Tag: engine

Dual Over-head GM Timing Chain

As you can see, this engine cradle assembly is sitting on the floor. In this instance, we are replacing the timing chains, gears, water pump, and chain tensioners. The engine had less than one hundred thousand miles, we were surprised this service work was needed. Special tools are needed to lock the timing gears in place…. Read more »

Warm Up or Not To Warm Up Your Car

  It is that time of the year when we tend to let our vehicles “warm-up” or idle before driving. In fact, today’s modern cars are ready to drive in cold temperatures without excessive idling, says the Car Care Council.   “Unless you are trying to defrost the windshield or warm the interior of your… Read more »

It Happened Again.

What’s worse than breaking down, on the Interstate, on a trip with the family? Maybe one of the kids getting sick. But the transportation break down is close to the top of the list.     Monday, we received a desperate phone call from a business owner. His company van had broken down, on the… Read more »

Gasoline Filter

Generally speaking, there’s not a lot of dirt in the fuel supply, but there is enough it needs to be screened out. The problem gets worse the older your vehicle becomes. That’s because dirt, rust, and contaminants will settle out of the fuel and onto the bottom of the fuel tank. After a car is… Read more »

Damaging – Coolant Sludge and Slime

Nearly 40 percent of engine failures can be attributed to cooling-system issues. Clearly, it pays to take care of your vehicle’s cooling system. Sludge/slime are just one of the common symptoms of larger problems. Left unchecked, it’ll plug the radiator, heater core or fluid passages, resulting in overheating and expensive repairs. What causes it, and… Read more »

How Far Can You Run A Belt Pulley??

” order_by=”sortorder” order_direction=”ASC” returns=”included” maximum_entity_count=”500″] Click on the first picture – see the rusty brown part under the engine belt, Also notice the belt is grooved. Do you see what needs to be replaced?  The car made it to our shop because we towed it in. The lesson learned here – this person had an Angel… Read more »

Spark Plugs – A What?

 One question comes to mind when viewing these bad spark plugs, Has your vehicle ever had the spark plugs changed?     So what does a spark plug have to do with having the top part of the engine removed? A small piece of the spark plug center electrode (about one-quarter inch long and about… Read more »

No risk to jump starting a car/truck? Think again.

Helping your buddy jump start his car? Are you sure you know how?? Caution: Even when following the proper connection procedure, damage to the electronics in both cars can occur. Use this procedure at your own risk. Quick tip: Most of the time, battery connections can be found under the hood of the car/truck you… Read more »