Sunday, August 20, 2017

7 Common Reasons for an Oil Change

The lifespan of any vehicle revolves around several factors one of them is the maintenance of the vehicle. Most people neglect their vehicles and when they really need it the most, the vehicle might suddenly die. This can happen not only to old cars but to new cars as well and hence it's very important to make sure your vehicle is in for a scheduled maintenance check-up often. Consider these seven reasons why you should get your oil changed.
1. Longevity - If you are looking to increase the lifespan of your vehicle you will probably want to get this done. Getting your oil changed is not expensive and by servicing you would get a filter replacement with fresh oil that would keep your engine lubricated and perform optimally. You can either do it by yourself or you can visit a mechanic who would do it for you at a small price.
2. Sludge - Do you know that your engine parts are ruined because of dirty clogs and then an engine build up acidity which causes unnecessary damage to the internal parts of your vehicle? Damaging the engine would require a replacement or repair which is much more costly than a simple process of oil change.
3. Stress - If you are going on a long road trip or going through the mountainous terrain you will need all the possible power in the engine to get you through. Changing your oil regularly will not give you any problems and your car will run just fine. If you have not been doing a regular oil change you would find that the car will have a real hard time going up the hills and engine could get over heated.
4. Most vehicles especially during mild climate regions should have its oil changed every 3000 miles. And if you're living in an area that is particularly dirty or dusty you will want to take care of this more frequently. Do not delay, as this should not take long, especially if the mechanic is not very busy. This is a simple, inexpensive, and crucial service, so forgetting to keep up with it can lead to some serious setbacks.
5. Depending on whether you are an aggressive driver and drive in a lot of stop and go traffic, you will want to check your fluid level and regularly top it off as needed. This style of driving will necessitate changing out the engine oil more often than average drivers would need to
6. Oil constantly burns as we drive and simply adding fresh lubricant bought from a store is not good enough for your car's motor. Over time, the oil inside will turn black and accumulate dirt and other debris. After a while this will likely clog your engine and can lead to permanent damage. Once this fluid is contaminated, it can lead to some serious problems. To properly address the problem, a full oil change is necessary.
7. If you have any pinging in your engine or other unusual noises could indicate that the oil level is low or that it is dirty. Oil dampens noise and reduces friction, so when it is degraded your car will typically begin making different sounds.
The above are some of the main reasons why one should get their oil changed regularly, you can do so by having a scheduled maintenance plan with your mechanic. This will increase the lifespan of your vehicle and you will be at a lot of peace when you know you're vehicle is functioning well.

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Diesel Engine Vs Gasoline Engine

Whether you're thinking about buying a diesel car or truck or becoming a diesel mechanic or simply would like to compare a diesel powered vehicle to a more conventional unleaded gasoline powered vehicle, there are a few things you need to bear in mind and understand. Each type of engine has its own advantages and drawbacks, so knowing what you need and how you need it for your personalized lifestyle is really important.

Today's diesel engines are certainly not what they have been 10 or even five years back. Gone are the days of pungent exhaust and unacceptably obnoxious engine sound. Diesel engines have become much cleaner, have more power and are considerably more dependable. These are some of the reasons that we are seeing more and more ordinary automobiles with diesel engines rather than the traditional gasoline engine.

Let's take a look at various differences between these two engine types.

Are the Engines of Diesel Trucks and Cars Better?

Theoretically, a diesel truck engine is quite similar to the engine of a truck powered by gas. They are both internal combustion engines that are designed to transform one type of energy to another type of energy. This energy then results in linear motion, which then causes forward motion to take place. The major difference is how the combustion takes place. A gas truck engine has fuel combustion come about thanks to sparks from spark plugs. A diesel truck engine has the fuel combustion take place from the heat of the pressurized air within the engine.

Safety of the Engine

As any diesel mechanic will tell you, although you can flame diesel fuel in the open air using merely a wick, it is significantly less explosive than gas and does not develop a flammable vapor. That means a diesel engine won't ever vapor lock. Moreover, a diesel mechanic will tell you that the engines in diesel trucks will be more efficient because of their fuel efficiency, which is practically constant as compared to the sporadic nature of a gasoline engine which often can use more fuel to get less power.

Engine Performance

As any diesel mechanic will explain, what makes a car so appealing is its ability to accelerate swiftly. For that reason, we need to evaluate the performance difference between both engine types. Because engines in diesel trucks and cars are focused on torque as opposed to horsepower, they'll run more efficiently but accelerate fairly slowly in comparison. For many automobile owners, that lack of acceleration is unsatisfactory. For motorists who are looking to use their car or truck for pulling heavy loads such as campers or boats, a diesel engine makes more sense.

Efficiency of the Engine

When you compare a diesel engine to a gasoline engine, we cannot overlook the efficiency between both engines. If you are looking for an engine that's going to be used long-term, then a diesel engine is going to be best for your needs because you will save money over the lifespan of the engine. With 20 - 30% less fuel consumption, the savings really can add up. Diesel engines also have a longer lifespan than their gasoline counterparts. A typical diesel engine lasts around 350,000 miles before needing an overhaul, the gasoline counterpart is good for about 120,000 miles. Should you be looking for short term benefits, however, then a gasoline engine will likely be for you since it will take a few years for a gasoline engine to be less cost effective overall than a diesel engine.

