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5 Things You Should NEVER Do After A Vehicle Collision

5 Things You Should NEVER Do After A Vehicle Collision

Car accidents can be a scary and stressful situation to be in, whether you're a new driver or an experienced one. Most of you are going to be involved in a vehicle collision at least once in your lifetime. In fact, the average American driver will be associated with four car accidents in his/her lifetime. So it's imperative that you know what to do and NOT DO at the scene. Here are the five big no-nos following a vehicle collision: Flee the Scene - You may be scared, but you should never run away from your problems. It is considered a criminal offense. You are obligated by law to remain at the scene, regardless of how minor the hit was, so don't take off. Block Traffic - If the accident is minor and if the conditions allow it, please move all involved vehicles to the side road. Otherwise, you'll annoy a lot of the other people on the road. It's also going to be safer for you and the other party to get out of the car to exchange information. Not Call the Police ... read more

Why do my brakes make squeaking noises?

Why do my brakes make squeaking noises?

Watch our video on brakes here! https://youtu.be/mth6m_2OH1Q We get this concern a lot. Why are my brakes squeaking?   In a simple way the brake system works when we push on a brake pedal, we activate the hydraulic system pushing the fluid from the brake master cylinder, through the brake lines, abs system, brake hoses to the brake caliper, brake caliper bushes the brake pad or the brake shoes against the brake rotor or the brake drum to stop the vehicle. Several things could cause the brake to squeak, the common cause is losing the friction material on the brake pads or the brake shoes, at that point will get metal to metal surface causing the brake squeaking noise, another cause will be warped brake rotors in this situation the brake pad does not touch the whole surface of the brake rotor causing the squeaking noise, a foreign material between the brake pad and rotor or between the brake shoes and drum will cause brake squeaking ... read more

What Are the Telltale Signs That You Need New Brake Pads?

What Are the Telltale Signs That You Need New Brake Pads?

Brake pads are an essential part of your vehicle's brake system. In order to achieve a healthy and seamless stop, you need to have brake pads in good working condition. On average, you should exchange your brake pads every 40,000 to 50,000 miles. The good news is, you'll likely encounter minor symptoms when your brake pads are nearing their end of life. Below are five common signs it's time to replace your brake pads.  Sign #1: Squeaking or Squealing Sounds The first symptom that it's time to restore your brake pads is if you catch persistent unusual noises coming from your brakes. Sometimes you can expect squeaking brakes in wet road conditions. However, if you have noisy brakes on a clear day, your brake pads are due for service. Come by Elite Auto Experts for a proper diagnosis and replacement.  Sign #2: Grinding Metal Noise If you overhear a deep, grinding metal sound coming from your brakes, that's another indication that you need brake repairs. C ... read more

What Are Common Causes of AC Leaks?

What Are Common Causes of AC Leaks?

Unless you've spilled a water bottle or dragged in wet shoes from rain or snow, a wet floor in your vehicle may be a sign of an A/C leak. Air conditioning leaks can happen for numerous reasons, and it's critical to address them right away to avoid serious (and expensive) restorations.    Clogged Evaporator Drain Condensation and water can flow out of your car through an evaporator drain. Don't worry - we want this to happen! With usage over time, this drain can get blocked by dirt or debris. Similar to water in a stopped-up sink, the condensation from your A/C can get backed up. Once the evaporator core floods, the moisture will go right through to the A/C vents. Voila - you will get puddles. It would be best if you had a professional unclog this drain ASAP because it can damage electrical A/C components like the resistor.   Faulty Seals If the plastic or rubber seals in your air conditioning system break, water can easily seep out of your vents. If thi ... read more

How to Check Your Car’s Tire Pressure

How to Check Your Car’s Tire Pressure

  Though it is recommended to check your tires once a month, you should check your tires as much as you can. Having the incorrect tire pressure can lead to uneven tread wear, which can ultimately lower your gas mileage and affect your vehicle's handling. Don't worry, though, because we've got you covered. Here's our guide to perfecting your tire checking routine.   How to Find the Pressure Requirements for Your Car Before you pull out any tools, you need to know how much air your wheels need. Tire pressure is measured in units of psi or pounds per square inch. On the driver's door side, you should find a sticker that indicates the recommended tire pressure. If you have trouble locating the sticker, then you can also refer to the owner's manual.   How to Check Tire Pressure The perfect time to check your tires pressure is when the car has been idle for at least a couple of hours and the tires are cold. You will most likely need a tire pressur ... read more

