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How Often Do Windshield Wipers Need to be Replaced?

How Often Do Windshield Wipers Need to be Replaced?

Windshield wipers are essential components of your car that you might overlook. The stress of driving in a heavy downpour with sluggish wipers will give you a reason to make a repair shop your next port of call. Besides the inconveniences of driving with faulty wipers, the fault can lead to costlier problems like damage to your windshield glass. Unlike changing your car's engine oil, windshield wipers do not have expiry dates, and you cannot as well use your car's mileage to determine their longevity. However, the following are the tale-tell signs which will give you a hint that you need to change your car's windshield wipers: Squeaking noises: the wiper blades are made in a way that they should glide smoothly across a wet windscreen. However, with time, they will wear out, and instead of a smooth glide, they will develop a squeaking noise. The noise indicates damaged rubbers and the need to replace them as soon as possible. Vibration and chatter ... read more

Can You Drive With the Oil Pressure Light On?

Can You Drive With the Oil Pressure Light On?

The oil pressure light doesn’t often make an appearance on your dash, but you should know why and what to do when it does. There are various issues that can cause your vehicle’s oil light to illuminate. But first, you should always turn off your engine and stop driving until the problem is fixed. In some cases, it can cause irreparable damage to your engine if you continue driving.    As mentioned before, there are various problems that can trigger this dashboard warning light. Here are some potential reasons: Low or Ineffective Oil One of the most common reasons for an oil light to come on is if you have an oil leak. When you are overdue on oil changes, your engine will not maintain proper lubrication. Thus, leaks can develop. We invite you to Longview Auto & Tire for an inspection and oil change if we find this to be the issue.  Reduced Oil Pressure From Faulty Oil Pump If the oil pump has gone bad, it can cause a drop in oil pressure. You should ... read more

What Does a Flashing Check Engine Light Mean?

What Does a Flashing Check Engine Light Mean?

The age-old questions that most mechanics get are the ones relating to the dreadful check engine light. This yellow dashboard engine light is feared by most people because it’s difficult to tell what it means. Unless you have a scan tool and certain mechanical knowledge, you’re going to need to make a trip to a professional auto repair shop to diagnose and repair the issue.   Simply put, the check engine light is a symbol indicating that something is wrong with the engine, its computer, or any part relating to the engine's combustion process. It can come on for a number of reasons including loose gas caps, worn spark plugs, faulty sensors, failing thermostats, and more.   However, it is important to note that a flashing check engine light usually means it is a more serious problem. Your engine is most likely misfiring, which can quickly overheat the catalytic converter. In some cases, it can even cause a fire.    If your check engine light is f ... read more

What Are the Various Types of Fluid Leaks?

What Are the Various Types of Fluid Leaks?

When you go to your car, you may notice liquid underneath. Sometimes, it's not a reason to be alarmed. But there are many types of car leaks. Here are the different leaks that can happen and how to identify them. Common Car Fluid Leaks Coolant Leaks Back in the day, it used to be common for this kind of leak to happen. But cars have since gotten better since those days, so it's not too common anymore. If there are coolant leaks, it should be looked at as it can destroy your engine! The liquid will usually appear as hot bubbling liquid on the ground for you to identify it. Oil Leaks This is one of the more common car fluid leaks that happens. The most obvious sign is a black stain that is visibly clear. It can be a failed gasket or even worse, stripped threads that landed in the oil pan. For that reason, you'll want it checked out. Brake Fluid Leaks If your brakes are done for, you'll likely see fluids on the ground. It shows an amber tint and almost smells fishy ... read more

Is A Serpentine Belt The Same As The Drive Belt?

Is A Serpentine Belt The Same As The Drive Belt?

A serpentine belt is a long, continuous belt that sits at the heart of your engine and is responsible for operating outer gears and mechanisms. It runs the alternator, the power steering pump, the air pump, and the water pump. Without it, you wouldn't have a functional engine that works. Plus, it keeps your air conditioning compressor running at an efficient speed. But the question remains. Is a serpentine belt the same as a drive belt? The fact is that the two are often used interchangeably and are easily mistaken for each other. But they are actually separate belts. The serpentine belt is long, thin and intertwining. It curves around like a snake, hence the term "serpentine." A drive belt is similar to the serpentine belt in that it performs those same functions. It operates the power steering pump, the water pump, the air pump, and your car's air conditioning compressor. It can do all of those things except for a few minor differences. A serpentine belt actually ... read more

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