Yearly Archives: 2022

Why is my check engine light flashing?

Why is my check engine light flashing?

                  The check engine light is known as a pain to many drivers.  Seeing that amber light pop up lets, you know your car needs attention.  The check engine light appearing itself isn’t a death sentence.  A lit check engine light is vague, so it could indicate something as small as a loose gas cap or something more severe like a misfire or bad o2 sensor.  What about when your check engine light is flashing? Unfortunately, a flashing check engine light indicates you have a more serious problem.  The most significant difference between a solid check engine light and a flashing light is urgency and severity!   Less experienced drivers may ignore a check engine light because of how wide-ranging the issue could be, but if your check engine begins to blink, it’s a problem you can’t ignore.  If your check engine light is flashing, we highly recommend you pull over and ha ... read more

What is a catalytic converter, and what makes them so valuable?

What is a catalytic converter, and what makes them so valuable?

  Starting in the mid-70s, various governments wanted to reduce harmful emissions and lower the air pollution coming from our car. After about 20 years, the catalytic converter became essential for every vehicle exhaust system. The catalytic converter takes toxic gases and transforms them into a less harmful form.  Poisonous or harmful gasses such as carbon monoxide, sulfur oxide, and nitrogen oxide release into the atmosphere during the combustion process. The catalytic converter is a metal box located underneath your vehicle, usually attached to the exhaust pipe. The part gets its namesake from the scientific reaction taking place inside. A catalyst is any substance that causes a chemical reaction without being affected. Noble metals inside the converter, such as platinum, rhodium, and palladium, act as the catalyst in this case. These metals accelerate the chemical reactions, so it's much safer for the environment by the time it hits the air.  Several chemical ... read more

Why does a loose gas cap trigger a check engine light?

Why does a loose gas cap trigger a check engine light?

So, you're driving, and your check engine light pops up. Concerned but wanting to be responsible, you google what might have caused your light to turn on. You're shocked to learn that several sources state a loose gas cap can trigger a check engine light. So, what's the reason?  Let's start by stating that, yes, it's possible that a loose gas cap can cause your vehicle to trigger a CEL (Check Engine Light). The gas cap keeps dirt and debris from getting into your gas tank. As part of your EVAP (Evaporative Emissions control) system, it is responsible for preventing vapors from escaping your fuel tank. Not properly containing these harmful vapors ruin your fuel efficiency and the environment as well. Your wallet and the world take damage. Even in these expensive times we're in now; we frequently head to the gas station to fill up. These repeat trips of twisting your gas cap open and closed again will cause the seal in your cap to wear, where the problem ar ... read more

How a Car Thermostat Works

How a Car Thermostat Works

How a Car Thermostat Works Coolant travels through the engine and radiator, gaining heat as it moves along. The thermostat prevents coolant flow until the engine warms up to around 195-220 degrees. The thermostat responds to changes in the engine temperature.   If the engine temperature gets too hot, the thermostat opens to allow cool air to flow and cool it down. If the engine is already cool, the thermostat remains closed to stabilize the temperature. This happens because of a special thermostatic wax that expands when it reaches a specific temperature. Once expanded, this wax pushes on a rod to open the thermostat. Even though it's such a small part of the engine, the thermostat plays a huge role in preserving it. Allowing the engine to reach its operating temperature quickly saves it from wear, carbon deposits, and emissions. The thermostat allows the engine to work at its best and can improve fuel economy and help engine longevity. There are a few ... read more

10 Ways to Save Money on Gas

10 Ways to Save Money on Gas

                    There’s never been a better time to maximize your dollar at the pump with gas prices rising to all-time levels. Getting the best fuel efficiency possible goes a long way to help you and your vehicle. Here are a few tips that save you that hard-earned cash.  Regular Maintenance:  Several services can keep your car in top shape and save you tons of money.  Tire rotations, fuel induction services, and more will allow you to PLAN PLAN PLAN: It may appear to be a hassle but planning your trips and errands can save you a lot of money in the long run.  Combine short trips and travel to locations where you can accomplish several things at once.  Monitor how you drive: Speeding, braking, and rapid acceleration all waste gas.  So be mindful of your pedal. Keep an eye on your gauge: Tracking your fuel econo ... read more