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Water Pump Replacement Inconveniences Easily Avoided

Water Pump Replacement Inconveniences Are Easily Avoided

Even if you’ve never gone through water pump replacement yourself, you probably know someone who’s suffered a failed water pump. Your car water pump is a vital component of the cooling system for the engine. This is a fairly precise system in which the water pump pushes coolant through specific access points in the engine. The coolant is restrained by the thermostat until it achieves the desired temperature at which point it then passes to your radiator. A full system is in place to deal with the superfluous heat produced in the process. However, the water pump is still in action, sending the coolant back through the engine in a constant cycle. As you can imagine, the disruption of this process can be bad news for your car. Luckily, there are several symptoms to help keep you aware of whether water pump replacement is necessary.READ MORE

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Car Smoking Symptoms and What They Mean

We’ve all felt a twinge of empathy as we see that dreaded image; a car smoking down the freeway leaving a trail of cloudy exhaust in its wake. Billowing trails of smoke send up an embarrassing amount of urgency when compared to other symptoms of car trouble such as a slight squealing noise or a “Maintenance Required” light on the dash. When your car starts smoking, you know something needs to be done about it immediately. Even though a smoking car problem can blindside you, you don’t need to go through the rest of the situation blindly if you know how to read the symptoms. In most cases, you’ll be able to get a feel for the issue just by noting the color of the smoke.READ MORE

Catalytic Converter Replacement Saves Planet and Your Wallet

Catalytic Converter Replacement Helps Your Car and the World Around You

Catalytic converter replacement or repair can be costly but, as is the case with so many integral car components, timely attention to any issues with your catalytic converter can actually save you money. While you’ve probably heard of the catalytic converter before, you may not realize why it is so integral to not only your car but the environment around you. The catalytic converter is a vital piece of your car’s exhaust system, regulating the harmful emissions and air pollution that your car produces. Using specific chemicals, this cylindrical component actually transforms these emissions into gases that are less harmful to the world around us. In many states, a fully functioning catalytic converter is essential to passing smog and emissions testing linked to vehicle registration. So, other than failing one of these tests, how can we tell if we’re experiencing any catalytic converter problems?READ MORE

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Timing Belt Symptoms Help You Stay Aware Before Larger Problems Arise

Fearing the day you’re hit with a timing belt replacement cost is as common a driving experience as your first flat or first speeding ticket. It’s a rite of passage that almost all motorists will deal with at some point. Sure, it can be painful but not nearly as painful as noticing timing belt symptoms and leaving them untreated. Admittedly, it can be difficult to notice warning signs that your timing belt is on the way out, so it’s a good idea to stay aware of the suggested scheduled maintenance in your owner’s manual. You can also easily have your timing belt checked for wear and tear during a tune-up. But there are some telltale timing belt symptoms that can indicate that your car needs serviced as soon as possible.READ MORE

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Throttle Position Sensor Symptoms Are a Direct Communication of Fuel Economy and More

We’ve talked at great length about the importance of keeping your car’s fuel injection system in working order on this blog before. One of the most vital means of communication between your car’s engine and fuel injection system is the throttle position sensor (often referred to simply as the TPS sensor, though admittedly this is as redundant as referring to an ATM as an ATM machine). A precise mix of air and fuel is necessary for your vehicle’s health and the TPS signal is responsible for keeping tabs on that mixture. As you can guess, a defective sensor can lead to a whole mess of problems with your car. Staying aware of throttle position sensor symptoms of defect can help you remedy such issues before they impact other car components.READ MORE

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Clutch Replacement Early On Can Prevent Bigger Issues from Manifesting

If you drive a vehicle with a manual transmission, then you are already well acquainted with the clutch. However, if you’re driving a newer manual model, clutch replacement may be a new concept to you. The clutch is designed to take a lot of abuse, but as with anything of a mechanical nature, repeated use will eventually find your clutch needing replacement. This is especially true in urban areas with lots of traffic jams. The constant riding of the clutch in the stop-start traffic can be rough on even the most steadfast of clutches. But how do you know whether it’s time to look into clutch replacement?READ MORE

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Fuel Injection System Issues Can Really Turn On the Pressure

Weakened fuel pressure can often be a problem you don’t immediately detect in your car. In fact, your car may be suffering from minor fuel pressure issues without you even being aware of it. Electrical issues and contamination of the fuel are the two major causes of problems with pressure but a faulty fuel pump could also be the culprit. If you feel like you might be experiencing issues with your fuel injection system, it’s often best to bring your car into a professional auto garage. The vast amount of variables to consider during pressure tests could easily fill a book. However, it’s a good idea to have a basic understanding of the problems that could plague your fuel pump and possibly mention a pressure test on your next tune-up.READ MORE

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Car Air Conditioning Service Integral in Beating the Summer Heat

The Los Angeles area typically endures a late summer so we’re most likely just getting started with the heatwaves. It’s a rough time to find yourself in need of car air conditioning service, especially when repair rates can climb to astronomical heights. A lot can go wrong with your auto’s air conditioning unit from relatively simple problems with faulty blend doors preventing proper air flow to massive nightmares like the “Black Death” affliction that we’ll get into below.READ MORE

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How to Identify Leaking Car Fluids

Leaking car fluids is easily one of the top reasons clients come rushing in to the auto shop, flinching at the impending bill. Sometimes, they’re right to freak out a bit; leaking fluids can be big trouble. On many occasions, repairs are minor; sometimes even optional. A puddle below your car should never be ignored but having an idea of what you’re looking at can save you stress and, in some cases, money.READ MORE

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Saving Money with Scheduled Wheel Balance and Alignment

We’ve said it before but we’ll say it again: your wheels are the most important link between you and the road. In fact, they’re the only part of your car that connects you with the road, so proper maintenance of your wheels isn’t just important; it’s crucial. Taking care of your wheels is relatively easy and inexpensive yet a shocking amount of motorists neglect their wheel balance and alignment.READ MORE