Ultimately the environmental advantage of using a diesel engine is what shifts the debate in favor of using it primarily. The engines of diesel trucks and automobiles produce only a minimal quantity of carbon monoxide, so minimal, actually, that they can be used underground. Less carbon monoxide impact on our atmosphere means a healthier planet, and that's something we should all be striving toward.

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Monday, August 14, 2017

How To Interpret Tire Wear

How to Interpret Tire Wear. Tire wear can tell you what's going on with your car's steering, suspension and tire pressure. Regular checks as well as a tire rotation can also help you prevent flat tires or a dangerous blowout. Here are a few easy steps to help you distinguish your car's tire wear.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Stiction Eliminator & FR3 - The 2-Step OIL Treatment featured on TruckU

Matt: You know what else we can do while we are up here and got the hood tied up and have easy access? Is prevent some long-term issues that may come with aggressive driving, that we keep talking about with this truck and this guy. What we are going to do is add in the Hot Shot Secret Stiction Eliminator, and the FR3 friction reducer, also from Hot Shot Secret.

Bruno: Now the Stiction Eliminator is something we use all the time here at the shop, the reason why is it guarantees 100% of stiction removal inside of your engine. You know I love a guarantee?

Matt: You do love it.

Bruno: I’m a sucker for it. The thing is, it does its job it will clean out any residual build up inside engine. Now this thing only has 5000 miles on it, but it tells you to go ahead and use it every time you change the oil. So, since he does some aggressive driving we’ll pour it in and clean out any residual oil build up or stiction build up, inside that turbo charge.

Matt: Now the FR3 Friction reducer, what that does is it utilizes Nano Technology, which means the pieces and particles that provide the lubrication are smaller and they can get in to those micro crevices, and they can get in there and they just make everything work better. The idea is, that this two-step process is going to keep your engine oil operating at a cooler temperate.

Bruno: Well the end result of that is going to be less wear and tear on your engine, you’re are to get better overall performance in terms of fuel economy and horse power as well.

Matt: Alright ill handle this job, Bruno: you got this? Matt Yeah this is my kind of work. Bruno: Shocking!

Bruno: Oh yeah just pouring something in.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

How To Diagnose A Brake Problem

How to Diagnose a Brake Problem. If you notice braking problems, the first thing you should do is bring your car to a capable mechanic. Although many things can cause brake problems and brake failure, you can identify some of the possible causes yourself.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Dashboard Headlights

Do you know what these dash lights mean? Watch the video to take the quiz and tell us how many you got right!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

How Do Rotors Work?

To see how rotors work in your car's brakes, use the jack to lift the car and then remove the hubcap, lug nuts and wheel. Learn how brake rotors work with help from a professional automotive mechanic in this free video on random car tips.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Diesel Extreme & EDT - The 2-Step FUEL Treatment

Your diesel's power and performance directly depend on the quality of fuel it's burning. Today's ultra-low sulfur fuel can be harmful to your truck's fuel system; from lack of lubricity, lack of corrosion resistance, and oxidation tendencies.

Hot Shot's Secret Diesel Extreme and Everyday Diesel Treatment (EDT) are the perfect 2 Step Treatment for your diesel's fuel system! They will ensure your fuel will burn better and cleaner by: neutralizing acids and dispersing moisture.

Step 1: Use Hot Shot's Secret Diesel Extreme once every 6 months to remove 100% of the oxidation that constantly cycles through the fuel system, and clean any deposits on the tips of your injectors.
Step 2: Use Hot Shot's Secret EDT with each fill-up to make sure your always burning the most quality fuel; while getting the most POWER and efficiency every time you punch the accelerator!

Both Diesel Extreme and EDT also provide a powerful cetane boost, restoring the good-as-new performance to your truck.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Sunday, July 9, 2017

How To Change A Car Tire

How to Change a Car Tire. Part of the series: Car and Truck Basics. If you drive a car, there will likely come a time where you may have to change a tire on your own.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Friday, June 30, 2017

How To Troubleshoot A Car That Won't Start

How to Troubleshoot a Car That Won't Start. When your car won't start, you can easily check quite a few things before calling a tow truck. Use this simple chart to diagnose what might be wrong and what you can do to get back on the road again

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Two Guys Garage Saves $600 Using Stiction Eliminator On A Volkswagen

Hot Shot's Secret Stiction Eliminator is the only additive that provides superior cleaning and lubricating properties to your entire oil system. A carbon cleanup on this Golf GTI costs just over $600! Simply pour in 16 ounces replacing 16 ounces of engine oil. Stiction Eliminator cleans carbon or "stiction" from camshaft, turbo bearings, and more.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

NAPA Racing: “The Test” with Chase Elliott NAPA AUTO PARTS

Chase Elliott interviews the neighborhood kid, who with the modestly aggressive driving power of the family station wagon has gone from geek to the James.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

FR3 Featured On Two Guys Garage

- Increase fuel economy up to 5%
- Reduction in oil operating temperature
- Reduces engine wear up to 43%
- Improves oil’s oxidative stability
- Restores lost compression
- Reduces lifter & valve noise

Sunday, June 18, 2017

How To Jack Up A Car Safely

How to Jack Up a Car Safely. Everyone should know how to use the jack that comes with his or her car. Try this at home so if you ever get a flat, you'll know where the jack is and how to use it.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

How To Check And Add Coolant

How to Check and Add Coolant. Coolant doesn't get used up during a car's normal operation. If the coolant level is consistently low, your car has a coolant leak. Your mechanic can pressure-check the cooling system to find any leaks or you can check the situation out yourself--here's how.

