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Monthly Archives: September 2019

Why Won’t Your Car Start?

Why Won’t Your Car Start?

Car problems of any kind can be frustrating but the one that seems to annoy people the most is when their car won’t start. There are several possible reasons your car won’t start but the number one reason is a battery issue. If you try to start your car and you don’t hear a noise we call that a “no crank” and this could be caused by one of three things; the battery, the ignition or the starter circuit. The two main reasons for shortened battery life are; Excessive heat - Heat causes battery fluid to evaporate, damaging the internal structure of the battery. Overcharging - A malfunctioning component in the charging system, usually the voltage regulator, allows too high a charging rate, resulting in a slow battery death. To get the most out of your battery: Have your battery and its connections checked at every oil change Be sure the electrical system is charging at the correct rate. Overcharging can damage a battery as quickly as undercharging. A ... read more

Brake System Components Overview

Brake System Components Overview

These are the brake system components that work together to make sure you can stop your car! This is just a brief overview of what each component’s job is. Brake pads and shoes – Friction works to slow your vehicle down and this takes place in the pads and shoes when they are forced against a rotor or drum. Due to this friction, they wear out and need to be replaced before you get to “metal on metal”. Brake rotors and drums – These are attached to the wheels of your car and again, help create the necessary friction needed to stop a vehicle. Brake calipers (disc) – These are clamps, and using hydraulics, they move their pistons out, increasing the fluid pressure. This makes the pad contact the rotor’s surface and this in turn causes your vehicle to stop or slow down as needed. Brake fluid – Fluid is a very important ingredient in your vehicle and without it, your ve ... read more

What is Repairophobia?

What is Repairophobia?

What is repairophobia, you ask? It is the fear of auto repair. I read this term just the other day and said to myself, “Yes, it is about time it had a name!” What are the reasons consumers have this dreaded condition? Many consumer news reporters love to feature a certain shop or auto repair chain routinely ripping drivers off. They go under cover and take a well-maintained vehicle into the shop and then share with the public the long list of repair items the shop claims are needed. This hurts all auto repair shops, not just the culprit who apparently can’t earn enough money being honest. The majority of auto repair shops are honest, hard working individuals. The con artists are few and far between. Consumers are worried that they won’t have enough money if they take their vehicle in for routine maintenance and the service advisor informs them they need a repair as well. They hadn’t budgeted for more than the routine service. Always ask for a pr ... read more

That Crazy Check Engine Light

That Crazy Check Engine Light

Most of us have probably had this happen at one time or another. You’re driving down the road and suddenly your check engine light comes on. As you’re worrying about what the problem could be and if your vehicle is still safe to drive, the light turns off. Relieved, you keep on driving and tell yourself that you’ll have it checked out. But, of course, the matter is quickly forgotten. You don’t remember about it until you’re out driving a few days later and the same thing happens all over again. So, is there a problem with the engine or with the light? Engine sensors measure a variety of areas that help reduce emissions and serve functions for the engine, transmission and other systems. The areas they measure include manifold air temperature, coolant temperature, manifold absolute pressure, airflow, throttle position, vehicle speed and oxygen levels. The light will turn on if a measurement stays outside the normal range long enough. This doesn&rsq ... read more