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Questions to Ask Yourself When You Find a Car Fluid Leak

Questions to Ask Yourself When You Find a Car Fluid Leak

Almost all fluid leaks from automobiles are never good. It is a sign that somewhere in your car, there is a worn seal or gasket, leaky hose, or other fluid-related problem. Some leaks require urgent repairs more than others, which is why the team at Hahira Automotive Service is here to help. Here are some critical steps to take or questions to ask yourself after identifying a leak. 1. What Color Is It? Different auto fluids have different colors. For instance, engine oil is typically golden/brown, and transmission fluid is red. Coolant is also known for being a bright neon color. It helps if you know the color.  2. Where Is the Leak Coming From?  Another piece of useful information is if you can find where the leak is coming from. For example, engine oil and coolant leaks are commonly found in the front end of the vehicle. Whereas, transmission fluid is in the middle and or back. And brake fluid leaks can be found near the wheels. 3. Is the Fluid Thick or Dirty? Any Smells ... read more

Types of Unusual Vehicle Smells

Types of Unusual Vehicle Smells

Don't ignore a strange odor lingering inside your car. That foul smell could be due to an old egg salad sandwich left under a seat, or maybe it is due to something more serious, such as a damaged catalytic converter. Here are five bad car smells that should never be ignored.1. Gas Smell If your car smells like gas, it could be from your last visit to the gas station. Roll down your windows and the odor should disappear in a few minutes. A lingering gas smell indicates that gas is leaking somewhere in your car. A damaged fuel cap, or leaking fuel tank is often to blame. If this is the case, bring your car in for an inspection as soon as possible. 2. Exhaust Smell The smell of exhaust creeping inside your car can indicate a hole in the exhaust pipe, or that the seals on your car doors and windows are wearing out. This is a situation that must be addressed immediately as it exhaust building up inside the car is lethal to both people ... read more

Starting Problems? Is it the Battery or the Alternator?

Starting Problems? Is it the Battery or the Alternator?

Whenever your car has a problem staring, it is usually an issue with either your battery or alternator. You will need to know what to look for if you want to make the correct assumption. There are distinct issues or symptoms you can look out for with each problem. Symptoms of An Alternator Issue The alternator, a vital component of your car's battery charger, runs the electrical components in addition to recharging the battery when the engine is turned on. The alternator doesn't need to be updated as frequently as other components like the battery because it normally lasts between eight and twelve years. Your battery will not retain its power if your alternator malfunctions since it won't be capable of keeping it charged. The first indication that there might be an issue with the alternator is a flat battery. Here are a few other signs of a malfunctioning alternator; • When you start to drive, your automobile subsequently stalls • When the warmth or audio syst ... read more

What are the Benefits of a Tire Rotation?

What are the Benefits of a Tire Rotation?

Tire rotation is moving your tires from one position to another. The most common rotation pattern is front to rear, but other patterns can also be used. Tire rotation is important because it helps to ensure even wear on all four tires. This can help to improve gas mileage, handling, and traction. There are many benefits to having your tires rotated regularly. Here are some of the most important benefits: 1. Better Gas Mileage One of the most significant benefits of tire rotation is that it can help to improve your gas mileage. This is because rotating your tires helps to ensure even wear. When all four tires are wearing evenly, they will roll more smoothly, so your engine won't have to work as hard. This can lead to better gas mileage. 2. Increased Tire Life Another big benefit of tire rotation is that it can help increase your tire life. This is because rotating your tires helps to prevent uneven wear. When all four tires are wearing evenly, they will last longer. This can sa ... read more

Top Signs Your Vehicle Needs Brake Service

Top Signs Your Vehicle Needs Brake Service

It's a good idea to get your brakes serviced regularly. Most carmakers recommend brake service every 20,000-60,000 miles or every six months. However, certain signs can indicate you need brake service sooner. This article will discuss the top five signs that your vehicle needs brake service. #1. Loud Grinding and Squealing Noise The first sign that your car needs brake service is the existence of a loud grinding or squealing noise when you brake. This noise is caused by metal-on-metal contact and indicates that your brake pads are worn down and need to be replaced. If you continue to drive with worn brakes, you'll not only damage your braking system but also put yourself and others at risk. #2. Odd Brake Pedal Vibration Another sign that your vehicle needs brake service is odd vibrations from the steering wheel, brake pedal, and the whole vehicle. This is usually caused by warped brake rotors, which results in brake pads not having a smooth surface to contact when stoppi ... read more

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