Salvage Title Cars – Small savings, big risk.

Posted by on Feb 23, 2017 in Mechanic's Corner |

Recently one of Jims Mustangs and Customs customers brought us a 2014 Mustang base model in for repair. Because we also have a transmission shop, import auto repair and Mustang shop under one roof. “Abe” asked us, “what do think of salvage title cars?” My answer was simple: Salvage title cars – small savings, big risk. First of all, the insurance company determines it less expensive to pay for another vehicle than repair this one. Secondly, the liability on the repairs comes at a premium cost (i.e. lifetime warranty). Thirdly, supplemental claims cost time and money when a vehicle returns to the shop for accident related problems. This helps the insurance company deem it a total loss. Abe explains, “I got the car for a steal. It cost a fraction of what it was new.” So tell me what it’s doing? Abe replys, “The vehicle doesn’t have much power on take off. Also it doesn’t want to go past 60 miles per hour.” Abe continues to explain, “The dealer said it’s in transmission failure and needs a new transmission.” So, I brought it to a Mustang specialist as well as a transmission shop and general automotive shop that services tuner cars.” He adds, “How can I go wrong?” Procedures we follow: Diagnostics tests indicate misfires on the left bank of the motor. Checking wiring, coils spark plugs and connectors no obvious cause. Fuel has a funny smell. The tank is drained and serviced. Fuel system cleaner and fresh gas added. It runs better but not perfect. Next we examine the timing chain and timing, all good. Cylinder compression test shows 150 psi across the board seems normal. For another test the wiring is examined. Damage such as broken,shorted and, burned wires and connectors are isolated. Most notable is the fact that a salvage title vehicle comes with one key only. A new key with fob is purchased. In conclusion: a mobile programmer is called out and attempts to program the new key. No luck! In the next installment of “Salvage Title Cars – Small savings, big risk” (part 2) at Super Premium Transmission we update you on the progress of Abe’s Mustang.   Wilson Imports and Domestics                          Jims Mustangs and Customs                                            Super Premium Transmission       Everything automotive under one roof 281-858-1052...

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Diagnostic trouble code diagnosis

Posted by on Jan 30, 2017 in Mechanic's Corner |

Diagnostic trouble code diagnosis: So a check engine light comes on, do you panic? First of all at Wilson-id we offer Diagnostic trouble code diagnosis. Secondly our checkouts pinpoint the cause of the trouble code. Thirdly we solve the problem without selling you unnecessary parts. Likewise vehicles are road tested to determine if a drive-ability symptom is associated with the trouble code. A variety of check engine light settings such as a loose gas cap, evaporative system leak, random misfire or transmission component slipping are fairly common occurrences. No need to panic: Unlike the parts stores we have scan tools instead of code checkers and the ability to clear codes. We record a code or series of them then they are cleared. When they come back right away we need to look...

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Suspension Repairs

Posted by on Nov 15, 2016 in Mechanic's Corner |

Suspension Repairs – Setting a customer on the straight and narrow path Suspension repairs; So we are all familiar with bad road conditions in Houston. Pot holes, speed, bumps, trash, road debris and tree branches cause damage. Larger wheels and tires accelerate wear to your vehicle’s suspension. This means replacing the tires, shock absorbers wheel bearings and struts. In  addition to tie rod ends, ball joints, sway bars and links, torsion bar. Finally the rack and pinion steering components and  power steering pump. Once everything needed is installed on your vehicle it still needs a front end alignment.Then everything is back to driving straight. What Suspension damage does: Uneven and premature tire wear for starters. Improper handling and rough ride. Noises such as creaking and popping. Consequently suspension repair when needed in contrast to when a breakdown occurs is a far better decision. Customer story: A customer brought in a 98 Lincoln Town Car for suspension repair. Unable to get anyone beside his wife to look under the car. He came to us to find out what was dragging under his car. Secondly why the front end was jumping. Thirdly the customer was on a tight budget and wanted to sell the vehicle.We took the car on a road test. The car was hopping, as this is happening made all kinds of noises from the right side. Steve (Wilson) discovered a bad sway bar link, top ball joint and a broken torsion bar (all important suspension parts that allow the vehicle to handle properly). So whoever purchased the Town Car got a safe driving automobile. With new parts installed the customer was able to go safely on his way. He would also recommend us to his friends.   That is the kind of customer our business was built on: Repeat business and word of mouth referrals are equally important. Performance car enthusiasts certainly represent some of our most loyal followers. In particular customers driving paid for vehicles enjoy the benefit of no car payment. Do you have a story you would like to share with us? Send your story to our email address; Or please do us a favor and write a nice review on Yelp, Google, Facebook, Google Plus and Angie’s List or any other customer review site. Wilson Imports and Domestics – Super Premium Transmission 5114 Hwy 6 North Ste A Houston, TX, 77084 281 858...

