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Why Do Warning Signal Lights Blink Fast Sometimes?

Why Do Warning Signal Lights Blink Fast Sometimes?

Every car comes equipped with warning lights, and thank goodness, they do. It would be amazing if our vehicles could talk to us and let us know when something is wrong, but in a sense, they do… they set off a warning light letting us know there is an issue at hand. Whenever you have your lights blinking fast it means something; your vehicle is letting you know there is an issue. Here are some things that can be meant when you are experiencing your lights blinking fast. Dashboard lights will begin to flicker fast when there is an issue with your alternator. Generally, your alternator doesn't need much attention it is extremely important that you know when it is beginning to decline. Whenever the dash lights flicker, the headlights seem dim, your battery doesn't seem to stay charged, there are odd sounds coming from the belts or your battery, or your vehicle seems to stall there is an issue with your alternator. You may also have an issue with your starter. That is someth ... read more

What are the Symptoms of a Bad Brake Rotor/Disc?

What are the Symptoms of a Bad Brake Rotor/Disc?

Symptoms Of Bad Brakes Rotor/Disc? If you've ever felt your steering wheel or your brake pedal shake/squeal when you tried to slow down or come to a complete stop, then you've just discovered a symptom of a bad or broken rotor/disc. Reasons For Bad Brake Rotors/Disc There are a few reasons for your brake rotors/discs to go bad. The most common reason for a bad or broken disc/rotor is overheating from excessive brake use. Like when you are going down a mountain road.   Applying your brakes too hard while you're traveling over 35 mph. Applying the brakes with such force causes the rotor to overheat when the friction from applied braking creates enormous heat causing the metal to expand and warp.   Letting your brakes go too long without changing them will also cause brake rotors/disc to wear down and grind the material off which could even cause the rotor/disc to explode.   Old Brake caliper hoses can deteriorate over time causing itself to internally ... read more

How Can I Save Money on Gas?

How Can I Save Money on Gas?

Most modern vehicles nowadays are designed to utilize fuel more efficiently. Yet, it is every car owner's chief intention to maximize the savings on fuel cost. Fortunately, these tips and tricks can help you get some price relief on fuel costs. Fuel-efficient Driving Practices Avoid revving the engine- accelerating gently and moderately consumes less fuel in comparison to flooring the accelerator pedal or even accelerating too slowly. Drive at a constant speed- avoiding speed fluctuations and keeping it steady can reduce fuel consumption. Warming up the car is not fuel-efficient- idling uses up a lot of fuel and escalates your fuel bill. Ride-Sharing and Planning Carpooling avoids the extra cost of fuel for driving multiple vehicles. Having co-workers, students, or friends share a ride can save a lot of fuel, and at the same time, this practice is also environment friendly. Performing multiple tasks in a ... read more

How to Properly Maintain Your Vehicle's Tires

How to Properly Maintain Your Vehicle's Tires

There's a lot riding on your tires. They maintain traction on the road, and they absorb the shock of every bump along the way. Proper maintenance will maximize both the life and performance of your vehicle's tires. Tire Pressure Improperly inflated tires can affect both your fuel efficiency and how your car handles in various types of weather. Many vehicle monitoring systems alert you to a tire with low pressure, but it does not tell you which tire. Use an inexpensive tire pressure gauge to check your tires monthly and before long road trips. Recommended tire pressure levels can be found in your vehicle owner's manual and on a driver's side door frame sticker. Tire Tread Tire tread is the key to your vehicle maintaining traction on the road. For every mile driven, the tread is wearing away. To check for low tread, put a penny between the treads with Lincoln's head facing down. If you can see his scalp, it's time for a new tire. Most tires also have an indica ... read more

5 Common Reasons the Check Engine Light Came On

5 Common Reasons the Check Engine Light Came On

The check engine light isn’t always a welcomed surprise, but it is a helpful indicator that it’s time for your vehicle to have preventative maintenance. In a few cases, the check engine light may be alerting you to a simple fix. Its ambiguity can be frustrating and leave you panicked. To help bring more clarity to the check engine light, we have listed five common reasons the check engine light has come on.  Spark plugs Spark plugs send the needed spark to ignite the combustion process. While it would be nice if spark plugs last forever, they do wear over time. Work spark plugs will need to be replaced. If neglected, faulty spark plugs can cause a reduction in gas mileage and an engine misfire.  Oxygen Sensor The oxygen sensor measures how much-unburned oxygen is in the exhaust. This measurement is vital because too much or too little oxygen can damage your vehicle. If the oxygen sensor is damaged, the chec ... read more

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