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My name is Tom Brintzenhofe and I’m a Certified Master mechanic from Reading, Pennsylvania and today I’m going to you about how to diagnose an engine problem.

In today’s world with these new vehicles it is really really hard to diagnose any kind of a misfire or engine problem without having some high dollar equipment but I can today I’m going to show you what to look for, you know what you might be able to find before you take it to a garage and spend a lot of dough you don’t necessarily have to if you can find a simple easy problem. The first thing you want to look at and this one is going to be a little difficult to see but you want check the spark plug wires.

Make sure you don’t see them rubbing together. Another thing you might want to check is your vacuum lines to make sure you don’t have them loose or missing sucking air. Your wires and everything’s all hooked up in here. Your different fuel injectors in here. make sure everything is nice and hooked up and nothing is disconnected falling a part and having poor connections on your injectors here.

Make sure any injectors you might see that got wiring hard and has got wires coming out of it just make sure they’re all nice and tight. The biggest thing is to make sure all your fluids are nice and full and just go over your vehicle and make sure everything is in place and where it needs to be. Sometimes you get a vacuum line that might pop off unfortunately this vehicle doesn’t have too many of them but if you look around, a lot of vehicles do operate with various vacuum lines on them. Look and listen you might actually be able to hear the vacuum leak sounds like a little bit of a hissing noise. You can just push that on and it solves a problem.

You are better off them spending $100 in taking it to the garage and have them hook the computer up and telling you the same thing.Just basically look and listen and you’d be able to tell a difference if you here a taking noises inside your engine compartment that you don’t normally here you might want to look in that area but other then that outside of having the capabilities of having a scanner that is about as far as you can take it with these new vehicles but just a simple problem a vacuum hose or a bad wire or somethings like that will wreak havoc on these new engines but just look around before you take it into the shop and most of the times you can find a simple problem and correct yourself before you spend hundreds of dollars at your local shop.

The other thing you might want to make sure is that your charging system is working properly. You’ll need your simple multi meter to check that one. You hook it up to your. Battery while running. You should have at least 13 volts. Hook the positive and negative up here and start your vehicle.

You should have at least 12.5 to 12.6 on a battery fully charged. This one has 12.55 which is about perfect and what you want is it has got to be at least 13. Now if you don’t have a least 10.5 volts on this particular engine or any kind of computer run engine from 2002 and up it will not operate correctly, misfire, sluggish sometimes it won’t even start but your biggest thing is make sure your charging system is working that will itself run havoc on your engine. Outside of that, good luck and I hope you can fix it.

Some Frequently Asked Questions

Depending on your region, this figure should sit between $65 and $100. RepairPal reports that a car diagnostic test costs between $88 and $111 before taxes, and Popular Mechanic says it can cost from $20 to $400. As with any financial decision, it’s smart to check at least three places before you commit.

Most Common Engine Problems
  1. Missing or loose gas cap. Replacing or tightening the gas cap is going to be the cheapest and easiest fix for your car in its lifetime. …
  2. Worn Spark Plug. It may be small but its important.
  3. Clogged radiator.
  4. Coolant loss.
  5. Poor compression.
  6. Faulty or broken oxygen sensor.
  7. Spark knock.
  8. Dirty oil.
The amount of diagnostic testing needed varies depending on the issue. Most dealerships offer a flat rate charge (maybe $100) to diagnose any problem. They generally charge for diagnostics because what they don’t want to do is spend two hours determining what is wrong with your car and have you take it somewhere else.
A typical engine rebuild is between $2,500 and $4,000 in parts and labor costs. This type of engine repair might include simply replacing bearings and seals, and obviously taking the engine out and re-installing it.
The most common reason detonation occurs is the failure of the exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) system. This system is what ensures a proper air/fuel mixture so the engine will properly operate. It may also be caused by using incorrect spark plugs, bad ignition timing, the use of low octane fuel or running a hot engine.
So the answer to, “does a new engine reset the odometer,” is no, it does not reset the odometer. In case, you opt for manually resetting the odometer; you would have to face legal charges. This is because the engine change status needs to be documented and the mileage change should be calculated and presented.
Here are some other circumstances that can cause a vehicle to overheat: Late timing: If your ignition system is malfunctioning, late timing may be causing your vehicle to overheat because the spark plugs are firing the fuel/air mixture after the piston moves back down from the top of its stroke.
Yes, you can hire movers to just load, unload or pack

The concept is simple, it’s generally more affordable to provide your own truck, storage container or freight trailer than it is to hire a full service moving company.

The fuel evaporative system (EVAP) controls emission by housing vapors from evaporated fuel and sending them back to the fuel tank to be reused. The cost for EVAP system repair ranges between $200 and $560. The labor alone will cost somewhere between $35 and $140, while parts will run somewhere between $150 and $440.
Symptoms of Low Engine Oil
  1. Oil Pressure Warning Light. The easiest way to tell if your vehicle is running low on oil is your vehicle’s warning light.
  2. Burning Oil Smell. If you happen to smell burning oil from inside your vehicle, you should immediately pull over and turn off your engine.
  3. Clunking Sound.
  4. Less Efficient Performance.
  5. Overheating Engine.

*The information above does not constitute legal advice or opinion, nor is it a substitute for the professional judgment of a qualified attorney.

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