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Why Does My Engine Knock? 3 Possible Explanations.

Boost horsepower in your car or truck

There are a few different reasons your engine might make a knocking, ticking or pinging noise. Let’s break each down and talk about what might be happening.

How Does Motor Oil Become Contaminated?

Motor oil deteriorates and becomes unfit for service due to accumulation of contaminants in the oil and chemical changes (additive depletion and oxidation) in the oil itself.

Is Starting Fluid Bad for Gas Engines?

Small Gas Engine Repair

The simple answer: In small doses and used properly, it can be effective in hard-starting gasoline engines. But it can be bad for two-stroke or diesel engines. The real question to ask is, “Why does my engine need starting fluid in the first place?”

What are CAFÉ Standards?

Gas_Lines

Back in March, news hit that the Trump administration was considering reevaluating the corporate average fuel economy (CAFÉ) standards that mandate fleet-wide fuel economy of 54.5 mpg by 2025.

Why are We Tearing Apart this Indian Scout? (Plus, Check Out this New Product)

2017 Indian Scout motorcycle

Motorcycles occupy a prominent place in our national lore. The V-twin engine, one can argue, belongs in our menagerie of quintessentially “American” items, right next to the bald eagle, the Liberty Bell and Abe Lincoln’s stovepipe hat.

Why You Should Warm Up Your Motorcycle Before Riding

Sturgis motocycle

As soon as you crawl out of bed tomorrow morning, try this experiment: run outside and sprint down the street. Aside from embarrassment over your jammies (or lack thereof), how do you suppose you’ll feel?

How to Clean and Prevent Battery Terminal Corrosion

How to clean battery corrosion

We’ve all been there before. You turn the key on your car and…nothing. Not even the tell-tale clicking sound of the starter solenoid. Your first reaction is to pound the steering wheel and curse the darkness. But it should probably be to grab a battery terminal cleaning brush and pop the hood.

How to Test Engine Compression

Compression Gauge

Engine compression = engine power. A simple equation even we non-engineers can understand. Compression refers to the pressure your engine generates inside the cylinders while it’s running. How much pressure the engine produces and how well it converts that pressure into usable work influence your engine’s efficiency and power. How it all works and how

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8 Overlooked Maintenance Services that Can Help Extend Vehicle Life

Fixing car

Despite the hassle and cost of unplanned maintenance, too many of us neglect our vehicles until something fails. These eight often overlooked services can not only help avoid expensive repairs, they can boost vehicle performance, too. Change Transmission Fluid Changing motor oil is the poster child for good vehicle maintenance, and for good reason. But

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What is a CVT Transmission?

Continuously_Variable_Transmission

“CVT” stands for continuously variable transmission. Which means saying “CVT transmission” is redundant, like saying “PIN number” instead of just “PIN”. A CVT uses a pair of variable-diameter pulleys and a belt or chain to provide unlimited gear ratios.