5 Symptoms of Bent Engine Valves (and Cost to Fix)

bent valves

Although we hope to never find our vehicle’s engine in a state that warrants internal repair, the possibility of such issues is never out of the question. Unfortunately, repairing issues of this nature tends to be relatively costly, and rather involved, making it even more vital to understand the full scope of the situation at … Read more

Service Engine Soon Light Is On (What Should You Do?)

service engine soon light is on

Nobody wants to see lights staying on the dash after they start everything up, but did you know that some lights don’t necessarily mean there’s a problem? That’s the case with the service engine soon light, so you can take a big sigh of relief. But just because it doesn’t mean there’s a problem doesn’t … Read more

5 Symptoms of a Bad IAT Sensor (and Replacement Cost)

bad intake air temperature sensor

One would find themselves hard-pressed to recite the comprehensive list of sensors utilized by the modern automobile, in its entirety. Almost every function performed by today’s vehicles is now supported by feedback relayed by one or more sensors. This feedback is comprehended by a vehicle’s ECM (Engine Control Module) and is used to quantify any … Read more

Driving Without an Oil Cap (Is It Ever Ok To Do?)

driving without an oil cap

Over the course of a lifetime, the average motorist will find themselves contending with a number of odd situations. When such circumstances arise, one must assess the gravity of the situation itself, while also determining how best to proceed. At times, this in itself is quite a chore and requires a certain degree of forward-thinking. … Read more

5 Symptoms of a Bad Air-Fuel Ratio Sensor

bad air fuel ratio sensor symptoms

If you’re like most people, you probably know very little about your car’s air fuel ratio sensor. But what if I told you that this little piece of equipment is responsible for ensuring that your engine runs smoothly and efficiently? Let’s go over what an air-fuel ratio sensor is, where it’s located, what it does, … Read more

7 Symptoms of Too Much Transmission Fluid (and How to Fix)

too much transmission fluid

If some fluid is good, more must be better right? That couldn’t be farther than the truth when it comes to transmission fluid. You don’t want too much, and you certainly don’t want too little. For optimal performance, it needs to be just right.  But how do you know if there’s too much transmission fluid … Read more

How to Find a Vacuum Leak (and Fix It Yourself)

how to find a vacuum leak

On occasion, even the heartiest of vehicles are plagued by mechanical issues of one type or another. Of these possible issues, few are as common as vacuum leaks of one assorted variety or another. Vacuum leaks are not only aggravating but can cause a number of secondary issues as well, many of which can prove … Read more

5 Symptoms of a Vacuum Leak (and Repair Cost)

loose vacuum hoses

The typical vehicle can be plagued by a number of mechanical issues throughout its lifespan, some of which tend to be more severe in nature than others. Understanding how to diagnose and repair such issues can serve as the difference between a minor hiccup, and substantial frustration. One common, yet often misunderstood, of all mechanical … Read more

Why is There Oil in My Intake Manifold (or Throttle Body)?

oil in intake manifold

This article will discuss engines installed in automobiles sold in the United States since 1961. Engines built since that year will include a positive crankcase ventilation (PCV) system, developed to help reduce engine emissions under regulations placed in effect at that time by the Federal Government. Positive crankcase ventilation eliminated crankcase venting systems that simply … Read more