Spark Plugs: What Are They & Why Are They Important?

The spark plugs on your engine are more than just confusing bits of metal. They are complicated pieces of technology that send electrical energy to the combustion chamber in your engine. This little spark sets off the “explosion” that creates controlled chaos in the chamber and starts your engine. Not a small role, by any means.  Continue reading “Spark Plugs: What Are They & Why Are They Important?” »

10 Engine Parts Inspected During Your Vehicle Tune-Up

The engine tune-up checklist includes both preventative and restorative engine assessment as well as final maintenance suggestions that will vary depending on the vehicle based on age, mileage, and specific manufacturer recommendations. Continue reading “10 Engine Parts Inspected During Your Vehicle Tune-Up” »

What Are Cylinders and What Do They Do?

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The majority of cars have 4, 5, 6, or 8 cylinders to power their engines, with the exception of a few high-end luxury sedans with 10 and 12 cylinders. Knowing what kind of engine, how many cylinders, and their orientation can really help you get your car fixed quickly when a problem arises. It can also be helpful to know because doing a quick internet search could help you find an easy fix that saves you money. Continue reading “What Are Cylinders and What Do They Do?” »

Your Car’s Engine: 3 Important Systems to Know

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You probably don’t think about your car’s engine very much until it breaks or your check engine light pops on. It’s not necessary for you to become an expert, but knowing a few key parts of an engine and how they work can give you a little more understanding of what’s under the hood. Continue reading “Your Car’s Engine: 3 Important Systems to Know” »

5 Signs Your Vehicle Needs a Mechanic

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When you have car trouble, the problem is sometimes minor. Other times, a major car repair is needed. It’s essential that you seek a mechanic’s advice sooner rather than later in some situations. If you experience any of these five signs, then you may be in need of immediate car repair. Continue reading “5 Signs Your Vehicle Needs a Mechanic” »

Keep your Car Road Trip-Ready

The windows are down, the music is loud, and the car is packed with your vacation gear — at last, you’ve embarked on your summer getaway.  Before you fill your trunk with inner tubes and snorkeling gear, make sure your engine is road trip-ready! This summer, protect your car by keeping up on simple engine maintenance.

Oil

Think of oil as the blood that pumps through the heart of your car. Simply put: it’s essential. The good news is that the cost of oil or an oil change is relatively cheap, so there’s no excuse to put off this pertinent task. If you make checking your car’s oil part of your daily routine, then you should be able to avoid any oil-induced car catastrophes.  After all, nobody wants one of those on their grand getaway!

 Pointers:

1. Each time you fill up your tank, make a habit of checking your oil.

2. When checking your oil, make sure your dipstick (reference your owner’s manual if you have any questions about this)  is thoroughly wiped down, and have your vehicle parked on flat ground to ensure an accurate reading.

3. Change your oil every 3,000 miles. This has been the gold standard for oil changes for decades now, but newer cars tend to require less frequent oil changes (again, see your owner’s manual for information specific to your car).

Coolant

A quick look at your car’s coolant level is another easy way to check your engine’s vitals. If you’re wondering why it’s important to do this, then look no further than the first part of the word — “cool.”  Just as the name suggests, coolant keeps your engine (an otherwise hot area) nice and cool. If you neglect your coolant levels, you’ll run the risk of your car overheating, something that shouldn’t be a part of any road trip!

Quick Tips:

1. Your coolant level should rise between the high and low markers on the tank.

2. In the event that your coolant level is low, it’s best to purchase coolant and fill the reservoir to optimal levels ASAP. And if you’re on the road, know that many gas stations carry coolant.

Once you’ve crossed an oil and a coolant checkup off of your to-do list, your engine will be road trip-ready.  Now comes the fun part — wide, open roads, the license plate game, and other vacation shenanigans!

Need an oil change or a tune up? Leave it to our professionals at Performance Truck & Automotive Repair. We’ll take the extra mile to make sure your car is ready for some summer fun!

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How to Prevent a Few Common Auto Repairs

Let’s face it, you would much rather spend your hard-earned money on things more exciting than auto repair. At Performance Truck & Automotive Repair, we know how frustrating it is when your car needs to be fixed. We love repairing cars, but we love happy customers even more. So, in the spirit of our mission, we’ve created a list of ways you can prevent a few of the most common auto repairs.

Brake Pad Replacement

Brakes are an extremely important safety component of every car. Monitoring your brake pads is an easy way to avoid having to replace your car’s brake rotors, which can be a more expensive fix. Lucky for you, there are a couple of easy ways to tell if your brake pads need to be replaced.

As you come to a stop, many brake pads make a screeching or grinding sound when they need to be serviced. “But noise alone isn’t always the best indicator, so it’s best to anticipate when this will happen by periodically inspecting the thickness of the brake pads,” reported Edmunds. If your brake pads appear to be thin, it’s best to replace them as soon as possible, as to avoid unwanted damage to the brake rotors.  The good news is that even if you have a limited skill set, most brake pads can be conveniently  replaced at home.

Engine Misfire

A healthy engine is a beautiful thing, but an engine in need of repair can be a nightmare. Sadly, if you don’t keep up on your engine maintenance, a number of things can go awry in this complex piece of machinery. A common but preventable issue is engine misfire. Vacuum leaks, damaged spark plugs, and poor fuel delivery are just a few things that can create engine misfire issues. Engine repairs can cost you a pretty penny, ranging anywhere from 100 to 10,000 dollars.

Typically, these problems can be prevented by sticking to your car’s engine maintenance schedule. Regular engine checkups are also important, because they allow professionals to foresee potential issues and identify any small repairs that need to be made. We also suggest you have an annual trouble-code scan done, because it can help recognize future engine problems.

Evaporative Emission Control (EVAP) System Breakdown

Codes for EVAP leaks often appear when there is a leak or another issue within the system. Finding the leak or defective part and fixing it can be costly — ranging between 100 to 700 dollars.

Want to save money? There are a few easy ways you can prevent this issue. If you always look into a check engine light and make a habit of securely fastening the gas cap each time you fill your tank, your engine will be better protected. “In addition, a good rust protection application helps to keep system line corrosion to a minimum,” said an AOL article.

It’s summertime, and we don’t want you dipping into your vacation funds to make auto repairs that are usually preventable. We’re industry experts, so take our advice and keep up on your car maintenance. And in the event that your car does need a repair, remember that Performance Truck & Automotive Repair is just the place for the job!

 

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