Yearly Archives: 2021

What causes my clutch to 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 like with brakes, over time this friction material wears off. So, unfortunately, most clutches will slip and need to be replaced eventually. When your clutch slips, it disengages and limited power is being transferred to your wheels to drive your vehicle forward. Wear and tear over a period of time isn’t the only factor that can cause your clutch to slip. Extreme heat damage, a disc covered in oil, or improper step and cup dimensions can all be the source of a slipping clutch. There are many ... read more

What is a canister purge valve, and how does it function?

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 by the engine computer. When your engine is off the valve is closed. Once your engine is up and running the computer continuously and moderately opens the purge valve. This action allows fuel vapor to move from the charcoal canister to burn in the engine. A hose connects all of these parts to form the EVAP system. Like many automotive parts, dust and dirt can clog the canister. The purge valve can even crack from harsh conditions in the environment. If the purge valve fails, it can cause problem ... read more

How does the Evaporative Emission System (EVAP) work?

How does the Evaporative Emission System (EVAP) work?

The Evaporative Emission System (EVAP) is designed to store and dispose of fuel vapors before they are released into the atmosphere. Not only does this help the environment, but it also helps fuel efficiency and keeps the gasoline smell out of your cabin. So basically, these systems are designed to store and dispose of fuel vapors. There are several types of EVAP systems, but the standard system is comprised of your fuel tank, gas cap, liquid-vapor, fuel tank pressure sensor, separator, evap canister, and series of tubes and valves. These parts work together to purge the harmful hydrocarbons. When the fuel evaporates inside your gas tank, the harmful vapors get moved to a charcoal canister stored at the front of your vehicle. When the fuel to air mixture becomes normal, it's transferred back to the engine. After this process, a valve makes a vacuum, drawing vapors into the engine. These vapors combine with fresh air from built-in vents and valves for more efficient combustion. Th ... read more

The Benefits of Rotating Tires

The Benefits of Rotating Tires

A tire rotation is an act of regularly changing the position of the tires on your vehicle. So why should you rotate your tires? Tires mounted on the front wear differently than those in the rear. You want to do the most you can to promote even wear across your tire tread pattern. For your tires to wear evenly you must get them rotated. Doing so maximizes your investment and extends the life of your tires. Uneven wear can cause increased vibration that you may feel on the road and in your steering wheel. Cars with consistently rotated tires have a better handle and provide a smoother ride, providing comfort and safety. If these automotive reasons aren’t enough, just think of your wallet! Not only do you get better gas mileage from evenly worn tires, but you’ll also have to buy them less often because your set lasts longer. Each vehicle may have different rotational patterns and may require rotations and different intervals. For more info on that check our previous tire r ... read more

The different types of power steering

The different types of power steering

The invention of power steering is what helps drivers control our powerful vehicles. Power steering allows us to maintain our heavy cars with less effort and more control. To date, there are three common types of power steering. All three power steering systems perform the same task. They just use different technology to get the job done. While the traditional hydraulic power steering pump isn't as commonplace as it used to be, let's compare and contrast it with what electronic power steering has to offer. Let's start with the classic hydraulic power steering fluid. Uses pressurized hydraulic fluid to assist with turning Powered by the serpentine belt or accessory drive The most common form of power steering from the 50's to early 2000s Prone to leaks Continuously running pump is wasted energy This wasted energy leads to wasted fuel and higher emissions The more modern electric power steering is fully powered by an electric motor that's attached to the steer ... read more