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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

What Are the Signs of a Failing Starter?

What Are the Signs of a Failing Starter?

Car starters are powerful electric motors that start your engine when you turn the key to start your car. Starters feature a motor with an attached solenoid. The solenoid's job is to transfer power from the battery and ensure it gets to the starter motor. Additionally, it drives the starter gear forward. Starters do deteriorate or fail over time. However, they display several apparent warning signs before they stop working, and mechanics may ask you about when you take your car into an auto repair shop.   Signs of a Failing Starter Your starter will often exemplify one or more of the following signs before it actually fails. The more understanding you have of the problem, the easier it'll be to draw from these observations when the mechanic asks you about the car issue. Here are the top signs of a failing starter: Slow Cranking Car Starts Intermittently Interior Lights Dim When You Attempt to Start Car Grinding Noises Engine Whines  Starter Continues to Run ... read more

What Is the Difference Between the Engine Air Filter vs. Cabin Air Filter?

What Is the Difference Between the Engine Air Filter vs. Cabin Air Filter?

Your vehicle uses all kinds of filters to keep the bad stuff out of your vital, internal systems. Specifically, filters are known to help with the flow and fluidity of air or fluids. There are two important types of filters in your car that you should know about: engine air filter and cabin air filter.   ENGINE AIR FILTERS Engine air filters can be round, coned, or panel-shaped, depending on the type of vehicle you own. They are usually found under the hood, near the front of the engine, and protected with a covering. This air filter is responsible for keeping dirt and dust from the engine intake. Engines work in very tight spaces, at high speeds, and under scorching temperatures. Even the slightest hint of dirt can wear down your engine's major components and cause irreversible damage. This filter will eventually clog and need to be swapped out for a new one. A clogged engine air filter can reduce performance, increase emissions, and drop fuel economy.   CABIN AIR F ... read more

Do I Need to Follow the 30/60/90 Maintenance?

Do I Need to Follow the 30/60/90 Maintenance?

No matter what type of vehicle you own, the manufacturer always has a set schedule of maintenance duties for you. This type of service is referred to as factory scheduled maintenance, or the 30/60/90K. These numbers are meaningful because the interval between each maintenance service is approximately 30,000 miles. Many people view this plan as optional, thinking their car is working fine. "Why would I need service if my car is running perfectly," right? Well - no, you need to follow the factory scheduled maintenance for multiple reasons. These services are put in place for the long-term health and condition of your car. Your warranty may require it.  Most automobile manufacturers emphasize this maintenance so much that not following the schedule could void your vehicle warranty. It can prevent minor problems from becoming major problems later on. Regular inspections can help you recognize possible issues with your vehicle early on before it becomes severely impaired. O ... read more

Get Your Car Ready For Your Next Road Trip

Get Your Car Ready For Your Next Road Trip

You've planned for that epic road trip in winter, and it is now summer. It's warmer. The sun shines for many hours, and now it's the ideal time to embark on your much-awaited trip. But is your car ready for the long hours on the road? Experiencing a breakdown on a road trip will ruin your experience, and it is crucial first to prepare your car before you prepare yourself. Below are some practical ways of ensuring your car's performance and health are restored before your summer road trip; Fluid Flushes Vehicle components and systems, such as the engine, transmission, power steering, windshield wipers, and brakes, rely on specific fluids to operate optimally. It is critical to refer to the manufacturer's manual to know each fluid's scheduled maintenance. Regardless, have a trusted technician inspect the engine oil, coolant, and other fluids and change them if necessary. That prevents potential damage to these systems and improves your vehicle's performance ... read more

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