Inspecting the Fuel System

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The function of the fuel system is to store and supply fuel to the engine and cylinder chambers. The fuel system is a very simple but important part of your vehicle. The fuel pump will draw the fuel from the tank, have it travel through the fuel lines, and then is delivered through a fuel filter to the injectors. After that, it is delivered to the cylinder chamber for combustion. This process is how your engine runs. If you notice any noises or grindings, you should always alert us when you bring in your vehicle.

 

The fuel pump is a very important feature for the fuel system. It is usually located near or inside the fuel tank of your vehicle. The purpose of the fuel pump is to push the fuel from the tank to the injectors. This will help your vehicle run properly by making sure the fuel is able to go where it needs to. The second purpose of the fuel pump is to create adequate pressure so that the injectors will also deliver the correct amount of fuel, no matter what the operating conditions are. The pressure from the pump, as well as the flow of the fuel, must both meet the vehicle manufacture’s requirements.

 

You may be able to notice signs that you will need a new fuel pump for your vehicle. One of the most obvious signs is that your vehicle will not start, or it starts but does not run very long before stalling out. In some ways, it will act like it is out of fuel, even though you will have plenty in the tank. When the fuel pump begins to deliver the engine fuel, your vehicle may make noises but it will not start. You may also notice that your vehicle will have issues climbing hills and might start to misfire at higher speeds. Rust, dirt, and other debris can also make their way into the vehicle’s fuel system. This can potentially clog the fuel filter over time, increasing the chance of damage to the fuel system.

 

Fuel filters need to function properly in order to make sure the fuel is delivered through the system correctly. If the filter clogs or gets blocked, the fuel pump will have to work harder to pump it past the filter. This can result in damage to the fuel pump. Many vehicles have two filters, one inside the gas tank and one in line to the fuel injectors. It is important to make sure that the filter is inspected and cleaned so that dirt and debris cannot contaminate your fuel and restrict the flow of it. If you notice an issue with your vehicle when you drive, make sure to schedule an appointment to bring it in. This way, we can inspect it for the source of the problem for you.

 

Notice any Issues with Your Vehicle

 
The best way to help ensure your vehicle can last as long as possible is to bring it in for regular maintenances. By doing this, we can inspect the parts and components of the vehicle. If an issue is ignored, other nearby parts can become damaged as well. They will start to wear out prematurely. This can end up in a costly repair bill. It is also recommended to be aware of any issues that you might notice on your vehicle. If you are aware of something between visits, make sure to schedule an appointment. We can inspect the vehicle for why the issue might be occurring.

 

One way to notice if there is an issue with the vehicle is by hearing odd noises or sounds from it. Sometimes a noise can occur if you take a corner, accelerate, or step on the brakes. It is important to bring your vehicle in as soon as possible if you hear any noises from the brake system. The brakes are important because they are the part that allows you to slow down and stop. Without the brakes, you increase the chance for an accident. If you hear a noise, it could mean that the brake pads have worn down. Once this happens, they will have direct contact to the brake rotors. The metal on metal friction will cause a squealing or grinding noise you might hear.

 

Another way to notice if there is an issue with the vehicle is by feeling vibrations. If you press the brake pedal and feel a vibration, it could indicate that the brakes have an issue with them. When this happens, the brake pads and brake rotors could be wearing against one another. This can result in extra strain and friction of the parts. Vibrations could also mean that the tires are aligned poorly.

 

When the Vehicle is not Producing Heat

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The heater functions with the help of a healthy cooling system and the heater controls inside the passenger compartment. Depending on the symptoms, there are various reasons why your heater might not be working. It is important to bring the vehicle in as soon as possible so we can inspect it for the source of the issue. Having the heating system working efficiently in your vehicle is important for the overall comfort for you and your passengers. By bringing the vehicle in at an early sign of an issue, you can help prevent further damage to the parts and under the hood.

 

If you notice that heat is not being produced, make sure to check the coolant level of your vehicle. If the coolant level is low, air may become trapped in the heater core. Smooth coolant flow through the heater core is critical for heat output. While the vehicle is running, heat produced by the engine is absorbed by the engine’s coolant and flows through the heater core. The heater core is a little radiator usually located behind the dashboard in the passenger compartment. This is the heat source for your vehicle’s climate control system.

 

If your temperature gauge is showing higher than normal temperatures, there could be a restriction in the cooling system. A defective thermostat typically causes this. It can be stuck in a closed position or other restrictions. Be careful not to overheat the engine and do not wait to take care of cooling system problems. This can end up doing more damage to your vehicle in the long run.

