Archive for: 2017

Why Does My Engine Oil Leak?

The truth is an engine can leak oil for many different reasons. Knowing why your engine is leaking can help you find the best solutions to stop your leaks. It can also help diagnose the underlying problems and help avoid major damage and costly repairs down the road. We’ve put together a list of possible causes of engine oil leaks to help you determine where your leak is coming from and how to treat it.
Different Leak Locations
Engine oil can leak from different parts of your engine. The most common leak locations include:

Oil filter: One of the most common places for an engine oil leak is around the…

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Rear Main Seal Leaks, Oil Leaks and Excessive Oil Consumption: Everything You Need to Know

With vehicles, various problems can occur with the engine components over the course of ownership. Some of these problems are simple yet slightly irritating, while others become a bit more serious, yet still easy and low–cost. Still others are quite costly and essential, but easy to perform in your garage if you know your way around an engine. Then there are the big ones: problems that are urgent, costly and very difficult to rectify, and failure to act could be the end of your vehicle. Chief among this last type of problem is the rear main seal leak.

In the following guide,…

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Is It Safe to Drive with an Engine Oil Leak?

It can be tempting to panic at the first sign of an engine oil leak. Many of us have backed out of a parking spot and been surprised to see a puddle of oil, wondering if it’s safe to drive our vehicle or not. Any time you detect a fluid leak, it is important to react, but knowing a bit about the causes and consequences can help you decide if it’s safe to drive your car until you get it fixed or if it needs immediate intervention. Hopefully this quick guide can help.
Which Fluid Is Leaking?

While brand new cars shouldn’t leak oil, a small amount of oil seepage can occur on vehicles even with low mileage. A small trace of oil on the ground…

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How to Fix a Blown Head Gasket Affordably

Blown head gasket repair has traditionally been considered an expensive headache. Typically, it would involve removing the head of your engine, pulling off the blown gasket, cleaning the block and head surfaces, reinstalling the gasket and bolting the head back in place — taking care to get the head bolts tightened properly. This all adds up, big time, and it’s not anyone’s idea of a fun weekend.

With today’s complex engines, mechanically fixing a blown head gasket involves removing many auxiliary parts and accessories. In the case of older engines, it can mean replacing tired old parts that are worn or broken. As you can imagine, this quickly becomes a long and expensive affair. A head gasket itself is expensive to purchase, and when you…

Posted in: Gaskets

Your Options for Fixing a Blown Head Gasket

Your car’s head gasket is a simple piece of metal coated in a rubber-like material, and yet head gasket failure is one of the single most crippling ailments an engine can face. We talk to customers every day about it. To understand why this is such a big deal, you need to understand the important role your head gasket plays in your engine’s health.

What Does a Head Gasket Do?
In the simplest terms, your engine can be separated into two major sections. The top of the engine, where valves control airflow in and out of the cylinders and fuel is introduced to the cylinder bank, is called the head. The…

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