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My Check Engine Light Is On - What's Next?

My Check Engine Light Is On - What's Next?

When the check engine light comes on, it's usually followed by panic and concern. The light can signify anything from a minor issue, like a faulty gas cap, or something severe like a misfiring engine. In most cases, the sane thing to do when your check engine light comes on is visit your local auto shop to fix the problem.   WHAT THE LIGHT INDICATES The check engine light is part of your vehicle's onboard diagnostic system. When it identifies a problem in the electronic control system that cannot correct itself, it turns on the infamous yellow warning light labeled 'check engine.'   IDENTIFYING THE PROBLEM If your check engine light turns on, consider stopping by Integrity Transmission & Auto Repair. We have ASE Certified specialists who will gladly scan your onboard computer to find out the root of the problem. Depending on the results obtained from the scan, they will make suitable and detailed repair suggestions based on what the issue is. After h ... read more

Strange Car Smells That You Should Worry About

Strange Car Smells That You Should Worry About

  We've all experienced foul smells while being on the road before, such as the stench of a skunk spray or another vehicle leaking gasoline. However, be aware if you notice a stench in your car that doesn't go away. A lasting smell while driving can be a sign that there is a problem with your vehicle.   Some reasons for certain smells are less urgent than others, but there is only one way to be sure of the situation. Whenever you catch an unusual scent in your car, you should bring it to our shop for an inspection as soon as possible.   Here are some of the typical unusual scents and what they can mean:   Gasoline - The smell of gasoline could mean that your vehicle has a gas leak, which could come from two places: the fuel injector line or the fuel tank.   Maple Syrup - If you smell something sweet like syrup, there could be many potential problems. It could be a leak from your radiator, cylinder head, or a failed manifold gasket. If the smell ... read more

Tips to Prevent Car Breakdowns During the Summer

Tips to Prevent Car Breakdowns During the Summer

Depending on where you live in the country, it can get quite hot out there during the summer months. Nowhere is this more evident than inside your car. In fact, some places have been known to result in interior cabin temperatures that approach a whopping 150 degrees Fahrenheit. Temperatures this high can actually injure you, not to mention the damage that it can do to the dashboard and seats in your car. Thankfully, there are some things that you can do to help cool your vehicle off just a bit during the heat of the summer. Stay Away From Direct Sunlight When you are going to park your car for any length of time, look around before you do. You want to find a place that has as much shade as possible. If it is going to be a few hours before you return, anticipate where the sun is going to go and make sure your car stays away from those spots. Keep Your Dashboard Covered The interior of your car traps heat. This is what makes it even hotter inside and it is outside. Your dash takes th ... read more

Are Vehicle Pre-purchase Inspections Worth the Cost?

Are Vehicle Pre-purchase Inspections Worth the Cost?

They say never judge a book by its cover, it's said often as it's suited to many aspects of our lives. Big purchases shouldn't be approached at face value alone. This is especially true in the realm of used car sales, where the shiniest and prettiest of vehicles can conceal any number of faults or eccentricities that may make it unsuitable to the task. Only your trusted mechanic can uncover a vehicle's past, determine its present running condition, and predict its future usage, making a pre-purchase inspection more than worth its cost. The major benefits of requesting a pre-purchase inspection of a used car by your mechanic include a reveal of these aspects: The Back Story Your mechanic will examine the car's frame for any structural damage or repair work that indicates it's been involved in unreported accidents that may compromise its safety, value, or performance. The Drive Plot A pre-inspection test drive on different road conditions will help diagnose a ... read more

Reasons Behind a Faulty Car Heater

Reasons Behind a Faulty Car Heater

Your morning commute to work can be dreadful enough. Add to the mix a heater that is not working properly in the dead of winter and the event can become downright miserable. This is why it is important to understand why the heater in your car can begin to malfunction in the first place. Once you recognize these signs, you can then get it serviced right away so you do not miss a moment of the warmth that you carve on those cold mornings that are certain to come your way sooner rather than later. These Things Can Adversely Impact Your Car's Heater There are actually a number of different factors that can cause the heater in your car to stop working properly. One of the main causes is linked to having too low of a level of antifreeze or water inside the radiator. This is usually the result of a leak in the cooling system. Simply adding more antifreeze will not provide a permanent fix, as you will want to have a certified technician locate the root cause of the leak and ensure that i ... read more

How Do I Know If I Need to Replace My Car's Ball Joints?

How Do I Know If I Need to Replace My Car's Ball Joints?

Your vehicle's suspension and steering systems depend so much on ball joints. This is because these joints allow you to control and manipulate your vehicle on the road. As you use your vehicle, these ball joints will get worn out, which may grossly affect your driving experience. It would help if you replaced worn-out joints as soon as possible to regain control of your vehicle. Here are the four signs that you need to replace your car's ball joints. Clucking and squeaking noises As you use your vehicle, the ball joints will wear down. Worn down joints usually produce clucking and squeaking noises. So if you hear such noise in your suspension or steering systems, it is highly likely that the ball joints need replacement. The ball joints are protected from debris, dust, and dirt by some rubber material. If the rubber gets damaged or torn, grime and sand will get their way into the ball joints, causing some friction. The friction eats up the balls, causing them to wear off an ... read more

The Importance of Oil Change Maintenance

The Importance of Oil Change Maintenance

The engine is composed of numerous moving parts. Suffice to say, the parts require sufficient lubrication to keep them in their best working conditions and to prevent engine wear. As the oil performs this vital function, it will eventually degrade when the additives get used up. As a rule of thumb, you will need to change your car oil every 3000 to 5000 miles. Of course, this will vary depending on your car model, the type of oil used, and how much you drive. So, what are the Benefits of Regular Oil Change Maintenance? It Cools the Engine Without proper lubrication, the moving engine components generate plenty of heat as they grind against each other. By maintaining sufficient amounts of clean oil, you will prevent too much friction and excess heating of the engine. This will help you alleviate some serious issues such as engine damage. Enhances your Vehicle Longevity Dirt build-up tampers with your car's fuel economy, power and reduces the internal components' functionali ... read more

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