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Yearly Archives: 2021

What Causes Misaligned Wheels?

What Causes Misaligned Wheels?

Wheel alignment is a highly involved subject covering many different aspects of your car, SUV, or truck. Misaligned wheels are when your tires point in the wrong direction and can be corrected by a proper wheel alignment. As you can guess, misaligned wheels are a significant safety hazard as it will affect your steering and suspension. Additionally, they could influence your safety and the stability of your tires.   There are various ways for your vehicle to lose its alignment.  Wheel misalignment can be induced by: Ramming into potholes Hitting the curb  Flying through speed bumps Crashing into concrete parking stalls General wear and tear—as cars age, their rubber parts will start cracking or losing their elasticity. Ball and socket joints will also become loose.   What Happens If You Skip Over a Wheel Alignment? If you overlook misaligned wheels, you might as well be throwing all your money out the window. Without the proper adjustments, your trea ... read more

What Is Antifreeze (or Coolant)?

What Is Antifreeze (or Coolant)?

Antifreeze, also known as coolant, is a mixture of ethylene glycol, lubricant, and inhibitors to be put into your vehicle's radiator. A 50/50 dilution with water turns the antifreeze into a coolant, which maintains a stable temperature within the engine. Coolant is usually seen as a colorful solution that enables your car to function optimally in hot and cold climates. Here's an analysis of what antifreeze does for your vehicle.   PREVENTS FREEZING As the name implies, the antifreeze will stop the h2O in your car's engine and radiator from freezing in cold weather conditions. If the water in your radiator or engine freezes up, it may cause significant engine damage that will be expensive to repair.   PREVENTS OVERHEATING Some people argue that the heat has a more damaging effect on your engine than the cold. In hot climates, antifreeze blocks the water in the radiator and engine from boiling. Again, bubbling water within the radiator will permanently damage ... read more

Can Failing Spark Plugs Turn on My Check Engine Light?

Can Failing Spark Plugs Turn on My Check Engine Light?

Spark plugs have a super important job when it comes to your automobile. They are the parts that enable the spark to start up the combustion process, which is necessary to start your car. Spark plugs put your engine's pistons in motion, essential for a precise air-fuel mixture.   If you get into your vehicle and find that your engine won't start, you may instinctively assume that the problem is with the battery. However, it could very well be failing spark plugs. How do you know if your spark plugs are faulty, and do they cause your vehicle's check engine light to turn on? The answer is - YES! Old spark plugs can cause your vehicle's check engine light to come on. When these things grow old, they can cause your engine to misfire, which will trigger the check engine light to illuminate. The other symptoms of failing spark plugs include the following:  Rough idling Problems accelerating Trouble starting your vehicle Increased exhaust emissions Poor fuel e ... read more

6 Things You Should NEVER Leave in a Hot Car

6 Things You Should NEVER Leave in a Hot Car

The heat can pose many hazards for your vehicle, and we aren't just talking about your battery or your tires. Instead, we're here to talk about the everyday items you tend to leave inside your car. With summer temperatures on the rise, there are several things to be mindful of leaving in your vehicle. Depending on what is left behind, you could compromise your belongings, car, or even a loved one. With that being said, here are several things you should never leave inside your car on a hot summer day:   1. Plastic Bottles Not only is your plastic bottle at risk of warping and melting, but the heat can potentially release toxic chemicals into the water. So next time you notice an abandoned water bottle in your car, it's best to throw it out.   2. Pets None of us would want to be stuck in a car with no AC. So why would you let it happen to your dog, cat, gerbil—or any other pet for that matter. Doing so could kill your furry friend.   3. Electroni ... read more

Why Do You Need to Change Your Cabin Air Filters?

Why Do You Need to Change Your Cabin Air Filters?

