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What's Wrong with My Cruise Control?

What's Wrong with My Cruise Control?

Summertime means it's time for road trips! If you are an experienced road trip driver, you know that cruise control can be your best friend. The cruise control function allows you to drive at a steady speed. This feature gives your leg time to rest and enables you to maneuver the wheel easily. It can be pretty disheartening to come across this feature and have it malfunction. Without it, your drive will feel a lot longer. Below is a list of possible reasons why your cruise control function is broken.   Faulty Speed Sensor The speed sensor is the part of the system that determines how fast a car is traveling. Since cruise control requires a precise speed reading, cruise control will not work correctly if the speed sensor is impaired. A damaged speed sensor can also give inaccurate readings to the speedometer, which can be very dangerous for the driver. Controlling your vehicle's speed is fundamental, and without this function, you can find yourself with a speeding ticket ... read more

How to Safely Get Around the Bay Area on 4th of July

How to Safely Get Around the Bay Area on 4th of July

Independence Day is a symbolic and memorable day in the heart of every fellow American. This day is packed with patriotic spirit, and people tend to take this time of the year to spend it with family and friends. People will drive great distances to get to where they want to be. Did you know that the Fourth of July is the deadliest day to drive in the US, even more dangerous than New Year's Day? With that being said, here are several precautionary tips that will keep you safe through the Maryland traffic this 4th of July:   Tip #1: Map Your Route Before leaving the house, check your map or GPS and get familiarized with alternative shortcuts. There are plenty of smartphone apps such as Waze and Google Maps that show you the real-time traffic conditions. To avoid distractions, let a trusted passenger be your guide when you are en route.    Tip #2: Avoid As Many Distractions as Possible The most insignificant distractions cause vehicle accidents. Your eyes should ... read more

What Are the Symptoms of a Bad Catalytic Converter?

What Are the Symptoms of a Bad Catalytic Converter?

A catalytic converter is a part of the exhaust system. It works to reduce vehicle emissions and pollution by helping to convert the vehicle's emissions into gasses that are not harmful. When a catalytic converter does begin to go faulty, most likely your car will show one (or more) of the following symptoms. Reduced Engine Performance Since the catalytic converter is an essential part of the vehicle's exhaust system, it can negatively affect the vehicle engine's performance if it starts to have issues. If the converter is only clogged, it will limit the flow of the exhaust. However, if the catalytic converter is cracked, it could potentially leak harmful gas. Both clogged and cracked converters can diminish engine performance, power, ability to accelerate, and fuel economy. Exhaust Has a Sulfur Smell When your vehicle's engine is running, a properly functioning catalytic converter changes hydrogen sulfide from the gasoline into sulf ... read more

Top Signs Your Cooling System Is in Trouble

Top Signs Your Cooling System Is in Trouble

A cooling system is important in maintaining your vehicle's health because after turning the key, the engine generates extremely hot temperatures. The cooling system comprises various parts such as radiators, fans, and thermostats designed to prevent the engine from overheating. Car owners are advised to check their coolant levels regularly when they are filled up with fuel. It's critical to ensure the cooling system remains healthy to avoid overheating issues, which exposes the engine to damage. The moment you note the five signs listed below, it's essential to start shopping for a new cooling system. Smoke From Underneath The Hood This is not a good sign. The moment you notice smoke coming out below the car hood, it's advisable to park immediately and check the vehicle. To lower the temperatures, you can add coolant to lower the temperatures, then go to an auto repair shop. If you don't take action immediately, you face serious issues such as a ... read more

What Are the Most Common Car Electrical System Problems?

What Are the Most Common Car Electrical System Problems?

To a layman, a car is made up of a complex connection of mechanical parts that move together to operate the car. Fill the gas tank, ignite the engine, and start driving. Technically, that's true. However, there is more to a vehicle than just moving parts. A car is a piece of machinery that also depends on a complex system of wires, fuses, and circuits. Like mechanical components, the electrical parts may also develop issues, and it is important to know them. Here are some of the common electrical issues you are likely to encounter if you own a car. Engine Starter Problems There are various reasons your car engine may fail to start. The most common is a faulty starter. The component is one of the major components in the electrical system besides the battery and the alternator. As its name suggests, it gets the engine started when you want to take the car for a ride. You might have a full battery and a high-performance alternator, but you won't move the car if the starter has ... read more

Is It Possible to Repair a Flat Tire?

