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Why is my oil pan leaking?

The oil pan is a metal container that holds the engine’s oil, that’s located under the car and attaches to the bottom of the engine. The engine has a lot of moving parts that need to be kept lubricated with engine oil so, if the pan or the gaskets start leaking, you need to act […]

The top three reasons cars breakdown… and how to prevent them.

Most people only see the mechanic when there’s a problem. They only stop by when they hear a noise when something feels off, or, worse, when they break down. This kind of unplanned, reactive maintenance has many costs that can be avoided with simple planning. Preventative maintenance extends car life, ensures your ride is safe […]

5 Signs and Symptoms of A Leaking Axle Shaft

The axle seal is a circular piece of material that prevents a leak at the axle entry point while allowing the axle to rotate freely. But if it breaks, if can cause all sorts of problems for your transmission system. Here are a few signs and symptoms to watch for: Oil Stains On Your Driveway […]

Concerned about a power steering leak? Here’s where to find it.

A fluid leak in the power steering system can be one of the most mysterious repairs to diagnose. Hydraulic power steering systems use a pump that pressurizes hydraulic fluid and sends it down to the mechanism that turns your wheels, either a steering gear or rack and pinion depending on the type of vehicle you […]

How do I know if my timing cover gasket is leaking? Part Two

Timing cover gasket leaks can be one of the trickiest leaks to fix. Most leaks leave obvious indications in specific places that make it quick to tell what the problem is– for example when your oil pan is leaking it will leak oil on the ground right under your oil pan. But a timing cover […]

How do I know if my timing cover gasket is leaking? Part One

Timing cover gasket leaks can be one of the trickiest leaks to fix. Most leaks leave obvious indications in specific places that make it quick to tell what the problem is– for example when your oil pan is leaking it will leak oil on the ground right under your oil pan. But a timing cover […]

Problems with your serpentine belt? Here are some common causes

The serpentine belt, also called the drive belt, is a belt on a car engine that works with the idler, tensioner, and pulleys inside the accessory drive belt system. It provides power for the air conditioning, alternator, power steering, and sometimes the cooling system water pump. The serpentine belt is a critical part of this […]

Why Driving With Your Parking Brake On Is a VERY Bad Idea

As we talked about in our last article, you should always set the parking brake when you park. Your parking brake maintains a stronger hold than the prawl, making it a better option for holding your car in place while parked.  The most important part of using the brake is remembering to disengage it before […]

Why is there a bubble in my tire?

A sidewall bubble, like the one shown above, is a bulge protruding from the sidewall of the tire. This happens when air is leaking from the inside of the tire into the carcass or body of the tire. Common Causes The majority of bubbles are caused by impact damage. The tire has a small patch […]