 

If your vehicle is slow to develop adequate heat when the engine is started from cold, or the engine take a long time to warm up, try to notice the temperature gauge. The engine should reach operating temperature, approximately the middle of the gauge, after about six to eight minutes of running. If the temperature gauge needle always remains in the bottom third of the gauge, it is likely that the cooling system thermostat has failed.

 

Poor heater operation may be due to heater controls that are not functioning properly. Climate systems usually operate using cables, vacuum, or electronic signals and actuators. No matter if the heater is producing less heat, or no heat at all, make sure to schedule an appointment with us. If you notice the temperature gauge that increases quickly, it could indicate a faulty part. To help keep the radiator and engine working properly without the risk of overheating, bring the vehicle in. This can help to provide you with a safe and reliable ride, as well as being comfortable.

Why the Air Pressure is Important for the Tires in Winter

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Checking the air pressure for the tires is one of the most important things you can do for them. Proper air pressure can help to benefit the performance, handling, and life of the tires. Air pressure checks are especially important when it gets cold out. This is because the cold temperatures will cause the tire to lose some of the air in it, resulting in under inflated tires as you drive. If you are unsure of the proper amount of air that is needed, bring your vehicle in and we can inspect the tires for you.

 

Checking the air pressure of the tires is one of the most forgotten maintenances people do for their vehicles. On a regular basis, check the pressure of the tires to ensure they are at the recommended amount. The correct pressure the tires should be at can either be found on a sticker on the inside of the door, or in the vehicle owner’s manual. Keeping the tires at the recommended pressure can save you money, result in better fuel efficiency, and maximize the life of the tires.

 

The recommended tire pressure can differ from each manufacturer as well as the weight and dimensions of the vehicle. Keeping the correct amount of pressure in the tires is important for your safety, as well as those around you. Having low or high tire pressure can cause a lot of issues for your vehicle. A tire with low pressure can cause wear on your tires faster than usual. The reason is that the low area of the tire that is in contact with the road will be much wider. Another issue with low tires is that it can make your vehicle difficult to turn because there is more resistance due to the under inflation. A low tire may also mean there is a slow leak somewhere, and eventually it can go flat. When the tire has too much air pressure, it can create several issues for the performance and handling of the vehicle. Having the tire over inflated can make the vehicle harder to turn, handle, and control. This is because the contact area of the tire to the road will be smaller and make it harder for the tires to grip and handle like they should.

 

Another issue for not checking the air pressure is that it can decrease the life of the tires dramatically. It is recommended to check the air pressure in the tires every time you fill up with fuel. You should also check the air pressure before you travel on any long trips. Checking and having the tire pressure at the recommended amount can save you time, money, and stress when you drive.

Driving with Care

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One of the most important things is to make sure the windshield is clear of any cracks or divots. This can impair your vision as you drive. The windshield washer fluid should also be at the designated amount on the reservoir. This can help to ensure you have enough for when you might need to clean off the windshield.

 

The windshield wiper blades should also be replaced if they are starting to wear. Over time, the rubber on the blades will wear down, rip, or tear. It can then result in streaks or smudge marks when the windshield wipers clear the windshield. The lights on the vehicle should also be inspected. This can help to improve your visibility as you drive at night. The lights also help for others to see where you are. Also remember to inspect the blinkers of your vehicle as well. These are important because they alert others to which way you will be turning.

 

Going to regular maintenances is the best way to improve the fuel efficiency of the vehicle. It can also help to ensure that all parts and components are working like they should be. If there is an issue with anything, we can also help to notice the source of the issue and have it fixed in a timely manner. By making sure the parts are not damaged or worn, it can help to improve the overall efficiency of the vehicle.

 

By slowly coming to a stop, you can help to have the brake system last as long as possible. Slamming on the brakes will start to wear on them and cause damage the more often you do this. If you see a stop sign or stop light, try to anticipate it so you will not have to stomp on the brakes. If you notice and odors or sounds that come from the brakes when you apply them, make sure to bring the vehicle in. We can inspect the vehicle and brake system for you. This can help to provide you with the brakes in the best condition possible. It can also help to improve the safety of your vehicle when you drive.

 

Also remember to drive at the posted speed limit. Not only does this improve the fuel efficiency, but it can also help the life of the tires. It is also important to take corners slowly. This can help to ensure the tires wear evenly. If you notice any uneven wearing on the tires or bald spots, make sure to bring the vehicle in as soon as you can. We can inspect the condition of the tires for you, to make sure they are wearing the best they can be.

