When you hear your car making strange sounds, it is often a red flag that something is wrong. But if you want to truly be in sync with the wellness of your vehicle, it’s best to rely on all of your senses for diagnosis – including smell. Unusual smells such as burning plastic or rubber or other odors can be symptoms of very particular problems that requires attention. Here’s what you need to know about the smell of car trouble.
Your car is giving off a strange odor and it’s not the lingering scent of fast food you picked up yesterday. The first thing to do is identify what type of smell it is and where it seems to be coming from.
Sure window tinting is a way to up your car’s coolness quotient, but does it provide value beyond aesthetics? As it turns out, there are numerous advantages associated with tinting your windows. Read on to find out why this process can be viewed as a form of protective car maintenance.
Benefits of window tinting include:
UV Ray Protection. According to a study in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, 53 percent of skin cancers occur on the left, or drivers’, side of the body. While factory standard windows may not block them, window tinting has the potential to block up to 99 percent of harmful ultraviolet rays- protecting against skin cancer and the acceleration of skin aging.
Solar Heat Reduction. Depending on the grade [...]
Improving your diesel vehicle uptime is a direct result of effective fleet maintenance. Look for these warning signs of diesel engine problems that indicate it’s time to bring your vehicle in for repair.
Warning sign: Lack of power and hard starting.
This is likely a sign that not enough fuel is getting through to the engine for combustion and there is a partial blockage of the fuel system. The most common place for blockage is at the main fuel filter. This can be checked by taking a fuel sample before the filter. If the fuel is clear and bright, changing the fuel filter will typically fix the problem. If it is hazy or has particles floating in it, it should be replaced before changing the filter.
Just as you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, you shouldn’t judge the health of your car only by what’s going on outside. Good advice, but many car owners are more than a bit perplexed by the electronic inner working of their automobile.
No need to sign-up for auto shop, here’s what you need to know about the tech inside your car and its health.
How it works:
First things first- it’s no longer called the electric system. Thanks to the advances in technology expanding its responsibilities, today we call it the Controller Area Network, or CAN.
The CAN is a complex system that enables thousands of data points to travel throughout your car to various computers called electronic control units, or ECUs. Each of these ECUs [...]
Keep reading to learn how to avoid skidding and regain control if you find yourself in a skidding or hydroplaning situation.
Why do cars skid in rainy conditions?
When it isn’t raining, oil and grease build up on the road and are kept in a liquid state thanks to the sun beating down. When it begins to rain, the oil and grease float to the top of the water and create a slick surface- meaning the roads are the most slippery within the first half hour after the rain starts. As the rain continues, the oil and grease are washed away down the drains. It is at this point, when standing water has accumulated, that the chance of hydroplaning increases.
When your car hydroplanes, it means your tires have risen up on [...]
Cruising with the windows down is an idyllic image, but not always enjoyable in the sweltering sun. Most of us prefer cranking up the tunes with our windows up and air conditioner blowing. Never do we recognize that more than when our A/C isn’t working right or stops working all together.
What’s causing the A/C not to work? Read on.
If your air conditioning is blowing warm air:
Warm air temperature can be due to a faulty refrigerant system in the A/C, a system blockage or a faulty component such as a compressor. If a leak is found in the refrigerant system, the system will need to be recharged. In addition to the impact it will have on your car’s air conditioning performance, [...]
At Griffin Auto Care near Downtown, one of the many designations we hold and value is as a BMW certified repair center. What does that mean?
In order to be classified as a part of the BMW-certified program, a repair center must be equipped with
industry-leading diagnostic instruments,
approved measuring equipment,
spray booth systems,
spot welding apparatus and more.
Technicians in BMW Certified Collision Repair Centers
must undergo more than 120 hours of BMW vehicle-specific training
must use tools and procedures that are designed from vehicle blueprints to insure pinpoint accuracy and allow technicians to achieve body tolerances of one millimeter or less- far more precise than the industry standard.
have continuing education to keep current on newly launched models [...]
Spoiler alert: you’re about to find out everything you need to know about car spoilers from Griffin Auto Care
What is a spoiler?
Spoilers are added to cars to make them more aerodynamic. The purpose of a rear spoiler is to allow for better airflow over and around the car to create improved grip or traction on the road. When cars travel at high speeds, increased airflow can create too much lift. This is particularly dangerous when a car is making a turn and could potentially lose control.
While one solution to this problem would be to increase the weight of the car, this would also reduce the car’s speed and consume more fuel- two unwelcomed side effects. Adding a spoiler can reduce the lift without more weight. It accomplishes this [...]
Getting your oil changed is key to keep your car running efficient especially in the summer on a hot day.
The historical refrain for the oil change question seemed to be “every 3,000 miles”. For cars bought in the last seven or eight years, that is no longer true.
Why the switch? Improvements in oil chemistry and engine technology have meant that cars can drive significantly farther before needing that oil change. Current recommended estimates are closer to 7,500 and may go as high as 10,000 miles or more.
That said, your magic mileage number depends on your particular vehicle. For the best guideline, check out your car’s manual (either in your glove box or online). It will likely give a mileage figure that, not [...]
It’s not always easy knowing when to repaint your ride, but it’s an essential part of your car’s maintenance. In addition to providing aesthetic benefits, automotive paint serves as a rust inhibitor that can extend the useful life of your car. So knowing the why, when and how to repaint is critical for every car owner.
Automotive Paint Jobs
The most common reasons for repainting include:
The paint has deteriorated or come off and the bare metal is exposed- making it both unattractive and susceptible to rust.
The car is a faded/less shiny version of its former self and the owner would like to recapture its youth.
The car owner wants a fresh start with a fresh new color.
The owner has a desire to customize the ride [...]