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How Are Diesel Engines Different?

How Are Diesel Engines Different?

Unlike gasoline engines that are spark-ignited, diesel engines are compression-ignited. These engines spray highly pressurized diesel into compressed air causing ignition that eventually leads to power stroke. In earlier days, these engines were much noisier, inefficient, and produced much emissions. However, diesel engines were greatly improved in the 1980s and now they are more efficient than ever. In this regard, let's explore how a diesel engine works. Working Mechanism Explained Petrol and diesel engines share many similarities in terms of components with slight differences such as the presence of the spark plug in the former. This makes all the difference in regard to how the fuel is ignited. While in petrol engines air-fuel mixture is ignited by a spark, in diesel engines it's ignited by compression. The Compression ratio of diesel as compared to petrol in ICE engines is 20:1 and 9:1 respectively. The high compression ratio in diesel engines helps to generate the muc ... read more

A Comprehensive Guide to Shocks and Struts Repair

A Comprehensive Guide to Shocks and Struts Repair

You're cruising down the road, enjoying a comfortable and smooth ride. Suddenly, you hit a huge pothole, and your car's suspension system takes the impact. Now, your vehicle bounces more than it should.  Without a doubt, your shocks and struts play a vital role in maintaining a comfortable and stable ride. If you want to learn more about their job, keep reading to learn more about shocks and struts repair. What Are Shocks and Struts? Shocks and struts are vital components of your vehicle's suspension system. While they both serve the same purpose of absorbing impact, they have distinct differences. Shocks are separate units that dampen the up-and-down motion of the suspension, while struts are integrated components that provide structural support and house additional suspension elements. Signs of Worn Shocks and Struts Over time, shocks and struts can wear out due to regular use, road conditions, and general wear and tear. It's important to recognize the sign ... read more

5 Types of Light Repair

5 Types of Light Repair

As vehicle owners, we rely on our car's lights to keep us safe and visible on the road, especially at night or during inclement weather. Unfortunately, our car's lights can become damaged or worn over time, compromising their effectiveness. When this happens to you, turn to Nixon Automotive for lighting repair you can trust. Light repair refers to the various services performed on a vehicle's lights to keep them in working order. Here are the different types of light repairs you may need for your vehicle throughout the course of its life: Headlight restoration: Over time, your headlights can become hazy or cloudy, which can reduce their brightness and effectiveness. Headlight restoration involves sanding and polishing the headlights to remove the haze and restore their clarity. Bulb replacement: If one or more of your car's lights have gone out, you may need a bulb replacement. The repair process is self-explanatory, involving remov ... read more

Why Should You Store Your Tires

Why Should You Store Your Tires

As the seasons change, so do your tire needs. Many drivers switch between winter and summer tires to ensure optimal performance on the road. But what do you do with the tires that you're not using? While you may be tempted to just throw them in the corner of your garage, there are certain do's and don't when it comes to tire storage. Storing tires improperly can cause damage and decrease their lifespan, wasting your money. In our article today, we'll examine the advantages of seasonal tire storage and how our auto repair shop can help you keep your tires in good condition. Why Should You Store Your Seasonal Tires Tire storage offers several benefits, including: Protection from damage - You should hold your tires in a climate-controlled environment that protects them from damage caused by extreme temperatures, sunlight, and moisture.  Convenience - Storing your seasonal tires with a professional auto repair shop eliminates the n ... read more

The Importance of Proper Tire Pressure for Your Vehicle

The Importance of Proper Tire Pressure for Your Vehicle

As a vehicle owner, it's crucial to ensure your car is always in top condition to keep you and your passengers safe on the road. One aspect of vehicle maintenance that can often be overlooked is tire pressure. However, maintaining the correct tire pressure is essential for your vehicle's overall performance, fuel efficiency, and safety. Here are some reasons why proper tire pressure is essential: Safety: Driving on underinflated or overinflated tires can significantly impact your vehicle's handling, stability, and braking. It can also lead to a blowout, which can be dangerous, especially at high speeds. Fuel Efficiency: Underinflated tires increase the rolling resistance between the tire and the road, which can result in lower fuel efficiency. This means you'll have to spend more money on gas than you would if your tires were properly inflated. Tire Life: Overinflated tires can wear out the center of the tire faster, while underinflated tires can wear out the outer ... read more

Can Spark Plugs Cause My Check Engine Light to Come On?

