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At Custom Complete Automotive, we’re not above playing with blocks – most importantly, engine blocks! The engine block houses the cylinder and other essential parts of the internal combustion engine, including the crankshaft, coolant and lubrication passages, the water cooling jacket, and other various pistons inside the cylinder. The cylinder block may be split up into an upper and lower block depending on your engine. This block is built to be powerful and sturdy, because it essentially holds your vehicle together. If your engine block stops working, your car will not function!

vehicle engine being repaired

The engine block is responsible for a variety of operations: placing and distributing fluids, maintaining the accuracy of the main components within the block, and, perhaps most importantly, conducting heat. If the cylinder block is prevented from conducting heat correctly, this can cause it to seize up, causing engine failure. Regular inspection and maintenance of this piece is important for the overall lifespan of your vehicle.

While the engine block itself is a strong hunk of metal, it is not immune to problems. There

When it comes to a fast car, horsepower is only a small part of the equation. Fast cars use a whole slew of other components to make them well-rounded sporty machines. From the transmission to the tires and everything in between, a properly fast car requires a myriad of specially tuned components that are well-maintained.

well maintained vehicle driving fast on highway

Maintaining Power

To put it simply, a car engine is a complex air pump. Air is sucked in and mixed with gasoline, ignited by a spark plug, then expelled through an exhaust pipe system. The more air in an engine, the more power you’ll get out of it. However, things begin to get complicated when you look at the many factors and components that go into the seemingly simple process of breathing air into an engine.

Breathing Air and Lighting It on Fire

At the front of the engine is an air filter that keeps abrasive dirt and debris out of your engine while letting clean air flow through. A dirty, worn-out filter will rob even the

It’s easy to ignore the check engine light when it comes on in a vehicle, especially when life is busy. However, to keep your vehicle running at peak performance and avoid any safety issues, it’s important to check for any problems soon after the light appears.

engine warning light on dashboard of vehicle

What the Check Engine Light Means

A check engine light is your vehicle’s way of communicating that something isn’t working right. Modern vehicles have a computer system within them that continually monitors for issues. The check engine light turns on when an issue is detected. The check engine light might come on if the gas cap is loose, for example. It can also indicate something more serious, such as a misfiring engine. A blinking light typically indicates a more emergent situation, while a steady light indicates something of a lower priority.

When Maintenance is Needed

Whenever the check engine light appears, it’s important to have the vehicle inspected. Even if it seems to be running smoothly, a vehicle might have a potentially costly problem brewing. Though there

Caring for your car is part of responsible car ownership and keeping up with regular maintenance can help save you money in the long run. There are many things you can do to keep your car functioning properly and to help extend its life. Aside from regular car maintenance, a fuel injection service could be beneficial.

car mechanic performing a fuel injection service

Fuel Injection Service Explained

Every car engine has a fuel system that is comprised of a fuel filter, a pump, and injectors. During a fuel injection service, your mechanic will typically inspect all connections, the fuel and vacuum lines, the fuel rail, and the pressure regulator. They will then clean the fuel injectors and throttle body air intake. Afterward, they’ll pressure test the fuel pump and system and then decarbonize other parts of the system like the exhaust valves. When all is said and done, they will run exhaust emissions test to make sure the system is working properly again.

Why You Need It

As you drive your car, environmental wear and tear like dirt, carbon, and

When looking to buy a car, there are many different things to consider. The make and model, car versus truck, what color to choose, and what features you want are all things to take into account. But have you considered the type of engine your potential new vehicle will have?

Both diesel and gasoline engines are internal combustion engines, which means that fuel and air are mixed once they are in the engine and then combustion occurs, sparking the transmission to turn the wheels. It’s a complicated process with amazing results – a car we can drive to get where we need to go.

diesel and gasoline gas pumps

What Makes them Different?

The difference in the engines is how the fuel is ignited. While both engines convert fuel into energy through small combustions, the way these occur is where they differ. With gasoline engines, the inclusion of spark plugs ignites the compressed air after the fuel and air are mixed, creating the combustion. With diesel engines, the air is compressed first and is heated up so that when the fuel is