Monthly Archives: April 2022

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