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DPF Regen Cycles Explained and How To Reduce Them
April 4, 2024

What Is DPF Regen and How to Reduce It Most diesel trucks and engines from 2007 and later have a Diesel Particulate Filter system that particles eventually accumulate in. A regen cycle cleans the filter. If you’ve ever turned the heat up on a grill to clean burnt-on food off the grates, you’ll understand the

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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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March 15, 2024

Tips for keeping your lawn and garden equipment running great for years to come. Spring has sprung, and with the birds chirping from dawn to dusk breaking the silence of winter gone by, so too returns the outdoor chores like mowing the lawn, tilling up the garden and a variety of other outdoor projects. Much

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How Fuel Additives Maximize Performance
February 12, 2024

Here at Hot Shot’s Secret, we know fuel additives are a controversial topic. Some people are diehard additive fans, while others believe they’re a gimmick. J.C. Counts, owner and operator at TD Diesel in Newberry, South Carolina, says customers frequently ask him to use specific additives even though they’re not sure what those products are

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January 25, 2024

Noticing a burning oil smell in the car can be alarming, but many don’t know what it means. Diagnosing the problem is the first step to solving it. If you own a vehicle or plan to get one soon, it would help to understand oil consumption and what to do when a car smells like

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EDT+ Winter Defense Gallon on Semi
January 19, 2024

Published in Fleet Maintenance Magazine  It’s that time of the year again when cold snaps can break a fleet’s back if they’re not prepared. With respect to diesel fuel, freezing temperatures can severely impact the fuel itself, as well as pumps and lines. To find out how fleets can counteract the cold, we turned to

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January 16, 2024

How to Start a Diesel in the Cold Since diesel engines need high temperatures to ignite their fuel, starting a diesel in the cold, known as a cold start, can be challenging. Thankfully, you can take some actions to make starting your vehicle easier.  Understanding how to start a diesel in the cold can help

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How Fuel Additives Maximize Performance
January 5, 2024

EGRs work by cooling and recycling some of your vehicle’s exhaust back into your engine. Because this gas has already been through the combustion cycle, it’s inert — meaning it can’t participate in the next chemical reaction.  Recycling this gas lowers the temperature of the next combustion cycle, reducing the amount of NOx that’s created

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