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Why Is My Radiator Leaking?

Why Is My Radiator Leaking?

A radiator leak is more than annoying its dangerous. Your vehicle relies on its engine coolant to keep the engine at the optimal temperature. Should the engine overheat, the scorching environment will damage parts. Dhillon Motorsports, formerly known as Smog Man San Jose might be emissions experts, but we also know a thing or two about radiators. Here are a few reasons why yours is leaking. Coolant We understand the need to save money in today's economy but don't do it at the expense of your vehicle's cooling system. Subpar, cheap, watered down, or even the wrong engine coolant will cause your vehicle to overheat. As will substandard coolant flushes or adding water instead of the proper water/coolant mix to the reservoir. When this happens, it isn't so much that your radiator is leaking as it is pushing coolant out of the system. Heater Core Your vehicle's heater core can affect the ... read more

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A Family Member Gave Me A Car. Is A Smog Inspection Required?

A Family Member Gave Me A Car. Is A Smog Inspection Required?

In California, if a family member gives you a car, it might not need a smog inspection to transfer the title. It depends on a few factors, including the familial relation. Bear in mind, California is one of the strictest states when it comes to vehicle emissions testing, so it's best to check with the DMV to ensure you don't need a smog. If you do, Dhillon Motorsports, formerly known as Smog Man San Jose is a STAR-certified station. Family Relationship The DMV understands that if you receive a vehicle from an immediate family member, chances are you know whether it's due for a smog check or not. For example, you would be exempt from a required smog inspection if you acquire the car from a Domestic partner/spouse Parent Grandparent Sibling Child Grandchild These are the only relationships that allow for a smog inspection exemption, however. Should your aunt or uncle, niece or nephew, cousin, or another relative offer ... read more

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What If My Car Fails Smog Inspection?

What If My Car Fails Smog Inspection?

If your car fails its required smog inspection, do not panic. We here at Dhillon Motorsports, formerly known as Smog Man San Jose, CA, can help. As you know already, California is strict when it comes to vehicle emissions, which is why you get that dreaded smog test required notice in registration renewal every couple of years. If you bring your vehicle to a test and repair station rather than a test-only station, you already have the upper hand should the vehicle fail the check. Reasons Why Your Vehicle Failed Your car's exhaust is made up of several components including the catalytic converter, EGR system, evaporative emissions charcoal canister, fuel cap, oxygen sensor, PCM, and purge control valve. If any of these parts are compromised, your vehicle will fail its smog check. The most common issues we see when a car doesn't pass the test include Improper air/fuel mixtur ... read more

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What Is a STAR Station 2

What Is a STAR Station 2

Living in California is a dream, except when it comes to the required smog check every two years for your vehicle registration renewal. You could grumble about California's tough emission standards, but let's be honest: They are what keep The Golden State beautiful. Dhillon Motorsports, formerly known as Smog Man San Jose is a STAR station. What does that mean? Keep reading! Your Renewal Notice If you received a notice in your vehicle's renewal registration letter that says you must have your car, truck, or SUV smog tested at a STAR station, it means the check must be performed by a station that meets “higher performance standards,” per the State of California Bureau of Automotive Repair. This is the top certification for smog stations in California. STAR Station Advantages Even if your renewal notice didn't specify a STAR stat ... read more

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What Car Complaints Are Not Worth Repairing?

You love your car and you never, ever want to get rid of it, but at what point are you wasting money by keeping your baby on the road? Trust us, we here at Dhillon Motorsports, formerly known as Smog Man San Jose understand, and we'll do what we can to help keep your vehicle running as it should. That said, there are some repairs – or car complaints – that are not worth the hit to your pocketbook. Rod Knock There's a term we use in the auto service industry and it is “rod knock.” What this means is your car engine's pistons are punching through your engine block. This happens when you drive like a maniac without taking care of your car. In other words, you don't change your engine fluids or have other maintenance done as you should. Either or both can cause the rod bolts and bearings to loosen, which gives the pistons the freedom they need to slam against the block. A damaged engine block and pistons will cost you more than you care to know to repair. Ben ... read more

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Will You Pass A Smog Check If Your Check Engine Light Is On?

Will You Pass A Smog Check If Your Check Engine Light Is On?

