Yearly Archives: 2021

Your Ultimate Checklist for Fall Car Care Month (October)!

Your Ultimate Checklist for Fall Car Care Month (October)!

Basic automotive care goes a long way toward improving the safety and reliability of a vehicle. Whether you choose to do it yourself or visit a trusted and certified technician, we recommend taking care of these ten essential maintenance steps to help make sure your car, SUV, or truck is operating at its best before winter comes. Fall Car Care Month in October is the best of the best times to give your vehicle some extra love and attention before the harsh winter weather sets in. Taking a little bit of time for car care now can help you avoid the headaches and a pain in your wallet later on. Here are our top 10 items that should be inspected for fall car care month: Check all of your essential fluids. Your vehicle lives off of major fluids including engine oil, power steering, brake, transmission, windshield washer fluid, and antifreeze/coolant. Make sure these are topped off to save you time later. Check all hoses and belts (timing, serpentine, etc.) to make sure they are not cracke ... read more

What Are the Symptoms of Failing Spark Plugs?

What Are the Symptoms of Failing Spark Plugs?

Spark plugs have an essential purpose by providing the necessary spark to enable the combustion process. Without the spark plugs, your car's engine cannot transform the fuel into usable mechanical energy. Not only is it a vital piece, but they are constantly in use while you drive. Specifically, spark plugs fire at a rate of about 1,500 per minute of driving. If any sparks are old or failing, you'll often encounter a glitch or stumble in the engine's output. With such an important task, you should replace worn-out spark plugs as soon as you notice the symptoms of wear. Other than a sputtering engine, what other signs indicate you need a spark plug replacement?   Signs That Your Spark Plugs Need a Replacement Troubles starting engine Knocking sounds Engine misfires Rough idling Lowered fuel economy Difficulty accelerating It's critical to replace spark plugs as soon as they are old or worn out. If you neglect to do so, you can cause severe damage to other pa ... read more

3 Signs That Your Vehicle Needs Clutch Repair

3 Signs That Your Vehicle Needs Clutch Repair

Your car's clutches are used to transfer an engine's rotational power to the transmission and onto the wheels. Clutches work by disengaging the engine's power from the transmission to prevent the driveshaft from spinning. Without one, the only way to stop the motor from spinning your car's wheels is to turn the vehicle off. Clutches also support constant gear changes in both manual and automatic transmissions. With all that being said, a malfunctioning clutch makes it very difficult to drive your car, if not impossible.    These are the top three signs of clutch failure: Hard to Press Clutch Pedal Your clutch pedal is located on the floor to the left of the brake pedal. If you notice that it becomes harder to press the clutch pedal down or if it seems to get stuck to the floor, it's likely that the hydraulic linkage utilized by the clutch has failed. The solution can be a simple readjustment, but another possibility is that a hydraulic ... read more

What Can Wear Down Tires Prematurely?

What Can Wear Down Tires Prematurely?

It is no doubt that tires are essential vehicle components. With proper maintenance and regular servicing, they should last for a while before wearing out. However, there are times when your tires wear down prematurely, costing you so much to replace them, lest they cause accidents. Here are some of the reasons why your car tires wear down prematurely. Poor Wheel Alignment If your car is pulling or swaying to one side when driving, there is a chance that your tires need alignment. Poor wheel alignment causes tires to wear out unevenly due to the constant hitting of the road at improper angles. Worn Out Shocks and Struts Worn-out shocks and struts cause tires to wear out unevenly. They affect the wheel alignment of your car, causing the vehicle to vibrate excessively. Besides the tire wear, they also lead to a bumpy and uncomfortable ride. Your suspension parts must get checked regularly, and if worn out, our mechanic should replace them as soon as possible. Low Tire Pressure Lo ... read more

Why Does My Vehicle Need a Coolant Flush?

Why Does My Vehicle Need a Coolant Flush?

During summer, your car faces a lot of heat-related problems. Fortunately, the car is designed to keep its engine cool even if the temperatures are high. Your engine's cooling system has a coolant fluid that keeps flowing in the engine, helping to dissipate heat. Without this fluid, your engine will overheat, which will damage other parts of the engine. In extreme cases, the engine can even burst into flames. For the coolant to perform its function effectively, it must be of the highest quality and clean. As you drive your can, the coolant will get contaminated, making it not perform as expected. That's why the coolant needs to be flushed once in a while and replaced with new, fresh, and clean coolant. Engine overheating As has been stated, the role of the coolant is to ensure the engine doesn't overheat. So if your temperature gauge is ever high and the engine overheats, it is most likely that your coolant has been contaminated and needs flushing. If th ... read more