Regular Inspections for the Battery

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It is important to inspect the battery of your vehicle on a regular basis. By doing so, you can help ensure efficient starts every time you get in your vehicle. Over time the battery will start to lose charge and will need to be replaced. This is because with age, the battery will naturally wear out and start to be less effective. Extreme temperatures and overcharging are the main reasons for a shortened battery life. Cold temperatures can increase the thickness of the oil. This makes the engine harder to turn over and results in the battery working harder as well. When the battery works harder in the cold temperatures, this can lead to slower starts of the vehicle. If the battery is overcharged, the voltage regulator may be defective. This will then allow for too high of a charging rate, and lead to the battery needing to be replaced sooner.

 

When charging the battery, make sure the electrical system is charging at the correct rate. If the system is overcharging, it can damage the battery quickly. The same applies for undercharging the battery. If you are unsure of the correct rate it should be charged at, make sure to bring it in. We can inspect the battery as well as how it is recharging.

 

In order for the battery to work the most efficient way possible, it should be in a clean condition. The top of the battery should be clean. If there is any dirt buildup, make sure to wipe it away. Dirt can become a conductor and will drain the battery’s power. Corrosion should also be cleaned off of the battery. If it accumulates on the terminals, it then becomes an insulator. This will lead to poor current flow from the battery to your vehicle. The terminals should be inspected so they are not damaged or broke. This can impair the ability for it to start your vehicle.

 

Another important task you can do to keep the battery in good condition is to bring your vehicle in for scheduled maintenances. We can inspect the battery as well during this time to make sure it is in the best condition possible. Sometimes a slow start for your vehicle may not necessarily mean it is the battery. We can examine the issue and locate the source of the problem.

Knowing if the Fuel Pump is Bad

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Maintaining your vehicle is important to keep it operating efficiently and effectively. One part to inspect on the vehicle is the fuel pump. If the fuel pump stops working, the car will stop moving. It is the fuel pump that ensures that gasoline gets from the tank to the engine. While it is possible to run on a failing fuel pump for a certain distance it will sooner or later no longer operate. This can leave you stranded by the side of the road. If you are aware of possible signs of the fuel pump going bad, you can spare yourself the trouble of the car breaking down by scheduling an appointment and bringing in your vehicle.

Signs to Look for

One of the best indicators of a failing fuel pump is found on the open road. If a car is moving at an accelerated speed, perhaps above 50 miles an hour, and the vehicle starts jerking and then resumes regular performance, it might not be a bad spark plug. There may be something wrong with the fuel pump. Another signal of trouble may be at the gas station. If the car ordinarily is good on gasoline, and then suddenly becomes a gas hog, there could be an emergency under the hood. Fuel pumps have a relief valve. Should for any reason that relief valve is not open, then more fuel than necessary is going go into the engine system. Besides raising cost at the pump, it can result in the engine being flooded with too much gasoline. The temperature of the car can also predict an emergency with the fuel pump. If the heat rises and the car stalls, this may be an indication that the motor of the fuel pump is having problems. Attempting to start the car again, only to have it stall once more, makes it clear that there is some difficulty with the fuel pump. Not being able to start the car at all can be a sign of that essential part starting to deteriorate.

Fuel Pressure Gauge

Fuel pumps provide excellent service for tens of thousands of miles. However, it is like anything else under the hood. The fuel pressure gauge can show conclusively that the pump is not delivering the right amount of fuel to the engine. The car owner can check the gauge while someone else is revving the car to a given speed. Looking at the owner’s manual will show how much pressure should be exerted if the pump is operating properly. Anything less is indicative of fuel pump problems that require attention.

Benefits of Repairing the Fuel Pump

Modern cars have electric fuel pumps and this is going to add on to the cost. You can expect to pay for a new fuel pump and the labor. The alternative is rather extreme. Your car will be malfunctioning at the wrong time and there could be a fuel pump breakdown hundreds of miles from home. Anyone who owns a car must know that sometime or other the alternator, distributor, and fuel pump may start to malfunction. Hopefully, that will happen towards the end of the working life of the automobile. Looking for the signs is as much a safety precaution as it is checking for problems. Bring the vehicle in and we can inspect it for any issues that it may have.

