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Oil Change – Intervals, Costs, and Useful Information

Oil is responsible for two important jobs in your car. It greases the engine making it run smoothly, and it cools down the cylinders, pistons, and valves. Engine oil contains additives that better the way it performs. Therefore, in order for the oil to do its job smoothly in the truest sense of the word, it must be in good condition, otherwise, metal particles will accumulate in the oil and this gets worse with every mile. Consequently, the lubricating effects decline, and heat can’t be properly distributed causing the valves to deteriorate more quickly.

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Engine piston in a car: What is it and how does it work?

Getting your head around all of the different parts of your vehicle can be a bit overwhelming. Here we will give you some of the essentials of what a piston engine is and what its job is in your car. Basically, it is an integral part of the internal combustion engine. Its main responsibility is to convert the energy created through the combustion process and pass it on to the engine’s crankshaft. Read on to learn more.

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Engine connecting rod: functions, problems, and failure symptoms

The connecting rod, sometimes also referred to as the con rod, is an essential component of internal combustion engines. Due to its function, the connecting rod is exposed to extremely strong forces (tension/pressure and bending/buckling), especially when increasing performance as part of engine tuning. This is why different types of connecting rods are available, each designed for a specific area of application and specific loads. Despite these extreme loads, defects and connecting rod bearing damage are rather unusual in newer cars. However, due to the high costs, repair is not worth doing for newer cars. This is mainly an option for owners of classic cars, whose engines are frequently repaired so that they can maintain their classic car status.

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5w30‌ ‌or‌ ‌5w40:‌ ‌which‌ ‌engine‌ ‌oil‌ ‌is‌ ‌better‌ ‌to‌ ‌use‌ ‌in‌ ‌winter‌

Lubrication system performance directly affects the engine working lifespan. That is why many drivers wonder which oil viscosity they should prefer in order to ensure the totally reliable motor protection before winter. Here we review the properties of two most popular kinds of oil: 5w30 and 5w40, to find out which of them is the best for use in the cold season.

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Popular engine types in Europe in the first half of 2018

Which engine types were the most popular among EU & EFTA countries during the first six months of 2018?

What percentage of cars have these engines? Which country has the most alternative-fuel cars?

Our new infographic has the answers to all these questions.

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Volkswagen to no longer develop internal combustion engines

In the context of the growing popularity of electric vehicles, an increasing number of automakers are deciding to abandon the use of traditional internal combustion engines. The German Group is not an exception: as claimed by Volkswagen strategy chief Michael Jost, the company decided to completely abandon the development and use of the power units that pollute the atmosphere. According to him, this radical step was pushed by the car maker’s desire to stop global warming.

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How to start an engine in cold weather?

Many car owners who operate their vehicles in areas with harsh winters have been constantly facing difficulties starting the engine in the cold season. And despite the fact that car makers are constantly working to improve systems and technologies aimed at reliable starting the engine regardless of the environmental conditions, it happens that the engine cannot be started at all. From this article, you will learn why it happens, and how to prevent being left without the means of transportation.

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DDiS engines: operating characteristics of Suzuki diesel engines with Common Rail

DDiS, or Diesel Direct Injection System is the designation for Suzuki diesel engines with Common Rail direct injection system. Usually, engines are equipped with variable geometry turbochargers and intercoolers. To date, all DDiS engines have 4 cylinders arranged in a line. The common fuel rail contains piezoelectric injectors, which allows for more efficient fuel consumption and reduces harmful emissions to the atmosphere.

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dCi engine: meaning and performance parameters

dCi diesel engines are developed by Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. and Renault Group. The acronym stands for Common rail diesel injection and is used to mark diesel engines with 4 inline cylinders, a turbocharger and Common Rail direct fuel injection. These power units are often used by European and Asian manufacturers.

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CDI engines: codes and their meaning

CDI (Common Rail Diesel Injection) is a series of diesel engines from German Daimler AG, which are installed on Mercedes-Benz vehicles. CDI motors were developed in 1997 and are successfully used today. These engines have a system of direct fuel injection, which reduces fuel consumption by 15 %. The manufacturer has increased the torque, so the power has increased by 40 %.

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JTD engines: operating characteristics of Fiat diesel engines with Common Rail

The first generation of diesel engines from the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles concern equipped with Common Rail direct fuel injection system was named JTD, which stood for UniJet Turbo Diesel. These motors featured more complete combustion of diesel fuel, and low noise and vibration during operation.

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TID, TTiD

TiD (Turbo Injection Diesel) and TTiD (Twin Turbo Injection Diesel) are brand names of diesel engines produced by the Saab Automobile AB company, equipped with a turbocharger and a common rail direct fuel injection system.

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TDI

TDI (Turbocharged Direct Injection) is the name of diesel engines designed by the Volkswagen Group, provided with a turbocharger and a cylinder-direct fuel injection system. The power units are noted for a good fuel economy and high efficiency. The TDI engines are used in vehicles of such brands as Volkswagen, Audi, Škoda, Seat, Porsche.

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i-CTDi engines: operating characteristics of Honda common rail diesel engines

i-CTDI (Intelligent Common Rail Turbo Diesel Injection) is a 4-cylinder diesel engine produced by the Japanese company Honda Motor Co., Ltd. The engines are provided with the second generation common rail direct fuel injection system and a variable geometry turbocharger. They are notable for their light weight, great dynamic performance and good fuel economy. They are Euro 4 compliant.

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Common rail engines: functions and operating characteristics

Common Rail is a direct fuel injection system installed on vehicles with diesel engines. It has been developed by the Bosch company. Nowadays the common rail system is installed on over 70% diesel engines produced by various manufacturers.

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MultiJet engines: performance characteristics of common rail diesel engines

MultiJet is a term used for the second generation turbocharged diesel engines provided with a common rail direct fuel injection system. The electronic control splitting the entire fuel supply into multiple independent injections provides a quieter, eco-friendlier and more efficient engine operation.

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Car diesel engines: the essentials, working principle and 5 key advantages

A lot of the drivers who have already opted for a diesel-fueled vehicle are well aware of their advantages and peculiarities. However, those who are only starting to deal with this kind of engines may have lots of questions. We’ll try dealing with those in our article.

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