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Types of Car Fluid Leaks

Types of Car Fluid Leaks

  Leaks can occur at any time in your vehicle but how do you identify a leak and whether or not it is a serious issue? Oil Leak An oil leak will present itself as a black puddle. Leaks most often come from the oil pan or a number of gaskets in the engine. An oil leak will result in low oil levels, and low oil levels will result in engine damage so it is very important to get this rectified as soon as possible. Transmission Fluid Leak Red liquid coming from the front or middle of your vehicle is a sign of transmission fluid leakage. You can check your levels yourself using the dipstick to be sure. It can sometimes happen from a cracked fuel line or broken seal. Do not drive it, instead, you should have it towed to your local auto repair shop for inspection and repair. Coolant Leak Coolant leakage is bright green, orange or pink and has a very sweet smell. It is a symptom of a crack in your car's cooling system. Low coolant levels can ultimately do quite a lot of damage t ... read more

What Happens If Air Gets Trapped In My Brake Lines?

What Happens If Air Gets Trapped In My Brake Lines?

Your brakes are the most important safety components for your vehicle. You would not be able to slow down or come to a full stop without them. For something necessary to secure your safety, you should not let your brake components and fluid go bad. If you know a thing or two about cars, you'll know that air and moisture are the biggest threats to your brake health. If it contaminates your fluid, it'll reduce your braking capabilities and present other hazards. Below are the signs that indicate you have air in your brake lines: Spongy or mushy brake pedals  Ineffective braking/Lagging braking response Loose brake pedal Driving with air in your brake lines is very dangerous, which is why you must visit a trusted auto repair shop to have them fixed promptly.    Fortunately, engineers have made the brake system very securely enclosed. However, leaks can still occur from natural wear and tear. To stop the problem, a professional mechanic has to bleed your brakes ... read more

Running Like New

Running Like New

From Residue to Running Like NewHow a Fuel System Cleaning Can Restore Your Engine Whether you put too much food down the garbage disposal (we prefer composting), too many leaves fall into the gutters or grandma's famous tuna casserole left your oven covered in an unknown greasy substance, things stop performing at their optimal level unless they're cleaned. The same is true for your car's engine. Residue gets left behind in your engine every time you turn off your car. Any time an engine shuts down, it goes through a 'hot soak'. A hot soak is when your engine is still producing heat and there is no air flowing through it to cool it down. During the 'hot soak' period, fuel residues become thin deposits called gum and varnish. with time, these this residues accumulate and bake into rock-hard carbon deposits, which can be very difficult to remove. The hard car ... read more

Being "Cool" Again

Being "Cool" Again

Coolant System Explained (Part two of two)Last week we discovered a pool of ‘green blood’ under the car…Is it an Alien’s? As we learned in Coolant System Part 1, that "green stuff" is not some weird alien blood (although to some, a car may seem like an alien)! It is anti-freeze – also known as coolant. What does Coolant do? Coolant performs a number of important roles in keeping your vehicle on the road. Its primary function is to cool engine parts around the cylinder walls and cylinder head where your car’s fuel is burned; that is, where combustion takes place. The engine needs coolant circulating through it continually; without it, the combustion chambers reaches temperatures over 2,500 degrees Fahrenheit (RED HOT, in other words). Its secondary responsibilities are to heat the inside of your car (via the heat ... read more

How "Cool" Are You?

How "Cool" Are You?

Coolant System Explained (Part one of two) Imagine; you've finished your food shopping, go out to put your groceries in your car and you notice a small river of green liquid oozing from underneath. “Yikes! Is that green stuff coming from my car???”There’s a pool of ‘green blood’ under my car…Is it an Alien’s?...Should I be concerned? That "green stuff" is not some weird alien blood (although to some, a car may seem like an alien)! It is anti-freeze – AKA coolant. GET THAT LEAK FIXED right away if you are concerned about keeping your car running, and or about keeping the environment and or animals safe! The loss of coolant often leads to overheating of your vehicle’s engine. Coolant smells and tastes sweet. We DO NOT recommend tasting your coolant – NEVER taste it – but you need to know that animals are attracted to the swe ... read more

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