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Solving Electrical Issues: Troubleshooting and Fixing Common Car Electrical Problems

Solving Electrical Issues: Troubleshooting and Fixing Common Car Electrical Problems

The evolution of the motor industry has seen the introduction of complex electrical systems in the car. Most cars today rely on a start button that relies on electricity to start and stop its engine. Your car's electrical system is important as it controls the windows, mirrors, AC, and infotainment system. Over time, your car may develop electrical issues, which are challenging to troubleshoot, especially without the necessary tools. Here is a guide to help troubleshoot and fix common car electrical problems. Checking the Battery A dead or dying battery is one of the most common car electrical problems. This issue can cause the car not to start, dimmed headlights, or other electrical components not to work. You need a voltmeter to troubleshoot the problems with your battery. A reading below 12 Volts shows that your battery is dead or dying. Testing the Alternator The alternator is one of the most important components in your car's electrical system. It's responsible fo ... read more

What Are The Benefits of Using Synthetic Oil

What Are The Benefits of Using Synthetic Oil

The market is flooded with multiple oil options that you can choose for your car. However, not all oils are equal. Your choice should depend on the car manufacturer, driving environment, viscosity grade, and oil standards. Besides, you should not compromise quality for price. After all, you want your engine to perform at its best and with minimal breakdowns. Choosing synthetic oil could be the best option because of the following. Fewer Impurities Most mineral oils are from natural sources, meaning they contain impurities that affect their performance. However, synthetic oils are produced from artificial products, hence having fewer impurities. This enhances the oil's performance and service life. Reduced Friction Friction is a major culprit when it comes to engine damage. Fortunately, synthetic oils have a molecular structure that minimizes engine friction. They are also free of impurities that often build up and cause the engine to malfunction. That means your engine will ru ... read more

How to Prevent Engine Overheating

How to Prevent Engine Overheating

Your car's engine is the heart of the vehicle, and it's important to keep it running at the right temperature. An overheated engine can cause significant damage, and it's not something you want to experience while driving. If you want to learn of ways to fend against an overheating engine, keep reading. Check the Coolant Level The coolant in your car's engine plays a crucial role in keeping it at the right temperature. Check the coolant levels often and top it up if necessary. Just be sure to use the right type of coolant for your vehicle, or else it can do more harm than good. Monitor the Temperature Gauge Most modern cars have a temperature gauge that shows the engine's temperature. Keep an eye on the gauge and stop the car immediately if it starts to climb into the danger zone. Keep the Radiator Clean The radiator is accountable for dissipating the heat from the engine. Make sure it is clean and free from debris that can block the airflow. You can clean th ... read more

Is It Bad to Wait Until the Fuel Light Comes on Before Filling Up (Or Is It a Myth)?

Is It Bad to Wait Until the Fuel Light Comes on Before Filling Up (Or Is It a Myth)?

Like many drivers, you may have heard the old myth that it's frowned upon to let your fuel level get too low before filling up. Some believe that running on a low tank can damage your fuel pump or even clog your fuel injectors. But is this really true, or is it just a myth? The truth is that running your fuel level too low can cause problems for your car in the short and long term. Here's what you need to know: Potential Short-Term Problems: Stalling: When your fuel level gets too low, your engine may not be able to get enough fuel to keep running, and it may stall out. Reduced Performance: As the fuel level drops, your car may start to experience reduced performance, especially during acceleration. Fuel Pump Damage: Running your car on a low fuel level can cause your fuel pump to work harder, which can lead to premature wear and even damage. Potential Long-term Problems: Fuel Injector Clogging: Ove ... read more

Common Off-Roading Vehicle Repairs

Common Off-Roading Vehicle Repairs

Off-roading is an exciting and thrilling activity, but it can also strain your vehicle excessively. If you are an off-roading enthusiast, you may be familiar with the common repairs your vehicle may require. At our auto repair shop, we have seen all sorts of issues that arise from off-roading. Our certified techs can assist you with the following repairs: Suspension issues: Your vehicle's suspension is designed to absorb shocks and vibrations that come with off-roading. However, when you are driving on rough terrains or over obstacles, your suspension can take an extra beating. You may notice your vehicle bouncing excessively, or it may feel like it is sagging in one corner. These are key signs that your suspension needs repairs. Suspension repairs may involve replacing worn-out shocks or struts, bushings, ball joints, or control arms. Damaged undercarriage: When you are off-roading, rocks, boulders, and other obstacles can damage the undercarria ... read more

What is the Cylinder Block of the Engine?