Monday, June 12, 2017

How To Check Automatic Transmission Fluid

How to Check Automatic Transmission Fluid. Checking your car's automatic transmission fluid (ATF) every month and whenever the transmission isn't shifting smoothly is necessary to optimize performance of many components of your vehicle. In addition to following these steps, consult your owner's manual which will give you the intervals in which the fluid should be changed.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Every Seat, Every Time

Always buckle up. Teach by example and wear a seat belt when driving – every seat, every time. #100DeadliestDays #TeenDriving

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

How To Jump-Start A Car

How to Jump-Start a Car. Knowing how to jump-start a car with a dead battery can keep an inconvenience from becoming a crisis. If you are unsure about how to use jumper cables, this article and video will help you figure that out as well. After you've jump-started a car once you'll find that it isn't very hard to do.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

The Dangers Of Speeding

Talk to your teen about the dangers of speeding. Make a parent-teen driving agreement that sets family rules for teen drivers.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Diesel Extreme Featured On Two Guys Garage

- Restore Your Original Performance Power!
- Restores throttle response
- Eliminates black smoke & improves cold starting
- Reduces DPF regeneration cycles up to 50%
- Cleans injector tips, cylinders, fuel lines & tank
- Increases mileage & eliminates stiction from the fuel system

Sunday, May 28, 2017

How To Check Power Steering Fluid

How to Check Power Steering Fluid. Checking power steering fluid on most cars is easy, though not all cars have it: if you can parallel park with one hand and eat an ice cream cone with the other, then you have power steering.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Why Do Spark Plugs Get Rusty? : Car Repair Tips

Spark plugs can get rusty for a variety of different reasons, and not all of them are necessarily your fault. Learn about why spark plugs get rusty with help from an expert in the automotive industry in this free video clip.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Will Sugar In Gas Destroy A Vehicles Engine?

Will adding sugar to your gas tank destroy your vehicle's engine? In this video, I test this theory and show you what it does to the inside of an engine.

Friday, May 19, 2017

AAA's 2017 Memorial Day Travel Forecast

Before you head out for #MemorialDay, download the AAA Mobile app to map a route, find gas prices, discounts & more.
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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Road Tripping - How To Pack Your Vehicle Like A Pro

May kicks off the road trip season! One of the keys to staying safe on road trips is knowing how to pack your car properly. Maximize your cargo space with this quick checklist.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Car Maintenance Tips : Basic Car Maintenance Checklist

A basic car maintenance checklist should include the air pressure on the tires, the engine oil level, the headlights and the windshield wiper. Check these basic safety items on a car periodically with tips from an auto repair shop manager in this free video on car maintenance.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Hot Shot's Secret - Who We Are

Everything we do in here ... is for everything you do out there. We put in the hours ... so you can too. We run tests … so you can run strong. We keep records ... so you can break them. We are, Hot Shot’s Secret; Powered by Science.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Feel The Power, AGAIN

Hot Shot’s Secret 2 Step Treatment Eliminates Stiction from your DIESEL.

-Restore original performance power.
-Scrub stiction from your oil & fuel system.
-Remove I.D.I.Ds (internal diesel injector deposits).
-Guaranteed or your money back!

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Treats ANY Size Pick Up Truck. One Year’s Worth of Stiction Protection. Enough Everyday Diesel Treatment To Turn 400 gallons of diesel fuel into Premium.

Step #1
At your next oil change, treat your OIL SYSTEM to a powerful dose of Hot Shot’s Secret STICTION ELIMINATOR.

Step #2
At your next fuel fill up, treat your FUEL SYSTEM to a potent dose of Hot Shot’s Secret DIESEL EXTREME.

Feel the Power, AGAIN

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Diesel Vs Gas Engine: Which One Is Right For You?

Diesel versus gas. Which fuel is right for you? Don’t get this horribly wrong, because that’s going to cost you thousands.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Bogi from All Girl's Garage featuring Hot Shots Secret FR3 Friction Reducer

- Increase fuel economy up to 5%
- Reduction in oil operating temperature
- Reduces engine wear up to 43%
- Improves oil’s oxidative stability
- Restores lost compression
- Reduces lifter & valve noise
- Recommended for ALL gas & diesel engines!

