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Why is My Vehicle Overheating?

Why is My Vehicle Overheating?

You look at your dashboard and notice that your temperature gauge is sitting high - is it temporary due to the heat, or is there a problem with your vehicle? Engine overheating is a serious issue and definitely a matter that you want to address quickly. The longer you drive with an overheating engine, the more damage that can occur. You may have low coolant or there could be a problem with your vehicle's cooling system such as a failing radiator or a bad water pump. Regardless of the issue, it is vital to get your vehicle into A-1 Auto Repair at your earliest convenience to keep repairs to a minimum.  You may feel that your vehicle is only overheating because you've been driving in stop and go traffic for hours on a hot day. While this could be the case, our vehicles are designed to withstand major amounts of heat, so it is still in your best interest to have your car inspected quickly. Let's look at some of the reasons why your vehicle could potentially be overheatin ... read more

Dangers of Driving with Under Inflated Tires

Dangers of Driving with Under Inflated Tires

When most drivers see that pesky Tire Pressure warning light turn on, they don't panic. It simply isn't regarded as an emergency warning, so many drivers will continue driving for days, if not weeks or longer, with the light on. This is because many drivers don't fully understand just how important driving with proper tire pressure really is, and how dangerous it can be driving with under inflated tires. Let's take a look at why proper tire pressure is so important.  Your vehicle's tires are a very important safety component of your vehicle, especially because they are the components that sit between your car and the road. They create friction with the road in order for your vehicle to travel across many different types of terrain. In order for these tires to operate at their best, they need to be filled up with the right amount of air.  When you drive with under inflated tires, meaning that the tire pressure is below factory recommendations, you severel ... read more

What is a Brake Fade?

You're driving along and step on the brakes to slow down - you notice that it takes you significantly longer to brake, almost like your brakes are failing. This can be extremely scary, and is definitely a situation you want to avoid. So what happened? Did your brakes fail? This is what is called a brake fade. A brake fade is defined as the temporary loss or reduction of full brake power.  When you step on your vehicle's brakes, multiple different components work together to slow down to stop your vehicle. Brake fade is a situation in which no driver wants to find themselves in, especially when your brakes fail completely. Although it typically only lasts for a few seconds, those few seconds are enough to find yourself in an accident. Let's take a look at what exactly a brake fade is and how it can be avoided.  As you press down on the brake pedal, the brake pad and rotor create friction in order to slow down the wheels. When this doesn't happen, this is refe ... read more

Practicing Social Distancing? Take Care of Your Car’s Overdue Needs

With the sudden spread of COVID-19 in the United States and the growing cases here in Nebraska, we understand the uncertainty and the fear that our community faces when thinking about the health and safety of friends and family. In order to prevent the further spread of the Coronavirus, Nebraska officials are asking our residents to avoid gather in groups and to practice social distancing.  Social distancing means keeping at least 6 feet between you and others and avoiding group settings. We know that staying home and distancing yourself from your loved ones can be difficult, but it is also a great time to take care of some things that may have been put on the back burner. We know many of our customers have overdue services, such as oil services or filter changes, and now is the perfect time to get these services done if you have additional time on your hands.  Here at A-1 Auto Repair, we are still open and are available to serve you. We want you to rest assured knowin ... read more

Why is My Car Not Getting Enough Power?

You step on your vehicle's accelerator, and find that your vehicle is lacking power. It doesn't accelerate forward like it used to, and you find yourself having to slam down on the gas pedal to get it to even move. Not only is this alarming and quite frankly, a bit annoying, but it can also be dangerous on the road. If you're at a red light that turns green and your vehicle is lagging to push forward, the cars behind you may be taken off guard. This issue can also lead to vehicle stalling or hesitation, which is another dangerous occurrence while driving.  The main cause for a vehicle not having enough power is an issue with the fuel system. It could be caused by leaking fuel or a bad fuel pump, or another failing component. Basically, your engine isn't receiving the right amount of fuel and air mixture to work as it should, which is the reason why you aren't getting a lot of power when accelerating. As soon as you notice this issue, it is extremely vital to h ... read more

What Can Cause Your Car's A/C or Heater to Fail?

