Quick Tech: How to Read a Vacuum Gauge to Pinpoint Engine Problems

We are a team of ASE certified mechanics that have created this guide so you can save money and do the job right. Let’s jump right in! Before you begin its good idea to see how the system works. If you don’t vacuum the system the AC will not be as cold because of the normal air which is trapped inside. Many manufactures recommend the system be vacuumed down each time you service the system to remove residual moisture which helps the compressor last longer. Watch the video below to see how the job is done and then continue reading for tips and information which is updated regularly. Apply the emergency brake with the transmission in park and wear protective eye wear and gloves.

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A thorough evacuation is necessary after servicing or replacing system components or when converting to Freeze 12, R a, or any other refrigerant. It simply shows the steps required to draw a vacuum on the system to remove moisture and other contaminants and charge the system with oil and the refrigerant of your choice. The necessity of properly capturing any refrigerant already in the system must be noted.

This is a must-have for any mechanic’s tool chest. Whether you are tuning up an old Mustang or troubleshooting a new Honda, a vacuum gauge is indispensable.

Originally Posted by Finkle How much boost did the gauge read when u had it hooked up on the arm? Some had worked there way loose Did u change ur plugs at all after putting on the blower at all, i havent done that yet but im not too sure how big of a diff they would actually make, i think ill do that 2morrow morn pull my plugs and see what they look like I didn’t rev it up all the way but it was reading 4lbs plus at just over half throttle and was still climbing before I got off it.

Therefore I know I don’t have an air leak in the intake piping. One thing I’m curious about is I made a stupid mistake and forgot to hook up the valve cover breather before I went out and drove it, OOPS! It blew oil out all over the place so I’m wondering if all that increased pressure blew a vacuum hose off or something to that degree.

Let me fore-warn you, the middle one on the driver’s side is a bitch. Steering shaft is right in the way I moved that orange cover outta the way and had just enough room to get the socket and angle extension in there. I still have yet to put in new spark plug wires. The plugs may very well be your problem, the gap is much bigger on the stock one’s compared to plugs made for forced induction. If I’m thinking correctly here I don’t believe I have a bypass valve.

Is that the same thing as a relief valve or blow off valve or whatever for the supercharger? If it is I know for a fact I don’t have one.

VDO Boost Gauge

I would suggest you try to find the manufacturer of your tachometer on the web and check out their support site and email them if needed for your particuliar vehicle. For instance below is a link to Autometer’s Tech Tip web site however unless you own an Autometer Tach this may be useless to you. Th…ere are so many different ignition systems today that it would be difficult to explain each.

So let’s get started by listing things you need (some things will be obvious, such as the TV, but will be listed here anyway). Take a moment to look over the How to Hook up Surround Sound Diagram shown below. Equipment you need for Connecting a Surround Sound System The quick list is you need.

Evo X MR Part 1: Primary wiring AEM is a confusing company, as they send a lot of what you don’t need a lot of and not enough of what you actually need a lot of. They sent a spaghetti of wires that I will now help you organize through. The kit comes with two harnesses, one going to the Bosch O2 sensor and the other responsible for power and other good stuff.

For now, pick up the harness responsible for powering the unit the one without anything at the end but wires. This is what you will be looking at: Good news, you only need TWO wires from all that and here’s a quick look-over at what each wire does: Red- Power wire, basically this feeds power to the gauge Black- Ground wire, connect to a ground source will show in a bit Gray- Connects to the dash light fuse to dim the display. We will NOT be using this because our car’s dash is always ON, meaning the display will always be dimmed.

You could connect this to the headlight switch instead in theory but I have not yet tested this.

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This is an article I have put together from many sources. I hope it answers all of your Duraspark Timing and Tuning questions. Lets start at the beginning Maybe you’ve just built up a brand new engine, or upgraded to new heads and a cam, perhaps you’re simply trying to dial-in an existing combination. In either scenario, one area of tuning that is highly overlooked and greatly misunderstood is timing.

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Watt See the webmaster’s note at the bottom Diagnosing car engines with a vacuum gauge. To isolate a problem further diagnostics are usually needed. This is a consolidation of diagnostics from three sources: Instructions for Equus vacuum gauge Chilton general car care manual Haynes emissions control manual Connecting the vacuum gauge Engine must be warm or the gauge reading will be too high and computer will be in warmup mode.

Select a vacuum hose connected directly to the car’s intake manifold or select an unused port on the manifold. The best alternative would be to attach a hose to an unused port on the manifold and leave it there for use with the gauge. Plug the hose when not in use. Otherwise if in doubt which hoses are connected to the intake manifold, consult the hose diagram on the emissions sticker, usually found on the underside of the hood or on the firewall, or consult a repair manual.

Ported Vacuum vs. Manifold Vacuum

You can use a flat screen TV. You can use a movie projector and movie screen. Basically anything you want to use to view either TV or a movie or sports programming.

Hold on a minute, you’re thinking. Why in the world do I need to vacuum my inground pool or above ground pool by hand when I have an automatic pool cleaner?Shouldn’t that little robot be .

In my 2nd week now. I hold 20 seconds, pulse for Is it worthwhile adding anything else or should this be sufficient to gain with. With the right technique, it seems as if very little damage is being done – especially when compared to something like clamping. It certainly was for PEforFun. I believe it is for me as well, albeit at a much slower rate. There are a few ways to do it.

One is doing more intense exercises between the sets, as you mentioned. Another is doing other forms of PE before the pump session. At best the tip of the glans. Which is barely there over a 20 minute set and disappears after showering. That had most of the base nuts and bolts of his actual cycling routine. Here’s some advice I wish someone had given me when I first started. My current PE4F pumping project and my balls enhancement project.

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Originally Posted by Rustytruck Normal Bronco carbs had 2 vacuum ports for the carb on the smog models. One on the passengers side and tee-ed into the egr the vacuum timing amplifer module and to temperature sensors then to the vacuum retard side on the side of the advance cannister. This is straight manifold vacuum at the carb. The other vacuum connection was under the float bowl on the driverside and that is hooked up to the end port on the vacuum cannister for vacuum advance.

There should be little to no vacuum on this line at idle.

What is the highest vacuum you should run? Our opinion is around 15″ with a wet sump oiling system, over that and I understand the oil mist is reduced to the point where you can lose lubrication to the wrist pins and cylinder walls.

A lot of people install into the black plastic upper boost hose. This is OK, but I prefer a metal into metal fitting, plastic is weak enough before you go drilling into it. Vacuum line came with kit on mine. Torque bits and allen bolts, pliers, regular tools for these cars.. First, I remove the EGR, 4x6mm allen bolts, 3x5mm allen bolts and a couple clamps and vac lines Drill and tap where you want the fitting. Make sure your hold does not interfere with the anti-shudder valve. Clean it out while your in there, and make sure nothing bad goes in the intake.

Carbon is enough to vend valves on these VE tdi motors. I used the pipe thread tape on my fitting to stop any potential leaks and help it sit snugly. You want to run the boost line to the drivers side somehow, make sure it is secure and won’t vibrate. You are aiming for a grommet to the top-left of the brake booster. Use a screwdriver or pick to remove the grommet and cut a hole into it, you run the boost line into the car from this point, that way all remains weather-tight.

Kinda out of focus, but directly to the right of the heater core hoses:

How To Diagnose Common Engine Problems With A Vacuum Gauge