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Yearly Archives: 2021

Why Is My Check Engine Light Flashing?

Why Is My Check Engine Light Flashing?

The ominous flashing of the check engine light sends visions of smoking hoods and empty wallets through your mind. Don't let yourself stress about it any longer, take your vehicle in today and get it checked out before it becomes a problem you can't fix, causing even more repairs and putting yourself at risk of an engine failure while on the road. Why Can't I Check It Myself? The check engine light is part of the warning system your vehicle has to let you know when something's wrong. This monitoring is handled by the vehicle's computer, constantly monitoring metrics throughout the vehicle for fluid levels, mechanical failures, or any imbalances across the board. If there's a problem identified, the computer flips on the light and records the error code that occurred. That being said, interpreting the issue from the computer isn't as simple as reading a printout. Issues such as high temperatures or low tire pressure can be visibly verified, with the thousa ... read more

What Are The Different Types of Car Fluid Leaks?

What Are The Different Types of Car Fluid Leaks?

There are different types of fluids in your car engine, and each plays a specific role. Any of the fluids may leak, with varying repercussions on the engine's performance. It is essential that you determine what fluid is leaking from the color of the puddle. This helps you ascertain its type of damage to the car's engine. Here are some popular car fluid leaks and ways to identify them. Coolant The coolant color may range from pink to orange or bright green. The color variation depends on the brand of antifreeze used. New models in the market do not spill coolant. Therefore, a puddle of the coolant might point to a crack in the cooling system. You need to have leakage fixed fast to prevent the engine from overheating. Oil Oil is usually amber to black, depending on the period it has been in the engine. The darker the color, the longer it has been in the engine. Therefore, a black or amber puddle may point to a leak at the oil pan or gaskets ... read more

What Do the Sounds My Brakes Make Mean?

What Do the Sounds My Brakes Make Mean?

Understanding the brake sounds can help you be aware of an upcoming danger. You might wonder why your brakes are making weird or strange noises. If that's the case then you are in the right place. Different Types of Brake Sounds Let's discuss some of the brake sounds so that you would know what you've experienced with your vehicle. Consider the following: #1. Squeaking If you experience the brakes are producing a squeaking sound can be because of: Friction in the brakes Weather Sand Water Wear and tear The squeaking sound could also simply mean that the brake pads are of cheap quality. It's annoying, but not much alarming. However, if the above-mentioned points are not the cause then it's better to take your car to our auto repair shop for a thorough inspection. #2. Rattle If you experience the sound of a rattle then it can be because of the brake pads. It's usually a common concern with the drivers. If there are no anti-rattle shims, you can experie ... read more

What are the Symptoms of a Blown Head Gasket?

What are the Symptoms of a Blown Head Gasket?

Your car's head gasket is a very important component of your engine block. It is the part that ensures that engine fluids (fuel, oil, etc.) never mix. The head gasket is tightly sealed and is designed such that it will stop residue buildup to protect the engine from things that might cause an explosion. If your head gasket is damaged, your car will have a lot of problems. Here are the most common signs of a blown head gasket. 1. Malfunctioning Cylinders Any misfiring from your vehicle cylinders also shows the head gasket is damaged. The cylinder is where the fuel burns to power your vehicle. So if your cylinders misfire, it may indicate that there's a problem between two or more cylinders. You'll need an expert to carry out leak testing and cylinder compression to determine the cause of the problem. 2. Telltale Leaks Any leaks from your engine are a clear sign that your head gasket is blown. The fluids in your car are supposed to be in an airtight (closed) system, so a ... read more

Your Car’s New Year’s Resolutions

Your Car’s New Year’s Resolutions

It's that time of year for taking stock of what worked and what didn't last year and resolving to make better decisions this year. While most people think of resolutions such as eating better and exercising, there are some others you might want to take into consideration. Such as your car. Your car is a lifeline; it gets you to work, school, the market, the soccer field, the hospital, etc. Where would your family be without a dependable car? One way to keep your car dependable is by adopting these new year resolutions to keep your workhorse working well: 1. Change Your Oil Whether you do it yourself or have it done, the new year is a great time to tend to it. Your car has a lot of moving parts in the engine and it needs fresh, clean oil for lubrication. Even if you haven't met the mileage sticker from the oil change place, it's good to get it checked. I lived somewhere that I didn't have to drive much and found out the hard way that my oil had gotten sl ... read more

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