Yearly Archives: 2022

​​Busting 5 Common Auto-Related Myths

​​Busting 5 Common Auto-Related Myths

There are many rumors or misconceptions that get spread surrounding cars and auto repair. While some of them can be true, many of them are not valid. Today, we are here to set the record straight with some automotive myth-busting. Myth 1: Inflate your tires to the number shown on the tire sidewall. When most people go to fill up their tires, they need to know how much to fill them. They often look at their tires for guidance. Unfortunately, the numbers on the sidewall are the maximum pressure your tires can hold, not the optimal psi. You can look at your owner's handbook or the driver's door jamb sticker for optimal pressure levels. Myth 2: Premium fuel boosts performance. Premium gas may be the most expensive fuel grade, but adding it to your car doesn’t guarantee it will do anything for your car’s performance. Premium gas is for vehicles that require a higher octane. You should always use the fuel type recommended by your manufacturer. It may save you some ext ... read more

3 Symptoms That Indicate You Need a New Water Pump

3 Symptoms That Indicate You Need a New Water Pump

Your water pump is an important component in your car's cooling system, which keeps your engine cooled down. Because your engine builds up a lot of heat, it needs the cooling system to draw that heat away. The water pump contributes to this process by moving the coolant from your radiator to the engine.    When you have a broken water pump, your engine is at risk of overheating, which can cause irreversible and expensive engine damage. If you neglect to catch the symptoms of a failing water pump, it could lead to extensive repairs down the line. Below are some of the red flags that indicate you have a bad water pump: Coolant Leak The water pump manages the flow of coolant throughout the cooling system. Over time, the seals, fluid lines, and parts often wear out, break, or even crack. If you notice a coolant puddle under your parked car or catch the sweet smell of coolant near your vehicle, please do not hestiate to come by our auto repair shop for an inspection.  ... read more

What Tools Do I Need to Check My Tire Pressure?

What Tools Do I Need to Check My Tire Pressure?

Tire pressure is a crucial factor to consider every time you hit the road. When the pressure is not up to standard, car handling becomes difficult, and you end up using more fuel on the road. To make sure your tire pressure is right, you will need at least one of two tools: the tire pressure gauge or the air compressor. Using these tools is easy and convenient. So how do you put these tools to use? The tire pressure gauge performs two functions. It saves you time and energy, not to mention it is efficient. For about $10, you can acquire your own. The gauge, also referred to as the pencil gauge, comes in analog and digital options. The gauge checks for the tire pressure and also inflates the tire. Using the gauge is simple, and you can undertake the procedure without an expert. All you need to do is attach the gauge to an air compressor hose. Press the gauge on the open valve. You will hear a hissing sound. The hissing sound is normal. Press the lever to inflate the tire if the readin ... read more

The Ultimate Spring Car Maintenance Checklist

The Ultimate Spring Car Maintenance Checklist

There's no better way to kickstart this season than "spring cleaning" your car. And suds aren't the only thing your car may need this spring. With a new season comes a new list of maintenance items your beloved automobile may need. Here are some of the areas that may need to be checked:   Tires Some drivers may consider adding all-season or summer tires to their vehicles. More importantly, all drivers should check two crucial things: tire pressure and tread depth. Doing so will promote even tire wear and safer driving. Additionally, having your tires rotated is a good idea as well.   Wipers When was the last time you changed your wipers? If it has been at least nine months, you may want to consider swapping them out. When wiper blades deteriorate, they will leave streaks, hindering your visibility. Therefore, you're better off replacing them this time of year.   Oil Oil changes are the most important type of maintenance that you can offer y ... read more

3 Sounds That Indicate You Have a Brake Problem

3 Sounds That Indicate You Have a Brake Problem

You don't need an expert to tell you that loud and noisy brakes mean they're going bad. Odds are, you've probably heard them from other vehicles on the road before. Your vehicle's brakes are super essential when it comes to your safety, which is why you should never give them a second thought if you suspect a problem. Here are some persistent sounds that your brakes might make to signal a problem: Squealing - Brake pads often have indicators built-in that rub against the brake rotors to make a metallic squeak when they need to be replaced soon. Whenever you catch this sound, it means you should replace the pads soon. It can also be due to debris stuck between the brake pad and rotor or glazing in some circumstances. Grinding - When you've entirely worn down your brake pads, they will make a grinding sound. In this case, you should pull over to confirm and call a tow if necessary. Clicking - Rotors and calipers work in conjunction with your brake pads to stop your ... read more

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