Fuel Injectors and Signs They Aren’t Working Well

We all know that we have to stop at the gas station when the gauge creeps towards empty to keep our car moving. But, do you know what happens with that fuel once it enters your vehicle? The job of distributing the gas to your engines falls on the fuel injectors. And their job is not as simple as stop and go. How Do Fuel Injectors Work? Your vehicle's injectors have the vital task of delivering fuel from your gas tank to your engine. And it all comes down to the timing. Fuel injectors inject the ideal amount of fuel into the combustion chamber at just the right time. They are commanded by the vehicle’s PCM (Powertrain Control Module) or computer. Allowing the correct mixture of air-to-fuel, creates the perfect condition for combustion and keeps your car running well. Controlled by a computer, there is one fuel injector per cylinder in modern vehicles. Initially, injectors sprayed gas into the intake manifold. Moving to your car's cylinders helps your vehicle's [...]

By |2021-10-08T10:43:43-06:00October 8th, 2021|Car Parts|0 Comments

Vehicle Oxygen Sensors – What Do They Do?

Let's talk oxygen. Not only is it vital for humans, but your car also needs it to function as well. Without the optimal oxygen ratios, your vehicle isn't going to run at its top performance levels. That's where your car's oxygen sensors come in... What Does An Oxygen Sensor Do? Oxygen sensors optimize performance and emissions by monitoring the oxygen ratios in the exhaust system and reporting the Aforementioned to the P.C.M. (vehicle’s main computer). Too much oxygen read by the oxygen sensor is a lean mixture and generates nitrogen-oxide contaminants. Extremely lean conditions may cause overheating and engine damage. The opposite is known as a rich mixture and can cause pollution and an engine that misfires or runs rough. Oxygen levels vary from outside factors like altitude, temperature, load weight, engine temperature, barometric pressure, etc. Oxygen sensors will calculate the ratio of oxygen to fuel in the exhaust and communicate that information to your car's computer. The computer will then adjust the gasoline inputs based on the balance to keep it at optimal [...]

By |2021-09-22T11:40:28-06:00September 22nd, 2021|Car Parts, Car Questions|0 Comments

Thank Goodness for Power Steering Systems

Before 1951, driving was a workout. There was no need for arm day at the gym. When drivers needed to turn right or left, they had to crank on the wheel to get their vehicles to move in their desired direction. There was no assistance to move the weight of the car. And there was no assistance to make the turns and steering smoother. It's no wonder that once power steering systems hit the market, the car industry was quick to include the system in all new cars. And as time goes on, car power steering systems continue to improve. What's the Point of Power Steering Systems? The point is simple: it helps drivers turn the steering wheel and stay on course. While the "why" is easy to see, the "how" varies. Steering happens when the steering wheel and gear system work together to go in the desired direction. How this works depends on the type of power steering system. Hydraulic Power Steering The original power steering system, [...]

By |2021-08-25T14:48:48-06:00August 25th, 2021|Car Parts|0 Comments

How Does the Car Exhaust System Work?

Few people think about their car exhaust system unless it is causing problems. But it is an integral safety feature of any vehicle. The exhaust system converts harmful gases produced by the engine into breathable gases. It also moves them underneath the car, instead of in the cabin, and out the tailpipe. Without an exhaust system, it would be hazardous, if not impossible, to drive because of all the harmful gases that would get trapped inside your vehicle. Let's take a deeper dive into everything this vital component does for you and your car. The Car Exhaust System The exhaust system is responsible for dissipating gasses produced by the engine. It cleans emissions as they exit the vehicle and dampens engine noise. It can also affect your vehicle's overall performance, including fuel efficiency and engine power. The system consists of several parts; an exhaust manifold, oxygen sensors, a catalytic converter, a muffler, a resonator in some vehicles, and a tailpipe. Each component plays a role in the safety of [...]

By |2021-06-24T14:50:33-06:00June 24th, 2021|Car Parts|0 Comments

Cooling System Maintenance

Your vehicle's cooling system is not something that comes to mind very often. However, it is an essential system to keep your vehicle functional and safe. Neglecting it can be costly in many ways, affecting your car's efficiency and possibly requiring expensive repairs (including a complete engine replacement in extreme cases). The good news is that cooling system maintenance isn't complex. You just need to know how to do it. The Vehicle Cooling System The cooling system, simply put, keeps your engine cool. It regulates the temperature of the engine to keep it from overheating or from freezing. It consists of a series of tubes that bring liquid, usually a mixture of water and antifreeze, through the whole engine block, circulating as needed by a water pump. This liquid draws heat from the engine, moving it to the radiator to be cooled before circulating back to the engine block. There is a thermostat in the cooling system that regulates the flow of coolant. When the thermostat opens, it allows the [...]

