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Carburetors vs. Fuel Injection Systems

Carburetors vs. Fuel Injection Systems

Fuel and air are indispensable when it comes to gas and diesel-powered engines. Both variables are equally important and should be balanced to successfully carry out the combustion process. Read on to learn more about the classic carburetor and modern fuel injection systems.    To ensure your engine gets a good flow of clean air, the engine air filter blocks all the dust and debris. This is why it is imperative for drivers to have their air filters inspected during maintenance service. Otherwise, leaving a dirty filter go unnoticed can negatively impact the overall performance of your engine. Second of all, you need a mechanism that controls the air intake and allows the precise amount of air (and fuel) into the engine at the perfect time. Every car has a carburetor or a fuel injection system to achieve this goal.  Carburetors Carburetors are a part of the classic engine design, and they are still found in older vehicles on the road today. They are located in the eng ... read more

Does My Car Need a Tune-up?

Does My Car Need a Tune-up?

While the time and mileage between service intervals varies between manufacturers, all vehicles driving on the roadways will need "tuning-up" at some point. How Often Does My Car Need a Tune-Up? Cars and trucks with fuel injection systems may go for longer intervals between tune-ups. Automotive experts say the majority of older vehicles will need a tune-up around every 10,000 - 12,000 miles. Getting a tune-up for your car or truck is like getting a regular wellness exam from your medical provider. Certified automotive mechanics complete a visual inspection of key engine components like fuel filters and fuel injectors to check for clogs and damage. They also check spark plugs, PVC valves, ignition timing and coolant levels for performance or wear and tear. If the results of the visual inspection are satisfactory, your mechanic will let you know what (if any) additional services they recommend. A less than satisfactory tune-up inspection requires repair or replacement of ... read more

What Can Cause Your Car to Smell Like Rotten Eggs?

What Can Cause Your Car to Smell Like Rotten Eggs?

Rotten eggs have a very unpleasant smell. Imagine smelling that in your vehicle. You've done everything you can to remove that smell, but somehow it still lingers. You should know that lingering smells of sulfur in the car often show a serious issue. Here are 3 reasons your vehicle may smell like rotten eggs. 1. Catalytic Converter Breaks Down The catalytic converter is a part of the vehicle's emission system. This means when the gas reaches the catalytic converter, the converter transforms trace amounts of hydrogen sulfide into odorless sulfur dioxide. However, if the catalytic converter is broken or jammed, it can emit sulfur like gases that smell like rotten eggs. If it is the reason for the smell, you need to get your catalytic converter replaced. 2. Fuel Pressure Sensor Failed or Worn Out Fuel Filter The purpose of the fuel filter is that it regulates the use of fuel in a car. If it fails, it will clog up the catalytic converter with more oil than it can handle. Too mu ... read more

What Is a Transmission Rebuild?

What Is a Transmission Rebuild?

Have you noticed that your car seems to have lost some of its power? When you step on the gas, do you have to wait longer than usual before it actually responds? If so, then your transmission might be in need of repair. Transmission rebuilds are sometimes more cost-effective than replacement transmissions, especially if your transmission only needs minor repairs rather than an entirely new transmission unit. Here's what transmission rebuilds entail and how you can benefit from it! What Is a Transmission Rebuild? A transmission rebuild involves taking the transmission apart and replacing any damaged parts with new ones; the end result is a perfectly good, fully functioning transmission! When replacing a transmission, the entire unit is replaced with an entirely new unit. This is great if your transmission has gone out completely or if you want to upgrade its performance. However, in many cases there's still plenty of life left in a transmission. Rather than shelling out thousa ... read more

What is an Oil Pan Gasket?

What is an Oil Pan Gasket?

What is a Gasket? To prevent oil leaks and keep oil out of areas it shouldn't be, you need the oil pan gasket, which is what the description states. Material of the oil pan influences the type of gasket in your car. An aluminum pan's gasket is made of some sort of liquid silicone, while the gasket of a pressed steel pan is made of a formed rubber gasket. In order to keep the oil from spilling out, an oil pan gasket seals off the oil pan from the engine block. Expansion and contraction are accommodated due to temperature changes in the gasket seal. Vibrations from the engine are dampened by the gasket, preventing damage. Gasket Types The head gasket and valve gasket are among the gaskets included with your car. Valve covers, like the oil pan, require gaskets to seal correctly. Valve covering gaskets are produced from a substance that conforms the valve cover edges at the cylinder head. As the oil travels through the camshaft, valves, and other parts, this gasket acts as a se ... read more

