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What are the Signs of Starter Failure?

What are the Signs of Starter Failure?

Starter failure problems are quite common. Unfortunately, most drivers and car owners tend to confuse them with other car issues. Your car starting system is intricate, composed of numerous components working together to get the motor running. The starter motor is overly integral as it spins the flywheel bringing the pistons into motion to generate enough compression to start your car. When the starter fails, it will impact your capacity to start and operate your car. Here are some tale tell signs to look out for: Grinding Noises It mostly happens when the starter gear is completely worn out or is unable to engage properly. Even so, your car might also produce a whirring sound or none at all when the starter is faulty. If left unattended, this could translate to incredible damages to your vehicle's engine flywheel. The Engine Doesn't Turn Over Your car will not start when its starter is failing, even if you jumpstart it. Often, this is due to a burnt-out starter motor ... read more

What is a catalytic converter?

What is a catalytic converter?

Every vehicle has an exhaust system that serves three basic functions: Move exhaust away from the engine and passengers, muddle the noise of the engine and reduce emissions. Of the entire system, one of the most baffling parts to people is the catalytic converter. Here is what the catalytic converter does, how it does it and why it is important. The Catalyst The catalytic converter is one of those vehicle parts everyone has heard about, but virtually no one gets how it works. Without it, however, a vehicle would be a pollution belching, potential death trap, thanks to poisonous emissions. Every catalytic converter has a honeycombed ceramic interior that is coated by Palladium, Rhodium and Platinum. Its purpose is to convert toxic emissions into less harmful gases. This protects vehicle passengers and improves external, environmental air quality. What It Converts When an engine is running, it emits three main gasses: Nitrogen Oxides Carbon Monoxide Hydrocarbons Each pollutes th ... read more

What are Signs of Low Brake Fluid?

What are Signs of Low Brake Fluid?

As you drive your car, it's crucial that we remain aware of our car moves. Whether it's your gas pedal, exhaust pipes, or carburetor, all of these parts must work properly to get to you from point A to point b. One major part is brake fluid, which helps our brakes to stop when needed. When the driver steps on the brake pedal, brake fluid is released into the lines. As the fluid enters the lines, the brake pads to clamp on the motors, causing your car to stop. However, there are some signs when your car does not stop right, due to having low brake fluid. Check the Reservoir You can check the brake pad reservoir in the engine bay, to check the level of fluid. Make sure that the level is between minimum and maximum, as well as look at the color of the fluid. The fluid's color should be translucent and not dark or cloudy. The Brake Pads are Worn and Lower Than Usual Brake pads that are worn out are taking in more air than usual in the hydra ... read more

How Often Should You Replace Your Car's Cabin Air Filter?

How Often Should You Replace Your Car's Cabin Air Filter?

Often an overlooked vehicle component, the cabin air filter is something that not all vehicle owners may be aware of. The cabin air filter is an important air filter, typically located beneath the glove compartment. The job of this filter is to filter the air from outside as it passes into your vehicle. It helps to catch various things such as dirt, debris, and pollutants along the way.  Since it isn't visible to the eye, you may have never even replaced your cabin air filter. The question is, does it need to be replaced? And if so, how often?  The cabin air filter will need to be replaced at least a couple of times within your vehicle's lifetime. How often it needs to be replaced really depends on your local climate and where you drive. If you are constantly off-road, chances are you'll need to replace the filter much faster than typical.  A good rule of thumb is to have it inspected regularly to see if it needs to be replaced or not. If the cabin air fil ... read more

What is a Suspension System Strut?

What is a Suspension System Strut?

If you've ever had your vehicle's suspension system repaired, you may be familiar with the term "shocks and struts". You may be aware that the struts are integral components within the suspension system and are important to the overall driveability of your car. But, what exactly is a strut and what does it do within your vehicle?  A strut is a component of your vehicle's suspension system, which is the system that is connected to the wheels and the chassis of your car. The suspension system not only supports the weight of your entire vehicle, but it also helps ensure that your tires travel straight and that your ride is smooth by absorving the impact of various bumps and uneven roads. It also helps to ensure that you can turn your vehicle properly when you need to. The strut itself is made up of two parts: the shock absorbers and a spring. The spring is typically a coil spring and its job is to hold up the weight of your car and help absorb e ... read more

Safety Tips for Nighttime Driving

Safety Tips for Nighttime Driving

With the new fall season upon us, the days will soon be shorter and you may find yourself having to drive in the dark more often than you did previously in the spring and summer. As winter comes along, the increase in darkness during the day will increase as well.  Driving in the dark can be more difficult for some, especially those with vision impairment. However, even drivers with 20/20 vision can experience trouble seeing clearly in the dark. Keeping safe on the road is important for you, your passengers, and others on the road, which is why we've compiled the following list of safety tips to keep in mind as we move into more nighttime driving:  Check that all of your exterior and interior lights are working properly. Your vehicle's headlights, brake lights, and signal lights are all necessary for driving in the dark. You need to see the road ahead of you and behind you, and other vehicles need to be alerted of your presence on the road. If your exterior lights l ... read more

How Often Do Windshield Wipers Need to Be Replaced?

How Often Do Windshield Wipers Need to Be Replaced?

Windshield wipers serve an important purpose when it comes to your vehicle. In the rain, your wipers wipe away the water so that you can continue to see the road clearly. When your windshield is caked in dirt, your wipers and wiper fluid allow you to clean your windshield to see the road again. Faulty windshield wipers can put you in a dangerous position while driving in certain situations, which is why you should always pay attention to your wipers and replace them when needed. How often do windshield wipers actually need to be replaced? On average, wipers should be replaced yearly, if not every 6 months. The frequency depends on the weather, and how often you find yourself parking in direct heat. There are certain signs that you can look out for that can indicate its time to replace your wipers.  A visual inspection of your wipers:  If your windshield wipers look cracked, frayed, dry, or peeling, these are all signs that you need to replace them. They sh ... read more

What are Some Bad Driving Habits to Avoid?

What are Some Bad Driving Habits to Avoid?

Many Americans use their cars daily, if not at least a few times a week. This makes most drivers super comfortable on the road - and sometimes too comfortable. This makes it easy to develop bad driving habits that can put our safety on the road at risk. Driving daily means remembering to practice safe driving habits and to focus our concentration on the road as much as possible.  Many vehicle owners don't realize the habits we have that can risk our safety, mainly because they become second nature to us. However, understanding any bad habits you may have when on the road and correcting them can make a big difference when it comes to driving safely and reducing your risk of an accident. Here are some bad habits that should be avoided while driving:  Talking excessively to passengers Talking or texting on the phone while driving Eating will behind the wheel One hand driving Not signaling when changing lanes or turning Riding the tail of other vehicles on the road Al ... read more

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

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