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Warning Signs of an Aging Timing Belt

Warning Signs of an Aging Timing Belt

If you have ever had the misfortune of driving a vehicle when the timing belt breaks, then you are well aware of the importance of this seldom talked about part. Without a functioning timing belt, you are not going to go anywhere. It is a critical part that permits the valves in your engine to work in conjunction with the pistons to keep everything functioning properly. Because the timing belt is so critical, it is important that you be able to identify the warning signs of a timing belt that may be worn out. 5 Signs That Your Timing Belt Should be Replaced While not an exhaustive list, the following five signs should alert you to the fact that you may need to have your timing belt replaced. Your engine fails to start - While there are many reasons why your engine will not turn over, a bad timing belt is often the guilty culprit. You hear a strange noise emanating from the engine - You may notice a strong sound that you never heard before coming from under the hood. That could be y ... read more

Tips and Tricks for Clearer Headlights

Tips and Tricks for Clearer Headlights

Headlights are one of the most overlooked components when it comes to car safety. Whether you’re driving at night or in unfavorable weather conditions, these are a necessity. Unfortunately, headlights can naturally get fuzzy, blurry, and yellowed over time. When this occurs, they will no longer appear bright enough to light up the path in front of your car. If your plastic-covered headlights need cleaning, read on to learn about some tips and tricks that can remedy the problem. Method 1 - DIY Lens Cleaner If you have these household essentials lying around, liquid soap, baking soda, or vinegar, you’ve got what it takes to restore your headlights in a few simple steps. While you may not see immediate results, they will brighten your lens after a couple of applications.   First off, you’ll want to wash and rinse the lenses with soap. Then, you’ll want to mix 1-2 tbsp of baking soda and vinegar to form a thick paste. Apply the solution to polish the headla ... read more

Is it Safe to Drive With a Tire Bulge?

Is it Safe to Drive With a Tire Bulge?

Your tires are essential to your vehicle's operation, and so is their integrity. If your tires are leaking, flat, or bulging, you should repair or replace them. You will occasionally see a car with bulging tires, which is perilous. It is very unsafe to drive a car that has a tire with a bulge. A tire bulge is a sign of deterioration of the tire's inside, which means you should repair or replace the tire. The following are various causes of tire bulges and ways in which a bulging tire could affect your driving: A bulging tire could be caused by poor road conditions, such as hitting a pothole or a curb. Since you cannot do much to improve the state of the road, check your tires often for bulges. Once you notice one, take it for repair as soon as possible. Putting too much pressure on your tires by overloading the vehicle or underinflating the tire could lead to a tire bulge. The tires will not have enough support to handle the pressure they are experiencing, which will ruin the ... read more

Does Your Car Have a Blown Head Gasket

Does Your Car Have a Blown Head Gasket

Your head gasket has to tolerate a lot of heat and pressure to do its job, and if your car overheats it can cause the head gasket to blow. Keeping your car routinely maintained by an expert technician ensuring oil changes, coolant, and other fluids are in good supply can go a long way in preventing a head gasket leak. The head gasket is basically the device that prevents different chemicals from mixing in you engine and doing harm to your car. The main functionality of the head gasket is keeping an airtight seal preventing fluids from locking up the engine, causing a fire, or detonation. As your car ages, it's normal for the head gasket to lose efficiency, that's where automotive maintenance becomes important! A seasoned mechanic will spot the warning signs that it's time to replace your head gasket. Red Flags of a Head Gasket Leak There are lots of symptoms to identify a head gasket leak and this list is by no means comprehensive, but if you do think your car's eng ... read more

What is an Engine Misfire?

What is an Engine Misfire?

Having trouble with your vehicle feeling sluggish or not functioning at its peak? You could be experiencing an engine misfire. Repairing issues with engine misfires range from simple and low-cost to expensive and complex. Keep reading to learn how to recognize the symptoms of a potential misfire and where to get engine repair. Signs Your Car Engine Is Having a Misfire The three primary components that make up vehicle engine systems include fuel, fire, and oxygen. Engine misfires can happen when any of the three primary components of a car's engine are out of sync or timing. If your car feels like it's driving slower, getting less mileage or making unusual noises, these are all signs that show a misfire is taking place. Common causes of engine misfires include auto mechanical issues that can range from simple issues like worn out spark plugs to complex issues like non-working fuel systems to repair. For example, inexpensive repairs such as spark plug replacements may solve is ... read more

Is My Brake Fluid’s Condition Important to Brake Performance?

