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Warning Signs of an Aging Timing Belt

Warning Signs of an Aging Timing Belt

As is evident from its name, a timing belt connects and times the rotation of the crankshaft and camshaft. These two shafts are important components of the engine, and their timely rotation ensures well-timed firing of pistons and the opening/closing of the intake and exhaust valves in the engine. The timing belt is a long, notched rubber belt that runs along with the engine and is vital for efficient and smooth vehicle functions on the road. Since the timing belt is a dynamic component that interlocks and runs the crankshaft and camshafts, it tends to wear down due to long-term functioning and pressure. Regular maintenance and timely replacement of the timing belt are essential to avoid costly engine repairs. Without proper maintenance, the timing belt failure or slippage can occur unexpectedly, resulting in extreme damage to multiple engine components. The best resource to predict the correct time of timing belt replacement is a vehicle's owner's manual. It is generally reco ... read more

Is There A Difference Between a Flashing Check Engine Light and a Steady Check Engine Light?

Is There A Difference Between a Flashing Check Engine Light and a Steady Check Engine Light?

Most drivers understand that the Check Engine light is not a good thing to see in the vehicle. But there is a difference between a solid Check Engine light and one that is blinking. There are many different causes to a solid Check Engine light, some of which are rather benign. There's only one cause for a blinking light and it is an urgent one. When the car's check engine light is flashing, do not ignore it. Your car needs repairs as soon as possible. If the Check Engine light is blinking, it's a big warning sign and something that you want to have inspected immediately. If the light is solid, there are other things you can ask yourself to diagnose the issue. For example, if you recently got gas, it's possible that your gas cap is loose and that can trigger the light to come on. Tighten the cap first before you panic. When the light comes on, try to listen for other noises in the vehicle. Do you hear something different? Is the vehicle driving differently? If so ... read more

Top Signs Your Cooling System Is in Trouble

Top Signs Your Cooling System Is in Trouble

Is your car overheating, blowing smoke, or gauges leaning toward the red zone? You may be heading for cooling system trouble. Issues with your car's internal cooling system can cause your car to overheat or even shut down. In this article, we talk about how your cooling system works and 4 signs of cooling system trouble. How Your Cooling System Works Water, antifreeze, and your car's built-in cooling systems work together to keep your car from overheating. Your car's cooling system is powered by the radiator, thermostat, and cooling fan. If any of these components has an issue, your cooling system can malfunction or shut down. 4 Signs of Cooling System Trouble 1. High Temperature Reading - if your temperature gauges are above normal and in the red, this is a sign that your car is overheating. Your cars temperature gauge should stay within normal range. When your temperature gauge rapidly rises, this is a sign of cooling system overload. ... read more

Common Signs of Vehicle Electrical Problems

Common Signs of Vehicle Electrical Problems

Modern-day vehicles rely on electrical systems to function properly. Your vehicle's electrical system is composed of the alternator, battery, and other significant components. If any of them begin to fail, various issues may become present, including decreased performance. It's not always easy to diagnose electrical issues within your car. We have listed a few signs to be aware of that indicate an electrical problem.  The lights have become dim. One of the most critical aspects of the electrical system controls is the headlights, brake lights, and turn signals. If there is an electrical problem, the lights will begin to dim. Dim lights are caused by low system voltage and charging malfunctions. This can occur if there is a dying battery, damaged alternator belt, or loose wires. The exterior lights are not the only lights losing power. You may also notice the electrical components inside the cabin even underperforming.  Y ... read more

3 Winter Car Care Tips

3 Winter Car Care Tips

Winter car maintenance prepares your vehicle for winter, but it has many other benefits as well. Car maintenance can offer a longer lifespan, increased fuel efficiency, and offer a higher resale value. Summer heat drains batteries; the Winter is the perfect time to prevent any unforeseen issues. It's a time to give your car a little extra love before it gets too cold. Below are three car care tips to boost performance in the Winter.  Check the essential fluids.  Summers can get hot in Huntington Station, and you may have cranked the air conditioner on a few times. In the fall, coolant is used to chill the hot engine. And in the winter, it acts as an antifreeze. Constant usage of the air conditioner may require you to top off the coolant. However, the coolant isn't the only fluid you should check. The engine oil and transmission fluid need to be of good quality to lubricate the engine parts adequately. It's essential to check on their fluid levels and quality as ... read more

Why Is Cruise Control Not Working?

