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Did You Know?... Your Vehicle Has Many Parts Made of Rubber

Did You Know?... Your Vehicle Has Many Parts Made of Rubber

If you haven't noticed by now, many of your car's parts are made of rubber (and no, not just your tires). Extreme temperatures can be very tough on rubber-made parts, such as your belts, gaskets, door/window/hood/trunk seals, hoses, etc. Additionally, wet or moist roads can allow water and grime to collect on these parts. Loose debris can also lead to corrosion in your belts, seals, and hoses. If you notice any unusual signs such as leakages or slips, it could be more severe than you think. Below are the rubbery components in your car that require the proper care! Timing Belt The timing belt is a "toothed" rubber belt that allows the crankshaft to turn the camshaft. If it is slipping and sliding or looks damaged in any way, then your engine will not run efficiently. If it becomes completely detached, then your engine will not work at all! Make sure you have this special belt replaced every 60,000 to 100,000 miles. Serpentine Belt The serpentine belt (also known as ... read more

Car Sounds That You Should Never Ignore

Car Sounds That You Should Never Ignore

If you've driven your vehicle for a while now, you're probably accustomed to the way it operates and the sounds it makes. So when you hear an unusual noise when driving, you may be a little frightened and unsure if you need a repair or not. Depending on what your ears pick up, your vehicle could be letting you know that something is wrong. Let's go over some of the most common car noises and what they may mean for your car:    A screeching noise coming from under the hood can indicate a defective serpentine belt or a faulty engine pulley. The screeching sound will be in somewhat of a pattern; you may hear the noise every time the belt goes around once. Belts are essential and will need to be replaced at the first symptom of wear.   A hissing noise under the hood can indicate a cracked hose. A broken hose can also be the culprit of a fluid leak, leading to significant issues depending on what fluid it is.   A metallic clanking sound can indicate met ... read more

4 Signs That You Need New Brake Pads

4 Signs That You Need New Brake Pads

One of the most essential safety features of your automobile is your brake system. You must check how well your brakes are performing on a routine basis. As an industry consensus, brake pads should be replaced about every 50,000 miles. Nevertheless, every car is different, and there are various symptoms that your brakes may display to indicate a need for new brake pads. Symptoms of Worn Down Brake Pads Unusual Noise Coming From Brakes The first sign that it's time to restore your brake pads is if you catch persistent squeaking or squealing noises. You can expect squeaking brakes in wet road conditions. However, if you have squeaky brakes on a clear day, then there may be a problem. If your brakes are squeaking persistently, you should have a professional mechanic perform a thorough inspection.   Indicator Light Turns On Sometimes a light will come on your dashboard to indicate weak brakes. Newer vehicles have a sensor on the brake pad that will trigger when the brake pad ... read more

Things You Could Be Doing Wrong with Your Car

Things You Could Be Doing Wrong with Your Car

The ultimate goal for every driver is to keep your car safe and functional. We all know the basics of getting oil changes, tire rotations, and brake pad replacements, but there are also a handful of things you should avoid doing to your vehicle. Here are the things to NOT do if you want to keep your car healthy for the long run:   Drive with the Oil Light On If your engine oil lights start flashing on, this is a sign that your vehicle is no longer safe to drive. This light usually signals that your engine oil is low or ultimately entirely out.    Use Dishwashing Soap to Wash Your Car Dishwashing liquid is made to get grease and grime off your dishes, but it is not made for car paint! It can end up stripping off the wax and essential oils in your car paint. Do not take this risk.   Overfill Your Tires Most people think that filling your tires a little extra is a precautionary measure, but it can cause premature tire wear and cause a bumpier ride. Always fill ... read more

What Does Coolant/Antifreeze Actually Do?

What Does Coolant/Antifreeze Actually Do?

Car engine coolant is different from antifreeze Antifreeze and coolant are not the same thing but are used together. Antifreeze is made of a glycol-based liquid and must be diluted with water before use to create engine coolant. So engine coolant is a combination of water and antifreeze. What does coolant do and why should I use it for my car? Using coolant is important to prevent your car's engine from overheating. A car engine overheating can be a major issue that can destroy a car's engine entirely. Drivers should regularly check the car's water coolant levels daily to ensure the water in the engine is not gradually overheating over time. Car coolant also manages to lubricate the parts of the engine and the water cylinder chambers/channels around the cylinder head. The antifreeze and the water work together to prevent the water in the car's engine system from 'freezing' and keep the car's engine running efficiently. This is especially crucial during ... read more

What are the Signs of a Bad Fuel Injector?

