Be Aware: Low-Speed Pre-Ignition and Oil Issues

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A recent survey of auto technicians and shop owners has shown that 58% are aware of a problem with the low-speed pre-ignition events in car models with turbocharged gasoline direct-injection engines, such as those made by Kia, Hyundai, Volkswagen, and Buick. The issue is that engine oil is causing the engine to be more sensitive… Read more »

The Benefits of Turbocharged Vehicles

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Are you old enough to remember this? If you drove a 4-cylinder vehicle, you needed to get a running start up a hill or it seemed the car would never make it to the top. Honeywell Turbo Technologies is currently working with automotive manufacturers to give consumers an affordable, fuel-efficient, downsized turbocharged engine. The turbocharging… Read more »

A Blinking Engine Light Means NOW

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WHY IS IT BAD TO DRIVE MY CAR WHEN MY CHECK ENGINE LIGHT IS BLINKING? If you are like most drivers, you may have experienced the frightening moment when you’re confronted with a blinking engine light. Many people realize that “blinking” means “emergency” and get their cars into the shop right away. Others may take awhile to get… Read more »

Proper PCV Valve Service

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Today, we are talking about your PCV valve. The PCV Valve is a little, inexpensive part that does a big job for your car. PCV stands for Positive Crankcase Ventilation. The crankcase is the bottom area of the engine that holds the oil. When the SUV engine’s running, fuel is burned to generate power. Most… Read more »

Checking the Check Engine Light

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Did you know that most of the cars driving around Kent WA carry more computer power than the Apollo 121 Lunar Module that landed on the moon in 1969? New cars sold in the Auburn area have as many as twelve networked computers and over five miles (eight kilometers) of wiring. In fact, for the… Read more »

All About Fuel Injectors

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The last new car sold with a carburetor in North America rolled out of the dealership in 1990. Since then, all new vehicles have had fuel injectors. In very simple terms, a fuel injector is a valve that squirts fuel into your engine. Your engine control computer tells the fuel injector how much gas to… Read more »