Can Spark Plugs Cause My Check Engine Light to Come On?

Spark plugs are small but mighty pieces in your vehicle. These small metal-ended parts enable the spark that starts up the fuel-burning process. Without spark plugs, say goodbye to starting and going anywhere with your vehicle. Spark plugs also have a role in moving your pistons, which is required to have a balanced fuel and air mixture. If your car, truck, or SUV won't start, you may inherently assume it is a battery problem. But, the problem could very well be due to old spark plugs. In fact, aging spark plugs may very well cause your check engine light to come on. However, it's not safe to assume that every check engine light is due to ineffective spark plugs either. This yellow dashboard warning light can come on for countless reasons:  Engine misfires Rough idling Acceleration troubles Immense exhaust emissions Poor fuel efficiency Loose fuel cap Overall weak engine performance Whether you have car starting problems or a lit check engine light (or both), we ... read more

How Often Do Diesels Need Oil Changes?

How Often Do Diesels Need Oil Changes?

Diesel engines require oil changes more frequently — usually every 5000 km to 8000 km. This is because diesel engines operate at higher temperatures and produce more soot, which can clog up the engine and cause it to lose power. Diesel engines require oil changes more often than gasoline engines because the oil in diesel engines breaks down faster. The oil in diesel engines also gets dirty faster because the engine burns more fuel. How to Perform a Diesel Oil Change Diesel oil changes should not be done at home because they require special equipment and expertise. The process is also more complicated than a standard oil change, so it's best left to the professionals. Here's a quick overview of the diesel oil change process: 1. First, the vehicle must be raised on a lift so that the oil pan is accessible. 2. Next, the oil drain plug is removed and the oil is allowed to drain out. 3. Once the oil has drained, the oil filter is replaced. 4. Finally, new ... read more

What Are the Warning Signs of a Bad Muffler?

What Are the Warning Signs of a Bad Muffler?

Your muffler is one of many metal pipes that play a major role in the vehicle’s exhaust system. The muffler directs exhaust fumes away from the engine and passenger cabin. This aren’t the best gasses to be inhaling, which is why it is so imperative that your exhaust works. The primary purpose of the muffler is to limit exhaust sounds, so you can drive without making any disturbances or causing a distraction for others. When the muffler fails, it can be very embarrassing and obnoxious for other people to hear. If you suspect your vehicle is due for muffler repairs, keep reading to learn the red flags of a broken muffler. Excess Noise When the muffler is broken or failing, you will notice your vehicle making loud cracking or roaring sounds. The volume of the sound will be significantly louder than what you’ve probably heard before. This noise results from your engine and exhaust system digesting and processing the byproducts of combustion. Engine Misfiring Da ... read more

What Can Cause My Car to Not Start?

What Can Cause My Car to Not Start?

Your car won't start for a variety of reasons. There are certain things you can check on your own before contacting for assistance. Check to see if the steering wheel is locked first. If so, twisting the key in the ignition while moving the steering wheel from side to side will solve this typical problem. This shows that the ignition may turn all the way to the start position without being obstructed by the steering wheel lock.  Another easy explanation for why your automobile will crank but not start is a low gas tank. It's possible that you're only on "E" and have run out of gas if you were previously low on fuel (or if your fuel gauge is damaged). Other reasons why your car won't start: Dead car battery: The most frequent cause of a non-starting car is a dead battery. If you have a battery tester, you can use it to check your battery to see if it is weak. Bad starter motor: If the engine won't start despite hearing a single click when you turn t ... read more

What Are Oxygen Sensors?

What Are Oxygen Sensors?

Nearly every car on the road nowadays has several oxygen (O2) sensors. They are a component that contribute to your engine’s overall performance by monitoring and providing a consistent supply of oxygen. The O2 sensors relay these oxygen measurements taken in the exhaust system and send them to the car's computer. If a sensor has gone bad or tripped because of too much or too little of oxygen, it will trigger a warning, often in the form of a check engine light.Oxygen sensors are considered a part of the exhaust system or emissions system. With laws on vehicle emissions stricter nowadays, so have the requirements for vehicle O2 sensors.    There is usually one oxygen sensor positioned in front of the catalytic converter and one in each of the car’s exhaust manifolds. Oxygen sensors can go as far as preventing emissions failures by allowing the computer to calibrate with the engine for smooth performance and enhanced fuel efficiency.   As mentioned bef ... read more

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