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WHAT IS LEAKING FROM MY CAR?

Cars and trucks rely heavily on multiple fluids in order to properly operate their numerous systems. The hydraulic mechanisms of your vehicle allow it to run, drive and stop safely and reliably. These fluids are vital to the operation of your vehicle, so anytime you think your vehicle may have a leak be sure to get the issue checked out right away by a professional mechanic. To help describe the problem you’re having to the mechanic use this guide to try and identify what the fluid may be. These are the most common fluids that leak from cars, trucks and SUVs. Engine Oil The most simple fluid to identify is also the most common one that leaks. Oil is generally black or light brown and it will leave a nasty stain in the driveway. As Oil runs through the motor it may be able to seep from many different places where there are gaskets and seals. Some leaks don’t need immediate repair, while others are crucial. Ask your mechanic for honest advice. Brak ... read more

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5 SIGNS IT IS TIME FOR AUTO REPAIR

5 SIGNS IT IS TIME FOR AUTO REPAIR

Family Broken Down On Country Road When it comes to car trouble there are many ways you may figure out something is wrong. While your car itself is quite smart, what with all its computers and all, it is often up to you as the regular driver to pay attention to signs of a problem. There are a few common types of symptoms that can occur for all makes and models that will represent an issue. If you notice any of these signs of car trouble get to the auto shop as soon as possible. Strange Noises Noises are a common sign of trouble. Some of the ones you are likely to encounter is a howling or squealing noise when braking, representing worn brake pads, or a grinding noise that occurs as your vehicle’s transmission shifts. The latter likely indicates your car is running low on transmission fluid. Odd Vibrations Should you ever feel your car shaking or vibrating, from one location or another, a trip to the mechanic will be needed ... read more

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WHY IS THE CHECK ENGINE LIGHT ILLUMINATED?

WHY IS THE CHECK ENGINE LIGHT ILLUMINATED?

When the check engine light comes on too many drivers ignore it, because they can’t tell there is a problem with how their car is performing. However, by putting off diagnostics and repairs the issue will only get worse, meaning the repair bill will grow right along with it. If your vehicle’s check engine light has come on do not hesitate to get it checked out. The following are a few of the most common reasons that little orange glow will come about. Loose Gas Cap If you fail to tighten the gas cap after filling up, or if the cap is cracked or otherwise broken, it may allow fuel vapors to evaporate up and out of the filler hose, meaning you’re wasting gas the engine didn’t even get a chance to try and burn. Misfiring Misfiring can occur for a number of reasons but it is important to resolve this issue quick as it will drastically reduce your fuel efficiency and engine power. Common reasons for misfiring includes worn spark plugs or b ... read more

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SO, WHAT IS A TUNE UP?

In the automotive world the term tune up is tossed around as much as a lonely cherry tomato in a salad. It seems like no one can ever stick a fork in it’s true meaning. Well, that’s because if you ask 5 different mechanics what a tune up is, you’ll likely get 5 different answers. The term first developed with the invention of the automobile, and generally referred to tuning the carburetor, which is the part that fed gas to the engine. Today’s vehicle’s no longer have this part, but that hasn’t stopped the term tune up from still being widely used. In general it means conducting small services that help the vehicle run better. These are 5 common aspects of a tune up. New spark plugs and plug wires The spark plugs are fed an electrical charge via the spark plug wires which thus creates a tiny burst of fire that ignites the air/fuel mixture in order to power the pistons. When the plugs become corroded or burnt, which will happen after about 30,000 miles of u ... read more

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4 COMMON AUTO ELECTRIC PROBLEMS

Today’s vehicles are full of electronics that provide passengers with endless entertainment and drivers with directions and hands free operation of infotainment systems. But vehicle electronics also monitor the road, helping to avoid accidents by powering things like backup cameras and there is a vast amount of sensors that control engine speed, monitor air pressure and so much more to keep our cars safe. Auto electrical problems can cause major issues in different vehicle systems. If you have electrical trouble you may lose your headlights or wipers, your navigation could fail or your car may not run right or even start. These are some of the most common electrical problems in cars. Bad Spark Plugs or Wires Spark plugs are what create the power necessary to drive the pistons in the engine up and down. They require a small electrical charge in order to do so and if the plugs or the wires they are connected to go erode or fail in some other way the engine wi ... read more

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WHY ARE OIL CHANGES SO IMPORTANT?

