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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.
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"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 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 badly need a engine mount but I'm trying to order one online but it's asking me which one I have a 2003 Nissan Sentra 1.8 gaze i
Hello, thank you for writing in. The engine will have several mounts. You need to determine if you have to replace all of them, or if you are just replacing one. Most of the time if one is going out,...
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I accidentally put Stop Leak in the engine and drove about 600 miles afterwords. After getting to my destination, that's when i re
Hello, you need to have the engine oil and filter change as soon as possible. You should be fine with that issue. If the vehicle is still having overheating issues that should as well be inspected. If you'd like, a...
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How long can I ride on bad struts
Hello, thank you for writing in. The time you have will completely depend on how bad the struts are now, and how much stress you want to put onto the rest of the vehicle. Worn struts will cause stress to...
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Replaced my engine. Does the new one need to be adjusted to the higher elevation?
Check all of the sensors and make sure that they are plugged in all the way. The computer system with the sensors are designed to adjust themselves as elevation changes. This is why all vehicles today have computers in them...
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Engine Locked
Hello, thank you for writing in. When the engine is locked up, it means that it is stuck in place for one reason or another, and it will not rotate like it normally does. This is directly related to the...
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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
Hello Mary, thank you for writing in. The vehicle will need to be inspected before we know what needs to be done. Most of the time, the engine can be repaired, overhauled or rebuilt, or replaced (worst case scenario). An...
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I just had to get my alternator replaced for the second time within three monthly oil gasket had to be replaced it was leaking.
To properly clean your engine, I suggest using a substance called Sea Foam. Put one bottle of the fluid in your engine and run the engine for about 30 minutes at 2,000 rpm's. Then either take the car to a...
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Can this engine be rebuilt?
The rebuild could be reasonable as long as the mechanic is including the parts to the engine and not separate. I recommend getting a written statement or work order that states the amount of labor charge and the cost of...
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Is it possible to put a newer Dakota engine into a 1987 Dodge Dakota?
Depending on the year of the vehicle will depend on how much equipment that will need to be adapted to your vehicle. It is possible to take an OBD 1 or OBD 2 system engine and install it into your...
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I have an 03 accura integra looking for a car the engine will fit.
The engine will fit in any Honda Civic of the years 1988 to 2000 and any Honda Integra from the years 1990 to 2003. You can modify the engine to fit a Honda Civic from 1984 to 1987 and a...
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Want to swap an engine.
The engine will fit, but the engine in the 2002 does not have the Variable Valve Timing System. You will need to swap the cylinder heads over to the other engine to make the VVT system function in your vehicle....
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I have a 2009 expedition flex fuel 5.4l 3v with the VIN's 8th digit being a 5. Will a VIN's 8th digit being a V work?
If you are wanting to change out the engine block, then you can for there are no numbers on the engine blocks. The only thing is different is with the electronics on the engine that works with the fuel management...
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Will a 2001 dodge diesel motor change out with a 2005 computer and all the components?
Changing the engine will determine what type of engine you have. If you have a CPP 24 valve Cummins engine, then the engine will swap just fine as they fit the 1998 to 2005 models. However, if your vehicle requires...
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Today my car made a loud knocking noise and when I press on the gas pedal, the car doesn't accelerate right away but when it does it makes a knocking noise.
The noise that you are hearing could be one of the rod bearings are knocking in the engine or the flex plate could have a loose bolt making the torque converter bounce around. I recommend seeking out a professional, such...
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Can a 2010 town have a bad cylinder wall?
The newer engines of the 3.8 liter line can be installed into the van as long as the wiring harness and computer comes with it for the VVT system. If you need further assistance with your engine swap, then seek...
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Hi, can i clean the engine with any greaser? Thanks in advance
Hello, thank you for writing in. While we cannot advise you on a certain product to use, there are various products that will work just fine, and you will want to research which one you feel best using. When cleaning...
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How can someone tell if it's timing chain or something else that would cause the motor to freeze up? Thanks.
Remove the timing chain cover and see if the chain is intact. If the chain is broken, then either the chain can bind up on the crankshaft sprocket or the pistons can come in contact with the valves when they...
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Does guaranteed 2 pass mess up motors ?
Hello, thank you for writing in. While this product may not directly effect a perfectly good engine, if there are other issues with it, the problems may be exaggerated by the product. Also keep in mind that the product is...
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How do you put a 1996 Dodge Dakota 5.9 360 motor in a 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo with a 4.7 in it or a 4.0?
Hi there. You will have to swap the engine and transmission as a unit with the computer and harness to the other vehicle. There will be a need to fabricate engine mounts if the old mounts will not mount up...

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