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What Does The Battery Light Mean?

What Does The Battery Light Mean?

Your dashboard is the command center for your vehicle, giving you real-time data on what's happening throughout the engine and chassis. Tire pressure, fuel levels, and your speedometer are the most looked at numbers, but you shouldn't ignore the warning lights that pop up when your vehicle isn't feeling well. Why The Battery Light Can Be Horrifying Out of all the lights you can be presented with, the battery light is the mysterious dark horseman of your dash. It doesn't have a single issue tied to it as a tire pressure sensor or open door light would have. It also doesn't immediately mean that the battery is done for. Often, the first reaction is just that though. Your battery light is on which means it's dying and will become another expense you have to budget in. Don't worry, this typically isn't the issue at the end of the day. It Does Mean You Should Take Your Car In Your vehicle's electrical system is a joint effort between your battery tha ... read more

What is an Oxygen Sensor?

What is an Oxygen Sensor?

Also known as an O2 sensor, an oxygen sensor is a vital component of your car's exhaust system. They keep track of the amount of oxygen in your car's exhaust gases as they exit the engine and into the atmosphere. This is mostly a test of efficiency to ensure that the catalytic converter is functioning well. Oxygen sensors monitor whether your engine's air-fuel mixture is too rich or lean, then drive the information to the engine's Powertrain Control Module. Consequently, your vehicle's PCM will make the necessary adjustments to maintain an ideal air-fuel balance in the engine. Given its importance, a failing oxygen sensor can disrupt the entire combustion process. Besides reduced engine performance, a faulty oxygen sensor can negatively impact environmental emissions. Thankfully, you can easily recognize the symptoms early enough to contact a certified technician before your sensors fail. Here are some of the signs of a failing oxygen sensor you cannot afford to ig ... read more

What Does the Power Steering System Warning Light Mean?

What Does the Power Steering System Warning Light Mean?

Can you turn the steering wheel on your vehicle with ease? Then you know the power steering is working. The power steering in your vehicle is something you likely take for granted--until you lose that part of the car. It feels nearly impossible to guide your vehicle when the power steering goes out. You don't want to be caught in that situation, it can be dangerous. So pay attention to the lighting system on your vehicle. If the power steering warning light goes on, it means that something within that power steering system needs attention. You may never have seen a power steering light before. It usually is the shape of the steering wheel and sometimes has an exclamation point in it. For electric systems, it may be a light that says EPS for electric power steering. If you see any kind of warning light and you don't know what it is, your owner's manual can clear that up for you right away. Many times, that light will come on when the hydraulic fluids in the system are low ... read more

What Happens If I Miss a Vehicle Service?

What Happens If I Miss a Vehicle Service?

As any responsible car owner knows, it's important to get your vehicle regularly serviced if you want to prevent issues, or fix any problems before they become too expensive Generally, it's recommended you bring in your vehicle for a tune-up at least once a year. However, sometimes everyone slips up and forgets to have their vehicle serviced. Let's talk about what might happen as a result of your forgetting to have your vehicle checked out and fixed up. 1. Tire Troubles One big problem that can come about as a result of missing a vehicle servicing is your neglecting your tires. Sometimes we take our tires for granted, as their thick rubber can seem indestructible at times. However, micro-tears and small punctures can add up over time, leading to a reduction in tire pressure, less grip on the road, and lower fuel efficiency. Not to mention the risk balding tires pose to driving safely in general. 2. Rust Build-Up Rust is something that can crop up virtually anywhere on y ... read more

How Does a Car's Fuel System Work?

How Does a Car's Fuel System Work?

Technology in the automobile has advanced significantly. One area that has evolved in the last several years is in the fuel system. Modern cars may have a complex fuel system, but this complexity makes it easy to program it to be fuel-efficient. The engine needs enough fuel to sustain essential combustion processes, producing enough energy to power a vehicle. Every car's fuel is held in the gas tank, mostly at the rear. Today's fuel tanks are modified with internal baffles that prevent the gasoline from sloshing back and forth. This is how a car's fuel system works: The fuel tank, fuel pump, fuel filter, and injectors are the main components of the fuel system. The fuel system process starts when you drive to a gas filling station to get gas in the fuel tank. Fuel tank This is where gas is pumped through the filler tube. A sending unit indicates to the gas gauge how much fuel is in the tank. From this tank, the gas en ... read more

