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What Is Blow-By & How to Prevent It From Harming Your Engine

Of all the problems you can have with your car’s engine, one that is the least understood is probably blow-by. You may have never heard of what is sometimes called oil blow-by or engine blow-by, but if you get too much of it in your car, you’ll know something is wrong. That’s why it’s important for you to learn what blow-by is and how to stop it in an engine.
What Is Engine Blow-By?
To understand blow-by, you need to understand how car engines work. Standard cars use internal combustion, a mixture of air and fuel gets sparked and essentially explodes with the power to move crankshafts and pistons. Naturally, this process can have some unintended by-products.

Specifically, the force of the combustion can push…

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Everything You Need to Know About Engine Performance

Engine performance — it’s a topic that comes up in nearly every discussion about new or used vehicles. Whether you’ve got a brand-new model or are trying to get your old reliable car to its next mega-milestone, you want to get the best performance out of your engine for a long as you can. You don’t need to be a trained mechanic to understand how you can achieve optimal performance. All you need is a crash course in Engine Performance 101.

We know a thing or two about this. We talk to customers every day from all walks of life – daily drivers, weekend racers, drag racers, off-roaders, SCAA racers. Rislone’s…

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How to Quiet Noisy Lifters

Are you having a problem with hydraulic lifter noise in your vehicle? If you are not a car enthusiast, you may have this problem and not even be aware of it. Others may know there’s a problem, but want to learn how to quiet the noisy lifters. Fortunately, there are ways to deal with car lifter noise. Here’s what you need to know about the different ways to quiet noisy lifters.

What Are Car Lifters?
A car lifter refers to your car’s hydraulic valve lifter. It’s a small cylinder attached to your car’s hydraulic valve by a rod called a rocker arm. The system works well, except when it doesn’t. A phenomenon can occur called lifter tick, where the lifter itself makes an irritating ticking or…

Motor Oil Viscosity: Why It Matters

If you have ever looked at a bottle of motor oil, you have noticed a difference in oil weights. Perhaps a bottle says 10W 30 or 5W 20. What do these numbers mean and why do they matter? These oil “weights” are not weights at all, but a measure of the motor oil viscosity.

If you are the type of person that has their oil changed by a mechanic, you don’t have to worry about finding the right oil viscosity. The mechanic can look up the correct viscosity and will not even need to consult with you, although they may wish to know what type (conventional vs. blend vs. synthetic) of oil you wish him to put in your car.

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Does Motor Oil Quality Matter?

You have plenty of choices when it comes to the type of motor oil you use in your car. Given that some are considerably more expensive than others, it’s easy to wonder, “Does engine oil quality matter?”

Well, if your engine is the heart of your car, the motor oil is the blood, we can all agree that your engine’s lifeblood matters. Engine oil quality is no different. It absolutely makes a difference, and if you want your car to perform and last, it’s important you know why.

Why Is Quality Motor Oil Important?

Motor oil quality matters for several reasons. One of the big ones is higher quality motor oil can save…