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What is a Compression Test?
A compression test will reveal the state of your engine’s parts, and can potentially save you money on buying a replacement engine.
What Does It Mean When an Engine "Knocks"?
If your engine is making a knocking noise it means there's a problem. The wrong fuel octane, carbon buildup, and bad spark plugs can cause knocking.
What Does It Mean When an Engine "Knocks"?
If your engine is making a knocking noise it means there's a problem. The wrong fuel octane, carbon buildup, and bad spark plugs can cause knocking.
The Difference Between a Sports Car Engine and a Regular Engine
While they are similar in modern design, most everyday car engines are optimized for fuel efficiency and sports car engines for speed and performance.
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Thermostat
Common signs include the temperature gauge reading being very high or changing erratically, engine overheating, and coolant leaks.
How Do I Prepare My Car for Summer?
Summer's Summer's heat, dust, and stop-and-go traffic will take their tolls on your vehicle. Follow these tips to ensure optimum wellness of your car: Air Conditioning: Have your air conditioning inspected by a qualified technician. Newer models have...
What Causes a Car to Overheat?
Several problems can make your car overheat. A leaky cooling system, blocked radiator, bad thermostat, or failed water pump are common causes.
How to Replace a Head Gasket
The cylinder head gasket is a seal located between the engine block...
How Much Power Does the AC Draw From the Engine?
Most cars these days come with air conditioning as a standard feature – gone are the days...
How Much Power Does the AC Draw From the Engine?
Most cars these days come with air conditioning as a standard feature – gone are the days...
How Much Power Does the AC Draw From the Engine?
Most cars these days come with air conditioning as a standard feature – gone are the days...
How to Remove a Car Battery
An auto battery helps power car electrical systems. To remove a car battery, you will need work gloves, safety goggles, and basic hand tools.
How Long Should an Engine Last?
A car engine can last hundreds of thousands of miles. Get your oil changed often and don't ignore car warning lights to make your engine last longer.
How Long Should an Engine Last?
A car engine can last hundreds of thousands of miles. Get your oil changed often and don't ignore car warning lights to make your engine last longer.
How Long Should an Engine Last?
A car engine can last hundreds of thousands of miles. Get your oil changed often and don't ignore car warning lights to make your engine last longer.
How Long Should an Engine Last?
A car engine can last hundreds of thousands of miles. Get your oil changed often and don't ignore car warning lights to make your engine last longer.
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.
Is it Safe to Drive With a Faulty Knock Sensor?
Symptoms of a bad or failing engine knock sensor include slow acceleration, reduced fuel economy, and the Check Engine Light turning on.
How Long Does an Engine Control Module (ECM) Last?
As technology continues to advance and move forward, so does the way our vehicles operate and run. It seems more and...
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.

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Why Does a Car Burn Oil?
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Where is temperature sensor
The engine coolant temperature sensor should be located on the radiator hose fitting on the front of the engine. The connector is locked in place by a clip lock on the connector housing that needs to be depressed at the...
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When putting foot on accelerator, brake, or shifter, car dies
A few different faults can cause the vehicle to go into a limp mode. The ECU puts the car into this mode to prevent damage and will be associated with a Check Engine Light. The most likely causes are a...
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When putting foot on accelerator, brake, or shifter, car dies
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What is knocking noise?
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Water got into my motor
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Vehicle will sometimes turn over, but not start
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Truck overheating
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Timing belt needs to be replaced
Your engine is an interference motor and will get damaged if the belt breaks. You can contact another mechanic, like one from YourMechanic, who can check and replace the timing belt for you.
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Timing belt broke
Hello. It sounds like you have interference motor that will need to be replaced. An interference motor is one that has very tight valve clearance between the cylinder head and the engine piston. If the timing belt breaks in this...
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Ticking sound from engine
Some ticking noises can be normal. The fuel injectors do make a ticking noise as part of their normal operation and depending on the vehicle can be heard louder than usual. I would ask for help from one of the...
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Ticking sound from engine
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ticking noise while accelerating
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Ticking noise in my engine.
A ticking noise sounds like a bad valve lash adjuster and is a common problem with these cars. I would have a technician inspect the noise from your engine.
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Ticking noise in engine
Hello. The sound of ticking is not normal in most cases. A technician will have to listen to the ticking sound in person to determine if the noise is normal or not. Oftentimes a ticking sound can occur from low-grade...

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