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What are the Symptoms of a Failing Crankshaft Position Sensor?

What are the Symptoms of a Failing Crankshaft Position Sensor?

The engine is a major part of your vehicle. A major part of your engine is the crankshaft position sensor which is an engine management component that you will find on just about all modern vehicles that have an internal combustion engine. This part monitors the position and rotational speed of the crankshaft and sends that information to the unit that controls the engine so it can make the proper adjustments that are needed based on the conditions it's operating under. The speed and position that your crankshaft position sensor monitors are some of the most parameters that the engine will monitor. So, if there is an issue, how are you to know if your crankshaft position sensor is failing? There are some symptoms that you can look out for when it comes to knowing if your crankshaft position sensor is failing or if it is at the beginning of doing so. You have an issue starting your vehicle. This is the most common symptom that'll be associated with a failing crankshaft p ... read more

Can I Switch to Synthetic Oil or a Different Grade?

Can I Switch to Synthetic Oil or a Different Grade?

Synthetic Oil Before determining whether or not you can switch to synthetic oil or a different grade, it is important to understand what synthetic oil is. Synthetic oil uses petroleum elements along with organic and inorganic compounds. These compounds differ from the ones found in conventional oils. In general, the compounds in synthetic oils are purer and more uniform, while the ones found in conventional oils contain additives that lower the quality. Some cars use synthetic blends, which involves a combination of the compounds found in conventional and synthetic oils. Of course, these are less pure and thus of lower standard than fully synthetic oils. Because of the higher quality of synthetic oils, about 70% of newer cars use them instead of conventional ones. The purpose of synthetic oils is to lubricate engines more efficiently than conventional oils and synthetic blends. Other advantages of synthetic oils include: Longer-lasting Better horsepower Better resistance to oxid ... read more

My Check Engine Light Just Came On – Now What?

My Check Engine Light Just Came On – Now What?

When your check engine light comes on, it's usually followed by anxiety and worry. The light could be as a result of just a minor issue, like a faulty gas gap, or something really serious like a misfiring engine. In most cases, the sane thing to do when your check engine light comes on is visit your car dealer to fix the problem. What the Light means The check engine light is part of your vehicle's onboard diagnostic system. When it detects a problem in the electronic control system that cannot be corrected, it turns on a yellow warning light labelled 'check engine'. Besides just the check engine light, the system stores a 'trouble code' which identifies the exact source of the problem. The code, however, requires a professional to decipher and repair the issue. Identifying the problem If your check engine light comes on, consider stopping by any of our locations. We have ASE Certified technicians who will happily scan your ... read more

Thanksgiving Road Trip Tips

Thanksgiving Road Trip Tips

According to AAA, more than 55 million travelers made plans to travel 50 miles or more for the Thanksgiving holiday last year. This year, there’s a possibility that there will be a lot more with the current travel restrictions. Most of us have been self-isolating away from our nearest and dearest. If it’s safe to do so, Thanksgiving may be the perfect time to reunite with loved ones. If you’re planning on traveling this month, it’s best to prepare in advance. Below are a few helpful road trip tips to consider before you set out on the highway.  Check your health. The pandemic still has many people shaken up and very concerned. If you’re planning to see family or friends, take a COVID-19 test to prevent spreading the illness to your loved ones. Keep a thermometer nearby and take note of how you’re feeling. This year it’s more important than ever to wash your hands, keep disinfectant nearby, and carry a few extra ... read more

Is it Time for an Alignment? 5 Ways to Tell

Is it Time for an Alignment? 5 Ways to Tell

While the steering wheel does control the direction your vehicle moves in, if the road is smooth and straight, your car should still continue to drive straight. If the alignment is off, you may have to manhandle the steering wheel to keep your vehicle from veering off. Improper wheel alignment doesn't just compromise the integrity of the suspension system; it's a significant safety hazard. An alignment service is a cost-effective maintenance task that reduces the need for expensive auto repairs in the future. Below are five ways to determine if your vehicle is overdue for a wheel alignment.  The steering wheel is vibrating.  Misaligned wheels will cause your steering wheel to work harder to keep your vehicle moving straight. If a wheel isn't centered, the steering wheel will vibrate or hum. A vibrating steering wheel can be due to various issues; keep an eye out for any additional signs of an alignment issue.  Your car pulls to one ... read more

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