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Diesel Engine Exhaust Smoke Signals

Your diesel engine exhaust has a color-coded way to tell you something is wrong. Are you reading the smoke signals correctly?

Black Smoke

Black smoke results when there is too much fuel and not enough air coming out of your exhaust. The smoke gets its coloring because it is full of elemental carbon particles that would normally be burned as fuel. This incomplete combustion means either there is too much fuel being added or not enough oxygen being supplied to burn the fuel.

One of the leading causes of black smoke is over-fueling caused by diesel fuel injector wear enlarging the nozzle hole or eroding the injector fuel. This allows excess fuel to flow into the combustion chamber.

It may also be caused by dirty air-filers that don’t allow sufficient air into the [...]

One stop auto repair shopOur time is limited, so the last thing we want to do is drive all over town if we don’t have to.  This is the reason why there has been a huge rise in the popularity of superstores offering everything from groceries to patio furniture. However, when it comes to your car, is it possible to get superior results for a multitude of automotive services under one roof? Absolutely!  Griffin Auto Care is a one-stop auto repair shop for anything under, over, and inside your car.

One-Stop Auto Repair Shop Services

Our comprehensive service offerings include:

  • General maintenance. Keeping your car well-maintained with regular maintenance is the easiest way to ensure it stays in peak operating condition (and minimize its lifetime repair costs). We perform tune-ups, oil changes, and all other routine check-ups and services.
  • [...]

Did you know that your tire pressure changes when the temperature changes? Here’s what you need to know about the daily life of your tires and how to keep them safely rolling along.

Tire Pressure Change

Check Tire Pressure and Temperatures For Safety

Why is checking your air pressure important?

Maintaining the appropriate air pressure is the most important thing you can do for your tires. Driving on under-inflated tires leads to increased tread wear on the outside edges of the tire as well as a reduction in fuel economy with the softer tires increasing rolling resistance. Over-inflated tires, on the other hand, can lead to impact-breaks, decrease braking performance, and cause uneven wear.

What about your TPMS light?

All cars manufactured in 2008 or later are required to have a tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS). The [...]

West Palm Beach Exhaust Repair

Car Exhaust System

Do you suspect something is wrong with your exhaust system? Griffin Auto Care’s ASE certified mechanics in want you to know how to recognize the signs of exhaust system problems and why your car exhaust system plays an important role in noise reduction, controlling air pollution and fuel efficiency.

What an exhaust system does:

As one the components of your exhaust system, your muffler is designed to decrease the amount of noise emitted by the exhaust of an internal combustion engine.

Your exhaust system also carries away the gases created when fuel and air are burned the combustion chamber contained within your vehicle’s engine. These gases are harmful to both humans and the environment so the reduction in the amount released into the environment helps reduce air pollution.

Additionally, it [...]

Oil Change Downtown West Palm Beach

We’ve all heard the age-old advice about the importance of regular oil changes. But are they really necessary or is it just an outdated mantra? Read on to find out.

What is the role of motor oil?

A vehicle’s motor oil performs three critical functions: (1) it adds lubrication to the engine’s moving components; (2) it cools the engine by moving heat away from combustion chamber; and (3) it helps prevent carbon and varnishes from accumulating in the engine.

What are the benefits of getting regular oil changes?

In a nutshell, regular oil changes are the simplest way to extend the life of your car and save major headaches and expenses related to breakdowns and repairs.

Specific benefits include:

  • Better engine performance thanks to a clean and lubricated engine that [...]

Car Inspections

Give your car a pre-trip inspection before your next long distance drive

Ready to hit the road? Before you head over the river and through the woods, be sure your car can get you all the way to Grandmother’s house safely.

Perform this pre-trip car inspection to identify potential road trip spoilers.
  • Battery: Check your battery to be certain it is strong and has clean terminals. Car batteries typically last three to five years.
  • Tires: Be sure your tires are inflated to the recommended pressure and look for any tears in the sidewall. Then check the wear by holding a quarter upside down in the tread. If you can see George Washington’s head, the tire will not provide you with appropriate traction in varying weather conditions and you need to replace it.
  • Brakes: Have your mechanic inspect your car’s brake pads [...]

Transmission Shop West Palm Beach Griffin Auto Repair

Early signs of a problem transmission.

Your transmission is what changes the gear of your engine and transfers the engine’s power to the wheels to move your car forward. While the description of its function is simple, your transmission actually contains hundreds of components that work together to move your car. This complexity means it can be costly to fix. Avoid unnecessary expenses by looking for these symptoms of a failing automatic transmission.

 

  • A Warning Light. In modern cars, there are sensors that recognize vibrations and early problems that you may not otherwise notice. The chief problem among these is the transmission temperature. If this light turns on it means that your transmission fluid is hotter than usual and your transmission is operating at a higher [...]

ABS Light Dashboard Warning Lights

Dashboard Warning Symbols ABS, Battery and more

A light on your dashboard comes on – should you drive immediately to your local mechanic? With advancements in technology, dashboard symbols have gotten more complex than in the past. This leaves many of us scratching our heads as to how serious the warning is and what exactly we’re being warned about.

There’s no need to be in the dark any longer. Here’s what you need to know about the warning signs lighting up today’s dashboards.

The ABS Light

ABS Warning Light West Palm Beach

What it means: Your ABS system does a power-on self-test every time you cycle the ignition. The ABS warning light illuminates if it’s lacking data, a hydraulic pump or valve [...]

Signs Your Brakes are Going Bad

How do you know when you may need new brakes on your car?

When it comes to your car’s brakes, the last thing you want to do is wait until they completely fail you. Learn 7 signs your brakes are bad in order to avoid a potentially disastrous situation.

Sign #1: Strange brake noises

If your brakes are squealing or making a grinding noise when you are using them, they may need replacement or adjustment. Squealing noises result from wear indicators that come into contact with the brake rotor when your brake pads are worn. Take your car in for service as soon as you start hearing squealing. Otherwise, the squealing will progress into grinding, which means the brakes have ground through the wear indicators and into the rotors. [...]

Car Leaking Fluids? Identify the Problem by Color

 

Car Leaking? What Color is the Fluid?

You notice a puddle of fluid in your parking spot or driveway and suspect something is wrong with your car. Much like with any illness, knowing how to analyze the symptoms can provide great insight into what is wrong and help determine the appropriate treatment.

Luckily, when it comes to leaking car fluids, the color of the fluid can give you clues as to the root of the problem.

If the fluid is:

Thin and reddish or thick and brown, it is likely transmission fluid.

A failing transmission seal or gasket can result in a transmission fluid leak with these color attributes and consistencies which are typically found near the center of the car.

Thin and reddish or [...]

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