Symptoms of Having the Wrong Engine Oil in Your Car (What Happens?)

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Engine oil is the lifeblood of your car’s engine. Without it, vehicles simply wouldn’t function. Motor oil protects your engine by lubricating parts which in turn minimizes heat and friction; the two biggest enemies of engine components. As oil breaks down and becomes contaminated through normal use, it’s critical to follow the car manufacturer’s recommended … Read more

9 Reasons Your Car Shakes When Accelerating (and How to Fix)

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If you car shakes when accelerating, it could be the result of various issues. Often, the cause of the vibrations is a fairly simple issue that is actually a warning sign of a much bigger (and more expensive) failure if not fixed soon enough. A car shaking when driving can often mean something different than … Read more

7 Symptoms of a Bad Camshaft Position Sensor (and Replacement Cost)

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The camshaft position sensor (CMP) is just one of the many electrical parts found in a vehicle. We’ll go over what this component is, the symptoms of a bad camshaft position sensor, and what you can expect its replacement cost to be when it’s faulty. A lot of people confuse the camshaft position sensor with … Read more

9 Reasons Your Car Jerks When Accelerating

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Cars have become increasingly complex over the years, and with that have been a growing number of symptoms that can mean multiple things. Thankfully, many of these symptoms can be diagnosed and remedied without specialty equipment. If your car jerks when accelerating, it can be an indication of several current or potential problems. Here we’ll … Read more

8 Reasons Your Car Vibrates When Stopped or Idling (and How to Fix)

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Diagnosing a car that shakes when stopped or idling but not while driving is much easier than trying to figure out why it’s vibrating while accelerating. This is simply due to the fact that the only part moving while you’re stopped is the engine. The good news is that you can be confident the rough … Read more

5 Symptoms of a Bad Fuel Rail Pressure Sensor (and Replacement Cost)

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A fuel rail pressure sensor (commonly known as a fuel pressure sensor) is used in many diesel and some gasoline engines. This sensor is usually located near the middle of the fuel rail and is linked to the engine control unit (ECU), which is the central computer of a vehicle. It shouldn’t be confused with … Read more

9 Symptoms of a Bad Fuel Injector (and Cleaning/Replacement Cost)

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Most vehicles from the 1980’s and newer are equipped with advanced electronic fuel injection engines (replacing the carburetor). A major part of this system is the fuel injector. While you may never have a problem with your fuel injectors (especially if you regularly use a fuel injector cleaner), sometimes they get dirty, clogged, or completely … Read more

What is Limp Mode? (Symptoms, Causes, and How to Fix)

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Limp mode is a self-preservation feature programmed into most vehicles. Your car will activate this feature when it detects abnormal readings from sensors, or improper mechanical part operations.  Limp mode is also known as “limp home mode”, and is designed to protect your engine and transmission from catastrophic failure. Performance of your vehicle will be … Read more

7 Common Engine Running Rich Symptoms

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A vehicle’s fuel mixture refers to the ratio of fuel and air in the combustion process. When you have too much fuel and not enough air, your car is considered to be running “rich”. When you have too much air and not enough fuel, your vehicle is considered to be running “lean”. The engine computer … Read more

5 Bad Flywheel Symptoms and Replacement Cost

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A flywheel is a round-shaped mechanical device that connects to the crankshaft which generates energy from rotation and then stores that energy for later use. In situations where the engine torque is intermittent, the flywheel will supplement this with its own stored rotational energy. You would find flywheels in cars with manual transmissions rather than … Read more