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Lifter Deactivation

The area of contact between the lifters and cam lobes is the highest loaded surface inside an engine.

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This month’s digital magazine includes articles from ImportCar, as well as other technical and marketing topics.

Fight the Engine Effects of Stop-and-Go Traffic

It’s almost summer, also known as orange barrel season in many parts of the United States. Summer 2021 is looking like another construction-heavy season, with states gearing up for thousands of miles in road projects. At the end of March, the Ohio Department of Transportation released its 2021 construction season plans, covering 4,596 miles of

Know Your Engine When Determining Spark Plug Service Intervals

How much easier and simpler would life be if every problem had a one-size-fits-all solution? Unfortunately, that will never be the case since almost every conundrum must be mitigated via a solution that involves the precise implementation of a diverse set of actions that have to link seamlessly in order to optimize or improve the

VIDEO: Can You Replace Spark Plugs On A Hot Engine?

Installing a spark plug with the engine hot can change the torque specification. This video is sponsored by Autolite.

VIDEO: Serpentine Belts: What Are They Made Of?

Andrew Markel discusses the construction of a serpentine belt, and how each of its layers contributes to its structural integrity and longevity on an engine. Sponsored by Continental.

VIDEO: Thermostats Only Fail In The Best Way Possible

Andrew Markel discusses the importance of engine cooling, especially after the failure of a thermostat. Sponsored by INA.

Timing Chain Wear

One might expect that low oil pressure indicates a problem with the oil pump, but that is not necessarily the case. Very often, using an out-of-spec motor oil, such as one with a lower viscosity than what is recommended by the vehicle manufacturer, will cause low oil pressure.

BMW Tech Tip: 2E81, 2E82 Codes Lead To Replaced Thermostat, Water Pump

A vehicle benefits from an electric water pump in several ways. The pump is not belt-driven, which enhances performance of the vehicle, and it ­prevents the engine from being bogged down while the air conditioning is on. Another advantage of an electric water pump is the equal distribution of engine coolant throughout an engine because the pump’s propeller speed is not ­dependent on engine speed.

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