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My Car Needs a Diagnostic!

My Car Needs a Diagnostic!

From time to time we will get a call into the shop from a customer asking for a Diagnostic for their car. We will always ask the caller what is going on with their car in order to understand the issue that they're concerned with. We get everything from a warning light being on to issues with how the car runs and even complaints about a strange noise their vehicle is making. Many times the caller has the impression that we have machine or tool that we can plug into the car that will tell us all of the car's problems. Unfortunately, there is no such tool. While today's modern vehicle has many sensors, computers and miles of wire, it can be very complicated to get to the root cause of a problem. The good news is that while there is no magic box that we can plug into your car, our mechanic has the tools that can communicate with the modules on your car. The tool, known as a scan tool, can give us information as to where the problem occurs. Many times a trouble code will be stored ... read more

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THE TIMING BELT: OUT OF SIGHT, OUT OF MIND

Many of today’s vehicles have at least one accessory drive belt or more under the hood this is visible under the hood and is easily inspected. The belt is responsible for driving crucial items needed for operation of your car or truck. They include the water pump, alternator, power steering and the very important air conditioning compressor. Another belt under the hood, the timing belt, is hidden under a cover at the front of the engine. This belt is often overlooked and is crucial to the operation of your engine. If the timing belt fails, the majority of engines will quit without causing any major damage. However, there are some engines that will suffer catastrophic damage that at times may require replacement of the engine. Refer to your owner’s manual to see if your engine has a timing belt or take your vehicle to a repair shop to find out. The maintenance schedule will indicate the replacement interval, which may be 60,000 to 90,000 miles or even 5 years

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Mechanical

AN EXPEN$IVE CHECK ENGINE LIGHT REPAIR

What do you do when the check engine light comes on in your car? Many people calling into our shop asking about the check engine light on their car explain that they have already checked the engine oil and the engine coolant, and the fluid levels are okay; So why is that light on, and can damage be done to the car if it is driven with the light on? The short answer is, it depends. Let me explain. The check engine light is designed to come on whenever the vehicle’s emissions levels have exceeded 1.5 times the Federal Test Procedure (FTP). The FTP is a series of emissions tests that the vehicle manufacturer must certify in order to show that their vehicles meet the standards set forth in the FTP. Many times when the check engine light is on, drivers remark that the car runs fine, and they will elect to not have the car looked at. This can be a problem, especially if the engine computer detects another problem that could cause the cost of operation of the car to increase and/or r ... read more

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Mechanical

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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