With spring and summer comes beautiful warm weather and long beautiful days making it the best season. However, you can do without the harmful and allergy-inducing particles and pollutants, including the pollen and dust invading the air. A cabin air filter plays the integral role of eliminating the contaminants and pollutants present in the air keeping it fresh and healthy for you and your passengers. It is mostly located behind the glove box in most vehicles and cleans out the air entering the cabin through the AC and heating system. Why You Should Change Your Cabin Air Filters Reduce Pollution in The Cabin Your car's cabin air filter eliminates the smoke, smoke, and other pollutants from other cars' exhaust systems. Regularly changing these filters ensures that no undesirable toxins make it to your cabin. Allergens Pollen grains are quite common, especially in spring. If you are allergic, cabin air filters can significantly reduce the amount of pollen finding its way to ... read more

Warning Signs of an Aging Timing Belt

Warning Signs of an Aging Timing Belt

A timing belt rotates the engine's camshaft and crankshaft in sync to ensure all cylinders fire when necessary. It is a vital component of your engine because it is what enables the engine to function. When it breaks or fails to work, your car will stall, and other parts of the engine can get damaged. To help save the situation, you need to know the signs of a failing timing belt. Some of these signs include: 1. Ticking noise from the engine The timing belt is normally attached to some pulleys leading to the engine's crankshaft, which powers the connecting rods. The camshaft's function is to manage the cylinders. If these components don't work in tandem, your engine will produce a ticking noise. The noise may also mean your engine is not well lubricated. The best person to detect where the problem lies is your qualified technician. So when you hear that ticking noise from your car's engine, take it to a qualified mechanic. 2. The engine fails to turn on If your ... read more

How Do I Know If I Have Air In My Brake Lines?

How Do I Know If I Have Air In My Brake Lines?

The brake system in vehicles is a composition of different components that function collaboratively. Each part ensures that the vehicle slows down when needed and also comes to a standing point when required. Common brake failures have caused catastrophic accidents that have led to the loss of lives and extreme car damages. It is essential to ensure that all brake components are functional and any trouble is fixed immediately to guarantee safety when driving. One of the essential parts of an automobile brake system is the brake lines. Brake lines house and ensures smooth circulation of the brake fluid. Most cars have a hydraulic braking system and rely on the pressure from the brake fluid to operate the pads. Although brake systems in modern vehicles are airtight, there are times when air enters the brake lines. It happens from the constant need for brake pads to move further as they wear down. The calipers respond by expanding to maintain uniform distance. As the hydraulic system ex ... read more

What are the Symptoms of a Failing Axle CV Shaft Assembly?

What are the Symptoms of a Failing Axle CV Shaft Assembly?

There are many parts to your vehicle, some of which you may have never heard about before. But that doesn't make them less important. The CV axles are like a drivetrain that is found on most vehicles today. They transfer power from the transmission to the different wheels and drive them forward. They have a greased joint that allows your vehicle to move without as much effort. Since the axles have a direct impact on the motion of your vehicle, they have a high level of stress over time, which can subject them to failure at some point. Here are some signs that yours might be on the way out. Clicking Noises When Turning If you hear your vehicle making a clicking noise when you turn, or perhaps when you accelerate, the CV axle could be worn. That joint will click when it is loose and when it is loose, it could be close to the point of no return. The clicks will get louder when you drive faster or turn harder. Grease On The Tire's Edge If ... read more

Does Your Car Run Better After an Oil Change?

Does Your Car Run Better After an Oil Change?

You have already surpassed the 7000 miles in your driving, but you continue to ignore recommended oil changes for your vehicle. After all, the car is still running effectively without signs indicating the need for an oil change. Do you continue driving in the same oil? Well, oil changes are services that we mostly ignore in vehicle maintenance. However, it is important to understand that even though you may fail to notice, recommended oil changes make the vehicle function effectively and run properly. Oil changing is a vehicle service that should be completed without fail. Importance of Oil Changes As important as blood is in your body, so is oil in the car. Heating is among the common trouble to car parts mostly heat from the engine. The oil prevents the overheating in the engine and ensures that the heat is spread away from the combustion chamber. The oil further prevents carbon and vanish from settling in the engine and thus protects the engine and ensure it remains functional th ... read more

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