Category: Auto Repair

Signs of Rust And What Causes Them

February 3rd, 2021 by

This article was originally published in March 2018. If your car has it, you’re probably not happy about it. Rust is one of the pesky but inevitable problems that comes with owning a vehicle.  Understanding the rusting process, the problematic areas, and the ways to address trouble are crucial to repairing rust before it’s a

What happens when a CV boot becomes damaged?

January 11th, 2021 by

Each CV joint is covered by a rubber or plastic boot, known as a CV boot or drive axle boot. These boots are responsible for keeping the CV joints lubricated and preventing dirt and water from getting in. What happens when a CV boot becomes damaged? When a CV boot leaks, it can cause the

Why are my brakes grinding?

December 23rd, 2020 by

If you hear a noise from your brakes, you should make an appointment to come in right away—instead of turning up the radio to drown out the noise. Here’s why: What causes brakes to make a “grinding” sound? There are 2 major causes of brake grinding. If the grinding sound occurs when you press on

Rattling Exhaust? Here’s what to do.

November 16th, 2020 by

A rattling exhaust can be both annoying and nerve-racking. Rattling in the exhaust is a common cause of heat shield issues, which can cause permanent damage to your vehicle. Here are some of the other common signs to watch for: 1) Excessive Heat from the Engine Bay Modern engines generate considerable amounts of heat, just

AWD, 4WD and Winter Tires: What’s the difference, and which is best?

November 11th, 2020 by

All-wheel-drive, four-wheel drive, and winter tires all sound like good features to have if you’re weathering a New England winter— but which is best for winter driving? Let’s find out. All-Wheel Drive Vehicles with all-wheel drive transmit power to all four wheels, in some cases to each one individually. AWD systems will automatically redistribute power

Mileage Milestones for Belt Replacement

November 2nd, 2020 by

Wondering when to replace the belts under your hood? Common signs of wear can be hard to see if you’re not a trained mechanic. Here are a few mileage milestones to look for: Auto V-Belt Replacement V-belts act as a transmission belt. It connects to pulleys and transmits the force from the engine to the

Common Symptoms of a Failing Exhaust System

October 21st, 2020 by

Your car’s exhaust system is made of pipes that guide harmful exhaust gases away from the engine and into the outside atmosphere. Exhaust gas typically flows through the exhaust manifold, the catalytic converter, the resonator, and, finally, the muffler, which connects to the tailpipe. If there’s a problem with this system, poisonous gases can travel

Exhaust Heat Shield: Why is it rattling?

October 12th, 2020 by

A rattling exhaust heat shield can be both annoying and nerve racking. Rattling in the exhaust is a common cause of heat shield issues, which can cause permanent damage to your vehicle. Here’s what to watch for: Can I just let it fall off? Some don’t see much use for a rattling exhaust shield so