Yearly Archives: 2021

Is That Waffle House or My Car? What To Do When Your Car Smells Like Syrup

Is That Waffle House or My Car? What To Do When Your Car Smells Like Syrup

One thing most car owners hope they don't have to deal with is an unexpected issue with their vehicles. When an automotive system fails, it offers some signs and symptoms. One of these signs is the smell of maple syrup when you enter the car and turn on the engine. Other people describe the smell as butterscotch or cinnamon. While it has a pleasant, sweet smell, it doesn't indicate anything sweet about your car. In fact, that sweet smell that might get you to think that someone spilled syrup in your car means that you have a leaking coolant. What is a Coolant? Car coolant, also known as antifreeze, prevents engine overheating. It also acts as grease, preventing friction between the engine's moving parts, which alleviates premature wear-n-tear of these components, including the water pump, cylinder and piston timing, and the head gasket. The coolant effectively controls engine temperatures by dissipating the heat and adds an antifreeze to the motor, ensuring the engine o ... read more

Does My Car Really Need Fluid Exchanges?

Does My Car Really Need Fluid Exchanges?

A vehicle features components, parts, and systems that work together to perform specific functions. Automotive fluids prevent friction and regulate the operating temperature of these car components systems. Fluid flushes are some cost-effective vehicle maintenance services, and it is critical to ensure you adhere to the fluid exchange schedule to ensure maximum car performance. There are various fluids in your car that you need to pay attention to keep your vehicle running healthily. These fluids prevent friction between the moving vehicle parts, and therefore, reducing wear-n-tear. They usually have distinct colors. For instance, engine oil is light brown when new, transmission fluid (red), radiator fluid, brake fluid (transparent yellow), and power steering fluid (clear red). With time, the color changes due to contaminant and debris build-up, hence the need for fluid flushes. The Importance of Fluid Exchanges Sticking to your vehicle's recommended oil change and fluid flash s ... read more

Symptoms That Indicate You May Need a Tune-Up

Symptoms That Indicate You May Need a Tune-Up

Your car is a source of great convenience which makes it important that you take it for maintenance after some time. There are also some red flags you need to be on the lookout for that indicate the need for a tune-up. Here are the symptoms that indicate you may need a tune-up. Unusual Noises Cars, especially the latest models are made to be as silent as possible while producing enough power to propel it forward or backward. As a driver, you probably are used to the obvious noises made by your car as you drive it out but once you hear a strange noise whether loud or faint, you need to check it out. As soon as you experience this, you need to call our shop and schedule for an inspection soon to avoid further complications and also to keep your car in pristine condition. Loss of Acceleration Power Depending on where you are driving, there are areas where you might want to overtake or drive faster, you need to use the accelerator but the pedal could fail. In most cases, it usually is ... read more

What Does Engine Knocking Indicate?

What Does Engine Knocking Indicate?

Your car is more than just another possession. It represents your freedom and ability to go where you please. Your automobile is also an integral part of your career and family life, providing a safe way to take care of your responsibilities. So, when your car starts to make odd noises, it is wise to pay attention to what it is trying to tell you. A knocking sound in your engine is a good example of when to take notice. What Makes Your Engine Knock? If you hear a knocking sound coming from your engine, it could be a sign of numerous problems. They range in severity from the simple fix to serious automotive damage. The "knock" usually occurs when there is an improper mixture of air and fuel. This causes the fuel in your car to burn unevenly in pockets instead of uniformly. Unless it is taken care of in a timely manner by a qualified professional, it can cause damage to the cylinder wall and piston. The knocking sound could also indicate inadequate lubricat ... read more

When Should I Replace My Car Battery?

When Should I Replace My Car Battery?

It is important to replace your car battery when it starts to run low. While each car is different and you may need to replace the battery at different times, there are a few generalizations to consider so you know to replace the battery ahead of time. There are three main factors that determine when to replace your car battery. These include time, heat, and vibration. If the battery has not been changed in a few years, for example, it is time to get it replaced. Extreme changes in temperatures can do this as well. It is important to look for the right signs to know when your battery is getting weak, regardless of what makes it reach this point. Warning Signs of a Weak Battery One sign that your battery is starting to run out of steam is if the starter motor cranks the engine slowly. You may also start to notice that the battery warning lamp is turned on. If you have your car in idle and notice that the headlights are dim, this is an early warning sign that your battery needs replac ... read more