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What Does the TPMS Do?

What Does the TPMS Do?

You’ve probably seen or heard about the TPMS light before, but do you understand what it means, what it does, and what to do when the warning light comes on? Read on to learn more.     To start off, the TPMS light symbol is pretty recognizable – it is an exclamation mark inside of a circular figure that resembles a wheel. In some cases, it may just show up as the letters T-P-M-S. These letters stand for Tire Pressure Monitoring System.    This system is an advanced system comprising sensors in the cambers of each tire. They read your tire pressure and warn you when the tire pressure gets out of range. Usually, the light will come on your dashboard when it is underinflated at 25% below the manufacturer’s recommended PSI, or pounds per square inch.   The majority of vehicles on the road have this system because your vehicle can be in serious trouble when it runs on underinflated tires. To be specific, underinflated tires can: Acceler ... read more

Symptoms of a Failing Water Pump in Your Car

Symptoms of a Failing Water Pump in Your Car

Have you noticed puddling of antifreeze or coolant in parking spaces, garage floors, or driveways after driving your car or truck? This is one sign of potential water pump failure. Leaking coolant is one of the primary signs of an issue with your water pump or cooling system. How Does a Water Pump Work? Today's vehicle manufacturers design water pumps with either an engine-driven pulley system or an electric pump. Water pumps that use engine-driven pulley systems that rely on a network of belts, bearings, and hoses to circulate water and coolant between the engine and built-in cooling systems. Electric water pumps derive their energy from the electrical system instead of relying on the pulley system to circulate coolant. Signs Your Water Pump is Failing or Needs Service #1. Smoking and Overheating - if you see or smell smoke and your car or truck overheating, this is a clear sign there is an issue with your cooling system or water pump. Water temperature gauges will spill over ... read more

Expert Tire Rotations in Maryland

Expert Tire Rotations in Maryland

Why is Tire Rotation Important? Tires are the legs of your car. Without tires, you wouldn't be going anywhere. Tire rotation is the simple act of regularly changing the position of your tires from back to front and left to right. This small maintenance task can extend the life of your tires and make riding in your car safer and more comfortable. Many new tire purchases come with a warranty, but if you neglect to rotate your tires then it could invalidate any claims you might have in the future. Manufacturer's Routinely Suggest Rotating Tires Every 5000 Miles! Most car producers know how important it is to rotate the tire's positioning and that's why they recommend you getting your tires rotated every 5000 miles. Conveniently, that's about the same distance you should go before having an oil change and basic tune-up. What to Expect During Tire Rotation A quality tire rotation is the chance to really look at the health and efficiency of your tires. A certified t ... read more

How Often Do I Need A Timing Belt Replacement?

How Often Do I Need A Timing Belt Replacement?

The timing belt, commonly known as the cambelt, is important for the smooth operation of the camshaft and crankshaft of an automobile. It regulates the opening and shutting of valves in the engine by adjusting speed. The car's overall performance might be affected by the condition of the timing belt. When it starts to show signs of wear and tear, it could make other parts of the car's engine less effective. Timing belts have a lifespan of 90,000 to 160,000 kilometers. The recommended miles or years to replace the belt are specified by each car manufacturer. Even before the indicated time frame, the belt may begin to show indications of wear and tear. It's critical to pay attention to these signals and replace the belt as soon as possible. Rattling noise when starting or idling the engine When the engine first cranks, a loud humming noise comes from the timing belt. The most common sound is a high-pitched grinding, screeching, rattling, or ticking. This signifies that the ... read more

Top Signs Your Vehicle Needs Brake Service

Top Signs Your Vehicle Needs Brake Service

Certain individuals have a proclivity for deferring auto maintenance, even when evident problems exist. While this behavior may not jeopardize your safety if the radio is out of commission or something similar, it is critical to see the auto shop if there is a driveability issue, particularly with the brakes. Because your vehicle's brakes are its primary safety feature, it's critical to maintain them in order for them to protect you. If you see any of these frequent brake failure indications, schedule an appointment with your mechanic immediately. Noises that grind When you slow down, strange noises from the brakes usually signal the brake pads have worn thin and metal is grinding on metal. The noise could be described as howling, grinding, or whining, but whatever it is, it always signals danger. Brake Pedal That is Soft A soft brake pedal indicates that the brake pads are worn out and should be replaced. However, much larger, far more hazardous issues could be the source ... read more

