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What Are the Signs of a Weak/Dying Battery?

What Are the Signs of a Weak/Dying Battery?

Similar to your phone or laptop battery, your car battery grows weak over years of use. Experts say that a vehicle battery will last anywhere between 3 to 5 years. However, overloading your battery with too many functions will also decrease its lifespan. On the other hand, if your battery is well cared for with regular cleanings, it can last up to 6 years. If you don't know how long you've had your battery, you also lookout for the signs of a weakened battery: Trouble Starting Car - If it takes slower for your engine to start, then it means that your car battery is not powerful enough to enable strong starts. You may also find yourself grabbing the jumper cables more often. Electrical Accessories Not Working - Besides starting the engine, the battery also supplies power to other parts of your car. These areas include your door locks, wipers, headlights, radio, and your windows. If you start noticing problems with any of those, it means your battery needs to be replaced soon ... read more

How to Tell If You Need Transmission Repairs

How to Tell If You Need Transmission Repairs

The transmission plays a vital role in many vehicles today; they are in charge of transferring power from the engine to the wheels on your automobile. Without a working transmission, the wheels simply wouldn't be able to turn. Thus, you can't go anywhere. Unfortunately, the transmission may require repairs as your vehicle ages. Here are some ways to spot transmission trouble. Check Engine Light On Some cars have a specific light that can pop up on the dash for transmission issues. In other vehicles, the check engine light may be a way of signifying transmission trouble. Either way, you should address the warning lights as soon as possible. Strange Behavior When in Neutral If you hear weird noises or extreme vibrations when you're parked or in neutral, it could mean that your car is lacking in transmission fluid. It can also indicate that one or more of your transmission system's critical components malfunction. Physical Evidence of a Leak Your transmission needs f ... read more

How to Prepare Your Vehicle for the Winter

How to Prepare Your Vehicle for the Winter

Winter already is here, and it will outstay its welcome in most provinces and territories. Our vehicles sometimes suffer as a result of the long winter, but this does not have to be the case! Here are a few easy winter auto maintenance suggestions to help preserve your vehicle from the bitter cold of the True North.   Is the defroster on your windows working? Great! Do you have a nice snow brush and ice scraper on hand? Awesome! You're off to a good start, but there are a few additional quick tests and do-it-yourself projects you can perform to winterize your automobile.   This brief checklist will assist you in winterizing your car and might save you a lot of time and trouble in the long run. As usual, consult your owner's handbook for detailed information regarding your vehicle's components and how to do these checks properly.   1. Change your wiper blades. When driving, visibility is critical. Wiper blades, however, lose their effic ... read more

6 Unusual Vehicle Sounds & What They Could Mean

6 Unusual Vehicle Sounds & What They Could Mean

Most of us know what sounds are normal and what sounds aren't for our vehicles. If anything sounds off with our cars, like ticking or rattling, it may be a warning sign that something is wrong. Here are six common car warning sounds and what they indicate:    Whistling  Small cracks or breaks in hoses can cause a whistling sound when you hear the air escape. In some cases, whistling can result from a broken seal in the radiator pressure cap as hot air is seeping out.  Ticking A ticking or clicking coming from your engine could mean there's a lack of lubrication. You should check your oil levels and examine your vehicle for leaks.   Loud Turning If you hear screech noises, but only when turning, it could mean you have a problem with your wheels/tires. While the issue could be a quick fix like tire pressure, it can also be as complicated as a worn wheel bearing or incorrect wheel balance. Noisy Brakes If you hear a loud cry coming from your br ... read more

Signs That You Need Major Engine Repair

Signs That You Need Major Engine Repair

As most people say, the engine is the heart of your car, SUV, or truck. But just like your heart, it can experience trouble later on in life. If you wouldn't disregard heart pains, why would you ignore engine problems? Also, if you don't treat your engine problem, it can spread and worsen. Engine repairs, rebuilds, or replacements are serious and costly. Here are some of the troubling symptoms that your engine may display: Metal Flakes in Motor Oil Next time you have your oil changed, please be sure to inspect the old oil. If you or your technician notices any metallic flakes in the oil, it could imply that there is too much friction occurring with your engine parts. Therefore, your engine parts should be inspected and repaired if necessary. Knocking Noise If you constantly hear a knocking sound under the hood, especially when you hike up your RPM, the engine bearings are likely at fault. The engine bearings are responsible for supporting other engine parts.  Burning ... read more

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