What Is That Thumping Noise While I Am Driving?

If you hear a regular thumping or vibration that varies with your speed as you’re driving down the road, the tires are usually the culprit. Many times, the tread in the tire is separating internally. Want a sure-fire way to know if this has occurred? Try this: Drive across a parking lot at 2 to […]

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What Is That Thumping Or Clicking Noise When I Turn?

Sometimes when you turn the steering wheel, you will hear a thumping noise and possibly feel a jerking action through the steering wheel. Several problems could cause this thumping noise. One problem could be your “constant velocity joints” (or CV joints). A CV joint is pictured above. Your axle has a constant velocity joint built […]

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What Is That Squeak In My Engine?

Many times, you’ll find a plastic splash shield installed underneath the front of the car for multiple purposes. These shields not only prevent foreign objects from getting into the engine compartment and causing damage, but also protect against water getting into the drive belt area. If water enters that area, the drive belt may actually […]

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What Is That Noise When I Push The Brakes?

One common noise that often scares people is a squeaky noise that happens when you push on your brake pedal. A high-pitched noise is indicative of brakes needing repair, especially if this is a new sound. Sometimes what we’ll call “inferior” brake pads or “inferior” parts are used on a brake job. In those cases, […]

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Car Noise – How Do I Explain What Noise I Am Hearing?

One of the greatest things about car ownership is really getting to know your car. That means using your five senses—hearing, sight, smell, taste, and touch. You can use your senses to know what is normal for your car so you’ll recognize when something has changed. When it comes to hearing noises that you know […]

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What Is The Gauge That Tells Me How Many Miles The Car Has On It?

  That gauge is known as an odometer. The name comes from the late 18th century: from French odomètre, from Greek hodos ‘way’ + meter. The accuracy of an odometer gauge has changed over the years. Today it’s electronic, whereas years ago, a cable ran from the speedometer head down to the transmission. As the transmission rotated, this […]

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Gas Gauge – When Should I Fill The Tank?

Most people know that “E” does not stand for “enough”—it stands for empty. And “F,” of course, stands for full. In today’s cars, the fuel pump is located inside the gas tank. Having enough fuel in the tank helps keep that little electric motor—called your fuel pump—cool, and will typically make it last longer. As […]

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What is a Battery Gauge?

The battery gauge, also known as the “voltage gauge”, simply measures battery voltage. You will usually see a small picture of a battery on this gauge. Some gauges will have a number 12, which relates to the voltage; however, most of the time the normal position for the needle, when everything is fine with the battery and […]

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Wheel Alignment – What Is It?

Pictured is a graphic of how alignment angles work and the tire wear that occurs when a vehicle’s wheel alignment is not properly set. It’s not just front wheel alignment anymore; most vehicles have four wheel alignment adjustments available. Bad wheel alignment can cost you a lot of money in premature and excessive tire wear. […]

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What Does The Tachometer Tell Me?

Most tachometer gauges (also called “tachs” or RPM gauges) are circular and have a series of numbers on them—often 0-8. Even if you are sitting still, you will see the tachometer needle move around the gauge as you accelerate by pressing on the gas pedal. The tachometer indicates how many times the engine is rotating […]

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Temperature Gauge – What Is Normal?

One common gauge is the cold/hot gauge, also referred to as the coolant temperature gauge. You will find the coolant temperature gauge on either the left or right side of the dash. This gauge monitors the temperature of the engine. Transmissions usually will not shift into the final drive gear until the engine temperature has […]

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What Is A “Smart” Air Bag Light?

Almost all cars are now equipped with smart air bags. These sensors measure the weight of the person in the front passenger seat. Depending on the weight of the person or object in that seat, the air bag may or may not deploy. With this light, there is nothing you need to do. If there […]

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What Does The Oil Light Mean?

The oil light can indicate an issue with the oil level or oil pressure—sometimes both. If the engine loses oil pressure, the oil light is going to come on. That light will be red because you have to shut the engine down quickly. If the oil pressure is too low, there will be internal damage […]

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The Temperature Light – What If It Comes On?

Most cars today have an engine temperature gauge as well as a temperature light. The engine temperature light will always be red, indicating that you need to shut the engine down as soon as possible. The longer you continue to drive, the more damage will occur. Eventually, you will damage the engine internally. By continuing […]

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Reduced Power Warning Light

Reduced power is something primarily seen on GM vehicles. The reduced power light is usually red and indicates that something has gone wrong, that the vehicle has gone into “limp mode”—as in “we are limping” or “we only have one leg and cannot run.” Such a fault in this system could be problematic. Many times, […]

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Traction Control Warning Light (TC or TCS Light)

The vehicle computer not only monitors the brake system and airbags, but it also helps move power from one tire to another in all-wheel-drive vehicles. For example, in an all-wheel drive vehicle, let’s say you become stuck in sand, mud, ice or snow and are trying to get out. One of your wheels is usually […]

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SRS Warning Light (Air Bag Light)

Air bags are a very important safety feature. In a car equipped with air bags you will see an SRS light (or Air Bag light) on the dashboard. SRS is an acronym for Supplementary Restraint System—the key word being supplementary. That means it supplements your safety system and that safety system is your seat belt. […]

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The Check Engine Light – What Does It Mean?

The check engine light has been around since about 1990. Its initial purpose was to provide information about the emission control status of the vehicle. Check engine lights are typically orange in color because they still primarily deal with emission controls. However, emission controls now includes additional elements, as well. Remember, a yellow light means […]

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What Does the ABS Warning Light Mean?

The ABS light has to do with the brake system, specifically the anti-lock system. If the ABS light is on, the Anti-lock Brake System computer has found a fault somewhere in the system. It could be anything from low brake fluid to a problem with a particular wheel sensor or another component within the system. […]

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What Does That Dashboard Warning Light Mean?

As you sit in the driver’s seat and turn on the key, you see various lights pop up on the dashboard. But what do they mean? First, there’s a reason for the color of lights on your dashboard. These colors can be associated with the traffic lights you see when you are driving down the […]

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When Should I Have My Car Towed?

One of the saddest things we see are vehicles that should have been towed but the driver decided to make it “just a little farther.” We hear things like “It was only a half mile away” or “The exit was just right up there.” These scenarios can cause a three hundred dollar job to turn into […]

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How to prevent breaking down?

This could be your worst nightmare – breaking down on I-8 in the middle of the desert without any water in your car. How do you prevent your car from breaking down? The first way is to follow your manufacturer’s scheduled maintenance plan. For all car manufacturers, the engineers that design the vehicle and parts […]

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Saving Gas and Driving Green

Driving green helps the environment and your budget. Here are some tips from EcoDriving.com. Read Your Owner’s Manual Tip #1: Your glove compartment holds one of the most important sources of fuel economy information, and it is customized for your model and engine. Your owner’s manual may even have a special section on fuel economy. […]

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Counterfeit Parts Warning

Most of us know that cheap parts manufactured overseas have flooded our markets here in the U.S. We know that using these parts are not in our client’s best interest, or the company’s for that matter. The parts failure rates are high and quality is low. Some parts do not even make it out of […]

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