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5 car noises that require immediate attention

5 car noises that require immediate attention

When you hear strange sounds coming from your car, it can be alarming. Sometimes it's nothing to worry about. What are these noises? Here are 5 car noises you should not ignore and get attention immediately. 1. Squealing or Chirping Sounds from the Engine When you accelerate or fire your engine up, if you hear a squealing sound, it may be the engine. The reason for this is that one of the belts in the car may need to be replaced. If it's a newer vehicle, it could be the serpentine belt. It could be the timing belt as well. Whichever the case, it should be looked at. 2. Pop, Snap, Crackle These are the sounds you should only hear in your bowl of Rice Krispies. However, if you hear these sounds in the car, it's a worrying sign. In front wheel or all-wheel drive vehicles, it is a common issue. It means the constant velocity joints need to be replaced. It helps connect the axle, so if the joints are not working properly, it can be dangerous driving your car with a misaligne ... read more

Symptoms of Bad Spark Plugs

Symptoms of Bad Spark Plugs

Spark plugs are in charge of providing the spark to ignite the air and fuel mixture in your engine. They are tiny objects, but they are absolutely necessary to effectively start your car and keep your motor operating. To keep your car on the road, make sure you’re well informed on the signs of failing spark plugs: Engine Misfires - Failing spark plugs can cause engine misfires because the spark can’t ignite the fuel and air properly. You may also notice a popping noise when it occurs. Other issues that can cause misfires include worn ignition coils or plug wires. To be sure, bring your car to our shop for diagnostics. Engine Surges: This is a popular sign of bad spark plugs. Even though your engine can surge due to an inefficient fuel system, it is safe to check your spark plugs too. Poor Fuel Economy: When the spark plugs are not in good condition, they can’t burn the fuel in the combustion chamber. Your vehicle will respond with more fuel, resulting in a higher g ... read more

Why Do I Have Spongy Brake Pedals?

Why Do I Have Spongy Brake Pedals?

If your vehicle's brake pedals feel spongy or fall too low, it is wise that you bring it to a certified mechanic. At our professional auto repair shop, we can inspect your vehicle's braking system to determine the root cause of the issue. Below are several reasons why drivers might experience spongy brakes. Air Escaped Into Braking System If you know a thing or two about hydraulic braking systems, the air is its worse enemy. When we find air in the brake lines, the only simple solution is to remove it. This process is done by bleeding the brakes. Sometimes, this problem is caused by poor brake work or weakened brake components. After we bleed the brakes, we can top your car off with clean brake fluid. Old Brake Fluid Old and contaminated brake fluid can also cause your brake pedals to feel off. Just like all your other car fluids, brake fluid isn't meant to last forever. Depending on what is specified in your car manual, brake fluid can last anywhere between 25,000 to ... read more

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