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How Do I Know When I Need A New Car Battery?

How Do I Know When I Need A New Car Battery?

The battery is an integral part of your vehicle. It is part of the engine's starting system and powers all the electrical systems in your car. Therefore, without a battery that functions well, you will have problems enjoying nearly all your vehicle's features. A battery can last for up to six years if operating in the ideal conditions (not in extreme temperatures and lots of moisture). Unfortunately, the conditions are never this perfect, and most car owners need to change batteries every three to five years. Signs that You Need to Change the Battery Here are a few indicators that your battery is dying. The Engine Starts Slowly Over time, the battery's internal components become less effective, causing the battery to take longer to create enough charge to start the engine. Your car may take a few seconds to a minute to start or require several keystrokes. Check Engine Light Comes On The check engine light may be trigg ... read more

What Are The Symptoms Of Dirty Fuel Injectors?

What Are The Symptoms Of Dirty Fuel Injectors?

A bad fuel injector can lead to decreased gas mileage and occasional idling, leading to poor engine performance. That said, fuel injectors play an essential role in delivering engine fuel to guarantee optimum combustion. Obtaining efficient function may become a challenge with a faulty or clogged fuel injector. And so, regular maintenance and the knowledge to spot signs of a defective fuel injector will come in handy for most car owners. How to Detect a Dirty Fuel Injector It would help if you strived to detect a bad fuel injector to invest in prompt cleaning for a smooth and carefree car. Always remember that if one of your injectors malfunctions, then your car would not perform optimally. Therefore, if you experience the following, it is time to visit your mechanic to clean your injectors. 1. Engine Stalls or Rough Idle If the vehicle often sputters and shakes when you are idling at the stop sign or in traffic, this is one sign that the fuel injector is malfunctioning. The engine ... read more

How Often Should Your Vehicle Be Inspected?

How Often Should Your Vehicle Be Inspected?

It is so important to keep your car maintained well and working properly. This will help it stay in good working order for longer, saving you money and preventing any major accidents while you are on the road. Getting your vehicle inspected often is one of the best ways to catch problems early on. Some common components of your vehicle that you should inspect include: The Radiator It is a good idea to replace the radiator twice a year. Do an extra inspection if you notice there is a big problem with it. Check the hoses and caps for any erosion. When the car is parked, check for any radiator fluid that leaks out. The Rotors and Brakes Brakes are something that you should check out every 10,000 miles, every three months, or if you feel like something is wrong with them. You want the rotors to be smooth without any deep grooves. If you need the brakes changed out, visit a repair shop to get it handled. The Cooling and Heating Unit These should be checked with the changing seasons. T ... read more

How do I know if I have air in my brake lines?

How do I know if I have air in my brake lines?

How to know if you have air in your brake lines Among some of the things playing a vital role in your vehicle are the brakes. When you want to slow down or make a complete stop, you step on your brake pedals. Faulty brakes can lead to accidents and eventually loss of lives. Well, this happens to every other driver sometimes when you want to slow down or make a stop. You step on the brake pedals and the brake pedal feels very soft and spongy than they usually are. This is a common sign that there is air in your brake lines and it's time you get your car checked by professionals. Let's look at some of the symptoms that indicate your brake lines have air in them. Symptoms of air in brake lines A spongy feeling of brake pedals when pressed Soft brake pedals than they usually are Bake pedals depressed too much than usual Driving around with air filed brake lines is very dangerous hence we recommend that you visit us should you notice any of the ... read more

3 Signs It’s Time for An Oil Change

3 Signs It’s Time for An Oil Change

Your vehicle's major components will eventually wear, making consistent care and maintenance essential to optimal performance. Engine oil keeps your vehicle functioning efficiently. Replacing the oil at regular intervals prevents damaging mechanical issues in the long run. Most vehicle manufacturers suggest changing the motor oil every 3,000 to 6,500 miles depending on the type of engine oil used. Engine oil keeps the engine lubricated and prevents its hot parts from creating too much friction. If you don't remember the last time your vehicle had an oil change, below are three signs that can help indicate whether your car is overdue.   Check the quality and color of the engine oil.  Engine oil is typically a liquid that's amber and translucent. As you tack on miles, the oil will become darker and gritty. Most drivers wait until their vehicle hits mileage intervals before getting an oil change. However, your oil can deteriorate several thous ... read more

