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5 Car Noises You Should't Ignore

5 Car Noises You Should't Ignore

5 Car Noises You Shouldn't Ignore High-pitched squealing brakes The lifespan of the brake pads in your vehicle depends on your driving habits or the type of brake pads they are. Persistent, high-pitched squealing when applying brakes may indicate worn-out or thinning brake pads that need replacement. This is a safety issue that requires immediate attention to avoid decreasing your brake's stopping power. High-pitched squealing at the start of engine The sound of a high-pitched squealing at the start the engine infers a worn-out serpentine belt. A worn-out belt will begin to slip, making the squealing noise. You'd want to replace the belt early to prevent heavy steering (due to the loss of pressure from the power steering pump that is powered by the belt), or before it breaks, making your vehicle inoperable. Roaring during acceleration Roaring noise when accelerating suggests a hole in your muffler. A functioning muffl ... read more

Engine Filter vs Cabin Filter

Engine Filter vs Cabin Filter

Filters are a simple yet essential part of a healthy functioning vehicle. Each car uses two types of filters to prevent outside contaminants from entering inside our vehicle. While engine filters and cabin filters seem interchangeable, they serve different purposes but offer similar benefits. It's no surprise that we need clean air to properly breath, but the car engine does as well. For a vehicle to perform its best, it needs a proper amount of fuel, a spark, and air. If any of these aspects are limited, a car will struggle to perform. Both engine and cabin filters get clogged over time and will need to be regularly replaced. How do you know when it's time to replace them, and what exactly is the difference between the two? Below is a simple guide to engine and cabin filters to keep you informed before your next maintenance service.  The engine air filter. The engine filter prevents outside dirt, dust, and environmental contaminants from enter ... read more

5 Key Signs It’s Time for an Oil Change

5 Key Signs It’s Time for an Oil Change

Oil changes are affordable and straightforward; when performed at regular intervals, they can enhance performance and increase your vehicle's lifespan. While most drivers rely on mileage intervals to identify when it's time to have the oil changed, it's always best to inspect the oil first hand. Your oil can be low or degraded before the scheduled mileage change comes up, so it's crucial to check it visually. If your engine is overdue for an oil change, the engine can struggle to perform and eventually overheat. Below are five indicators to determine if your vehicle will need an oil change sooner than later.  Dirty Oil  Healthy oil is an amber color and free of any debris. As you drive, the engine oil gets darker and collects particles from inside the engine. The only way to check the oil's quality is to pop the hood and pull the dipstick out. Make sure to wipe it first, then reinsert it, pull out the dipstick, and inspect the oil. If th ... read more

5 Brake Warning Signs You Shouldn’t Ignore

5 Brake Warning Signs You Shouldn’t Ignore

The brakes are an integral part of a vehicle’s safety system. If the brakes aren’t properly functioning, you lose the ability to slow down or bring the car to a complete stop. Brakes have a lifespan that doesn’t leave much room for maintenance to be ignored. If it’s been a long time since the brakes were serviced, they’ll start to give clear signals that an inspection is needed. Below are five warning signs that your brakes need professional attention.  1.    The Brake Light Has Comes On The brake light can indicate you’re due for a service, or it can be alerting you to a problem. If your brakes have already been serviced, check that the parking brake is down.    2.    Spongy Brake Pedal If you step on the brake pedal and notice very little resistance, the brakes should be inspected. There could be air or moisture trapped in the braking system. There can also be a major problem with the master cylinder.  &nbs ... read more

DIY Car Repairs You Should Leave to the Professionals

DIY Car Repairs You Should Leave to the Professionals

Many drivers think of all the money they could save if they perform their own vehicle repairs. While this is great in theory, it falls flat on its face in practice. Most automotive repair jobs are just too complicated for the average person to do themselves, especially if they don't have any mechanical repair experience. Our mechanics have the certification and expertise to ensure that your vehicle is repaired correctly, the first time around. When it comes to repairs, you don't want to run into any mistakes risking your safety and other drivers on the road. Below are a few common DIY vehicle repair services that would best if they were left up to the professionals:  Replacing the windshield Windshield cracks are simple fixes, but full-on replacements should be left to the professionals. A windshield replacement is a complicated job with specialized tools. This isn't a repair you want to get even a little bit wrong, save it for the experts. F ... read more

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