Yearly Archives: 2021

Five Signs of Spark Plug Stress and Failure

Five Signs of Spark Plug Stress and Failure

Ready, Set, Go? Well, maybe not if your car's spark plugs aren't in good order. These vital components screw into each engine cylinder to make your car 'go'. Spark plugs provide the electrical arc igniting the fuel and air in a car's combustion engine. They deteriorate at varying rates due to normal usage, accumulating engine debris, extreme environmental pressures, and accidents. To ensure the healthy, safe, and economical performance of your vehicle, be on the watch for these five signs that your spark plugs may need replacing. Engine Misfires - If your engine is misfiring it may be that the electrodes of your spark plugs have worn down to the point where they cannot ignite the fuel and air mixture in the car's combustion chamber. Poor Acceleration - If you're experiencing hesitant acceleration, especially at low speeds, this can indicate weakened ignition coils in your spark plugs, preventing the car from generating suf ... read more

Car Battery Maintenance Tips

Car Battery Maintenance Tips

When it comes to your car, it all starts with the battery (literally). Proper battery maintenance is essential for 2 reasons: Your car won't start or run without it.  It is the key to prolong the life of your automobile's electrical system.  If the battery isn't working efficiently, your alternator has to do the heavy lifting to make up for it. The other electrical components can suffer as well.    Batteries are susceptible to shifts in the weather in PA. Extreme temperatures will affect the battery's overall performance, which is why we highly recommend getting routine battery inspections. The inspection should be an essential part of your spring and fall checkups. You can casually check it every now and then too. Next time you're under your hood, take a look at your battery. Here are the things to check for: Is the battery clean and free of residue? A dirty battery will drain easier. Is there corrosion at the terminals where the battery c ... read more

Does Brake Fluid Go Bad?

Does Brake Fluid Go Bad?

The short answer to this is; Yes! Brake fluid does go bad. Your car's brake fluid is hygroscopic, which means that it can easily absorb moisture from the atmosphere. As it absorbs more water each day, it becomes less effective when used on your car's braking system. Besides, contaminated fluid has a low boiling point which translates to reduced performance. Given the pressure it is exposed to; it is crucial that the brake fluid maintains its optimum boiling point. This will ensure that the brakes work perfectly and prevent the brake pedal from becoming spongy. So How Long Should Brake Fluid Last If unopened and stored in ideal conditions, your brake fluid is most likely to last two years. It is essential that you only purchase enough fluid for your car as it will start to deteriorate in quality as soon as it is opened. Once it's in the vehicle, its longevity depends on equipment type, the operating environment, and the application upon which the fluid is used. For instan ... read more

Road Trip Games To Keep Your Whole Family Entertained

Road Trip Games To Keep Your Whole Family Entertained

If you're anything like me, the thought of a family road trip can be as exciting as it is nerve-wracking. However, with a bit of preparation and planning, you'll find that taking your kids on vacation doesn't have to be so daunting. To help make this process easier for everyone involved, we've put together some great games for any type of road trip! Whether you plan on driving through the country or just around town these games are sure to keep everyone entertained. Charades This is a classic game that lets you use your creativity and imagination to act out different words or phrases. You can make this more challenging by having one person try to guess the answer before going into another turn. Scavenger hunt This is a really great way of keeping everyone's minds sharp. One person makes up clues for items around them, and the other person has to figure out where those items are. You can also make this more challenging by addin ... read more

Signs It's Time for a Fuel System Cleaning

Signs It's Time for a Fuel System Cleaning

The condition of your vehicle's fuel system has a high impact on engine performance and gas mileage. Having the fuel cleaned occasionally ensures that every component of the system is free of dirt, grime, and debris, resulting from wear and tear. Therefore, it saves you money and prevents unexpected breakdowns. You need to always be on the lookout and take your car to an expert auto care center whenever you notice signs of a failing fuel system. Failed Emission Test A clean fuel injection system means clean fuel delivery, which in turn leads to clean exhaust fumes. The fuel system limits toxic and carbon emissions. If your car fails the emission/smog test required in many states, that's a sign that you need to find a certified technician to clean the system. Valve Carbon Build-up Even with clean fuel, there are still some impurities that enter the fuel injection system. With time, the carbonized substances build up on the internal surfaces and around valve seals, disrupting ... read more