Category: You Auto Know

Oil Pressure Gauges

October 30th, 2016 by

OIL PRESSURE GAUGES Oil pressure gauges are no longer included among the dashboard instrumentation of modern vehicles. We now have oil pressure warning lights. Oil pressure gauges act as indicators of the engine’s overall well-being and as early warning systems. A zero reading with the engine running above idle indicates that the gauge is faulty,

Jump Start

October 2nd, 2016 by

JUMP START If your car battery is dead and someone is willing to give you a jump start, attach the red positive cable clamp to the positive (+) battery terminal of the dead battery. Then, secure the red positive cable clamp on the other side of the jumper cables to the functioning vehicles’ positive (+)

Texting While Driving

September 25th, 2016 by

TEXTING WHILE DRIVING Texting and talking on cell phones distracts drivers from anticipating potential problems ahead. It is important to take a look down the road in order to chart safe paths around potentially troublesome events. Once such a problem is spotted, it is often just a matter of taking corrective measures to avoid crashes

Uneven Braking

September 18th, 2016 by

UNEVEN BRAKING Back when most automobiles were outfitted with drum brakes, uneven braking (often referred to as “brake pull”) was quite common. But even though self-adjusting disc brakes have become more the rule than the exception, uneven braking can still be a problem. Although self-adjusting disc brakes are supposed to automatically compensate for pad wear,

Wheel Alignment

September 11th, 2016 by

WHEEL ALIGNMENT Steps in a wheel alignment A wheel alignment may begin by adjusting the “toe,” which is the tilt of the wheels toward or away from one another when viewed from above. Tires that “toe-in” point toward one another while tires that “toe-out” point away from each other. Proper toe adjustment minimizes wear. Then,

Piston Ring Maintenance

September 4th, 2016 by

PISTON RING MAINTENANCE Piston rings maintain combustion pressure in the cylinder and prevent oil from seeping into the combustion chamber. Ring failure results in white exhaust smoke excessive oil consumption compromised performance To verify the need for piston ring maintenance, the technician uses a compression tester to check for low compression readings. The technician may

Automatic Braking Systems

August 28th, 2016 by

AUTOMATIC BRAKING SYSTEMS Automatic Braking Systems – We are entering a new era in vehicle safety. Car manufacturers are focusing, on preventing crashes, not just protecting occupants from car crashes that have already occurred. While the federal government has yet to mandate that automatic braking systems be installed in all new vehicles, several auto manufacturers

Car Window Fails

August 21st, 2016 by

CAR WINDOW FAILS When a car window fails to open or close, it can be more than an annoyance. A non-functioning power window compromises personal security. It may also allow precipitation to get inside the passenger compartment. When all the windows are in shut-down mode, a faulty fuse may be the culprit. Otherwise, if the problem

Timing Belt Replacement

August 14th, 2016 by

TIMING BELT REPLACEMENT Unlike a timing chain, which is made of metal, a timing belt is made of rubber. While a timing chain only needs to be replaced when there is evidence of wear or other problems, a timing belt must be replaced a regular intervals. Recommended timing belt replacement intervals at approximately 60,000 miles are

Electrical Fault Light

August 7th, 2016 by

Electrical Fault Light While a CHECK ENGINE light or a SERVICE ENGINE light does not necessarily signal the need for immediate action, the electrical fault light is another matter. This warning light usually appears as a battery icon with positive (+) and negative (-) notations at each terminal. This light usually becomes illuminated as the