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How Long Does a Brake Master Cylinder Last?
The fluid that flows through the braking system in your car is what helps to provide the pressure needed to stop a car. Without the proper amount of brake fluid in...
How Long Does a Clutch Master Cylinder Last?
The clutch master cylinder is linked to the clutch slave cylinder through a series of hoses. Once you depress the clutch, brake fluid moves from the clutch master cylinder into the...
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Cylinder Head Temperature Sensor
Common signs include long cranking time, engine performance issues, and the Check Engine Light coming on.
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Valve Cover Gasket
Common signs include a burning oil smell, dirty valve cover, oil leaks, low engine oil, and a rough-running engine that may cause misfires.
How Long Does a Valve Cover Gasket Last?
Among the most important parts of any engine is the oil that is contained within it. There are a variety of moving parts that depend on the oil for lubrication. The...
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Top Dead Center (TDC) Sensor
Common signs include the Check Engine Light coming on, car not starting, and engine misfiring or running rough.
How to Determine Compression Ratio
Whether you’re building a new engine and you need the metric, or you’re curious to know how efficient your car uses fuel, you have to be able to calculate the...
How to Replace a Cylinder Head Coolant Temperature Sensor
Signs of coolant temperature sensor failures include sluggish acceleration, hard starting, and a Check Engine or Service Engine Soon Light.
How to Bleed a Clutch
A clutch master cylinder contains a reservoir with brake fluid. It is connected to the clutch slave cylinder through hoses. When you push the clutch pedal, brake fluid...
How to Clean Cylinder Heads
The engine cylinder head has many passages for coolant and oil and can build up dirt over the life of the engine. Once the cylinder head is removed from the vehicle,...
How to Remove Cylinder Head Bolts
Removing the head is a major step in removing the cylinder head. These head bolts hold the cylinder head to the engine block. The head bolts are long bolts...
How to Replace a Head Gasket
The cylinder head gasket is a seal located between the engine block and cylinder head assembly. An in-line engine design will have one cylinder head as the cylinders...
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Clutch Master Cylinder
Common signs include low or dirty fluid, difficulty shifting, and abnormal pedal behavior.
How to Replace a Clutch Master Cylinder
The clutch master cylinder supplies fluid and pressure for the clutch system to operate. Common signs of failure include leaks or loss of pressure.
How to Port and Polish Your Car Cylinder Heads
Engine performance increases when you port and polish the cylinder heads in your car. Save money by doing the job yourself instead of a shop.
How to Replace a Clutch Slave Cylinder
Clutch slave cylinders need to be replaced if brake fluid leaks. If gears grind or the clutch won’t, the clutch pedal may be at fault.
How to Replace an Ignition Lock Assembly
An ignition lock assembly can fail from constant use or broken keys inside the tumbler. To replace it, all you need are some tools and a new cylinder.
How to Remove a Stuck Cylinder Head Bolt
Head bolts on the cylinder get stuck and must be removed using a breaker bar, applying impact force, or by carefully drilling the bolt out.
How to Replace a Trunk Lock Cylinder
A car trunk is secured by a trunk lock, which works via a trunk lock cylinder. Replacing a bad cylinder is imperative to your vehicle’s security.
How to Replace a Hatch Lock Cylinder
Replacing a hatch lock cylinder requires careful attention and only a few tools. You can complete the task in about an hour.

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I don't know if I have to change my lock cylinder or the whole ignition switch - the car isn't starting and the key doesn't come out
Hi there. It sounds like you may have two concerns. If the battery has tested good, then the next step would be to check all fuses and relays and replace as necessary. Then a voltage drop test may be needed...
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Brake is not good
The first thing to do in a circumstance such as this is to bleed the brakes at all 4 wheel cylinders to ensure that there is no air in the system, not to mention dirt and moisture. You have...
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My rotor button is not pointing in the right direction
As a preliminary matter, please note that occasionally the timing mark on the crankshaft pulley can be in the wrong spot if the harmonic balancer has been damaged or removed improperly (that is, removed without using the right tool to...
