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How to Replace a Vent Oil Separator
A car engine has a vent oil separator that fails when vapors clog the separator, smoke emits from the exhaust, or the Check Engine Light illuminates.
How to Troubleshoot a Car That is Hard to Start
"Car not starting" is a common complaint among car owners and is caused by faulty car batteries, spark plugs, car starter, or fuel pump.
How to Troubleshoot a Car Exhaust or Engine Noise
Car exhaust systems and car engines make whirring, clicking, or sputtering noises if there's a faulty belt, alternator, water pump, or tension pulley.
How to Troubleshoot a Small Engine Problem
Small car engines need attention if the car won't start, there's a loss of power, the car stalls or overheats, or if the car backfires.
How to Replace an Engine Mount
The engine mounts keep the motor in place. They need to be replaced if there is excessive vibration, impact noises under the hood, or engine movement.
How to Find Top Dead Center
There are many reasons why you might need to find an engine’s top dead center. Top dead center is the point when the piston of the number one cylinder in an...
How to Clean an Idle Air Control Valve
Maintenance of an idle air control valve includes cleaning it from time to time to ensure it lasts long. It keeps your car idle level at normal.
How to Prep an Engine Block for Paint
When you are rebuilding an engine, you’ll probably want to paint the engine block. It serves a few purposes including being clean and attractive in appearance, protecting from corrosion and rust,...
How to Get a Used Engine
The engine under the hood is the most important component of a vehicle. Without the engine, your car cannot run and is of little value to you. If you have been in...
How to Replace an Engine Oil Pump
The oil pump is the heart of the engine - it pumps vital lubricant and supplies pressure to every moving part. The pump is required to provide 3 to 6 gallons...
How to Install a Camshaft
Over the years, engines have evolved in so many ways. Most of the changes or improvements that have been done revolve around creating better performance and fuel economy, without making the engine...
How to Check the Choke on a Carbureted Engine
The choke is a plate in the carburetor that opens and closes to allow more or less air into the engine. Similar to the throttle, the choke plate rotates from a horizontal to...
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 Ensure Fuel Injectors Are Receiving the Correct Voltage
Faulty fuel injectors affects fuel economy and can cause a misfire. Make sure your fuel injector receives enough power to work properly.
How to Do a Compression Test
A compression test diagnoses many engine problems. If a compression test is below the manufacturer's specifications, there's an internal engine issue.
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...
How to Rebuild a Car Engine
Whether it is to breathe new life into a commuter or work vehicle, or for hobby in a classic car, there are many cases in which rebuilding an...
How to Understand Compression and Power Systems in Small Engines
Being familiar with basic compression and power system functions of a four-stroke engine can help you diagnose and fix issues with your car.
How to Replace a Variable Valve Timing (VVT) Switch
An engine has a variable valve timing switch that fails when there is a reduction in engine power or the Check Engine Light illuminates.
How to Replace a Harmonic Balancer
Harmonic balancers fail when the engine is causing excessive vibrations and the timing marks are misaligned.

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I got a motor for my truck not to long ago and the motor will turn over a little by hand but not all the way around what could it?
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Connector rod vs compression ratio
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My cars makes a rhythmic tapping noise while idling and the noises accelerates and loud end when my rpms go up,
Without listening to the noise myself and going on what you describe then I would have to say it is an engine piston rod knocking inside the motor. You should have a mechanic like one from YourMechanic listen to the...
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I have Toyota Vitz 2001 model 2ZN engine. When I start engine in the morning I see white smoke from the exhaust. What do I have to do?
Hi there. White smoke that comes out of the exhaust system is caused by engine coolant burning in the combustion chamber. This is caused by the head gasket, a cracked head, or a cracked block making coolant go from the...
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Vauxhall insignia se nav 2.0 cdti - interference or non interference engine
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my 2011 kia Optima jumps when I put it on gear, either reverse or drive. after about a half-hour of driving if I come to a stop it.
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How to clean the engine in my car?
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How can I fix a ticking noise coming from the engine to my Pontiac torrent 2009?
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What would be cost effective ? Rebuilding my 5.4 triton engine or buying at refurbish one
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My Suzuki dies under 3000 RPMS while driving
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Following a complete car tune up with full oil change, the oil light has come on during freeway driving - no overheating and oil level okay.
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How do you keep an engine from cracking in cold weather without a radiator?
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My truck threw a rod, should i consider a crate engine to replace it with, or just a regular engine.
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I think I blew the motor, I went through a deep puddle if water.
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My car engine is currently shot, and needs a replacement, is there any engines I can snap fit inside with little too know mods?
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Hi Russell, I have a 2005 RX8, which I love!! It's in excellent condition, 80k miles. My teenage son blew my engine, can you do s
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