Maintaining your engine well-tuned as recommended by your car’s manufacturer can lower the risk of having to perform major maintenance. From replacing your oil regularly to changing your air filters at the proper intervals, there are a number of maintenance items you can perform regularly to keep your car running smoothly.
Try to decipher check engine light codes, resolve the required maintenance or repair issues, and get your car on the road safely
Common Warning Symptoms that your Engine requires a Performance Check/Tune Up
• Reduced gas mileage
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• Compromised power
• “Rough” running engine or stalling when stopped
• Engine “knocking” during acceleration, or running on after the ignition is turned off
• “Check engine” light or “service engine soon” light remains on after initial start
Engine Stalling and or Loss of Power
Your car’s engine performance can be affected by a number of factors including lack of gasoline, a dirty air filter, or bad spark plugs to name a few. This can cause your vehicle to jerk or hesitate, making it difficult to climb hills and push to its fullest speed performance potential.
Replacing your air filter and changing old spark plugs to adds more kick to your engine. Spark plugs help ignite the explosive mixture needed to fuel your vehicle’s engine. As they burn out your engine’s loses power.
To keep the moving parts of your car engine lubricated, change your oil as recommended to optimize your car’s mileage. Waiting too long for an oil change lets your engine to build up with harmful sludge that can damage its components and affect your engine’s performance.
The worst time to have poor engine performance is during the cold season when it takes longer for your engine to reach the temperature required for your fuel to be efficient. Leaving your vehicle idle during the cold seasons to warm-up will force your car to burn more fuel.
At every Oil Change we inspect your tires, brakes, battery, and top off your fluids and lubricants to ensure your vehicle has what it needs to perform at its optimum.
Carbon deposits in your engine can also weigh down your car’s performance. These deposits are often the cause of that knocking or pinging noise you hear. The fuel you put into your vehicle is needed to have a certain level of carbon cleaning detergent to stop deposits from forming, but sometimes that’s not enough. This becomes an issue because it reduces the amount of space you have in your gas cylinder, which increases compression causing your car to knock.
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If your vehiclee is overheating it could be for a number of reasons including a leaking radiator, loss of power to your fan or a damaged or slack fan belt. To add more life to your engine and its cooling system, get your oil replaced regularly to prevent your belt from struggling to rotate, check your belts and belt tensioners to make sure its firm and has no cuts in it. A broken belt can prevent your compressor, power steering or fan from working effectively, which may bring your engine to a complete stop. Check your serpentine belt for cracks and debris regularly, and change your belt as recommended by your vehicle’s manufacturer.
Check Engine Light
Your check engine light comes on for a number of reasons including faulty oxygen sensors, cylinder misfires, an insufficient EGR (Exhaust Gas Recirculation) flows, or a lose gas cap