Oil Change Service in Sacramento, CA

Oil Change Service in Sacramento, CA

Life has been pretty chaotic, so it's easy to forget to change your oil. Motor oil lubricates your engine's hot moving parts, and it also helps keep it from overheating. An oil change is one of the simplest maintenance tasks that work to prolong your vehicle's lifespan. If you don't remember the last time you got your oil changed, you may be overdue. Below are three major signs that indicate your vehicle needs an oil change.  The engine oil looks dirty and dark. Healthy motor oil is honey brown and free of debris. Over a few thousand miles, the oil will get darker and collect pollutants. Old oil can become thick and chunky, losing its beneficial properties. Old oil can leave the engine starved, causing major friction between the hot metal parts. While the vehicle is cold, pop the hood and pull the oil dipstick to check its quality. Wipe the dipstick and reinsert it. If the oil is dark and murky, set some extra time aside to get your oil changed.   Ther ... read more

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3 Reasons Your Brakes Feel Spongy

3 Reasons Your Brakes Feel Spongy

There's nothing more alarming than stepping on the brakes, only for the pedal to sink to the floor. A spongy brake pedal leaves room for concern. A brake problem can take more effort to stop your vehicle, increasing the risk of an accident. There are a variety of reasons that could lead the brakes to feel spongy. Below are three common reasons the brakes may feel spongy.  A Leak in the Brake Line Brake lines are primarily made of steel tubing. They can become corroded by rust. Over time, rust can cause small holes to develop and cause brake fluid to leak out. A decrease in brake fluid leads can cause a loss of hydraulic pressure causing the brake pedal to feel soft. There's Air in the Brake Line A common cause for a spongy brake is air in the brake lines. When air gets trapped in the brake lines, brake fluid won't adequately flow properly. If there's air in the brake line, a brake flush can be an easy solution. As you drive, brake fluid abso ... read more

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5 signs It’s Time for A Tune Up

5 signs It’s Time for A Tune Up

Whether you just purchased a new vehicle or are holding on to old faithful, your vehicle is going to need to have a service and maintenance check-up eventually. After a car has traveled several miles, tune-ups are necessary to fix small issues and prevent them from turning into bigger ones. At TOS Auto Repair, a tune-up includes replacing essential wires and plugs, new filters, an ignition timing adjustment, and much more. If you don’t remember the last tune-up your car has received, below are a few common signs that it’s time to schedule one:  Your Vehicle Is Stalling  Unless you’re a new driver to a manual vehicle, stalling should not be a common occurrence. A stalling car can indicate various issues such as bad spark plugs, a dead battery, a faulty ignition, and more. If your vehicle has just started to stall, it’s time to have it checked and tuned up.   A Decrease in Fuel Efficiency If you’ve been ... read more

Toyota Researches Body Posture to Improve Vehicle Safety

Toyota Researches Body Posture to Improve Vehicle Safety

Making a vehicle safe isn’t easy, and automakers work round the clock to ensure our vehicles are structurally sound. Seat belts, airbags, and the anti-lock braking system all work to keep you safe. Self-driving cars are starting to become a reality, and passenger safety is a priority. How a passenger sits in their vehicle while they aren’t driving is an important consideration. Principal Engineer, Jason Hallman is leading the research at the Toyota Collaborative Safety Research Center. The study examines the variations in body posture during a drive and how this information can enhance vehicle safety. At present, all passenger safety regulations require crash dummies to remain in upright postures when driving. However, regular passengers don’t typically stay in an upright position while driving. Vehicle passengers will engage in various activities such as eating, drinking, and chatting with other passengers. Some researchers believe that these tests should encompass ... read more

A Glance Behind You – The History of the Rear-view Mirror

For car racing fans, the Indy 500 is the event of the year. The Indy 500 is a race in which racecar drivers conquer the track to drive over 500 miles worth of laps. Their speed and expertise can attract over 100k fans to the Indianapolis stadium. This years’ Indy 500 is scheduled to take place on August 23, 2020. The first racer that won the first Indy 500 race captured the hearts of car enthusiasts worldwide. The Indy 500 has been a fan favorite for the last few decades, and it holds historical elements to the evolution of our modern-day vehicles. The first winner of the Indy 500 designed a mirror that has become standard on cars all over the world - the rear-view mirror. From the make of a vehicle to the engine, there are many aspects of a car to be enthralled with. However, with a mirror dripping in so much history, this is an ode to the rear-view mirror. Even though he’s not the first to patent the rear-view mirror, most historians tip their hats off to Ray Harroun as ... read more

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