What are the Signs of a Bad Fuel Injector?

Fuel is one of the essential elements an engine needs to function at optimal efficiency and capacity. Fuel injection involves the delivery of gasoline to the internal combustion of the engine. They are cylindrical coils of wires that act as magnets that use electronic valves and atomizing nozzles to distribute or spray gasoline evenly into your car's engine. However, you might experience problems such as clogged or failing injectors due to collapsing vapor pockets, which will compromise the efficiency of your engine. It is good to know the following signs of a bad fuel injector and invest in immediate repairs to smooth out the issue and enjoy your ride. Car Won't Start Since the role of fuel injectors is to spray petrol or diesel evenly to your vehicle's engine, if it's clogged or faulty, the engine will not get sufficient gasoline it needs to start. To identify the problem, you will need the quick services of a professional mechanic from a reput ... read more

What are the Top Seasonal Vehicle Repairs?

What are the Top Seasonal Vehicle Repairs?

If you own a vehicle, you probably already know that it requires routine, preventative maintenance to run like new. Depending on you vehicle's type, the manufacturer, and your local climate, your vehicle will need it's own particular set of regularly scheduled repairs. Below, we will outline the top seasonal vehicle repairs, and what those repairs typically entail. During the spring and summer seasons, your car will require a few simple repairs. First, you'll want to check on the timing chain of your vehicle. Depending on the make and model you drive, it may need to be replaced. Typically, the timing chain needs to be completely replaced at between 80,000 and 120,000 miles. You should also have your trunk latch looked at, your brakes and suspension, as well as the wheel speed sensor. When it's hot, you'll want to take extra precautions to make sure your windows are able to go up and down, that your coolant is not running low, and that your vehicle's AC unit is ... read more

How Do Hybrid Engines Work?

How Do Hybrid Engines Work?

Hybrid cars are quite common these days. You probably see them every day as you go to and from work, especially if you live in a major metropolitan area. But what exactly is a hybrid car, and how do hybrid engines work? What is a Hybrid Car? A hybrid car is a car that is powered by a combustion engine and at least one electric motor. In other words, a hybrid car relies on both gasoline and electricity to move. The electricity comes from a battery that is charged by the combustion engine through regenerative braking. Most carmakers in North America offer some form of a hybrid vehicle. This combination helps with improving the performance of a car, minimizing the amount of gasoline consumed, and protecting the environment. How do Hybrid Engines Works? There are several different types of hybrid engines. How a hybrid engine works depends on its design. Some types of hybrid engines designs include: Parallel Hybrid In this design, the gasoline engine and the electric motor work in a c ... read more

Why Is There Smoke Coming From Underneath My Car’s Hood?

Why Is There Smoke Coming From Underneath My Car’s Hood?

Smoke billowing from the hood of your car is an unmistakable sign that something is definitely off. It could be a sign of a simple issue, or something is terribly wrong with your vehicle. It is normal to see a small white puff of smoke coming from your tailpipe after sitting overnight. It's just water vapor. On a rainy day, you may also notice some steam coming from the hood as water comes into contact with the exhaust or the radiator. However, if you are driving and suddenly smoke starts billowing from the engine or tailpipe, you need to stop immediately and take a peek. Before you panic, it is important first to understand what the color or smell of the smoke implies. Identifying the cause will help you determine whether to keep driving or to reach out to a repair shop for their expertise. What causes a car to smoke? When small amounts of motor oil or other fluids spill or leak from a damaged seal or gasket onto the exhaust system or a hot engine, it causes the production of s ... read more

Types of Unusual Vehicle Smells

Types of Unusual Vehicle Smells

Most of your car's interior has been designed to be odorless. Unless it's the new car's smell, you should be worried about any other odor coming from within it. Small details such as a smell of burnt rubber may indicate a potential mechanical or electrical problem that needs immediate attention—otherwise, it may lead to costly problems down the road. Because cars are designed to use a range of fluids that operates at high temperatures, pressures, and within high-speed moving components, the unusual odor may be becoming from a number of places and for different reasons. Below Are Some of the Most Common Smells That You Shouldn't Ignore Burnt Rubber An awful smell of burnt rubber usually comes from engine hoses and belts. It may mean that the belts are loose and slipping, or the hoses are rubbing against a moving part. Also, overheating clutch plates tend to smell like burnt rubber. Maple Syrup It might be a sweetish smell, but it is an indication of a leakage ... read more

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