7 Symptoms of a Bad Serpentine Belt and Replacement Cost

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Cars have several peripheral devices (also called accessories) which allow their internal combustion engines to function properly. Some of the main accessories include a power steering pump, alternator, air conditioning compressor, and water pump. However, these devices cannot function properly without the help of a serpentine belt. This one long continuous belt is the force that drives … Read more

10 Common Causes of a Car That Won’t Accelerate

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Gasoline-powered vehicles use a complex system to get moving. Problems with fuel or air delivery, exhaust emission, or anything in between can be the reason your car is sluggish or won’t accelerate.  A combustion engine requires a specific ratio of air to fuel to be in each cylinder at the right time, followed by a … Read more

5 Causes of Low Compression in an Engine

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The internal combustion process involves mixing gasoline and air inside the engine’s cylinders. This is what is known as engine compression. Each cylinder of the engine must have the right amount of compression if the combustion process is going to work out properly. If the compression ends up being too low in any of the … Read more

5 Symptoms of a Bad Catalytic Converter (and Replacement Cost)

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The catalytic converter (not “Cadillac converter”) plays an essential role in reducing air pollution. It reduces the levels of nitrogen oxide, hydrocarbons, and carbon monoxide that your car emits. Without a cat converter, your vehicle would belch out large amounts of all three chemicals.  Smog in busy cities is dense enough as it is without … Read more

5 Overheating Car Symptoms You Shouldn’t Ignore

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The internal combustion engine is comprised of several rotating parts and components. Some of these components rub against each other and create friction. Anytime you have metal parts creating friction, there is going to be a lot of heat generated in the process. The engine depends on coolant and oil to keep its components cooled … Read more

5 Symptoms of a Bad Secondary Air Injection Pump

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If you’re wondering what a secondary air injection pump is, you’re not alone. In this article, we’ll go over the purpose of the secondary are pump as well as the symptoms you should watch for that indicate the pump is failing. What Does a Secondary Air Pump Do? The secondary air injection pump (also referred … Read more

5 Causes of Timing Chain Noise in Your Car

The timing chain is an important component because it keeps the camshaft and crankshaft connected and synchronized as they rotate. If you’ve ever seen a bicycle chain before, the timing chain looks very similar. There are several pulleys and gears which provide power to the camshaft, crankshaft, and other mechanical components of the system. The … Read more