8 Transmission Maintenance Tips

Your transmission is one of the integral parts of your vehicle. It is what communicates between the engine and the wheels, sending engine power to move your vehicle. It also allows quick acceleration of your vehicle and disconnects your engine from your wheels so it can continue to run when your vehicle is stopped. If your transmission has problems, you will not be going anywhere in your vehicle. To prevent large costs and inconveniences from transmission repair or replacement, here are some simple transmission maintenance tips that even the least car-savvy driver can manage. 1. Get Regular Car Check-Ups Transmissions vary in type and model, therefore each transmission should be on a different maintenance schedule. Check your vehicle manual or the manufacturer transmission service recommendation for how frequently you should take your car into your mechanic to get your transmission checked and possibly serviced. You can also discuss your transmission maintenance schedule with your mechanic, asking any questions and setting up maintenance appointments if needed. 2. Use the Right [...]

5 Reasons for Wheel Bearing Failure

You’ve probably never thought about how your tires work. They sit under your car and help get you where you need to go. But, there are many components to a car wheel and one of the extremely important ones is the wheel bearing. Wheel bearing failure can cause serious problems for you and your car so it is beneficial to know what a wheel bearing is and what pitfalls to avoid in order to prevent wheel bearing failure. What is a Wheel Bearing? A wheel bearing is a set of steel balls connected by a metal ring. It sits tightly in the middle of the hub. Wheel bearings require grease to lubricate them, with a seal keeping the grease in the bearing. The seal also acts as a barrier against dirt and debris that can cause corrosion. The seal is essential to the durability of the wheel bearing. Wheel bearings allow the wheel to spin rapidly without too much friction. They also carry the weight of the car, which can be over 4,000 pounds. [...]

By |2021-01-22T13:51:30-06:00January 22nd, 2021|Car Parts, Damaged Car|0 Comments

4 Reasons a Clean Engine Air Filter is Important

We all know that the engine is an essential part of your vehicle. Most of us are good at getting our oil checked and replacing our tires when they lose traction. One thing that is often neglected is your car’s engine air filter. A clean air filter is actually very important to your car’s functionality and it is inexpensive to maintain. What Does An Air Filter Do? An air filter has two main functions. It keeps dirt, dust, leaves, debris, etc. from entering the engine, keeping the air that enters as clean as possible to prevent corrosion and potential damage. The engine requires a balance of oxygen and fuel for its combustion process. A clean air filter will provide the right amount of oxygen to allow the engine to operate optimally. 4 Reasons for a Clean Engine Air Filter  1. Better Gas Mileage When your air filter is clean, the engine doesn’t have to work as hard to burn fuel because it has plenty of clean air. This means [...]

Disc Brakes vs. Drum Brakes

 Most modern vehicles use either drum brakes or disc brakes, and sometimes manufacturers use both. Drum brakes and disc brakes have different benefits and problems, which is why they can work well together. It is essential to understand the differences to decide which brakes you use and where on your vehicle.  The drum brake has shoes that press against a metal drum housed inside the wheel to stop the vehicle. The disc brake has a disc-shaped rotor inside the wheel. When you press the brake, a caliper will squeeze the rotor, stopping the car.  A Brief History of Car Brakes Both brakes are far more impressive than the original braking system. Early vehicles used a block of wood that pressed against the wheel to stop it. Cars used this braking method until pneumatic rubber wheels were invented in the late 1890s by Édouard Michelin. The wooden block would grind down the rubber quickly with these new wheels, making it an ineffective and overly expensive braking option.  The disc brake and [...]

By |2020-11-24T15:14:11-06:00November 24th, 2020|Car Parts|0 Comments

Needed Car Safety Features

Modern vehicles have so many advanced features and options that it can be overwhelming to car buyers or even car owners trying to understand their vehicle. Many of the features are for comfort, convenience, or luxury. But, since cars have gotten faster, manufacturers have added more car safety features — safety features you'll want to make sure your car has! Needed Car Safety Features Airbags Manufacturers started installing them in vehicles in the 1980s, but they didn't become a manufacturing requirement until 1998. Airbags are designed to deploy in moderate or worse crashes, with Frontal airbags having saved about 44,869 people as of 2015. Modern vehicles have both front and side airbags for added protection. Keep in mind that children 13 years and younger should sit in the backseat as airbags can injure them.   Anti-Lock Brakes If you ever have to stop quickly on a slippery road, you will be grateful for your anti-lock braking system. Anti-lock brakes allow you to stop fast and steer while preventing the [...]

By |2020-11-13T11:43:32-06:00November 13th, 2020|Car Parts|0 Comments
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