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What Can Happen If You Let Your Car Sit Too Long?

What Can Happen If You Let Your Car Sit Too Long?

What Can Happen If You Let Your Car Sit Too Long? You may be faced with a situation that causes you to drive less or stop the use of your automobile altogether. Sickness, injury, the move to a healthier lifestyle, or change of work to online freelancing may lead you to keep the vehicle parked for long. Unfortunately, the car is made for the road, and different parts will deteriorate if they do not start for a period. It is essential that you give your car a short drive after sitting for some time to prevent the issues discussed below. Here is a look at some problems. The Battery May Die When you drive your car, the battery gets charged via the alternator. If it is left to sit for long without a recharge, it discharges slowly and eventually dies. The battery can indeed hold the charge for some time. However, the alternator is vital for keeping it at optimum capacity. A battery that stays dead for long may eventually get permanently damaged, making it ... read more

What to Do After a Car Recall

What to Do After a Car Recall

Car recalls are common, and your car recall should not get you worried. It is a resolution of the vehicle manufacturer if they discover any deficiency in your vehicle. When the recall happens, the vehicle manufacturer is obligated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Authority (NHTSA) to notify you within a reasonable time. Why Recalls Happen The manufacture or the NHTSA might recall your vehicle if they observe different malfunctions in the car. Some of them include; Troubles in wiring systems Sticking gas pedals Defective wheels Frequent equipment wears Excessive oil intake Get Information On the Car Recall If your car has been recalled, check the NHTSA recall database. This is especially important if you bought the car from someone because that means the manufacturer did not list you as the car's contact person. Also, do the same if you have changed addresses, even if you are the vehicle's first owner. Ensure to read the recall letter and get a complete grasp of th ... read more

When Should I Change My Transmission Fluid?

When Should I Change My Transmission Fluid?

Having your car break down due to insufficient or dirty transmission fluid can be alarming if you are not prepared. To help save you save from any future disasters, here is a list of warning signs that your fluid needs to be changed. Transmission Grinding or Strange Noises A car transmission that is polluted with grime and muck can show signs which are related to insufficient amounts of transmission liquid. While you are driving your car, if you observe your transmission screeching or making weird sounds, you have to stop the car and then examine the transmission liquid level whilst the motor is still running. Make sure that the color of the transmission fluid is light red and is not brownish or blackish due to dirt or muck. If the level of the transmission fluid is normal and adequate, your car possibly requires a transmission cleanse. Issues with Shifting Gears Irrespective of whether you are driving an auto or manual, your vehicle needs to have good quality transmission fluid t ... read more

What is an oil pump o-ring replacement?

What is an oil pump o-ring replacement?

Unless you have had to replace an oil pump O-ring on your vehicles, you may not know that such a part existed. However, your vehicle's oil pump has an important job, and that is to keep your engine lubricated. The oil pump O-ring has an equally important job. It provides a seal that prevents oil from leaking from your oil pump. Typically an oil pump O-ring lasts for the life of the vehicle, but like any mechanical part, it can fail. How Oil Pump O-Ring Failure Happens Eventually, oil pump O-ring deterioration can happen as a result of the part becoming brittle or dried out. The oil pump O-ring can crack and begin to leak. Sometimes an oil pump O-ring leak can persist for an extended period without your noticing it. When you finally see it, you may not be aware of the leak's source, which is why regular vehicle maintenance is essential. Allowing an oil pump O-ring leak to go unrepaired can lead to persistently low oil levels and seriously damage an engine ... read more

How Often Does Your Car Need a Tune-Up?

How Often Does Your Car Need a Tune-Up?

Unlike an oil service, tune-ups are a larger service that is typically required every 30,000 miles or so, depending on the age of your vehicle and your driving habits. If you are wondering when your vehicle will be due for a tune-up, the best thing to do is to refer to your vehicle’s owner’s manual. The owner’s manual will lay out when a tune-up is due for your vehicle and what services are included.  Even though tune-ups are usually needed on an interval basis, they can sometimes be needed prior to the recommended mileage due to excessive driving. Some signs that your vehicle may need a tune-up include: Lack of overall performance Decrease in fuel efficiency Car constantly stalling Engine running rough Start up troubles If you notice any of the symptoms listed above, your vehicle may be due for a tune-up. If you’re unsure, you can visit us here at MotorHaus for an inspection. Some typical tune-up services include spark plug replacement, fuel fil ... read more

