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Yearly Archives: 2021

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

The 4-Step Process to Parallel Park

The 4-Step Process to Parallel Park

If you've ever passed up an open parking spot that requires you to parallel park to avoid the stress and anxiety that comes with it, you're not alone. Some people simply never learned or practiced it, and others are just too afraid to. Parallelophobia (the fear of parallel parking) is more common than you think. Regardless of your feelings about parallel parking, we've broken it down into four easy steps! Step 1: Find the parking spot. The ideal spot for parallel parking should be roughly 1 1/2 times the length of your vehicle. As you approach the space, remember to do the following: check your mirrors, look over your shoulder, and turn on your signal. Afterward, pull up next to the vehicle you're going to parallel park behind and maintain a 2-3 feet distance between your car and your passenger's side. Step 2: Turn the wheel and reverse. Start by turning the wheel tightly to the right. However, it's important not to turn your wheel too far. While turning, sl ... read more

FAQs on Emissions Testing

FAQs on Emissions Testing

Are you a new resident of Texas or a new car-owner in Texas? If so, you should probably familiarize yourself with the basics of vehicle inspections and testing laws. Before a vehicle can become registered in the state of TX, it must pass inspection and may require an emissions test as well. What is an emissions test? Emissions tests (also known as smog checks) measure the level of pollutants, such as hydrocarbons, oxygen, carbon monoxide, and nitrogen, that are present in the vehicle's exhaust system. Do I need an emissions test? Yes. Currently, more than 33 states require some level of testing on registered vehicles, including Texas.  How long does emissions testing take? Emissions testing typically takes anywhere between 15-30 minutes. Since there's no standard national test — each state sets its own requirements on what needs to be done. It also depends on where you choose to have it done. How much are emissions testing fees? Depending on your locality, the em ... read more

Are Pre-Purchase Inspections Worth It?

Are Pre-Purchase Inspections Worth It?

A person brings a used car they are contemplating buying into the auto repair shop for an inspection; this service is called a pre-purchase inspection. This step is often overlooked in the used-car buying process, but it is critical to ensure you make the right investment.    A pre-purchase inspection is always a good idea because of the following reasons: It can open up negotiations. There could be a problem with the vehicle that the seller you might not know or be able to detect unless you're a professional. With this knowledge, you can try to get a better deal on the car. You can find hidden problems with the car that the previous owner may have tried to hide from you, which will save you money on costly repairs. A thorough pre-purchase inspection may also include a detailed road test to help a tech understand driveability issues. If you are pondering whether a pre-purchase inspection would be worth the cost, then in plain words - YES! It's going to be worth t ... read more

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