4 Symptoms of a Valve Cover Gasket Leak (and Replacement Cost)

valve cover gasket leak symptoms

In a perfect world, an engine would remain clean and free of leaks, for an indefinite period of time. However, the notion of such is little more than wishful thinking. With age, and ample mileage, every engine becomes susceptible to pesky leaks which can lead to a number of aggravating issues. Leaks of this nature … Read more

What is a Hydrolocked Engine? (Symptoms, Causes, and How to Fix)

In a perfect world, every engine would run as intended for an indefinite period of time, free of significant issues. Unfortunately, mechanical devices of any type are prone to failure in time, with the internal combustion engine being no exception. Though unpleasant to think about, a vehicle’s engine can fail in several specific ways, leading … Read more

How to Check Spark Plugs (9 Conditions to Look For)

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Quite a variety of gasoline-fueled piston engines are offered in today’s automobiles. One thing all have in common is spark plugs. And spark plugs are a periodic maintenance item in your car. A properly functioning spark plug will take the electrical signal from the car battery to the ignition coil and create a spark to … Read more

Metal Shavings in Oil (Why It Happens and What To Do)

shiny metallic particles in engine oil

On certain occasions, a particular sight will catch the eye of an observant vehicle owner. Those who are meticulous toward the care of their vehicle seem to know when something is awry and warrants a closer look. While that which is observed often turns out to be of little concern, there are times when one’s … Read more

6 Causes of Oil on Spark Plug Threads (and in Wells)

oil on spark plug

Maybe you’re completing some routine maintenance and you discovered the oil on your spark plug threads. Or perhaps you were troubleshooting why your vehicle had low oil and discovered that you had spark plugs covered in oil. Either way, now that you’ve found it, you’re sure to have a few questions. Are you supposed to … Read more

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

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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

5 Symptoms of a Bad PCV Valve (and Replacement Cost)

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The Positive Crankcase Ventilation valve, better known as the PCV valve, is associated with the crankcase ventilation system. After the internal combustion process in the engine occurs, there are exhaust gases created which get redirected into the exhaust system by an exhaust valve. While in the exhaust system, the catalytic converter converts these toxic exhaust … Read more

Electronic Throttle Control Light On? (Here’s What it Means)

electronic throttle control light

During the development of the automobile, several different methods to control engine speed were utilized. Hand throttles were initially popular, but this method faded over time. Eventually the engine speed and car speed control became the work of the driver’s right foot. Thus the accelerator pedal (or gas pedal) emerged. It was connected to the … Read more

Bleach in a Gas Tank? (Short and Long Term Effects)

bleach in gas tank

While it’s unlikely that you’ve intentionally poured bleach into your own gas tank, it’s not unheard of for people to try and get back at someone they don’t like by mixing things into their gas tank. But what do you do if you suspect you’re a victim of someone that has bleached your gas tank? … Read more

3 Symptoms of a Bad Starter Motor (and Replacement Cost)

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For automobiles, the electric starter is a boon to easily getting on the road. It was invented by Clyde J. Coleman and first patented in 1903. Coleman soon sold his patent rights to Delco which was subsequently absorbed by General Motors. When Delco joined GM, the brilliant engineer, Charles Kettering, came along for the ride. … Read more