A blown head gasket is not something you want to have happen with your vehicle. There are any number of reasons it can occur (coolant leak, leaking oil or loss of compression). While a blown head gasket could mean the end of a car engine, there is some good news – with proper maintenance, it can be avoided. Read on to learn more.
Hybrid cars are fuel-efficient and eco-friendly, but some of the repairs can be quite costly. That’s why it’s a good idea to know what some of the more common hybrid repair issues are so you can take the necessary maintenance measures to avoid or at least minimize the costs associated with them.
Have you ever gotten into your car on a hot summer day and found out the air conditioner wasn’t working? Not pleasant. In fact, it can feel downright miserable, especially if you are heading to work or a special event. Read on to find out what might be causing the problem with your car air conditioner and what you should do to get it fixed so your summer driving is a comfortable experience once again.
You can’t avoid car repairs, but you can minimize the likelihood of experiencing some of the more expensive car repair items. Much of the prevention for major ticket item car repairs has to do with having your car maintained regularly. Read on to find out how you can properly maintain these expensive vehicle systems so you can keep your car running safely and efficiently for the long haul.
Your car is quite sophisticated mechanically, but it’s usually pretty easy to know when something is wrong. There are warning lights on your dashboard and then there are your own senses. Sights, smells and sounds all play important roles in alerting you to car problems. Engine knocking is just one of the signs there is a problem with the car engine. You may also notice a decrease in engine power and a loss of fuel economy. If you ignore the sound and keep driving your vehicle, in time, serious engine damage can occur. Find out what causes the knocking and what you can do to prevent it from happening by reading on.
If you’re driving and your brake warning light comes on, do you know what to do? With so many lights on a vehicle dashboard, you may not always know what a particular light is trying to tell you. A “red” brake warning light can mean there is a serious problem with your braking system that would require immediate action. Read on to find out why the light comes on and what you should do about it.
Every time you start your car, your catalytic converter gets to work removing the pollutants from the vehicle exhaust. It’s a small part that packs a big punch if you need to have it replaced. That’s because it contains a catalyst that’s made up of expensive metals, typically platinum and palladium. There are some things you can do as preventive maintenance. It’s also a good idea to know the signs and symptoms of a catalytic converter that is failing.
When it comes to fluid flushes, there seems to be some confusion as to whether or not they are needed. Considering the fact that engine oil, transmission fluid, steering fluid, brake fluid and coolant are all vital to the operation of your vehicle, they should be maintained on a regular basis. So, yes, fluid flushes are necessary. These fluids are designed to protect the various engine systems. As you drive your vehicle, the fuels begin to break down and they don’t protect like they should. This, in turn, leads to more wear and tear on your engine parts causing the potential for breakdowns while reducing the life of your vehicle. But how often should you have the vital engine fluids flushed and replaced?
If we told you that by making a commitment to regular preventive maintenance, you could double, or even triple, the lifespan of your vehicle, would you be interested? Buying a new car is a pretty steep investment. By committing to regular car maintenance with the idea of keeping your vehicle on the road for as long as possible, you will not only eliminate that expensive car payment, you will also save money at the pumps and on unexpected car repairs. If that sounds great to you, here are 8 things you can do to increase the life of your vehicle.
It’s cold outside so you bundle up. Not doing so, would lead to some pretty bad consequences. The same thing happens when you don’t prepare your car for the colder winter weather. By taking some car care measures, you can better protect your vehicle and avoid these common winter car problems.