Category: Auto Repair

That high pitched squeak? It could be your serpentine belt.

October 9th, 2019 by

The serpentine belt, or drive belt, connects auxiliary components to the engine crankshaft pulley. Most modern vehicles only have one serpentine belt, which runs all of the accessories on the vehicle; some have up to four, depending on the number of accessories fitted to the engine. If your drive belt fails it can, in turn,

Why is my check engine light flashing?

October 2nd, 2019 by

It’s every car owner’s worst nightmare. You’re driving down the road– everything seems to be fine– when, out of nowhere, your check engine light comes on. Your check engine light can be triggered by a number of things. Even if your car seems like its driving just fine, you should still make time to see

What To Do About Leaking Shocks and Struts

September 10th, 2019 by

Shocks and struts are crucial to a smooth ride but, like all parts of your vehicle, the suspension will wear out over time. Shocks and Struts: The Basics In case you missed our articles on a shock and strut replacement, let’s review the basics. Shock absorbers are mechanical or hydraulic devices that keep your the

Signs of a Bad or Failing Muffler

August 21st, 2019 by

In our last article, we talked about things to avoid that can make your muffler wear prematurely or become damaged. But, regardless of the precise cause, broken mufflers typically exhibit a few common symptoms to alert the vehicle’s owner that a problem exists and needs to be repaired. Below are a few of the warning

How to Make Your Muffler Last

August 19th, 2019 by

Mufflers are a required component on any vehicle that operates on roads in the United States. Mufflers serve two functions: they reduce exhaust system noise that is directed from exhaust ports to the exhaust pipes; and they help direct exhaust gases out of the engine Most people think that mufflers are also an important part of

The Most Common Problems With Traction Control

July 24th, 2019 by

Traction control and ABS are the foundational elements for a car’s stability control system. Traction control piggybacks on the antilock brake system (ABS) to detect tire slip during acceleration and maintains traction while accelerating. ABS does the same for braking, using the vehicle’s electronic stability systems to compare the vehicle’s trajectory with where the driver seems

When to Change Bald Tires

July 16th, 2019 by

We often hear from our customers that they dread buying new tires. And, as a result, most people put off replacing them until it’s absolutely necessary. But driving with bald tires is really dangerous.  Driving with bald tires drastically increases the risk of a crash or a flat, especially in bad weather. And the frightening

Common Serpentine Belt Problems & How to Fix Them

July 10th, 2019 by

Serpentine belts usually result from a misalignment or a defective tensioner. It might be hard to diagnose a problem just by listening but examining the belt itself can help you diagnose the problem- both before it’s removed and afterward. Excessive Cracking Excessive cracking is usually caused by old age. Serpentine belts stretch with age and

Common Signs of Rust And What Causes Them

July 8th, 2019 by

If your car has it, you’re probably not happy about it. When left untreated a rust spot can quickly grow to cause major structural problems. In many states, a car with rust holes in the body won’t even pass inspection, regardless where the spots are located or how small they are. Tha’s why it’s best