How to Reset a Check Engine Light Yourself (3 Methods)

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Vehicle exhaust emissions have been a contributor to air pollution since the automobile first appeared on the dirt roads of the early 1900s. But it was not until the mid 60’s that efforts were initiated to reduce those emissions. By the mid-90’s, refined improvements to automotive engines and related systems had made major strides in … Read more

6 Symptoms of a Bad Timing Chain (and Replacement Cost) 

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Almost every vehicle with an internal combustion engine uses either a timing chain or timing belt. These are critical components which over the life of a vehicle CAN fail. This article will cover timing chains in particular. See “Symptoms of a Bad Timing Belt” in case your vehicle uses that instead. What is a Timing … Read more

Causes of a Car That Shuts Off While Driving (and What To Do)

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Decades ago, my dad taught me a great deal about automobile problem diagnosis and repair. One thing he repeated time and time again: “For an engine to run it must have three things. Fuel, spark and compression. And these three must each happen at the right time”. These three factors apply to conventional gasoline-fueled not … Read more

5 Engine Running Lean Symptoms (and Common Causes)

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While it can be a pretty straightforward process to diagnose an engine that’s running rich, accurately diagnosing an engine that’s running lean can be a little trickier. But just because it’s harder to spot the culprit doesn’t make it any less severe. Failure to address a lean running engine can lead to unrepairable engine damage … Read more

4 Symptoms of a Bad Knock Sensor (and Replacement Cost)

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You’re thrumming along a long country road, of course, and you can’t really tell what’s going on in your engine bay. That’s because everything is so quiet nowadays. But you do see a check engine light that wasn’t there before or maybe you feel a strange bumping sound upon acceleration. Maybe your mileage has gone … Read more

10 Symptoms of a Bad Fuel Pump (and Replacement Cost)

Gasoline and diesel automobile engines are dependent on a moderately complex fuel delivery system. This system brings fuel to the engine at the precise flow and pressure to enable proper operation. For most modern cars, one or more fuel pumps are the heart of this arrangement. When one of these pumps fails to perform properly, … Read more

5 Symptoms of a Bad Hydraulic Lifter (and Replacement Cost)

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Your vehicle’s hydraulic valve lifters, or hydraulic tappets, are small cylinders right beside each of your engine’s valves. It ensures your vehicle runs efficiently and silently. Over time, the lifter mechanism will wear out (especially with dirty oil or not enough of it), leading to a lifter tick or tapping sound. If you ignore this … Read more

8 Symptoms of a Dirty Air Filter (and Replacement Cost)

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Every car engine has a combustion chamber, and this chamber requires air to generate adequate power to run your car engine. However, the air flowing through the engine must be clean and uncontaminated. Here is where an air filter becomes critical as it keeps your engine free from contaminated air. Due to its central function, … Read more

4 Common Engine Misfire Causes

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In our previous article, we went over what an engine misfire is and the common symptoms of an engine misfire. So how do you determine what is causing the engine to misfire in the first place? The combustion engine is relatively complicated as it has a lot of parts that need to work in the … Read more

5 Symptoms of a Bad or Clogged Fuel Filter (and Replacement Cost)

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Since the fuel tank constantly attracts dust, dirt, and debris over time, the collected particles can cause harm to the fuel filter and even risk the fuel pump as well. Eventually, all these contaminants will begin to clog the fuel filter and it will not work effectively to allow enough fuel to pass through to … Read more