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Yearly Archives: 2022

Is It Safe to Use Water Instead of Coolant?

Is It Safe to Use Water Instead of Coolant?

The cooling system is crucial for your vehicle engine to maintain a stable temperature at all times. Coolant fluid is the key part of the system that helps regulate the temperature and prevents overheating and parts from corroding. You may have heard from somewhere that water can be used in place of coolant, and we’re here to set the record straight. In order to determine whether water is safe to use in lieu of coolant, you should know what is in coolant first. Coolant is a 50/50 mix of water and other additives in a solution called antifreeze. These chemical components help increase the water's freezing and boiling points to withstand extreme temperatures. Now, when your car is overheating due to a lack of coolant, it most likely has a leak. To temporarily relieve the problem, you will need to resupply the car with coolant. Because some people may not have coolant readily available, water is the next best solution. You may consider adding water as a temporary solution. Ho ... read more

My Car Feels Sluggish - What Could Be the Cause?

My Car Feels Sluggish - What Could Be the Cause?

Does your vehicle feel slow to respond when you step on the gas? There are several potential causes of this issue, so we'll go through some of the most common here. Dirty Air Filter A dirty or clogged air filter can quickly cause your engine to lose power. The air filter is designed to filter out impurities from reaching the engine during the combustion process. When it's clogged up, your engine won't be able to create the proper mix of air and fuel, leading to that sluggish feeling you get when you step on the gas. Fuel Injector/Pump Another potential cause comes in the form of the fuel delivery system. Over time, the fuel injector can become clogged, which means your engine isn't getting the correct amount of fuel. The fuel pump could also fail, leading to issues in the transfer of fuel from the tank to the injectors. Worn or Improperly Installed Timing Belt One of the most important belts on your vehicle, the timing belt keeps your crankshaft and camshaft in ti ... read more

5 Spring Car Cleaning Tips

5 Spring Car Cleaning Tips

Who doesn't want to drive into spring with a sparking and shiny car? The beginning of a new season is always excited as it feels like a fresh start. Spring is all about renewal, and what better way to freshen up than to clean your car. Here are some of our favorite tips for car cleaning: Vacuum Interior Surfaces Most people will wash the outside of their vehicles and completely forget about the inside. This time around, make sure you remove all trash from inside your vehicle. Declutter and organize your belongings. Last but not least, vacuum up and dust, crumbs, etc., that have been sitting on your mats.  Pay Attention to the Tires When spraying off your car, please make sure to give your tires a good clean. Your wheels are the only parts that make contact with the road, so it's especially important that you provide them with attention. Plus, some of the road salt from the winter could've stuck around.  Clean the Glass Surfaces Please remember to regularly c ... read more

Why Are Tire Rotations Important?

Why Are Tire Rotations Important?

Most manufacturers typically recommend that you have your tires rotated every six months or around every 6,000 to 8,000 miles. But if your car seems to be running fine, you may think, "why would I need that". Why Tires Need to be Rotated When you neglect to rotate your tires, they will wear down faster and unevenly. Because your front tires do most of the work when you accelerate or brake, they wear down quicker than the rear. For this reason, you should rotate your tires. Having this maintenance item done will improve the smoothness and quality of the ride. Additionally, the disproportionate areas on the tire can cause other issues like lower gas mileage and poor handling. This optimization of tire wear will save you money in the long run. More importantly, it will increase the safety of you and your passengers by preventing the associated risks mentioned above. What Happens During the Process? The technician will first inspect your tires for holes or punctures, which c ... read more

What Does the Power Steering System Warning Light Mean?

What Does the Power Steering System Warning Light Mean?

Warning lights on the dashboard are always concerning. If one pops up that looks like a steering wheel, there's something wrong with the car's power steering. You might be wondering what exactly that means and whether you can continue driving. Power Steering Basics All cars from the last few decades have power steering. Manual steering takes a lot of effort, and power steering relieves that. The system could be either hydraulic or electric, with the latter becoming more common. If there's an issue with the system, the car will automatically disable power steering until it has been fixed. Power Steering Warning Light Causes Hydraulic Systems The warning is likely letting you know that the car is low on power steering fluid. Check the level right away and fill it if you can. However, if there's fluid loss, there's a leak somewhere. If the fluid level isn't low, there's another issue that will need diagnosing. Electric Systems Occasionally, little glitch ... read more

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