Yearly Archives: 2022

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