Automatic Transmission Vacuum Modulator Functions

automatic transmission vacuum modulator valve

For your car to shift appropriately, the automatic transmission vacuum modulator must analyze how hard the engine is working. It does this in two different ways. Even though some car makes and models have simple cable linkages attached to a throttle valve in the automatic transmission, it still serves the same purpose. How an Automatic … Read more

3 Symptoms of a Bad Speed Sensor (Engine or Vehicle Speed)

bad speed sensor symptoms

There are two common types of vehicle speed sensors and they each play a different role. One type, the engine speed sensor (or transmission speed sensor) is usually installed on the transmission or transaxle. The other type, wheel speed sensor (or vehicle speed sensor) is installed on the knuckle arm on the four wheels. The … Read more

Why is My ABS Light On? (5 Common Causes)

what causes ABS light to come on?

ABS is an abbreviation for the Anti-lock Braking System. The ABS is one of the systems in your car that is responsible for keeping you safe and in control of your vehicle in case of emergency due to heavy braking. The first symptom of a problem with the ABS system is that the ABS light … Read more

5 Causes of an Airbag Light Coming On

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Airbags, which are part of a vehicle’s supplemental restraint system (SRS), are key safety and lifesaving components. The airbags show their real worth in case of an emergency or during any unfortunate road accident by saving the driver and the passengers from any serious injuries to head and other parts of the body and possibly … Read more

Power Window Regulator Repair (and Troubleshooting Advice)

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The power window regulator is responsible for the up and down motions of the windows of a vehicle. The basics of the power window regulator are the same as that of the older crank systems with the only difference being the drive the force provider which has become a motor instead of the driver’s or … Read more

Brake Caliper Replacement Cost (and Diagnostic Tips)

brake caliper replacement cost

Although every single component of any automotive brake assembly is going to have critical importance for the overall mechanism to function smoothly, the brake calipers are the direct contact component meaning they are what clamps down on the rotor to facilitate braking. As a car or truck is moving, aside from acceleration, the other primary … Read more

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

crankcase breather filter

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 motor oil is created equal. Some individuals who do not have very much experience with automotive … Read more

Diesel Engine vs Gasoline Engine (Comparison)

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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

4 stroke cycle engine

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