Engine Compression Test How-to

Is your engine as healthy as you think it is?


Engine performance mods are only as good as the engine you’re putting them on. What’s the point of adding boost on an engine that isn’t strong enough to make the most out of that boost? At best, you make more power than you had previously and, at worst, you blow your engine and get stuck on the road or track. Both of those outcomes suck, so how can you avoid wasting your hard earned money? One of the easiest ways to check your engine’s health is by performing a compression test. This measures each cylinder’s ability to create pressure. In this video Brian uses Carter’s DA Integra to show how to check the compression.




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Aaron Gaghagen
Multimedia Editor at VTEC Academy
Aaron Gaghagen is a veteran video editor and longtime Honda enthusiast. All told, he’s owned seven of them, and has enjoyed every single minute of wrenching on every single one. Except for that automatic one. That was probably a mistake. In 2010 Aaron teamed up with Brian Gillespie who along with another partner launched Nacho Speed Garage, a venture that capitalized on Aaron’s video expertise to do its part in entertaining and educating the Honda masses. Nacho Speed Garage took everything to the next level. Instead of reading magazines and cruising forums for content, Aaron and Brian were generating it themselves. The demise of Honda Tuning magazine in 2014 was the impetus for Aaron to do something even more impactful, though, which led to the creation of VTEC Academy and aims to carry that Honda torch forward in the same spirt of not just Honda Tuning but Nacho Speed Garage.