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What does “four cylinder” mean anyway?
When you talk about cars, “cylinders” comes up often. Four-cylinder usually comes up with smaller
cars and is thought to be economical but not exactly powerful. Eight-cylinder comes up around men’s wagging
tails and is usually associated with power and speed. But what exactly is a cylinder and what does
it do for the car?
Long story short, a combustion engine
works by pushing gas into a chamber - you guessed it- the cylinder, mixing it
with air and then blowing it up. Now
don’t panic, the car is not going to blow up. These explosions are tiny and expertly timed
(that’s another article) to make the engine work. This process repeats over and over as the
cylinders move up and down. The process can be broken down into four
Intake: Inside the cylinder is a piston. The piston strokes down on a rack that moves
kind of like a bicycle pedal. The
downward movement draws the air and fuel into the cylinder. At the bottom of the stroke, the valve
closes, holding the air and fuel inside.
Compression: The piston then strokes up in the cylinder
and compresses the mixture according to the compression ratio of the
engine. Ratios range from 8:1 to 10:0
for the most part, meaning the mix is getting squashed to a tenth of it’s
original volume. Ratio varies, but the
point is it's getting tight in there.
Power: The fun part.
At the top of the cylinder there’s a spark plug which does just that:
sparks. The spark ignites the gas and
the explosion makes the compressed mixture get lots bigger. The expansion of the vapor creates enough
force when it pushes the piston down the cylinder that it turns the crank shaft
to move the car.
Exhaust: The clean-up.
If you behaved like I did as a child, you know blowing things up makes a
bit of a mess. Vapor is no
different. Your cylinder is now full of
burned gas, aka exhaust. When the piston
is at the bottom of the cylinder, the exhaust valve opens letting the exhaust
out to the exhaust system. This is super
pressurized and loud as it rushes out, sort of like the
car version of a loud fart, warranting the muffler on the exhaust system. As the piston moves up the cylinder, it
chases out the remaining exhaust in preparation to start the whole thing over
This happens in each cylinder, each
at a different time. This is the firing
order. Firing order and timing are a
whole other topic, but the Reader’s Digest version is:Each cylinder will have
fired once to turn the crank shaft two times.
So more cylinders, more “pushes” per turn. Not faster, but more oomph. This is what burns your gas, so fewer
cylinders may mean better fuel economy, dependent on factors such as
weight. Obviously, it takes more power
to push an older car made of heavy steel than a car made of newer, lighter
Blown Head Gasket
BLOWN HEAD GASKET JUNK CAR BUYER AUSTIN
A head gasket is a gasket that sits between the engine block and cylinder head(s) in
an internal combustion engine.The gasket itself is a mechanical
seal that prevents leaks between two things joined under compression by
filling the space between them. It works
similarly to a washer on a bolt. By
preventing leaks, you ensure the best compression and you keep coolant from
leaking into the engine. The head gasket
in the engine has to take both hot and cold temperatures, back and forth, over
and over. Cracks and leaks are bound to
happen. The head gasket has a tough job
and is the weakest link of the chain of parts that keep the combustion engine
moving, so it’s more likely to fail than other parts.
If a head gasket leaks
or blows, it’s usually not just one event that leads up to it. Either could happen during normal
driving. The heat of the engine can
gradually wear the gasket down with no major problems ever occurring. Until it leaks or blows, however, it’s hard
to know if the head gasket is running out of time. It’s not something you can see looking at the
engine; it’s way the heck in there and can’t be accessed without some major
disassembly. Other things may signal
your head gasket’s cry for help. You may
see coolant leak from below the exhaust, you may be losing coolant with no
visible leak or noticing bubbles in the
radiator or coolant overflow tank. The
engine may smoke (this will be white smoke; if not, keep looking because your
engine has another problem), the exhaust may smell sweet or the oil may look
like a rancid milkshake.
So what to do if you
have a head gasket problem? It’s not a
cheap repair. Let’s face it, this thing
sits inside the engine. If it’s a minor
leak, you may be able to seal it with products available like Blue Devil or
K-Seal. Talk to a mechanic you trust to
determine whether this will do the trick.
Using these products could be as simple as pouring it in and letting it
move through the works as you drive or may require a drain and flush of the
cooling system—either option is far cheaper than replacing the gasket
itself. Be forewarned that products like
Blue Devil are meant to be permanent. Speaking
from personal experience, once it’s sealed, there’s no going back or getting it
out or working around it. That’s
generally the idea, but sometimes folks look at it as a temporary patch.
