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Are Transmission Flushes Important?

Are Transmission Flushes Important?

One auto maintenance that often gets overlooked is a transmission flush. While it is not done as frequently as your other maintenance, like oil changes, tire rotations, and filter replacements, it is still necessary for the longevity of your vehicle. Read on to learn more about the importance of transmission flushes.   Like your engine, your transmission system relies on a fluid to keep its temperature at bay and keep all of its moving parts properly lubricated. Transmission fluid is usually a red-colored fluid used to minimize friction. As the fluid travels and absorbs heat day in and day out, the fluid is bound to break down over time. It will pick up dirt, clutch material, metal shavings, etc. The overall system will deteriorate if you leave old, contaminated fluid in your transmission for too long.    Therefore, a fluid flush is necessary to prevent problems down the line with your transmission. The process involves a professional technician emptying the old flui ... read more

5 Symptoms of a Failing Catalytic Converter

5 Symptoms of a Failing Catalytic Converter

A catalytic converter is an integral part of the automobile's exhaust system. It reduces vehicle emissions and pollution by burning harmful engine byproducts and converting them into breathable gasses. Though catalytic converters are made to last the life of your vehicle, they can become clogged, broken, or even stolen. When your catalytic converter stops working or goes missing, your car will likely show one (or more) of the following warning signs. Decrease in Engine Performance Since the catalytic converter is a vital part of the vehicle's exhaust system, it can negatively impact engine performance. If the converter is jammed, it will limit the flow of the exhaust. But, if the catalytic converter is leaking, it could potentially circulate harmful gas. Both clogged and punctured converters can diminish engine performance and decrease your car's acceleration capacity. A Rotten Egg or Sulfur Smell A proper functioning catalytic converter can transform hydrogen sulfide f ... read more

Tips & Tricks to Prevent Car Theft

Tips & Tricks to Prevent Car Theft

In recent years, car theft, alongside catalytic converter theft and vehicle break-ins, has been on the rise. Truthfully, no car is safe from those pesky criminals out there wanting to hijack your car. Today, we will discuss what preventative measures you can take to prevent yourself from being a victim.  Never leave your car idling and unattended. A theft will often swoop in when you least expect it. With the keys in the ignition and no one in sight, it's the perfect opportunity for a criminal to take your vehicle. With that being said, you should never leave your car idling and unattended. Lock your vehicle doors. Please remember to lock your car doors, even if you swear that you'll be back in your car in minutes. Locking the doors not only offers protection, but it will engage the car alarm system when someone tries to break in.  Close the windows and sunroof. Similar to your doors, don't forget to close these openings. Don't leave valuables in your car ... read more

Do I Have A Faulty Alternator?

Do I Have A Faulty Alternator?

An alternator charges your vehicle's electrical systems by working with your battery. A failing alternator may have a variety of consequences for your vehicle. There are a few symptoms to look out for that might signal a problem with your alternator: 1. Weak or Dead Battery If your battery seems to be weak or has died, it's possible that your alternator is also failing. An alternator can assist recharge your car's battery, but it can't keep it running eternally. This means it's critical to discern between a faulty alternator and a weak battery. If your battery seems to be weak or has died, it's possible that your alternator is also failing. There are a few different methods to figure out whether you have a dead battery or a damaged alternator, according to Nationwide. You may check the battery gauge on the dashboard without starting the vehicle. If it's still giving out a significant charge, it's unlikely that the battery is the issu ... read more

What Can Cause Engine Overheating?

What Can Cause Engine Overheating?

With the holidays around the corner, you're probably going to be doing a ton of driving (both short-distances & long-distances). After miles upon miles on the road, your engine might start smoking, and your temperature gauge may go crazy. To your dismay, your engine is probably overheating.   What Causes Engines to Overheat? Many factors can be the catalyst in engine overheating. In most cases, it is related to a problem within your vehicle's cooling system; an error in coolant delivery will cause heat to be trapped in the engine compartment. Below are some of the most prevalent causes of engine overheating: Broken water pump A fluid leak (coolant or oil) Jammed coolant hose Damaged radiator fan and more. No matter what the source is, this is not something you should take lightly. If you neglect the problem, your engine can suffer from extensive and irreversible damages.   Signs Your Engine Is Overheating Here are some of the major red flags that your ... read more

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