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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

What Causes Brake Rotors to Warp?

What Causes Brake Rotors to Warp?

What Causes Brake Rotors to Warp? Brake rotors are metal discs that you can see behind the wheels. They are made to spin along with the wheels so that they stop the movement when you clamp them with brake pads. Besides, they can withstand loads of heat from friction. However, the surface of the rotor needs to be even for it to be effective. Warping happens when the surface of the rotor is uneven. This prevents the pads from holding on to the rotors when the pedal is pressed and may make it hard to stop the vehicle. Here are some of the issues that cause brake rotors to warp. Grazing the Brake Rotor with Pad Material The brake pad is made of a soft material that may get hot and sticky if you apply the brakes too hard and too often. If the material gets too hot, it tends to stick on the surface of the rotor as it rotates. This prevents the pad from holding on to the rotor surface when you press the brake pedals. Uneven Wearing of the Rotor ... read more

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