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5 Car Noises That Require Immediate Attention

5 Car Noises That Require Immediate Attention

There are several things that drivers look out for to ascertain if their cars need immediate attention or not. Noise, especially from the engine, is one of these signs. It's not something you should ignore, but rather visit our trusted mechanic as soon as you can.    While it may be tempting to try and identify the cause of the noise using DIY tactics, getting professional help is the best decision in such cases. Our experts are trained and experienced in diagnosing the cause of noise in your car and finding a lasting solution. In this article, we will highlight the top 5 car noises that call for immediate mechanic attention.   Squealing or Chirping in the Engine A squealing or chirping noise emerging from the engine when accelerating is an indication of an underlying issue in your car. Besides the serpentine belt, the accessory belt may also be faulty. Also, the timing, fan, and v-belts may be worn out. A visit to our auto repair shop is the on ... read more

What is a Drivetrain?

What is a Drivetrain?

Most people do not know or understand what their vehicle's drivetrain is, which is why we are going to go over the basics of it today. The word drivetrain may sound intimidating, but it's not all that complicated! Today, we will discuss drivetrains, why they are so important, signs of a problematic drivetrain, and why you should not neglect its necessary repairs.   What is a Drivetrain? The drivetrain is a term that sums up all of the components necessary to transfer the engine's power to its wheels to enable your vehicle to move. It comprises multiple vehicle parts, including the transmission, driveshaft, wheels, CV joint, U-joint, differentials, and axles. If you've ever talked or heard about "rear-wheel drive (RWD)" or "front-wheel drive (FWD)," you are referencing a vehicle's drivetrain. While rear-wheel vs. front-wheel drive is a topic of discussion that we won't go over today, you must know the troubling signs of a faulty drivet ... read more

Are Tire Rotations Necessary to Car's Performance?

Are Tire Rotations Necessary to Car's Performance?

When people think about car safety, they often think of parts like seat belts, airbags, and vehicle lights. However, your tires are one of your car's most critical safety features, which is why mechanics emphasize tire maintenance so often. A tire rotation is among one of the several services that tires need to be safe. A tire rotation is when one or more tires are moved from one position on the vehicle to another. Usually, the front tires will move to the rear, and the rear tires will move to the front in a cross-diagonal direction. This service is necessary because all automobiles carry more weight in the front, so the front tires will naturally wear out quicker. Tire rotations are done to prevent uneven wear and extend the life of your tires. More often than not, it would help if you had your tires rotated every time you get an oil change. You can refer to your vehicle's owner manual for the proper timing as well.    Why Are Regular Tire Rotations So Important ... read more

5 Signs You're Having Alternator Troubles

5 Signs You're Having Alternator Troubles

The alternator is a simple yet crucial device within every gasoline-powered automobile. The alternator has a mechanism that recycles power to and from your vehicle battery while you are driving. Electric vehicles and most hybrid vehicles will not have this mechanism because they have different batteries.   When your vehicle is on, the battery supplies power to all kinds of systems: the engine, the air conditioner, the infotainment system, and other electronic components. The alternator is the backbone of the battery and sends power back into the battery to sustain a charge. If the alternator isn't working correctly, you will encounter major electrical system failures and a drained battery.   It's essential to understand the warning signs of a failing alternator: 1. Faint Lights Whether the lights look dim periodically or continuously, blurry lights are a common sign of a weak battery and/or a failing alternator. Too dim of lights can pose many h ... read more

Why Does My A/C Have a Foul Smell?

Why Does My A/C Have a Foul Smell?

It's not fun cruising around town with an unpleasant smelling A/C blowing out of your vent. You have no idea where the smell is coming from! Unbeknown to some, some smells can easily creep in your car's A/C. Here's what you need to know and what it may mean for your vehicle. There's a possibility that you're smelling something that's in the atmosphere that's just getting filtered through your A/C. If this is the case, driving away will simply resolve the problem. However, you should be worried if the smell is persistent and smells of gas, mold/mildew, vinegar, or burnt. Here is what those scents may indicate:   Gasoline Smell: Even though your car has a cabin air filter, it may not be able to block more pungent smells like gasoline. If your vehicle has a fuel leak, there is a high chance that it will get sucked into your cabin and through the A/C system.   Mold/Mildew: If your A/C reeks of mold or mildew, it may be mold or bacteria building up ... read more

