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Yearly Archives: 2021

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

What Does the TPMS Warning Light Indicate?

What Does the TPMS Warning Light Indicate?

Normally, starting the car in the morning is a worry-free task. The vehicle's dash lights up with dashing gauges and warning symbols, but after a few minutes, it all simmers down. Sometimes, a few of those lights stay on, indicating something is amiss. A warning light is definitely a telltale sign that a specific part of your car needs attention. One of these warning lights is the TPMS. What is the TPMS? The acronym stands for tire pressure monitoring system. When this warning light is on, it informs you that one or more of your tires has either very little or too much air pressure. It is a system that monitors your vehicle's tire pressure. What are the effects of low or high tire pressure? It is easy to simply ignore a somewhat small issue, isn't it? Well, you shouldn't. There is a host of adverse effects brought about by low or high tire pressure, such as: Increased tire wear Low fuel economy and poor traction Reduced payload and towing capability Increased r ... read more