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Image of clean Fuel Injectors

When it comes to overall vehicle functionality, fuel injectors are critical components of an engine. This is true for compression-ignition engines and spark-ignition engines alike, across gasoline-powered vehicles and diesel fuel-powered vehicles as well.

In addition to automobiles, vehicles such as boats, ATVs, and even golf carts can have fuel injectors. There is even a fuel injector in that riding lawn mower of yours.

In short, a fuel injector injects fuel into the part of the engine where the combustion needs to happen.

When a fuel injector is clean and properly functioning, this injection process is quick and efficient, with a vehicle’s engine receiving the appropriate amount of fuel at the appropriate time.

Vehicle owners with solid fuel injectors should have engines that are running smoothly because they are being powered appropriately.

But, what happens when fuel injectors get dirty?

If you’re noticing issues like rough noises while your vehicle is in the idle position, rumbles [...]

5 Signs It’s Time To Get An Oil Change

How To Know When You Need An Oil Change
checking the engine oil level during an oil change
How To Know When You Need An Oil Change

Every responsible car owner knows that one of the most important maintenance steps that they need to take to keep their vehicle running quickly is to change the oil regularly. On average, you should change the oil every 3,000 miles, but the mileage depends on the type of oil and the age of your car. If you are not sure whether it is time for an oil change or not, you need to pay attention to certain signs. Here is a list of the most common of them.

 

checking the engine oil level during an oil change

 

 

5 Signs It’s Time To Get An Oil Change:

 

Unusual Engine Noises

The main purpose of the oil is to prevent the engine components from rubbing each other. However, if the oil is too dirty, [...]

Car mechanic man at the garage fixing the engine. Hands of car mechanic with wrench in garage. Close up hands of unrecognizable mechanic doing car service and maintenance. Auto Service Business Concept. Pro Car Mechanic Taking Care of Vehicle. Checking Under the Car Hood. There are 5 questions to ask your mechanic to make you feel confident in their work

For many people, a visit to the mechanic can be daunting. In fact, according to a study by Cooper Tires, 54% of Americans feel intimidated when dealing with a car mechanic.

The good news is, no mechanic expects you to be an expert when you bring their car into the shop. But if you want to feel more confident, here are some questions to ask your mechanic to make sure you are getting the service your vehicle needs.

 

Car mechanic man at the garage fixing the engine. Hands of car mechanic with wrench in garage. Close up hands of unrecognizable mechanic doing car service and maintenance. Auto Service Business Concept. Pro Car Mechanic Taking Care of Vehicle. Checking Under the Car Hood. There are 5 questions to ask your mechanic to make you feel confident in their work

Car Battery Needing a Jump-Start in Snow

When your car battery fails you, jump-starting it often solves the problem. While it might be a fairly straightforward process, jumping the can be dangerous if you do not take the necessary precautions.

The best advice, however, is that if you do not have experience jump-starting a car or are unsure about your skills, it is best to let a professional do it to avoid damaging either or both vehicles.

Nevertheless, we will let you in on all you need to know about how to jump start a car as it might be a situation where you will have do to it yourself.

 

Here are the tools you require:
  • A pair of jumper cables with rust-free clamps
  • Rubber work-gloves
  • A pair of auto repair-rated splash-proof safety goggles
  • Wire brush
  • Another vehicle with a battery that has the same voltage as yours and is fully charged.

 

 

Car Battery Needing a Jump-Start in Snow

There are only a few things that can bring more frustration than your car failing you in the morning. Cold weather can cause your car’s battery to malfunction, and some drivers may not understand why. However, by educating yourself on the facts, you will be able to avoid dealing with dead batteries during these frosty months.

In winter months especially, the sub-zero temperatures slow down the rate of chemical reactions required to fire up the battery and start the vehicle. Moreover, cold temperatures also make it hard for the engine to start thus making it require more power from the battery.

 

Additionally, below zero weather can freeze the battery. While a fully-charged battery is unlikely to freeze, one that is not fully-charged is susceptible to freezing. People also tend to use their cars much less during the cold months than in other times of the year. This is often what leads to a battery [...]

What Does the Transmission Do?

What is a transmission and what are the different types of transmissions?
automotive transmission

The transmission is one of the most important components of any motor vehicle. As the name implies, it controls and transmits power generated by the engine to the wheels. It controls the acceleration and deceleration of a motor vehicle smoothly, helping the engine to run at peak efficiency at all speeds.

Automatic Transmissions

Automatic transmissions come in several forms but operate in much the same way. The transmission includes a system of gears connected to the engine with a torque converter. When the driver places the vehicle in drive and pushes the accelerator, a system of bands and clutches is controlled by a hydraulic system to engage the appropriate gears as the vehicle’s speed increases. The process happens in reverse when the driver takes his or her foot off the accelerator and brakes. Some newer vehicles use an electronic control system to control the hydraulic system.

The other three settings on a vehicle with an [...]

Man's hands with red work gloves replacing changing brake pads
Don’t know how to tell when to replace your brake pads? Here are 4 signs that you need to replace your brakes.

Brakes are one of the most important parts of your car. For the safety of yourself and your passengers, it’s important to ensure that your brakes are always working correctly. One of the ways you can do that is to be on the lookout for signs of trouble.

While the brake light is the most straightforward way to be alerted to the need for brake maintenance, there are some other signs you should be on the lookout for.

1. You Are Hearing Strange NoisesMacs radiator wants to help you replace your brake pads

If you start to hear grinding, squealing or squeaking noises when you apply the brake [...]

checking if car air conditioning is cold, a way to tell if AC needs recharged

Your mechanic may bring up recharging your air conditioning with you if they notice your AC isn’t cooling your car properly. Your car may need that AC recharge if it is low on refrigerant, used by air conditioners to maintain cooling and pressure. A fresh batch of refrigerant, or Freon if your car needs it, will help your air conditioning system keep cool.

When you get your AC recharged your auto repairer will fill up your air conditioning system with a fresh batch of refrigerant to go along with any repairs your AC may have needed, and test your system to ensure your AC is cooling thoroughly. Typically your car shouldn’t need an AC recharge unless you’ve had other repairs to your AC system, but your mechanic will suggest a AC recharge to you if they feel your AC could use one.

Read Our Article: Car AC Not Blowing Cold Air: 12 Causes & Solutions

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car ac not blowing cold air

Your AC not blowing cold air on a sweltering day can feel unbearable. Hot air blowing through your vents could signal a minor or major issue. You could have a leak, clogged filter, cooling fan problem or some other issue. By knowing all of the reasons, you can better explain them to a mechanic or even solve them yourself.

 

Understand the Air Conditioning System

AC systems all run the same way, no matter the make and model of your car. Some systems may be more complex than others, but the basics are the same. The three main parts of the AC system are the compressor, condenser, and the evaporator.

\Refrigerant is the high-pressure gas that is compressed into a fluid. Your car’s condenser removes the heat from the fluid using a series of tubes. A dryer or receiver removes excess water to avoid ice forming inside the car. Refrigerants are exposed to the heat [...]

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