Fuel Injection – Cold Start Injector & Time Switch

Are you having trouble starting your Toyota in the morning? We have been there and know how frustrating that feeling can be. Early in the morning what you need to worry about getting to work, the last thing you need is your daily driver cranking forever without starting, finally, if …

Engine – Tune Up

A car is essentially a machine; it requires a certain amount of preventative maintenance in order to continue to perform to peak potential. A tune up is often overlooked and could be performed by people with very little mechanical experience. Tune up’s should be performed at least once a year. …

Compression Testing vs. Leak Down Testing

There has been great confusion encountered regarding compression tests and leak down tests. A compression test is typically done prior to a leak down test and is an easy way to determine the internal health of your engine. You can have a qualified mechanic do this or you can do …

Measuring Horsepower

If you plot the horsepower versus the rpm values for the engine, what you end up with is a horsepower curve for the engine. A typical horsepower and torque curve for a high-performance engine might look like this (this happens to be the curve chart comparing a 22R engine with …

Spark Plugs

SPARK PLUG BASICS: The spark plug has two primary functions: To ignite the air/fuel mixture and to remove heat from the combustion chamber. Spark plugs transmit electrical energy that turns fuel into working energy. A sufficient amount of voltage must be supplied by the ignition system to cause it to …

Valve Timing & Performance

If racing is your thing, or just an automotive enthusiast, then you are most likely not afraid of swapping camshafts in your engine. However, the trick to making your car faster is not just replacing the cam, but replacing it with the “right” camshaft. This is where an understanding of …