Monthly Archives: April 2017

Having Problems Getting Started

Have you ever went out to your car in the morning and have it not start? If you’re lucky, the problem could be quick to fix. Other times, though, it may require more.

A dead battery is the most common reason for a car not to start. A simple battery tester can let you know the battery strength. You can also simply jump your car. If jumping your car starts it up, you need a new battery. If not, there may be another problem. Below are a few reasons your car may not start when you try to jump it.

If you try to start your car and it only makes a clicking noise, you probably just have a dead battery. If you are unable to jump the battery, look at the wiring that goes to and from the starter to see if there are any loose connections. Also look at the terminal cable connections on the battery. You may need to replace or thoroughly clean your cables if they seem to be corroded.

If your vehicle will not start when it’s raining, check for dampness inside the distributor cap. There is solvent you can use to help dry the dampness from the distributor cap simply. Once you have used the solvent, use a lint-free rag to finish drying the As good as you can, then replace it.

If your engine turns over but won’t start, the issue is probably with your spark plugs. You may need to pull out your spark plugs and have them cleaned or replaced. If that doesn’t help the problem, you may need to have your fuel supply checked.

If you accelerate and your engine hesitates or misses, there are a few things that may be causing this. Three things you need to check are the distributor, the spark plugs, and the accelerator pump. If your engine pings are knocks, it may be due to the fuel you are using or your timing belt.

If you are unable to figure out why your car doesn’t start using the ideas above, feel free to bring your vehicle into the shop. We can help you diagnose and fix your vehicle today.

The Mysterious Check Engine Light

When driving your car, nothing is much more nerve-racking than your check engine light coming on. Like most people, you probably have no clue what could possibly be wrong. The check engine light is just one of the many mysterious lights that flash on your dashboard.

There are many different things that your check engine light can mean. Of course, it doesn’t mean that you automatically need to pull over on the side of the road and abandon your car. It does mean, though, that you probably want to schedule an appointment at the car shop to have them check over your vehicle. Below are some of the most common reasons your check engine light comes on.

  • Missing, damaged, or loose gas cap: your gas Helps to keep the pressure in your fuel tank and seals off the fuel system. It also contains the gasoline fumes and keeps them from being emitted into the atmosphere when you are not driving.
  • Need to replace your O2 sensor: the O2 sensor measures how much oxygen is unburned in the exhaust system on your vehicle. When the O2 sensor fails, your vehicle may still operate as normal but will likely not pass an emissions test.
  • Need to replace your mass airflow sensor: this sensor measures how much air is entering into your engine to determine the amount of fuel you need to effectively run the engine. When your mass airflow sensor needs replacing, you may feel a reduced power in your engine.
  • Need to replace the catalytic converter: the catalytic converter produces carbon dioxide from carbon monoxide to protect the environment. When it is damaged, it will cause your vehicle to stall and lead to complete engine failure.
  • Exhaust gas recirculation is insufficient: theĀ EGR recirculates some of the exhaust from your engine back into the engine’s cylinders. If it isn’t working correctly or is clogged, your engine will not perform the way it should.
  • Need to Replace plug wires are spark plugs: the spark plugs are used to ignite the mixture of fuel and air. Your engine will ultimately fail if you neglect to replace your spark plugs.

Any of the above problems can cause your check engine light come on. One of the best ways to determine what the problem is is by going to your local car shop.