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Why is my radiator leaking?

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Why is my radiator leaking?
To avoid catastrophic engine damage, it’s important to keep an eye on your radiator to handle any damage that may occur. The job of the car radiator is to remove heat from the engine to regulate the temperature and prevent overheating. The engine burns fuel which creates a large amount of heat. The engine has to cool in order to protect the entire system. The radiator handles the bulk of this job by keeping the engine running at the proper temperature. It’s important to check your radiator’s...
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Why does my car window not work?

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Why does my car window not work?
Having a car window that won’t roll down (or worse, won’t roll up) can become a nightmare. Diagnosing the issue and understanding how your window operates is the key to fixing this issue. Bolted to your vehicle in the form of a metal track is a window regulator. The regulator transfers the rotational movement of the crank handle or window motor. It then turns this motion into the vertical movement of your window. Owning a manually operated window as opposed to an electric one comes with a dif...
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Why is my transmission fluid leaking?

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Why is my transmission fluid leaking?
Transmission fluid acts as a lubricant and a coolant that transmits power from the engine to the transmission. Allowing contaminants to build up and failing to flush your existing fluid decrease the life of your transmission! So, what causes your transmission fluid wear and leak? Let’s take a look at some common factors. • Car Accidents and Body Damage: Car accidents, especially ones near your axles or wheels can produce a transmission leak. Your transmission is connected to a CV joint or dr...
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How often should I have my tires balanced?

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How often should I have my tires balanced?
Nothing can be more frustrating than a vibration that occurs at highway speeds. Balancing tires reduce tire wear and provide a smoother ride. Surprising enough, tires aren’t manufactured perfectly round. Sometimes even with new tires, weight isn’t evenly distributed. There are some spots on your tire that are heavier than others. When new tires are mounted on wheels, auto technicians use a high-speed spin balance to locate and eliminate vibrations. In some cases, small weights attach to the ri...
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Why does my heat/AC only run on one setting?

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Why does my heat/AC only run on one setting?
The blower motor powers the fan that allows hot or cold air to flow from the vents in your vehicle. It is the life of your HVAC system. Without air flow, you won’t have properly working heat or air conditioning. The blower motor is inside your dashboard, usually opposite of the steering wheel. So, what does the blower motor have to do with a fixed high air flow? The blower motor works in conjunction with a resistor. The resistor uses voltage to control the output speed of the blower motor. The...
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Why is my water pump leaking?

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Why is my water pump leaking?
The water pump plays a critical part in the function of your engine. It moves coolant flowing through the engine, radiator, and hoses to maintain the ideal operating temperature for your vehicle. Generally, the water pump’s 'powered by the serpentine belt and the crankshaft pulley. The water pump moves in a cycle. After leaving the engine it flows from the hoses to the radiator, cooled by the air movement from the radiator fins. Water then exits the radiator and enters the water pump once again...
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How often should I rotate my tires?

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How often should I rotate my tires?
For many people, tires are an afterthought, that is until a problem occurs. There are many precautions you can take to extend the life of your tires, and that begins with a tire rotation. Not only does a tire rotation extend the life your tires, but it also improves performance. When you get a rotation, each tire moves to a different position to establish even wear. Depending if you have front or rear wheel drive, your tires move from the back to the front or vice versa. Not only do you move tir...
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Why is my check engine light on?

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Why is my check engine light on?
The dreaded check engine light. Also known as the Malfunction Indicator lamp, it can be a nightmare for many drivers to see. Let’s find out some factors that lead to that neon orange symbol. Important to keep in mind is how wide-ranging the check engine light is. Anything from a spark plug issue to an aftermarket alarm could trigger the icon on your dashboard. It’s intimidating to see the check engine light cut on, knowing that an expensive repair could be around the corner. This causes many p...
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What are signs my rack and pinion is failing?

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What are signs my rack and pinion is failing?
The rack and pinion, also known as the steering rack, is an assembly in your vehicle that allows your wheels to rotate from side to side when you turn your steering wheel.   The rack and pinion got it’s from the type of gears used in the assembly.  A small pinion gear is connected to the steering wheel that connects with a long rack gear.  Connected to both ends of the rack is a tie rod that connects the steering arm on the spindle.  When you turn your steering wheel, it pushes the rack right o...
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What causes brake line failure?

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What causes brake line failure?
The brake line is arguably the most important part of the braking system.  When you use your brake pedal, the brake line uses hydraulic pressure to transfer brake fluid from the master cylinder to the brake calipers.  This action forces the calipers to clamp the rotors to slow your vehicle. Brake lines are generally made of steel.  Steel is ideal because it’s durable and able to withstand large amounts of hydraulic pressure.  Unfortunately, steel, like many metals, is prone to environmental dam...
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