Struts are the main component of a modern independent
suspension system; they are what suspend the body and frame of your vehicle
above the wheels. All the weight of your vehicle rests on your struts, which
transfer the weight, via several other components. Struts need to be replaced
if any of the three components wear out. Struts are not often thought of as a
normal replacement item. Since struts are in continual use as you drive,
bearing the whole weight of your vehicle, it should not be surprising that
their components wear out over time. Struts have at least two components: a
spring and a shock absorber – and many have a third: the swivel mount. strut
failure is usually very gradual you may never notice it at all. But certainly
if you are experiencing any of the symptoms your struts are due for
Failed mounts are the easiest to recognize of the three because
they usually make the most noise. Failed mounts often cause a popping or
clicking noise while you’re turning the steering wheel, because the bearing
inside is bad. Especially if you can put the vehicle in park and the noise
remains while turning the wheel, strut mounts are your number one suspect.
Failed shock absorbers can be harder to notice. With oil-filled struts, external leaks
are easy to spot, especially if the leak is rapid. But if it is a very slow leak,
it may never be noticed, and with gas-filled struts, external leaks are not
identifiable at all. But usually struts don’t fail completely, and usually not
all at once. Shock absorber wear creeps up as the internal seals lose their
sealing capacity slowly. You won’t notice the difference from one day to the
next, but there is probably a minute daily decline in the performance of your
shock absorbers as they age. If the failure progresses to a severe stage,
drivers may notice several kinds of problems: too much “trampoline effect”,
tire noise and vibration from cupping caused by excessive up/down movement,
excessively harsh riding over bumps, or noise on every bump from too much
suspension travel. If you car is experiencing these problems, you’ve really gone
New shocks and struts can make you stop up
to 10 feet sooner, while providing increased vehicle stability
and better driver control
The heating system in your vehicle is designed to keep you warm; the engine cooling system of the vehicle is directly
linked to the heating system. If your heating system is not working properly it is important to have it checked out, because your engine cooling system may not be working properly either and an overheated engine can result in engine damage. There are a few basic components in the heating system; blower motor, heater hoses, heater core, heater control valve, and the HVACs control panel. The cooling system components that interact with the heating system are the coolant, thermostat, radiator, and water pump.
The heating system works off of the same coolant that circulates throughout your engine. It is circulated from the radiator through a series of hoses and the heater valve into the heater core. A fan then blows the hot air into the compartment. The heater core, which is located in the dashboard of your car, is really a small radiator. The heater fan blows air through the heater core and into the passenger compartment of your car. The heater core draws its hot coolant from the cylinder head and returns it to the pump -- so the heater works regardless of whether the thermostat is open or closed. Like your engines cooling system radiator, the heater core can suffer some of the same issues. If the heater core becomes clogged with rust or sludge, you will no longer have heat. Also leaks can cause a cabin full of white steam and really mess up your windows. If you smell the sweet aroma of coolant when your heater is on, chances are, you have a small leak in the heater core.
Often times the heater core is buried under the dashboard, and replacing it, is a major job. Many aspects of the heater system can malfunction which require repair. An air cabin filter is used to clean impurities from the air before it enters the ventilation system, when this filter becomes plugged it can slow the airflow in which case the filter needs replacement. An engine coolant leak can develop which hinders the performance of the heater system; these leaks must be repaired before proper heater operation will return. Heater system controls are adjusted by one of two ways, either a manual system is used which is adjusted by the driver, or a climate control computer.
HYBRID BATTERY (IF YOURS IS NOT WORKING CALL THE JUNK CAR BUYER AUSTIN AT 512-789-2177
ALL HYBRID HONDA
A hybrid car battery is like any other battery except that
it is rechargeable and has enough juice to move a large heavy vehicle down the
road for a few feet or a few miles. The batteries in hybrid cars are
responsible for the better fuel economy but the chemical material that makes up
all car batteries, whether it's a conventional car or a hybrid, is typically
Is hybrid battery expensive? In sort yes it can range from 1,000 up to 6,000 for
a full hybrid battery replacement. Hybrids batteries have proven to be
extremely reliable though. Most hybrid car batteries are designed to last the lifetime of
the automobile. There are three major types of batteries that are considering for use in hybrid
cars: lead-acid, nickel-metal hydride and lithium-ion By far, lead-acid is
considered the most toxic of the three, and on top of that it's also extremely
heavy. By undertaxing their batteries, hybrids
ensure longer life spans. Hybrids
come with software that purposely stops the battery from charging once it hits
about 80 percent of full capacity. Similarly, the battery will say it's empty
when it falls to about 20 percent. If hybrids do conk out early, most batteries
come with an eight-year or 100,000-mile warranty. You'll notice two things when it's time for a new power
pack: The engine will run almost constantly, even under light acceleration, and
your fuel economy will drop off significantly.
