event, you may not be using your car much – or at all. In this case, you may simply forget about your wheels and leave your vehicle gathering dust – and bird poo – in the driveway. However, if your car is going to sit around for an extended period of time, more than perhaps a few weeks, you should take steps to store it properly. Otherwise, mechanical problems can arise from disuse.

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Car Maintenance

November 2, 2015 | Technical Questions | Blove-si | No comments

Auto technicians say the key to keeping vehicles running well-today and down the road-is routine maintenance. Yet many drivers tend to stall when it comes to keeping up with some everyday auto-basics.

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Changing Your Antifreeze

October 14, 2015 | Technical Questions | Blove-si | No comments

Antifreeze changes probably rank just behind oil changes as the most common do-it yourself task. By investing an hour or so on they save $40 or more, you can too.

Begin with your owner’s manual. It will include instructions for handling antifreeze for your particular model.

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How Fuel Injection Systems Work

August 27, 2015 | Technical Questions | Blove-si | No comments

In trying to keep up with emissions and fuel efficiency laws, the fuel system used in modern cars has changed a lot over the years. The 1990 Subaru Justy was the last car sold in the United States to have a carburetor; the following model year, the Justy had fuel injection. But fuel injection has been around since the 1950s, and electronic fuel injection was used widely on European cars starting around 1980. Now, all cars sold in the United States have fuel injection systems.
In this article, we’ll learn how the fuel gets into the cylinder of the engi­ne, and what terms like “multi-port fuel injection” and “throttle body fuel injection” mean.

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Fuel Line Size vs. Pressure Drop

August 26, 2015 | Technical Questions | Blove-si | No comments

It is important to understand the relationship between fuel line size and fuel pressure when planning a fuel delivery system. Fuel systems can be incorrectly designed if the pressure loss attributed to the length of the fuel lines isn’t taken into account. Excessive pressure drop in the fuel lines feeding a carburetor or EFI system will inhibit their proper function, and in the case of a bypass or return style regulator, excessive pressure drop through a return line will squelch the regulator’s ability to operate correctly. To deliver fuel at the correct flow rate and pressure, careful consideration of fuel line diameter and length, as well as whether the application is carbureted or EFI, is very important.

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