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How Often Should You Change Spark Plugs?

How Often Should You Change Spark Plugs?

In order for your vehicle's engine to function properly, you need spark plugs. Despite the fact that you can't start your vehicle without them, they are still frequently overlooked in a car's regular maintenance schedule. Like any other engine component, they wear out over time, and heavy use causes them to wear out faster. Functions Spark Plugs The primary function of a spark plug is to generate a spark to start the engine, and the secondary function is to maintain an ignition spark while the engine is running in between combustion cycles. Therefore, they're what it takes to get your car moving correctly. If the spark plug fails to work properly, it will degrade engine performance. How Often Should You Change Spark Plugs? Spark plugs may be either conventional or long-life. Depending on the make and model of the vehicle, conventional spark plugs have a lifespan of 30,000 to 50,000 miles before they need to be replaced, while the long-life spark plugs (tipped with i ... read more

Why is my airbag light on?

Why is my airbag light on?

If you notice that your airbag light has illuminated on your dashboard, you might be wondering what the problem is and how serious it really is. In most cases, an illuminated airbag light doesn't mean that your airbags won't work in the event of an accident; however, it does mean that there is an issue with your car that should be addressed as soon as possible. To learn more about why your airbag light might be on and how to resolve the issue, check out this informative guide on reasons why your airbag light might be on. Malfunctioning Sensors One of your vehicle's safety features is an airbag sensor. Sensors detect when a car accident occurs and, if necessary, automatically deploy an airbag to protect a driver or passenger. A sensor that malfunctions can leave you at greater risk of injury in an accident. Sensors in older vehicles can wear out over time. In many cases, it's simply a matter of replacing a faulty sensor to put your mind at ease. If your car has been i ... 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

What are the Signs of Clogged or Dirty Fuel Injectors?

What are the Signs of Clogged or Dirty Fuel Injectors?

For the engine of a vehicle to operate correctly, it requires the proper quantity of fuel according to specific demands. The fuel injection system allows the fuel to be mixed with the right proportion of air before entering the inlet port and into the relevant chamber. One problem with fuel injectors is that they can become clogged or dirty. This may affect its ability to work and can lead to needing a replacement. Here are some signs to look out for to know if your fuel injectors have become damaged or unclean: Engine stalls or fails - If the level of fuel needed to power the vehicle can't be supplied, the normal revs per minute (RPM) won't be met and the engine will stall or die. Engine starts to vibrate - A faulty injector can prevent the relevant cylinder involved to fire correctly. This can cause your engine to vibrate while the vehicle is moving and you try to give it power. Engine misfires - A clogged or dirty engine can cause the car to misfire, leading it to halt o ... read more

5 Ways to Protect Your Car From Rust

5 Ways to Protect Your Car From Rust

The orange look of rust is not only hideous, but it can do a lot more than bring down the appearance of your car. Rust can eat away your important structures and components, interfering with the vehicle's integrity and performance. Save yourself from the frustration and troubles of rust by following these preventative tips below: Tip #1: Wash your car routinely, winters included. It may seem easier said than done, but a car wash can do wonders for your vehicle. Getting rid of dirt and debris off your car will ensure the outer coating of paint stays fresh and the undercarriage clean. Furthermore, it is especially important to rinse your vehicle off in the winter. The salt often scattered on the roads can make it easier for rust to form.  Tip #2: Pay attention to your vehicle's paint. Is the paint on your car peeling? Are there scratches or chips? Any open cut on your vehicle's paint can allow external elements, like water to sneak in and create rust.  Tip #4: Do ... read more

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