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Reasons Behind a Faulty Car Heater

Reasons Behind a Faulty Car Heater

Have you ever tried to start your car and had to turn it off because your car heater is not working? It can be a frustrating situation to deal with especially if you are stuck in a cold area in the middle of winter. Your car's heating system is tightly connected to its cooling system, therefore a minor issue with just one component can quickly evolve into a much more serious issue with the other. Knowing exactly how cars heat up and how they work is extremely important, as is knowing what might be causing them to fail. A possible reason why your heater isn't heating up is because the coolant level in your radiator is leaking. Leaks in the coolant can cause your radiator to overheat and stop working. The first step to take is to open up your hood and check the coolant levels. You should determine whether the level is adequate according to the manufacturer's recommendations. If the coolant is inadequate, then add more coolant until you get the desired effect or take it to yo ... read more

5 Car Noises That Require Immediate Attention

5 Car Noises That Require Immediate Attention

Whenever you're in your car and you hear any noise come from your car's engine you know it needs immediate attention. It's never something you want to ignore or attempt to wish away; you want things looked at and taken care of. It's always helpful if you can have a slight idea of what the noise can be indicating is wrong or even if you can identify what the noise is. There are some specific noises you should be aware of so when you hear it you know to head directly to the repair shop! Five Noises to Listen For: Chirping or squealing in your engine. If you notice a squealing noise when you are accelerating or even when you start your vehicle there is a problem. There could be an issue with your accessory belt, or you may need a new serpentine belt. You may also have something wrong with your timing belt, fan belt or V-belt which all could be experiencing wear and tear.   There's a clicking, popping, or snapping sound. If you are hearing any ... read more

What are the Different Types of Brake Fluid?

What are the Different Types of Brake Fluid?

It is a known fact that your brakes are extremely essential to your vehicle. In knowing this, you need to make sure you are taking care of your brake system the best way that you can - this includes making sure there is brake fluid in your vehicle. Without brake fluid, you wouldn't be able to stop your vehicle. Your brake fluid is critical to the braking system of your vehicle because it is needed to perform its duty in all the right conditions. Many may not be aware, there are different types of brake fluid; here's what they are: DOT 3: This is glycol-based brake fluid and will be amber in color. It has the lowest dry boiling point you will be able to find.   DOT 4: If you have an international vehicle this may be what is used. It is glycol-based but it has a higher boiling point. It will cost more due to having extra chemicals in it. The performance early on is better, but the boiling point will drop quickly in later stages.   DOT 5: This is a silicone-bas ... read more

What Damage Can Speed Bumps Do To Your Vehicle?

What Damage Can Speed Bumps Do To Your Vehicle?

Short of those living in the Serengeti, most of us have encountered those ridges in the road to slow down our speed to keep pedestrians safe. While sometimes frustrating, those speed bumps do their job and don't damage your car when you cross them at the correct speed. The recommended speed going over those bumps is 5 mph. Yes, a mere crawl. The rule of thumb is that the higher the speed bump, you drop your speed to between 2 and 4 mph. Speed bumps can vary in height from three to six inches. While you may be tempted to accept the jostling and go over them at higher rates of speed, each time you do you are actively doing harm to your car's suspension, steering, alignment, and tires (and sometimes your exhaust). Suspension Your car absorbs road changes via shocks. Think of them as springy coils that normally go up and down gently. When you go over a speed bump too fast, the shocks absorb the weight of your car suddenly which can cause them to bend out of shape affecting ... read more

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