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Monthly Archives: May 2018

5 Reasons Your “Check Engine” Light Comes On

5 Reasons Your “Check Engine” Light Comes On

The "Check Engine" light can be one of the most confusing warnings on your dashboard because it offers no explanation as to why it is suddenly necessary to check your engine. It sounds ominous and can be as serious as a malfunctioning catalytic converter or as trivial as a loose gas cap. The main concern when you see the light is to make sure that long-term damage isn't taking place in your engine and that you aren't compromising the safety of your vehicle. The "Check Engine" light is part of the onboard diagnostics system and it indicates a problem with your emissions system. In most vehicles, the light is yellow and shaped like an engine. A blinking light means the situation is usually serious, such as a severe misfiring of the engine, allowing unburned fuel to dump into the exhaust system, pushing the temperature of your catalytic converter to the breaking point. Slow the car down, find a sa ... read more

Do You Know Why Car Service is Important?

Do You Know Why Car Service is Important?

When was the last time you had your car serviced? Don't waste the investment you've made in your vehicle. If drivers understand why car service is important, it is easier for them to pay out the money to keep it up. It is an expense, but the cost of car repair for damage to your engine, transmission, or suspension due to lack of maintenance will be much higher. You really don't save money by extending the time intervals between the recommended maintenance services. Preventative vehicle maintenance makes sure your car stays in good health and prevents costly car repair! A multi-point inspection is a good way to find out if there are any issues with your car that need to be taken care of, especially before your summer road trip! Here are four reasons why car service is important: It increases your knowledge of ho ... read more

Things to Check During an Oil Change Service

Things to Check During an Oil Change Service

An oil change is one of the most important aspects of vehicle maintenance. Over time, oil will become dirty and can cause serious damage to the engine. Here are the steps that a good auto technician should perform during a full oil change service: Drain out old oil, change the filter, and add new oil. Check and refill brake fluid. Check brake pads/ABS. Check tire pressure and tread. Check and refill clutch/ transmission fluid. Check and refill gear oil. Check and refill coolant. Check and refill steering fluid. Check and clean the air filter. Check the crankcase breather. Check the gauges/indicators. Check the battery & clamps. Check lights. Check and refill the windshield washer fluid. Check the wiper blades. Vehicle experts still recommend an oil change service every 3,000 miles for most cars, although ce ... read more

3 Common Signs of Muffler Problems

3 Common Signs of Muffler Problems

Taking the time to have your vehicle inspected and maintained is the best way to ensure that it will keep running as intended with all of its components working together. This inspection should include the exhaust system. Your exhaust system is most effective when it is neither seen nor heard. Unfortunately, that means that it is often “out of sight; out of mind.' Don't wait until you hear the rumbling sounds of trouble before scheduling a maintenance service. Consider these three common signs of muffler problems: Loud noises - When the muffler is in good condition, it will operate quietly in the background. However, if it develops problems, it may sound like a roaring monster. Lowered fuel economy - Having to fill up the tank more often than usual could mean a problem in the exhaust system. Newer vehicles ... read more

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