Spring Car Essentials Every Owner Should Know

Spring Car Essentials Every Owner Should Know

Proper seasonal maintenance of an automobile can extend its life, increase its resale value, and in some cases, may be required to maintain its warranty status. Essential, easy-to-follow spring checks and maintenance will repeatedly reward owners down the road when conscientiously followed. Under-The-Vehicle Essentials Leaks of motor oil, transmission, brake, and power steering fluids, gasoline, and coolant, as well as unknown leaks, should be addressed. Properly functioning shocks and struts are necessary for the safe handling of any vehicle and need to be inspected each season. A car's entire braking system, including drums, rotors, and brake pads, should be inspected and repaired as needed each spring. Exterior Essentials Safe tires with sufficient tread might be the most important part of any spring maintenance program. Check that tires are properly inflated and show no deformities. Tread depths can be inspected using readily available gauges. Wiper blades should be repla ... read more

When Should I Replace My Brake Pads?

When Should I Replace My Brake Pads?

The most critical safety system for a motor vehicle is its braking system. Car owners must regularly pay attention to how well their brakes are performing. The items that need attention and care include the brake pads, rotors, calipers, and fluid lines. Out of all the items listed, brake pads are normal wear items since they undergo intense friction and heat to stop your vehicle.    Experts typically recommend replacing brake pads every 50,000 miles, give or take. Driving around with worn brake pads ultimately puts you and other drivers on the road at risk of accidents and injuries. While your brakes may seem like they work "fine," you may start slow, loud, and inefficient braking.  Signs It's Time to Change Your Brake Pads Squeaking or Squealing Noises: When brake pads are worn to the point where they become ineffective, a thin metal strip on the pads will emit a screeching or squealing sound when you apply the brakes. You should take this as a message ... read more

Should You Change Your Vehicle's Power Steering Fluid?

Should You Change Your Vehicle's Power Steering Fluid?

Your car runs on many different fluids: engine oil, transmission fluid, brake fluid/DOT fluid, coolant. But the one fluid that is often overlooked is the power steering fluid. Besides knowing that power steering fluid makes it easier to steer your car, most drivers don't know what kind of maintenance is required to upkeep the fluid and system.  There's way more to power steering than making the steering wheel easier to turn. Industry experts suggest that a periodic power steering fluid change can stop sludge and grit from collecting within the power steering components (rack, pinions, and seals).   How do you know when to swap out your power steering fluid?  Like your other fluids, power steering liquid can get dirty over time. Usually, contaminated fluid will display ineffective symptoms. For the power steering system, in particular, you might hear a moaning sound while steering left or right. Any unusual sounds usually mean that there is insufficient lubri ... read more

Should You Winterize Your Vehicle?

Should You Winterize Your Vehicle?

Winters in Columbus, OH, can take a toll on everyone's car. The salt from the roads can kick up and do irreversible damage to the car frame, and water-based fluids can freeze if they haven't been monitored. Not only that, but the cold, in general, can heavily strain the car's components. At Luke's Auto Service, we've performed many different kinds of repairs in the winter that could've been prevented by "winterizing". Here are some of the items that you should take care of this season: TIRES When's the last time you checked your tread? If your answer is unsure (or never), there's probably no tread left, meaning you need new tires. Without tread, your tires will not be able to grip the road properly, let alone grip wet or snow-covered roads. Also, the temperature can affect your tire pressure. The colder it gets, the lower your tire pressure becomes, even if you don't leak anywhere. Therefore, it's essential to check on your tire press ... read more

How Does an Alternator Work?

How Does an Alternator Work?

Most drivers only know what their battery looks like and how it works. However, a vehicle battery isn't the only aspect of your vehicle's charging system you should know about. The alternator plays just as crucial of a role in starting your car, if not more than your battery.   The alternator is a device strapped to the engine that runs off your engine belt. The alternator rotates while the engine is running. It transforms that mechanical energy into electrical energy to power all of your car's significant electric features, including its lights, the radio, power windows, and more.   All vehicle batteries have a total charge capacity of approximately 12 volts, which is more than enough to start your engine. But while your motor is working, your alternator is putting out additional voltage (occasionally up to 15 volts) to meet the demands of your other electronic-powered accessories. When an alternator stops working, not only will these functions stop working ... read more