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DON’T NEGLECT THE SPARK PLUGS!

Consider for a moment what happens when a spark plug fires. The spark is created when high voltage supplied by the ignition coil jumps across a small air gap between the plug electrodes. The high voltage surge from the coil goes down the plug center electrode, ionizes the air between
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KNOW YOUR ENGINE SENSORS

Sensors monitor all the key functions necessary to manage ignition timing, fuel delivery, emission controls, transmission shifting, cruise control, engine torque reduction (if the vehicle has anti-lock brakes with traction control) and charging output of the alternator. On many late m
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HOW TO DIAGNOSE AND REPAIR OXYGEN SENSOR

OXYGEN SENSOR (O2) The Oxygen Sensor is one of the key sensors in the car system. It is often referred to as the “O2” sensor because O2 is the chemical formula for oxygen (oxygen atoms always travel in pairs, never alone). It may also be referred to as the H2O2 for Heated
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IS YOUR A/C BLOWING WARM AIR INSTEAD OF COLD AIR?

Is you car’s air conditioner blowing warm air only and no cool air? Your A/C cooling problem could be caused by any of the following: Your A/C system may have lost its charge of refrigerant. This is probably the most common cause of a no cooling problem. Another possible cause o
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MOST COMMON TROUBLE CODES AND CAUSES

MOST COMMON TROUBLE CODES P0420 – Catalyst System Low Efficiency P0171 – Fuel Trim System Lean Bank 1 P0401 – Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) Flow Insufficient P0174 – Fuel Trim System Lean Bank 2 P0442 – Evaporative Emission (EVAP) System Small Leak Dete
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HOW TO FIX ALL WHEEL ALIGNMENT PROBLEMS

Has this ever happened to you? You have the alignment checked on a car or truck and found that it was within the acceptable range of specs for the application, but it does not steer straight. It is a common enough problem, so keep reading any maybe we can straighten things out for you
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WHY YOUR ENGINE WON’T CRANK OR START

What To Do When Your Car Won’t Start Every engine requires four basic ingredients to start: sufficient cranking speed, good compression, adequate ignition voltage (with correct timing) and fuel (a relatively rich air/fuel mixture initially). So if your car fails to start, you ca
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HOW TO DO A COMPLETE BRAKE REPAIR WORK (part 2)

BRAKE ROTOR RESURFACING Rotor resurfacing is not necessary when the pads are replaced provided the rotors are in reasonably good condition (within acceptable runout, parallelism and wear specs). Even so, there are valid reasons for having the rotors resurfaced. If a rotor is close to
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HOW TO DO A COMPLETE BRAKE REPAIR WORK ( part 1 )

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What is a “complete” brake repair? It is a brake repair that does not leave important things undone to save time and/or money. We are talking about things like rebuilding or replacing high mileage calipers and wheel cylinders, replacing disc and drum brake hardware, resurf
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HOW TO FIX COMMON BRAKE PROBLEMS

Brake problems usually indicate the need for certain repairs or replacement parts, so here is a quick review of some common fixes: LOW BRAKE FLUID This may be the result of worn disc brake pads, or it may indicate a leak in the brake system. If the BRAKE WARNING LIGHT is also on, most
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