Yearly Archives: 2020

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

How to Identify a Car Leak

How to Identify a Car Leak

You walk up to your car to hop in and start driving and notice something strange underneath - a river of liquid coming from underneath your vehicle. You may start to panic, and wonder if it is safe to drive your vehicle.  The most important thing to try to do is identify where the leak could be coming from, and that will help you understand the severity of the issue. Here are some common leaks and how to identify them:  Antifreeze Usually green, pink, or yellow in color Texture is sticky and thick Moderately important to see your mechanic for an inspection soon Brake Fluid Light brown Will look oily Very important and needs to be looked at by a mechanic as soon as possible Engine Oil Color can be from light brown to black Looks like a thin syrup Moderately important to have it inspected by your trusted mechanic Power Steering Fluid Appears reddish brown Looks thin and will drip from the front of your ... read more

What is a Pre Road Trip Vehicle Inspection?

Dreaming of your next road trip? I know we are. With shelter in place orders slowly lifting, you may be thinking about planning a road trip in the late summer. Many of us will get distracted planning the trip itself and may forget to ensure that our vehicle’s are in the best condition to embark on a road trip. The last thing you want is to get stuck on the side of the road in an unfamiliar place.  Before you go on your road trip, be sure to schedule a pre-trip inspection at our shop. A pre-trip inspection will basically check all of your vehicle’s vital components to make sure they are all in good working condition. We will also top off fluids and make sure there are no obvious signs of major repairs needed.  Our experts will inspect the following:  Battery Belts & Hoses Tires Brakes Fluids & Filters A/C System A bumper to bumper look at your vehicle will give you the peace of mind you’ll need to fully enjoy your road trip and help avoid ... read more

Measures We Are Taking to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 While Remaining Open to Serve You

Measures We Are Taking to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 While Remaining Open to Serve You

Coventry Motors wants you to know that our shop remains open during this difficult time to serve you. Auto repair is essential, especially because so many of us are relying on our vehicles at this time to get to the store or get to work for those working in essential industries. We have been closely monitoring any updates from the CDC and have adjusted our services and processes to meet the standards in place to keep everyone safe.  We truly care about the health of our employees and our customers, so at this time we do ask that all customers refrain from entering our building unless necessary. We want to do our part in preventing the spread of COVID-19 and understand that not every carrier has immediate symptoms. In order to make your experience convenient and safe, we have adopted new measures including the following: When dropping off your vehicle for service, we ask that you use the key drop off box in the bay door. Upon receiving your keys, we will wipe all keys down w ... read more

What is That Strange Smell in My Car?

We all are familiar with strange smells in our cars when we leave food or trash overnight. However, if you are smelling something strange every time you start or drive your vehicle, and there is no food or trash in sight, this can be a sign that something is wrong. Typically, a strange smell is an indication of either a leak or that a particular component is malfunctioning. Lets look at some of the most common car smells and what they can indicate. Exhaust (sulfur-like smell) - this can indicate that their are exhaust fumes inside your cabin, which is extremely dangerous to your health. Get this checked out immediately.  Gasoline - a gasoline smell usually points to some type of fuel leak in the system, which can leave you stranded if you continue driving.  Maple syrup - a sweet syrup smell is leaking coolant. Without proper coolant, your engine can quickly overheat, so be sure to have your vehicle inspection as soon as possible.  Rotten eggs - this is due to a catal ... read more

What are the Symptoms of a Failing Water Pump?

The water pump is a vital component in your vehicle that has the job of delivering coolant from the radiator to the engine. The coolant is important to help ensure that the temperature of the engine is controlled. Without circulating coolant, your vehicle's engine could quickly overheat and damage can quickly occur. Because the damage can be severe, it is vital to understand what the signs of a bad water pump are and know that when you do experience any, the experts here at Coventry Motors are here to help.  The following signs can indicate a problem with your vehicle's water pump: An overheating engine Check engine warning light has turned on Whining noise, especially when accelerating A coolant leak under your vehicle, usually red or green in color Steam coming from the radiator As soon as you notice any of the symptoms listed above, give us a call or stop by Coventry Motors. If your water pump is failing, chances are that you are also overdue for a timin ... read more

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