4 Symptoms of a Bad Oil Control Valve (and VVT Solenoid)

variable valve timing engine

To understand the variable valve timing (VVT) solenoid and associated oil control valve (OCV), it will help to know the history of this device and how it benefits our cars, SUVs and light trucks today. The valves in the engine of your car, SUV or truck operate to control the flow of air, fuel and … Read more

P0017 Code (Symptoms, Causes, and How to Fix)

P0017 code

Whether you’re driving down the road or just started up your car, there are few things more disturbing than a check engine light. But check engine lights can mean a variety of things, and some are more serious than others. But what do you do if you have a P0017 code, and how do you … Read more

P0014 Code (Symptoms, Causes, and How to Fix)

P0014 engine code

A vehicle’s variable valve timing (VVT) system improves engine performance and fuel efficiency. It regulates the opening and closing of the exhaust and intake valves, in turn, controlling the fuel-air mix. This control allows for more power, better fuel economy, or a balanced approach depending on the demand on the engine at any given time.  … Read more

Variable Valve Timing (VVT) Engine Advantages

variable valve timing engine

Most modern engines are equipped with variable valve timing. This technology improves performance and efficiency at the same time, but how does it really work? Well, before we get into that, let’s explain the terminology. You see, the technology is widely used by most manufacturers, but a lot of them have some variations on it, … Read more