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What Does OBD Stand For?

What Does OBD Stand For?

You may have heard the term OBD testing or OBD reset and wondered - what does OBD stand for and what does it mean? OBD is actually short for on-board diagnostics, which is the standardized computer system that all modern vehicles have equipped (models in year 1996 and newer). The on-board computer system has the important job of monitoring different electrical sensors throughout your vehicle. This computer monitors the performance of these systems and can detect when a problem arises.  The OBD also closely monitors your vehicle's emission system, ensuring that your vehicle is regulated in terms of emissions and fuel economy. If the computer system does detect an issue, it will illuminate your vehicle's check engine light, which will appear on your dashboard. This lets you know that something is wrong, and on-board diagnostics will be needed.  In order to understand what causes your vehicle's check engine light to illuminate, our experts will conduct on-boar ... read more

How Often Do I Need a Vehicle Inspection?

How Often Do I Need a Vehicle Inspection?

An understanding of the importance of preventative maintenance and regular inspections is something that every vehicle owner should know. When you stay on top of your vehicle's recommended services and checks, you protect your safety on the road, save yourself time and money, and protect your overall investment. When you have your vehicle inspected, it doesn't necessarily mean that something will be wrong. It's just the best way to catch any problems early on before they progress so that you can pay for a little repair rather than a big one.  As a vehicle owner, you may ask yourself, how often do I need a vehicle inspection? The answer to this definitely depends on a few different factors. Let's look at some of the different factors that can affect how often your vehicle needs an inspection. Age The age of your vehicle comes into play when considering how often you may need a vehicle inspection. Older vehicles with more wear and tear are more su ... read more

Can I Drive with the Coolant Warning Light On?

Can I Drive with the Coolant Warning Light On?

The coolant pressure warning light is an important one - your vehicle is telling you that your engine is overheating due to low coolant. If this light has turned on and you're wondering if you can continue driving, the answer is you shouldn't. An overheating engine can lead to engine damage which can be costly repair. The quicker you can get your vehicle into our shop to get this issue repaired, the better off your car will be and the more money you will save.  The damage to your engine due to overheating can range from failed head gaskets to damaged pistons and valve stems, and even cracks in the cylinder heads. All of which can be costly repair, and definitely repairs you want to avoid. As soon as you see this warning light turn on, here's what we recommend doing:  If you're driving, try to pull over safely and turn off the engine.  After letting the engine cool, check your vehicle's coolant level.  If the coolant is low, you can fill ... read more

Revolution Motor Works is Open & Doing Our Part to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19

Revolution Motor Works is Open & Doing Our Part to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19

At Revolution Motor Works, we want you to know that we remain OPEN as an essential business during these tough times. We know that many of our community members are working from home, are out of work, or have kids out of school to take care of. While many businesses have closed for the time being, auto repair is considered a necessary industry and is permitted to stay open during this time. This is because so many people will still rely on their vehicles to get them to work, to the store, or to retrieve medical assistance.  Here are some important measures we are taking to protect the safety of our customers and employees while remaining open to serve you:  We will be open normal business hours during this time (unless otherwise stated).   We are offering contactless service via our key box pick up/drop off. Drop of your vehicle, keys, and filled out drop-off form and we can communicate with you completely over the phone.   We are accepting online or  ... read more

What is a Brake System Flush?

Your vehicle's brake system runs on fluid in order to create the proper hydraulic pressure to slow and stop when you need to. When you apply pressure on the brake pedal, the brake fluid uses hydraulic pressure to press the brake pads against the rotors to initiate the slowing of the wheels.  Over time, brake fluid can be contaminated with moisture and grime, which can affect its overall performance. Air in the fluid can lessen its ability to create hydraulic pressure, and can lead to brake failure. This is why a brake fluid flush is so important at certain intervals.  What does a brake system flush consist of? A brake system flush is the process in which current brake fluid is drained from the system and is replaced with fresh, clean fluid.  How often do I need a brake system fluid flush? If you're looking for information regarding your vehicle's factory recommendations, the best source is your vehicle's owner's manual. The typical interval for a b ... read more

What's the Difference between Synthetic and Regular Motor Oil?

