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Yearly Archives: 2021

Is My Check Engine Light On Because of My Spark Plugs?

Is My Check Engine Light On Because of My Spark Plugs?

Spark plugs are small but mighty pieces in your vehicle. These small metal-ended parts enable the spark that starts up the fuel-burning process. Without spark plugs, say goodbye to starting and going anywhere with your vehicle. Spark plugs also have a role in moving your pistons, which is required to have a balanced fuel and air mixture. If your car, truck, or SUV won't start, you may inherently assume it is a battery problem. But, the problem could very well be due to old spark plugs. In fact, aging spark plugs may very well cause your check engine light to come on.   However, it's not safe to assume that every check engine light is due to ineffective spark plugs either. This yellow dashboard warning light can come on for countless reasons:  Engine misfires Rough idling Acceleration troubles Immense exhaust emissions Poor fuel efficiency Loose fuel cap Overall weak engine performance Whether you have car starting problems or a lit check engine light (or BOT ... read more

What Does The Heater Core Do?

What Does The Heater Core Do?

The heater core is a necessary part of your vehicle's cooling system, and you're definitely going to want it to work for the winter. It essentially is your radiator's partner, and it works to move coolant. Without the heater core, your car will not be able to supply you with heat when it is cold. Besides heating, the heater core helps to defrost your windows.  How Exactly Does the Heater Core Work? As you may know, your car's engine heats up a lot when it's running. The coolant disperses the excess heat and moves the air away from the engine and through the radiator. However, the process is altered when you turn on the heat in the winter. Instead, the air gets moved to the heater core to be filtered and warmed up to make you more comfortable. The coolant you add to your cooling system allows this process to happen seamlessly. Over time though, the coolant will age and thus can corrode these parts. If dirty or contaminated coolant is left in your car too long ... read more

Happy Thanksgiving From Our Team!

Happy Thanksgiving From Our Team!

We would like to wish everybody a Happy Thanksgiving from our team at Pro Auto Care! Enjoy your time off with your loved ones. We understand many of you will be driving with the holidays coming up, both near and far. If you plan on going out of town for the Thanksgiving holiday, please be prepared for the congested holiday traffic. It might even rain or snow during the course of your trip. This is why we highly suggest that you check off some of these items before hitting the bustling highway.  Have a pre-trip inspection done by professionals - Our incredible team at Pro Auto Care can help thoroughly check your car's essential systems and fluids before you head out for the holiday. Trust us - you don't want to be late to Thanksgiving dinner from a vehicle breakdown! Getting a pre-trip check-up will give you the assurance you need. And it will keep you and your passengers safe for the ride! Pack weather-appropriate items - It will be colder as we approach the end of Novem ... read more

The 4 Different Types of Brakes

The 4 Different Types of Brakes

Brake failure can lead to major vehicle accidents, injuries, and even fatalities. This is why all industry experts stress the importance of regular brake inspections and timely repairs. Your brakes serve the function of slowing down and stopping your car, truck, or SUV. There are different types of brakes we will be discussing today: drum brakes, disc brakes, emergency brakes/parking brakes, and the anti-lock braking system (ABS). The brakes you are most familiar with are your primary braking system; your vehicle will have disc brakes, drum brakes, or a blend of the two. Furthermore, all cars come with secondary brakes, including the e-brakes and anti-lock brakes, for extra protection.  Drum Brakes  Drum brakes are the oldest and most traditional type of brakes. Drum brakes have been around for ages, and they can be found on the inside of the wheel. When the brake pedal is compressed, hydraulic pressure presses two brake shoes against the drum.  Disc Brakes Disc brak ... read more

What to Know About Serpentine Belts

What to Know About Serpentine Belts

Back in the day, most components under the hood, such as the alternator, AC, etc., we're driven and powered by individual belts. Nowadays, vehicles have a single belt to run all the accessories, called the serpentine belt. This long snake-like belt is a pulley attached to a car's crank and powered by the engine.   The serpentine belt loops in through your alternator, air conditioning compressor, and power steering components. So without a productive belt, none of these parts would function.   No matter what kind of engine you have, you're not going to get very far without the serpentine belt. Over time, this belt can experience a lot of wear and tear. It can loosen, crack, tear, and break. It would be best if you didn't let it get to this point, which is why your manufacturer has a recommended interval for when to replace it. If you're unsure, you can always ask a tech at Pro Auto Care to inspect it for you.   As more advancements continue in th ... read more