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What's a GDI Engine?

What's a GDI Engine?

GDI or Gasoline Direct Injection is a 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. You can draw more power from smaller engines with gasoline direct injection technology. In addition, your car gets improved fuel efficiency and reduced emissions. While significant, the power of the GDI engine is a double-edged sword. While you get many benefits from gasoline direct injection, carbon deposits that build up can steal all the positive associated with this type of engine. Modern gasoline is packed full of detergents and does a great washing the back sides of your exhaust and intake valves. Because GDI eng ... read more

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