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Yearly Archives: 2022

What are the Signs of Worn Shocks and Struts?

What are the Signs of Worn Shocks and Struts?

Shocks and struts are part of the suspension system of a vehicle. They serve two main functions: they provide a smooth and comfortable ride and they keep the wheels on the road at all times. Both shocks and struts combine a spring and a damping unit. An automotive coil spring has an uncompressed length, a static compressed length as the vehicle sits on the road, and changes in the spring length as the wheel hits bumps in the road. If the suspension system was just springs the car would bounce along as it hits bumps in the road. It would be uncomfortable and hard to control. A damper is a sealed cylinder with a rod that moves a piston up and down as the wheel moves up and down. The cylinder contains hydraulic fluid that is forced through holes and valves in the piston. These holes and valves are carefully designed to properly control the wheel's speed. The damper wears slowly as the miles pile up, and it can't control the wheel as well as new units. It's hard to tell if ne ... read more

What Does My Check Engine Light Mean?

What Does My Check Engine Light Mean?

The most dreaded car repair for drivers is the check engine light. This yellow dashboard warning light can be mysterious in many ways because it can mean many things. The issues range in severity, which is why it is important to have it diagnosed as soon as it illuminates on the dash. Read on to learn about the top 5 common reasons why this light may be on! 1 - Loose, Broken, or Damaged Gas Cap This problem is the one most people hope for because it is the cheapest and easiest to repair. When your gas cap is tightened properly, the gasoline can evaporate. It will signal the check engine light to come on. 2 - Faulty Oxygen Sensor The O2 sensor sits in your exhaust pipe, and it simply reads oxygen levels. It sends the information to your vehicle's computer and uses the data to maintain a balanced air to fuel ratio for optimal engine performance. 3 - Broken Mass Airflow Sensor The mass airflow sensor is all about perfecting the spark timing and fuel delivery. When the MAF sensor ... read more

Car Safety Tips for Parents with Babies and Toddlers

Car Safety Tips for Parents with Babies and Toddlers

It is important to ensure your child's safety while he or she is in or near a vehicle by taking the necessary safeguards. Your kid's safety may be improved by being aware of possible threats and learning how to appropriately safeguard your youngster. It's never a bad idea to refresh parents' memory on the necessity of proper automobile safety for children. 1. Choose the right seat for your child Car seats come in a wide variety of designs. When it comes to choosing a car seat, TheCarSeatLady.com recommends that the safest option is one that fits your vehicle, is appropriate for your child's age and height/weight, and is easy to use at all times. Decide which kind of car seat is most suited for your kid and get it examined by a professional child passenger safety expert to ensure it is installed correctly. 2. Allow no distractions Accidents may be caused by distracted driving. Screaming, shouting, and fighting may make it difficult for the driver to maintain conc ... read more

Do I Need to Get My Brake Fluid Flushed?

Do I Need to Get My Brake Fluid Flushed?

If you're familiar with how your vehicle drives and stops, you will definitely notice when something is off. Your vehicle has many fluids, and brake fluid, in particular, is needed to stop your vehicle on time. Fresh and clean brake fluid is essential for functioning brakes, and it may make you wonder, "is it important to change brake fluid?"   To be frank, there is no set time to flush the brake fluid in your vehicle. The timing varies by type of car, the conditions it operates in, and the manufacturer's recommendations. It would be wise to have your mechanic check it at every regular oil change. Typically, people flush it every 3-5 years. An expert mechanic at our auto repair shop can give you an approximation of when you may need a brake fluid exchange to better plan for the service.   If you don't change your brake fluid, your vehicle's braking abilities may significantly decline. Besides time, you can regularly inspect your brake fluid yours ... read more

Can Headlight Replacements Be DIY?

Can Headlight Replacements Be DIY?

If your car is only rocking one functional headlight, you should probably get them replaced soon. Not only can you get pulled over for a fix-it ticket, but it is a severe safety concern. Your headlights are crucial in helping you see at night and in inclement weather. If your headlights are dim, blinking, or not working altogether, you should consider getting a headlight replacement. The next question you may be wondering is, "can I replace them myself". The answer is it depends. In today's day and age, some headlights are easy to get to, while others seem impossible to get to. If you aren't familiar with cars, it's probably best to leave it to the professionals. You can trust the A & C Automotive & Machine team to have the right skills and tools to successfully replace your headlamps. What Type of Lights Are There? The three standard options for headlights are halogen, LED, and Xenon/HID. Halogen lights are the most cost-efficient option, and they ... read more

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