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OTC Encore $1875.00

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I had the chance to use this tool for a while before I did the review. I even took it to Pittsburgh and showed it to ScannerDanner. We agree that it's a capable tool but perhaps a bit slow. I'm no expert, but I think it has something to do with the processor used. That said, it still has a lot of great features and at this price point, I think it's a great value.

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In March 2014 I had the pleasure of going to the Valvoline Reinvention project unveiling. During my trip to Charlotte NC, I got to tour the facilities at Hendrick Motorsports, participate in an engine building contest, ride along in the finished truck, and meet Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jimmy Johnson. It was a very cool trip.

How To Use Plastigage

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This video shows how to use Plastigage to check bearing clearances in an engine. Plastigage can be used to check all kinds of clearances, but engine and bearing clearances are among the most common. Remember there are several different kinds of Plastigage, so be sure to pick the right size for your application.

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