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Is it Safe to Drive With the Oil Light On?

Is it Safe to Drive With the Oil Light On?

When the oil light flashes up on the dashboard, it can mean your vehicle has low oil pressure. The drop in oil pressure could signify a few things, including if your motor oil is down, dirty, or you have an oil leak. Even though you don't burn through motor oil as fast as you do with gas, it will eventually get low after driving. If you're driving along and notice your oil warning light come up on your dashboard, you need to figure out what the light is telling you. Modern vehicles have two different lights related to their vehicle oil system. The first orange light shows that it is time to change your oil. You Should Not Drive Your Car When the Oil Light is on The second red light is the more serious of the two. Its job is to alert you to a potentially critical issue. Check your vehicle's owner manual to understand better what oil lights to watch out for on your car. If in doubt schedule an appointment for routine maintenance. When the oil warning light shows up on you ... read more

Ways to Prevent Catalytic Converter Theft

Ways to Prevent Catalytic Converter Theft

One of the most common occurrences today is the theft of catalytic converters. These gadgets turn the dangerous fumes from the vehicle into harmless gasses for release to the atmosphere. It is a requirement for vehicles to have the system, which is usually located near the exhaust manifold. Thieves look for catalytic converters as they contain various precious metals such as palladium, platinum, rhodium, and copper. They then sell the converters to unscrupulous dealers for $200 or more a piece, depending on the vehicle type and metals inside the converter. The cost of replacing a catalytic converter maybe four to five times the selling price of the stolen one. Damage to surrounding parts may raise the cost even higher. What Vehicles Do Thieves Target? Thieves tend to target vehicles whose catalytic converters are easy to access. These include SUVs, pickup trucks, vans, and crossovers. They also tend to pick cars that have been left unattended for long periods, espec ... read more

Breathe Easy with a Clean Cabin Filter Replacement

Breathe Easy with a Clean Cabin Filter Replacement

Paying attention to what goes on inside the cabin is just as important as what goes on under the hood. For instance, if your heating or air conditioning isn't working well or smells bad, it can make your driving experience an uncomfortable one. One of the first things you can do in this instance is check the car's cabin air filter condition. The filter is responsible for all the following: Cleaning and purifying the air inside the car by blocking out bacteria, dust, and other pollutants. Helping eliminate odors within the vehicle's HVAC system. Maintaining adequate airflow for defrosting and defogging windows so that you can see properly.  If you've never replaced the cabin air filter in your car, you may notice a change in the air quality. To check the filter, you can refer to your owner's manual to find the exact location of your vehicle's cabin air filter.  What Happens When You Don't Change the Cabin Air Filter? A clogged or dirty cabin ai ... read more

Everything You Need to Know About Brake Fluid Maintenance

Everything You Need to Know About Brake Fluid Maintenance

Your vehicle's brakes are the most important safety features of your car as it helps you control speed and stop. Ignoring replacing worn-out brake pads and rotors can lead to major consequences, but failing to change the brake fluid is equally just as dangerous. Checking the Brake Fluid The Integrity Transmission & Auto Repair team will gladly inspect your brake fluid every time you come in for service. Checking your brake fluid is easy and doesn't have to be intimidating. The reservoir that holds the fluid is usually always see-through, so it is easy to check without opening the top. We don't recommend opening this container unless you're ready for a fluid change or flush because the air's moisture can corrupt the fluid. How Often Should You Change the Brake Fluid Every vehicle make and model has different specifications when it comes to brake fluid. How often you change the fluid can also be based on other factors like the car's condition and driving h ... read more

