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Types of Car Fluid Leaks

Types of Car Fluid Leaks

Like most people, you probably don't know much about car fluid leaks. Unless your car has recently sprung a leak, you may not even think about them. However, car fluid leaks are something that every driver should be aware of. There are several different types of car fluid leaks, and each one can have other consequences for your car. Let's learn more. Oil Leaks The most common type of car fluid leak is an oil leak. Oil leaks can happen for various reasons, but they usually occur when the seals or gaskets that keep oil contained in the engine wear out. Oil leaks can also arise from a crack in the engine block or an oil pan. You'll likely see a dark brown or black liquid dripping from your car if you have an oil leak. The leak will be most noticeable when your car is parked on a level surface. Oil leaks can cause engine damage and should be repaired as soon as possible. Coolant Leaks Another type of car fluid leak is a coolant leak. Coolant, also known as antifreeze, help ... read more

Does Turning on Your Car Heater Help with Engine Overheating?

Does Turning on Your Car Heater Help with Engine Overheating?

Overheating engines is a common issue during the summer months. Many people think that turning on the car heater will help cool down an overheating engine. However, this might be the case. The car heater actually pulls warm air from around the engine and circulates it through the cabin of the car. Ways To Cool Down An Overheating Engine There are a few things you can do to help cool down an overheating engine. Turn on the car's heater. This may seem counterintuitive, but the heater will actually help to circulate coolant through the engine. Turn on the car's fan. The fan will help to move air around the engine and cool it down. Open the hood of the car. This will allow heat to escape from the engine and will help to cool it down. Pour water over the radiator. This will help to cool down the engine by providing a source of cold water. Turn off the car's air conditioning. The air conditioning system puts a strain on the engine, which can cause it to overheat. Pull ove ... read more

10 Minute Pre-Trip Checklist

10 Minute Pre-Trip Checklist

If you're planning a road trip, it is important to make sure your vehicle is ready to go before hitting the road. The last thing you want to do is run into trouble in the middle of a road trip. Here are some pre-trip checkup points to go over before you make your way. Check all fluids - Make sure all of your vehicle's fluids are full and clean. Several fluids should be checked, including antifreeze, engine oil, power steering, brakes, transmission, and windshield wiper solvent. Check hoses and belts - A quick belt check can help you avoid a costly breakdown. A belt that snaps or cracks can cause failure in a number of different systems. Belts and hoses is a quick inspection for your local mechanic and replacing a belt or hoses before it breaks or snaps will actually save you a ton of money. Check the tires - Your tires should be properly inflated before any trip and should also be well balanced and aligned. If you notice excessive wear on one or more of your tires, your loca ... read more

Why Are My Windshield Defrosters Not Working?

Why Are My Windshield Defrosters Not Working?

On certain mornings in Stratford, NJ, you might have to crank up the heat and turn on your defrosters to get rid of the ice. Furthermore, the cold can create condensation on your windscreen, making it hard to see when driving. A functional defroster can eliminate those problems. All in all, many Stratford drivers rely on their defrosters this time of year.  Therefore, a malfunctioning heating and defrosting system can be a major inconvenience and concern. Below are some common problems that can cause your defrosters to stop working: Clogged fresh air intake - Your front defrosters need proper airflow to do their job. If one or more of your intake is blocked, it could impact the defrosters' performance. Faulty thermostat - An open thermostat that is stuck open can prevent your heater and defrosters from working.  Broken heater core - Like the radiator, this component has coolant flowing through it to provide your vents with heat. A damaged heater core will also make yo ... read more

Why Is My Steering Wheel Pulsating?

Why Is My Steering Wheel Pulsating?

A shaky steering wheel is never normal; in fact, it can be highly concerning. If you are uneasy and worried about your car, then the best solution is to take it to Desi Auto Care for an inspection. Luckily, the fix is usually relatively straightforward. Let's look at some of the potential causes of a vibrating steering wheel. Common Causes of a Vibrating Steering Wheel There are a few possible reasons for your vehicle's shakiness. Each issue comes with its auxiliary problems and concerns. If you suspect that you may have one of these issues, it is highly recommended that you mention your concerns to your mechanic. Unbalanced Wheels This problem is the most common cause we see at our shop for a vibrating steering wheel. Your vehicle's weight has not been correctly and evenly distributed if your wheels have been poorly rotated. The uneven distribution causes parts of your car to vibrate, especially the rod leading to your steering column. If ign ... read more

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