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Yearly Archives: 2022

Why is My Engine Smoking? Reasons and Top Check Engine Services

Why is My Engine Smoking? Reasons and Top Check Engine Services

The rate of lethal car accidents in the U.S. has decreased by 11% since 2021, but it’s still alarmingly high – an estimate of more than 3,400. In many cases, the root of the problem is something avoidable. One of the principal ways to look after your safety while driving is to be constantly alerted about problem signs that your vehicle might display. A smoking engine, for example, may indicate something very wrong with your car. Before contacting check engine services, it’s your responsibility as a driver to recognize engine smoke. Read on to learn the leading causes of this issue and where to seek assistance.  What Causes Engine Smoke? Smoke can emerge from your car engine for various reasons, including overheating, engine coolant or water in the combustion chamber, a defective ... read more

Signs You Need an Alternator Replacement: Tire Rotation Alignment and Balancing, and More

Signs You Need an Alternator Replacement: Tire Rotation Alignment and Balancing, and More

Unless you have a designated AI service incorporated in your car to let you know whenever your alternator starts to fail, chances are you may overlook the first symptoms of a malfunction. And that happens quite often, as the alternator is in charge of your car battery and all other electronic components of the vehicle, such as the tire rotation alignment and balancing system. Keep reading to learn how to recognize the first signs that something may be wrong with your alternator - and what to do about it.  Your Car Doesn’t Start Right and is Slowing Down while Driving One of the first ways to tell that the alternator is having trouble starting your car’s battery is your car having trouble starting in the first place. Pay at ... read more

Tire Rotation, Alignment, and Balancing: All You Need to Know

Tire Rotation, Alignment, and Balancing: All You Need to Know

Having the right tires and adapting them to the road and weather conditions is crucial. In 2019, there were around 612 tire-related traffic fatalities. Tires may seem simple to understand, but there is more to just changing tires due to wear and tear.  There are many reasons for uneven tire wear - here’s what to know about tire rotation, alignment and balancing.  What is Tire Rotation? Tire rotation is a necessary process to ensure all tires wear evenly. This protects all tires and ensures they last longer. The rotation is done because the front tires do more work than the back tires. Front tires wear faster due to the front axle bearing more weight, making turns, sidewall damage, and heavy, sudden braking.  How and When to Rotate Tires? Depending on the wheel type, there are several ways to rotate tires. One is by changing the back with front tires, and then switching the left with right tires and doing a cr ... read more

How to Avoid Costly Auto Repairs? | Oil Change Brandon FL

How to Avoid Costly Auto Repairs? | Oil Change Brandon FL

The automotive repair and maintenance industry has been steadily increasing since 2017. So, it’s easy to conclude that car owners and drivers are spending huge amounts of money on fixing car issues. More often than not, if the issue in question is serious, the repairs will be proportionately costly. At Auto Works of Brandon, we understand that such expenses can easily be avoided if the drivers know how to immediately tell that something is wrong with their vehicle. Find out how to save yourself from costly auto repairs by reading this blog. Prioritize the Maintenance Schedule The best way to avoid spending too much money on expensive repairs is to regularly keep your vehicle in check. Ideally, you must follow the regular maintenance schedules provided in the owner’s manual. Make sure to take your car to a local service company and do a basic check, even when everything ... read more

Automotive Repair and Maintenance Services | Hard Shifting Causes and Solutions

Automotive Repair and Maintenance Services | Hard Shifting Causes and Solutions

Although there is a list of common issues you might experience while driving, one of the most frequent ones is hard shifting. By definition, transmission shifting hard is an occurrence during which your car switches gears of its own accord, without you doing anything to cause this.   It can be the result of a wide range of issues, so it’s essential that you know exactly what they are, and how automotive repair and maintenance services can help you in times of need.   What are the Main Causes for Transmission Shifting Hard? There are several reasons hard shifting occurs. Speaking about the types of hard shifting, the most common ones are either a switch from 1st to 2nd gear, or from 2nd to 3rd. Both these cases can be caused by different factors. Also, the type of car in question - manual or automatic - can experience hard shifting due to different reasons. It is essential to know the source of the problem so the provider can tend to it efficiently.   Here ar ... read more

