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What is a Valve Cover?

What is a Valve Cover?

  A Valve Cover sits on your engine that encapsulates the cylinder head on your engine. Put simply, it covers the top of your engine and conceals your valves while preventing them from spewing oil all over your engine bay. In some models, a crankcase vent valve will be situated within the valve cover itself. Valve Cover Types There are a few different types of valve covers that consist of different materials. There are valve covers composed of metal (both aluminum and magnesium), and many newer cars have valve covers that are plastic. Valve Cover Issues Over time, the mating surface of a valve cover can become compromised and no longer seal as properly as it should. When this happens, we recommend replacing the valve cover and valve cover gasket at the same time. Magnesium valve covers typically do not hold up over time as well as Aluminum and Plastic valve covers. Also, cars that have built in crankcase vent valves are known to require valve cover replacement due to the crankc ... read more

Are You Dealing with Transmission Problems

Are You Dealing with Transmission Problems

Are you noticing any problems with the way your transmission is shifting? Common symptoms regarding transmission issues could consist of your transmission falling out of gear, transmission fluid leaking beneath your car, and lack of power among many other things! Over the years we have experienced and heard of many different symptoms in BMW, Mercedes, and Audi transmissions. In some situations, we are able to relieve these symptoms with a transmission service where fluids are exchanged. In other cases, the only solution would be to replace the transmission. Transmission Type Depending on whether your car is an automatic transmission or a manual transmission, issues can differ. With a manual transmission, some of your issues could be in relation to your clutch, whereas with an automatic car you would more likely be facing issues with the whole transmission. We Can Help If you are experiencing issues with your transmission and don’t know where to start, contact us ... read more

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