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Auto Parts Dealers Hit Hard by Tariffs on Chinese Goods

Tariffs imposed by the Trump Administration are expected to negatively impact the U.S. auto parts industry. In September, a 10 percent tariff was placed on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods and that tariff will rise to 25 percent in January. Read more to know about auto parts dealers hit hard by tariffs on chinese goods.

 
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Four Telltale Signs of a Bad Oil Cooler

No matter what type of car or truck you drive, the cooling system is critical to the engine running smoothly. While chances are good that you won’t think much about your vehicle’s cooling system over the life of your car, there is an equally good chance that it will wear out at some point. Read more to know about four telltale signs of a bad oil cooler.

 

 

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Aluminum vs. Copper Radiators

At some point in the life of almost every car or truck, its radiator will need to be repaired or replaced. This is significant because, ultimately, how well a vehicle’s engine functions depends a great deal on how well its radiator functions. Read more to know about aluminium vs. copper radiators.

 

 

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The Benefits of Fuel Surge Tanks

Many people wonder what purpose a fuel surge tank serves. A fuel surge tank ensures that an engine always has the amount of fuel necessary for high-powered output in demanding conditions, for example, when the fuel system sustains a high lateral acceleration load for a long period of time. Read more to know the benefits of fuel surge tanks.

 
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How to Handle a Flood-Damaged Car or Truck

There has been a large number of cities flooded in the past few years. If you own a car or truck that has been impacted by flooding, it can be difficult to know what your next step should be. Submit an insurance claim? Try to sell it yourself?  Read more to know how to handle a flood-damaged car or truck.

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Symptoms of a Damaged Flywheel

Flywheels are a round mechanical device found in cars with manual transmissions. Flywheels generate energy from rotation and store that energy to be used at a later time. In other words, when an engine’s torque is intermittent, the flywheel supplements the rotational force. Read more to know about the symptoms of a damaged flywheel.

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The Dangers of a Leaking Fuel Tank

Fuel leaking from your gas tank is never something you should ignore. A gas leak will lead to reduced fuel economy and, more importantly, carries with it a risk of fire or explosion. The good news is that your gas tank may be able to be repaired instead of replaced. Click here to read more on this topic.

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Do I Really Have to Change My Oil Every 3,000 Miles?

Every 3,000 miles. That’s how often you are told to change the oil in your car. However, if you are like most people you probably have often wondered, “Do I really need to change it that often?”  Click here to read more details on this topic.

 
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Are Fuel Additives a Good Idea?

If you are wondering whether fuel additives are worth the money, you are not alone. This can be a confusing topic, especially since the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) already requires that all fuel sold in the United States contain deposit-control additives to prevent dangerous buildup in vehicles.  Click here to read more details on this topic

 
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How Cooling System Tanks Differ

There are two ways to cool an engine, air and water. While many old cars used air-cooled engines, today liquid cooled systems are the norm.  Read more to know how cooling system tanks differ.

 
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Why Ignoring Signs of Engine Trouble Only Leads to More Trouble

Sometimes ignoring a problem will make it go away. This is seldom the case when it comes to engine trouble. When you suspect there may be an issue with your engine, it can be tempting to hope it just gets better on its own. Unfortunately, that mindset could lead to costly repairs.Read more to know about Why Ignoring Signs of Engine Trouble Only Leads to More Trouble

 
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Signs of Faulty Radiator Hoses

A damaged or failing radiator hose can lead to big trouble for your vehicle. Thankfully there are some tell-tale signs that can help you determine if one of your radiator hoses is going bad—saving you a lot of time and expense. In this article, Ace Radiator lists out the  Signs of Faulty Radiator Hoses

 
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Why a Leaking Fuel Injector is So Dangerous

If you suspect that your vehicle has a leaking fuel injector it is important that you address the problem as soon as possible. Leaking fuel injectors are a fire hazard that also can cause extensive—and expensive—engine damage.

It is important that you know the symptoms of a leaking fuel injector so that you can recognize them as soon as possible. These symptoms include:

  • Fuel odor
  • Hard starting
  • Hydro-lock
  • Increased fuel consumption
  • Oil thinning
  • Poor emissions
  • Uneven idling

If you suspect that your fuel injector is leaking, it needs to be tested. This is not something you want to do yourself. Instead, you need it to be performed by a car or truck parts professional who is experienced with fuel injection systems.

There are two fuel injection systems: manifold and direct. The manifold system is made up of a fuel pump, pressure regulator, fuel lines, fuel filter, fuel rail, fuel injectors and engine management system. Manifold fuel injection systems operate at approximately 45 Psi, or pounds per second and use side or top feed fuel injectors. Direct fuel injection systems operate similarly to manifold fuel injection systems except that fuel is injected directly into the combustion chamber instead of the intake manifold. Direct fuel injection systems operate at fuel pressures from 500 Psi at idle to 3000 Psi at wide open throttle.

