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Yearly Archives: 2021

Is It Safe to Drive With a Missing Wheel Bearing?

Is It Safe to Drive With a Missing Wheel Bearing?

Wheel bearings help your wheels spin fast with little to no friction. These bearings also help keep your tires attached to your car. Wheel bearings are a set of balls that are held together by a race, a metal ring. Here's more information you should know about wheel bearings. Is It Safe to Drive With a Missing Wheel Bearing? Driving without a wheel bearing is dangerous. It's not a good idea, and it's not safe to operate your vehicle with a bad or missing wheel bearing. Without these bearings, the tire can fall off the vehicle, even while you're driving. Schedule an appointment with a mechanic to ensure you're safe while driving on the road. When Should You Replace the Wheel Bearings? There are different things you'll notice when your wheel bearings need to be replaced, including: Loud Noises: If you notice loud noises coming from your tire, there's a good chance the culprit is a wheel bearing. The noise ... read more

What are the Symptoms of a Failing EGR Valve?

What are the Symptoms of a Failing EGR Valve?

The exhaust gas recirculation valve, or EGR valve is part of the exhaust system and is designed to circulate the gases back into the vehicle's intake to reduce temperatures and emissions. This valve can have issues and it can cause problems to the EGR system as a whole. You will want to be able to recognize when the valve is failing so you can get it replaced. Here are some symptoms to watch for: The Engine Isn't Performing Well If you notice that your engine is hesitating, having trouble starting, or performing oddly in other ways, it could be because of this one little valve. Any time the engine changes, for the worse, you want to have the vehicle inspected to see what's going on. Rough Idling If the engine is idling in a rough manner when you are at a stoplight, you may be able to diagnose the issue as a bad EGR valve. This is one of the most common symptoms of the problem and you might also smell fuel when you are sitting there, idl ... read more

How Do Cooler Winter Temperatures Affect My Vehicle?

How Do Cooler Winter Temperatures Affect My Vehicle?

When you own a vehicle in an an environment that experiences colder climates and harsher winters, it's important that you know how the colder weather will affect your vehicle. If you've recently moved to a new area that experiences lower temperatures and increased exposure to the elements, then you might be wondering how the cold will affect your vehicle, and what steps you can take to lessen the effects. Cold weather can be the bane of even of the most attentive car owner if the proper steps aren't taken to minimize vehicle damage. As you might have heard, simple steps like allowing your car to warm up before beginning your morning commute can help prevent damage - however, experts no longer agree with this old myth. In fact, it's recommended that you should lessen the amount of time you warm up your vehicle in the mornings, as the engine will heat up faster when driving. Colder temperatures bring snow, and ice and snow already have plenty of detrimental effects on d ... read more

How Does An Automatic Transmission Work?

How Does An Automatic Transmission Work?

These days, it seems that most cars utilize some form of an automatic transmission. We say "some form" because while you may not know this, there are actually a few variations on automatic transmissions. Even if you don't know what an automatic transmission is, if you've driven a car you likely have some experience. What is An Automatic Transmission? Basically, automatic transmissions allow drivers to drive their vehicles without worrying about shifting gears when increasing speeds. On older cars that use manual transmissions, drivers have to manually shift into first, second, third gears, and so on every time they increase their speed by roughly ten miles per hour. In a car with an automatic transmission, your car does that for you automatically, which simplifies the driving experience and makes it much easier for the driver to concentrate on the road ahead without worrying about shifting gears every few moments. How Do They Work? ... read more