The Engine Light: Friend Of Foe?

Posted by on Aug 19, 2015 in Uncategorized

As a motorist, you have undoubtedly experienced that jolt of fear caused when your engine warning light comes on. Immediately, visions of horrible engine damage and massive repair bills flash through your mind. Although sometimes the light indicates a big problem, usually the fix is simple and not too expensive. When the light comes on, you can take some simple steps to correct the problem.  Check Engine Light When your check engine light comes on, it usually indicates an emissions problem, often involving a bad oxygen sensor or even just a loose gas cap. The light could also indicate a more serious problem with your catalytic converter. If the light comes on while you are driving and stays on, you do need to have the engine checked, but it is not an emergency. If the light is blinking, however, you should slow down and see if the light becomes steady. If it continues to blink, you should stop driving the car and call your mechanic. Most often, the light indicates a malfunction in the emissions system that means you are getting poor gas mileage and emitting more pollutants than you should.  Diagnosing the Problem Your car’s computer generates a code that tells you where the problem is. Some auto parts stores will check the code for no charge, which can save you a trip to the mechanic if the problem is minor. Another option is to purchase a code reader. These tend to be affordable and allow you to find out the code yourself. This knowledge lets you shop around for the lowest repair price. You can also order your own parts online, which can save you a substantial amount of money.  Ignoring the Warning Light Even if the problem is a small one, ignoring it is not a good idea. Small problems can become big ones. Once your check engine light comes on, it can no longer warn you of developing problems. The light is “stuck” on the first problem and cannot help you out with anything else. You should have your car checked in a matter of days and not months.  Although the check engine light can scare you and cause you unnecessary worry, the light is actually your friend. It alerts you to small problems before they become big ones, which is a valuable service. You should not panic, however. If the light is a steady one, you have a little time to fix the problem. If it is blinking, you need to call your mechanic or dealership right away.  For a used car dealership, contact a company such as U Pick U...

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Pulling Usable Parts From Wrecked Cars

Posted by on Aug 4, 2015 in Uncategorized

A car in the auto salvage yard isn’t always completely useless. The engine may be damaged or the axles bent, but the component you need for your car may be available—and cheap—inside that wreck. If the part you need is no longer in production or you’re looking for more affordable used auto part sales, keep a few search and safety considerations in mind.  Searching For The Right Vehicle Means Research Not all car parts are from the same manufacturer. The make and model of your car means a lot when it comes to finding the right parts, but there could be a completely different make, model and year with the same part that could make your search easier. With a little research, you can expand your available parts and make the search a little less desperate. The first thing to do is find out the exact model information of the part. For example, you need to look up more than just a water pump or alternator for a specific make and model; the part number, size and other details of that part can make it easier for you to get the same part in another vehicle.     Cross reference that part number by searching for the vehicles that use it. A simple search engine question such as “What cars use Part X Model Y?” can lead you in the right direction, and any further questions can be answered with the help of a mechanic or an auto salvage yard professional. Once you have the information ready, simply as the used auto parts or salvage yard professional to search for the vehicles or the part. Both details can be used to search through inventories to either get you directly to a part of the vehicle that may have the part. Be Safe During The Search If the auto part professional is getting the part for you, all is well as far as safety is concerned. If you’re visiting a “pick and pull” salvage yard that allows you to search for and recover your own parts, you’ll need to prepare yourself for optimum safety. First, you’ll need to know how to get to the part. Removing a part isn’t as mechanically-challenging as fixing a vehicle or troubleshooting, but it can be difficult. Be sure to search for videos or documents explaining the best way to get to a part if you’re mechanically inclined. If tangling with technology and physical hardware isn’t your desire, ask a skilled mechanic to take care of the part removal for you. With any salvaging, be mindful of dangers that may cut, stab or crush an unwary victim. Wear tear-resistant gloves if you plan on working inside metal areas and long-sleeve clothing if you need to get your arms deeper into the vehicle. If working in a salvage yard that is in a grassy area, be...

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How An Anti-Drain Oil Filter Provides Extra Engine Protection

Posted by on Jul 21, 2015 in Uncategorized

Some automobile engines produce a noticeable clatter for just a couple of seconds when started. The noise might simply be characteristic of the particular engine, but it could be due to a brief lack of lubrication. At the time of an oil change, vehicle owners can request an oil filter with a specialized valve designed to speed up the circulation of engine oil at start-up. Automobile engines contain a pump that continuously delivers lubricating oil to the moving internal components. After your engine is turned off, much of the oil drains downward into a lower part of the motor referred to as the oil pan. At start-up, it takes a couple of seconds for the pump to force oil back to the filter and through the upper portion of the engine. The drawback of oil filters Most engine oil filters are manufactured in the shape of a canister, which screws on to the side of the motor at some point. Depending on the model of automobile, filters are attached at various angles. After the engine stops running, some or all of the oil in the filter may drain back into the oil pan. The addition of a valve Oil filter manufacturers have designed a valve inside some of their filters to hold the oil after the engine has stopped. By keeping the oil filter full at all times, the pump is able to deliver lubricating oil to your engine quicker at start-up. The advantage of a valve Like many other types of small valves, the anti-drain valve opens in response to pressure on its incoming side. When the pressure stops, the valve closes on its own, blocking any further outgoing flow. The valve remains closed until the engine and pump are started again, providing a quickened flow of protective oil. The anti-drain valve is built into the filter canister and is not visually apparent. The standard anti-drain valve is made of rubber, and a silicone valve is also available. Your service advisor can help you decide which option might be best for your own use. Even if you hear no clatter at engine start-up, you might want to consider an anti-drain valve. Ensuring that clean oil is distributed throughout your motor as quickly as possible helps reduce engine wear. Regular oil changes are even more important. Contact an oil change service like Covey’s Auto to have your vehicle serviced and to receive further information about oil and filter...

