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 […]

Engine Cooling Fan

How to testing your engine cooling fan

January 8, 2017 Danny Bender

Testing your engine cooling fan can solve your heating issues. Is your Engine Overheating Is your Engine Cooling Fan Working If not , Let’s do some testing and fix it yourself. Let’s start with the easy stuff and move down the line: The first step is checking for a blown fuse. As […]

Engine cranks but will not start

Engine cranks but will not start

January 1, 2017 Danny Bender

Engine cranks but will not start-What can you check to find the problem? What does it mean when your Engine is dying without any warning and will not restart. Hence it may be the classic “intermittent dying” problem. Does the engine start, but run poorly or even “die” in a […]

Engine will not crank or start

Engine will Not Crank or Start

December 15, 2016 Danny Bender

Engine will Not Crank or Start-What could be wrong? This is usually one of the easiest problems to test and solve. But first you need to get over the initial ‘Why me’ frustration. To find out what’s going on, you will need to analyze the situation. If the engine will not […]

noid light

How to test injectors using a Noid Light

December 5, 2016 Danny Bender

How to test injectors using a Noid Light is easier than you think. A fuel injector Noid light kit should be on your must have tool list. Noid Lights come in many different types and are relatively inexpensive. Get a good one that comes with all the attachments you need for […]

compression tester

How to do a compression test

December 3, 2016 Danny Bender

A Compression test is a good way to measure the condition of the rings, cylinders, and valves. If your engine is running rough or is lacking power consider doing a compression test. Most manufacturers and technicians believe it is important to perform a compression test every time a tune-up is […]

vacuum readings

How to do a vacuum test

November 23, 2016 Danny Bender

A vacuum test can tell you more than you think. One of the easiest and cheapest ways to check an engine for serious issues is to use a vacuum gauge. A vacuum gauge can tell you a lot about an engine’s condition, similar to a cylinder leak down test . In […]

leak down tester

How to do a cylinder leak down test

November 7, 2016 Danny Bender

Cylinder leak down testing can tell you more than you think. This is how to do a cylinder leak down test. I believe this has become the most important test on today’s Engines. A Cylinder Leak down or cylinder leakage test is similar to a compression test in that it tells you how well your engine’s […]


Cylinder power balance testing made easy

October 27, 2016 Danny Bender

Every engine will experience an occasional misfire and is considered normal.  Misfires can be fairly random and if spaced far enough apart, they should not cause any harm. A frequent or steady misfire will cause a sharp rise in unburned hydrocarbon (HC) emissions. As a result you could see a noticeable […]

spark-plug condition

How do I Read a spark plug

July 4, 2016 Danny Bender

If you are able to read a spark plug it can be a valuable tuning aid. An experienced engine tuner can determine a great deal about the engine’s overall operating condition by examining the insulator nose color. In general, a light tan/gray color tells you that the spark plug is […]

Cylinder Leak Down Test (2)

Cylinder leak down test findings

May 10, 2016 Danny Bender

Cylinder leak down test findings, What can they tell you ? Doing the cylinder leak down test, especially in conjunction with a compression test, should allow you to quickly determine the basic condition of any engine. While a compression test is a dynamic test (engine moving), a cylinder leakdown test […]