Symptoms of a Bad Oil Control Valve (and How it Works)

An oil control valve is commonly used on engine with variable valve timing (VVT) system. This system is to control the engine performance using the method of retard and advance camshaft angle. The benefits of a VVT system include: Fuel consumption efficiency, reduced gas emission, and increased engine performance. For more information about the oil … Read more

Ceramic vs Organic Brake Pads (How Do They Compare?)

The brake pads of an automobile are what grip the disc brake rotor in order to allow the driver to slow down and stop the vehicle. While semi-metallic brake pads are the most popular brake pad type, they aren’t necessarily the best brake pads. Two common, and arguably better, brake pad types are organic brake … Read more

Bad Fuel Pump Symptoms and Replacement Cost

The fuel pump is a vital part of any vehicle. It has the responsibility of pumping the fuel from a vehicle’s tank to the engine. Thus, the malfunctioning of the fuel pump can give rise to a disaster on road. A bad fuel pump can cover a certain distance before the vehicle totally ceases to … Read more

Bad Spark Plug Symptoms and Replacement Cost

In order to start a car engine, a spark needs to be created so that the fuel in the combustion chamber can be ignited. Spark plugs are the car components which make this possible. If you don’t have good spark plugs then you’ll first notice your gas mileage start to diminish. You probably already know … Read more

Symptoms of a Bad Knock Sensor (and How it Works)

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In this post we will discuss one part in the engine system known as “knock sensor”. After reading, you will know the basic functions of a knock sensor and common symptoms of a faulty knock sensor. What is a Knock Sensor? The main function of a vehicle’s knock sensor is to sense for vibrations that … Read more

Electric vs Hydraulic Power Steering

Power steering is a system in cars that makes it easier for drivers to steer their wheels by assisting them with the torque. The traditional form of power steering is hydraulic power steering, which consists of hoses, drive belt, fluid, a pulley and a pump. Basically, it works by having the pump attached to the … Read more

Limited Slip Differential vs Locking Differential

Locking differentials and limited-slip differentials both serve similar functions, but they also have some differences as well. They both get installed onto the axles of a car in order to give the wheels better traction while enduring rough environments, like dirt roads, which can cause one of the wheels to spin and break traction. If … Read more

Common Brake Problems in Cold Weather

If you live in climates where cold weather is common then it could cause problems for your brakes. Now mechanically speaking, cold temperatures don’t actually ruin your vehicle’s brakes. But what they can do is cause your brake rotors and pads to wear out faster. The reason for this has to do with the slippery … Read more

Common Spark Plug Misfire Symptoms

Spark plugs are the main component of an engine’s ignition system. They ignite the mixture of fuel and air in the combustion chamber from the electrical current it gets through the ignition coil. This ignition keeps all the cylinders in your vehicle moving, which in turn keeps the car moving. If a spark plug fails … Read more

Cylinder Head Crack Repair Cost

Cylinder heads are located on top of the cylinders that are inside an internal combustion engine. The pistons close the heads on top of the cylinders, creating a combustion chamber that compresses the contents of the cylinder. Cylinder heads obviously provide an important role in the combustion process, but what many people don’t realize is … Read more