Yearly Archives: 2021

What Does the TPMS Warning Light Indicate?

What Does the TPMS Warning Light Indicate?

Fortunately for all vehicle owners and drivers, our vehicles come with computer technology in order to warn us whenever a specific part or system of the vehicle is experiencing serious issues. One of these warning lights is the "TPMS" or "Tire Pressure Monitoring System" light. The tire pressure monitoring system is a wonderful tool that notifies you when the pressure in one or more of the tires is not consistent with the baseline, which is set to the vehicle manufacturer's recommendations. This is a very useful tool for every vehicle owner, as it helps keep you and your vehicle passengers safe by giving off a warning at the first sign of trouble. Unfortunately not every vehicle, especially the much older ones, come equipped with such a system. If this is the case for you, we recommend that before driving your vehicle, you do a regular scan of the tires to make sure they seem inflated evenly. Making this a habit can one day come in handy because if you c ... read more

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

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