5 Symptoms of a Bad Oil Control Valve (VVT Solenoid)

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An oil control valve (also referred to as a VVT solenoid) is an important component of a vehicle with a variable valve timing (VVT) system. The existence of the system aims to control the performance of the engine utilizing two methods to retard and advance camshaft angle. If your oil control valve goes bad, you’ll … Read more

5 Causes of an Alternator Going Bad

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The alternator serves a very important purpose in your vehicle. It is responsible for generating the proper amount of electricity for powering the vehicle’s electrical components and battery. The alternator is able to generate this power by converting the vehicle’s mechanical energy into electrical energy. If you have a bad alternator, then all your vehicle’s … Read more

5 Causes of Engine ECU Failure (Why Does an ECM Go Bad?)

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The ECU is the engine control unit of your vehicle. It is also often referred to as the PCM (powertrain control module) or ECM (engine control module). This electronic module is a built-in computer which your vehicle depends on for managing a variety of its systems and functions. Think of it as the vehicle’s brain. … Read more

How to Test the Idle Air Control Valve in Your Car

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The idle air control valve manages the amount of air which flows into your engine. This, in turn, allows the valve to manage the idle speed of the engine. Of course, the engine control module communicates with the idle air control valve. It is what tells the valve when to open or close, resulting in … Read more

How to Safely Remove a Car Battery (Step-by-Step)

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Modern vehicles have so many electrical devices built into them. The alternator is what keeps these devices powered while the vehicle is in operation. But it is the battery that supplies power to the starter motor which gets the vehicle running in the first place. The battery also manages the electrical devices after you turn … Read more

How to Clean Corroded Car Battery Terminals

The car battery is essential to sustain the functionality of the vehicle. Whenever you attempt to start your car, an electrical current is sent from the battery to the starter motor. This is how the engine turns on and runs. As for the other electrical components of the vehicle, the alternator supplies the power to … Read more

How to Change Spark Plugs in 6 Easy Steps

Anyone driving a traditional car with a gasoline engine will understand the importance of spark plugs. These are the parts which create the spark that ignites the air and fuel mixture in the internal combustion chamber of the engine. What you may not realize is that spark plugs tend to wear out very quickly. Each … Read more