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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

How to Protect Your Battery During the Winter

How to Protect Your Battery During the Winter

Extreme weather conditions can be harmful to car batteries. The strongest battery may not be able to withstand temperatures that are too cold. The winter is officially here in Alpharetta, so it's time to take extra precautions to maintain your battery's health. A few simple tasks can prevent your vehicle from dying when you least expect it. Below are a few helpful tips to protect your battery during the winter.  Drive for 10 minutes or longer. It's tempting to stay warm indoors, but if you have the opportunity to go for a drive. Drives that are at least 10 minutes allow your engine to warm and adequately charge the battery. If you don't drive, the cold weather can weaken your battery. In severe cases, you may not start the next time you drive.   Park in a garage. During the winter, park inside a garage to keep the battery insulated. If a garage isn't nearby, try parking near heated equipment, w ... read more

Why is the Check Engine Light On?

Why is the Check Engine Light On?

As a driver, it's important to stay prepared for what can go wrong with your vehicle. The coolant can leak, the transmission could fail, or a tire can go flat. Mechanical issues can happen when we least expect them to. If the check engine light comes on, it can leave you completely confused because it can be alerting you to a variety of issues. You know you should check the engine, but you aren't sure why. The check engine light never comes on by mistake; below are five reasons your check engine light may have come on.  Engine Overheating  If the check engine light has come on due to your engine overheating, you will also notice additional symptoms such as a high-temperature reading and white smoke. The engine overheating can be dangerous and can cause severe damage to your vehicle. If your car is overheating, pull over immediately and allow your vehicle to cool down. If letting your car cool doesn't help, you should seek professional assistance ... read more

5 Signs You Need A Wheel Alignment

5 Signs You Need A Wheel Alignment

We all want our vehicles to stand the test of time. And proper wheel alignment not only improves vehicle performance; it keeps the drive safe by extending the life of the tires. Wheel alignment is a maintenance service that should be prioritized because misalignment can occur with typical day to day driving. How do you know when it’s time for a four-wheel alignment or front-end alignment? The key is to pay attention to your vehicle and watch out for any warning signs. There are several common symptoms: it’s time for an alignment service, below are 5 to look out for. The Tires are Wearing Unevenly When wheels are misaligned, the tires will display uneven tread wear. This is a noticeable sign if you visually inspect your tires. Every so often, check treadwear by measuring the tread depth in a few areas of each tire. Aligned wheels properly will wear at the same rate. If there is a discrepancy, there may be a wheel alignment issue. Unnatural Dri ... read more

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