What is the Cylinder Block of the Engine?

The engine is the heart of the vehicle, and the cylinder block is the core of the engine. The cylinder block houses various engine components, including the cylinders, pistons, and crankshaft. It also provides support for the cylinder head and intake and exhaust manifolds. The cylinder block is typically made of cast iron or aluminum and is designed to withstand high temperatures and pressures. It houses the cylinders, which are where the fuel is burned and converted into energy. The pistons are connected to the crankshaft and move up and down within the cylinders to create the force that drives the vehicle. The cylinder block also manages the engine's oil and coolant. If the cylinder block is damaged or not functioning right, it can lead to a variety of engine problems. Some of the signs of a damaged cylinder block include: Engine Misfires: Misfires occur when the engine skips one or more of the cylinders, leading to a rough ride and poor fuel economy ... read more

Engine Replacement Versus Buying a New Car

Engine Replacement Versus Buying a New Car

When your car nears the end of its life, engine problems become inevitable. That is why some people with severe engine damage have to choose between two options: getting an engine replacement or buying a new car. Fortunately, you can count on the team at Stang Auto Tech to find the better option for you.  The cost of swapping out a vehicle engine may sound daunting as it can cost several thousand dollars. When compared to a monthly car payment, it may seem way out of your reach. However, a new car costs you way more than several thousand dollars altogether. Even if you decide to buy a new, pre-owned vehicle, you could be faced with additional costs like maintenance and repairs. Sometimes, fixing the nightmare of engine damage is better than taking the financial risk of buying a new car. Types of Engine Replacements An engine replacement service is precisely what it sounds like. It means completely removing the old engine and installing a new engine or new engine parts. The engi ... read more

Wheel Alignment or Tire Balance: Which Do You Need?

Wheel Alignment or Tire Balance: Which Do You Need?

Your car tires and wheels make up a significant part of your car and influence your driving experience. When they are not in their best condition, driving can become a problem. Before we discuss how wheel alignment and tire balance are different, let's look at how they are similar. Although they are different processes, they contribute to a smoother ride and make driving longer distances a more pleasant experience. What is Wheel Alignment? Wheel alignment is unique for every vehicle. It refers to an adjustment of your car's suspension system. This is the system that connects your vehicle to its wheels. It does not involve adjusting the tires themselves. A good wheel alignment will keep your car from veering to the right or the left on the road when you are not tightly controlling the steering wheel. If your vehicle needs wheel alignment, these are the signs you will notice The car will start pulling to one side of the road. The tires are squealing, especially when making t ... read more

How Does Maintenance Differ with Hybrid Vehicles?

How Does Maintenance Differ with Hybrid Vehicles?

Most people are under the impression that hybrid (and electric) vehicles don’t require maintenance at all. However, that is far from the truth. While hybrid cars require less maintenance than gas-powered vehicles, they still need specific procedures to ensure their reliability and performance on the road. Is Hybrid Maintenance More Expensive? Owning a hybrid vehicle is all about saving money on gas, but does it yield savings in the auto repair shop too? In some cases, it does cost less to maintain a hybrid than conventional automobiles. But, the maintenance costs should be very similar. The most significant difference is noticeable in brake services since hybrid vehicles can go longer between brake replacements. What Are the Major Differences in Maintenance between the Two? Both hybrid and gas-powered cars have combustion engines, so their maintenance overlaps quite a bit. They need oil changes, fluid flushes, belt replacements, tire services, wiper replacements, and more. As ... read more

Change Your Timing Belt Before It Breaks

Change Your Timing Belt Before It Breaks

Our vehicle's timing belt is a critical component that guarantees perfect synchronization between the crankshaft and camshaft. A broken timing belt can cause severe damage to the other engine parts. Avoid repairs that cost you thousands of dollars by changing the timing belt when you reach the recommended mileage milestone. Timing Belt Let us find out what a timing belt is before exploring what happens when it breaks. Manufacturers use rubber to make a timing belt. They cut ridges into the continuous rubber loop for the belt to fit into the camshaft teeth. The camshaft rotates to control the crankshaft and valve in your car engine. The timing belt rotates the camshaft to control the valves and crankshaft connected to the car engine's pistons. A timing belt that works appropriately keeps the camshaft and crankshaft in synch. Why Does the Timing Belt Matter? Timing is essential for the pistons' up-and-down movement. Timing remains important in preventing a collision ... read more

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