Common Vehicle Fluid Leaks

Common Vehicle Fluid Leaks

Leaking fluid underneath your vehicle can be a cause for concern - and leave you with more questions than answers. Leaks can actually stem from a number of different components, with some leaks being much more damaging than others.  If you see a leak underneath your vehicle, the first thing to do is determine the color of the leak. The color can usually give you an idea of the source of the leak.  Red - A red fluid leak is usually from the transmission or power steering system. This can be caused by a broken transmission seal or a hole in the power steering lines.  Orange - An orange leak can be caused by a couple of different components. The usual culprit is leaking antifreeze. It can also be condensation from a rusty radiator or could be transmission fluid if the fluid is old and dirty.  Yellow - Yellow fluid indicates a radiator coolant leak. This leak can be caused by a loose hose clamp or a damaged o-ring ... read more

How Often Do I Need to Replace My Vehicle's Windshield Wipers?

How Often Do I Need to Replace My Vehicle's Windshield Wipers?

Moving into the fall season typically means an increase in rainfall, which can make driving a bit more difficult for most. One of the most important safety features during the rain is your vehicle's windshield wipers because they keep your visibility clear as you drive. If you've ever been stuck driving in the rain with faulty wipers, you understand just how dangerous it can be. The best way to stay safe during this season is to ensure that your wipers are working at their best.  We often receive the question, how often do I need to replace my vehicle's windshield wipers? Many car owners don't realize that the windshield wipers actually have a very short lifespan due to the fact that they are constantly exposed to the exterior of your vehicle. Especially after a hot summer, the rubber blades on the wipers tend to wear down, dry out and become cracked and frayed which can eventually render them useless. This is why windshield wipers typically need to be replaced ev ... read more

Why is There Smoke Coming from Under My Car’s Hood?

Why is There Smoke Coming from Under My Car’s Hood?

Smoke coming from anywhere in your vehicle is never a good sign - especially when it comes from under the hood. If you notice smoke coming from the cracks of your vehicle's hood, the best thing you can do is turn off your vehicle's engine. Now, let's look at some of the potential causes and what you need to do next.  If you are seeing white smoke coming from the engine area, this can point to a few different issues. The main culprit is usually coolant entering the combustion chamber, which can happen when your head gasket fails or when the engine block cracks. If coolant is leaking, this means that your engine is more than likely overheating as well. An overheating engine can cause severe damage, so getting this taken care of quickly should be a priority.  Another potential cause of white smoke coming from the engine is leaking motor oil or other fluid hitting your vehicle's hot engine. While a leak can be fixed easily, there are still some concerns about wh ... read more

Tips for Summer Vehicle Maintenance

Tips for Summer Vehicle Maintenance

Summer is a great time to take control of your vehicle’s maintenance. Driving in the spring weather can take a toll on our vehicles, causing wear and tear that can affect overall performance and fuel efficiency. Before your summer road trip plans, be sure to come by MotorHaus for a summer vehicle inspection. Here are the top summer maintenance items to keep your vehicle running smoothly through the warm months:  Read your vehicle’s owner’s manual and see if any recommended services are due Make sure you are current with your vehicle’s oil and filter change Have coolant levels, condition, and concentration checked Inspect belts & hoses for any wear and tear Test air conditioning and verify if it is working properly Check your tires - look at the overall condition, tread, and check tire pressure  Look at all lights, interior and exterior, to make sure they work properly including headlights, tail lights, and brake lights Chang ... read more

How Long Does a Car A/C Recharge Last?

How Long Does a Car A/C Recharge Last?

A common cause for a car air conditioning to not blow old cold air as it used to is low refrigerant. Low refrigerant can happen if you haven't had your A/C serviced in a long time or if there is a leak somewhere in the system. In order to get your vehicle's A/C running like new again, you'll need to have an A/C recharge performed.  An A/C recharge service consists of removing all of the refrigerant from the system, flushing everything out to be able to put fresh refrigerant in. It also includes a test of the system's pressure and temperature control which is important when it comes to a working air conditioning system. We also check for leaks to make sure that the refrigerant isn't low for this reason. If there is a leak, we will repair it to ensure that refrigerant doesn't continue to leak inside of your vehicle (this can cause the whole A/C system to shut down and cause damage to surrounding parts).  So, how long does a car A/C recharge last? There ... read more

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