Vehicle Maintenance

Extend the Life of Your Oil and Engine with a Five-Minute Quick Install Frantz Bypass Filter Kit
April 3, 2024

The stock (OEM) oil filter on any car or truck will catch damaging particles anywhere from 15-20 microns, which are actually pretty small. For a size reference, the average human hair is about 72 microns in diameter, so 20 microns equals roughly .0008 inches. Pretty small right? But we can do better. Engine bearings and

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The Science of Motor Oil Viscosity
April 11, 2023

Choosing the right oil for your motor can be overwhelming when you consider the many options available. On top of that, understanding what you are buying when you grab that 15W-40 bottle off the shelf is an entirely different battle. Hot Shot’s Secret can help you learn how to choose the right oil viscosity for your engine. What Is Viscosity? Viscosity is

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What in diesel fuel?
March 29, 2023

Diesel fuel is mildly hygroscopic, attracting and absorbing moisture from out of the air. Water can also enter the fuel system from poorly maintained storage tanks at diesel fuel retailers. Regularly leaving water in the fuel system can cause numerous issues, including rust and corrosion, icing in winter months and microbial growth. As an additive manufacturer, we prevent water-related

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The Ultimate Gearhead Gift Guide
November 30, 2022

’Tis the season for diesel and gasoline themed gifts for all of the gearheads in your life. Hot Shot’s Secret is the one-stop destination for all of your holiday gift buying needs. We have products and bundles that are sure to excite all of the gun lovers and vehicle enthusiasts in your circle. Keep reading

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October 21, 2022

What To Do If Your Diesel Fuel Gels As the cold sets in for the winter, many around the country start thinking of their vehicles and the need for winter maintenance. Unless you live in Florida, southern California or perhaps Texas, the temperatures are probably dipping below freezing and affecting your vehicle’s performance.  If you drive a diesel vehicle, you must

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Stiction in the Modern Diesel Engine
August 11, 2022

It’s hard to believe that it has been over 25 years since the market began learning about all the problems that would arise from both the 6.0L and 7.3L Power Stroke diesel engines and their HEUI injector systems. Since the HEUI injectors came in direct contact with the engine oil, many injectors failed as oil

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Should I Use an Engine Flush?
June 16, 2022

Using an engine flush is a common way to clear out the buildup in your engine, but there is a lot you should take into consideration before making this decision. An engine flush is not always the best choice for your vehicle. What Is an Engine Flush? An engine flush is an aftermarket chemical additive

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4 Wheel Drive vs All Wheel Drive
June 3, 2022

Some cars have a feature called All Wheel Drive while others have 4 Wheel Drive, but if most cars have 4 wheels, then wouldn’t all four-wheel drive vehicles also be all-wheel drive? Not exactly. As a rule of thumb, using 4WD and AWD will roughly double your traction during acceleration. As all-wheel drive does help

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Basic Car Terms Everyone Should Know
May 27, 2022

We’ve heard them before, but do you know what some of these common car terms truly are? Some of these terms can feel like a different language to some. So, we are going to break down some of the most common car terms out there, so you sound like a true car expert. Fuel Injector

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