Yearly Archives: 2021

Common Engine OIl Myths, Debunked

Common Engine OIl Myths, Debunked

When it comes to your car's maintenance, engine oil is the ultimate responsibility. Oil is what enables the various parts of your engine to seamlessly run without bumping together, inefficient wear, and unbearable temperatures. However, several myths and misconceptions have either invaded general knowledge when it comes to motor oil. It's time we set the record straight. Here are five of the most popular motor oil myths, debunked:   1. Dark Oil Always Needs to Be Replaced The dark color is not the only indication that your oil is dirty or no longer doing its job. Some oils turn dark as quickly as the additives designed to clean your engine start working depending on the oil. Nevertheless, gritty or grainy oil is contaminated and dirty. If you notice that it is infected, it needs to be changed immediately.   2. Get Your Oil Changed Every 3,000 Miles While you may associate "every 3,000 miles" with oil change intervals, it's not always necessary. Som ... read more

Want to Improve Your Gas Mileage? Here’s How

Want to Improve Your Gas Mileage? Here’s How

With the demand for gas increasing this summer, gas prices seem to be on the rise again. Whether you're going back into the office for work or heading to the beach for a much-needed getaway, getting the most out of your gas will once again be a priority. Here are some helpful tips to improve your fuel mileage:   1) Pay Close Attention to Your Tires There are three factors regarding tires that will impact your fuel consumption: tires out of tread, tires out of alignments, and imbalanced tires.    2) Take It Easy On The Gas  Research shows that driving slower and smoother has more significant savings. Every time you jack up your RPM when accelerating, you're burning more fuel—the less of that you do, the more money you'll save.    3) Consider Using Cruise Control on the Highway If your car has a cruise control setting, you might consider using it to maximize your MPG. Using this fe ... read more

How Often to Replace Your Cabin Air Filter

How Often to Replace Your Cabin Air Filter

The air in the passenger compartment is cleaned by a cabin air filter as it reaches the vehicle through the heating, air conditioning, and ventilation system. Before the air reaches your car, the filter clears it of dust, pollen, smoke, and other pollutants. Many late-model vehicles have a cabin air filter, which is normally located around the glovebox area, including directly behind the glovebox with access to the filter either through or through glovebox removal. The cabin air filter can also be found in the back section of the outside air intake, above the fan, or between the fan and the HVAC enclosure. If you're not sure, have a mechanic look at your vehicle and see where the cabin filter is located before removing it. When Do You Replace The Cabin Air Filter? It can be difficult to know when to adjust the filter. You don't want to waste money by replacing it too fast, but you also don't want to wait until the filter stops working. According to recom ... read more

What is An Engine Misfire?

What is An Engine Misfire?

Engine misfires are on the list of annoying vehicle issues accompanied by horribly loud sounds. Whether it's been your own car or someone driving around town, the loud pop that a misfire makes is unmistakable. After the sound comes to the smell of hot gas and oil, cementing the notion that something is very wrong. What that something is can be tricky. Misfires happen when there's a failed combustion within the engine. Your pistons work with the fuel and ignition systems of your vehicle to create small controlled explosions inside each cylinder. This creates power and force to drive the piston back up and keep repeating over and over for consistent engine power. When any of those cooperating systems fail, you get a misfire. It could be a bad coil, ignition wire, or spark plug which means the explosion isn't being triggered properly. Another option would be that the air/fuel mixture created doesn't have the correct ratio needed for the right level of combustion. Getti ... read more

What are the Symptoms of a Bad Starter?

What are the Symptoms of a Bad Starter?

Over time the starter of your vehicle can wear out. Looking for the warning signs in advance can help. Let's discuss some of the symptoms of a bad starter so that you would know what to expect. Read on for more information. Symptoms of A Bad Starter Consider the following: Your Vehicle Doesn't Start Let's say you start the vehicle by turning your key, but nothing happens. Your vehicle refused to start. There could be a variety of reasons, but it could be because of a bad starter. You Hear Grinding Noises It's possible that the driver gear is worn out and you can hear the grinding noises. There could be an issue with the starter motor that's producing such a noise. Don't ignore it as it can lead to further damage. Whenever you experience weird noises from the car, let a mechanic inspect it for you. You See Smoke Coming Out From The Car When you start the car and see the smoke coming out from the car then it's time to ask for help! There could be an i ... read more

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