There are other ways to increase hybrid battery life: Coasting
to a stop; like braking, coasting generates the kinetic energy
that will charge your battery and extend its life, avoiding
jack rabbit starts. Stopping at an intersection usually shuts
down a hybrid's gas engine. As you move away from the intersection, a light
press on the accelerator will keep the vehicle in all-electric mode. Replacing
a hybrid car battery is a job that is best left to a professional.
WHAT ARE WHEEL BEARINGS?
Wheel bearings are an important part
of a vehicle's suspension system. They make sure that the wheels move smoothly
and support the thrust load. It also helps lessen friction between the wheel
and axle. If you notice steering issues, or hear grinding or creaking sounds or
weird vibrations while driving, you need to have the suspension checked. If you
do a lot of traveling, these components will get worn out sooner than most. If
bad bearings go ignored, the safety of those in the car is severely compromised.
Accidents can be avoided if immediate care is taken. Wheels can come off in
some instances or there can be a complete lack of control of the steering
wheel. Proper maintenance is imperative to ensure the safety of those in the
car as well as others on the road.
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IF YOUR CAR IS DIAGNOSED WITH A BAD FREEZE PLUG HERE IS SOME INFORMATION ON THE SUBJECT.
What is a Freeze Plug?
A freeze plug or expansion plug is located in the
side of an engine block that is supposed to protect the block against damage due to freeze. Frozen water inside the
engine block can expand and crack the block which will completely ruin the
motor. Freeze plugs will supposedly prevent this by popping out. However it
does not work all of the time.
The Problem with
Freeze plugs are made out of very
thin metal and they rust. Running a 50/50 mix of antifreeze will help prevent
this problem. However, most people don’t do this. The freeze plug rusts from
the inside out causing a cooling system leak.
Signs of a Bad Freeze Plug:
Most common symptom of a bad freeze
plug is that your car will leak coolant. They are fairly easy to get to and
some are more difficult. It just depends on the type of car. Coolant or water
will either leak down the side of the engine or between the engine and
512-789-2177 AUSTIN JUNK CAR BUYERS IS A GREEN COMPANY DEDICATED TO RECYCLING VEHILCES.
Information from Wiki Vehicle Recycling.
Did you know that automobiles are the number one recyled product in the United States? Each year there are about 10 million vehicles are recycled. Each car weighs about 1.5 tons and for each ton recycled, we conserve 2500 pould of iron ore, 1400 pounds of coal and 120 pound of limestone. That adds up to a lot of resources saved for our great country.
Another part of recycling is the resue of spare parts. This saves the companies from having to manufacture the same parts over and over again and saves time and money and puts more money in your pocket when you buy from a junk yard. After the car is at no use and all the parts are taken off then the car goes to large scale crushing and taken to a steel mill to be refined and reused. 14 million tons of steel are provided to the steel industry each year by recycling cars, trucks, vans and suv's.
One part of recycling the vehicle is done by removing all the hazardous fluids and materials and disposing of them by state and federal guidelines and procedures. The batteris and sodium azade for the air bags and mercury are removed from the vehicle.
So, recycling save energy and natural resources for the United States. The steel industry alone saves enough energy to power 18 million households a year, each and every year. So when I turn on my lights at my house I am glad that Junk Car Buyer of Austin has provided the raw materials to keep my home lit as well as yours. Recycling keeps a lot of material out of the landfills too which is better for all of us and the enviorment. Speaking of the enivronment all the mercuy swiches from the cars have been removed from over 6000 recyclers and over 2100 pounds were collected in 2007 alone.
So yes, please recycle your car and we pay top dollar to you when you sell your auto to us and we are saving the enviorment one car at a time. Call for a free quote on your car at 512-789-2177