Notice the Check Engine Light

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It is important to drive your vehicle as safely as possible. One way to do so is by making sure that the vehicle is brought in for regular maintenances. Another way to tell of an issue is if any of the dashboard lights illuminate. The Check Engine light can mean many different things, from a loose gas cap to a seriously misfiring engine. It is important to bring your vehicle in at the first sign of the issue because we can inspect it to ensure that everything is working efficiently with one another. If you ignore the warning, and you could end up damaging expensive components.

The check engine light is part of the vehicle’s onboard diagnostics system. Since the 1980s, computers increasingly have controlled and monitored vehicle performance, regulating such variables as engine speed, fuel mixture, and ignition timing. In some vehicles, the computer also tells the automatic transmission when to shift. When it finds a problem in the electronic-control system that it cannot correct, the computer turns on a yellow warning indicator that is labeled check engine, service engine soon, or check powertrain. The light may be nothing more than a picture of an engine, known as the International Check Engine Symbol, perhaps with the word check.

If the check engine light illuminates, it will either blink or remain constant, depending on the problem. Either way, you should have the vehicle checked by a mechanic, although a blinking light or, on some cars, a red light instead of a yellow/orange light indicates a problem that needs immediate attention. In late-model cars, a blinking light usually indicates an engine misfire so severe that unburned fuel is being dumped into the exhaust system, where it can quickly damage the catalytic converter, requiring an expensive repair. If that happens, you should reduce power and have the vehicle looked at as soon as possible. If the light is steady, the problem is not an emergency, but you should schedule an appointment as soon as possible.

If you notice the check engine light turns on, make sure to do all that you can so the vehicle is operating the best it can. Look for any serious problems that might cause the issue. Check the dashboard for any other lights that might illuminate as well. Another tip to do is to tighten the gas cap. This may resolve the check engine light that is on.

Signs of Wear for the Brakes

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Having the brakes inspected is important. There are several signs you may notice if your vehicle is in need of a brake repair. Some vehicles are equipped with on-board diagnostic computer systems and a warning light may appear when the brakes are in need of servicing. Other signs can be a soft brake pedal or one that almost reaches the floorboard in order for the vehicle to stop, or if the brake pedal is too hard.

 

Anytime you hear noises as you brake, make sure to pay attention to what it sounds like, and when it most often occurs. The noises can be ticking, clicks, squeals, or grinding noises. These noises can signal any issue from loss of brake fluid, worn brake pads, or warped rotors. It is recommended to have the brakes inspected regularly. This way we can help to notice any signs of wear or deterioration that might have developed. By bringing your vehicle in at the first sign of any noise, you can help to prevent a costly repair bill that might occur by ignoring the noise.

 

Another sign of an issue can be if the vehicle leaves brake fluid on the pavement as you drive away. This looks like a clear liquid with a brownish tint to it. If at any time you notice anything out of the norm with your vehicle, make sure to bring it in so we can inspect it for you. By having it inspected regularly, you can help to maintain the performance and efficiency of the vehicle.

Why your Vehicle may not Start

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Keeping your vehicle properly maintained is important to the overall performance and longevity of it. If you notice anything out of the norm with the vehicle, make sure to contact us and bring it in to be inspected. You will want your vehicle to be safe and reliable when you drive, this includes making sure the vehicle starts. If there is an issue with the vehicle starting, it could be caused by several things. The best way to locate the issue is to have us inspect it for you.

Fuel System Issues

Two possible culprits here are the fuel pump and the filter. If the filter is partially clogged, the car can hesitate and stall repeatedly. If the filter is completely blocked or if the fuel pump has failed, the engine will crank but it will not start.

Bad Ignition Switch

This switch is what allows electricity from the battery to reach the starter so it can spark and ignite the gas. If it has gone bad, the dash lights can flicker, the radio and other electrical accessories may not work or you may have difficulty turning the ignition key.

Faulty Starter

If the starter wears out, you will hear a high-pitched screech or a clicking sound when you turn the key. When it goes bad, the starter motor actuates but does not spin, so it cannot create the spark needed to get the engine going.

Dead Battery

If the engine is silent when you turn the key, the most likely cause is a dead battery. It is easy for a battery to drain and die due to a bad alternator or if you leave the lights or any accessories on for a long time, but you should be able to jump-start and recharge it. If the battery is past its expiration date, though, you will need to replace it to get the engine going again.

Bad Alternator

The alternator powers the car while it is being driven, and it recharges the battery too. You will typically have some warning that it is going bad, such as dimmer lights, slower power accessory operation and a lit dashboard indicator. If it fails completely, the battery will drain and the car simply will not start.