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There is a misfire on cylinder 2. I changed the cylinder and spark plug but am still having the misfire.
Hello. If you switched the spark plugs relating to two different cylinders and the same cylinder exhibited the same signs, then the issue is related to the other components on that cylinder. The test you performed was a great one....
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My car would not turn over and made a loud noise when trying to start it
This depends on what the loud noise was. If a starter was not working, then you would hear either a simultaneous clicking sound for a low battery or a one time click for the starter solenoid sticking. If you heard...
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There is fluid that looks like a chocolate milkshake in the radiator
This is generally a sign of a blown cylinder head gasket. When the cylinder head gasket is compromised, this allows oil to leak into the coolant system, creating the chocolate-like substance that you see in the radiator. When this happens,...
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My clutch is not working Entire clutch repair or clutch master cylinder repair? How do I check the cylinder?
Hi there. Check the slave cylinder to the clutch and see if the piston is all the way out. If the piston is all the way out or its not touching the clutch fork, then the release bearing has broken...
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My truck keeps giving me the cylinder #8 misfire code
Hello. A continuing misfire on #8 suggests a bad plug wire, a bad spark plug, or possibly oil leaking down onto the #8 plug, shorting it out. Also, if one plug wire is bad, replace them all. Given your mileage,...
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A scanner found the code P02B4, what does it mean?
That is an interesting code since your engine only has 4 cylinders. It is possible that the vehicle has the wrong information stored in the computer and is throwing a code for a V-8 engine. I recommend having your computer...
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Cylinder Deactivation System in Bank 1
The diagnosis and repair of this type of problem will require the work of a professional. The cause may be as simple as a low oil level or the need for an oil change or as complicated as the need...
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The key switch will turn to acc but not to start.
It sounds like you may have a worn key or worn key cylinder. Make sure the steering lock isn't in a bind and keeping you from fully turning the key; if it is, then turn the steering wheel so that...
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2007 Dodge Grand Caravan hard detonation problems
Take a compression tester and check the compression of each cylinder. This will determine how much pressure will hold in the cylinders. If the pressure is 120 or higher, then the cylinders are okay. If the pressure is lower than...
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Possible blown head gasket issue - 2008 Ford F-150
Hello. If it has a blown head gasket it can be quite the undertaking to fix this. You would need to remove the cylinder heads and have them fully rebuilt prior to reinstalling them. If you have a lot of...
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Am I able to drive with misfiring cylinders?
Unfortunately, with two cylinders misfiring, this represents 50% of your motor not firing properly which results in a significant reduction of power output by your engine. While the car may be driven, this may be risky as this may cause...
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My vehicle is mixing water and oil
Because you have a manual transmission, the mix of oil and coolant can be caused by a leaking intake manifold gasket, a blown head gasket or a cracked cylinder head. The intake manifold would need to be removed and inspected...
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How do I remove the cylinder head?
The cylinder head bolts on this engine are tightened to 65 ftlb or 88 nm. Over time the bolts that go into the cooling system passages may have corroded in the holes. You should use a large breaker bar and...
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Cylinder number 4 is misfiring black dry carbon on spark plug code P0304
Hi there. It would appear you have covered all the bases replacing components for your P0304 engine misfire. As you already know, replacing components can be expensive and time consuming without resolution. Assuming the engine is mechanically sound, good cylinder...
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My minivan is overheating and there is brownish sludge in the coolant. I already got the water pump and the thermostat replaced.
A brownish sludge in the cooling system can occur for a few different reasons. If two types of coolant have been used in the cooling system, red and green for example, the mixing of these two types of coolant can...
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Car I'm looking to buy is running on 3 cyliders instead of 4. What does it mean?
Hello. When one cylinder is not performing its job, it basically creates a drag or extra load on the engine. This can be a sign of major engine damage, or something as simple as a bad spark plug. Typically smaller...
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Bad misfiring issue - 2004 Nissan 350Z
Engine misfires can be caused by a list of problems, but there are a few suspects that occur more than others. Generally, misfires are caused by either a spark or fuel issue or in cases, a combination of both. Spark...

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