Yearly Archives: 2021

What Happens If I Ignore My Low Tire Pressure Warning Light?

What Happens If I Ignore My Low Tire Pressure Warning Light?

Vehicles produced after 2008 have inbuilt tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS) that check the tire pressure via several sensors. There is a light on the dashboard that shows when tire pressure is low. However, the light only comes on if the tire pressure is 25% below the recommended pressure for safe driving. Therefore, you should not use the TPMS as a substitute for regular tire pressure checks. What Happens When You Ignore the Light? The correct tire pressure is vital for safe driving. So, if it is 25% below the recommended level, the car will have problems with handling and steering. Here is a look at some of the other repercussions: • Low pressure lowers the fuel efficiency of your vehicle, causing you to spend more than you would with the correct tire pressure • It increases the braking distance, heightening the risk of hitting objects and other road users in case of an emergency • It lowers the stability of the vehicle and may cause you to ... read more

What is a Head Gasket Leak?

What is a Head Gasket Leak?

You have been noticing your car has not been running too well lately and you are a bit concerned. You find out that it is a head gasket leak; but when you are told this, you have no idea what a head gasket leak is. The head gasket in your vehicle can and will wear out over time and can either be caused by age and use of your vehicle or even misuse or neglect. A head gasket leak is when coolant is leaked from your vehicle, combustion gasses or a combination of both. When this happens, you will likely see blue smoke coming from the exhaust. If you notice that it generally means that there is excess oil that is entering into your combustion chambers. When you have a head gasket leak the intense heat from your vehicle's engine becomes more than normal, your engine can overheat resulting in a head gasket leak. The extra heat in the engine can result in the engine block and cylinder head expanding far too much which can cause failure in your head gasket. When you have a leak in your h ... read more

What's the Difference Between the Muffler and the Exhaust?

What's the Difference Between the Muffler and the Exhaust?

A vehicle's exhaust system encompasses more than just an exhaust pipe. The muffler also forms part of it and as its name suggests it is in place to 'muffle' the loud sound of the exhaust system as a car's engine can be quite noisy. What does the muffler do? The idea of the muffler in the system is to reduce the sound the engine makes and the exhaust pipe controls the amount of gas released, while the muffler controls the level of noise. The effect and benefit of no muffler in the exhaust system If you've ever lived in a town with very few laws apply to noise levels or experienced unobserved laws pertaining to noise pollution, you'd notice that vehicles, including motorcycles, may be roaring around sans mufflers on their exhausts. This is because some drivers believe that removing the muffler gives the vehicle more power and ultimately more speed, but this is not necessarily true, according to the law. The drawbacks ... read more

Warning Signs of an Aging Timing Belt

Warning Signs of an Aging Timing Belt

Significance of Timing Belt The internal engine of a vehicle comprises many connecting parts that function to deliver power to different systems, and the timing belt is one of them. It is a thin, notched cord made of rubber material that connects the camshaft to the crankshaft, rotating them synchronously and timing the opening and closing of engine valves. This ensures that the pistons fire properly and regularly. In the absence of the linking and timing function of a timing belt, the vehicle won't operate and might result in damage to other parts of the system. What Causes a Timing Belt to Fail? The main culprits of timing belt failure are stress, heat, and the absence of proper maintenance. Timing belts work continuously under stress and in a high heat environment. As a result, they tend to wear off with time and occasionally snap unexpectedly, resulting in expensive repair or replacement. Performing proper timing belt maintenance can prevent the need for costly engine repair ... read more

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