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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 safe place to stop, and ask a mechanic to run a diagnostic test. A steady light is not an emergency and you can continue driving, but schedule an appointment with your mechanic as soon as possible.

There are five main reasons your “Check Engine” light comes on:

Do you understand the reasons your “Check Engine” light comes on? Schedule a diagnostic test so your mechanic will know exactly what kind of engine repair is required.
21
May
2018

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 safe place to stop, and ask a mechanic to run a diagnostic test. A steady light is not an emergency and you can continue driving, but schedule an appointment with your mechanic as soon as possible.

There are five main reasons your “Check Engine” light comes on:

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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:

Do you want to know more about Changing Oil? Here are the basic things to check during an oil change in your car. Also, Ask your mechanic about oil change coupons at Kestner Automotive Columbia SC
05
May
2018

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:

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Because the condition of your tires affects the way your vehicle handles, its fuel efficiency and load carrying capability, maintaining proper tire inflation is essential. The correct air pressure is important because both over-inflation and under-inflation can cause premature tread wear and possible tire failure. If you keep your tires properly inflated, you will reap the following benefits:

  • Reduced tread movement which helps extend the life of your tires,
  • The reduced rolling resistance which increases fuel efficiency,
  • Increased water dispersion to help prevent the possibility of hydroplaning.

Consider the five common warning signs of low tire pressure described below:

There are five common warning signs of low tire pressure. Ask your auto mechanic for more information about the tire service offered at their tire shop and schedule an appointment today.
06
Apr
2018

Because the condition of your tires affects the way your vehicle handles, its fuel efficiency and load carrying capability, maintaining proper tire inflation is essential. The correct air pressure is important because both over-inflation and under-inflation can cause premature tread wear and possible tire failure. If you keep your tires properly inflated, you will reap the following benefits:

  • Reduced tread movement which helps extend the life of your tires,
  • The reduced rolling resistance which increases fuel efficiency,
  • Increased water dispersion to help prevent the possibility of hydroplaning.

Consider the five common warning signs of low tire pressure described below:

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It’s that time of year again when people are starting to plan their spring and summer road trips. A breakdown on the side of the road is always unfortunate, but especially when you’re ready for some fresh scenery after the cold and dark days of winter. An important part of your vehicle to have checked out before you head down the road is the radiator and cooling system. Watch out for these signs of a bad radiator so that you’re not trapped in a strange town looking for a radiator replacement.

The following are three common signs that your radiator may be broken, cracked, or simply clogged with debris and corrosion:

  • Overheating – An overheating engine indicates that the coolant cannot get where it needs to go because the radiator is not functioning properly. Depending on the model of your vehicle, you may see a warning light first, or the temperature gauge on the dash may clue you in. It's important to get your car off the road quickly to avoid other problems.
  • Coolant Leaks – Check for a tell-tale puddle on the garage floor. If there is a cracked hose, or the radiator is corroded with rust, you may notice the smell of antifreeze if you are losing coolant from the radiator.
  • Smoke – If you see and smell smoke coming from under the hood, a coolant may have leaked onto the engine and is being burnt. Smoke coming from the muffler is especially not a good sign because it could mean that the head gasket has been damaged.
If you are starting to notice the signs of a bad radiator, call and schedule a radiator service now, so you don't get stranded with a broken-down vehicle looking for a radiator replacement in a strange town.
21
Mar
2018

It’s that time of year again when people are starting to plan their spring and summer road trips. A breakdown on the side of the road is always unfortunate, but especially when you’re ready for some fresh scenery after the cold and dark days of winter. An important part of your vehicle to have checked out before you head down the road is the radiator and cooling system. Watch out for these signs of a bad radiator so that you’re not trapped in a strange town looking for a radiator replacement.

The following are three common signs that your radiator may be broken, cracked, or simply clogged with debris and corrosion:

  • Overheating – An overheating engine indicates that the coolant cannot get where it needs to go because the radiator is not functioning properly. Depending on the model of your vehicle, you may see a warning light first, or the temperature gauge on the dash may clue you in. It's important to get your car off the road quickly to avoid other problems.
  • Coolant Leaks – Check for a tell-tale puddle on the garage floor. If there is a cracked hose, or the radiator is corroded with rust, you may notice the smell of antifreeze if you are losing coolant from the radiator.
  • Smoke – If you see and smell smoke coming from under the hood, a coolant may have leaked onto the engine and is being burnt. Smoke coming from the muffler is especially not a good sign because it could mean that the head gasket has been damaged.
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