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Five Signs of a Failing Timing Belt

Five Signs of a Failing Timing Belt

Five Signs of a Failing Timing Belt The timing belt is a vital part of the engine that allows the crankshaft and camshaft to work in perfect harmony. Comprised of reinforced rubber with internal teeth to grip gears. Even with the industrial-strength rubber, the timing belt is under immense pressure, so it's important to know what to look for in case of failure. So here are 5 signs of a failing timing belt!    1. Engine Noise One of the tell-tale signs of a worn timing belt is a ticking sound coming from your engine. Low oil can cause a ticking sound to emanate from the engine  because the oil pressure controls the timing belt tensioner. Tracking the oil level can inform you if your ticking noise is compounded by low oil or a different issue.    2. Engine Misfiring The teeth that grip the gears may become loose as the timing belt wears. This causes the pulleys that operate the camshaft and crankshaft to o ... read more

Why is my check engine light flashing?

Why is my check engine light flashing?

                  The check engine light is known as a pain to many drivers.  Seeing that amber light pop up lets, you know your car needs attention.  The check engine light appearing itself isn’t a death sentence.  A lit check engine light is vague, so it could indicate something as small as a loose gas cap or something more severe like a misfire or bad o2 sensor.  What about when your check engine light is flashing? Unfortunately, a flashing check engine light indicates you have a more serious problem.  The most significant difference between a solid check engine light and a flashing light is urgency and severity!   Less experienced drivers may ignore a check engine light because of how wide-ranging the issue could be, but if your check engine begins to blink, it’s a problem you can’t ignore.  If your check engine light is flashing, we highly recommend you pull over and ha ... read more

What is a catalytic converter, and what makes them so valuable?

What is a catalytic converter, and what makes them so valuable?

  Starting in the mid-70s, various governments wanted to reduce harmful emissions and lower the air pollution coming from our car. After about 20 years, the catalytic converter became essential for every vehicle exhaust system. The catalytic converter takes toxic gases and transforms them into a less harmful form.  Poisonous or harmful gasses such as carbon monoxide, sulfur oxide, and nitrogen oxide release into the atmosphere during the combustion process. The catalytic converter is a metal box located underneath your vehicle, usually attached to the exhaust pipe. The part gets its namesake from the scientific reaction taking place inside. A catalyst is any substance that causes a chemical reaction without being affected. Noble metals inside the converter, such as platinum, rhodium, and palladium, act as the catalyst in this case. These metals accelerate the chemical reactions, so it's much safer for the environment by the time it hits the air.  Several chemical ... read more

Why does a loose gas cap trigger a check engine light?

Why does a loose gas cap trigger a check engine light?

So, you're driving, and your check engine light pops up. Concerned but wanting to be responsible, you google what might have caused your light to turn on. You're shocked to learn that several sources state a loose gas cap can trigger a check engine light. So, what's the reason?  Let's start by stating that, yes, it's possible that a loose gas cap can cause your vehicle to trigger a CEL (Check Engine Light). The gas cap keeps dirt and debris from getting into your gas tank. As part of your EVAP (Evaporative Emissions control) system, it is responsible for preventing vapors from escaping your fuel tank. Not properly containing these harmful vapors ruin your fuel efficiency and the environment as well. Your wallet and the world take damage. Even in these expensive times we're in now; we frequently head to the gas station to fill up. These repeat trips of twisting your gas cap open and closed again will cause the seal in your cap to wear, where the problem ar ... read more

How a Car Thermostat Works

How a Car Thermostat Works

How a Car Thermostat Works Coolant travels through the engine and radiator, gaining heat as it moves along. The thermostat prevents coolant flow until the engine warms up to around 195-220 degrees. The thermostat responds to changes in the engine temperature.   If the engine temperature gets too hot, the thermostat opens to allow cool air to flow and cool it down. If the engine is already cool, the thermostat remains closed to stabilize the temperature. This happens because of a special thermostatic wax that expands when it reaches a specific temperature. Once expanded, this wax pushes on a rod to open the thermostat. Even though it's such a small part of the engine, the thermostat plays a huge role in preserving it. Allowing the engine to reach its operating temperature quickly saves it from wear, carbon deposits, and emissions. The thermostat allows the engine to work at its best and can improve fuel economy and help engine longevity. There are a few ... read more