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When To Replace Your Car Battery

When To Replace Your Car Battery

No car can function without its battery. The battery is responsible for starting the car up and powering all the electronics, yet it does have a finite lifetime as it is subject to wear. Here are some telltale signs that your car's battery is nearing the end of its life and warrants replacement. No start or slow start As the battery is responsible for providing the starter with a charge to get the car running, any problems with starting the car may be due to a faulty battery. A dead battery will not provide any charge, and therefore the car will not start at all, while a weak battery will take some time to get the engine started. Once your car is slow to start, you should intervene as failure is imminent. Check engine light is on The check engine light is notoriously difficult to interpret as it comes on for just about any reason. That said, an illuminated check engine light should prompt you to check your car's battery. Malfunctioning electronics The battery, as mentione ... read more

Why Isn’t My Car Heater Working?

Why Isn’t My Car Heater Working?

You are on the road in your car. It's in winter, and you badly need some heat to keep you warm. You need heat to help with road visibility. Then boom! The heater is not working. You endure a freezing ride and struggle with vision. If this scenario scares you, then you need to make sure that your car heater is functioning all the time. The heating system is a composition of the heater core, HVAC, heater fan, and coolant system to maintain favorable temperatures in the cabin. Unreliable car heaters may frustrate you during cold winters and make the ride unbearable. There are common heater troubles that might affect the functionality of the vehicle. Understanding them and getting proper diagnosis and repairs ensures comfort during freezing weather. These are the common issues that might render your heater non-functional; A Faulty Heater Core Heater core troubles inhibit the coolant from traveling through it appropriately. This prevents air blown from the blower from reaching it, e ... read more

What Vehicle Parts Can Potholes Damage?

What Vehicle Parts Can Potholes Damage?

This diagram shows the different parts that can be damaged by potholes. It happens to us all. One second the road is flat and we're cruising along and the next moment a pothole comes out of nowhere, with a jarring impact. If that has ever happened to you, then you know how scary something like that can be and the many questions that run through your mind. The biggest of which is, did I damage anything on my car? Here is a list of the parts of your car that can be affected by a run-in with a pothole. 1. Steering and suspension - Steering Damage done to either will give you clear signs. When your steering has been damaged the steering wheel may vibrate or shake. Going straight down a road the vehicle will begin to pull either towards one side or another on its own when you let go of the wheel. Suspension When the suspension is affected the vehicle will either ride rougher than it did before and you can feel that your car doesn't ride as smooth as it used to or the car will ... read more

What Noises Does a Failing Transmission Make?

What Noises Does a Failing Transmission Make?

The transmission is one of the basic parts of your car. It is responsible for converting the combustion power of the engine into the momentum the drives the wheels to move your car. Therefore, if it is not working properly, your car is not going to run efficiently. But how can you know when your car's transmission has an issue? While there are many symptoms of a failing transmission, there are several transmission sounds that should signal an alarm. Some of these sounds include: Grinding Sounds Grinding sounds from the transmission system can be quite worrying, especially if your car has an automatic transmission. The automatic transmission relies on the proper operation of a planetary gear system. If the gear system has an advanced problem, you may hear grinding sounds coming from the transmission, and the transmission could already be damaged. Visiting your auto shop will enable you to know your options. Gurgling Sound Gurgling sounds from the transmission usually indicate th ... read more

Tips for Maintaining an Idle Vehicle

Tips for Maintaining an Idle Vehicle

Cars are built to run, not to sit idle in the driveway. An idle car means less wear and tear, no spending on gas, and no regular cash wash for some drivers. When it comes to saving a few bucks, this is a good thing. However, when a car sits idle for a long time, it may develop mechanical and electrical problems, which includes; Rusting (Body and The Brake Rotors) Drained Battery Oxidation and Condensation in The Car's Fuel System Deterioration of Oil and Other Fluids, Etc. If your car is going to sit idle for a long time, there are things you need to regularly look out for and do to avoid the accumulation of potential problems. Cover Your Car and Keep It Covered. This will protect your car from the harmful effects of the elements of weather. Battery If you want to protect your car's battery and make sure it doesn't drain, drive your work, or at least start it on a regular basis. You may have to keep the car running for at least five minutes to ... read more

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