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Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Air Pump Check Valve
A bad air pump check valve may create exhaust fume odor, fail your car's emissions tests, and turn on the Check Engine Light.
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Air Pump Filter
If your engine is running sluggishly, the Check Engine Light is on, or there is a rough idle, you may need to replace your car's air pump filter.
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Air Pump Belt
Check your car's air pump belt for cracks, large chunks of rubber missing, or scuffs along the outside.
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Air Pump
Common signs include the engine running rough, reduced horsepower, and the Check Engine Light going on.
How to Buy a Good Quality Air Pump
Whether you call it an air pump or a smog pump, it comes down to the same thing – a pump designed to force air into the engine to help improve emissions by...
How to Replace an Air Injection Pump Filter
Air pump filters may be failing when the engine has a rough idle and is sluggish. Reduced fuel economy may also indicate a bad filter.
How Long Does an Air Pump Last?
In decades gone by, exhaust systems were not all that complicated. Emissions controls were not a concern, and any gases that were spent during the operation of your car were simply vented...
How Long Does an Air Pump Belt Last?
Most newer vehicles come with two air injections systems. The primary system delivers air through the air filter, and then to the intake, where it mixes with fuel in order to...
How Long Does an Air Pump Check Valve Last?
In modern emissions control systems, there is a secondary air injection system which delivers air to the exhaust system, while at the same time preventing exhaust fumes from escaping into...
How Long Does an Air Pump Filter Last?
In any vehicle that has an emissions system, otherwise known as a smog control system, it is vital that the air that enters the system is free of contaminants and debris....
How to Replace an Air Pump Check Valve
The air pump check valve allows air into the exhaust system. It also prevents exhaust gases from reentering the system during a backfire or failure.
How to Replace an Air Injection Pump Belt
Although some air pump injection belts can last as long as a vehicle, some may break down. Here's a guide on how to replace it when necessary.
How to Buy a Good Quality Tire Air Pump
Owning a car means an air pump is a great investment. It’s essential to keep your tires at the proper air pressure in order to protect them, your vehicle, and yourself. An air pump...

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A.I.R. pump whistling
The air injection pump is the most common failure of the air injection system on this vehicle. The system would need to be checked to make sure the pump is the cause of the noise. I recommend you have a...
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Belt, pump, and gauge problems
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Vehicle scan showed problem with emissions air pump. My air smog pump was filled with liquid
The air pump sucks in outside air in the lower front fender area and the car may have sucked in water while the pump was running. The only way to stop water from entering the air pump is to not...
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What should an average driver have in their car at all times?
A sober driver who's got brains and knows how to drive--that's the most important thing. But if you are worried about safety, you should have a fire extinguisher in trunk or put one under your seat, an air pump. You...
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What is Estimated Cost of repairing P2432 code in 2012 VW Jetta ?
Hi - the P2432 problem code you have is an indication that the secondary air pump pressure is low. This is an emissions device, which injects fresh air into the exhaust to allow burning of any remaining fuel in the...
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High pitched whining noise on startup
The secondary air injection pump is well known for making noises such as this on all cars that use them. It only runs when the motor is below a preset temperature. So the longer you let the car sit, the...
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Clogged manifold intake runner bank 1 2005 Mercedes C230 Turbo
Hi - the clogged intake is a long-term "carbon clogging" from the turbocharger/EGR valve operation. The manifold must be removed, disassembled, cleaned and reinstalled. Tedious, and requires moderate DIYr skills. Unfortunately, this is not a service YourMechanic offers at this...
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A.I.R. pump is missing in my car
Hello. The A.I.R. system is an emissions system that is designed to inject air into the exhaust manifold to help with the combustion of any unburned fuel before it reaches the catalytic converter, resulting in cleaner emissions. In order to...
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The car shakes and randomly cuts off while driving. The car has steam/smoke coming from under hood.
Hi and thanks for contacting Your Mechanic. If your engine light came on for the secondary air pump sensor, then it is possible that the secondary air pump (smog pump) has failed. The pump has oil in it and if...

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