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5 Unusual Car Smells & What They Mean

5 Unusual Car Smells & What They Mean

We've all experienced some unusual odors while driving on the road before. Whether it's the gruesome smell of a skunk spray or another vehicle leaking gasoline, we just wait for it to disappear. However, what do you do if the scent doesn't go away after a while? A persistent smell in your vehicle can be an indication that there is a problem from within. Certain fumes are less urgent than others, but you should be on the lookout for what they could mean. Whenever you notice an unusual scent in your car, you should bring it to Pro Auto Care for an inspection immediately.   Fuel: The gasoline detection could mean that your car has a fuel leak, which could come from two areas: the fuel injector line or the fuel tank.   Sweet Syrup: If your car smells like IHOP or Waffle House, multiple problems are possible. Sometimes this can be attributed to a leak from your radiator, cylinder head, or manifold gasket. If the smell is robust and coming from the cabin, it could ... read more

What is an Electronic Brake Force Distribution System?

What is an Electronic Brake Force Distribution System?

When driving, you step on the brake pedal countless times, but for the braking system to work efficiently without the wheels losing traction and skidding, some innovative technology such as ABS and EBD. The electronic brake-force distribution (EBD) system is a critical safety feature in the car. What is it? What does it do? How does it work? Understanding the Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) Also referred to as electronic brake-force limitation (EBL), the EBD is part of a car's anti-lock braking system and the electronic stability control (ESC). It combines hydraulic and electronic components that distribute and regulate the braking pressure applied on the wheels to provide highly responsive and safe braking during emergencies. The primary purpose of the EBD system is to prevent road collisions, and that's why it is classified as an active safety feature. How Does the EBD System Work? The EBD system picks up data from speed sensors to ensure that every wheel rotate ... read more

Giving a Pre-Owned Car as a Graduation Present? Here’s What to Do First

Giving a Pre-Owned Car as a Graduation Present? Here’s What to Do First

  It's officially graduation season. Are you planning to get your high school or college grad a used car? If so, buying a used car can be complicated. While a car may look great on the outside, it could be very dingy on the inside. It is especially second nature for us, parents, to worry and want the best of the best for our children. To ensure you get what you pay for, we recommend that you get a pre-purchase inspection on the pre-owned vehicle you have your eye on.   At Pro Auto Care, we can assist with your pre-owned used vehicle inspection. The process can ensure that the vehicle you want to gift is in a proper and safe condition for your kid to ride in. Our certified technicians will help identify any underlying concerns and provide you with a thorough report of any repairs that we feel are necessary. Our examination is also digital, with photos of issues found, and we can give you a copy once we complete the inspection.   After the pre-purchase vehicle ins ... read more

My Car Feels Sluggish - What Could Be The Cause?

My Car Feels Sluggish - What Could Be The Cause?

As long as your car gets regularly serviced, it should accelerate quickly and efficiently. If you notice that the car feels sluggish, you should take it to an auto repair shop to be checked by a mechanic. Here are a few reasons why your car feels sluggish. Clogged Air Filter Air filters provide clean and enough air to your engine required for the combustion process. If the air filters get clogged with debris and dirt, the engine fails to get enough air, resulting in slow acceleration. Fuel System Issues Your car engine requires fuel for the combustion process. If there is no enough fuel, the engine will struggle to speed up, causing your car to feel sluggish. The fuel system may fail as a result of a clogged fuel injector or a defective fuel pump. Exhaust System Your car could be feeling sluggish due to issues with your exhaust system. Any malfunction such as the oxygen sensor, the catalytic converter, or a clog in the exhaust pipes can slow acceleration. Sensor Malfunction Th ... read more

What are the Symptoms of a Blown Head Gasket?

What are the Symptoms of a Blown Head Gasket?

The news of having a blown head gasket can be quite upsetting and stressful. But, what exactly is a head gasket, what is its function, and how can you tell that you have a blown head gasket? Read on to understand everything on the head gasket. What Is a Head Gasket? The head gasket is a panel placed between the cylinder head and the engine block. It is one of the essential components in your car's combustion chamber. It serves as a barrier to prevent engine fluids from leaking into cylinders. It also ensures that the motor oil, flammable air fuel, and water coolant in the engine do not contact each other. Blown Head Gasket Causes The engine operates in extreme conditions of intense heat and pressure. If the heat becomes too much, the engine overheats, resulting in a blown head gasket. Also, a detonation can cause the head gasket to fail as it damages the fire rings or armors, allowing pressure to leak and thus blowing the head gasket. Symptoms of a Blown Head Gasket Overheati ... read more