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Monthly Archives: December 2015

WHAT DOES THAT FUNNY LOOKING WARNING LIGHT MEAN?

That funny looking light is very important to the safe operation of your vehicle and it shouldn’t be ignored. The light is part of the Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) that will illuminate if there is a problem with the system. Most vehicles today are equipped with sensors that are mounted in the wheels that transmit tire pressure to a computer in the car via radio waves. There are some vehicles that will have a TPMS sensor mounted in the spare tire. Other vehicles use wheel speed sensors to determine if a tire is under inflated. If the light comes on and stays on one or more of your tires may have a low pressure condition. If driving, you should pull over and stop in an area where you can safely inspect your tires to see if they look under inflated. If you have a flat tire, have your spare tire put on. If the tires look low or look OK, drive to a shop that can inspect and adjust your tire pressures. Don’t forget to have the spare tire checked. As we have said before, a ... read more

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Safety

WHAT IS THAT WEIRD NOISE?

You back out of your driveway in the morning and it is a little cool in your car. You then turn on the heat, change the desired temperature from cold to hot and you hear a ratcheting type of noise. This noise occurs for a few seconds, then stops. The next few days, you go through the same routine and there is no noise. Then all of a sudden, you change the desired temperature and the noise is there again. What is causing this noise? Noises can be a challenge to determine what exactly the cause is. Whenever you have a noise and you take your vehicle to your favorite mechanic he (or she) will ask you many questions in order to narrow their focus. Such as, is it cold or hot outside when you hear the noise? Is the car moving or sitting still? Do you hear it when making turns or going straight? What area of the car does the noise come from, the front, rear, right or left side, inside or outside? What kind of sound does it make? Can you describe the noise? In addition to asking these ... read more

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Mechanical

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YOUR CAR’S AIR CONDITIONING

We are used to having Air Conditioning (AC) professionals and even utility companies telling us that the AC systems on our houses need to be checked every year. This is important to maintain system efficiency and lower operating costs. Your car’s AC operates in a harsher environment then the AC on your house. The refrigerant system under the hood can see temperatures approaching 200 degrees. There is also vibration that the system endures when you car drives down the road from the engine and road surface. So it is important that you take care of your AC system so it can take care of you when it is so hot outside. So how often should the AC on our cars be inspected? The performance of the AC system on your car should be inspected once every year. Many of today’s modern automobile AC systems hold between 14 to 30 ounces or more of refrigerant (commonly referred to as Freon). Because of the harsh environment the system operates under, refrigerant loss can and does occur. This ... read more

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Air Conditioning
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