Glow Plug Relay Replacement

Ford 7.3 glow plug relay replacement process.

The glow plug relay is a common failure point on the 7.3 Powerstroke diesel engine. My 2002 Ford F250 has suffered a GPR failure and in this video, I will show you how to test it AND replace it! The glow plug relay is critical to starting a diesel engine during cold weather, as it sends power to your glow plugs in order to heat up the engine cylinders. Fortunately, the glow plug relay replacement is pretty straightforward and can be completed with basic hand tools. The parts I used when replacing my Ford 7.3 GPR are found below.

Motorcraft DY861 Glow Plug Relay
Digital Voltmeter
Test light

Selling My BRZ

3 reasons I’m selling my BRZ.

This is a sad day! I have owned my 2017 Subaru BRZ for over 2.5 years now. So much time, work, and money has been put into this car over the years. I have been very successful with the car in autocross and put in plenty of track days as well. However, after months of deliberation, I decided that I will be selling my BRZ. Since I started taking public transportation to work last year, my BRZ very rarely gets driven. As a result, I feel like this is the best decision. Check out the video below where I go over all the details!

e36 Compression Test

Performing an e36 compression test is a simple way to find out how strong the engine is.

My 1994 BMW 325is (or e36 generation) has over 200,000 miles on it and is going strong. However, in order to find out just how strong the engine is, I will be performing an e36 compression test. The compression test results will show us if there is any significant wear or tear in each cylinder. For example, if a single cylinder is down on compression, we know there is probably an issue with the piston rings or cylinder itself. Consequently, the engine will make less power and may even start showing more severe symptoms.

7.3 Oil Change

Performing a regular Ford 7.3 oil change is vital to keeping your diesel engine running in top notch condition.

Diesel engines rely very heavily on good oil in order to run efficiently. The 7.3 Powerstroke diesel engine from Ford is no different. Changing the engine oil at regular intervals will keep the engine running smooth and efficient. However, if oil changes are neglected, the engine could suffer from a number of issues. These include hard starting, sluggish performance, and decreased fuel economy. Our video covers all of the products and procedures you need in order to change your 7.3 Powerstroke oil successfully.

2020 Toyota Supra Revealed

2020 Toyota Supra revealed in the latest leak by Toyota Mexico.

In not so surprising fashion, the next generation Toyota Supra was leaked to the masses, just days before it was supposed to be revealed at the Detroit Auto Show. Toyota Mexico inadvertently posted what looks to be the launch video for the beloved sports car. The 2020 Toyota Supra revealed video includes driving and drifting of a red 2020 Supra.

The hype and anticipation for this car was nearly unmatched. However, many fans and Supra lovers have felt like the launch has taken an eternity, since the car has been teased for years. As a result, the final reveal seems somewhat uninspiring. At any rate, there are many more chomping at the bit to see everything this car has to offer. In my latest Garage Talk video I talk about the new Supra and show off the video that was leaked just yesterday.

BRZ Oil Cooler

Installing a BRZ oil cooler can help keep oil temperatures under control during spirited driving.

When engine oil temperatures get too high, it can mean bad news for the longevity of your engine. A BRZ oil cooler is one way you can help keep the oil temperature down, so it does not damage your engine. There are a couple different types of oil coolers. One of them being a water cooled style oil cooler and the other being an air cooled style oil cooler. I recently installed a sandwich style oil cooler to test out, from NED autoparts. It is basically an OEM Subaru style oil cooler. It provides small benefits but is only suitable for street driving and should not be used on the race track. For those in cold climates, it can be helpful

S&B Cold Air Intake

The S&B cold air intake is the best intake you can buy for your Ford 7.3L Powerstroke diesel engine.

The Ford 7.3L Powerstroke diesel engine is pretty fantastic from the factory. But, like any turbo charged vehicle, improving the air flow on the intake and exhaust side always provides improvements. The OEM airbox on the my Ford F250 is a little bit restrictive. In order to improve airflow and efficiency, I upgraded to an S&B cold air intake that is made for the 7.3L diesel engine. The better flowing intake makes the engine much more efficient in moving air. This results in improved gas mileage and drive ability. The intake is simple to install and provides noticeable benefits over the stock unit. Combine the S&B cold air intake with the MBRP exhaust and you have a great combination to improve the power, MPG, and efficiency of your 7.3L diesel engine!

MBRP Exhaust for Ford SuperDuty

Upgrading our stock exhaust to a 4″ MBRP exhaust system for my 7.3L Powerstroke diesel.

The Ford F250 Superduty with the 7.3L Powerstroke diesel engine is great from the factory. However, the intake and exhaust system leave something to be desired when it comes to efficiency. The small exhaust system that comes with the truck is very restrictive and can be detrimental to turbo efficiency when towing or daily driving. When the turbo cannot push air through the exhaust effectively, the truck suffers. In comes the MBRP 4″ exhaust system. This exhaust system is nearly twice the diameter as the OEM exhaust system on the 7.3L Powerstroke diesel engine. The installation is not terribly difficult and the improvements are immediately noticeable. When towing, my truck feels like it can breath and push air very effectively through the turbo and exhaust system. This improves MPG and drive-ability and the truck does not have to downshift when climbing small hills. Check out the video that includes the entire installation process and first drive!

Sony XAV-AX100

Upgrading my 2002 Ford F250 with a Sony XAV-AX100 stereo.

The stock stereo system that is included with older Ford Superduty pickup trucks is nothing to write home about. They lack pretty much every modern convenience that can be found in newer stereo systems. Because of this, I wanted to upgrade to something had features similar to most modern cars on the road. I chose to go with a Sony XAV-AX100 multimedia head-unit that has a number of great features. Including, Bluetooth for phone and audio, Android Auto and Apple Carplay support, touchscreen support, and a number of other nice amenities. Also, the Sony XAV-AX100 is one of the best multimedia head units on the market for the price, as far as I am concerned. Check out the installation process which is pretty straightforward and simple!

Tow Mirror Upgrade

My 7.3L diesel Ford F250 is in need of a tow mirror upgrade!

One of the things I have noticed when towing race car trailers over the years, is that mirrors are very important! Most pickup trucks come with small, inadequate mirrors for towing trailers. Unless, you opt for a truck that has a towing package which often has upgraded mirrors. My 2002 Ford F250 with the 7.3L Powerstroke diesel engine came with telescoping mirrors with a small blindspot mirror. However, I found them to be inadequate as well, and went on the hunt for a tow mirror upgrade. After doing some searching, I found YITAMOTOR towing mirrors which have been a fantastic upgrade over the stock towing mirrors. The mirrors include features not found on my OEM truck mirrors, such as a turn signal and heat mirrors. In addition, they are telescoping and have a huge blindspot mirror which increases visibility in your blind areas. The installation is fairly straightforward and my video below covers all of the details, including the wiring of turn signals and heat!