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Monthly Archives: March 2022

My car is making a rattling noise when accelerating.

My car is making a rattling noise when accelerating.

If you have a sudden rattling noise while accelerating, have the exhaust system checked. With the car on the hoist we can examine the exhaust system. The sketch below shows the different components of an exhaust system. As you can see, your car’s exhaust system has several different parts; each part generally gets repaired separately. When you have an exhaust issue it is best to have a technician look at it right away. Waiting increases the likelihood of having to repair more than one part at the same time. And this could get costly! Give us a call today 60

car is overheating

car is overheating

An overheating engine is your cars way of letting you know it is not feeling well. These are the main reasons for an overheating engine: The coolant level is low or leaking A bad thermostat–air not allowed to circulate to cool the engine A fan not working correctly– it spins or wobbles A broken or damaged water pump– prevents circulation and/or pressurization Collapsed radiator hoses Build up of contaminants– rust and road debris likely If your vehicle overheats while driving, pull over to a safe spot and shut it off. Pop the hood and allow the engine to cool (about 45 min) IMPORTANT: do not remove the radiator cap while the engine is hot. Doing so could cause severe burns to you. Click on the link below for more information: Overheating Engine? Here’s Why and What to do About it (napaonline.com)

Is it safe to drive my car if it is leaking gas?

Is it safe to drive my car if it is leaking gas?

NO! Safety is paramount with vehicles. Leaking gas is something to be taken seriously. DO NOT ignore this fuel leak! Your vehicle should be seen by a technician ASAP, as a fuel leak is a potential fire hazard. It is best to have the vehicle towed to a repair shop. I know it is an added fee, but the possibility of a fire are real. Be safe! DO NOT LET ANYONE SMOKE NEAR YOUR VEHICLE

Synthetic Oil in my Car?

Synthetic Oil in my Car?

You may have heard the terms conventional, semi-synthetic and synthetic oil. Conventional oil comes from refined crude oil. So what type of oil should you use? First, check your owner’s manual. If you are thinking about using a synthetic oil, ask us about the advantages and price comparison. Synthetic oil is made (link to see how oil is made) from a variety of raw materials. Semi-synthetic oil is mineral oil, which has been mixed with synthetic oils. So why is there different options? The engine oils have changed, all to get the best performance for your vehicles as well as better protection for all moving parts. Newer vehicles use synthetic oil. If your vehicle calls for conventional or semi-synthetic oil you can still use synthetic oil. The cost is more, but your vehicle will be better protected

Drive On a Flat Tire?

Drive On a Flat Tire?

Driving on a flat tire is never a good idea! It’s totally understandable how much of a hassle it can be; not to mention the tow bill. For safety reasons, stop driving and have the tire repaired or replaced During an inspection of the tire, you will know why the tire went flat, if it can be fixed or if the tire will need to be replaced. What we know for sure is, if you drive on a flat tire, you WILL be buying a new tire. For safety reasons it’s best to buy tires in pairs. So you will probably end up buying 2 new tires instead of just one

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