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Yearly Archives: 2021

My Check Engine Light Just Came On - Now What?

My Check Engine Light Just Came On - Now What?

When you see the check engine light, many things will run through your mind. Although the light notifies you of a possible engine malfunction, it is often difficult to determine the extent of damage the defect may cause. Why You Should Never Ignore Your Check Engine Light illuminated on our dashboards is often the main channel to interact with your vehicle engine systems. This intuitive feature sends you a warning once the car's onboard computer detects a deviation from normal function. The monitoring system may send car engine check light signal for the following reasons; however, the list is not limited to the listed malfunctions. When the Check Engine Light Comes On The check engine light remains among the most misunderstood symbols on the car dashboard. It may signal a wide array of malfunctions; therefore, it is critical to visit your mechanic to determine its causes and potentially prevent further damage or losses. The check engine light comes on for the following reasons ... read more

5 Signs It’s Time for a Wheel Alignment

5 Signs It’s Time for a Wheel Alignment

Sometimes circumstances force you to take a bad road and avoiding potholes and bumps becomes a challenge. When driving on these rough roads, it is important to remember that they may interfere with your car's wheel alignment. A proper wheel alignment can be the first thing that saves your life if you need to make a quick turn or dodge something. Below are some 5 signs to watch out for in misaligned wheels. Steering Wheel Vibration Poor alignment causes the steering wheel to vibrate or rock horizontally. It happens repeatedly and can sometimes be so bad to the extent that the entire car shakes as it runs on the road. That happens because two tires are trying to pull against each other. It becomes difficult to understand which direction the car is heading. Irregular Tire Wear It is critical to check whether the front tires have an even wear pattern. If so, that's an indication that the wheels are in line. Do the same for the rear wheels. If you notice that the tires have unev ... read more

This is How Often you Need to Change Your Brake Fluid

This is How Often you Need to Change Your Brake Fluid

Brake fluid operates under extremely high temperatures and high pressure. Without the proper amount of clean brake fluid, your vehicle would not stop when you push the brake. So, your car must get the right type and amount of brake fluid. And it must be clean. There are no set times or millage limits to change your vehicles' brake fluid. You will find that the timing varies by type of car, driving conditions you typically encounter, and the manufacturer's recommendations. A nice rule of thumb is to check with your car manufacturers' suggested maintenance schedule and check in with your repair shot during regular oil changes; the expected change duration is somewhere between four to five years. But if something seems a little off, it could be time to change your brake fluid. Here are a few telling signs that it just might be time to consider heading over to your trusted repair shop to check your brake fluid. One of the surest ways to know that your brake fluid needs a cha ... read more

5 car noises that require immediate attention

5 car noises that require immediate attention

There are many different noises that beg your attention when you hear them coming out of your car. If you don't address them quickly, your car may be permanently damaged or even destroyed. The following are five of these noises. Grinding or Squealing Brakes If this happens, your brake pads or shoes might be wearing down. There may be insufficient thickness in your brake pads to stop the metal components from coming into contact with one another. If you intervene early on, it may only be necessary to replace the pads. However, if you let it go for longer, this can lead to brake failure, which can be very unsafe. Chirping or Hissing Engine If your engine is making these sounds, the engine could be overheated, engine fluid could be leaking, or the catalytic converter or exhaust system could be plugged. Hissing could also mean a leaking vacuum. Chirping could indicate damage in the timing or serpentine belt in the engine. These are issues that need to be addressed right away if you ... read more

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