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Reasons Behind a Faulty Car Heater

Reasons Behind a Faulty Car Heater

Nothing is exasperating as a car heater that suddenly stops working in the middle of a drive during the cold season. As you tune your car for this winter, please don't ignore the heating system or assume it will continue working well as always. Your vehicle's heating is one of the most important components in the cold season, and you should exercise due care. While there is no specific warning for a faulty car heater, you should know the main reasons behind a failing heating system. There are different repairs, depending on the cause and problem detected. Rather than wait and suffer in the bitter winter cold, ensure your car heater is well inspected in advance. Causes of Faulty Car Heater Different reasons cause heater failure in your vehicle and understanding these factors will save you from unpleasant surprises in those unfavorable weather conditions. Let's take a look at these causes. Faulty Thermostat A defective thermostat is one ... read more

Fall Car Maintenance in Denver, CO

Fall Car Maintenance in Denver, CO

It's officially sweater weather, and before you know it, you'll be bringing out your heavy coat. While fall is a season full of adventure and comfort, it can also bring seasonal driving hazards such as slippery roads and wildlife encounters. Here are some of the threats you may face driving in the fall and how to handle them with grace! Falling Leaves The fallen autumn leaves can make the roads more slippery, especially when it rains. They can also hide things on the road like traffic lanes, potholes, or bumps. If you see a blanket of leaves covering the road, make sure you proceed with caution and lower your speed if needed. Wildlife-Vehicle Crashes Fall is the peak season for animal-vehicle collisions, especially during sunset and sunrise. Be sure to drive slowly in areas with deer crossing signs. If you spot a deer, elk, or fox ahead on the road, flash your high beams to try to get them out of the way.  Shorter Days With the days growing shorter, most motorists wi ... read more

Tips for Nervous Parents with Teen Drivers

Tips for Nervous Parents with Teen Drivers

As parents, we have an instinct to get nervous when our child takes on new responsibilities. And if you have a 15, 16, or 17-year-old getting behind the wheel, it can be nerve-wracking. They are learning and inexperienced, after all, which poses more risks for them. Here are some tips we have for parents with a teen driver: Don't rely solely on driver education High school drivers' ed class may be convenient to learn driving skills, but it doesn't always result in safer drivers. Parents should do a little teaching of their own and set good examples when they drive. This will reinforce the lessons your teen may have learned in class. Restrict passengers Having too many passengers, especially other teens, in a vehicle can distract a beginner driver and lead to peer pressure into taking more significant risks. The best policy to have is to restrict teen passengers at the beginning of their driving journey. Practice driving with them We highly advise that you play an acti ... read more

Can Engine Oil Expire?

Can Engine Oil Expire?

Can motor oil go bad sitting in the engine for six months or even a year, even if you don't use the car? The answer is: it depends, but yes. When making an oil selection, you should note the dates listed on the oil container.   Your car's engine oil is intended to keep your engine parts lubricated. This prevents the pieces from rubbing against each other, reducing any friction that leads to wear and tear. When you use your vehicle over time, the exposure to heat and high pressures will cause your oil to deteriorate. Other outside contaminants can also make your oil turn dirty and inefficient.   Your car's motor oil longevity depends on various factors, including the type of oil you use. Conventional motor oil is more likely to break down much quicker at high temperatures, whereas synthetic oils last longer due to their additives.    How Can You Tell When Engine Oil is Expired? Here are some easy steps that can help you conclude whether your car en ... read more

What Are the Signs of a Bad Starter?

What Are the Signs of a Bad Starter?

When the starter in your vehicle starts to go wrong, it's terrible news. Besides the unmistakable sign of not being able to go anywhere, what are the other signs of a bad starter? We are going to cover several symptoms today that can indicate you have a failing starter. If you can detect these signs, you may be able to avoid being stuck in the middle of nowhere.    What is a Starter? Your battery powers the starter, and the purpose of the starter is to engage the engine and get the vehicle going. The starter comprises two parts: the primary motor and solenoid. The primary motor turns the crankshaft and starts the engine, and the solenoid (or relay) engages the starter's drive gear and closes the main motor's electrical connections. If either one of the two parts stops working at any given time, you cannot move your car without a jumpstart or tow. A starting problem can be caused by poor maintenance or normal wear and tear. As you can guess, a starter gets a lo ... read more

Do I Need a Timing Belt Replacement?

Do I Need a Timing Belt Replacement?

Your vehicle's timing belt is a fundamental part of the engine that often gets overlooked. This rubbery piece is responsible for synchronizing and regulating the rotation of the crankshaft and camshaft. Without this pivotal part, the engine valves would not open and close at the proper time. The belt has teeth or ridges to provide consistent movement. If the timing is damaged or the timing belt connection is insufficient, it could spell disaster for your engine. For instance, the pistons can hit the valves, causing irreversible harm to the engine. The timing belt must be correctly fitted and be kept in good condition.   Common Causes of Timing Belt Failure There are various ways a timing belt can fail. Those include: Stripped teeth on the strap Unraveling of the belt's fiber  Belt breakage (most uncommon situation) Incorrect belt tension—too tight or too loose Signs That a Timing Belt Needs Replacement There are several signs that may indicate that your ... read more

Tips for Driving Safe On July 4th Weekend

Tips for Driving Safe On July 4th Weekend

Travelers are expected to drive for miles to various destinations to celebrate Independence Day Weekend with their friends and families. The 4th of July is usually one of the most dangerous days for road traffic and congestion. Drivers will be in a hurry to get to their destinations, and they'll be competing with other motorists and pedestrians. Therefore, it's crucial to practice road safety and be on high alert during the 4th of July to enjoy happy, memorable, and safe Independence Day celebrations. Check/Inspect Your Car's Overall Condition Before you embark on your journey, ensure that all your vehicle's major components are in healthy condition. Take the car for professional tune-ups, fluid flushes and oil change, lighting checks, AC servicing, and windshield wiper maintenance. That prevents any potential failures that can occur as you drive. Drive Home Early Avoid problems by driving back home early. Fourth July is a day when people celebrate, and a significa ... read more

What are the Symptoms of a Bad Catalytic Converter?

What are the Symptoms of a Bad Catalytic Converter?

The catalytic converter is one of the main parts of the exhaust system. Its place in the vehicle is between the muffler and the engine. The main function is to control and convert pollutants that would come from your car's exhaust into non-polluted air that is then discharged from the muffler. What are the Potential Issues of the Catalytic Converter? While the catalytic converter is a part of the vehicle that is meant to last for about ten years, it can become clogged, overheated, damaged, and contaminated. This can lead to the engine beginning to whine and cause a slug to it. Ultimately, if the catalytic converter dies, your engine could fail altogether. The contaminants that a catalytic converter may face are something of leaded gasoline. This type of gas is not found often in the US. So, in the United States what are the causes of catalytic converter contamination? The CC can become contaminated by coolant leaking, combustion, a faulty head-gasket, or even from engine oil. Th ... read more

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