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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

Common Vehicle Sounds That Indicate Trouble

Common Vehicle Sounds That Indicate Trouble

The sound from a vehicle can help you determine the problem. If your car has a clicking sound, that's a sign of an engine knocking. If you hear grinding or squealing sounds, it could be related to drivetrain components. Different vehicle sounds can indicate trouble. They include engine noise, squealing brakes, a thumping sound, a clanking sound, and others. Some of the common vehicle sounds that indicate trouble include: Engine Noise The sound that comes from the engine can range from a constant hum to a roar. It could be a leak or something more serious like a blown head gasket. Squealing Brakes A high-pitched squealing sound could be due to worn brake pads. Brake pads typically wear out over time, causing some friction on the rotors, which can cause noise and heat build-up. However, it could also be uneven tire wear, inefficient brake lining, or even a clogged oil. Thumping Noise The causes for thumping noise include, improper tire pressure, worn-out shock absorber, inadeq ... read more

Get Your Vehicle Ready for Spring

Get Your Vehicle Ready for Spring

As winter shifts into spring, it's time for Burnt Hills drivers to consider getting a few maintenance items. If you want to cruise without worry, proper care is needed. But before you can be approached by the warm breeze again, here is what your car may need: Oil and Filter Change Some people like to opt for a thinner oil for the winter months and a more viscous one for the summer months. Even if you didn't do much driving during the winter, your oil might be going bad. You should check your oil level and condition and head over to the auto repair shop if things don't look up to standards. Change Windshield Wiper Blades The saying goes, "April Showers, Bring May Flowers." April sees the most rain in many parts of the US, and New York is no exception. Getting caught in a thunderstorm with dull or ineffective wiper blades isn't a sight to see. You should replace them every 6 to 12 months for good visibility. Top Off Fluids Your car has various fluids that ... read more

How Often Should I Change My Car's Motor Oil?

How Often Should I Change My Car's Motor Oil?

When figuring out how often you should get your oil changes, you can always look in your owner's manual. This book is considered the most trusted resource for what your car precisely needs. However, in brief, you can approximate your oil change intervals by the age of your vehicle and the type of engine it has.  Oil Changes for Older Vehicles Typically, automobiles built more than a decade ago with simple engine designs use conventional motor oil. This traditional oil needs to be swapped out around every 3 months or 3,000 miles. Some manufacturers might allow a couple thousand more miles, recommending a 5 month or 5,000-mile interval. What May Necessitate More Frequent Oil Changes? You may require an oil change more frequently if your driving conditions fall under the following: Frequent short trips <5 miles Extreme temperatures or dusty environments Often operating in stop-and-go traffic Towing or hauling heavy loads Oil Changes for Newer Vehicles Many modern vehi ... read more

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