What Oil Should I Use? (Engine Oil Viscosity Explained)

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If you walk into an auto parts store, you’ll find an entire shelf filled with nothing but engine oil. Shopping for engine oil can be an intimidating experience if you’ve never done it before, but choosing the right oil is actually surprisingly simple. Here’s everything you need to know about picking the right grade of … Read more

7 DIY Timing Belt Replacement Tips

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Many vehicles using timing belts to keep the valves and crankshaft aligned. This alignment allows the engine to make the most of each combustion event. If you have experience wrenching in the garage, a timing belt replacement can be a great next step to advance your home mechanic skills. If you are new to engine … Read more

9 Reasons Your Car is Overheating (and 5 Things You Can Do)

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Combustion engines generate power through many small, controlled explosions. The combustion process generates an immense amount of heat, requiring a carefully engineered cooling system to keep the engine running properly. Without the cooling system, the engine would quickly overheat, causing permanent damage. In extreme cases, overheating can cause total engine failure. An engine failure could cost close … Read more

8 Symptoms of a Bad PCV Valve and Replacement Cost

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PCV valves are inexpensive and often overlooked parts of your engine. When neglected, a faulty PCV valve can cause many issues that result in much more expensive repairs. What is a PCV Valve? “PCV” stands for Positive Crankcase Ventilation. As your engine runs, some of the combustion gases get pushed past the piston rings and … Read more

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