BOV vs BPV – Difference Between a Blow off Valve and a Bypass Valve

Turbocharged engines are complex systems. For a turbocharged engine to function correctly, there are a lot of internal factors that must be regulated. That is especially true for air temperature and air pressure. For those unfamiliar with the acronyms “BOV” and “BPV,” they stand for blow off valve and bypass valve respectively. The overarching purpose…

The Fastest Used Cars Under 30k

Many driving enthusiasts are balancing out two dynamics, speed and affordability. With the proper research, one can find their high-performance car without burning a hold in their wallet. But, unfortunately, the average American, or international citizen for that matter, simply doesn’t have a six-figure budget. Yet, that doesn’t mean buying a car with exceptional power…

Automatic Transmission Maintenance Guide

The automatic transmission first found its footing in production cars as early as the 1940s. At the time, automatic gearboxes were slow to shift and prone to failure. As a result, automatic transmissions didn’t truly catch on until the technology improved to a passable level in the 1970s.  Since then, the automatic transmission has dominated…

Best Cheap V8 Cars Under $10,000
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Best Cheap V8 Cars Under $10,000

Cheap V8 cars are often looked past for something more modern or efficient. While there might be some benefits to that way of thought, there is a common saying in motorsport: there’s no replacement for displacement. And, even today, that sentiment rings true. While turbochargers and other methods of forced induction might rival a naturally…

Clogged Catalytic Converters – Diagnosing Bad Catalytic Converters

Clogged Catalytic Converters – Diagnosing Bad Catalytic Converters

When catalytic converters fail it is usually from becoming clogged. When the cats become clogged it further restricts exhaust gases and prevents them from leaving the exhaust system. This creates more backpressure which sends exhaust gases back into the combustion chamber creating numerous performance related issues and resulting in your car failing emissions inspection. This…

Diagnosing a Failing Timing Chain

Diagnosing a Failing Timing Chain

Timing chains are an essential component to engine timing. For engines to function properly, the timing of the intake valve opening/closing, the combustion taking place, and the exhaust valve opening/closing must be precise. When things aren’t precise, a big problem arises which can lead to significant engine damage. Properly maintaining a timing chain and being…