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If you neglect changing the timing belt it will ruin your motor

Most people are not aware that on most all four cylinder automobile engines manufactured from the late 1980's through 2001 have what is called an interference engine. An interference engine is an engine designed with very close physical proximities and tolerances between where the valves top travel range open and the piston comes up and stops, when a timing belt is neglected and the owner doesn't have the belt changed at approx.110,000 miles the belt may snap and what happens next is very unfortunate. The belt breaks and as a result leaves one of the valves open the pistons continue to go up and down for a short period of time resulting in a collision between the open valve and the rising piston so instead of pay $500.00 to have the timing belt done you are now looking at a $1,200.00 repair. So folks save up the money to do the belt one year prior to 110,000 miles. Some cars sooner check with your dealer's service department to be sure. Toyota and Hondas post 2001 are chain driven and don't have the issue.

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what is reason of Automobile exhaust black smoke?


Aiki too thick, incomplete combustion. The main reason is the engine overload, lack of cylinder pressure, engine temperature is too low, the air filter clogging, and individual cylinder ignition does not work late and so on. When troubleshooting, it is timely to check whether the choke fully open, overhaul, if necessary; look after the flame from the mouth of the main nozzle carburetor, if oil injection or drip out, then float chamber oil level is too high and should be adjusted to the specified range tighten or replace the main jet; clogged air filter should be cleaned or replaced dredge.
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Nov 28, 2013 | Cars & Trucks

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I just replaced both o2 sensors pre-cat converter and can't clear the service engine light on an 01 yukon. I tried pulling the fuse, disconnect battery with no luck. In research I noticed that the dealer gave a different sensor than was in there from Delphi. Does that matter. Both are oem.


I think you need Bosch for that vehicle. here is a rundown how it helps


Every automobile manufactured after the 1980s is equipped with an oxygen sensor. This component measures the ratio of air and gasoline in the engine and feeds the data to the vehicle's computer. With an oxygen sensor, your engine runs more efficiently and produces as few emissions as possible. If your car's running with a busted oxygen sensor, you better get a new one before your engine's efficiency takes a nosedive and your gas bills skyrocket. We know that looking for the right replacement oxygen sensor can be very tricky, that's why we've come up with a guide for you to keep in mind when shopping for a new oxygen sensor.
Which oxygen sensor should you buy?
There are a lot of questions about which oxygen sensor to replace. In fact, failures are common among cars especially when the wrong sensor is installed. With today's automobiles equipped with at least two, or even three or four oxygen sensors, it can be very confusing as to which one is not working correctly. There are probably a lot of sensor codes to choose from and here's a tip to help you sense the right oxygen sensor.
Oxygen sensors are always numbered this way:
Bank 1 Sensor 1
Bank 2 Sensor 1
Bank 1 Sensor 2
Bank 2 Sensor 2
Other manufacturers code their oxygen sensors this way, which is why it can sometimes be very confusing. However, they all mean the same:
Sensor 1/1 or O2s 1/1
Sensor 2/1 or O2s 2/1
Sensor 1/2 or O2s 1/2
Sensor 2/2 or O2s 2/2
Now here's a detailed list to know which is which:
  • Bank 1 is located at the side of the engine where cylinder #1 is found as well.
  • Bank 2 is on the opposite side of Bank 1.
  • On a 4-cylinder engine, there is only one bank that's called Bank 1.
  • Sensor 1 is the upstream sensor located before the catalytic converter.
  • Sensor 2 is the downstream sensor located after the catalytic converter.
  • Sensor 3 is the only downstream sensor in situations where there are two sensors before the catalytic converter and only one after it. On other cars, this is read as Bank 1 Sensor 3.
With these detailed tips on how to sense the right oxygen sensor, you'd be sure to buy the right replacement part at your store. Be sure to purchase one from a trusted brand to avoid any complications you might experience with ones that are bought from local junkyards BEST OF LUCK

Aug 26, 2013 | Dodge Grand Caravan Cars & Trucks

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what is the emission controlls evarorative system


