3 Common Causes of a Car That’s Hard to Start When Cold

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Have you ever noticed that your engine can be hard to start sometimes? This problem is known to happen more frequently when it’s cold outside. Starting Problems (Hot vs Cold Temperatures) Well, there are various reasons why engines have trouble starting in different temperatures. When an engine is hot and hard to start, the problem … Read more

Variable Valve Timing (VVT) Engine Advantages

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Most modern engines are equipped with variable valve timing. This technology improves performance and efficiency at the same time, but how does it really work? Well, before we get into that, let’s explain the terminology. You see, the technology is widely used by most manufacturers, but a lot of them have some variations to it, … Read more

Cracked Cylinder Head Repair Cost

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Cylinder heads are located on top of the cylinders that are inside an internal combustion engine. The pistons close the heads on top of the cylinders, creating a combustion chamber that compresses the contents of the cylinder. Cylinder heads obviously provide an important role in the combustion process, but what many people don’t realize is … Read more

Crankcase Breather Filter (How It Works, Symptoms, Replacement Cost)

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The crankcase breather filter, also called a crankcase vent filter (CCV), is part of a vehicles crankcase ventilation system. This filter is a part of the crankcase ventilation system in internal combustion engines of a relatively small number of vehicles including vintage/muscle cars, race cars, and motorcycles. But it’s found on others including diesel engines … Read more

Diesel Engine vs Gasoline Engine (Comparison)

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Internal combustion engines have truly been a hallmark of 20th century invention and innovation. They have powered cars, trucks, aircraft, boats, and much more. These are machines that are the workhorse of the modern era, so it helps to know a bit about how they function, and what characterizes their operation. The fact of the … Read more

Timing Belt vs Timing Chain (What’s the Difference?)

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Unless you drive a Tesla or other electric vehicle, your car or truck has either a timing belt or timing chain (not both). So what’s the difference between the two? Keep reading to better understand the timing belt vs timing chain comparison. Before making this comparison, it’s good to have a bit of background information … Read more

Common Rail Diesel Engine (How it Works and Pros/Cons)

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Diesel engines have certainly changed over the last couple of decades. They previously used a fuel injection system for delivering fuel to the engine. This was done through a series of pump nozzles that would pump the fuel at low pressure into the fuel injectors. The downside to this diesel system is that it generates … Read more