Automotive Repair and Maintenance How-To

Learn about some basic automotive checks and maintenance you can do on your car or truck, yourself before having to take it to an auto repair shop. These things will save you time and money. Poor maintenance is one of the main things that cause automotive failures. Most people do not take the time to do some of these very simple, yet important procedures. This list is always being added to, so check back with us again.

In order to scan your car for codes, you must first locate the diagnostic connector. It will be under the drivers side dash. Here is an example of its location. Your vehicle may be in a little different spot. If you do not have a code reader tool, many of the large national parts store chains will scan your cars computer for free.

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Use a small screw driver or even a dime. Look for a small indent in the bottom of the remote between the two halves. Some remotes have this indent, others do not. Use the screw driver to pry the top and bottom apart.

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This is a pictures of plug and ignition coil with 75,000 miles on it that misfiring normally. No large deposits, not discolored. Reddish or green deposits indicate burning coolant. Black, sooty deposits indicate burning oil.Also check for hairline cracks in the white porcelain insulator.

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How Things Work

Brakes- Hydraulic System- How Does It Work

The hydraulic brake system consists of the following:

Hydraulic Brake Master Cylinder Fluid Reservoir: Contains supply of brake fluid for the hydraulic brake system.

Hydraulic Brake Master Cylinder: Converts mechanical input force into hydraulic output pressure. Hydraulic output pressure is distributed from the master cylinder

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Common Engine Codes

Evaporative Emissions Leak Code P0440 - P0455

P0440 - P0455
The control module tests the evaporative emission (EVAP) system for a large leak. The control module monitors the fuel tank pressure (FTP) sensor signal to determine the EVAP system vacuum level. When the conditions for running are met, the control module commands the EVAP canister purge valve OPEN and the EVAP vent valve CLOSED .

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