Engine mount replacement

The rubber anti-vibration mountings of an engine may crack or come away from the metal plates to ...

How to remove a cylinder head

Removing the cylinder head is straightforward on pushrod engines, but more complicated on overhea...

How to drain engine oil and remove filter

Check the engine oil level weekly more often if the engine is consuming some oil, and always bef...

Changing an oil filter

Fitting a cartridge-type filter Fitting a new disposable cartridge is a simple task, but you mus...

Removing and grinding valves

Good engine performance depends on valve condition. Worn guides or stems and burned or badly seat...

Engine oil pump replacement

If the oil pump is fitted to the outside of the engine, you may be able to reach it...

Air filter change

A choked filter in an air cleaner causes increased fuel consumption and, eventually, extra engin...

Checking for oil leaks

If an engine needs topping up with fresh oil more than usual, or if you see a pool of oil...

Checking and adjusting valves

Valve clearances are the small gaps between the tops of the valve stems and the part of the mech...

Replacing gaskets and oil seals

Gaskets and oil seals should be replaced if worn or leaking, or whenever removed during servicin...

Exhaust manifold gasket replacement

An exhaust-manifold gasket is more likely to need renewing than the gasket on the intake manifold...

How to remove an overhead camshaft

On some overhead camshaft (OHC) engines. the camshaft must be removed to take off the cylinder h...

Adjusting a camshaft timing belt

The tension of the toothed belt that drives an overhead camshaft must be checked at the intervals...

Cylinder compression test

A good way to check engine wear is to test the compression of each cylinder using a compression ...

Checking the oil pump

Low oil pressure - indicated on the oil-pressure gauge or dashboard warning light - could provid...

Checking the emission valve and breather

The crankcase emission valve governs the amount of crankcase oil fumes that are recycled into th...

Servicing a diesel engine

In many ways a diesel engine is less complicated than a petrol engine, with greater reliability ...

Tuning the engine with a colortune plug

Although some experienced mechanics can tune a car's carburettor fairly well by ear, to do the j...

How to measure the engine temperature

Although car cooling systems are designed to maintain a fairly constant working temperature, the...