Why are automotive sensors so important today

February 23, 2017 Danny Bender

Before the use of computerized controls, fixing an automobile was straightforward and logical. Gasoline engines need the proper fuel and air mixture, compression to squeeze the mixture together, and a spark plug to ignite the mixture. In the old days, if you had fuel, spark and you were somewhere close […]

Rocker arm dislodging

Rocker arm dislodging with valve seat falling out

February 20, 2017 Danny Bender

Have you ever had a customer come in and complain of a poor running engine? After diagnosing it you find engine misfire codes. To narrow down the issue you do a compression test or cylinder leak down test. Rocker arm dislodging with valve seat falling out. Now you have isolated a specific cylinder […]

Valve Lash Setting

Valve lash setting and adjustment

February 18, 2017 Danny Bender

The term “valve lash” is often used when discussing valve train adjustment. A valve lifter (sometimes referred to as a tappet or cam follower) follows the contour of the camshaft lobe and transfers that motion to open and close the valves. Let’s start with understanding the basics, Hydraulic and Mechanical.(valve lash) Valve […]

Automotive Engine Overheating

Automotive engine overheating causes and cures

February 15, 2017 Danny Bender

Most engines today are designed to operate within a “normal” temperature range of about 195 to 220 degrees F. A relatively constant operating temperature is absolutely essential for proper emissions control, good fuel economy and performance. Automotive engine overheating causes and cures. A 50/50 mixture of water and ethylene glycol antifreeze […]

Engine oil sludge

Engine oil sludge-Where does it come from

February 13, 2017 Danny Bender

Engine oil sludge is actually the thickening and breakdown of your engine oil. Engine oil sludge is actually comprised of, Unburnt and partially burned fuel Metal fragments from engine component wear Dirt and debris that find a way inside your car’s engine Engine oil sludge is also caused by deteriorating […]

Engine bearing clearance

Engine bearing clearance-FAQ

February 9, 2017 Danny Bender

Engine bearing clearance is very important and can cause early failures if not correct. Engine bearings should operate with the least amount of engine bearing clearance as possible. As a result tighter oil clearances produce less peak loading on the bearings and the engine runs smoother with less vibration. Remember, you […]

Finding engine coolant leaks

How to find engine coolant leaks

February 8, 2017 Danny Bender

Checking a pressurized cooling system is easier than you think. Engine coolant leaks can occur anywhere in the cooling system. Nine out of 10 times, engine coolant leaks are easy to find. Usually the coolant can be seen dripping, spraying, seeping or bubbling from the leaky component. The first symptom […]

Radiator Cap

How important is your radiator cap

February 7, 2017 Danny Bender

Your Radiator Cap is more important than you think ! While radiator caps look simple and do not cost much, they are critical for a properly Operating cooling system. A faulty radiator cap can result in overheating, loss of coolant or major engine damage. It is important to check it […]

Engine Misfires

Engine misfires finding and fixing them

February 6, 2017 Danny Bender

Engine misfires finding and fixing them. Misfires can cause the driver to feel a jerking action while driving.  Engine misfires can happen constantly or intermittently. The engine stumbles for a moment and then regains its pace. Just as soon as the rpm settle down, though, the engine misfire reappears, and […]


Smoking from my car-What does it mean

February 1, 2017 Danny Bender

Smoking from my car-What does it mean? Smoking means that the engine is not operating normally. If you see smoke coming from your tailpipe, pay attention to the color of the smoke; you can use it to troubleshoot engine problems. Black Smoking Check the adjustment and operation of the automatic […]

PCV Valve

PCV Valve (Positive Crankcase Ventilation) -FAQ

January 30, 2017 Danny Bender

The PCV Valve (Positive Crankcase Ventilation) is a controlled device used to vent the crankcase. It sends partially burned gases that come from the engine’s crankcase back to the combustion chamber. Burning these gases for a second time is its main objective. PCV – Stands for (Positive Crankcase Ventilation). One […]

Exhaust Noise

Exhaust Noise 02-05 Ford 6.0L Diesel Engines

January 29, 2017 Danny Bender

Abnormal Exhaust Noise on 02-05 Ford 6.0L Diesel Engines is a growing concern as these engines become older. As a result many of these units will fail inspections if this Exhaust Noise is not repaired. Most installers have found out that the leak is between the manifold and the cylinder head. In addition […]