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Summer Maintenance Checklist for Your Vehicle

Summer Maintenance Checklist for Your Vehicle

With summer approaching, your vehicle will have a list of needs to be met. There are preventive maintenance tasks and safety inspections to consider for the spring. There is a list of recommendations that can help you get your car ready for the warmer weather months and send you on your way to summer. One routine maintenance task to consider is getting your oil changed. Changes in the weather, for better or for worse, typically require your vehicle to use more oil than usual just to keep the engine running smoothly. Your motor oil is responsible for making sure that all parts of your engine are clean and running smoothly, so getting it changed right along with the air filter is vital to extending the life of your vehicle. Another good task to take care of during spring auto maintenance is to have your tires checked by your mechanic. There are many reasons for this. One is that the tread on your tires will get worn, especially if you've been driving on icy roads or plowing through ... read more

What are the Signs of a Dirty Air Filter?

What are the Signs of a Dirty Air Filter?

The air filter is that component that allows the engine to receive as much clean air as possible to run effectively. It's the final barrier as air and gasoline come together to create the combustion needed to get the car going. Knowing when the air filter needs replacing can save you time and money on future repairs. The Engine Misfires Dirty air filters can cause soot and debris to accumulate in the engine, which collects on the spark plugs. When the engine needs to fire up, the spark plug is unable to connect the charge which means it misfires. While it's possible to just dust the spark plugs, the dirt will accumulate again if the air filter isn't changed. Decreased Fuel Economy Fuel injection does much to counter the effect a dirty air filter has on fuel economy. However, older models that still rely on carburetor engines require a decent amount of air intake to allow for combustion to take place. When the filter is dirty, the engine needs to compensate for the lack ... read more

What are the Symptoms of Dirty Fuel Injectors?

What are the Symptoms of Dirty Fuel Injectors?

Your fuel injectors are interconnected with your car's fuel pump and filter to provide the exact amount of fuel and air for your engine. Gasoline is delivered through the fuel pump and brought directly to the injector. From there, the gas is sprayed into an intake manifold, where it mixes with the air for balance. This air-fuel mixture is successfully compressed inside the combustion chamber, which creates the energy your engine needs to power the motor. However, fuel injectors can collect dirt, soot, and grime over time, which means that getting them cleaned is the solution to your woes. There are a few signs of trouble you might notice, one of which is when your engine misfires. This happens when vibrations are sent throughout your car to the point when it begins to shake. This is because the balance between air and fuel has been disrupted by the injector, and once it enters the engine, it gets noticed through shaking and vibrating. Vehicles that shake or sputter during traffic ... read more

What Can Happen If You Let Your Car Sit Too Long?

What Can Happen If You Let Your Car Sit Too Long?

Keeping your car in the best shape you possibly can is always something important that you want to strive to do. Doing certain maintenance things with your car is always essential. There are a lot of great upkeep principles that can help, but there are some things that you may be doing that may not be best for your car. One of these things can include having your car sit for too long of a period. It may sound strange to hear, but it is a cars job to drive. There are some things that can happen if you allow your car to sit for a long period of time without allowing it to do the job that it has been designed to do. Flat Tires: One of the first issues you may notice is one or more tires may become flat. This may be the most recognizable sign that your car has been sitting too long. When you do not use your car, the tires will lose air. They may also have flat spots develop that can affect the quality of the ride you experience in the car. Tires can also wear away due to the elements the ... read more

Why Does My Car Keep Stalling?

Why Does My Car Keep Stalling?

Any seasoned car owner knows that somewhere down the line of owning a vehicle, there's a certainty that problems will arise. Sometimes it doesn't matter how well you maintain your vehicle, service it, or have qualified mechanics take a look at everything. Eventually, luck isn't going to go your way. A very common problem with a multitude of causes is a vehicle that stalls relentlessly. This can be a very frustrating (not to mention dangerous) issue, as we always want our vehicles to stay consistently reliable. Unfortunately, life is always going to be throwing a few curve balls our way. So why is your car stalling? Well, there are three main causes. 1. Not Getting Enough Fuel If your car's fuel filter clogs then it can lead to your vehicle stalling out repeatedly, or just not starting at all. This occurs when debris, dirt, or other things get themselves jammed into your car's fuel filter, which rests in your fuel line and ensures fuel gets to its intended locatio ... read more