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Monthly Archives: August 2019

Do You Have a Blown Fuse?

Do You Have a Blown Fuse? Have you ever tripped or blown a fuse at home? I’m not talking about when you get really mad at the TV and throw the remote. Or when your kid does something bad and you lose it. I’m talking about those times when lights suddenly go out, or your blender or vacuum quits working. When this happens at home, you usually just have to reset the breaker and the lights come back on, or the blender starts working again. Just make sure you leave the lid on before you flip that switch. That could be a huge mess. Anyway, tripping a fuse is usually not a huge problem. But a blown fuse means you must replace it. The same is true with your car, truck, crossover, or SUV. These tiny little fuses are hidden away but they’re still very important for your car to run smoothly. These fuses help protect your vehicle from overloading or short-circuiting. So what happens when you do blow a fuse? How do you replace it? Why Do Fuses Blow ... read more

Car Warning Signs to Look Out For

After driving your vehicle for a while, you become accustomed to how your vehicle drives. Then comes that one day where you are driving and you notice a strange grinding noise coming from underneath the hood - and you think, oh this can't be good. The great thing about understand how your vehicle is drives is the fact that it will be much easier to notice when something is wrong.  Most vehicle owners will complain about a strange noise, a weird smell, or a lack of performance when they suspect something is amiss with their vehicles. While sometimes the issue can be small or easy to repair, there are certain car warning signs to look out for that can indicate a more dire issue: A grinding or clunking noise coming from underneath the hood - this is an indication of a major transmission problem that should be addressed as soon as possible A screeching or squealing noise when your brake - this can point to needing new brake pads, which is important in order to prevent meta ... read more

How to Diagnose a Mechanical Problem

This new generation of cars is amazing. It seems like every year a new class of cars comes out with newer and better features. Technology is advancing and even the most basic cars now use sophisticated computers to operate. The new advances in auto technology are great and they make life a lot easier. But despite those advances, cars still have numerous mechanical components that break down. And even those most advance tools can’t diagnose mechanical problems. So how does a technician diagnose a mechanical problem? Thankfully, there are other methods to diagnose car problems besides computerized tools. The following “tools” are the most common methods they use. Standard Diagnosing ToolsVibrations & Movements – one way to diagnose mechanical problems is to pay attention to how it feels when you drive it. You mechanic can take your vehicle for a test drive and feel for any strange movements or vibrations. If your vehicle s ... read more

Does Your Muffler Need to Be Replaced?

Have you ever heard a car drive by that is so loud you want to plug your ears? Did you wonder at the time what caused that annoying sound? Well, there’s a good chance it was a bad muffler. When a muffler isn’t working right, that means there’s something wrong with your vehicle’s exhaust system. So if you’ve noticed your car, truck, crossover, or SUV getting louder lately, you might want to check the muffler. Your exhaust system, like every other system, is a very important part of your vehicle. If it’s not functioning properly your vehicle isn’t going to function properly, either. And if you don’t take care of the issues quickly, they could get worse. And that can lead to even more problems, greater damage, and more expensive repairs. So if you notice any trouble signs with your muffler get them taken care of right away. What to Look for There are some obvious signs to look out for if your muffler is having any problem ... read more

What Is the 30-60-90 Maintenance Plan?

Have you ever heard the term “30-60-90 maintenance schedule?” What about the “factory schedule maintenance plan?” These terms are basically the same thing. And they both refer to the auto maintenance schedule that car manufacturers recommend for your vehicle. The reason the schedule includes these three numbers is simple. Most car manufacturers recommend this service every 30,000 miles. So now that you know what the 30-60-90-maintenance plan is, you might wonder how important it is. Don’t Skip Your 30-60-90 Maintenance Some drivers don’t give this scheduled maintenance plan much thought. In fact, some drivers ignore it altogether. But this factory scheduled maintenance plan is actually very important. It’s not just a suggestion. It’s also not an attempt by the dealership where you bought your car to trick you out of more money. There are actually two very good reasons to follow this plan closely. 1. First, sticking to ... read more

How to Fix a Flat Tire

Have you ever been stuck somewhere with a flat tire? You walk out to drive your car and one of the tires is toast. It’s even worse when you’re driving and your tire suddenly goes flat. Unfortunately, flat tires are a part of owning a car. Tires are made super durable, but if you run over a nail, you’re most likely going to get a flat. That’s why it’s a good to know how to fix a flat. At some point, almost everyone will have to fix a flat – especially if they don’t have a spare tire – at least once in their lifetime. So here’s what you need to know if you end up with a flat tire. Using a Tire Plug Kit The first thing you’re going to need is a tire plug kit. Once you have this you’re ready to fix your flat. 1. Find the Leak - The next step is to locate the leak. This is often very easy if the nail or other object that caused the leak is still stuck in the tire. If you can’t find anything stuck in yo ... read more

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