The Importance of Measuring Brake Pad Thickness

Among the major automotive components that a driver simply cannot do without, the brakes are some of the most important items. Without effective brakes, a vehicle becomes a safety hazard instead of a reliable and comfortable way to transport anywhere that a person needs to go. There are many instances all over the world on … Read more

Crankcase Breather Filter (How It Works, Symptoms, Replacement Cost)

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The crankcase breather filter, also called a crankcase vent filter (CCV), is part of a vehicles crankcase ventilation system. This filter is a part of the crankcase ventilation system in internal combustion engines of a relatively small number of vehicles including vintage/muscle cars, race cars, and motorcycles. But it’s found on others including diesel engines … Read more

How Often Should You Change Synthetic Oil? (The Truth)

With every internal combustion engine on the market today, there is a requirement that the engines stay lubricated with either conventional or synthetic oil products. When it comes to consumer and commercial oil products for vehicle engines, not every oil is created equal. Some individuals who do not have very much experience with automotive practices … Read more

Diesel Engine vs Gasoline Engine Comparison

Internal combustion engines have truly been a hallmark of 20th century invention and innovation. They have powered cars, trucks, aircraft, boats, and much more. These are machines that are the workhorse of the modern era, so it helps to know a bit about how they function, and what characterizes their operation. The fact of the … Read more

How an Internal Combustion Engine Works

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Internal combustion is based on the idea that you can create lots of energy when you burn gasoline in a small enclosed area. When you are able to harness the expanding gas that comes from this process then you have created the core of an internal combustion engine. From there, the energy from this gas … Read more

Timing Belt vs Timing Chain (What’s the Difference?)

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Unless you drive a Tesla or other electric vehicle, your car or truck has either a timing belt or timing chain (not both). So what’s the difference between the two? Keep reading to better understand the timing belt vs timing chain comparison. Before making this comparison, it’s good to have a bit of background information … Read more

How to Identify Bad Wheel Bearings on Your Car

For any vehicle owners who are concerned with potential wheel bearing issues, there are some clear signs that a wheel bearing issue may exist in a vehicle. First and foremost, a bad wheel bearing is going to probably be making some strange noises which will be easily audible to the driver and any other passengers … Read more

Tips for Changing Spark Plugs

With regard to routine maintenance jobs that will need to be performed on a car or truck over its lifetime, there are some jobs that are easier to perform than others. For example, changing the spark plugs is generally going to be much easier to do than changing a timing belt within an engine. A … Read more

Common Rail Diesel Engine (How it Works and Pros/Cons)

Diesel engines have certainly changed over the last couple of decades. They previously used a fuel injection system for delivering fuel to the engine. This was done through a series of pump nozzles that would pump the fuel at low pressure into the fuel injectors. The downside to this diesel system is that it generates … Read more