Emission control systems have been incorporated into automobiles to prevent pollution by limiting the amount of partially burned and evaporated gases into the atmosphere. These systems have been efficient in reducing the pollution caused by automobiles to a large extent. Automobiles were first manufactured with exhaust emissions control systems in 1966. Since then technology has undergone several changes that has increased the number of cars which use this technology. The emission released is calculated by quantity released per distance traveled. The types of emissions are tailpipe emissions, life cycle emissions and evaporative fuel emissions.
Catalytic Converter
The catalytic converter was developed in the early 70's when severe air pollution was emanate, but wasn't made mandatory by the US government until 1976. The catalytic converter or "cat" for short is one of your vehicles main emission control devices. The name was derived from the operation the catalytic converter performs, it takes a catalyst and converts the unburned gases to burned gases, "catalytic converter".
EGR Valve
EGR valves are used is to lower KNOX (NO2) gases which occur when the combustion chamber when temperature reaches over 3,500 degrees Fahrenheit. KNOX gases have proven to cause brain damage and have been mandatory on most vehicles since 1976. An EGR (exhaust gas re-circulation) this valve controls exhaust gases to enter the intake manifold and flow into the combustion chamber at certain times in the operation of the vehicle. To test your EGR valve remove the vacuum line that is connected to the valve, apply vacuum using a vacuum pump to the valve while the engine is running. If the engine stalls the EGR system is working, if not, the EGR valve may have failed.
Tailpipe emissions are released as bi-products of spent fuel that is combusted inside the cylinders of the engine. These omitted gases consist of carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons, carbon dioxide and nitrogen oxides. To control tailpipe emissions measures have been taken to increasing engine efficiency. This efficiency involves technologies such as lightweight vehicle design, regenerative braking, decreased rolling resistance, increased ignition voltage, minimizing air resistance and improving power train efficiency.


Lifecycle emissions are products which are released during the manufacturing, maintenance and disposal of the vehicle. The products include volatile solvents such as auto paint and lubricants, manufacturing plant power waste, oil filter and oil changes, heavy metals, tires, landfills, etc. These kinds of emissions are responsible for creating urban smog which consists of heavy molecular gases which pollute our environment.

Temperature change can result in the evaporation of fuel in the tank because of the development of pressure, this is known as gas tank venting. Recently fuel systems have been equipped with a closed system called EVAP, this allows the vapor to be stored in a charcoal canister until it can condense into a liquid and then returned to the fuel tank.

Another emission control system known as the air injection reactor or AIR, oxygen is injected in the exhaust manifold. This system decreases the bi-products of incomplete fuel consumption.


If the emission control system malfunctions the "check engine" light will illuminate. Scan the PCM for trouble codes, repair the problem, then clear codes to re-test system. Most automobile's have an emission system information label under the hood, or consult a repair manual.

The emission system performs regular test while the car is in use called a "test cycle". Tailpipe emission are measured in parts per million or PPM. Presently, the limit for evaporated gases is two grams of HC per hour, which is about one liter per month. At first, the idle test, which was a two-speed test was conducted in the 1980s. Then it was substituted by the dynamometer test in the late 90's, in the accelerated simulated mode or ASM three gases are tested. Various states and countries have developed unique laws about pollution testing of vehicles.

Good luck, and remember rated this help.

Mar 16, 2010 | 2003 Chevrolet S-10

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1990 Subaru Legacy shorted out the ignition coil. I replaced it and in less than 1 mile,it shorted out the new one.


Subaru engines (including Legacy and engines of many other automobiles, GM, etc.) have returned to so-called wasted spark ignition systems since advent of the electronic distributor-less ignition (having been used historically in early engines with magneto ignitions). With this approach, the ignition systems are less expensive and usually quite reliable. At the same time, however, a shorted spark plug (cracked or carbon clogged, etc.) (or bad ignition spark plug wire) grounds both the ignition spark and the false spark being used. This means that it also grounds the corresponding respective ignition spark of the other 180 degree out of phase cylinder (that uses the same the same coil because the spark current is connected to the spark plugs of two cylinders). Since such a defect allows more current to flow in the spark coil to two plugs when the resistance of the spark plug gap disappears due to a cracked plug, etc, it seems likely to hasten coil burn out if the spark plug/plug wire defect is not corrected before installing the new spark coil.

To explain further, wasted spark means that when a cylinder is ready to fire, it gets a spark to its spark plug while part of the spark (from the same coil and current) as a sort of copy is also sent to another cyclinder at the same time but when the piston in that cylinder is exhausting its ignited gases 180 degrees out of phase from when its spark is needed. When the second cylinder is ready to fire and receives its "spark, the first cyclinder the also receivesa "wasted" spark "copy" of the one needed by the second cylinder. Economy is achieved in manufacture because otherwise electronics would have to turn on and off four different spark coils to distribute four different sparks as needed to the four cylinders. With wasted sparks (which are cheap), because the spark current of one coil is connected (internally in the ignition coil unit) to two cylinders that are in the same position but 180 degrees out of phase in firing, the system can turn on and off two spark coils twice as fast with half the electronics and fire two cylinders that are 180 degrees out of phase. A four cylinder engine thus uses only two coils, a six cylinder engine, three coils, etc., in a wasted spark system.

Jul 27, 2008 | Subaru Legacy Cars & Trucks

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