If a cylinder has a compression leak, it will have lower engine compression than it should. If the compression is leaking, your engine power and efficiency will suffer. The most common cause is leaking at one of the piston rings or valves. If a seal is damaged or the cylinder is excessively worn, problems could result from lack of pressure, including low power output (especially on hills), cylinder misfires, or starting problems. The most common repairs include replacement of the exhaust valves, head gasket, and piston rings. Engine Compression Testing A compression test is used to assess the mechanical health of the engine in terms of the compression that can be held within the combustion chamber. It measures the compression that results from the pressure created by each piston as it travels from bottom dead center (BDC) to top dead center (TDC) with the valves closed. A compression test can
When we first started going to car shows, we realized it would be fun to host our own get together here at eEuroparts.com. It was a fun time, burgers were served. In terms of event hosting, it was a good taste, but really just a side dish. The 2nd annual eEuroparts Car Show and Swap Meet went bigger, with an actual food cart this time! Too bad their frialator broke and the line for delicious fried treats extended all the way to the BMW section. More European cars full of people came, and it started to feel like the field of dreams. The swap meet section was packed with some really cool rare stuff that was actually finding new homes! The third time around, we packed the place. Multiple food carts ensured that people not only stayed fed while they hung out in our blacktop palace, they were also unable
Chances are if you are reading this, you’re what they call a ‘Petrolhead’ in England. It’s ok, so are we. With Valentine’s day coming up, we thought it would be fun to cast a net out there to get some fun, unique, interesting stories for the blog from you guys, our customers. The theme? Automotive love, of course, and you can win $500! At some point in your life, did you ever feel that you loved a car? Did you think about it while you were away? Did you ever just stare at it for probably longer than you should have? Have you ever apologized to it, after throwing a wrench at the engine bay? The eEuroparts Car Love Story Contest – Enter to win $500! Love is a very human emotion, and cars are of course mechanical contraptions that have no feelings (even though sometimes it seems that they
We go to a lot of shows a year. The slammed look is popular, most presumably because it makes a car look more performance oriented. I mean, in general full blown race cars are very close to the ground. That keeps a lower center of gravity and ensures the least amount of airflow is allowed underneath (thus reducing lift). The interesting part about stancing out a car is that, while it might actually handle better on a race track if you know what you are doing and your alignment is good, on public streets the utility of this is nearly non-existent, and even extremely inconvenient depending on your environment. I’ve noticed an interesting trend in European car shows over the years that people are looking for something different. This almost always involves a sawzall and a MIG welder, we’ve all see Monster Garage. Chopped Euros, a Ute if you will.
When you buy a shiny new set of brakes, it’s pretty exciting to finally get rid of that horrible vibration, or terrible squeaking. However, if you’re not careful you can be revisiting the problems faster than you think. A customer recently asked a question about why his BMW 740il was shaking when applying the brakes. Almost always, a brake jutter or vibration through the brake pedal is the result of uneven wear on the brake rotors at the end of an improper brake pad bed-in. Because of the nature of the friction material, there are a few crucial things to keep in mind when you finish your brake job. Read on to learn how to avoid all of that after installing your next disc brake kit. Why do I have to bed-in my brakes? The key concept to understand when discussing brake pad brake in (also known as bed in,