Help, I’m Choking… Improper Airflow can choke your engine

Help, I’m Choking… Improper Airflow can choke your engine

Help, I’m Choking… Improper Airflow can choke your engine Improper airflow into your engine can actually choke your engine. The amount of fuel that goes into your engine is determined by the air to gas ratio. If your air intake is off due to a dirty or clogged air filter or a malfunctioning sensors, this can cause an improper air to gas ratio and cause the engine to perform poorly. This lack of air intake can end up causing poor engine performance or serious problems later if overlooked. The simple fix is to clean or replace your air filter and/or clean the Mass Airflow Sensor. Replacing an air filter is simple to do and almost anyone can do it themselves with a screwdriver or just have us change it out when we do your regular oil change. To clean the sensor, you first have to take it out. it is located in the same place as the air filter. Once you remove it, you can soak in rubbing alcohol. I’ve heard of other mechanics using a plastic bag and rubbing alcohol and swish it round thoroughly, so that all the dirt is removed. Of course, we use a professional spray designed to clean the mass airflow sensor. Dry and let it sit for about 20 minutes to ensure all liquid is removed and the sensor is dry. Reinstall the sensor and you’ve just cleaned your first mass airflow sensor. Of course, you can just have us do it for you at Paradise Auto & Truck Center in San Marcos when you do an oil change. Some of the problems...
Check Engine Light Diagnostics at Paradise Auto & Truck Center, San Marcos

Check Engine Light Diagnostics at Paradise Auto & Truck Center, San Marcos

Check Engine Light Diagnostics at Paradise Auto & Truck Center, San Marcos I was a passenger in my wife’s car this past weekend and we were driving to our Labor Day pool party down the street. In order to get to the party, we have to travel up this steep hill in San Elijo Hills, San Marcos. This is a long uphill stretch of the road that seems like it goes up and up forever, past Double Peak in San Elijo. You can definitely feel the drag on the car engine as we climb to the top. As we are going up hill, the oil can light comes on just as we reach the crest. Taking our feet off the gas, we slowed our speed to a crawl as the car levels out at the top of the hill, the oil light or check engine light goes off. We check the temperature of the car and everything looked fine. At this point, we were a mile from our destination and about to have some Labor Day fun. We drove to the party successfully and everything seemed to be just fine. Thankfully, the ride home was mostly downhill as our friends live just on the other side of┬áDouble Peak in San Elijo Hills. One thing is certain, oil lights or check engine lights do not come on for no┬áreason. One thing that might be a problem is that the car might be low on oil, which going up a steep hill can tilt in the oil pan and the sensor may be off. One thing is for certain, it isn’t...