Bad Driving Habits to Avoid

Bad Driving Habits to Avoid

  Most of us are guilty of bad habits, especially those that take place behind the wheel. We often don’t recognize the bad habits we do because they just come naturally to us. However, we should always make an effort towards correcting our bad habits, especially when it comes to driving. Doing so can dramatically decrease your chances of getting into a horrific collision on the road. If you have a daily commute, try to remember to practice safe driving and always keep your concentration on the road.   HERE ARE COMMON BAD HABITS THAT YOU SHOULD AVOID DOING WHILE DRIVING:  Talking excessively to passengers Talking or texting on your phone* Driving with your headphones on* Eating or drinking (non-alcoholic) beverages  One-handed driving Not signaling when switching lanes, turning, or parking* Riding the tail end of other cars on the road* Not wearing your seatbelt* Speeding*   All of the above are bad habits that most automobile drivers are guilt ... read more

General Driving Tips for Seniors

General Driving Tips for Seniors

Many adults in the United States can still operate a car beyond their retirement age. On the other hand, some elders are associated with various physical illnesses related to aging that can interfere with driving. Either way, it is critical for older drivers - and their friends and families - to be more aware and spread these helpful tips to keep them more protected on the road. Here are some general safety driving tips that are sure to help your seniors:   TIPS FOR OLDER DRIVERS 1. Mute your cell phone. Whether you are a baby boomer, Gen X, Gen Y, or Gen Z, most of us have cell phones in 2021. However, that means texting and calling while driving poses a more significant threat. Phones are the number one distraction attributed to vehicle accidents. To be more cautious, we suggest that you leave your cell phone on silent and away from your surroundings until you reach your destination. 2. Always buckle up. The majority of the states in the United States enforce seat belts as a ... read more

Why Is My Car Vibrating When I Brake?

Why Is My Car Vibrating When I Brake?

Brake repair is essential for your vehicle, as it keeps driving safe for you and others around you. Yet brakes are mechanical and are subject to failure, wear, and tear. A common problem that happens with drivers at times is a mechanical quirk known as "brake shudder," which is when you come to a complete traffic stop and feel a shaking in your brakes. Worse yet, it permeates into the steering column, thus causing your wheel to shake hard, and that's when you know you are having a serious issue within your brakes that warrants immediate attention. When this happens, your suspension gets affected as well. Brake shudder has its roots in any number of issues, from bad calipers and warped rotors to brand new brake pads that still need to be broken in. Whatever the issue is, it should be addressed right away before real danger happens. Vibrations felt in the steering wheel mean that your front rotors have gone bad. But if the same sensation is felt in the brake pedal, then i ... read more

Why are Shocks and Struts Important?

Why are Shocks and Struts Important?

When you're driving down the road and your car starts to bounce, it's probably time for new shocks or struts. But what are they? This blog post will explain why shocks and struts are important, as well as some helpful tips on how to maintain them so that you can continue to get the most out of your vehicle. What are Shocks and Struts? Shocks and struts are parts of the suspension system that help maintain a car's ride height and provide a smooth ride. They reduce the impact shock on your vehicle caused by driving over bumps in the road, or potholes. The shocks and struts are responsible for maintaining the relationship between the wheels and the chassis as it reacts with the steering system to control the vehicle's movement. You control your car's direction using the steering wheel, gear, and other steering components. The suspension system helps to help maintain vehicle stability by buffering the impact of the irregularities and by absorbing ene ... read more

Tips to Keep Your Lexus Running at Its Best

Tips to Keep Your Lexus Running at Its Best

For any car owner, it is important to keep your car up and running and in a good condition. The adage that prevention is better than cure rings true for many things in life – including your Lexus. Here are the top 5 tips to ensure that your Lexus will keep running at its best for a long time. Maintenance The easiest way to make sure that problems are prevented and addressed before they become expensive complications is to follow the suggested maintenance plan for your Lexus. The maintenance schedule is specially designed to check specific parts and systems at specific intervals to maximize their lifetime. During these maintenance visits, mechanics will replace vital parts before they need replacing to ensure you an extended safe driving experience. Take it easy Easy driving will lead to the longevity of your Lexus. If you respect your car then its parts will last longer, for example, protect your car's transmission box from damage by shifting gears smoothly and avoid shi ... read more

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