Thursday, November 21, 2019 Detailed Topic by Category
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How to Change Your Motor Oil

Changing your own oil is not for everyone. Some folks simply do not enjoy physical work and this is not for them. For those of us that enjoy the feeling of accomplishment that comes from work, I have included many details professionals use, to help do a great job.



Automatic Transmission Flush

Many people are being told that flushing their transmission is as good as a proper service. This is simply not the case and here is why.



When Does An Air Filter Need To Be Replaced

Most people consider replacing an air filter is good vehicle maintenance. Surprisingly, this is not always so. The air filter we remove may be better than the one we install and installation can cause other problems.



How Fuel Injectors Work

An electronic fuel injector is a precise and reliable component. Fuel injection is perhaps the greatest improvement made to modern automobiles. A fuel injector can regulate fuel flow within milliseconds. They do this for millions of cycles. Many people think such a precise device needs cleaning and maintenance. The truth may shock you.



The Color of Automatic Transmission Fluid

The color of automatic transmission fluid can suggest an automatic transmission problem. Using only the color of the fluid as a guide can also be misleading. When transmission problems exist, other symptoms are normally present. We should be cautious of businesses that sell repair based only on the automatic transmission fluid color. Knowing the normal color and looking for other symptoms can help prevent scams.



Don't Buy It

More and more, people are finding out the hard way about going too long between oil changes. The cost is staggering, otherwise good vehicles going to scrap yards. Vehicles that might have given twice as many years of service.



Oil Viscosity

Most folks have heard of oil viscosity. Many people may know what it is, but are not certain about the details. No one intends this article as a technically complete piece on the topic. Instead, this is a light overview as the term relates to engine oil.



Should I Use Synthetic Oil Or Conventional Oil?

There are two things most people know about synthetic oil.  First, it cost a lot and second, it is man made in laboratories and better than conventional oil.  The first might be so and the second might not.  There is a great amount of mis-information on synthetic oil.  The truth is, synthetic oil is NOT for everyone.



GM 4X4 Transfer Case Problems

Many times I have recommended original equipment parts as a quality replacement.  While this is still largely applicable, there are times when the original design is inferior.  Fortunately, sometimes the aftermarket comes to the rescue.  The General Motors New Process transfer case is just such an incident.



Damaged Oil Pans and Plugs

Finding a stripped oil-pan drain plug is very common. This is expensive to repair, and can result in a ruined engine. Improper service ruins most oil-pan drain plugs and the problem is preventable.



Diesel or Gasoline

The debate of advantages for diesel over gasoline light trucks is an old and ongoing one. There are pros and cons to both and basically, the decision to purchase one over the other comes down to expected use. Three diesel engines dominate the US light truck market.



Hybrid Vehicles, Do The Math

Buying a new hybrid may seem like a great way to save money.  Many claim to get fantastic fuel mileage and there is no shortage of media promotion.  From a service standpoint and from the standpoint of overall lowest cost, I feel there is another side to the story.



Differential Axle Seals and Water Damage

The most common failure symptoms in differentials are noise and leakage. While they are often mistaken as the problem, both are more often the symptom of another problem. For instance axle seal leakage often indicates a worn axle shaft, bad axle bearing or a plugged vent tube.



How To Check AutomaticTransmission Fluid

Properly checking the automatic transmission fluid level is not as simple as most people think. Vehicles use different procedures and even getting a correct reading can be tricky. This guide should help get accurate automatic-transmission fluid level readings.



Choosing a Good Oil Filter

An oil filter serves a similar function in the engine, as the kidneys do in the human body. The oil filter helps to clean the oil, which is the life blood of the engine. If the oil stops flowing, even for a matter of seconds, severe engine damage can result.



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