Your Cabin Air Filter During California Wildfires

Your Cabin Air Filter During California Wildfires

2020 has been a historic fire season with record-breaking smog, scorching weather, and low humidity. In addition to everyday air pollutants, Los Angeles has experienced a decrease in air quality due to the soot, ash, and dust from the wildfires. This is a great time to consider your vehicle’s cabin filter. The cabin filter is designed to protect you and your passengers from harmful air contaminants entering your vehicle. Depending on driving conditions, cabin filters are typically changed every twelve thousand miles. However, due to the hazardous air quality from the California wildfires, the cabin air filter may need to be changed more frequently.  With today’s current circumstance, a clogged cabin air filter is inevitable. A dirty cabin filter will subject you to breathing the same polluted outside air while you’re inside your vehicle. Your vehicle’s cabin air quality will be drastically reduced and even just as dangerous as standing outside. If you aren ... read more

Maintenance Tips for The Fall

Maintenance Tips for The Fall

Fall is officially here, and the winter is fast approaching. There’s still enough time to get in some fall vehicle maintenance before the weather gets cold. The Fall is the perfect opportunity to give your vehicle a little facelift to keep it running strong throughout the next year. A little TLC can make a huge difference in vehicle performance and gas mileage. Below are five tips to help protect your investment.  Check the Brakes and Tires The brakes and tires are two of your vehicle’s most important safety aspects, and sometimes as drivers, we can be guilty of neglecting them. Have your tire tread checked to ensure that they are wearing evenly. This ensures there isn’t an alignment or balance problem. An inspection is also an excellent opportunity to have them inflated to the correct tire pressure.  Check the Engine Filter A dirty air filter can drastically decrease vehicle performance. Have your trusted mechanic replace it with a c ... read more

How Often Do I Need to Service My Car's A/C?

How Often Do I Need to Service My Car's A/C?

Let’s face it, during the summer months, we all think of our cars as our cool comfort or refuge amidst a hot humid day. You want to reach your car as quickly as possible and bask in the relief it provides. However, in some cases, when you turn your A/C on, warm air comes out, or there’s a musty smell coming out of the vents. In these types of situations, it’s best to seek the help of a licensed auto repair shop to provide you with a car A/C service to prevent any major issues in the long run. It’s best to have regular maintenance or checkup so that you can count on your A/C system whenever you are on the road. Most car owners have visual hints that indicate the need for a repair but in some cases, only an expert car mechanic and state-of-the-art tools can detect a hidden problem with your air conditioning. If you wish to avoid inconveniences and costly car A/C repair bills, you should visit your local auto repair center for a car A/C service at least once a ye ... read more

How do I Know if My BMW's Cooling System Needs a Repair?

How do I Know if My BMW's Cooling System Needs a Repair?

The cooling system in your BMW is vital to protecting your vehicle's engine and ensuring a long lifespan. The job of the cooling system is to regulate the temperature of the engine and prevent it from overheating. It also helps to protect against metal to metal contact, which can be damaging.  With a system so important to the health of your engine, keeping it in good condition at all times is vital. If you do suspect a problem with your vehicle's cooling system or a coolant leak, it is important to have it addressed and repaired as quickly as possible.  Here are some of the signs that can indicate your BMW needs a cooling system repair:  Engine is overheating Steam coming from under the hood Low coolant levels Coolant leak Decreased fuel efficiency High reading on temperature gauge  White exhaust smoke Being familiar with the warning signs of a cooling system issue can save you hundreds on repairs. Engine trouble is never fun to deal with and can b ... read more

Celebrate Safely This July 4th!

Celebrate Safely This July 4th!

The fourth of July is a special day when it comes to celebrating our freedom here in the United States and gathering with loved ones for a good time. While we may not be able to celebrate how we used to, there is still an opportunity to gather with a small group of loved ones and enjoy the day. Many families will be firing up the grill, eating their favorite foods, and lighting up some fireworks. With the increase in vehicles on the road and the high amount of people out having a good time, it is important to remember a couple of ways in which we can stay safe during this holiday.  Here are some tips on how to remain safe during the fourth of July this year:  If you are gathering with others or publicly, don't forget to wear your mask and practice social distancing. Also, wash your hands regularly or after touching any public surfaces, sanitize often, and avoid touching your face.    Have a ride planned if you are consuming alcohol - don't drink and driv ... read more

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