Tag Archive: performance

May 08

Spark Plugs

Your vehicles owner’s manual will guide you when to replace the spark plugs Spark Plug Conditions The guide below is courtesy of Chiltons The following spark plug gapping video is courtesy of NGK spark plugs:  

May 06

Over Heating Issues (Part 7)

Over Heating Issues (Part 7) Engine Ignition Timing-Ignition timing can have an effect on the overheating of the cooling system. If ignition timing is too far advanced it will cause the fuel and air mixture to ignite too early in the combustion cycle. This can cause the amount of heat generated by the combustion process …

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May 04

Over Heating Issues (Part 6)

Over Heating Issues (Part 6) Deposits Throughout the System – As cars get older, they can begin to run hotter as deposits build up in the engine and cooling systems and constrict the flow of fluids (just like people do). If you’re driving an older vehicle and it’s running hotter than normal, it’s probably time …

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May 02

Over Heating Issues (Part 5)

Over Heating Issues (Part 5) Not Enough Coolant – Check your radiator coolant level. Check the coolant overflow tank (this is the reservoir that holds the run off from the pressurized system). Read the levels carefully. Extra coolant should always be added if the level is below “MAX COLD” when the engine/radiator is cold. The …

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Apr 30

Over Heating Issues (Part 4)

Over Heating Issues (Part 4) Radiator Cap – The cooling system is pressurized. Pressure helps the flow of the coolant through the cooling system. The cap on top of your radiator is rated to hold a certain amount of pressure. Sometimes these caps can get worn, damaged or loose and when this happens, they won’t hold …

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Apr 28

Over Heating Issues (Part 3)

Over Heating Issues (Part 3) Radiator Fan – There are two types of radiator fans: electric and centrifugal. The centrifugal fans can crack and break. Sometimes rocks can damage or break the fan, resulting in less cooling capability by the radiator. Centrifugal fans can also get broken blades; lose the belt that drives them; or …

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Apr 26

Over Heating Issues (Part 2)

Over Heating Issues (Part 2) Water Pump –The water pump circulates coolant throughout the cooling system (radiator, engine and cabin heater). When it becomes defective, overheating is inevitable. The type and severity of the defect can determine how quickly your vehicle can overheat. If the water pump is making a squealing noise, it needs replacing …

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Apr 24

Over Heating Issues (Part 1)

 Over Heating Issues (Part 1) Thermostat– The thermostat is the component that controls the engine temperature. When a cold engine is first started the thermostat is in a ‘closed’ position. This means that it only allows the flow of coolant through the engine – the other parts of the cooling system do not receive flowing …

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Apr 23

Tell me about that “Check Engine Light”.

Tell me about that “Check Engine Light”.  The automotive service industry calls the Check Engine light on your dash an “MIL” or Malfunction Indicator Light. It shows three different types of signals. Occasional flashes show momentary malfunctions. It stays on if the problem is of a more serious nature, affecting the emissions output or safety …

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Apr 12

Do It Yourself Air Filter Service

Do It Yourself Air Filter Service Regular air filter service is easy and important. First, check the air filter service indicator if you have one. You’ll definitely find one of these if you have a diesel air intake.  Also, knowing the location of the master airflow sensor on your car is a great thing to …

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