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THE IMPORTANCE OF THE EXHAUST MANIFOLD GASKET IN JAGUARS

THE IMPORTANCE OF THE EXHAUST MANIFOLD GASKET IN JAGUARS

When it comes to exhaust systems in vehicles, many of us only think about two or three things. The first thing we think about is the noise. Either the exhaust is muffled, or it sounds like small explosives going off as the car or truck flies past us. The second thing we consider is the smell. Certain vehicles leave a lingering smell of burnt oil in the air behind them. Sometimes we then consider the third aspect of this exhaust system, which has to do with air pollution – regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency. These are all aspects determined by a fully-functioning exhaust system. WHAT DOES THE EXHAUST MANIFOLD GASKET DO? The exhaust manifold gasket is an essential piece of the exhaust system, but it has only a small effect on noise and smell issues related to exhaust, and just a slightly more significant claim to influence on air pollution. The primary role of the exhaust manifold gas ... read more

HOW TO FIX 3 SERIES BALL JOINT DAMAGE IN YOUR BMW

HOW TO FIX 3 SERIES BALL JOINT DAMAGE IN YOUR BMW

Are you the proud owner of a BMW 3 Series? It is the brand’s top car for both the Gran Turismo and Sedan version, and it nearly achieves vehicular perfection in endurance, performance, and handling. As with all things in life, though, it has its weaknesses as well. For BMW 3 Series, one of these weaknesses is ball joint failure. WHAT IS THE BALL JOINT? Ball joints in suspensions are round bearing studs enclosed in a steel casing that connects the control arms to the steering knuckles in your suspension system. These form ball-and-socket joints between the suspension and your wheel, which allows it to have vertical motion. This vertical motion is the whole genius behind suspension because it delays and softens the impact of any bump or pothole you may hit while driving. This not only helps to keep yo ... read more

WHAT DANGER DOES THE SRS LIGHT ON THE DASHBOARD INDICATE

WHAT DANGER DOES THE SRS LIGHT ON THE DASHBOARD INDICATE

As a car owner, you probably know what most of your dashboard lights mean. That blinking stick figure with the seatbelt across it means you need to buckle up. The half circle with the exclamation point in the middle means you should check your tire pressure. And, of course, you know when your car is low on gas or has its high beams or parking brake on. You see these signals often and know exactly what to do when you see them. But one of the most important signals may be a mystery until it is lit up on your dashboard: the SRS light. WHAT IS THE SRS LIGHT? The Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) is the technical name for the system that controls the airbags and automatic seatbelt restraints. The SRS is meant to supplement to the basic function of seatbelts and is considered a passive restraint system–you don’t have to do anything to activate it. The system automatically detects things like de ... read more

HOW DOES A FAILED FUEL PUMP AFFECT YOUR PORSCHE?

HOW DOES A FAILED FUEL PUMP AFFECT YOUR PORSCHE?

The Porsche remains a popular car. Sporty, trendy, timeless. They never lose their appeal. Unfortunately, these popular European imports have an Achilles heel. Porsche mechanics acknowledge an oddly high percentage of Porsches have fuel pump issues. Find out how a failed fuel pump can affect your beloved Porsche, and what steps you can take to protect it. TWO TYPES OF PUMPS The function of the fuel pump is to deliver fuel from the tank to the engine by creating pressure inside the fuel system forcing fuel to move through fuel lines to the carburetor (mechanical pump) or fuel injectors (electrical pump) which release fuel into the engine. There are two types of fuel pumps: mechanical and electrical. While older-model Porsches (pre-1970s) may have mechanical pumps, almost all newer models have the more efficient and safer electr ... read more

WHY IS THE MOTOR MOUNT IMPORTANT FOR YOUR VOLVO?

WHY IS THE MOTOR MOUNT IMPORTANT FOR YOUR VOLVO?

WHAT DOES THE MOTOR MOUNT DO FOR YOUR VOLVO? Your Volvo relies on all kinds of parts, components, and systems in order to function optimally at all times. The engine mount, or motor mount, in your Volvo plays a static and stationary yet critical role in your car’s health, function, and ongoing performance. Your Volvo is equipped with several motor mounts to hold the engine in place as the car goes over bumps, divots, and road imperfections; but the motor mounts also keep it raised above the other parts under the hood that rest below the engine. The motor mounts take on a lot of force and weight while keeping the engine stabilized and secure. Although motor mounts typically don’t need to be replaced very frequently, some drivers experience premature wear of these parts due to extenuating circumstances. We’ll get into the causes of motor mount failure in a moment, but for now, it&rsquo ... read more

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