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Signs That Indicate Your Brakes Need Service

Signs That Indicate Your Brakes Need Service

Your automobile's brakes are essential for your and your passenger's safety while driving. Effective brakes are needed to slow or stop your car on time. You definitely don't want to be in a situation where your brakes stop working, which is why drivers need to pay attention to their brake performance. We often get from customers: how do you know if you need brake service? First, you can look in your vehicle's owner's manual. You can find at what intervals your brakes need to be serviced. Another way to tell is by checking your brake performance. Usually, brakes will give off audible or visible signs that they need service. Here are several warning symptoms that indicate you have bad brakes: You hear squealing or grinding noises when applying your brakes Your vehicle veers to one side when you brake You feel the brake pedal vibrating as you press your foot down The brake pedal feels very soft or spongy  The brake pedal goes to the floor Changes in your u ... read more

What Are the Most Common Exhaust System Problems

What Are the Most Common Exhaust System Problems

The overall performance and health of your vehicle are dependent on the integrity of your car's exhaust system. The exhaust system comprises numerous parts that work together harmoniously, and failure in any of those parts result in system failure. Below are some of the most common exhaust system problems: Faulty Oxygen Sensor Most modern vehicles have numerous oxygen sensors—a malfunction in one is enough to confuse your car's system. If any of your vehicle's oxygen sensors fail, the engine's computer cannot create a perfectly balanced air-fuel mixture for combustion. This condition results in a fuel mixture high on gas and low on air, a hotter than required blend, or it can lead to a clog in the catalytic converter, causing further damage to your exhaust system and vehicle. Rust Rust is the worst enemy to the exhaust system. If you take several short trips, your system may be more susceptible to rust as water vapor collects in your exhaust system but does n ... read more

10 Steps on How to Winterize Your Vehicle

10 Steps on How to Winterize Your Vehicle

  Winter is coming, and November is the perfect time to winterize your vehicles before the hectic holidays. What does "winterizing" mean exactly? Well - if you keep up with regular maintenance, there is not much for you to do. Winterizing is just a simple term that means a comprehensive yet detailed vehicle inspection that should take place before the cold settles in to avoid more significant issues. Here is a list of ten items that Greenville, IL residents should take care of before the harsh winter! Battery – It should be tested (for a reasonable charge) and replaced if necessary. Fluids – Inspect and top off all your essential fluids, especially your windshield washer fluid. Try out winter-proof washer fluid if you worry that it will freeze. Wipers – Check the blades for tears and cracks. Ineffective blades will cause streaking and reduce your overall ability to see. 👎 Heating and Air Conditioning – Heat is an obvious winter must, but the ... read more

Why Is My Car Trembling?

Why Is My Car Trembling?

An aggressively shaking or vibrating vehicle can be pretty distracting and nerve-wracking to drive. You may find that it only ever happens when your vehicle goes over a certain speed, or it might be a constant feeling. If you're feeling unstable in your car, please do not ignore it! Any unusual symptoms with your car can indicate a problem and should be inspected by an auto professional as soon as possible.    Unfortunately, it can be challenging to give you a clear-cut explanation of why your car is feeling shaky. There is a long list of things that can happen to cause that uneasy feeling. Some may not be as serious, while others can be very hazardous. Below are some of the potential problems that can result in a trembling car: Lack of gasoline - If you're running low on fuel or have an issue with your fuel injectors or fuel system, your car may feel jittery. You should check out fuel problems as soon as they arise. Old spark plugs Faulty driveshaft or CV joints ... read more

How Important Are Your Vehicle's Belts?

How Important Are Your Vehicle's Belts?

Your vehicle is comprised of over 30,000 parts. Many of them need regular maintenance, especially the parts made of rubber, such as your belts. Both the timing belt and the serpentine belt play a significant role in your vehicle's performance.   Serpentine Belt Serpentine belts are responsible for the functionality of the power steering pumps, cooling fans, injector pumps, A/C, and a variety of other functions in your vehicle. They are the superman of belts because they can do it all! The serpentine belt wraps around and through several different components in your vehicle. It is made of tough rubber with a smooth side and a rough side. If this belt breaks, you will definitely be alarmed by a squealing noise. A broken serpentine belt may also put you at risk of engine overheating and complete failure of power steering functions.   Timing Belt The timing belt wraps and connects the upper engine to the lower engine. They are also known as camshaft belts because the t ... read more

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