Yearly Archives: 2021

Don’t Do These Things to Your Car!

Don’t Do These Things to Your Car!

Safety should be every car owner's priority before stepping into their cars. We all understand the importance of maintenance services: oil changes, tire rotations, spark plugs, windshield wipers, and brake pad replacements. However, there are also some things you should NEVER do to your vehicle. Some of them might be an existing habit that you do now and should stop doing immediately.   Please Avoid Doing the Following to Your Car: Drive with Flashing Check Engine Light If your check engine light starts flashing on your dashboard, this is a sign of a severe engine problem. To be safe, please pull over and stop your engine. We highly advise that you get a tow to take your vehicle into a repair shop immediately.    Use Dishwashing Soap to Clean Your Car Dishwashing liquid is chemically designed to remove grease and sludge off your dishes, not your car! Applying dish soap to your car can strip off the wax and take the shine off your car paint. Do not take the cha ... read more

Should I Get a Pre-Purchase Inspection Before Buying?

Should I Get a Pre-Purchase Inspection Before Buying?

Purchasing a vehicle is a significant milestone in anyone's life, whether it is your first or not. But before you can even think about financing and buying the car, you should consider a pre-purchase inspection. Though a vehicle's physical appearance might look remarkable, the average individual can't easily detect the internal condition on the spot. Furthermore, some makes and models of cars have specific years that professional auto technicians would advise against because they have a reputation for costly breakdowns.   Pros of Getting a Pre-Purchase Inspection A thorough pre-purchase inspection usually includes a detailed road test on top of a typical vehicle inspection. A pre-purchase inspection is always a good idea because of the following reasons:   There could be problems with the car that you might not be aware of, and only a mechanic would be able to diagnose the vehicle. The mechanic can also conclude if the vehicle had ever been involved in any c ... read more

Why Does My Brake Pedal Feel Spongy?

Why Does My Brake Pedal Feel Spongy?

If you have a spongy feeling brake pedal, it can be very concerning. You're probably wondering if the brakes are going to work when you need them most. The good news is that there's something you can do about this problem before your next drive! This blog post will explore what causes the brake pedal to feel spongy and how to fix it so that your pedals feel firm again. Low Brake Fluid Level One of the most common culprits for spongy brakes is low brake fluid. You know, it's really easy to forget when you're supposed to do something as routine as checking your fluids. Brake fluid is just one of the many liquids in a car that should be checked regularly because leaving this liquid too low can cause spongy brakes or no braking power at all! The best way to fix this is to check your brake fluid regularly. Air in the Brake Lines Another potential cause of spongy brakes is air in the brake lines. Air can get into your car's braking system, especially when you're d ... read more

How to Prepare Your Vehicle for the Spring Season

How to Prepare Your Vehicle for the Spring Season

The winter has just ended. Your car needs some tender loving care to prepare it for the coming spring season. You will want to hit the road now that the weather is warmer. You should take care of your car by checking every part including the exterior, under the vehicle, and under the hood. Here are the things you need to do to keep it in top condition for spring; 1. Ensure that your car battery is tested and replaced if need be When the winter is over, your car battery might be ruined. Low temperatures during the winter force your car battery to overwork by slackening its chemical reactions. When high temperatures start, they tend to evaporate important battery fluids and accelerate corrosion. There is a possibility that a day of hot weather can kill your battery. Get your car battery checked to ensure that your car will not fail to start. 2. Get oil and oil filter changed Changing the oil frequently is important because it helps keep the engine he ... read more

My Check Engine Light Just Came On - Now What?

My Check Engine Light Just Came On - Now What?

The check engine light is an amber light that comes on the dashboard to warn you of a malfunction in the vehicle. Cars have a monitoring system that keeps scanning the engine for errors and reports the same on the dashboard. It is good to know what each light means so that you can deal with the problem promptly. Here are a few reasons why the check engine light comes on. Loose Gas Cap The gas cap should be the first aspect you consider in this case. It ensures that your gas tank has the appropriate pressure. In case the cap is not closed tightly or if it has a crack, you may find the light coming on. Failing Catalytic Converter The catalytic converter is a device that transforms harmful gases into clean emissions that are later released into the atmosphere. If it is failing due to failure by related systems such as wiring, sparks, and sensors, you will get the check engine light. Failing Oxygen Sensor If your car is experiencing ... read more