Is My Brake Fluid’s Condition Important to Brake Performance?

Your car's braking system enables you to slow down your driving and even come to a halt altogether. It features rotors, clippers, pistons, hoses, braking pads, and brake fluid, among other components. Let's dive into one critical component of the braking system; the brake fluid. It's a special hydraulic fluid that rushes throughout the braking system to initiate the braking process. Did you know that the brake fluid can get contaminated or worn out, compromising the braking performance? Read on to find out how the integrity of the brake fluid affects an automobile. Is Brake Fluid Important? The fluid has hydraulic properties that allow you to slow down and stop your car quickly, effortlessly, and safely. It also lubricates moving parts and prevents the corrosion of components. Another function of the brake fluid is to remove moisture from the braking system. That helps prevent damage to the electronic components in the Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS). Over time, the brak ... read more

What Are Ball Joints?

What Are Ball Joints?

While most people think of shocks and struts when it comes to a vehicle's suspension, the ball joints are usually forgotten. However, ball joints are one of the main parts in your suspension that support your car. They provide support for both the suspension and steering systems, and it's essential to keep them in good condition.   Ball joints are located on the front suspension system, and they connect between control arms and steering knuckles. This allows smooth movements, allowing the wheels to move up and down and side to side for optimal control.    When to Replace Ball Joints Like any other part in your car, ball joints are indefinitely going to experience wear and tear. At some point, they will grow weak and need to be replaced. Your safety could be at stake if ball joints become too old; in severe circumstances, the stud can get released from the socket and cause a wheel to disconnect entirely from your vehicle. To avoid letting it get this bad, her ... read more

Do Your Tires Pass the Penny Test?

Do Your Tires Pass the Penny Test?

One trick that many vehicle owners know is the penny test. This test is a great way to gauge your tread depth and help you determine whether you need new tires. Tread depth is extremely important when it comes to your tires. If they do not have enough tread, your tires cannot properly grip the road. This poor traction can lead to improper handling and present many hazards. It is required by law to replace your tires before they hit 2/32 inches. How to Do the Penny Test The penny test is straightforward, but many drivers do not feel confident when interpreting the results.  First, you will need to turn the penny upside down with Lincoln's head facing you. Place the penny into your tire treads until the tip of the coin makes contact with the tire groove. If you can no longer see Lincoln's head, it means you have sufficient tread. If you can see some or all of his head, your tire tread is low, and you need new tires ASAP. It would be best to measure your tread once or tw ... read more

How to Top Off Engine Oil

How to Top Off Engine Oil

The engine oil in your vehicle is extremely important to your vehicle's overall reliability and performance. Although you should never miss your oil changes, you can top off your engine oil in between oil changes if you find that your engine needs it.  Please note: adding oil to your vehicle does not take the place of your regular oil change service. Steps Before anything else, you will need to find a quality engine oil that suits your vehicle's needs. For additional guidance, you can look at your owner's manual for what type of oil your manufacturer recommends. Additionally, you'll also want to monitor your vehicle's oil level before proceeding. Please make sure your car is turned off and parked on even ground when checking your oil.  To top off the motor oil, follow these steps carefully:  After propping the hood open, please locate and remove the oil lid. The cap is usually marked with the word 'oil' or has the traditional oil symbol ... read more

2022 New Year's Automotive Resolutions

2022 New Year's Automotive Resolutions

It's that time of the year again where we have to start brainstorming our new year's resolutions. Is your plan to shed a few pounds, spend more time with your family, get into a new hobby, or donate money to charity? While those are all fantastic ideas, have you considered resolutions relating to your car? It's never too late to start by living by excellent and healthy car habits. Here are some ideas to consider going into the new year: 1. Buy a Car Maybe 2022 is the year that you have finally saved enough for your dream car. If you are looking to buy a pre-owned vehicle in the Sacramento area, consider receiving a pre-purchase inspection before solidifying your purchase decision. Our team performs very precise and meticulous bumper-to-bumper vehicle inspections. 2. Be On Time with Your Vehicle Maintenance Schedule Similar to sticking to a diet or workout regimen, it's easy for life to get in the way of your automotive maintenance schedule. If your vehicle is due fo ... read more

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