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Signs of a failing ignition lock cylinder

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Signs of a failing ignition lock cylinder
The ignition lock cylinder is the cylindrical and mechanical part used to power and start your car. It’s housed inside the electrical component that locks the ignition known as the ignition switch. It’s often welded onto the steering column and is usually located on the right side, behind the steering wheel. While many modern automobiles have transitioned to using a push-to-start system, it’s still extremely common to see the more traditional ignition lock cylinder system. So, what are signs...
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Why does my sway bar link break?

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Why does my sway bar link break?
To figure out why your sway bar link breaks, its first important to understand how sway bars work. The sway bar, also known as an anti-roll bar or stabilizer bar, is a vital part of your vehicle’s suspension system and keeps it level during cornering. Sway bars are usually a long and hollow arched steel bar attached to the chassis, connecting the left and right side. This stabilizes your vehicle while still allowing the suspension to move on its own. Sway bar links are what connect the outer e...
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What is a canister purge valve, and how does it function?
The canister purge valve is a vital part of the Evaporative Emission Control System (EVAP). The EVAP system seals the fuel system of your vehicle to prevent harmful fuel vapors from entering the environment. In particular, the canister purge valve is an emissions control component that allows the engine intake vacuum to take the exact amount of fuel vapors from the EVA canister into the engine intake manifold. In newer model vehicles the purge valve is electrically operated solenoid controlled ...
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Why is my oil pan leaking?

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Why is my oil pan leaking?
The oil pan is the reservoir for the oil pumped throughout the engine. It’s bolted to the bottom your engine and is usually made from steel or aluminum. Most oil pans have a pump that rests in the pan to force oil through a filter to move debris, dirt and other impurities that circulate through the engine. Pans contain a drain plug on the bottom so you can replace your oil. An oil pan generally holds four to six quarts of oil depending on what engine you have. Unfortunately, oil leaks are a co...
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Why does my catalytic converter overheat?

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Why does my catalytic converter overheat?
A combination of air and gasoline are forced into a combustion chamber where they’re burned and let out into the environment. Your vehicle’s exhaust emits toxic chemicals that pollute the atmosphere. This is where the catalytic converter comes in. The converter uses a catalyst that causes a chemical reaction. This reaction converts the harmful compounds into harmless compounds. So, what causes your catalytic converter to overheat? There are a few factors that can be the underlying issue. Leak...
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What does my brake booster actually do?

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What does my brake booster actually do?
The brake booster is a canister that sits between your brake pedal and the master cylinder. Much like power steering helps us steer, brake boosters help us in the braking process. Some breaking systems work at high fluid pressures, this has the ability to make our brake pedals hard to use. Brake boosters make this job easier. When you press your brake pedal, the booster supplements the force put on the master cylinder. Brake boosters contain a diaphragm that separates the inside into two parts ...
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What's the difference between disc brakes and drum brakes?
As cars evolve, so do braking systems. Technology allows us to engineer the best parts to maximize safety on the road. So, what distinguishes drum brakes from disc brakes? Today we’re going to compare and contrast the two to get a better idea of how they function. Drum Brakes: • Named for drum-like shape. All brake parts are stored within the drum. • The older of the two service brake systems. • Rotates alongside the wheel. When the brakes are applied, brake, shoes are forced against the...
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What's a GDI engine?

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What's a GDI engine?
GDI or, Gasoline Direct Injection is a type of fuel injection used by many modern vehicles. Traditional multi-point fuel injection injects fuel into the intake at low pressure. With GDI engines, a common fuel line injects gasoline at high pressure directly into the combustion chamber of each cylinder. This gives GDI engines precise control of injection timing and the amount of fuel delivered. GDI engines provide many benefits that conventional fuel injection can’t. With gasoline direct injecti...
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Why does my clutch slip?

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Why does my clutch slip?
The clutch is the part of your vehicle that connects two or more rotating shafts. It transfers rotational power from the engine to your wheels in manual cars. The clutch allows us to engage a spinning engine to a non-spinning transmission by controlling the slippage. When the clutch engages everything spins together. Once you press the clutch pedal the assembly disengages. So, what causes your clutch to slip? Similar to braking systems, clutches use friction material on the clutch disc. Just li...
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What's the difference between the upper and lower radiator hose?
The radiator hose is an essential part of your cooling system that manages the flow of coolant from your water pump to the heater. Your radiator hose is a rubber device that removes excess heat from the coolant before it goes back to your engine to repeat the cycle again. There are two types of radiator hoses, upper and lower. These parts aren’t interchangeable and come in different length and shapes. The upper radiator hose: • Primarily a pressure hose • Connects the engine to the radiato...
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