It is not unusual to hear about replacing timing belts in car engines, and there are specific service periods in which replacements are recommended so that you don’t suffer engine damage from a broken timing belt. Some cars do not have a timing belt, though. Some Volkswagens, for example, have a timing chain instead. So what then is the distinction between timing belts and timing chains?
A timing belt is a high-quality rubber belt with teeth. It… Read More
Automobiles are not the most complicated machines on the planet, but they may be one of the most miraculous. When you consider every bump, sharp curve, or rough terrain they go over, it is a wonder that they do not fall apart faster. Most of them, so long as they do not directly hit anything large, carry on just fine for tens of thousands of miles or more.
If you are not careful to get regular maintenance on your car… Read More
All cars are equipped with several different types of sensors and on-board assessment tools that determine how well the vehicle is running at any given time. Sensors may include oxygen sensors, wheel speed sensors, and of course, temperature sensors. Each of these components helps relay information to the car’s computer system, as well as alert the driver of any concerning issues occurring in the various systems. One such “gauge” or “sensor” that serves an important function in… Read More
Audi is a car brand that has been around for many years and has a reputation for manufacturing quality vehicles. However, the Audi brand was not always at the forefront of vehicle technology development. When Volkswagen acquired Audi in 1960, it was transformative for the company as a whole and created the image we associate with the company today. Once Volkswagen purchased Audi they began to really push for development and research in automobile technology and innovation. Even since the… Read More
BMW, which stands for Bavarian Motor Works, is a German-based company that has its headquarters in Munich. BMW has always been active in developing new technologies and increasing the performance of their vehicles. In 1972, BMW actually developed the very first electric vehicle. While it was not commercially available due to poor battery performance, it was a step forward in developing the electric car technology that is becoming so prevalent in vehicles today. Not only does BMW produce cars,… Read More
There is nothing worse than having a powerful vehicle like a Jaguar that cannot shift properly. Jerking movements when shifting gears do not show strength, they show sickness and can cause a wreck on the road. You know your Jaguar is only valuable if it can be driven safely and smoothly. If your Jaguar is not shifting smoothly, what is the problem and what should you do?
Automotive electrical problems can be expensive and add up over time. Some issues may even reoccur if not taken of properly. BMW electronic problems can show up out of nowhere and wreak havoc on everything from the motor to climate control.
It’s common for car batteries to die. It can be easy to drain your battery and a lot of the time it happens by accident; almost everyone has left their lights on overnight and drained a battery… Read More
Porsches are made for people who want to drive in style, separated just a little from the ordinary world around them. They are not built primarily for getting good gas mileage. However, when you start to notice something is off with your fuel consumption, it may be a sign that your Porsche fuel pump is not working correctly.
Unusually Low Gas Mileage
One of the early signs of a fuel pump leak in your Porsche is that you… Read More
The check engine light of a car is designed to signify a problem with the vehicle. The integration of the engine light to the computer system of the vehicle ensures that slight problems will be detected quickly, with the idea that the owner can have the issue looked at immediately to prevent further damage. The light sometimes can be frustrating when it illuminates without any obvious problem, but it does indicate that something is off, though it may be something… Read More
The Digital Motor Electronics (DME) controls most of the significant aspects of the operation of the engine. This part helps the engine maintain excellent reliability, maximum performance, low fuel consumption, and fewer emissions. When this part begins to fail, it can wreak havoc in your engine in very noticeable ways. Below are some of the signs of DME failure and how you should respond.
How a DME Functions
The DME sensors detect all elements and factors affecting… Read More