Yearly Archives: 2022

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

Is Your Vehicle Having Trouble Starting?

Is Your Vehicle Having Trouble Starting?

Is your vehicle having trouble starting? If so, you're not alone. Every day, auto repair shops across the country see vehicles with starting problems. In most cases, these problems can be fixed relatively easily. However, if you don't address the problem quickly, it could lead to bigger and more expensive repairs down the road. It could also cause you to miss important appointments or even be late for work. There are a few common reasons why vehicles have starting problems. One of the most common is a dead battery. If your battery is more than three years old, it's probably time to replace it. Another common reason for starting problems is a faulty starter. The starter is what turns the engine over when you turn the key in the ignition. If it's not working properly, the engine won't start. Trouble in starting your car could also be caused by a fuel system problem which are often caused by bad spark plugs or a dirty air filter. This is why it's important to get ... read more

What Do I Need to Check My Vehicle’s Tire Pressure?

What Do I Need to Check My Vehicle’s Tire Pressure?

Being able to check your car’s tire pressure is one of the most useful things that a driver can learn. It is one of the easiest ways to maintain your car tires and keep you safe on the road. Otherwise, improperly inflated tires can cause uneven wear and run your wallet a new set of tires soon. So What All Do You Need to Monitor Tire Pressure? The Right Tools First and foremost, you will need to find the right tools and equipment. A tire pressure gauge Is a tool used to check your tire pressure. There are the good old-fashioned ones with the dial and hose, but most of them are digital now, making it easier for people to read. Next, you may need an air compressor to adjust the air pressure accordingly. There are portable ones you can buy, but they usually have them at gas stations.   The Right Numbers After you have your tools ready, you will need to find some information before getting your hands dirty. Air pressure is measured in psi, or pounds per square inch. You wi ... read more

Why Does My Car Smell Like Maple Donuts?

Why Does My Car Smell Like Maple Donuts?

We all love the smell of sweet maple syrup on donuts, waffles, and pancakes. But would you imagine your car carrying that smell? Would you still find it amazing? It may not be so much of a delight. Sniffing a maple donuts smell in your automobile may be your first step to a major problem diagnosis. So, why does your vehicle smell like someone just ate or left maple donuts in it a few minutes ago? You Might be Having a Coolant Leak Coolant fluid, or as some people call it, antifreeze, plays a critical role in the proper functioning of your car. In addition to regulating your engine's temperature, it prevents it from overheating. It consists of specific chemical properties for drawing the heat out from the engine. It also integrates anti-corrosive properties to maintain every part it passes through in a healthy state. How Your Coolant Leak Translates to Maple Donuts-Like Smell While your vehicle's mixture of water and antifreeze draws out the heat from your engine, another m ... read more

What Does the Power Steering Light Mean?

What Does the Power Steering Light Mean?

The power steering light is an orange, red or yellow dashboard signal that indicates a problem with the power steering system. This symbol is not hard to miss, as it is shaped like a steering wheel with an exclamation mark. Read on to learn more about what the power steering light could mean for your vehicle.   The reason for an illuminated power steering warning light varies depending on your vehicle's type of power steering system. The most common nature of the problem when it comes to hydraulic power steering systems is fluid leaks. When your car is running low on power steering liquid, it will trigger the warning.   A bright EPS light may also come on if your car has an electronic power steering (EPS) system. Since EPS has no fluid, there won’t be any fluid for you to monitor or maintain. Instead, the flaw may be due to an electrical fault. If you've recently removed or disconnected your car battery, you may have a battery problem that is affecting your ... read more

Road Trip Tips for Traveling with Pets

Road Trip Tips for Traveling with Pets

While a road trip may sound appealing, you'll need a lot of planning to take your pets along for the ride. Pets can be restless and behave in ways that can be unsafe when traveling, such as jumping on your lap while you're driving and hanging out of the window. However, taking a road trip with your pet need not be a hassle. Here are a few tips to make sure you and your pet are safe during the long drives: Take Practice Trips If your trip is a few months or days away, you can use that time to help your pet feel comfortable in your car and on long drives. If your pet is stressed or anxious in the car, you may want to try behavioral training. You can start with short drives and increase the duration gradually as you observe your pet's behavior. Pack Your Pets' Essentials As you pack your bag for the trip, consider packing a backpack for your pets. Be sure to include food and water, feeding bowls, toys, treats, medications, medical records, Kennel, plastic bags, groomin ... read more

Alternator vs Battery: What is the Difference

Alternator vs Battery: What is the Difference

Have you tried to start your car, but the engine refused to cooperate? The good news is that it may not mean your engine is kaput, but that it just doesn't have enough power to turn over. When this happens, the usual culprits are the battery or the alternator. Read on for some information that can help you weed out the problem and get you back on the road. An engine that won't start is more than likely a battery problem. Batteries have a life expectancy of 3–5 years, whereas an alternator will last for seven years or about 150,000 miles. One way you can tell if you have a bad battery is when the dashboard battery light comes on while starting your vehicle. If this happens, there's your warning; your battery needs replacing. When Your Battery is on its Last Legs Another way to know if it's a battery problem is when your vehicle won't start and you detect a clicking sound when you turn your key in the ignition. This is a dead giveaway that your battery is dea ... read more

What Are Undercar Services?

What Are Undercar Services?

Your vehicle's undercar contains a variety of systems working together to ensure that your vehicle drives smoothly. Keeping these undercar parts well maintained is important overall, so read on to learn more about what the undercar entails and the services needed.  Chassis The chassis is the front frame of your vehicle that supports all of the undercar systems, including tires, driveshaft, differentials, suspension, transmission, and the engine. A weak chassis will put other important systems at risk for damage or performance issues. If you have a problem with your chassis, our experts have the experience and the tools to repair defects and get your chassis back to pristine condition. Differentials The differentials in your vehicle are basically what transfer power from the engine to the wheels to get your car moving at different speeds. When you turn your vehicle, the outer wheels actually travel more than the inner wheels, meaning that a ... read more

Bad Car Habits To Avoid

Bad Car Habits To Avoid

Automobiles are a significant investment. If you want your car to last you for years, you must take care of it. While you may be thinking of car maintenance, good driving habits apply too. Lousy driving habits can significantly impact your car over time. It will likely break down and develop long-term problems if you're rough on your car. Below are some terrible habits to avoid doing if you want to keep your vehicle for a while: Flying Over Rough Terrain Potholes and speed bumps can do a number on your wheels, tires, suspension, and your steering. For example, you could risk knocking your wheels out of alignment and blowing out your tire. So next time you see a road bump, slow down and carry on with caution. Revving A Cold Engine If you didn't know already, engine oil needs to warm up before its lubricating properties kick in. Revving a cold engine can damage your engine components as it is not adequately lubricated yet. It would help to let your vehicle idle 30 seconds to ... read more

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