Hot Shot’s Secret FR3 is a lubricity enhancing oil additive that increases the lubricating & wear reduction properties of the host oil. The product contains patented synthetic lubricants that have unique lubricating properties even compared to PAO or mPAO synthetics of the same viscosity. The anti-wear component of the formula is a patented carbon nano particle that fills in microscopic irregularities on the machined surface to provide a smoother surface for the lubricating film to form. The synergy of these components extends the base oil performance in shear stability, oxidation stability, film strength & especially friction reduction.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

The Truth About Engine Stop Start Systems

One of the most glaring examples of this carmaker agenda self-serving design is the auto engine shutdown and restart system.

You drive along. Stop at a red light. The engine automatically shuts down. Light goes green, you start lifting off the brake, and the engine kicks back into life, as if by magic. We’re talking about that.

Systems like Mazda’s iStop - and seemingly 100 other proprietary names for similar bullshit technology. I get questions about this all the time.

So here it is: The truth about bullshit auto engine shutdown and restart systems.

Number one with a bullet: they save you bugger-all fuel. Claims that you will save any appreciable money are unmitigated bullshit. You can idle your engine all day long, and it’s still not going to cost you as much as a burger and fries. Engines just don’t consume much fuel at idle - they’re really only driving the ancillaries, overcoming their own internal friction and a bit of drag in the torque converter (if they’re driving an automatic).

The real reason these automated systems exist in many new cars is so the carmaker can legally ‘game’ the official fuel consumption tests. We’ve discussed these tests before. They’re lab tests from which the official fuel figures are derived - and these numbers are very important to carmakers, because consumption is increasingly important to buyers.

Unfortunately the tests are not very representative of actual driving. They’re just not - the official test numbers are always better than you can achieve out there, on the road, and that leads to a lot of customer dissatisfaction. Unfortunately.

The most non-representative aspect of the tests is the amount of time the cars spend stopped in both the city and highway tests. Those valleys there? The car is stopped. Together, both tests take 20 minutes - and around one-third of that time is spent stopped. In the city cycle test - it’s almost half the total time stopped.

So if you’re a carmaker, and you’re in this intense competition with all other carmakers, and you include the engine shutdown feature in the car, almost half of the official city cycle test is spent with the engine shut down. You’ll make incremental gains over a competitor without that system in his car. So, congratulations - you just gamed the system, and there’s nothing illegal about it.

But what this means for you, the car owner is: you have to wear it. And it’s unpleasant - especially on restart. Especially in a diesel, which has to battle a lot of compression when it restarts. And especially if your car has a CVT transmission. They tend to have pretty aggressive torque converters. So the restart is unrefined, at best. It’s awful.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Sunday, March 26, 2017

1800HP Triple Turbo Cummins Kills ALL

This Cummins that we found out at Street Car Takeover in Charlotte was a complete monster! For some reason, we feel like this thing has an 8-second pass in it!

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Big Engines Starting Up

This video features Big Engine Start Up compilation If you wanna see some biggest engines in the world watch this video and if you like the video hit the like button.

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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Diagnostic Trouble Code (DTC) - Heavy-Duty Cummins Issues

If you have access to a tool, scan for codes described above. If you don’t have your own scan tool, take the truck to a mechanic.

Codes dealing with injector or turbo performance are often caused by debris clogging the injector’s spool valve or the turbo bearing. Treatment with Stiction Eliminator and Diesel Extreme will clear this up.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact one of our diesel experts.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Running Rough / Misfire

A condition of running rough can be one of many factors.

If the truck runs rough when it’s cold but clears up when the engine is warm, you have a stiction issue in your injectors. Treating with Stiction Eliminator will clear out all of the stiction gumming your injectors. We also recommend using Diesel Extreme to clean out the fuel system on your truck.

If the truck runs rough only at idle, a stiction issue is likely, so treat this the same way.

If the truck is running rough all of the time, it can be a little more complicated. A severe case of stiction will cause a vehicle to spit and sputter consistently. This can be treated like any other stiction issue. These symptoms can also mean that there is an injector that has broken, beyond the point of our product cleaning it.

An electrical issue, such as a sensor failure (e.g., ICP sensor), can affect your truck in a similar way. You will need a scan tool to properly diagnose this.

The hardest to diagnose is an intermittent miss. The FICM can cause an intermittent misfire; it is common to see a misfire between 45 and 65 mph when a FICM is failing. Visit the FAQ section of, scroll down to “Can I test my FICM to ensure that it is the culprit?”, and follow instructions on self-diagnosing the FICM. If the FICM looks good, it may be best to send the vehicle to a professional, depending on how good you are with your vehicles electrical system.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact one of our diesel experts.

Monday, March 6, 2017

What does ASE Certified Mean?

The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence, or ASE for short, sets the industry standard with their certification program. This includes testing in various automotive systems. For each exam that is passed, an ASE Certification is awarded.

ASE certified technicians have verified their competence and technical abilities in the automotive service industry - and they have the credentials to prove it! Ask your mechanic to show you their credentials.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

How To Check Tire Pressure

How to Check Tire Pressure. Check all of your car's tires once a month or whenever they look low. Low tire pressure can lower your gas mileage, make your car handle poorly and even lead to blowouts. Follow these few helpful steps to keep you safe on the road with properly aired tires!

