Yearly Archives: 2022

How to Tell If You Need Alternator Repairs

How to Tell If You Need Alternator Repairs

Without your car’s electrical system, including the battery and alternator, your engine would simply stop running. It breathes life into the engine. The alternator charges the battery to be able to start your engine. Read on to learn more about this vital component and the signs that it can show when it grows weak.   The alternator provides a huge chunk of energy to most of your vehicle’s electrical accessories, including the windshield wipers, radio, power windows, electrical power steering, and more. More importantly, it recharges the battery whenever your car is running. Here are some of the signs that indicate you may need alternator repairs: Electrical Dashboard Warning Light Illuminated - Dashboard lights have tons of meaning and this one in particular points to an electrical problem. Please have your alternator inspected by an auto professional whenever this light comes on. Whining - A whining noise under your hood can be originating from a bad alternator. I ... read more

When Should I Change My Transmission Fluid?

When Should I Change My Transmission Fluid?

What is Transmission Fluid? Transmission fluid is used to lubricate the parts of a car's transmission and keeps it running smoothly. When and how to change your transmission fluid is a topic often up for debate, however. If you are driving with bad quality of transmission fluid or too little a quantity, you will most definitely over time be wearing down components within your car's transmission. When Should It Be Changed? Advice differs for when you should change your transmission fluid, depending on whether you have an automatic transmission or a manual transmission. A rough guide for automatic transmission is that you should change your fluid every 50,000-100,000 kms. Manual transmission fluid is recommended to be changed every 50,000-90,000 kms, however, some manufacturers would suggest getting it changed out at every 25,000 kms. It is very important that you choose the correct type of fluid for your vehicle. Automatic cars take automatic transmission fluid. Manual cars ... read more

Can I Continue Driving With A Check Engine Light On?

Can I Continue Driving With A Check Engine Light On?

Nothing is scarier than seeing this infamous yellow light pop up on your dashboard mid-drive. In that instance, your heart probably dropped, and you are probably contemplating whether you should pull over. But should you or can you wait until you get home?    The answer is, it depends on the behavior of the check engine light. If the check engine light is flashing, the situation is dire, and you should stop driving immediately. In this case, it would be best to call a tow to an auto repair shop. While a steady check engine light indicates a problem, it can wait until you get to your destination before you check it out. You can technically continue driving with a steady check engine light, but you should still get help for it ASAP.   Since your dashboard warning lights are connected to your vehicle's onboard diagnostic system, error codes need to be scanned to get closer to the problem. This makes check engine lights pretty tricky to diagnose without the proper sc ... read more

What Is Leaking From My Vehicle?

What Is Leaking From My Vehicle?

Most cars rely on a handful of different fluids to run. They all range in color, consistency, smell, and more. Depending on its characteristics, you may be able to identify a fluid leak under or around your car.   Here is a quick guide on some of the most common fluid leaks in automobiles today: Water - If you suspect that it is water, then it is most likely a water leak coming from your air conditioning system. Luckily, this is normal, and there are no major concerns there.  Coolant/Antifreeze - This liquid is typically dyed bright green. But nowadays, antifreeze formulations can be a bright pink or orange. Besides color, you can usually catch a sweet, syrupy smell with coolant leaks.  Engine oil - Motor oil can have a light honey color or be dark in color, depending on how long it has been since the last oil change. It has a slick consistency. Gasoline - Gas is a light yellow color, and it has the strong, distinct smell that you're probably used to catching a ... read more

Does My Timing Belt Need to Be Replaced?

Does My Timing Belt Need to Be Replaced?

If you've ever checked your car's owner's manual or had a major service performed on your vehicle, you may be familiar with your car's timing belt. The timing belt is an important component of the engine that makes sure that the timing of the opening and closing of the camshaft and crankshaft is synchronized for the proper air/fuel intake. This makes sure that the combustion process goes smoothly. However, the timing belt is made of rubber and hence is susceptible to drying out, fraying, and even snapping over time. The timing belt is one of those car parts that you never want to break unexpectedly. The reason is, a broken timing belt can equal a car that won't run or start. It can also damage engine parts. That is why staying on top of your vehicle's maintenance and replacing the timing belt before it breaks can save you both time and money. So, does your timing belt need to be replaced? And if so, how often? Yes, your timing belt may need to be replaced in i ... read more

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