Your car's A/C and heating systems are in place for a number of reasons. You need your A/C on hot days and your heating on cold days to keep you comfortable while driving. You also need the heating system for defrosting purposes during the winter months. If one of these systems doesn't work, you may find yourself having to get to your destination freezing cold or sweating hot. What is it that goes wrong with these systems?  Both the heater and air conditioning are apart of your vehicle's HVAC system. The heater works by taking air from the outside and using heat generated from the engine to warm the air. The air conditioning system takes air from the outside and uses a compressor and refrigerant to cool the air.  When an issue does arise with either system, the problem behind the issue can be a number of things. Here are some of the most common causes for a car's A/C and heater to fail:  A heater can fail due to:  Low coolant Bad heater core Fa ... read more

2020 Resolutions for Your Vehicle

As we head into the New Year, many of us will think about what changes we would like to make moving forward to enhance our lives and be healthier or happier. When you make your New Year's resolution list for 2020, we challenge you to make at least one resolution for your vehicle. Owning a vehicle is a huge investment and many car owners are guilty of neglecting their car's needs, whether that be with maintenance or just keeping it clean. Here are some of our ideas of what resolutions you can make for your vehicle for 2020:  Aim to keep your vehicle cleaner by purchasing a trash bag that can hang on a seat to discard any garbage. Also try to throw away any drinks or food as you consume them and avoid leaving these items in your vehicle overnight or for extended periods of time.    Try to have your vehicle washed and waxed more often to preserve the exterior of your vehicle.    Follow your vehicle's factory recommended maintenance schedule to be ... read more

Happy Thanksgiving from A-1 Auto Repair!

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us here at A-1 Auto Repair! We hope that you are your family had a wonderful holiday and have more amazing holidays to come this winter season. If you are planning on traveling this time of year, it is important to have your vehicle inspected here at our shop before you hit the road. This vehicle inspection will allow our mechanics to verify that your vehicle can handle the long haul and will allow us to catch any issues before they turn into problems on your trip.  Along with a vehicle inspection, being sure that your car is well maintained throughout the winter will be key to avoiding stressful breakdowns and car trouble throughout the season. Some important car maintenance items to take care of this winter include:  Checking tire pressure, making sure that you have the proper tire tread, and have a tire balance and rotation performed if necessary Inspired windshield wipers and have them replaced if they are dry or cracked, also making sure ... read more

Notice Any Spooky Car Sounds?

Whether it's the sound of rattling bones coming from underneath the hood or a creepy squealing while you brake, don't ignore those spooky sounds this October. It's the time for ghosts, ghouls, and frights, but nothing is as frightening at getting stranded on the side of the road. If you notice a strange sound with your vehicle, don't ignore it! It could be your car's way of letting you know that something is wrong. Here are some sounds to look out for and what they can indicate:  Rattling under the hood - a rattling noise under the hood should never be ignored. This can indicate that a belt, hoses, cap, or other component has come lose. It can also point to a problem with the transmission, so have it checked out right away.  Squealing or screeching noise when braking - this can be a sign that you need new brake pads.  Whirring or wheezing noise - this is a symptom of a transmission problem, and needs to be looked at as soon as possible. Clicking n ... read more

How Often Should You Replace Your Water Pump

The water pump in your vehicle's engine has a very important job. The water pump helps to push coolant from the radiator throughout the cooling system. This coolant protects the engine from overheating, so without the water pump, your engine would likely overheat and become damaged from extremely high temperatures.  Water pumps are typically built to last, but like all car parts, can wear down and fail over time. Water pumps have a long lifespan but it is often recommended to replace them at the same time you replace the timing belt, since the timing belt is what powers the water pump. Most vehicles require that the timing belt be replaced every 60,000 to 100,000 miles, depending on the make and model of your vehicle.  If it's time to replace your vehicle's water pump, you may notice the following symptoms:  Engine overheating Coolant leak Loose water pump pulley Steam coming from the radiator If you due suspect that your vehicle is due for a ... read more

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