Phoenix Camshaft Repair
The camshaft is a critical component of an internal combustion engine that contains thousands of parts, including over 200 moving parts. Without a camshaft, an engine cannot function properly, and if it’s damaged, the engine’s performance will suffer.
If you hear strange noises from your car’s tailpipe or intake, a tapping sound from the engine’s top end, a dead miss in the engine, or a loss of power while driving on the 10 freeway in Phoenix, it could indicate a problem with the camshaft. In such a situation, it’s advisable to visit Perez Auto Repair in Phoenix.
Understanding how a camshaft works can be challenging for most people, as they do not have the opportunity to take apart a car engine. However, it is essential to comprehend the role of the camshaft and the impact it has when not functioning correctly.
When fuel and air mix and ignite through a spark plug, the engine’s pistons move up and down in its cylinders. To complete this process, the valves at the top of the cylinders need to open and close to allow oxygen in and expel the exhaust gases produced by the explosion.
The camshaft is responsible for opening and closing each cylinder’s valves at the correct moment and duration. The camshaft consists of “lobes” or “cams” that push rocker arms while the camshaft rotates. This rotation raises the outside of the rocker arm, allowing the inside to press on the valve and open it. As the camshaft continues to rotate, the rocker arm returns to its initial position, releasing the pressure on the valve, and the valve spring closes the valve. This precise timing with the vehicle’s ignition ensures smooth engine operation and efficient power production.
Camshafts can be driven by a belt, chain, or gear set, and some engines have camshafts that are pushed from below, while others sit on top of the motor and work from “overhead.” The latter design may feature a pair of camshafts. Certain cam designs permit the timing of when the valves are open to vary. With a series of computer controls, this can create different power profiles at different engine speeds.
It’s usually not advisable to repair a camshaft due to the manufacturing processes involved. While some high-performance engines use repairable camshafts, it’s not practical or cost-effective for the average car on the road. Instead, if your car requires a new camshaft, it’s best to replace it with a new one, and Perez Auto Repair of Phoenix is the best option in such a situation.
If you believe your vehicle’s camshaft need service or are not sure and would like to have your vehicle diagnosed, contact Perez Auto Repair online via phone 602-269-3576 or stop into our facility located at 429 S. 35th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85009. Always keep your vehicle in good condition and ensure the safety of yourself, your loved ones, and those around you!