The Importance of the 30/60/90K Service

The Importance of the 30/60/90K Service

  The term 30/60/90K maintenance plan is synonymous with your factory scheduled maintenance plan. You might wonder why the three numbers are so significant, and it is because the majority of car manufacturers recommend these services every 30,000 miles.    Don't Miss Your 30/60/90K Maintenance. The truth is this servicing is very important for your vehicle to undergo. At each of these milestones, specific procedures need to be done to upkeep your car. Ignoring the service can lead to severe problems and a shorter lifespan for your vehicle. There are two reasons to follow this plan: 1 - Sticking to the maintenance schedule will ultimately prolong the life of your car. You can often avoid much more extensive repairs in the end.  2 - Additionally, sticking to the plan is usually a requirement to maintain your warranty. For instance, if you want the dealership to honor your car's warranty, you must follow the scheduled maintenance plan.&nb ... read more

Does Turning on Your Car Heater Help with Engine Overheating?

Does Turning on Your Car Heater Help with Engine Overheating?

When it comes to car trouble, few things cause panic like an overheating engine. Especially if you're unfamiliar with vehicles, this experience can be downright frightening. But don't let the heat get to you. If you keep a cool head, it could mean the difference between a quick engine fix, or something that ends up costing thousands. Why Does an Engine Overheat? Vehicles have an optimal temperature range, which is visible on the dashboard. If the temperature gauge creeps into the red zone beyond this range, the engine is overheating. Steam rising from the hood will often be another indicator. Overheating can be caused by several factors, including: Driving in hot weather Low water/coolant Failing water pump Cooling system leak or clog Thermostat malfunction Faulty radiator fan The Heat Is On, but Don't Panic What should you do if your engine overheats? First, remain calm. Then, as soon as possible, pull over and shut off your vehicle. But what if there's nowhe ... read more

A Guide to Jump Starting Your Car

A Guide to Jump Starting Your Car

Has your battery gone flat? If you aren't able to get a new or charged battery immediately, jump starting your car would be the next viable option. However, remember that jump leads must be used properly; otherwise, they can damage your vehicle and even cause injuries. If you can't do it well, better ask an expert to help you. Hopefully, after reading this article, you should be able to jump-start your car. To jump-start your car, you'll need two jump leads and a vehicle whose battery is fully charged. Avoid electric or hybrid cars because they can damage your car. Jump starting your car If your car has stalled on the road, ask someone who has a fully charged battery to help you. The other car's battery should be the same as that of your car. Park the cars such that their respective batteries are as close as possible to each other, but don't make the vehicles touch. Switch off their engines. Keep the ignition off but the handbrakes on.   One of the two ju ... read more

Types of Car Fluid Leaks

Types of Car Fluid Leaks

What is the first thing that comes to mind when you head to your garage or parking lot, and you notice a pool of fluid oozing from underneath your vehicle? To many, a puddle of vehicle fluid is an indication of a serious issue. While that might be true, most car fluid leaks are not that serious. You can fix them by taking the vehicle to a trusted auto repair shop. If you notice a puddle of ooze, it might be one of the following fluids. Engine Oil Engine oil leaks are the most common and appear toward the front of the vehicle. To confirm an engine oil leak, open your hood and use the dipstick to check for engine oil level. Unconventionally, you can dip your finger in the fluid. It is engine oil if it is brown/black and has a burnt smell. Check underneath the vehicle to ensure that the oil pan plug and filter are in place. If they are, then you should bring your car to our shop for an oil pan inspection. Transmission Fluid Leak The transmission-fluid leak is usually red or pink in co ... read more

Does the Cat Shield Really Protect My Catalytic Converter On My Prius?

Does the Cat Shield Really Protect My Catalytic Converter On My Prius?

Catalytic converters are amazing devices that ensure your car does not pollute the environment with toxic exhaust emissions. When the exhaust gas goes through this component, it chemically reacts with metals like platinum to produce harmless gases. In other words, catalytic converters are very important devices that act as a line of defense against harmful emissions from the engine by turning toxic pollutants into harmless compounds. Although most catalytic converters are built to last a lifetime, they can still fail over time. For instance, if unburnt gas coolant or motor oil gets into the catalytic converter, it can damage or even wear out. Below are five common causes that can make a catalytic converter go bad; Bad head gasket Use of leaded fuel Bad fuel injectors or weak ignition system Worn out exhaust valves High mileage Besides these causes, your car's catalytic converter can be stolen because it contains very valuable metals such as rhodium, platinum, and palladium ... read more