Monday, February 27, 2017

How To Start A Car With Jumper Cables

How to Start a Car With Jumper Cables. If your car won't start because the battery is low or dead, a jump-start will get you back on the road in a matter of minutes. This is an easy procedure that anyone with a pair of jumper cables can accomplish.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Safely Driving In The Rain

Driving in the rain can be very dangerous. Any insurance company or police officer could tell you that accidents increase during rainy periods. This article will give you some tips on driving your car or truck in the rain.

The first thing you need to do is slow down. You cannot go the same speed on a wet road as you can on a dry one. Speed also increases your chance of hydroplaning. Since you are moving faster your tires are not able to displace enough water and your car will begin riding on the surface of the water. This can cause you to lose control. So slow down.

The next thing you can do is keep your tires in good condition. Make sure they are completely inflated and that the tread is in good shape. A tire with improper inflation or poor tread will not be able to grip a wet road and properly displace water.

It is also important to concentrate when driving in wet weather. Do not let yourself become distracted by cell phones, changing radio stations or eating and drinking. Concentrate on driving and driving only.

Lastly, leave yourself extra distance between vehicles. By giving yourself a larger buffer zone you give yourself time to react if the vehicle in front of you loses control. Also always have an escape route. Think to yourself what would you do if the vehicle in front of you stops suddenly. Can you change lanes without hitting someone? Always know where you will go if you need to make an emergency maneuver.

Driving in the rain does not have to be a dangerous activity. Simply take your time and pay attention to what you are doing and you will arrive at your destination safely.

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Sunday, February 19, 2017

Blow-By - Caterpillar Issues

Some blow-by is normal on any diesel engine. This is because the combustion pressure is just too great for the piston rings to hold completely.

Excessive blow-by can caused by piston rings that are sticking in the bore. One of the ways to check if blow-by is too great is to put your oil filler cap upside down on the filler hole. If the cap gets blown off, there is too much pressure in the crank case.

Blow-by can be caused from piston rings that are worn out. A cylinder with worn out rings will have low compression and will likely cause a misfire. These piston rings need to be replaced.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

How To Tell When Your Car Needs A Tune-Up

Normal daily driving subjects cars to a lot of wear and tear. Even a small malfunction of one part makes a huge difference in performance and safety. Recommended tune up intervals vary depending on the age and model of the vehicle. Check the owner's manual for specific recommendations.

Most newer vehicles need a tune-up every 30,000 miles. Check older vehicles every 10,000 to 20,000 miles. Tune-up the car more often if it pulls heavy load or if it is used for a lot of stop-and-go driving.

A typical tune up involves flushing and filling vehicle fluids, checking all belts and hoses, checking the battery, installing a new air filter, adjusting or replacing spark plugs, and checking fuel injectors and other components. Mechanics also use modern automobile diagnostics that reveal other maintenance issues.

• The "Check Engine" or "Service Engine Soon" lights come on and stay on after starting the vehicle.

• The car stalls frequently, indicating a spark plug or electronic sensor issue.

• The engine idles roughly, or it runs unevenly during acceleration. Sputtering while accelerating or going uphill indicates the car needs a tune up. Often a dirty emissions system causes cars to sputter or stall.

• The car becomes harder to start. This may indicate problems with the starting system, battery, fuel system, ignition system, or electronic equipment.

• The vehicle suddenly gets lower gas mileage than usual. Dirty fuel filters, bad fuel injectors, and spark plug problems commonly cause unexpectedly low gas mileage.

• The car makes a loud squealing noise when the steering wheel is turned, or the steering feels very stiff. Low fluids affect how the steering mechanism operates.

• The vehicle makes a sudden jerk when shifted from park to drive gears. This indicates the car needs the transmission fluid and filter changed immediately. Failure to fix these minor items leads to very costly repairs in the future, including transmission replacement.

• The brakes feel soft or spongy, or squeaking or squelching noises occur when pushing down the brake pedal. This indicates low brake fluid. Consistently low brake fluid indicates worn out brake pads.

• A "rotten egg" exhaust odor indicates a dirty or clogged catalytic converter. A tune up checks and cleans the catalytic converter. A clogged catalytic converter also affects gas mileage and overall vehicle performance.

• Chugging or "dieseling" after the car is shut off indicates the vehicle needs a tune up. Other causes of dieseling include buildup of carbon in the combustion chambers. Poor quality gas cause chugging and dieseling in some engines.

• Knocks and pings from the engine compartment result from carbon build-up in the combustion chambers. These noises may indicate a need to replace the fuel injectors.

• The car emits black smoke or a burnt fuel smell from the tail pipes. This may be the result of a clogged O2 sensor.

Tune-ups let the car's ignition system, fuel system, emission system, and computer systems work together properly. This leads to optimum combustion chamber efficiency, better performance, and better gas mileage. The car runs its best and emits the minimum amount of pollutants when it has regular maintenance, including tune-ups.

