7 Tips to Stop Your Car From Overheating

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Overheating your car is not a good thing. Not only can overheating cause more expensive engine damage, your car could quit working altogether and leave you stranded. How Does the Cooling System Work? Modern vehicles are equipped with water cooling. This means water or coolant (also called antifreeze) is circulated through the engine as the engine … Read more

How to Get a Loud Exhaust (Without Breaking the Bank)

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Exhaust systems are like musical instruments that can be tuned to give your vehicle the perfect sound. Their shape and size can even affect how your vehicle drives. Since combustion engines are big air pumps, a freer flowing exhaust will usually give you more horsepower. This is because performance exhausts are less restrictive and allow … Read more

5 Reasons You’re Losing Coolant But Have No Visible Leaks

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Internal combustion engines turn your wheels using power generated from small, controlled explosions. These explosions generate loads of heat, and this waste heat must be transferred away from the engine block. If the engine block were to get too hot, materials in the engine could warp, crack, or melt. Coolant, Radiator Fluid, and Antifreeze… What … Read more

5 Symptoms of a Bent Connecting Rod in Your Engine

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A failed connecting rod is one of the most catastrophic forms of engine failure. This failure is commonly referred to as a “thrown rod” or “throwing a rod”. When a connecting rod fails, there is a very good chance the piston or connecting rod could smash right through the engine block at very high speed, … Read more

4 Symptoms of a Valve Cover Gasket Leak (and Replacement Cost)

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As vehicles age, individual components within an engine wear down a little bit every time it’s being driven. When fluid is routed through hoses and lines, various types of gaskets are responsible for keeping things leak free. Unfortunately, these gaskets deteriorate and can eventually fail. One of the more common reasons for an engine oil … Read more

6 Causes of Engine Ticking (When Accelerating or Idling)

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Little can be as concerning as the sudden onset of a strange sound from beneath your vehicle’s hood. No matter the type of sound, one’s thoughts automatically begin to turn toward impending engine failure and the excessive expenditure that might result from such an issue. Few such noises are as common as a ticking or … Read more