Your automobile’s water pump performs a critical function. Do you know what it does and, more importantly, how to know if it’s failing?
What is a water pump and why is it important?
The water pump, which is tucked under your car’s timing belt cover, is responsible for maintaining a safe engine operating temperature. It is powered by your engine and circulates liquid coolant through the engine cooling system and the radiator. If your water pump fails, your engine may overheat, causing serious damage and possibly requiring a new engine.
When and why should I replace my water pump?
Water pumps typically do not need to be replaced unless a leak develops or the pump fails. (The exception is a water pump that is driven by a timing belt, rather than the accessory drive belt. In those cases, the water [...]
Finding a trusted auto body shop is extremely important in maintaining the health of your vehicle and minimizing unnecessary automobile expenditures. Take these factors into consideration before choosing your go-to mechanic:
One of the best places to go for information you can trust is your circle of friends. Ask them what body shop they have used in the past and how satisfied they were. Referrals are a great way to identify quality shops.
Read online reviews. There are numerous online sites that allow customers to weigh in on their experience.
Contact your local consumer organization and find out if there have been any complaints made against a particular shop and how the complaints were resolved.
Shop qualifications. Visit the auto repair shop and:
Wondering what type of check-ups your car should be having to maintain its top running health? For peak performance of your ride, you should be going well beyond an oil change. Take a look at the list below and learn how (and why) you should be showing your car the TLC it deserves.
1. Oil Changes
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. Without a regular oil change, buildup will start to occur in the cooler parts of the engine and lead to carbon deposits coming from the old oil. This will likely lead to an expensive engine cleaning or worn-out piston rings.
On the flip side, adherence to routine oil changes
Your diesel engine exhaust has a color-coded way to tell you something is wrong. Are you reading the smoke signals correctly?
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 [...]
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.
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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
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 [...]
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.