Category: Car Knowledge Center

Intake Air Temperature (IAT) Sensor

What is the Intake Air Temperature (IAT) Sensor? The Intake Air Temperature (IAT) Sensor is used by the engine’s Power Control Module (PCM) to decide at which rate the engine should spark and inject fuel to obtain optimal performance. This is possible because the IAT sensor uses the air density and air temperature in the...

Bank 1 and Bank 2

What is Bank 1 and Bank 2? Bank 1 and Bank 2 simply refer to either side of the engine. Check your owner’s manual for definite clarification of upstream (Bank 1) and downstream (Bank 2) banks. Bank 1 is most commonly found by the front most cylinder on the engine (Cylinder 1), and Bank 2...

Mass Air Flow (MAF) Sensor

What is a Mass Air Flow (MAF) Sensor? The Mass Air Flow (MAF) sensor measures the amount of air that enters the intake system of the internal combustion engine. There are multiple types of Mass Air Flow sensors but the most popular type is hot wire sensors. Often times, an internal air temperature (IAT) sensor...

Why Is My Engine Idling Fast?

A look at some possible causes of an abnormally high idle speed.   If you have noticed your car consistently idling at an abnormally high speed, that could be an indication of something not functioning properly in your car’s engine. But first, a higher idle speed is not always indicative of a problem. Occasionally in...

MUST HAVE TOOLS In Your Garage

Whether you’re just now getting into auto repair or have been in it for awhile now, we have compiled a list of MUST HAVE tools that are deemed useful in the garage while you’re working on your car. Check ‘em out! Ratchet Socket Set Having a ratchet and socket set is extremely useful and is...

Why Is My Car Burning Oil?

Having trouble keeping your car’s oil level optimal? Sometimes higher mileage cars can start having issues maintaining a sealed system. Oil is circulated throughout your car’s entire engine. If you want to know more about what oil is doing in your engine, check out our previous post HERE. When I say, “sealed system”, I’m referring...