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Yearly Archives: 2021

Top Signs Your Vehicle Needs Brake Service

Top Signs Your Vehicle Needs Brake Service

The brake system is one of the most important components of your car and it's often overworked. An average driver can use brakes about 75,000 times annually. Regular maintenance is necessary because failed brakes can lead to accidents which damage cars permanently or cause physical injuries to drivers and passengers. Therefore, you should always lookout for any signs of brake failure to avoid increased repair costs and total car breakdowns and keep you and your passengers safe. It can be difficult to pinpoint if you need a brake service especially if you are driving an old or used car. Here are some of the signs that you'll require to visit an auto shop and make a request for brake servicing solutions. Noises When You Apply the Brake Pedal When you step on the brakes, you're likely to hear grinding or squealing sounds. It can also happen when you're reversing your car. This could be a sign that your brake pads are old and need to be replaced ... read more

What Does Coolant/Antifreeze Actually Do?

What Does Coolant/Antifreeze Actually Do?

Have you ever driven your car on a hot summer's day and it started overheating, and you've had to pull over to wait for your car to cool down? Or have you had to wait a while for your car to heat up before going to work in the morning? We have all been there at one time or another when a car overheats, and it can still be annoying but it does not have to be a problem when you have the correct temperature in the engine. The reason is that almost all cars these days use coolant or antifreeze to keep a car's engine at a manageable temperature. Antifreeze is a very toxic chemical coolant that has thermal properties that are imperative to the good functioning of a car's engine as it included a high boiling point, as well as low cooling properties and creates stability over a broad range of temperatures. Since it is mixed with water it helps to regulate your car's engine temperatures. For example antifreeze coolant can protect your engine from freezing; yet overheating ... read more

My Car is Bouncing Up and Down, What Does it Mean?

My Car is Bouncing Up and Down, What Does it Mean?

If your car is bouncing up and down, you might not be sure what does it mean! If that's the case then you are in the right place. Usually, a car bounces up and down when braking, driving over bumps. It indicates an issue with the shocks/struts or steering/suspension system. Let's dig in for more information. Car Bouncing Up And Down Some of the possible reasons are as follows: There could be an issue with the tires of your car. It's possible that the tires of your car are overinflated or maybe misaligned. You might not have secured the tires properly and thus, you are facing the issue. It's best to take your car into our auto repair shop to resolve the issue.   There could be an issue with the steering system of your car that's causing the car to bounce up and down.   It's also possible that the struts or shocks of your car might need to replace. Your mechanic can inspect the car and suggest you better. It's best to let the experts deal wi ... read more

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