Is It Possible to Repair a Flat Tire?

Tires aren't cheap and when you buy a new set, the last thing you want to do is replace one because it went flat on you. When you see that tire pressure go down fast, don't despair right away. Yes, you have an issue with one of your tires, but it may be something that you can have repaired. You might not have to get a whole new tire. It all depends on what is damaged on the tire. Flat Tire Causes Most flat tires are caused by tiny little things, like nails or screws. If you drive by new houses or other construction, you've probably picked up one or two in your tire. The good part about that is that most small holes, like those made with nails, can be repaired instead of causing you to replace the tire completely. But not every hole can be patched. If you have a hole in the sidewall of the tire, repairs are not recommended and you will need a replacement. This area flexes a lot when you drive and sealing a hole will loosen as you drive, which can cause an ... read more

Is Your Vehicle Showing Signs of a Leak?

Is Your Vehicle Showing Signs of a Leak?

Fluid leaks are common, especially if your vehicle is older. While not all leaks mean the car is in dire straits, they are trying to tell you to pay attention to your car. Most people know that when they see a rainbow on the ground under their car, it is likely leaking oil. But what about other possible leaks? Here are some other fluids and what they look like when they leak so you can diagnose it and get the vehicle in for service as soon as possible. Brake Fluid This fluid is a light brown and will usually leave a puddle near a tire. Your brakes are crucial to your safety so if you notice this kind of leak, get your vehicle services right away. Coolant Leaks The coolant is a bright green color, usually, but it could also come out as yellow or pink. It prevents your engine from overheating, so if you see this leak, get the car checked over so you don't have engine issues down the road. Transmission Fluids These leaks will look red or brown in color and when you see those ton ... read more

Common Exhaust Colors and What They Mean

Common Exhaust Colors and What They Mean

While it can be alarming, seeing exhaust coming from the tailpipe can be concerning. The color of the exhaust can give you critical insights into the health of your vehicle. Based on the color, you can determine whether everything is okay or if your car needs to be inspected. Staying informed can prevent you from dealing with costly repairs in the future. Below is a short guide on exhaust colors and what they may mean.   Gray Exhaust Smoke Gray exhaust can be challenging to pin down because various factors can cause it. The gray smoke may be mixed with the other listed exhaust colors or be solid gray on its own. Solid exhaust smoke can mean that there's transmission fluid burning. It's important to have your vehicle checked to prevent transmission failure. Blue Exhaust Smoke Blue exhaust is usually common in the morning when you first start your engine. This type of exhaust indicates that oil is burning. If the ... read more

5 Things to do If your Car Overheats

5 Things to do If your Car Overheats

Modern vehicles have cooling systems with sophisticated heat sensors and computer-controlled fans to keep your engine cool during all weather conditions. However, these components are not fool-proof and can eventually fail. Your vehicle can overheat if there are coolant leaks within the cooling system. Even a small leak can lead to increased engine temperatures. In other circumstances, if you skipped an oil change, the engine oil can be old and deteriorated, leading to the engine overheating. If the engine overheats, you'll be well aware. The check engine light will illuminate, and the engine will start to smoke. The car will lose power, and there will be a poignant smell. Overheating can be dangerous and cause long term damage to your vehicle. While we aren't always able to prevent our car from overheating, there are ways to avoid it turning into a costly repair. Below are three techniques to take if your vehicle is overheating.  Pullover when it's safe to do so.&nbs ... read more

Spooky Car Sounds to Look Out For

Spooky Car Sounds to Look Out For

Thanks to modern vehicle engineering, cars are a lot quieter and easy on the ears. Unless your music is blasting too loud, you should be able to notice any unusual vehicle noises. A new sound in your vehicle isn't something to celebrate as it typically indicates a mechanical problem. This October, turn your speakers down and listen for any spooky sounds coming from your vehicle. Below are five sounds to look out for during your next drive. Hissing Under the Hood If you turn off your engine and notice hissing under your vehicle's hood, it may indicate fluid is leaking. The engine is hot, and if it makes contact with any leaked fluid, a hissing sound will occur. Wait a few minutes and check under your vehicle for any coolant or oil. If the hissing sound persists, reach out to an automotive specialist. In some cases, leaks can cause overheating that results in engine damage.  Squealing When Pressing the Brake Squealing brakes are certainly a sound that ... read more

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