About Your Car

Myths, problems, fixes, and things you should know about your car.

Apr 192012
Boost Control Systems Explained..... Part 3

Why Do I need the EBCS Pro? In Boost Control Systems Explained Part 2, we described the basics behind adding more boost using Manual boost controllers along with how OEM boost control systems work. In this article, we are going to explore using our EBCS Pro solenoid in place of the OEM part. You will see how this can benefit you and your car. The PERRIN EBCS Pro is a solenoid designed to replace the OEM part to create better […Continue Reading…]

 Posted by on April 19, 2012 About Your Car, Dyno Test & Tune
Feb 092012
91 Octane Fuel for Your MINI is Bad!

Recently we have been getting more and more customers with poorly runing cars, or check engine codes for super knock.   A large source of these customers are in California or where 91oct fuel is the highest they can get at the pump. In any turbocharged or supercharged engine, octane is very important for performance and for keeping knock/detonation at bay.  This article isn’t about knock or what it is, or why its bad, you can find out about this […Continue Reading…]

 Posted by on February 9, 2012 About Your Car, Dyno Test & Tune, MINI Only
Dec 292008
Foam Filter Q&A, why they are the best.

Everyone has an air filter on their engine (at least you should!) and this goes true for all types of things that that suck in air constantly.  Yes even you have a filter; your nose has them built into it as does your air passageway.  But we are talking about your car here which sucks in way more air than you do, so it has much more special filtering needs.  Also we are talking about a filter for your performance […Continue Reading…]

 Posted by on December 29, 2008 About Your Car, MINI Only, Part Design & Tech Tagged with: , , , ,
Nov 182008
Boost Control Systems Explained..... Part 2

How do you get more boost than the spring pressure in the wastegate? In Part 1, we describe the basics on how your boost control system works and the components involved. Some of the diagrams in Part 1 were common items found on stock turbocharged engines, and some only found on aftermarket turbo systems. In both setups, its possible get more boost from your turbo, than the wastegate spring pressure. This is done by using different methods to change the boost […Continue Reading…]

 Posted by on November 18, 2008 About Your Car, Part Design & Tech
Nov 062008
Boost Control Systems Explained..... Part 1

This collection of parts above are typical items you will find in a modern boost control system and many aftermarket type system.s  Some items may not be recognizable, but after you read this, i think you will be able to pick out any of those parts and understand what they do and how they work. Modern day boost control systems rely on both mechanical and electrical systems to control boost.  The main electronic component is the ECU, which drives an electro-mechanical device […Continue Reading…]

Aug 192008
2009 JCW Exposed

It was inevitable that we would get one of the newest coolest Mini coopers out there.  Some might think we just do this for fun, but don’t forget our fun is also our business.  Getting the newest coolest cars is important for us to develop new parts and prove our existing parts on.  Our business does have its benefits! The car we got is actually a special launch JCW R56. This means that there are few special items already installed […Continue Reading…]

 Posted by on August 19, 2008 About Your Car, MINI Only, New Cars Exposed Tagged with: , , ,
Dec 162007
2008 STI Exposed

So I am just sitting there responding to some NASIOC posts, and I get the call…… “Your 2008 STI is here!!!” our good buddy at our dealer tells me.  This was a huge surprise to us as we had all been told they would be in by the end of January!  It’s December, and we already got our car.  Time to get to work! When ever we get a new car, the first thing we do is go over all […Continue Reading…]

 Posted by on December 16, 2007 About Your Car, New Cars Exposed Tagged with: , , ,