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Yearly Archives: 2022

What Is An Engine Tune-Up?

What Is An Engine Tune-Up?

A tune-up is a process of inspecting, correcting, and adjusting the parts involved in the engine combustion process. It is a type of maintenance that is vital to ensure your engine and ignition operate smoothly. A tune-up can include the following: Replace spark plugs Change engine air filter Replace fuel filter Adjust ignition timing Clean throttle body and fuel system Change the PCV valve … & more (as needed). A car tune-up can vary from car to car, depending on model, age, and the wear and tear it has endured. When a professional technician recommends certain services, it is most likely a priority. We believe in full transparency at our auto repair shop, which is why we are happy to provide any explanations.   Newer cars don’t need as frequent tune-ups as older vehicles. Depending on mileage and age, your tune-up may be more complex. Just like when anything gets old, parts will need to be replaced.   Signs That Indicate Your Car Needs a Tune-Up ... read more

Can I Drive With the Check Engine Light On?

Can I Drive With the Check Engine Light On?

The check engine light is one of those warning messages that can make drivers panic. It is a yellow light the shape of an engine, and it can come for various reasons. The problems behind the light are typically stored in a trouble code that can be found when your car’s computer is hooked to an electronic scanner tool.   One of the first questions that you may have when you catch this light is, “can I continue driving”. The answer depends on whether the light is flashing or steady. If the light blinks, the problem is too major to continue. However, if the light does not flash, you can keep driving if the vehicle doesn’t show any performance issues. You should still seek professional help ASAP so that you can get an accurate diagnosis and repair. What are Common Reasons for a Check Engine Light to Come On? The check engine light can illuminate for several reasons, which is why it is so dreaded. Here are some of the most common issues that a check engine l ... read more

Is it Legal to Drive with Broken Mirrors?

Is it Legal to Drive with Broken Mirrors?

It's easy to learn to drive, but for that smooth ride, the condition of your car is essential. Also, carefully observing all traffic rules and requirements is critical in keeping you safe and enjoying your driving experience. To drive safely, efficiently, and legally you must see what's on your sides and behind you. The side and rearview mirrors, in particular, provide a good range of these areas while driving. However, the mirror's positioning exposes them to accidental damages and vandalizing. But what happens when these mirrors are broken? Is it still legal and safe to drive? Mirror Law Requirements Federal requirements and guidelines mandate rearview and side mirrors, but mainly for manufacturers. However, for drivers, different states have varying mirror laws that govern when an officer can pull you over or not. Many states require at least two mirrors. The mirrors allow you to see behind while driving, and one must be on the driver's side. This requirement mea ... read more

How Bad Is Hard Braking on Your Car?

How Bad Is Hard Braking on Your Car?

The car's braking system undergoes constant pressure when you drive around. You need them in order to decelerate or come to a complete stop when you need to. Therefore, a brake problem can be terrifying to deal with.    One thing that can significantly wear down your brakes is pressing down on them too hard. The extra pressure heats your brakes, making them more susceptible to wear and tear. But can it damage your car?   You might have to brake abruptly in certain situations, such as trying to avoid hitting another vehicle (or bicyclist or pedestrian). Understandably, you have to do it from time to time. But the answer is that braking too hard can damage your braking system. Firstly, it can dramatically wear down your brake pads. We recommend keeping a safe distance between you and other cars to prevent hard brakes. Secondly, you should be cautious of your surroundings and practice safe driving.   As mentioned before, braking harshly will heat up your brak ... read more

How to Tell If My Clutch Is Going Bad

How to Tell If My Clutch Is Going Bad

Like your brakes, it is easy to tell when your clutch is giving out. An aging clutch will make your vehicle a lot harder to handle, and you may notice your pedals "sticking" and other troubling signs. Most drivers should know that a clutch doesn't last the entire lifespan of a car. Instead, it needs to be replaced every 30,000 miles to 50,000 miles (give or take). Below are some signs that indicate your clutch is failing: Weird Sounds When Pressing Down Pressing down on the clutch pedal should be a silent driving task. If you hear unsettling noises or catch weird smells from your clutch, it's time to take your vehicle to a trusted auto repair shop. Your tech will likely need to adjust, repair, or replace your clutch. Trouble Shifting Gears  Troubles changing gears can be frightening. If you hear a grinding sound arising when attempting to drive, it means the power transfer between the engine and the transmission is incomplete. Considering the clutch is respon ... read more

Why Does My Vehicle Feel Bouncy?

Why Does My Vehicle Feel Bouncy?

A bouncy commute may sound silly, but it signifies danger for you and your vehicle. If you notice that your car is feeling unstable or shaky, your first instinct should be to take it to a certified mechanic immediately. While you can look for clues of where the problem is coming from, a professional can pinpoint the exact problem. Below are three areas of your car that may be where the shakiness is stemming from: Tires Your tires are indeed the only part of your car that makes contact with the ground, so you can imagine how important they are to the comfortability and stability of your drive. Unfortunately, they can be the reason why your car may be bouncing; if your tires are not attached tight enough, overinflated, or misaligned, you will feel this trembling. Steering System The steering system allows you to have easy and controlled turns. If you notice an uneasy feeling only occurring whenever you turn the steering wheel, your steering system is probably the culprit. Bushings ca ... read more

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