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Common Vehicle Sounds That Indicate Trouble

Common Vehicle Sounds That Indicate Trouble

Car noises are often a sign of something going wrong with your car. When you hear these sounds, it is best to have professionals check your vehicle. Here are a common vehicle sounds that indicate trouble: Clunking Sound Different factors can cause clunking sounds, such as worn-out ball joints and loose or damaged suspension parts. An inefficient or improperly adjusted brake system can cause this sound. Shuddering Noise This shuddering noise is like a rumble or shaking noise. The causes could be a cracked head gasket or worn valve seal. Too much oil pumped into the engine from a leaking oil pump can cause it. A faulty fuel injector can also cause this sound and excessive carbon buildup inside the combustion chamber. Thumping Sound This sound might mean that you have an exhaust leak, low tire pressure, or a faulty suspension component, such as shock absorbers or struts. The most common symptoms of the problem are vibrations in the steering wheel, shaking while driving at high speed ... read more

Spring Maintenance Checklist for Your Vehicle

Spring Maintenance Checklist for Your Vehicle

As winter fades away and the warmer months begin, your car needs extra care. If you were driving a lot during winter, chances are that your car's body gathered road salt which can cause rusting. You also need to think about your tires and battery. To help you figure out what to prioritize, here is a spring maintenance checklist for your vehicle. Wash Road Salt Take your car for a proper wash, including underneath to wash away road salt. Effective salt removal requires a lot of pressure. It will protect the paint job of your car, which will protect its resale value.  Change Your Tires Your winter tires may not do well during warm weather. Winter tires are engineered to give traction on ice, but they will wear out quickly in spring and summer. Consider swapping them out and storing them away for later in the year. Check Your Wheel Alignment Driving in winter is likely to have interfered with your car's suspension. You might have hit a curb or driven through potholes. T ... read more

How Often Should I Be Getting My Car Tuned?

How Often Should I Be Getting My Car Tuned?

In this day and age, there are tons of debate about whether a tune-up is necessary or not. Some say it's a waste of money, while others swear by the service. Before jumping to conclusions, read on to learn more about what tune-ups consist of and how they can benefit your vehicle's needs. The truth is the term "tune-up" has changed the meaning of today's modern vehicles. This outdated term is also known as your preventative maintenance or factory maintenance schedule. This type of service serves to check your car's essential parts to perform efficiently. Here is a list of items that a mechanic will typically check, change, or replace during a tune-up: Fuel filter Air filter Spark plugs or coils Timing belt Lights Car battery PCV valve Tires Important fluids & more. How frequently you require a tune-up depends on your vehicle's make, model, and age. For an older vehicle with a non-electronic ignition system, it will typically need a tune-up ev ... read more

How Long Do Car Batteries Last?

How Long Do Car Batteries Last?

Your car's battery is what gives your vehicle life - it creates the energy needed to keep your vehicle running. A dead car battery means a vehicle that won't run, so don't ignore the signs of a dying car battery! So, how long do car batteries last and how do you know when to get a new one? Most car batteries last anywhere between 3 to 5 years. It can depend on the quality of the battery. If your car battery is on its last leg, you may notice certain symptoms. However, testing is always recommended at our shop because the issue can be with the battery, but it can also be an alternator or other starting/charging system issue. Here are some symptoms that can indicate your car battery is dying: You notice that your vehicle's headlights look dim When you try to start your car, you hear a clicking noise Engine cranks slowly when you try to start your car Your car backfires The check engine light has turned on Your car's electrical components are failing such as th ... read more

This Is How Often You Need to Change Your Brake Fluid

This Is How Often You Need to Change Your Brake Fluid

Driving a car may be intimidating for both new and experienced drivers if one denies the car proper servicing. A brake is a crucial part of the car as it helps it to stop. Ignoring replacing the worn-out brake pads is risky; failing to change the brake fluid is equally life-threatening. Checking the Brake Fluid Checking the brake fluid is easy because the tank that carries it is translucent to let you see the level. It is wise not to open the brake fluid reservoir unless you plan to change the liquid straight away. Leaving the brake fluid container open may risk the entry of moisture that will contaminate the brake fluid. How Regular should you Change the Brake Fluid The majority of the vehicles have a specific routine for changing the brake fluid. The time for changing the brake fluid is often determined by the type of car and it's driving condition. Thus, it is not easy to specify the time unless you know the model of the vehicle. The recommendations for changing the brake fl ... read more

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