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Monthly Archives: August 2021

Why Is My Car Having Electrical Issues – Vancouver Auto Repair

Do you think your vehicle might have electrical issues? Maybe your car, truck, crossover, or SUV is having trouble starting, or perhaps you’ve noticed your lights dimming when you turn something else on inside your car. In most cases, the battery is the first place people look if they’re having some kind of electrical issue with their vehicle. However, your battery is not always the problem. Signs of Electrical Problems Here are some other things that could be causing your electrical issues, including your alternator. In fact, many electrical issues are a result of a faulty alternator. Warning LightComes on – your dashboard has numerous warning lights that alert you to possible problems. If you notice the light that says “ALT” or “GEN” that means your computer is sensing an issue with the alternator. The light could also be shaped like a battery. If it comes on, then you have an electrical ... read more

Why Is My Fuel Economy Lagging – Vancouver Auto Repair

It seems like we can’t catch a break when it comes to gas prices. Prices sunk during the pandemic shutdown, but many people didn’t have anywhere to drive so they couldn’t take advantage of the low prices. Now that things are opened back up, prices have soared once again.   With no relief in sight, drivers are always looking for better fuel economy. But what happens if your gas mileage has suddenly taken a nosedive? Fuel economy can fluctuate depending on driving conditions and your vehicle of choice. However, if you’ve noticed a decrease lately but your driving situation hasn’t really changed, then you might have a problem that needs some repair.   Most Common Causes of Bad Gas Mileage   Your vehicle can see a dip in fuel economy for several reasons. Here’s a breakdown of what can cause a decline and what you can do to fix it.   Problems With Your Vehicle – obviously, when your fuel ... read more

Signs Your Vehicle Has an Exhaust Problem – Vancouver Auto Repair

Like every system in your vehicle, the exhaust system plays a key role in your car’s overall performance. Of course, it muffles the engine giving you a nice quiet ride, but it does more than that. Your exhaust system also ensures that the oxygen exchange inside the combustion chamber remains constant. It ensures that gases get out and fresh oxygen gets in. When something is off with your exhaust system, it can hurt your vehicle’s performance. So here are the signs of trouble to look for if something is wrong with your exhaust.   Look for These Signs of Trouble   Loud Noise – the first sign of trouble, or at least the most obvious one, is noise. Remember, your exhaust system, specifically the muffler, is designed to silence engine noise. If something is wrong with the muffler, your car is going to get loud. It could be a hole, or it could be a leak. Either way, you’ll notice the difference. A leak in the manifold ga ... read more

A+ Car Maintenance for Back-to-School Season

A+ Car Maintenance for Back-to-School Season

With the new school year creeping up on us, now is a great time to make sure your car is fitted to handle school carpools, college commutes, and trips to the office. Regardless of where and when your back-to-school season begins, our auto repair specialists have valuable car maintenance tips to share.   CHECK YOUR TIRES The first thing you should do is something many people often neglect: check the tread wear on their tires. Your wheels are lawfully required to have a minimum of 2/32 of an inch on their ridges. However, it is highly recommended that you have them replaced with as little as 4/32 of an inch to ensure maximum safety. Tires that don't have enough tread are dangerous for the following reasons: Impeded stopping power Increased chance of a tire blowout Loss in traction in wet conditions REPLACE YOUR OIL Engine oil is the bloodline of your vehicle, which is why oil changes are so vital to your engine's health. Oil is responsible for reducing friction, keepi ... read more

Does Your Car Have Any of These Brake Problems – Vancouver Auto Repair

Brakes; they’re kind of important, right? Obviously, every part of your vehicle is important, but without your brakes you’d be crazy to even take your vehicle on the road. When your brakes are working properly you don’t give them much thought. But if they start to screech or they feel soft when you press the brake pedal, then you take notice.   A little screeching is annoying, but it doesn’t mean your vehicle will suddenly be unable to stop. However, there are some brake problems that you should never put off. Doing so, could compromise your safety.   Serious Brake Problems You Shouldn’t Ignore   There are numerous things that can go wrong with your brakes. Here are five things you should never ignore.   Brake pedal feels spongy – your brake pedal should always feel firm, instead of squishy. If your pedal doesn’t really give you any resistance, or it pushes all the way to the floor ... read more

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