Automotive Repair Blog: Tips, Facts, and Fixes

Yearly Archives: 2022

What To Keep In Your Vehicle for Road Trips

What To Keep In Your Vehicle for Road Trips

Before hitting the road this summer, it is important that you have several things straightened out. Automobile breakdowns and mishaps occur far too often during the summer, and we don't want them happening to you. If you want your car running optimally for your long drive, we suggest having an inspection performed. Plus, you can bring the following items along to make you feel better prepared.   Important Documents - There's some paperwork involved when it comes to driving. You should always have your car owner's manual, license, insurance information, and other essential documentation on hand in case of emergencies. Store these in a safe and dry spot, like the glove compartment, so you have easy access to them. Emergency Car Kit - As we have emphasized, emergencies can happen. Always keep extra phone chargers, flashlights, first aid kit, extra car fluids, light sticks, tire pressure gauge, tire-changing supplies, and jump ... read more

Symptoms of a Failing Water Pump in Your Car

Symptoms of a Failing Water Pump in Your Car

The water pump is a crucial part of your car's engine, moving the coolant through the radiator and around the engine for cooling. Its failure can result in all-out engine failure and total damage to parts. While replacing a damaged water pump can be tasking, it's much better than purchasing a new engine. Here are some symptoms that the water pump in your car is malfunctioning. Coolant Leakage Another easily noticeable warning sign of a failing water pump is the coolant leaks from the water pump. You may find a green or orange substance on the ground under your hood, indicating an external water pump leak. However, the leak could also be internal and not easily noticeable. In such instances, you can tell by the low levels of the coolant with no visible leak. And when you check the oil dipstick's appearance, and it looks frothy, you might be looking at an internal pump leak. Inefficient Water Circulation in the Engine The inefficient circulation of water throughout the ... read more

What Happens When Your Timing Belt Breaks?

What Happens When Your Timing Belt Breaks?

You may not know what a timing belt is, but suffice it to say that this is one of the most important parts in your vehicle. With a functioning timing belt, you are not going anywhere. Since this is not a car part that many people ever concern themselves with, it is important to know what exactly happens when the timing belt actually breaks. Continue reading to learn about this vital topic. The Timing Belt Explained To understand what happens when a timing belt breaks, you must first know what this part is in the first place. Essentially, the timing belt is a big piece of rubber. It has ridges built into its design so that the belt itself can be placed directly over the crankshaft. It ends up controlling the valves that work to keep the pistons moving in proper synchronization. This part gets its name because it controls the timing of when the valves open and close while the car is in operation. The timing belt is so important because it keeps the valves and pistons in your car from ... read more

Benefits of Filling Your Tires With Nitrogen

Benefits of Filling Your Tires With Nitrogen

You're probably familiar with filling your tires up with good ol air, but what about nitrogen? There has been an increasing trend in adding nitrogen to your tires as it can improve the tire's lifespan, fuel mileage, and more. Unfortunately, nitrogen costs a little bit extra than air (which is often free). So is it worth the splurge?   Benefits of Nitrogen-Filled Tires Lower risk of oxidation - When you add nitrogen to your tires, they are at a lower risk of oxidation. Oxidation is prone to happen with oxygen and the rubber on your tires.  Slower air loss - Tires naturally leak air over time; it is simply a matter of fact. However, nitrogen-filled tires lose air at a slower pace than air-filled ones. So if you're looking for consistency, nitrogen tires are the best option. Better fuel mileage - With proper tire pressure means better gas mileage, no matter air or nitrogen. You're likely to achieve higher mileage since nitrogen can maintain its psi better th ... read more

Everything to Carry in Your Car's Emergency Kit

Everything to Carry in Your Car's Emergency Kit

With proper car care, you'll rarely run into problems with your car. Break downs are proven to happen less with those that regularly take their car in for maintenance. Regardless of your habits, it is still always best to carry an emergency kit with safety equipment and useful supplies to make the situation less stressful. Here is a complete list of everything to pack in your emergency kit! Cell phone charger Medication First aid kit Owner's manual Emergency contact numbers (roadside assistance, towing company, etc.) Flashlight with batteries Water and non-perishable food Jumper cables Pressure gauge Flares Windshield washer solvent and microfiber cloth Coolant Cat litter Gloves Ice scraper Jack Lug wrench Spare tire Toolkit (including a screwdriver, pliers, tape, and wrench) Umbrella and/or rain jacket Once you set these items aside, you'll feel much more confident handling what comes your way out on the open road. Even if you do experience a mishap her ... read more

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