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Sunday, February 12, 2017

Basics About Shocks And Struts On Your Car

It is important that you understand the basics about the shocks and struts on your car. There is a good chance that you have been told a time or 2 by an auto technician that the shocks and the struts are blown on your vehicle and will need to be replaced. The price will often be a lot more than you expected and you will find yourself wondering if it is really that necessary to get them replaced. Like all parts on your vehicle, it is a good idea to try to have a basic understanding on what everything does and its importance to your vehicle and its ability to run.

Shocks and Struts in Vehicles

It is important to know that not all vehicles will have shocks and struts. Some vehicles will just have shocks while others will only have struts. Shocks will be the part of the vehicle that has to do with the suspension. The strut will have to do with the suspension assembly. The struts and the shocks in your vehicle will have 2 functions. The spring oscillation will be dampened thanks to them and the help with overall ride control. The springs that are in your vehicle are there to absorb the road shocks. Many people assume that the shock absorbers do this. However, the shock absorber is there to help the bouncing spring. Without the shock absorbers there the ride would suddenly become very bumpy and difficult to handle. Imagine when you hit a very large and deep pothole at a high speed; every small bump would be like this.

Symptoms of Trouble

The symptoms of trouble with your vehicle will include your vehicle swaying or rolling when you turn it. The rear end of your vehicle will squat whenever you accelerate. The front end will dive whenever you attempt to slow down or stop. Also, the vehicle will slide or bounce sideways whenever you are on a rough or winding road. You can also expect your vehicle to completely bottom out on any bump. Bottoming out is when the undercarriage of your vehicle hits the ground.

Additional Problems

If your shocks or struts begin to have problems, then they can cause other problems with your vehicle. The wear and tear of your tires will be done so at an accelerated pace if the shocks and struts are not where they're supposed to be. You can also expect for there to be issues with the CV joints, steering linkage, springs and the ball joints. The longer the struts and shocks go without upkeep the more damage will be done overall to your vehicle. It can end up costing you a lot more money than the original bill.


The best way to prevent against any damage to our shocks or struts is to have your ASE certified auto technician check them out regularly. Every time you get your oil changed you should have them looked at. The sooner you get them fixed and working properly the less damage will be done.

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Thursday, February 9, 2017

Choosing New Wiper Blades For Your Car

To operate effectively, wiper blades need to be replaced at least once per year - and more frequently if they show signs of wear. Frost, sunlight and road spray combined to damage and harden rubber blades and corrode metal wiper parts.

When replacing your wipers, you need to ensure you obtain the correct size. However, are you aware that there are quite a few options available to you when choosing your new wiper blades?

Replacement Rubber Blades

If the metal parts of the wiper assembly are not damaged, it is often possible to replace just the rubber blade, if a suitable replacement can be located. Remove the existing blade, normally by bending a small retaining flap and pulling the blade out. The replacement rubber can be cut to size and then slid in to place.

This is a cheaper option if your blades are compatible, but worn wiper arm components, or damage to the metal wiper holder means you will have to replace the whole blade assembly fairly regularly as well.

Standard or OEM Wiper Blades

Standard wiper blades on most cars have a metal body that is designed to allow for curved screens. These are readily available from a variety of manufacturers, although most car handbooks specify Bosch or Valeo brands. The new blades are often supplied with a range of fittings, and replacing the blade is generally a case of removing the old blade assembly from the wiper arm, selecting the correct fitting, and connecting the new wiper blade assembly to the arm.

Wiper Blades With Spoilers

Specified for the drivers side for quite a few vehicles, a spoiler holds the blade more firmly against the screen at high speeds, giving improved wiping performance. If you find your current blades do not clear the windscreen effectively at high speeds, consider opting for the same size with an added spoiler.

Some blades come with detachable spoilers, but for most makes, the spoiler is integrated with the blade assembly.

Flat Beam Blades

Now being fitted as original equipment of some cars, flat beam blades, such as the Bosch Aerotwin, are the next generation of windscreen wipers. With no metal frame, a spine inside the blade body is designed to hold them firmly against the screen, but still allowing some flex.

Now available as an upgrade option to fit most vehicles, flat beam wiper blades will fit most wiper arms. Fitting is very similar to standard blades, but they often need to be net into shape by hand to ensure they contact the screen at all points.

As they are very flat, and have an aerodynamic shape, flat beam blades don't need add-on spoilers to provide effective cleaning at all speeds.

Specialist and Rear Wiper Blades

Quite a few models of car now use specialist blades, especially curved blades for use in rear windows. Unfortunately, you often have no choice but to opt for the original manufacturers make, which can be expensive, but shop around rather than buying them from a local main dealer, as you can generally find much lower prices online or at a specialist retailer.

Headlight Wipers

Some cars, such as Volvo, have had wiper blades on their headlights for decades. If these get worn, the metal wiper arms can come into contact with the headlight lens. In extreme cases this could fail an MOT as it would disrupt the headlight beam pattern.

While headlight wipers are not part of the MOT, they should be checked as part of your normal servicing, and replaced when they show signs of wear.

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Monday, February 6, 2017

Brake Repair - Your Car Tells You When It Needs It!

When you're driving a car in need of brake repair, it's usually obvious to you and everyone around you. You're not just playing Russian roulette with your safety -- you're playing it with the safety of everyone on the road around you.

