Monthly Archives: October 2018

Why is my check engine light on?

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 people to simply ignore the light. Ignoring signals from your vehicle won’t help you, and may lead to an even greater problem in the long term. Let’s go over a handful of the most likely problems. Catalytic converter: Helps protect the environment by converting carbon monoxide to carbon dioxide. Neglected maintenance will reduce fuel economy and performance.   Oxygen (O2) Sensor: Measures the amount of unburned oxygen in your exhaust system. Without repair, your veh ... read more

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 or left. The rack and pinion make it easier to turn your wheels and converts the rotating motion of your steering into the linear motion need to turn your wheels. So, what are signs that your rack and pinion is failing? There are a few key signs that can help you identify issues with your rack and pinion. The first identifier is a power steering fluid leak. Your rack and pinion lie at the bottom of your car, so a steering fluid leak may not always be the rack and pinion, but it’s definitel ... read more

What causes brake line failure?

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 damage. Moisture and road salt corrode the steel over time allowing the brake lines to weaken. Once brake lines become damaged, moisture has the ability to get into the braking system. This can limit your brakes overall effectiveness or cause them to fail completely! Safety is of the utmost importance. Here at Ferber’s Tire and Auto. Your brake lines are examined annually as part of the Virginia State Inspection. You can never be too safe. If your brakes feel off, or you want to get them ch ... read more

What is a multimeter?

What is a multimeter?

A multimeter is a handheld device that tests voltage, resistance, and other energy measurements. The term “multimeter” comes from the tool’s ability to measure multiple things related to electricity. It’s an invaluable device for technicians that can help diagnose electrical faults in cars. When troubleshooting an issue, a multimeter can be your best friend. Multimeters are used to learn about electronic designs, test batteries, and even diagnose circuits. They are made in analog and digital varieties and use leads and ports to test a variety of objects. It’s important to keep in mind that multimeters aren’t a tool exclusive to the automotive field. Engineers, scientists, and electricians all put multimeters to use for a variety of jobs. With so many uses and benefits, it’s no surprise the multimeter has been adopted by so many professions. If you have an electrical issue with your vehicle, the multimeter should be of use, so call a trusted au ... read more