Friday, October 31, 2014

Signs That Your Car Needs A Tune Up

Hard Starting: This is the most common form of car trouble. It's usually due to some unperformed maintenance. If the starter cranks the engine, the electrical system is probably okay. The culprit could be a starting sensor (on fuel injected models) or the choke mechanism (on engines with carburetors). Frequently, starting failure can be traced to an electronic component or a computer controlling the ignition system.
Knocking: The noise generally is heard when the engine is under load, such as when accelerating or climbing a hill. While it often may be caused by a thankful of interior gas, ignition knock frequently is a sign your engine needs attention. It also can be caused by a buildup of carbon inside the engine. Lake-model cars are equipped with a knock sensor which 'hears' the sound and makes corrective adjustments. But it cannot compensate for a severe malfunction, a condition that can affect engine performance and even damage the engine.
Stalling: This can be caused by incorrect speed adjustments, a malfunctioning sensor or switch, dirty fuel-system parts, worn spark plugs, or other engine deficiencies. Does it stall when hot? Cold? With air conditioning on? To make diagnosis easier, make note of when it happens and advise your technician.
Power Loss: How long since the fuel filter was changed? A dirty filter is a common cause of power loss. As noted under "poor gas mileage", there can be many causes of this condition, most of which can be located with a diagnostic procedure.
Poor Gas Mileage: By keeping a regular check of gas mileage (miles driven divided by gallons used); you can tell if your engine is losing efficiency. Increased gas consumption may be accompanied by other symptoms listed in this section. Note that poor gas mileage also may be due to: under inflated tires, engine running too cold, transmission malfunction, dragging brakes, misaligned wheels.
Dieseling: This also is known as "after-run". The engine keeps chugging and coughing for several seconds after the ignition is shut off. Causes can range from inferior gas to excessive idle speed. Carbon in the combustion chamber also may cause dieseling.
Exhaust Odor: The smell of rotten eggs comes from the catalytic converter, part of your car's emissions-control system. The odor can be due to an engine problem or it can be a sign that your car's catalytic converter is malfunctioning.
Rough Running: A malfunction in either the fuel or ignition system can cause an engine to run rough. It also can be due to an internal engine condition, such as a bad valve or piston. Does it occur when idling? When accelerating? At all speeds? Your best bet: have a qualified technician perform diagnostic and tune-up services as needed.

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Friday, October 17, 2014

Fluids That Cars Use

Keeping the different fluids in your car clean and full, is part of your basic car maintenance that you don't want to neglect. By keeping your car well-maintained you can help prevent breakdowns or future problems. It's not uncommon to see an engine go well over 200,000 miles if it has been properly maintained. If you don't know where to find the fluids in your car you can always refer to your owner's manual to find them, and see what maintenance is required.
Here are the different fluids your car uses. It's also important to know what these fluids look like so you can identify them if you have a leak.
Engine Oil (Dark amber or brownish color) - The motor oil in your car keeps all the engine parts working and lubricated, without this oil your engine would seize up and stop running. Check your engine oil at least once a month and make sure it is filled to the mark on the oil dipstick. Make sure you put the proper type oil in your car by checking with your owner's manual.
Power Steering Fluid (Goes in clear but turns darker with usage and age) - This keeps your car turning easily and effortlessly.
Automatic Transmission Fluid (Usually a reddish or pinkish color) - This important reddish, fluid allows your car to move backwards and forwards easily and smoothly by shifting gears while you drive. A manual transmission may use several different fluids. Check your owner's manual to make sure you are using the right fluid.
Brake Fluid (Goes in clear but turns amber with usage) - There is a reservoir for the master cylinder up on the firewall of the engine compartment where you can check the level of fluid. Keep it up to the full mark. The brake fluid allows you to stop your car. Without brake fluid you literally have no brakes.
Engine Coolant or Anti-freeze (Florescent-colored green or orange liquid) - Keeps the cylinder heads and engine block cool so your engine doesn't overheat and seize up.
Rear End Oil (Dark amber or brownish color) - This allows your drive axle to turn freely and smoothly.
Windshield Washer Fluid (Usually a blue color) - Used to help keep your windshield clean and streak free for good visibility.
It is important to maintain the proper levels of fluids in your car for safe operation and in preventing trouble down the road. If you notice any signs of these oils or fluids on your garage floor they need your immediate attention before causing serious problems and damage.

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Saturday, October 11, 2014

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Hot Shot's Secret Tune-Up-Trio, featured in a "food truck"

Matt and Bruno are at it again, servicing a food truck that is participating in the The Worlds Largest Food Truck Rally in Tampa, FL.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Wednesday, October 1, 2014