Routine maintenance is an important part of any vehicle’s life. All vehicles are designed with maintenance needs in mind, and these are translated by the engineers into a maintenance schedule that is listed in your vehicle’s owner’s manual. Major maintenance services are generally referred to as 30/60/90K maintenance because they are done at 30,000 mile intervals. However there is one service that is necessary much more frequently in order to keep your vehicle healthy. For most vehicles oil changes should be completed between every 3,000 and 5,000 miles. But why is this service so important to complete? The main reason, to prevent catastrophic engine failure. Here is how regularly changing your oil keeps your vehicle healthy. Regulates Engine Temperature Engine oil is scientifically engineered to be able to help control the temperature of the engine as it operates by absorbing heat. But as oil ages it begins to break down, losing its ability to do so and it ... read more

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WHAT DOES EXCESSIVE EXHAUST SMOKE MEAN?

As your car runs it produces emissions that contains fumes that are very poisonous to people, or any oxygen-breathing being for that matter. The exhaust system in your car prevents these gases from getting into the passenger area and it also helps to improve fuel efficiency by monitoring the makeup of your vehicle’s emissions and calculating the correct air/fuel mixture based on the readings. But you can monitor your exhaust as well and likely determine if engine trouble is occurring! If you see excess smoke being emitted from the tailpipe take note of the color, as it may indicate the problem within your car’s engine. These are the most common colors of exhaust and what they may mean for your vehicle. Black Exhaust If your car is producing thick, black exhaust it often indicates the burning of excess amounts of gas. This is usually caused by a faulty MAF sensor, which measures the amount of incoming air and calculates the proper amount of gasoline to mix w ... read more

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5 SIGNS IT IS TIME FOR TRANSMISSION REPAIR

The transmission is the link between the engine and the tires. It transfers the power created by the motor to the tires via the driveline. If your transmission begins to have trouble it is imperative to get to the auto repair shop as soon as possible, as delaying repairs could result in total transmission failure. This would require a complete transmission rebuild or possibly a replacement. If you experience any of these signs of transmission trouble head to the shop for service right away. Grinding Noises A common sign of transmission trouble is a grinding noise that occurs while the car is shifting. This can occur in automatic or manual transmission vehicles and it often indicates that there is low levels of transmission fluid. Delayed Shifting When driving your automatic transmission vehicle do the engine RPMs spike when you shift from park (P) to drive (D) or in between gears as you move down the highway? This is a clear indicat ... read more

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WHAT IS SCHEDULED AUTO MAINTENANCE?

In order to keep your car running in great condition it is important that you provide it with routine maintenance as dictated by the service schedule that can be found inside your car’s owner’s manual. These services are the result of a series of tests that check the capabilities of mechanical components of your vehicle. Without preventative auto maintenance parts would fail, which would result in a need for much more extensive and likely expensive auto repair. The following are the most common types of auto maintenance. Be sure to check your owner’s manual and make an appointment for service the next time your car is due! 30/60/90K Maintenance Many services are necessary every 30,000 miles for most cars and trucks, which has led to the generic term of 30/60/90K maintenance. During these check ups a technician will perform a variety of services, including safety checks, part inspections and replacements and computer diagnostics. Oil Change ... read more

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HOW DO I KNOW IF MY CAR NEEDS SUSPENSION REPAIR?

HOW DO I KNOW IF MY CAR NEEDS SUSPENSION REPAIR?

In order to keep you and your passengers safe your vehicle is outfitted with numerous features. While some of the safety features may be obvious, such as the brakes, airbags, seatbelts and so on and so forth, there is one system you may not think of, well at least not in terms of safety. The suspension system is more often than not associated with ride comfort. While it is responsible for keeping everything rolling down the road smoothly by absorbing any bumps in the road, it also plays a huge role in your safety. What does the suspension do? Understandably you recognize that the suspension system is what keeps the car ride comfortable by letting the wheels move up and down over bumps and stabilizing the body of the vehicle on rough terrain. However, while it is keeping everything comfy it is also keeping it safe. The suspension is tasked with ensuring all four wheels remain on the ground at any given time, maximizing braking power when it is needed. It als ... read more

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