8 Christmas Tree Hauling Tips

8 Christmas Tree Hauling Tips

The holidays are right around the corner, and now is the time to put up your brightly lit lights, hang your stockings above the fireplace, and pick out your Christmas tree. There's nothing better than having the scent of a real tree inside your home. Unfortunately, most people settle on a fake tree instead of a real tree is to bypass the hassle of lugging it home. Thankfully, Integrity Transmission & Auto Repair has the best tips to make this task easy and seamless! Here are 8 tips to know before heading to the tree farm.  Bring a pair of gloves. You will want to protect your hands from sharp needles and sticky sap. An additional measure to take is to wear long sleeves so you don't get pricked. Have it netted at the farm to make the transfer easier. The net will also protect the tree from damages. Preserve your vehicle's exterior by putting a blanket, tarp, or any covering on the roof or bed of your vehicl ... read more

How to Become a Defensive Driver

How to Become a Defensive Driver

Every driver must know that they are putting their lives at risk every day by getting behind the wheel. Yes, you may have total control of your vehicle, but you can't ultimately rely on other drivers on the road practicing safe driving. There are aggressive and reckless drivers, sluggish drivers, inattentive drivers, etc. To ensure your safety is maximized, you should do your part and practice defensive driving! Here are some tips on how: Plan Ahead of Time Defensive driving can happen before you even start your car. A good habit to get into is checking weather conditions and traffic conditions before you leave the house. That way, you can manage expectations during your drive. Check Blind Spots and Use Signals This step is a driver's ed classic. When you want to change lanes or merge into traffic, you should always do your best to turn your head to check your blind spot. Even though modern cars have lane detection systems, you should still manually check because technology ... read more

Why Is My Muffler Making Spooky Noises?

Why Is My Muffler Making Spooky Noises?

Loud exhaust noises are a common concern (and annoyance) for most drivers. It seems that exhaust problems, specifically regarding the muffler, can start from nowhere. This can be uncomfortable, especially if you don't want all eyes on you at every stoplight. What could be causing these scary roars? It could be that you hit something on the road that caused damage to your exhaust system. Rust buildup can also be the cause of a loud muffler. Delaying a needed exhaust repair like a broken exhaust pipe can worsen the noise and cause damage to other parts of your exhaust system: Manifold Pre-catalytic converter Front pipe Catalytic converter Intermediate exhaust pipe Front muffler Rear exhaust pipe Rear muffler The exhaust system does more than keep your automobile calm and silent when you drive. It is mainly intended to move exhaust fumes away from the engine and cabin and convert those harmful gases into safer ones. It also assists your engine in maintaining high fuel efficie ... read more

What Is The 30/60/90 Plan?

What Is The 30/60/90 Plan?

30k, 60k, and 90k are all significant numbers to mechanics alike. You might wonder, why? These numbers are essential checkpoints for which your car's manufacturer has set a maintenance schedule for you. The interval between each service is roughly 30,000 miles. Many drivers see this plan as optional and think it's a scheme that manufacturers are out to get your money. However, that is far from the case. The 30/60/90 plan is imperative for the long-term well-being of your car, SUV, or truck.    Benefits of Factory Scheduled Maintenance Your factory maintenance schedule is extremely valuable. Here's why you should stay on top of it: Your warranty may require it.  Some automobile companies emphasize 30/60/90K maintenance so much that not following it will delete your warranty contract. It can help you identify problems early on. The scheduled maintenance can help you uncover issues early on before they become severe. This can save you the extra costs from e ... read more

How to Identify a Transmission Fluid Leak

How to Identify a Transmission Fluid Leak

A leaky transmission is a serious matter. Transmission fluid provides essential lubrication and cooling properties throughout your transmission. If the fluid is approaching empty or the fluid itself is in poor shape, it will lead to significant issues. Transmission repairs, rebuilds, and replacements are not cheap. Like other automotive complications, it's best to address a minor issue before it develops into a major concern.   If there is a significant leak, transmission fluid is very obvious to recognize because it is bright red. Any drips or puddles underneath your car with this red solution usually signifies a big problem that you will want to address immediately. A minor transmission fluid leak can be more challenging to identify because it may only be seen when the vehicle is up on a lift.    Self Maintenance You can monitor the level and quality of the transmission fluid at home. There is a dipstick under your hood that is designated to go into your trans ... read more

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

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