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What are the Signs of a Dirty Air Filter?

What are the Signs of a Dirty Air Filter?

Car filters clean the air that enters the engine and if you have dirty filters, you could endanger the operation of your engine as well. There are plenty of signs that tell you there is something going on with the engine and the filters. Here are a few to watch out for as you drive down the road. Reduced Fuel Efficiency You should keep track of how many miles you get per gallon of gas and if you notice your vehicle take a nosedive on fuel efficiency, it's important to figure out why that's the case. The filters are an easy thing for mechanics to check and to change out. They could cause a drop in fuel economy so they are important to watch. Engine Misfiring If you don't have enough air supply in your engine, it could be from the dirty filters. The engine could misfire or not start properly and if you don't change the filters, it could cause a lot larger issues down the road. Check Engine Light Comes On There are lots of warning lights that could illuminate in your ... read more

Service Intervals

Service Intervals

Question: I'm really confused about auto service intervals for various items on my car. Help! FADELY'S AUTO MASTERS Answer: The simple answer for York residents is to follow the vehicle's recommended service intervals listed in your owner's manual or in your service center's database. But the team at Fadley's Auto Masters in York sympathizes with York residents because of the confusing intervals for modern vehicles. The days of simple rules of thumb that applied to most vehicles are long gone. For example, let's look at an oil change: manufacturers' recommendations run anywhere from every 3,000 miles (5,000 kilometers) to 15,000 miles (24,000 kilometers). This big range comes from engine design and recommended types of oil - so York residents really do need to read and follow the recommendations for their specific vehicle. Your owner's service manual will have a schedule for maintenance services and inspections. Service items include: Tir ... read more

Learn More About Oil Changes

Learn More About Oil Changes

Some new vehicle manufacturers are now recommending much higher oil change intervals than they have in the past. As much as 5,000 to 8,000 miles or more. Following these recommendations is very important to avoid engine damage. When you go too long between oil changes, oil starts to turn to sludge. This causes small oil passages to clog and engine parts to fail. What causes oil sludge? It’s a factor of time and mileage. There are hot spots in every engine that cause oil burn off that leads to sludge. Also, water from normal condensation can build up in the oil. This water also creates sludge. Severe driving conditions lead to more rapid sludge formation. Severe driving includes short trips under four miles or trips under ten miles in freezing conditions. The engine just doesn’t get warm enough for the water in the oil to evaporate. Severe conditions are at the heart of the problem. Stop and go driving, towing, dusty conditions, heavy loads, very hot or very cold temperat ... read more

Car Doors

Car Doors

Of all the parts of a vehicle we take for granted, the doors must be near the top of the list. We open them to get in, lock them, and use the rear child locks to keep the kids safe. But what in the world happens when you can't open or close one or more of your vehicle's doors? Let's say you get to your destination and go to shut the door and it just won't latch closed. Now you have a problem. You can't lock the vehicle. And when you go to drive it, it's unsafe. The problem could be several things. You could have a stuck latch, door alignment problems, a handle malfunction, or electrical issues. Maybe freezing weather is the culprit. Now, what happens when the door won't open? That is not only inconvenient; it's a safety issue. If you're in an accident, you must be able to get out of the vehicle quickly. You may have a bent latch; the lock may be broken, or corrosion may have rusted the mechanism. Needless to say, this is a difficult situation. The ... read more

What Are the Most Common Exhaust System Problems

What Are the Most Common Exhaust System Problems

The exhaust system is an important component of your car. Indeed, the performance of your car significantly depends on the integrity of its exhaust. The exhaust system is comprised of several parts that must work harmoniously for the entire system to function as it should. If one of the parts fails to do its job properly, the whole system might fail. Below is a rundown of some of the most common exhaust problems. Exhaust Leaks When you drive on rough roads, the vibration on the exhaust system can damage points of weakness, such as joints, and cause the system to develop cracks. Unfortunately, this can cause the poisonous exhaust fumes to find their way into the carbine, and consequently put your health and that of your passengers at risk. Faulty Oxygen Sensors Modern cars have numerous oxygen sensors, and if one of them malfunctions, it can lead to confusion in your vehicle's system. As such, the engine computer's ability to create the required air-fuel mix may be compromis ... read more