How to Prepare Your Vehicle for the Spring Season

How to Prepare Your Vehicle for the Spring Season

Get your car ready for the spring season with our ultimate guide. From getting a tune-up and check-up to fixing any broken parts, we've got you covered. Inspect Your Vehicle Before anything else, it's essential to make sure your vehicle is in good condition. Ensure all the lights and gauges are working, the brakes are operational, and the tires are inflated to the recommended pressure. Check if your windows are working well and your car's AC is in perfect condition. You should also check for any dents or damage—this can indicate underlying issues with your car that you need to take care of. Check Your Exterior Lights and Windshield Wipers Exterior lights and windshield wipers should be checked for proper function and alignment. If they aren't working correctly, you'll need to get them fixed. Worn out wipers should be replaced with new ones, to avoid malfunction and scratches on your windshield. Take this time to also wipe your car's windshield clean wi ... read more

How To Keep Your Car Battery Healthy

How To Keep Your Car Battery Healthy

Like the engine, a vehicle battery is another car part that often overworks itself. A good, working battery is necessary to start your engine; if it dies, you can count on going nowhere. Therefore, maintaining a car battery requires you to keep it charged and free of corrosion. Below are some essential tips and tricks to protecting your car battery: Keep It Clean - Dirt, dust, and other contaminants can put your battery at risk. You should get in the habit of wiping it off with a clean rag. If you notice corrosion on the battery, use a baking soda and water mixture to neutralize the acid. Doing this will prevent the decay from draining its power. Run the Battery If You Know You're Not Driving - When you park your car for an extended period, please make sure to let the engine run for several minutes. This will recharge the battery and prevent sulfation.  Avoid Intense Exposure to Heat - Heat is the number one enemy for batteries. If you live in an area with hot summers, plea ... read more

Is It Safe to Continue Driving with a Tire Bulge?

Is It Safe to Continue Driving with a Tire Bulge?

If you start noticing a bubble-like look on one or more of your tires, you may have concerns about whether it is safe to drive your car. Unfortunately, tire bulges are an extreme safety hazard. Tire bulges are often a tell-tale sign that something has damaged the structure of the tire, which could increase your chances of a blowout on the road. To fully understand a tire bulge, we should start by what caused it in the first place. Causes of Tire Bulges A tire bulge occurs when the inner portions of the tire become damaged. A common cause of damage results from colliding with road hazards like potholes, debris, or curbs. Additionally, overinflated and underinflated tires can cause tire bulging as well. In very few cases, the bulging can happen due to a manufacturer error. To better get a sense of what caused your tire bulge, you should seek professional help from the experts at Bay Area Tire & Service Centers. Driving on a Tire Bulge Since the tire's structural integrity is ... read more

What To Do If Your Car Gets Stuck In Deep Snow

What To Do If Your Car Gets Stuck In Deep Snow

With winter here, you might find your car stuck in a big pile of snow or slipping on sheets of ice. Luckily, Bay Area Tire & Service Centers has a few tips and tricks up our sleeves that can get your automobile free and moving in little to no time.  Tip #1: Create a path around your tires If your tires are spinning in snow, you should try to dig some of them away from the tire. Doing so will free up space so your vehicle can move the car back and forth. This is especially important for you to do if your tires aren't winterized. To make the process a little easier, we recommend storing a snow shovel in your trunk just in case it happens while you're out. Tip #2: Don't floor the gas pedal It's natural for humans to panic when something is out of their control. Most drivers' first instinct when they get stuck is to floor it. While it may be tempting to do so, it can worsen the problem. Instead, it would be best if you went easy on the pedal with repeated i ... read more

What Is Power Steering and How Does It Work?

What Is Power Steering and How Does It Work?

Power steering is used in almost every modern vehicle today, whether you have a car, truck, or SUV. Power steering is a system of parts that allow drivers better control when parking, driving at low speeds, and maneuvering the steering wheel.   Without the power steering system, you would find it super hard to turn your steering wheel and vehicle's wheels. The power steering system is almost always hydraulic and is comprised of various parts, including: a sensor that detects power a pump that helps generate the hydraulic pressure in the system valves that move the power steering fluid actuators that turn the wheels fluid lines steering wheel The power steering system is complex because it will give you better control without being overly sensitive; it needs a good balance of control. The effect of the power steering system depends on the type of vehicle you drive and the manufacturer. Some luxury cars have very sensitive steering, while older and standard cars may have ... read more