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Monthly Archives: August 2021

Car AC not Blowing Cold Air? - Common Causes

Car AC not Blowing Cold Air? - Common Causes

Possible Refrigerant LeakCar AC Not Working Due To Electrical IssuesBlocked or Broken CondenserAC Compressor Might Be FaultyThere’s Mold and Mildew Build-upHow To Maintain Your Car’s AC SystemKeep Your Car’s AC Working Properly Your vehicle’s air conditioning system may not be working correctly for several reasons, ranging from faulty compressors to refrigerant leaks. According to an analysis by Consumer Reports, some car models like the 2015 GMC Acadia and the 2013 BMW X5 are simply prone to AC problems. If you start noticing your AC blowing out warmer air than usual, there might be a problem worth checking ... read more

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Air Conditioning

How to Check Oil For Your Car

Checking your car's engine oil can be as easy as opening the hood, locating the dipstick, inserting it in the oil pipe, and pulling it out to see the current level. Unfortunately, a lot of Americans don’t know the basics of car maintenance. A study of American car owners found that nearly half of them aren’t confident in their ability to change their car’s oil, and 36% of them don’t know how to fix a flat tire. Cars need regular maintenance to run safely and efficiently on the road. Knowing how to check oil is an essential part of car care. Checking your engine oil is a few-minute investment that can help your vehicle running smoothly and keep it healthy. In this article, we’ll go over the steps involved in checking your car’s engine oil, how often you should do it, and more. Why Yo ... read more

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Oil Change

Car Engine Overheating? Here’s What You Should Do

Car Engine Overheating? Here’s What You Should Do

Smoke rising from underneath the hood is never a welcome sight, as it may indicate that your engine is overheating. Other symptoms of an overheating engine are a burning smell and poor performance. According to Motorist.org, an illuminated check engine light can also indicate overheating. Overheating can result in major damage to your vehicle. What’s more, it can cause fires. While your engine is unlikely to reach such high temperatures that it would spontaneously burst into flames, overheating can cause automotive fluids to heat up and spill over onto hot internal components of your vehicle. This can start a fire in your engine that can soon spread. Modern vehicles come with many features that keep your engine at its optimum temperature and prevent such situations. However, overheating can still happen. Rarely, an overheating engine may be caused by driving in very hot weather. More often, however, engine overheating is caused by other factors. What Causes Engine Ov ... read more

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Car Engine

Should You Fix or Replace Your Vehicle? Some Factors to Consider

Should You Fix or Replace Your Vehicle? Some Factors to Consider

If your vehicle is getting older and constantly in the shop for repairs, you might feel like you’re just throwing your hard-earned dollars into a money pit. This is especially true when you’re faced with costly fixes like an engine block repair or a catalytic converter replacement. You might start thinking that your old car is more of a trouble than an asset and that you’d be better off with a new, problem-less vehicle. However, a new car doesn’t come cheap either, with monthly payments, registration fees, and insurance costs. There are plenty of arguments on both sides of the replace vs. repair dilemma, but every person’s situation is unique. To help ensure that you make the decision that’s best for your situation, consider the following: Cost of Repairs and the Market Value of Your Vehicle Some fixes are more expensive than others—for instance, replacing oil filters costs much less than a catalytic converter replacement ... read more

Is Your Car’s A/C Blowing Hot Air? Here Are 3 Possible Reasons

Is Your Car’s A/C Blowing Hot Air? Here Are 3 Possible Reasons

In Florida, an air-conditioning unit in your vehicle is not a luxury but a necessity. The hot and humid weather makes it nearly impossible to drive comfortably without one. More importantly, it can be unsafe, especially for small children and pets who are sensitive to high temperatures. For these reasons, it can be very stressful to get into your vehicle one sunny morning and find out that the car A/C is blowing hot air. If this happens, don’t panic. Most problems with vehicle air-conditioning units can be repaired quickly. Depending on the cause, you can fix the issue yourself if you have automotive A/C knowledge, or an experienced technician can do it for you for more complicated problems. The following are possible reasons your vehicle’s A/C unit is blowing hot air. Your Vehicle Is Leaking Refrigerant Automotive refrigerant is a gas compresse ... read more

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Air Conditioning

Is Your Car’s Engine Failing? 3 Warning Signs You Shouldn’t Ignore

Is Your Car’s Engine Failing? 3 Warning Signs You Shouldn’t Ignore

You’re not imagining it: modern vehicles are lasting longer than they used to. Research from IHS Markit shows that the average age of cars on the road is 12.2 years. That’s a huge jump from 2000 when the average age was just 9 years. While vehicles are a lot more resilient now than they were in the past, they aren’t indestructible. Following the manufacturer’s maintenance instructions is as important today as it was before in preventing common engine problems and making sure your car, SUV, or truck runs smoothly for as long as possible. However, accidents, daily wear-and-tear, and skipping scheduled maintenance can result in your vehicle’s engine not performing as well as it should. To stay one step ahead of vehicle problems, keep an eye (and an ear) out for these comm ... read more

Check Engine Light Flashing: Causes and Fixes

Check Engine Light Flashing: Causes and Fixes

Content Overview What is a Check Engine Light?What Causes a Flashing Engine Light?How To Reset Check Engine LightWhy You Shouldn't Drive with A Flashing Check Engine Light A flashing check engine light usually indicates a severe issue that requires immediate car repair. Issues that cause the engine lights to flash include an engine misfire, a loose fuel cap, and bad oxygen sensors. Unfortunately, the check engine light flashing is something a lot of drivers tend to ignore. A study by the automobile research team of Reviews.com found that only 36% of drivers get their check engine light inspected within the week when it first flashed. T ... read more

How Long Does an Oil Change Take?

How Long Does an Oil Change Take?

It takes 30 to 50 minutes to have your car engine's oil changed at a repair shop. There are only four steps involved. Oil check – The mechanic checks your oil, lifts the vehicle, and removes the old oil drain plugs underneath the car. This might last around 5 minutes, depending on the mechanic's experience and tools.  Oil drain – They drain the old oil, which is usually the longest step in the process, taking about 15 to 20 minutes. Filter removal – Once draining is done, the mechanic removes and replaces the oil filters, which could last at least 10 minutes. Oil replacement – Fresh oil is then added to your engine. The old oil plug is replaced, and your vehicle is lowered. This part takes another 10 minutes. If an experienced professional is servicing your car, they might also check your vehicle's overal ... read more

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Oil Change
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