No, it is likely your vehicle will not pass a smog check if your check engine light is on, but let's look at this further. Dhillon Motorsports, formerly known as Smog Man San Jose are experts who can spare you grief if you'll bring your vehicle into our shop the minute the check engine light comes on. This warning light doesn't always mean an expensive repair bill. Rather, it could be something simple, such as a loose gas cap that's triggering the onboard computer to turn on the check engine light. Your Check Engine Light and Emissions Generally, the check engine light illuminates when your vehicle is experiencing an emissions problem, and this is the primary reason why it won't pass a smog check with the light on. Whether there is a legitimate issue or not, your onboard computer has detected a fault, and it will return that fault until it is fixed or ... read more

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What Is the Different Between a Smog Check and a Smog Test?

What Is the Different Between a Smog Check and a Smog Test?

A smog check and a smog test are the same. The difference is whether you get the smog check at a test only station, which is not what Dhillon Motorsports, formerly known as Smog Man San Jose, CA, is. We will not only give your vehicle a certified smog check, but we will also repair it if it fails. Smog Check A smog check tests your vehicle's emissions' system to ensure it is operating properly. If your car or truck's exhaust system isn't functioning as it should be, your automobile may release toxins into the air that are harmful to the environment and cause greenhouse gasses. Every vehicle releases a certain amount of these toxins, unless they're electric, but California demands these emissions be under a certain level. This is why you have to have your vehicle smog checked every two years – to ensure the emissions are under the California leg ... read more

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How Often Are Emissions Tests Needed?

How Often Are Emissions Tests Needed?

Vehicles driven in California are required to have an emissions test every two years. Drivers who fail to have their car, truck, or SUV smog-checked will not be allowed to register their vehicle. Many people think driving unregistered is just a fix-it ticket but it's not. The Golden State frowns upon unregistered drivers, so don't take chances. Bring your vehicle into Dhillon Motorsports, formerly known as Smog Man San Jose for a diagnostic report and smog certificate. Existing Residents Those who already live in California dread opening their vehicle registration renewal notice from the DMV for two reasons: One, the cost, and two, the smog check notification. California is one of the most expensive states in which to register a vehicle, but it also has miles upon miles of highways that require constant maintenance. Californians practically live in their cars, as commuting ... read more

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Dhillon Motorsports, formerly known as Smog Man San Jose Answers the Question of Whether Smog Goes Away in the Winter

Dhillon Motorsports, formerly known as Smog Man San Jose Answers the Question of Whether Smog Goes Away in the Winter

No, smog does not go away in the winter. It might seem as if the air is clearer during colder weather; after all, it smells crisper and is moister after a nice rain, but air pollution lingers in the atmosphere even through December, January, and February, which is why Dhillon Motorsports, formerly known as Smog Man San Jose is here in San Jose to make sure your vehicle doesn't add to the emissions. It Turns to Mist When the weather turns cold, the exhaust from your car, SUV or truck turns into a mist. You see the steam and water coming out of your exhaust pipe in the morning or at night, and this is still the same exhaust that pollutes the air and causes smog. It just gets wetter, if you will, which might make it seem as if it has changed somehow. It Isn't Just Your Car Air pollution in the winter actually increases due to other factors, as well. Your vehicle and industrial emissions tend to stay the same, but every ... read more

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Dhillon Motorsports, formerly known as Smog Man San Jose Buying Guide for Used Cars in California

Dhillon Motorsports, formerly known as Smog Man San Jose Buying Guide for Used Cars in California

Used or new? If you have poor credit or are in the midst of financial trouble, used is your best bet. You can buy your dream luxury or sports car once you're back on your feet, and used car payments help boost your credit score as long as you pay them on time. Here's a quick guide to used car purchases from Dhillon Motorsports, formerly known as Smog Man San Jose. Why? Because we love helping others stay on the road. Budget Before you head to a dealer or a private seller, determine how much you can spend on your used car. Be realistic in your calculations. Don't stretch your budget. Things to account for are how much of a down payment you can afford, monthly payments (plus financing charges) you can afford, and whether you'll pay for your vehicle in cash or take out a loan. Calculate fuel and maintenance expenses, too. Run Your Credit Report You can get a free credit report from Equifax, Experian, and Trans ... read more

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