Monthly Archives: March 2018

Recognizing The Signs of Vehicle Engine Damage

It's not always easy to recognize when your vehicle is suffering from engine damage as symptoms can be seen as "normal". While not all sounds and smells may threaten life of your engine, there are some obvious warning signs that require a vehicle inspection right away.  One of the signs of engine trouble, is the illuminated check engine light. This light indicates that a vehicle system, such as the ignition, fuel injection or emission control, is not operating properly, even if the vehicle appears to be running normally. Ignoring the check engine light can negatively impact your fuel economy or cause damage resulting in more costly repairs.  Many motorists are familiar with the noises their vehicles make on a daily basis. However, any noise that is new, different, or suspicious may indicate a problem, including high-pitched squeal, grinding or thumping. Sounds under the hood, such as hissing, can also indicate that your vehicle is in need of attention. Althou ... read more

10 DIY CAR DETAILING TIPS EVERYONE SHOULD KNOW

10 DIY CAR DETAILING TIPS EVERYONE SHOULD KNOW

You've invested in a car you love and now is the time to take pride in keeping it in tip-top shape. This includes paying for maintenance, repairs when needed, and regular car washes. Getting your car detailed feels great. Your car looks wonderful, smells clean, and you feel like a million dollars when you drive it. However, car detailing can get expensive. Avoid the pricey fees of having it done professionally and learn to detail your car yourself. Below, is a list of ten car detailing tips that you can do at home. Use these the next time you want to have your car looking spiffy! 1. Best DIY Car Detailing Tip: Invest In The Right Tools Having the right tools and materials to detail your car will make all the difference. Sure, it may be costly to invest in things like leather repair serum and wax sprays, but you will save quite a bit on car detailing costs in the long run. Having the right tools helps you to get the job done right in a smaller amount of time ... read more

Avoid Fuel Pump Damage and Improve Engine Performance

Vehicle owners may not know much about their fuel pump, but over the life of owning a vehicle, it will probably need to be replaced. One area that often gets overlooked when putting in a new fuel pump is cleaning the gas tank. We recommend that when its time to replace your fuel pump that you have your gas tank cleaned thoroughly to avoid damaging your replacement fuel pump. A clean fuel tank can also ensure maximum engine performance and fuel efficiency. Whether performed by a professional service technician, or done by yourself, follow this 10 step process to clean your gas tank properly and avoid damaging your new fuel pump:  1. Drain fuel tank into an approved container 2. Clean rust and debris from the top of the fuel tank. 3. Remove fuel pump. 4. Swirl gas tank. Pour out remaining gas and debris. 5. Clean the tank interior with a low-suds soap and water mixture. 6. Swirl cleaning solution inside tank. 7. Drain tank and dry with compressed air. 8. Wipe out ... read more

Car Engines

Car Engines

  Most modern day cars are powered by a four-stroke, internal combustion gasoline engines. This type of engine has been refined as automotive technology has advanced over the last century. While even the most basic car engine is a complex machine, the principles behind its operation are easy to understand.  Engine Basics An internal combustion engine is what you will find in most modern day cars. The reciprocating pistol engine is the most common. Engines of this type are named in terms of size, overall interior volume and cylinders. Cylinders can be arranged in several different ways: a straight row, known as a straight or inline engine, directly opposite another (flat line engine), or at angle from one another, which is the popular V configuration. The Four-Stroke Cycle This engine cycle consists of intake, compression, combustion, and exhaust. In the intake phase fuel and air are drawn into one of the compression chambers. A piston ri ... read more

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