Making a car more reliable

obi_waynne

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Can you think of any mods that would make a car more reliable?

Power reduction is not necessarily a life extender. I'd be interested in your thoughts on what sort of mods can extend an engines life and make it more reliable as well.
 

edk

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On a basic level gauges like oil pressure and oil temp are good. You know when the oil is up to temp before you go over certain revs and also if there is a problem with the pump or a leak/blockage. Same can be said for water temp/pressure. Something like the Scangauge can monitor things like this, but this is more a prevention of damage and problems than an actual mod to improve the engine.
 

edk

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On an engine rebuild if you replace the head gasket with a cometic gasket, all head and rod bolts with ARP ones and ACL bearings then it's going to be able to take a lot more stick, and last longer too. A balanced crank and flywheel can also remove any unwanted strain and vibrations on the components.
 

Yugguy

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Mods? If you live in a cold climate fitting a webasto preheater can help minimise engine wear on startup.

Changing the oil midway between services, not thrashing the engine when cold.
 

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