Tag Archives: Engines

Chewed Injector Wires

I was given a Honda Ridgeline with a check engine light to diagnose. It came up with two codes, one current and one pending. The current code was P219A AF Ratio Variation of Cylinder, which on Honda Pilots and Ridgelines … Continue reading

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Melted Spark Plug

Misfires are probably one of the more common engine problems. They can be caused by a variety of problems, often something to do with the spark plug. Usually an engine can run okay with a minor misfire, but if it’s … Continue reading

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Worn Out Timing Belt Tensioner

Timing belts need to be replaced at regular intervals to prevent them from wearing out and failing. At my Honda dealership, we recommend replacing them at 100,000 miles. We also replace the water pump, and often replace the tensioner. Over … Continue reading

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Double-Check Your Timing Marks

Whenever you’re replacing a timing belt or chain, or doing any kind of work that requires removing and reinstalling it, you have to make sure that everything is timed correctly. If the camshafts aren’t timed properly to the crankshaft, at … Continue reading

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When New Parts Fail

Nothing lasts forever, but usually when something is new, you expect it to last a while. When you replace a broken part on a car with a new part, you don’t expect to be replacing it soon after.

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Snapped Timing Belt

The most common reasons to have to push a car into the shop are a failed starter, or something majorly wrong with the engine. When this Odyssey got pushed into the shop, it was because the engine was damaged. The … Continue reading

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Throwback: Blown-Out Spark Plug

It’s a throwback post today, going way back to 2016 and a damaged engine. Originally posted December 1st, 2016. A Honda Element got hauled in on a tow truck one night. Big misfire, running horribly when we drove it into … Continue reading

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How To Change Spark Plugs

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Chewed-Through Wiring Harness

Check engine lights on new cars are not something you want to deal with, because usually it’s going to end up a warranty job and probably not pay as well as it would on an older car. Sometimes you get … Continue reading

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Oil Leak and Ignition Coil Failure

A Honda Odyssey came into the shop with a continuous misfire on cylinder 2. After confirming which cylinder had the misfire, the next step is usually to look at the spark plug to see if it’s damaged or covered in … Continue reading

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