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Spectacles Vs. Flatbed: Comparing Two Types Of Tow Trucks

Posted by on Jun 30, 2015 in Uncategorized

Your car breaks down on the road. You have to call a towing service, but what sort of tow truck should you ask for? Isn’t any tow truck as good as any other? No. Calling a towing service that does not have the right type of truck for you car can lead to transmission damage, or damage to the body of your car. While hook-lift trucks used to be the standard, today you should choose between a spectacle lift and flatbed.  What is a Spectacle Lift? While a spectacle lift might sound like an invention designed to prevent your glasses from sliding down your nose, the term actually refers to the mechanism that a truck uses to lift your car. A spectacle lift will have a hydraulic arm that extends downward from the bed of the truck. At the end of this arm, it will have two crossbars that create the rough outline of a pair of eyeglasses. These crossbars cradle the tires of your car between them. To lift your car, an operator simply slides the first crossbar under your tires, then lifts the hydraulic arm. This mechanism should work to lift either front- or rear-wheel-drive cars, but if you have an all-wheel-drive vehicle, you will still end up with transmission damage. Furthermore, your car is still susceptible to road damage from potholes or flying gravel.  What Is a Flatbed Tow Truck? A flatbed truck will have a bed that an operator can tip back until the back of the bed rests against the ground. By hooking a chain to the frame of your car, the operator can then winch your car onto the bed. The driver then lifts the bed back to its resting position and secures your car wheels to the bed with straps. The benefit of a flatbed is that your car is completely lifted off the roadway, so you don’t have to worry about wear to your tires or transmission. Furthermore, you don’t have to worry about road damage. The negative aspect of a flatbed is that if your car is low to the ground, the angle between the winch and the front of your car can cause the chain used to pull your car onto the bed to wear on your front bumper.  Because there is potential for damage to your car with either a flatbed or a spectacle lift, you should choose your tow truck based on the type of car you have. If you have a front- or rear-wheel-drive vehicle, you should be fine with a spectacle lift. On the other hand, if you have an all-wheel-drive vehicle, you should ask for a flatbed tow truck. If you want to prevent uneven wear to your tires, you can always choose a flatbed, unless you have a car that is especially low to the ground. To find out more, speak with a...

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3 Tips For Buying Used Semi Trucks

Posted by on Jun 17, 2015 in Uncategorized

When you need to be sure that you are able to get a quality used semi truck, it pays to know some important tips. Following this guide will help you as you set out on your purchase, in order to find commercial trucks for sale that you can use for your business. Read on so that you can get behind the wheel of a safe, quality truck, breeze through the purchase process and get the most bang for your buck.  #1: Give The Truck An Inspection And Know Which Red Flags To Look For In order to be sure that you are able to get a truck without glaring, dangerous issues, you’ll need to know what to look for during an inspection. First, make sure that you look at the engine oil, to make sure that it is adequately filled, clean and denoting positive engine maintenance. You’ll also need to check the body and under the hood for rust, to be sure that the truck is not beginning to fall apart. Always get a copy of a vehicle history report, to make sure that it was well maintained and that it did not undergo any serious damage due to a vehicle wreck.  #2: Know Where To Shop For The Best Deals On Commercial Trucks For Sale  Perhaps the best way to get behind the wheel of a quality commercial truck is to search online databases. This allows you to cast a large net as you look for the year, make and model of semi truck that you need, with the appropriate amount of mileage on it. You should also be sure that you reach out to truck rental businesses. These rental companies have an obligation to their customers to cycle out old trucks, so that people are getting the highest quality truck when they rent. This means that by shopping through a rental company, you can get a gently used and well maintained semi truck at a discount. You can also visit a site like Arrow Truck Sales. #3: Register The Semi With A Preventative Service Agreement You can protect the investment of your entire fleet whenever you decide to buy a preventative service agreement. This way, you’ll be able to lower the operating cost of your entire fleet and will avoid losing business from having your newly purchased truck out of commission. Semi truck repair contractors will work with you and develop a thorough maintenance history for your truck.  Follow these tips and apply them, so that you can get the best used semi truck for your money, and also get the best performance out of...

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