Why Is Cruise Control Not Working?

If you're on a long fall road trip, cruise control can make the drive more comfortable and more pleasant. Cruise control gives your leg time to rest and allows you to maneuver around to avoid road fatigue. It can be quite disheartening to learn your cruise control doesn't work in the middle of a drive. The cruise control function controls the vehicle's speed, and without it can make a long drive feel a lot longer. Below is a list of three common reasons your cruise control may not work to help bring some clarity.  The Speed Sensor is Damaged The speed sensor determines how fast a vehicle is traveling. Since cruise control needs an accurate speed reading, cruise control will not work correctly if the speed sensor is damaged. A damaged speed sensor can also give inaccurate readings to the speedometer. Controlling your vehicle's speed is essential, and without this function, you can find yourself with a ticket or in an accident.  A Fuse is Blown ... read more

Why is the Check Engine Light On?

Why is the Check Engine Light On?

Nothing is more frustrating than a relaxing drive to clear your mind when the check engine light randomly comes on. It’s vibrant, it’s orange, and it completely commands your attention. It’s one of the few dashboard lights that almost immediately gives drivers anxiety. The check engine light doesn’t just go away with time; it needs to be addressed. The check engine light can sometimes be triggered by something small requiring a quick-fix or a more significant mechanical issue. What causes the check engine light to come on randomly? Below are a few common triggers:   The Fuel Cap is Loose.  If you just recently made a trip to the gas station, a loose fuel cap could be triggering your check engine light. If the fuel cap isn’t tightly secured, gasoline fumes can leave the fuel tank. Sometimes a gas cap can become worn and may need to be replaced. Most automotive shops have universal-fit fuel caps that are relatively inexpensiv ... read more

What Causes Roads to Buckle?

What Causes Roads to Buckle?

Now that it’s August, we’re in the heart of summer. Hot temperatures are sweeping past the state in preparation for fall. While it’s a great time to head out for a drive, extreme temperatures at triple digits are causing some roads to buckle. A buckled road can be hazardous and cause significant damage to your vehicle. This phenomenon leaves us wondering, what causes roads to buckle? According to Tim Potter, the Department of Transportation spokesman in Kansas, concrete is a lot more rigid than asphalt. During scorching weather, the concrete expands, and at weak spots will break open. Hot weather that’s accompanied by humidity and precipitation can also be contributing factors. Buckled roads lead to uneven surfaces that can cause mechanical issues and blowouts. Don’t let buckled roads buckle your wallet. Prevent costly damage by staying alert and avoiding road damage.  It’s not easy to predict when a buckled road will occur, so it’s best ... read more

Short Commutes vs Cheaper Housing

A small town or big city is a huge decision when deciding where to live. When moving, is it smarter to choose an expensive housing option with a shorter commute or a cheaper housing option with a longer commute? The pandemic has altered the way most of our communities work, with many employers offering remote work options. However, what about workers who are still required to go to a physical location? Below is a list of factors when determining shorter versus longer commute times in relation to housing prices.  Verify your employer’s work from home policies. If you’re more productive in an autonomous work environment, you may be able to avoid a commute by working from home. Check with your employer on options, as even a few days a week from home will give you more flexibility when choosing where to live.   Don’t just consider how much wear & tear your car will be taking on or how much gas, it’s best to consider how much time you’ll be sit ... read more

Maintenance for high mileage vehicles

Most people are turning to long road trips for travel due to the extra precautions and limitations caused by the pandemic. Thanks to long commutes, you may find yourself a part of the high car mileage club. Below are preventative maintenance tips for cars whose mileage is already in the six-figures.                     1. Keep your vehicle clean.   High mileage vehicles do not need to look like they’ve driven across the country. Washing your car from the outside to the inside is a great way to protect your investment. Keeping your car clean prevents rust and paint damage. It may be a smart idea to schedule a special deep cleaning and detail that includes a quality wax. If possible, keep your vehicle out of the sun and stored away safely. A car cover is a good option if you aren’t able to park your vehicle out of the sun.  2. Stay on top of regular vehicle maintenan ... read more

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