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Why is my car burning oil?

Why is my car burning oil?

Why is my car burning oil? If you've followed along with our blog or any knowledge of cars, you know how important oil is. Oil is vital to the proper functioning of your engine. Oil lubricates several parts of the engine to prevent damage and keep it running smoothly. With such an important role, of course, you want to ensure that your oil is at its proper levels. So, why is your car burning oil? We first want to state that it's normal for cars to burn a slight amount of oil as part of engine operation. Losing a quart of oil per 1,000 to 2,000 miles (depending on the vehicle) is par for the course. It's also just as important to know the signs of burning oil and why. Bluish-white smoke coming from your car's tailpipe is a classic sign your engine is burning oil. The smell of burning oil is strong and would become noticeable if it occurred.   Now that we covered the how its time to examine the why. It's first important to check for leaks, which ... read more

4 Tips for Summer Car Maintenance

4 Tips for Summer Car Maintenance

  Nothing is better than a summertime family vacation or road trip with a good group of friends. Keeping your car in tip-top shape for the summer is vital for great days in the sun. With summer comes extreme heat, which can do a number on your vehicle.  So today, we want to review a few tips for Summer Car Maintenance.   Battery:  The heat the summer brings can oxidize and drain your battery. Heat is one of the primary causes of battery failure. Find an auto service you can trust, so you ensure your battery is in solid working condition.  Wipers:  Wipers lose their ability to protect you from the rain when they begin to crack and deteriorate over time. Pollen and high heat accelerate that process. Protect yourself from summer rainstorms by ensuring your wipers are crack free and working correctly.   AC:  I can’t think of many things that can ruin a road trip faster than poorly ... read more

Five Signs of a Failing Timing Belt

Five Signs of a Failing Timing Belt

Five Signs of a Failing Timing Belt The timing belt is a vital part of the engine that allows the crankshaft and camshaft to work in perfect harmony. Comprised of reinforced rubber with internal teeth to grip gears. Even with the industrial-strength rubber, the timing belt is under immense pressure, so it's important to know what to look for in case of failure. So here are 5 signs of a failing timing belt!    1. Engine Noise One of the tell-tale signs of a worn timing belt is a ticking sound coming from your engine. Low oil can cause a ticking sound to emanate from the engine  because the oil pressure controls the timing belt tensioner. Tracking the oil level can inform you if your ticking noise is compounded by low oil or a different issue.    2. Engine Misfiring The teeth that grip the gears may become loose as the timing belt wears. This causes the pulleys that operate the camshaft and crankshaft to o ... read more

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

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