Car Care Tips for Your Aging Nissan: Maintenance Schedule and More

Car Care Tips for Your Aging Nissan: Maintenance Schedule and More

Getting a new Nissan is always a joyous occasion. The prestigious Japanese brand has proven itself as a producer of steady and reliable vehicles that can serve their drivers faithfully for years. However, even the newest and most well-kept cars will become victims of aging. Maybe you just bought your Nissan but decided to go for a “beater” rather than a brand-new model. In that case, you are in need of a Nissan maintenance schedule that will ensure your vehicle lasts you for as long as possible. The best way to ensure your Nissan car stays in good running condition is by taking adequate care of it and prioritizing the mechanical issues needing repair. Nissan Maintenance: What You Should Focus On Before we go on to the tips themselves, we must point out which performance aspects you should prioritize and in what order. Accident Prevention Your priority should be to regularly check and take care of the par ... read more

Tell-Tale Signs That Your Power Steering Pump Is Going Bad

Tell-Tale Signs That Your Power Steering Pump Is Going Bad

One of the most critical components of your car’s power steering system is the power steering pump. This component makes it possible for your vehicle to quickly turn and get you to your destination. But like all man-made things, these pumps can suffer from wear and tear damage. Car components tend to deteriorate in condition over time. A damaged power steering pump will affect your vehicle’s ability to perform properly. To avoid any major repairs that will put your car out of commission for a time, it’s important to identify when your power steering pump is about to give out. This piece will identify some of the bad power steering pump symptoms that will give you a heads up on whether you have to make changes. Moreover, this piece will suggest steps you can take to take better care of your pump and your entire power steering system. Symptom #1: Leaking Power Steering Fluids One of the first ... read more

Engine Talk: How Much Will It Cost to Replace Engine Mounts?

Engine Talk: How Much Will It Cost to Replace Engine Mounts?

Your engine is the heart and soul of your vehicle, so you have to make sure it’s well protected. The chassis is an important barrier of protection not only for you but also for the car engine and electronics. Specifically, engine mounts are built for the purpose of protecting the driving force of your vehicle. With regular use, your car’s components eventually wear down. However, it’s seriously bad news if your engine mount is in poor condition. If you don’t have it replaced as soon as you notice its poor condition, it can damage your engine and render your vehicle useless.   The question that might be ringing in your mind is how much does it cost to replace engine mounts? A quick engine check by a trusted industry name should help you get a fair assessment, but knowing the costs of what you may have to pay will better prepare your finances.   This piece will also look ... read more

Signs Your Honda Transmissions Need Repair

Signs Your Honda Transmissions Need Repair

Honda is quite a famous car brand and, as such, it has delivered superb quality vehicles for users worldwide. However, like all car brands, Honda has seen its fair share of issues regarding its vehicle performance. Yet, unlike common vehicle issues like flat tires and sputtering engines, there is also a more The transmission allows your car to change between gears, thus smoothly switching the speeds at which you move. Honda transmissions can develop various types of issues, so it’s important to be able to recognize them in time and address the issue accordingly.  What Usually Leads to Transmission Problems with Hondas? Before we start discussing the issues themselves, it’s worth discussing the factors that actually tend to cause them. Honda vehicle drivers can significantly prevent the problems from arising by simply avoiding certain activitie ... read more

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Toyota Reliability: The Most Common Issues Encountered

Toyota Reliability: The Most Common Issues Encountered

Considering how well-known the Toyota brand is, its quality of production is more than obvious. Toyota’s sleek vehicle designs, the speed they can achieve, and the relative ease with which they can be maintained are all influencing factors in the brand’s reputation. When it comes to Toyota reliability, their vehicles have had multiple opportunities to prove themselves, and most of the time, they’ve delivered. Still, like all cars, they, too, are prone to developing specific problems. Transmission: Full Failure and Other Issues Some of the most common issues reported by Toyota car drivers are transmission problems. This includes gears stuck in one mode, the leakage of fluids, the random shifting from one mode to another during driving, and even the complete transmission failure associated with the Toyota RAV4. Admittedly, transmission issues with Toyota cars were most common before 2006, but some reports have been made as recently as 2020.  Air Conditioners C ... read more

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