The most obvious sign of bad brakes is the high-pitched squeal your car makes every time you attempt to apply failing brakes. When everything is working fine, you shouldn't hear your brakes at all. That loud squeal you hear when they are shot is a device that is making contact with the rotor when at least three-fourths of your brake pads are worn down. This is meant to be a warning that you need to get them replaced before the final fourth of padding is completely gone.

Long before you hear the brakes in distress, you can usually feel them warn you. A silent indicator that your brakes are not operating properly can be felt when your pedal goes all the way down to the ground with very little power, or they are slow to kick in when pressure is applied. That spongy feeling when you apply them is an indicator that your brakes are functioning at a decreased level of safety.

Other indicators include brakes that grab when you apply them, even lightly. And although you may feel grabby brakes are at least working, they are not working correctly. You may also feel your car vibrate when you apply your brakes, a sensation compared to driving your car over a washboard too fast.

These silent indicators that something is wrong with your brakes should not be ignored because they are often the prelude to the more severe auditory warning signs. The longer you wait and the longer you drive a car with bad brakes, the more damage you are likely to do to your system.

When you need a brake repair job it usually needs to be performed sooner rather than later, after you start receiving any of these indicators. You may debate whether the repair job is one you can afford or not. Remember that automobile accidents are generally caused by three factors -- human error, mechanical error or road conditions. Driving with faulty brakes will eventually lead to an automobile accident caused by mechanical error and will definitely be something you can be cited for by the police for operating an unsafe vehicle. The charges can become even more compounded if the accident results in a death or permanent injury. So if you are not prepared to fix your brakes, you need to park your car until you afford to drive your car safely.

Your brakes are, after all, one of the most important features on your car; now hopefully you know some of the warning signs and can get on the road safely.

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Friday, February 3, 2017

Excessive Crankcase Pressure Or Excessive White Smoke When Removing Oil Fill Cap

Some blow-by is normal on any diesel engine. This is because the combustion pressure is just too great for the piston rings to hold completely.

Excessive blow-by can caused by piston rings that are sticking in the bore. One of the ways to check if blow-by is too great is to put your oil filler cap upside down on the filler hole. If the cap gets blown off, there is too much pressure in the crank case.

Blow-by can be caused from piston rings that are worn out. A cylinder with worn out rings will have low compression and will likely cause a misfire. These piston rings need to be replaced.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Top 10 Common Car Problems

It is hard to make this kind of list since the things that go wrong on the car are endless. This is not written with pessimism, but as many drivers have experienced even on new cars a thing or two can go wrong.Not to mention the older ones, an old car is a like an aging man, the older he get's the more grumpy he becomes.
Here's a list with the top 10 car problems from our point of view. Not only are they problems of mechanical nature, they are usually problems that drive you nuts:
1. Flat tire: most common car problem but the most easy to fix. Often happens at the least convenient time. Having the right equipment and knowledge to help yourself is crucial.
2. Dead battery: how many of us made that face of despair when we put the key into the ignition and... Nothing or a short click. Especially during winter months. An easy problem to fix, but best preventing it on time by changing the old battery.
3. Ignition problems: the car will crank but won't start. The problem can be solved on your own in a couple of minutes or it can take days and a tone of money. The list of probable causes is pretty long.
4. Various leaks: oil leaks, coolant leaks, break fluid leaks etc. In most cases (if the leak is not severe) they don't cause big problems while driving. The moment you see them, get it fixed, it only get's worse over time.
5. Electric and electronics problems: these kind of problems manifest themselves as if the car is possessed by an evil ghost. Various glitches, signal lamps warning about nothing, endless diagnostics and car mechanics going out of their mind are just some of the symptoms.
6. Sensor problems: a car problem that has the most fancy name.These are the eyes of the ecu unit. Since exposed to dirt, moisture, cold, heat etc. Cause the most of the electronics problems.
7. Bad serpentine belt: it makes that squeaky noise that gives you a bad chill down the spine. Nothing serious, if the car is properly maintained you won't hear of it. Otherwise, it can make a lot of problems.
8. Car bulb failure (headlights, taillights): when your vision from the car during night driving decreases it's either time to check your eyesight or the signalization. The headlight bulbs are easy to spot when they burn out, the tail lights can go on not working for months (unless you have the proper dash warning). Make a check of the signalization from time to time.
9. Cracked windscreen: you get in a second, but you usually look at it for months. When the crack happens, fix it right away or else your putting yourself and the your passengers at risk.
10. Body scratches and minor dents: looks like a little acne on an otherwise beautiful face. You look at it and say: " wow what a beautiful face, but look at the acne....". Can be solved with a few tricks and perhaps minor body repair.
Learn this list and you will know what car problems you can have on the road or at home.

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Friday, January 27, 2017

Excessive White Smoke - Heavy-Duty Cummins Issues

White smoke is caused by either unburned fuel or coolant. On the common rail Cummins, white smoke is more characteristic of an injector problem.

If the exhaust smells almost like bug spray, it is unburned fuel. Injector and poor fuel problems can typically be cleared up by treating the truck with Diesel Extreme.