When you start your engine, the fuel rail is pressurized by the fuel pump through the operating pressure of the fuel injection system. The operating pressure is maintained while the engine is on. External fuel injector leaks can cause an engine fire. When the engine is shut down, fuel pressure should remain at operating pressure for a period of time.

Fuel injector pintle, ball or disc seat leaks as well as the bottom O-ring leak on a side feed injector cause fuel to escape into the intake manifold and fuel will run down to the intake valves. If an intake valve is open, fuel will enter the cylinder, past the rings and eventually mix with engine oil. This can lead to severe engine oil thinning which can result in engine bearing damage, scorched cylinder side walls and even internal engine explosions.

A leaking fuel injector or injectors are normally the cause for difficult or hard to start engines especially when they are warm. This is because the fuel rail pressure has dropped and fuel has leaked into the manifold and floods the spark plugs.

Top and side fuel injectors make use of O-rings to seal the fuel injector and fuel rail. Over time, these rings can harden and become brittle, causing internal and external leaks. Never drive a vehicle if there is a visible fuel leak from any fuel injection components as leaking fuel injectors can be extremely dangerous.

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Prevention is the Key to Keeping Vehicles Running Smoothly During Hot Summer Months

The scorching summer sun can take a toll on vehicles. From cars to trucks, from tractors to 18-wheelers, it can be difficult to keep even the toughest piece of equipment unscathed. Factor in the extra miles that are so common in the summer months and maintenance issues and breakdowns are bound to occur.

Like most things in life, however, prevention will go a long way toward preventing trouble for yourself on the road or in the field. If you are concerned about the prospect of summer maintenance issues, it is important that you closely monitor your vehicles to make sure you catch any problems before they leave you stranded. Here are some tips to help you do just that:

  1. Perform Daily Inspections: Be sure to check hydraulic fluid and coolant every day to make sure they are topped off. Check the radiator cap for proper check operation and relief pressure. You also need to inspect your tires and tire pressure as well as confirming that the air conditioning is functioning properly.
  2. Clear Debris: Always keep radiators and cooling packages clear of debris. In addition, all inlets and outlets of the engine hood need to be debris-free to maximize airflow through the coolers. Failing to do so means that debris such as mud will bake to a solid form and become difficult to remove. Any debris that is found should be cleaned daily using compressed air. 
  3. Don’t Overdo It. While there is a lot to be accomplished in the summer months, overworking your vehicles can lead to overheating and vehicle breakdowns. To avoid damaging turbos, always let machinery idle before shutting down. 
  4. Park Properly. When you are not using a vehicle, it needs to be parked in a dry shelter area out of direct sunlight. Sheltered vehicles also are less likely to get wet and rust.
  5. Make Use of Your Service Department. If your vehicle seems to be running hot, make sure you get it serviced and have the thermostat’s opening temperature checked.

The summer months are busy but you must always make time to check that your vehicle is running properly. Failing to do so can lead to serious maintenance issues and even breakdowns—leading to downtime you cannot afford.

 

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Signs of a Damaged Intercooler

Wondering if your intercooler is going bad? It’s an important question since an intercooler plays an integral role in the performance of your vehicle’s engine.

The function of the intercooler is to lower the temperature of compressed air generated by an engine’s turbocharger or supercharger. The compressed air carries a great deal of heat. This heat impacts engine parts by causing the cylinders to detonate and lower boost. By reducing the temperature of the air, engine parts are protected. Further, when cooled, compressed air becomes denser, causing it to burn more fuel and increase the engine’s power output.

Your vehicle’s intercooler may fail when the lines or hoses that connect the intercooler to the engine leak, causing a drop in the pressure of the compressed air. Damage to intercooler parts also are caused when air from the turbo contains foreign substances.

When there is a leak in the intercooler’s lines, those lines will be unable to supply enough air under the right amount of pressure, resulting in the engine having a skewed air-to-fuel ratio. The result is an engine that runs too rich or too lean. An engine that runs too rich results in excess fuel being expelled with exhaust gases. When this happens, left-over fuel in the exhaust system combusts leading to lower fuel economy and sub-par vehicle performance. A tell-tale sign is black smoke coming out of the exhaust system.

A turbo will try to compensate for leaks in a few different ways. If the leak is minor, acceleration will lag and there will be an extra turbo whine. Major leaks will cause the computer to default to home mode, resulting in a drop in the power and restricted RPM. In such cases, it will difficult if not impossible to drive the vehicle.

It is important to note that air-to-water intercoolers require engine coolant and can develop clogs stemming from mineral deposits. When an intercooler becomes clogged the result is hotter air flowing into the engine, reducing engine efficiency and causing the engine to knock. When an intercooler is damaged, the turbocharger spins faster to compensate for a loss in pressure. The level of boost will be less than optimal, however.

If you suspect an issue with your intercooler it needs to be checked as soon as possible. After all, changing hoses is much easier and less expensive than having to replace the entire intercooler.

 

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