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Water pump timing belt service

Posted by on Oct 12, 2016 in Deal Of The Day!, Mechanic's Corner |

The deal of the day $50.00 off Water pump timing belt service: Engines fail every day due to neglect. Furthermore recommended services can and will prevent an unexpected break down. Water pump timing belt service is essential in order to avoid engine failure. At Wilson Imports and Domestics we provide unequaled timing belt service. Because some engines require one or more timing belts or a timing chain we offer greater explanation.     Water Pump replacement and diagnosis: The water pump (coolant pump) circulates liquid throughout the cooling system. In addition proper cooling increases engine life. Therefore it’s replacement is almost always part of the Water pump timing belt service. Noises or coolant leaks indicate water pump failure. Because the water pump is located by the timing belt we recommend replacing it with the timing belt service. Yet some vehicles have balance shaft belts and a second timing belt. We replace them as well. So due to the fact that there are many parts choices out there. We select the best quality part for each application. Customers learn the hard way when making a poor quality parts purchase. Our experience and relationships with the best parts manufacturers always benefit you the customer. Customer Experience: Charlie is a first time customer. First of all Google reviews drew him to our shop. Our free check out included a road test. Charlie’s 2010 Honda Accord was noisy on acceleration and at idle. So due to the fact that the belts were covered it took some checking to determine that the noise was coming from a frayed timing belt. We replaced the timing, serpentine belt,belt tensioner idler pulley water pump with gasket and antifreeze. As a result the noise stopped. Most noteworthy Charlie admitted that he had tied to replace the belt himself. Especially relevant was a poor choice on parts by the customer. While Charlie is happy with his fine running Accord,seems like it would have been less costly to have brought it in to us to start with. In conclusion remember to have your timing belt and water pump service performed at 60,000 miles unless otherwise specified by the manufacturer.                                              Wilson Imports and Domestics – Super Premium Transmission 5114 Hwy 6 North Ste A Houston, TX,77084 281 858...

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Honda Civic Del Sol turbocharged – Part 2

Posted by on Sep 13, 2016 in Mechanic's Corner |

Honda Civic Del Sol turbocharged – Part 2 In Part 1 of “Honda Civic Del Sol turbocharged”, Hector had a dream of turbocharging his 1995 Honda Civic Del Sol and came to Wilson Import and Domestic to help his dream car come true.   Now it’s time to make some serious progress turbocharging this Honda Civic Del Sol! First of all we added the following parts and made them all work well together: 1997 GSR Engine B18 C1 Type R (97 integra GSR) Moroso Performance Oil Pan Edlebrock Intake manifold Victor X GEM Oil sandwich plate, pipe Flush Plug BWR Turbo manifold Ram horn 38 mm Thermal sheild intake manifold gasket Street and Race Turbocharger CEA w/flange & clamp ported S compressor cover BLOX Block Guard Walbro Fuel Pump  Turbo feed line w/ fittings Oil return Line kit DW 22S-1-1000-4 Injectors Hondata S 300 ARP Head Stud Kit (GSR) Aeromotive Inc 13109 Fuel Pressure regulator 40 PSI-75 PSI Fuel Pressure Gauge GEM Fuel rail Tial MVS Exhaust pipe Bend 90 Degree Fabrication components: 1 3/4” outside diameter. 16 gauge stainless steel,  1 3/4” center line radius: 4 ” leg A 12 ” leg B single Adapter fitting 10 AN to 1/2”NPT anodized: Black aluminum single Hose End Fitting: Fabrication components: 10 AN hose 10 AN male straight push on:anodized: Black aluminum single Hose End Fitting: Fabrication components: 10 AN hose 10 AN male 90 degree push on: anodized:Black aluminum single 10 Line Kit Turbo oil return flange for use with T3/T3-T4/T04/GT40-GT55 BB turbochargers: 1/2 NPT Aluminum w/ M8 x 1/14 mm bolts Fuel Line kit APEX i Twin Chamber BOV  VCG Set w/ tube seals  Oil Pan Gasket Exhaust manifold gasket Wire set Head Gasket Cam seals NGK Irid plugs Universal Intercooler Couplers This is what the process looks like: Performance pressure plate Performance pressure plate High performance clutch disc High performance clutch disc intercooler Bumper removed allowing large intercooler to be installed more-pipe-fitting Welding in tight places more-bits Adapter parts valve-cover-gsr Valve cover ball-bearing-turbo An awesome turbo clean-install Honda Turbo Conversion bits-95-civic-del-sol fittings and connectors Honda turbo conversion block-saver-95-civic-del-sol protects block from detonation cams-gsr Cams DOHC custom-pipes stainless pipe for turbocharger custom-welding custom pipe welding ecu Hondata engine-prep pipe welding required edelbrock-intake-manifold-gsr intake arrives new engine-block-95-civic-del-sol Honda Engine block engine-prep pipe welding required engine-prep pipe welding required engine-together The right stuff comes together flange-welded custom welded flange flange flange macro view getting-the-head-together Valve cover installed over gaskets and tube seals gsr-engine-parts inspecting engine parts gsr-head-clean-up Cleaning head and removing old gaskets head Engine Head front-cam-seals-gsr-1-8 Seals head-gasket-top-view-95-civic-del-sol Head gasket installed head-gasket-95-civic-del-sol Gasket Set head-torquing in sequence head-torquing in sequence head-torquing Torquing the head bolts hose Hose injector Oversized fuel injector...

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