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)

dirty air filter

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)

clogged fuel filter symptoms

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

6 Engine Misfire Symptoms You Shouldn’t Ignore

It can be difficult to diagnose the reason for an engine misfire, but context gives major clues. Misfires are often intermittent and will sometimes only manifest with a specific type of fuel, environment, or engine load (how deep you’re into the gas pedal). Usually the vehicle can continue running with a misfire in one cylinder, … Read more

3 Intake Manifold Leak Symptoms (and Replacement Cost)

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The components of an engine have gaskets that are placed between them before they’re assembled. These gaskets act as a seal between the components so they can do their jobs properly. You’ll find gaskets are usually made out of metal, rubber, paper, or all three combined together. Out of all the gaskets in the engine, … Read more

5 Symptoms of a Bad Serpentine Belt (and Replacement Cost)

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Your car is made up of several moving parts, such as the alternator, water pump, power steering pump, and AC compressor. For your vehicle to function correctly, these parts all need to work in unison. The serpentine or accessory drive belt connects to your power steering pump, alternator, air conditioning, and sometimes, the water pump. … Read more

5 Symptoms of a Bad Motor Mount (and Replacement Cost)

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A vehicle’s engine produces a lot of vibration when running. Without a specific component, the vibration would transmit to the entire car and make it very uncomfortable to the passengers inside the car. This very important component is called the motor mount (or engine mount). Below, we’ll go over how an engine mount works, what … Read more

5 Symptoms of a Bad Timing Belt Tensioner and Pulley

The internal combustion engine contains an important part called the timing belt on most vehicles (some have a timing chain). This is responsible for ensuring that the camshaft and crankshaft are rotating at the same time. That way, the valves of the engine will open and close when they are supposed to. The functioning of … Read more

3 Common Symptoms of Low Engine Oil in Your Car

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A car engine is lubricated by its oil. As time goes on, much of that oil will burn away or possibly leak out. This means you’ll have to put additional oil into the engine and repair any leaky areas. Changing the oil is one of the most basic forms of car maintenance that people perform. … Read more