If the exhaust smells slightly sweet, it is coolant. This can be associated with a head gasket failure. This can also cause a mix of coolant and oil.

If it is smoking white all of the time and the exhaust smells almost like bug spray, feel free to contact one of our diesel experts.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

When To Perform A Car Tune Up

You may be faced by several car troubles that might give you signs that you need to undergo an auto tune up. Hassle it may seem, you should be aware that these should be taken care of as soon as possible. Here are some signs that you need to stop by for a tune-up:

Head Start. A head start happens if your car got zero maintenance. This issue is common and can be traced to an electronic component or a computer that has control over the ignition system.

Ignition Knock. If you hear an ignition knock when you are in the process of accelerating or climbing, car specialists may suggest to have your car undergo an auto tune-up. Knocking may also occur when there is a carbon buildup inside your engine. Although there are cars that are designed with a knock sensor that conducts corrective measures, they are not made to adjust serious disorder that may lead to bad engine performance or worst engine damage.

Power Loss. A filter that has not been changed for a long time may cause power loss. Other than this factor, there still exist a number of reasons for auto power loss which often can be detected if a diagnostic task is performed.

Exhaust Odor. Another engine problem is exhaust odor. The catalytic converter of your car may not be functioning well that is why this 'rotten egg' smell happens.

An engine may run ineffectively due to fuel malfunction, ignition error or even piston or bad valves which are internal engine conditions.

Car owners can tell if their cars are efficient by a simple computation of gas mileage which is equal to miles driven divided by gallons of gas used. If their car has a poor gas mileage, then it is time to consult a technician. There are factors that can cause this issue such as transmission malfunction, misaligned wheels, engine running too cold, dragging brakes and inflated tires.

If you observe that your engine chugs and coughs for quite a few seconds after shutting off the ignition, this can be dieseling. Reasons behind this trouble vary from inferior gas to excessive idle speed.

All of these concerns may be solved by undergoing a car tune-up.

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Sunday, January 15, 2017

Maximize Your Truck's Fuel Efficiency

Don't you love your diesel truck? Most of us do. We love the torque and the power they offer. With the cost of diesel fuel rising in recent years, here are some ways to maximize your truck's fuel efficiency.

Maintain your truck

Maintaining your truck is the most important thing you can do to improve fuel efficiency. Not only regular maintenance keeps it running well, it also helps your truck to use less diesel. Some shops have the knowledge, experience, and top of the line products to keep your truck running at maximum performance and efficiency. Also here are things you can do yourself to maximize your truck's efficiency.

1. Get regular oil changes

2. Use fuel additives to keep your fuel injectors clean

3. Clean the air filter

4. Make sure your tires are property inflated

5. Drive with the tailgate up (it was once thought the tailgate should be down; however, that is a myth. Keeping the tailgate up creates an air bubble in the truck bed make the truck more aerodynamic.

6. Drive and accelerate slower

Although accelerating slower can remove some of the fun from driving your powerful diesel truck, it saves you fuel. Slow and steady driving saves fuel! The ideal speed when you are driving on a highway is no more than 55 mph for the best fuel economy.

7. Empty the bed

Look in your truck, what do you see? Heavy items like metal tool boxes filled with heavy tools weigh down your vehicle and make you burn more fuel. If these heavy items are not needed on a daily basis, you can remove them from your truck. Only keep what you need in your truck. This small modification can enhance your fuel efficiency.

8. Replace your exhaust system

Replace your truck's existing exhaust system with a high quality exhaust system. This will increase the air flow rate, provide more horsepower, reduce back pressure, and also enhance your truck's fuel efficiency considerably.

9. Use the right tires and check tire pressure often

Tires can affect mileage of the vehicle by 10%. It is important to buy the right tires and maintain proper tire pressure to optimize fuel efficiency.

10. Consolidate your trips

For getting peak performance, it takes about 15 minutes for your truck to reach its ideal operating temperature. When you make small trips, then come back home, wait for a while and then go back out, you are burning fuel in a less than efficient manner. To prevent this, consolidate your trips to use fuel in a more efficient manner.

Better fuel efficiency is something we could all use these days. Use these simple tips to enhance your diesel trucks fuel efficiency.

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Thursday, January 12, 2017

How To Change Your Air Filter

How to Change Your Air Filter. No need to pay a mechanic for this job - air filters are inexpensive and easily changed. You should change your car's air filter every 15,000 miles.

Monday, January 9, 2017

NAPA Racing: All We Do Is Win.

Four different series. Four drivers. Four amazing seasons. That’s NAPA KNOW HOW.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

HOW IT WORKS: Car Transmission

This educational video describes how a car transmission works in modern vehicles. In mechanical engineering, a transmission is a mechanical device that uses gears to improve mechanical efficiency, employing the ancient concept of the lever. Its a machine that requires a power source and a power transmission system, which provides controlled application of the power, automatically or manually. Often the term "transmission" refers simply to the gearbox that uses gears and gear trains to provide speed and torque conversions from a rotating power source to some other kind of mechanism, such as a differential, which would apply that power to the wheels.