When getting an oil change, you may have been asked whether you want regular, synthetic, or a synthetic blend of oil. The most important thing is that you get the oil that is right for your vehicle, which should be outlined in your vehicle's owner's manual. However, here is some additional information on the differences and how to choose the right oil for your vehicle.  Vehicles initially used conventional motor oil but has quickly become replaced by synthetic oil, which is lab developed to provide the best lubrication and performance. If you are unsure about oils and which is best, always have comfort knowing that the mechanics here at Revolution Motor Works can educate and guide you on the best options for your car.  Conventional motor oil uses a base oil blend with additives to meet the needs of vehicles. There is a wide range of oils available, some that are basic and others that are very high quality. Conventional oil is now mostly used for older model vehicles ... read more

Winter Car Prep for Traveling

Whether you’re planning to travel by car this winter season or will just be driving to and from work each day, prepping your car for winter can help you avoid car troubles on the road and keep you safe while driving in winter weather conditions.  Before you hit the road for any type of extended travel, we recommend bringing your vehicle into our shop for a winter car inspection. This will give you peace of mind on the road knowing that an expert took a look at your vehicle and made sure that everything was in working order to stay reliable in the cold weather.  Here are some of the top ways in which you can prep your car for traveling this winter:  Get your car serviced if it is due and inspected for other issues Check your manufacturer’s website for any recalls Inspect your tires to verify they have good tread and are in overall good condition Install new windshield wipers and top-off wiper fluid Check all vital fluids  Be sure to test your vehi ... read more

Happy Thanksgiving from Revolution Motor Works!

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us here at Revolution Motor Works! We hope that you had a wonderful holiday with friends and family. With all the holidays comes lots of travel, so if you are planning a road trip in the near future, we recommend that you check off some important travel measures before you hit the road.  Be sure to have your vehicle inspected by the experts here at Revolution Motor Works before you hit the road. You never want to be caught in a situation where you are stuck without a working vehicle, so guaranteeing that your vehicle is ready for any road trip will keep your family safe and bring you peace of mind on the road.    Pack ample blankets and coats for the road to keep warm if you’re traveling in the cold this winter.    Have an emergency kit on hand in your trunk to help out in cases of emergencies. Some things to make sure you have with you include a spare tire, jack, wrench, flashlight, flares, cell phone charger, and ... read more

How to Create the Ultimate Tailgate

It's football season, and if you're a big fan, chances are you plan on going to watch your favorite team play. Most visitors will tailgate before the game, which is just a time to spend time to friends and family and eat and drink before the game starts. If you do plan on tailgating, be sure to consider the following tips on how to create the ultimate tailgate this season:  Be sure to bring a cooler filled with ice and all of the drinks you will need during your party Bring a portable grill to cook your food, a propane gas powered one is a good idea since power probably won't be as easy to set up Pack portable chairs and a table for relaxing and a place to store food after its cooked for family and friends to dig in Consider purchasing or bringing along a tarp or tent top that will block the sun and keep you in the shade If you really want to take your tailgate to the next level, bringing a TV and stereo system can put your party over the edge. You may need a gene ... read more

What Are the Most Common Electrical System Problems?

Your vehicle works on many different electrical components that power your vehicle, the radio, lights, power windows, locks, and more. When something goes amiss with your vehicle's electrical system, it can cause the electrical components of your car to perform poorly or prevent your car from turning on altogether.  The most common culprit of an electrical problem is the battery. Car batteries typically last between 3-5 years, but can die unexpectedly if you leave a light on in your car overnight for example. If you do suspect a problem with your electrical system or battery, the best thing to do is bring your car into the experts here at Revolution Motor Works for an inspection so we can pinpoint the exact cause of the issue. Here are some of the most common electrical system problems that can occur:  Dead Battery Charging & Starting System Issue Bad Alternator Failing Starter Blown Electrical Fuses Bad Wiring or Faulty Circuit Failing Spark Plugs All of the ... read more

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