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WHEN SHOULD YOU REPLACE THE PCV VALVE IN YOUR MINI?

WHEN SHOULD YOU REPLACE THE PCV VALVE IN YOUR MINI?

Gas prices determine many of our choices in travel and in our vehicles. For example, we know we can afford a more expensive vehicle if we can make it up with better gas mileage. One of the little-known secrets of excellent gas mileage is the work of the PCV valve, which helps ensure that your engine does not waste any combustible gasses. WHAT DOES THE PCV VALVE DO? The Positive Crankcase Ventilation (PCV) valve has a single purpose in your engine. It moves any excess gasses from the crankcase, the large cavity below your cylinders, and sends them to your intake manifold. There in the intake manifold, they are burned up by the engine as part of the normal combustion process. These gases are a source of combustion for the engine and are sent there to be burnt as fuel instead of being released into the atmosphere. This effectively makes your PCV valve part of your gas mil ... read more

WHAT ARE THE EFFECTS OF A BAD CRANKSHAFT POSITION SENSOR IN A MERCEDES?

WHAT ARE THE EFFECTS OF A BAD CRANKSHAFT POSITION SENSOR IN A MERCEDES?

Mercedes-Benz is a brand that is known for its exceptional quality in design and engineering, which translates into its high-end performance standards and comfort. Although Mercedes is one of the top automotive brands in the world, they are a true testament to the fact that all mechanically engineered things experience failures and malfunctions and require replacements and repairs, no matter how well made the machine is. One such part that is known to fail in some Mercedes vehicles is the crankshaft position sensor. In this article, we’ll go over some basic information about the crankshaft position sensor, including how to spot problems with it and what you can do to prevent issues from occurring. WHAT DOES THE CRANKSHAFT POSITION SENSOR DO? Most modern vehicles run off of a technologically based system, which ultimately is far more efficient than in vehicles just a few decades ago. Your Mercedes is equipped with tons of small parts and pieces th ... read more

SYMPTOMS OF ALUMINUM FUSE FAILURE IN MERCEDES

SYMPTOMS OF ALUMINUM FUSE FAILURE IN MERCEDES

Mercedes-Benz has a reputation for being a designer of cars with elegance and style. They are cars that drive down the interstate as if it were a fashion show runway. With their sleekness and power, you would expect them to be an indestructible kind of vehicle, outside collisions of course. Unfortunately, Mercedes-Benz cars have their own faults, just like the rest of us, and the older models especially often have problems with their fuses. REASONS FOR FUSE FAILURE Why do they have problems with their fuses? Their aluminum fuses suffer from three factors that cause them to break down: DESIGN PROBLEMS The first problem is how they initially were designed, and they are essentially elemental in nature. It is a fact that when you have dissimilar metals touching one another, conducting electricity, and you add heat and environmental moisture over time, you will get corrosion. Aluminum matched with copper in your Mercedes-Be ... read more

IS THERE A CASE OF IGNITION LOCK FAILURE IN YOUR PORSCHE?

IS THERE A CASE OF IGNITION LOCK FAILURE IN YOUR PORSCHE?

THE IGNITION LOCK ASSEMBLY: IT’S FORM AND FUNCTION The ignition lock assembly is something you see and use everyday in your Porsche, but likely don’t think about its function or form usually. Located on the right side of the steering wheel, the ignition lock is the mechanism that you put the car key into and turn to start the car or power the car, depending on the setting the key is turned to. The ignition lock assembly is a seemingly basic component of your Porsche, but in fact it performs a very important function—without which we would run into difficulty even starting the car. Newer car designs commonly come stock with a push-button start ignition, which operates somewhat differently than traditional ignition lock assemblies. However, ignition lock assemblies are still in use today, and still cause Porsche driver issues later down the line. One part of the ignition lock assembly t ... read more

COMMON SYMPTOMS OF AIR SUSPENSION FAILURE IN A JAGUAR

COMMON SYMPTOMS OF AIR SUSPENSION FAILURE IN A JAGUAR

HOW IS AIR SUSPENSION DIFFERENT FROM TRADITIONAL MODELS? Air suspensions are pneumatic systems, or systems that run off of pressurized air. Although they are comprised of many different parts like the traditional suspension models, they have two main components that control the effectiveness and function of the suspension: the air compressor and the air bags. When issues come up with the suspension in a Jaguar, it is usually due to a malfunction in one of these two parts; however, suspension issues can occur in air suspensions similarly to that of traditional suspension in that parts can become worn, damaged, or broken over time due to normal wear and tear. It’s critical to address any air suspension issues in your Jaguar quickly, as your Jaguar may be very difficult to drive otherwise, and other suspension parts can become damag ... read more

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