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Top 3 Signs That Indicate Engine Problems

Top 3 Signs That Indicate Engine Problems

As a vehicle owner, you know that your car engine is the heart of your vehicle. Without a healthy engine, your car won’t run smoothly, efficiently, or at all. To protect your engine, you need to keep up with your auto maintenance. This means never missing an oil change. Routine checkups to the mechanic extend engine life and help us catch problems when they are minor. Below are the top 3 signs that indicate engine trouble: Illuminated Check Engine Light Once the check engine warning pops up, you know that something is wrong. On one hand, it can be something minor like a loose gas cap. On the other hand, it can be a malfunctioning catalytic converter. Rest assured, our technicians can crack down on the check engine light with our state-of-the-art diagnostics equipment. When your check engine light comes on, please bring it to Preferred Auto & Fleet Service for testing. Unfamiliar Noises After driving day in and day out, you learn how your car drives and the types of noises ... read more

How to Know If You Have a Failing Timing Belt

How to Know If You Have a Failing Timing Belt

It takes many moving parts to help your vehicle run smoothly. One critical component is the timing belt. To fully understand the importance of your timing belt, you should know how it works and when to replace it.   Timing belts are rubber belts in combustible engines, and they assist in controlling the camshaft rotations and crankshaft openings and closings of the engine valves. This allows for an even distribution of fuel and air. In order for the ignition of the mixture to occur inside the combustion chamber, the valves need to push downward. When the timing belt wears down or breaks, these valves open at the wrong time and cause damage to your pistons and other engine components.   Unfortunately, timing belts do not give off as obvious of signs as other parts do when they wear down. Instead, it can break and cause an immediate breakdown. That is why your mechanic recommends you to change it as early as possible, typically between 50,000 to 150,000  kilometers. Yo ... read more

How Can Cold Weather Affect My Brakes?

How Can Cold Weather Affect My Brakes?

Your vehicle's braking system requires maintenance year-round, but they can mainly be more concerning when the temperatures drop below freezing in the winter. We're all aware that the cold can drain your battery or strain your engine, but you might be thinking, "what can the cold do to hurt my brakes?" While it may shock you, the winter weather cannot directly impact your brakes. However, it can be a contributing factor in wearing them down. Whether you drive a car, SUV, truck, or fleet vehicle, it's essential to keep your brakes in tip-top shape.  Increase in Brake Wear and Tear In Thunder Bay, the snow and ice on the roads can make winter driving tricky during this time of year. To offset the slipping and sliding you may experience in a vehicle, the average driver will be pumping their brakes more frequently. The brakes have to work extra hard whenever this happens, generating more heat and friction. While your brakes are supposed to dissipate heat, exc ... read more

What are the Symptoms of a Bad Catalytic Converter?

What are the Symptoms of a Bad Catalytic Converter?

SYMPTOMS OF A CLOGGED CATALYTIC CONVERTER Catalytic converters are an essential element of your car's emissions system, but they may fail if they get clogged. Your car's exhaust gas can't pass through the muffler when this occurs, which is common in older vehicles. As a result, the engine will ultimately shut down due to a lack of fuel and air in the combustion chamber, resulting in a loss of power and a flat battery. Essentially, the catalytic converter "fails" to do its function. Is there a way to tell whether your car's catalytic converter is bad? Clogged catalytic converter symptoms include the following: #1: Having Trouble Starting Your Car Sleepiness or trouble getting out of bed in the morning is one indication of liver failure. A blocked catalytic converter may have the same impact on your automobile, making it difficult — if not impossible — to start it. What causes this to happen? Having a clogged catalytic converter permits exhaust ... read more

Important Winter Driving Tips Every Car Owner Should Know

Important Winter Driving Tips Every Car Owner Should Know

During winter, drivers face many challenges when driving. Winter storms and icy and snowy road conditions make it difficult for drivers to see, slow down, or stop, increasing road accidents. Knowing the techniques of winter driving will help reduce the likelihood of accidents during the challenging season. DRIVING TIPS FOR THE WINTER Stock Your Car With Winter Survival and Driving Kits Winter flogs, snow and ice can get you stuck when driving. Ensure your car is well stocked to help you during an emergency. Your winter driving kits ensure you carry essentials like a snow shovel, snow brush, ice scrapes, extra batteries, emergency flashlights and jumper cables. Do not forget warm clothing, blanket, gloves, boots, non-perishable foods, medication, and other winter tools to help during emergencies in your winter survival kit. Maintaining Appropriate Driving Behaviors Always be cautious by understanding and driving for the condition. Maintain appropriate speed limits, avoid distractio ... read more

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