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Should You Replace or Repair a Flat Tire?

Should You Replace or Repair a Flat Tire?

A flat tire can be noticeable as soon as it is struck with something, or it can be so minor that you don’t catch it for weeks. And the worst time to get a flat tire is if you just replaced them. Unfortunately, no matter how long ago your last tire replacement was, they can be impaled by pesky nails, glass, or other road debris. In what instances would you be able to patch the tire up or replace the tire altogether?   While this may seem like common sense, the solution depends on how damaged the tire is and nature of how it was damaged. When you bring your car to our shop with the flat, we will thoroughly inspect the affected areas and determine how large the puncture actually is. We may be able to patch it up depending on the location of the impact and how soon you got your vehicle to our shop.    Of course, repairing the damaged tire is a more cost-effective option than replacing the tire. But you should always consider safety first. We might ask you how long ... read more

8 Car Problems That May Be Lowering Your Fuel Mileage

8 Car Problems That May Be Lowering Your Fuel Mileage

With gas prices on the rise nowadays, vehicle owners have become more frugal when it comes to paying for gas. Moreover, we want our cars to be more efficient than ever. If you want to save money on fuel, consider checking out your vehicle’s health. There are many vehicle problems that can be bringing your MPG down. Here are 10 examples below: Underinflated Tires - If your tires are not up to the recommended PSI creates drag, which makes your engine work harder. If you want to maximize efficiency, make sure to regularly monitor your tire pressure.  Filthy Air Filter - If your air filter is dirty and clogged, the engine will have to overwork to get a sufficient amount of fuel. In other words, your vehicle needs a proportional amount of air to fuel to run efficiently. Faulty Oxygen Sensors - Oxygen sensors are responsible for managing the air intake and emissions output. If it stops working, it can lower your vehicle’s MPG. Failing Spark Plugs - Your spark plugs provi ... read more

What Are the Most Common Exhaust System Problems?

What Are the Most Common Exhaust System Problems?

Your exhaust system's structural integrity will determine your car's overall health and performance. The system's many components only work correctly when they all cooperate effectively. A system fails if even one component isn't up to standard with the others. Some of the signs that your exhaust needs to be checked include; Rust Rust is the one of the worst opponent that pose as great a threat to the exhaust system. Your systems might be more prone to rust if you take shorter journeys as compared to longer ones. Frequent short journeys cause water vapor to build up in the exhaust pipe, but they never reach a temperature where it can be burned off. This dampness will eventually rust, corroding your exhaust system from inside. In addition, if left untreated, the salt from the country's cold regions can cause corrosion. Loose parts Parts of the exhaust system frequently become loose over time owing to corrosion, wear & tear, or unexpected hits from dips or bum ... read more

How to Spot a Head Gasket Leak

How to Spot a Head Gasket Leak

A head gasket is an indispensable seal in your engine. If the gasket leaks, your engine could quickly overheat and cause extensive engine damage. A head gasket leak is a serious issue that requires immediate care. Read on to learn about what a head gasket leak is and what can cause it.   To fully understand the nature of the leak, you will need to know what the head gasket does. It essentially divides the engine so that engine oil and coolant can flow separately. The head gasket seals the combustion chamber and blocks any air from contaminating the cooling system. It also keeps water out of the gas tank. Typically, engine overheating and a blown or leaky head gasket go hand in hand. What Are the Signs of Head Gasket Leak? Coolant bubbling from the radiator Engine overheating Softer gas pedal Black exhaust smoke Rough idling Loss in engine performance Headlights flickering on and off  Puddles of coolant leak under the car If you suspect you need head gasket repair ... read more

How to Tell If Your Spark Plugs Are Bad

How to Tell If Your Spark Plugs Are Bad

Spark plugs are small metal components that are crucial to your engine operation. They're the pieces that ignite the air and fuel mixture when you start your car, and they're also responsible for running your car engine. Undoubtedly, you’ll notice some troubling signs when the spark plugs have worn down.  Car Starting Problems If your vehicle is experiencing difficulties starting, you may have faulty spark plugs. As a result, you may experience misfiring or a lit check engine light. Bad Fuel Economy If your vehicle's fuel economy is lower than normal, it can be because of an aging spark plug. A faulty spark plug will make the car work harder and use up more fuel. Difficulty Accelerating Even if you get your car to start, it may fail when you accelerate due to a bad spark plug. This can be dangerous, especially if you have to frequently merge on and off the highway.  Engine Overheating If your vehicle’s engine overheats, it could be due to faili ... read more

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