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What to Check After Hitting a Pothole

What to Check After Hitting a Pothole

During the course of driving on a local road or highway lies a monster in waiting. What are we talking about? Those dreaded potholes. No matter where you live you are bound to hit one. Even a small pothole can damage your automobile, but those big ones are surely a menace. Should you check your vehicle afterward? You bet you should. What are you looking for? Here is a brief checklist. Steering Troubles You will notice this without getting out of the car. Has your steering suddenly become difficult? Does the car want to pull to one side or another? If yes, this is a dangerous sign that requires a professional mechanic to fix it. Other steering problems you could now have are unusual vibrations in the steering column that was not present before hitting the pothole. Tire Problems Potholes can wreak havoc on your tires. You must pull over to someplace safe like a parking lot to check them out. Look for bulges, cracks, or puncture marks on the sidewall ... read more

What are the Symptoms of a Bad Catalytic Converter?

What are the Symptoms of a Bad Catalytic Converter?

Everyone with a vehicle has heard of a catalytic converter at some time or another… there are some that may even know a lot about a catalytic converter. While you may have heard of it or may know some things about it, are you able to know when you have a bad catalytic converter? There are some symptoms that you can be on the lookout for to know if you have a bad catalytic converter. In fact, there are 5 symptoms that you can watch for to know if you have a bad catalytic converter, or are on your way to having one. Symptoms of a Bad Catalytic ConverterRattling Noise: If you hear a rattling noise coming from under the vehicle this is a sign of a failing or bad catalytic converter. When you have a catalytic converter that is old or damaged internally it can be caused by an excessive amount of rich fuel mixtures. When this happens, the catalyst coated honeycomb meshes that are on the inside of the converter can break apart or collapse, which will ... read more

What are the Signs of Starter Failure?

What are the Signs of Starter Failure?

As its name implies, your car is not going to get very far if the starter is not working. This can be a frustrating experience to say the least. Everything else on the car might appear to be working great, including the battery, but yet you still cannot start it. There are some signs to look out for that would indicate you have a bad starter. What Are the Symptoms? There are several common signs that your starter is bad. Here are a few of them: Your Car Just Doesn't Sound Right If you hear a strange clicking noise when you go to turn the car on, this can be an indicator that your starter is going bad. This is why it is important to listen to the noises coming from your car as they can help you avoid getting stuck with a starter that has stopped working altogether. The Lights Come on But Nothing Happens You might notice that all of the lights on your dashboard come on, but the car just will not start. This is an indication that something is wrong with the starter. If that is t ... read more

What is an ASE Certified Mechanic?

What is an ASE Certified Mechanic?

If you're in need of automotive repairs, then you want to turn to the right mechanic. There's nothing worse than shelling out large amounts of money for a complicated fix only to find the mechanic messed up somehow, or worse - not finding out until the problem is even worse. ASE mechanics are mechanics that have received certifications from the National Institute of Automotive Service Excellence. This organization checks and certifies mechanics and automotive shops and determines whether they're up to par in order to be ASE-certified. What Is So Special About Being ASE-Certified? If your mechanic is ASE-certified, then you know they have at least two years of relevant, hands-on work experience and have passed several exams proving their skill and knowledge. The NIASE hands out certifications in a number of areas surrounding automotive repair, including engine repair, manual drive trains and axles, and vehicles that make use of compressed natural gas. If ... read more

How to Prolong the Life of Your Car

How to Prolong the Life of Your Car

Prolonging the life of your vehicle is not as difficult as it may seem. Here are different tips you can follow to ensure your car lasts many years with little to no problems. Lubricants Your car needs lubricants to help your car travel for miles. Essential fluids your car needs include brake and transmission fluid, differential fluid, and power steering fluid. Friction is not your car's best friend. Friction can cause a variety of issues, oftentimes expensive problems, with your vehicle. Check the Air Filters Your car's air filters need to be as efficient as possible to filter out solids and other impurities that can potentially damage the cylinders in your car. Your car burns fuel inside the cylinders, which helps it run. Without proper, effective air filters, debris can enter the cylinders and cause massive damage. Regular Engine Tune-Ups The engine is the heart of a car. If you want your car to last a while, you need to ensure you are properly caring for its engine. Re ... read more

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