Automotive Repair Blog: Tips, Facts, and Fixes

Monthly Archives: December 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