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Common Exhaust System Problems

Common Exhaust System Problems

The exhaust system of your vehicle has the important job of converting harmful gases emitted from the engine into less harmful gases which are then emitted from your exhaust system. If your vehicle has an exhaust system, harmful gases could potentially be leaking into your cabin which is detrimental to you and your passenger's health. A exhaust system problem can also make you vehicle fail an emissions test and make your vehicle legally not able to drive.  Some of the most common causes of exhaust system problems include:  Rust - rust can occur often when it comes to the muffler, pipes, and other components of the exhaust system. Roads that still use salt in the winter can speed up this process even more. Rust should be removed from parts if possible, and if not, super rusty parts should be replaced.    Bad Oxygen Sensor - a bad oxygen sensor can cause problems when it comes to making sure that the air-fuel mixture is correct for your emissi ... read more

Fall Vehicle Maintenance

Fall Vehicle Maintenance

It's officially the fall season, which means we can expect chillier weather, rain, and falling leaves to approach in the near future. With the changing seasons, it's important to keep an eye on our vehicles and take care of any maintenance needed to ensure that our vehicles are safe for the weather changes. With wetter roads and colder temperatures, it's important to take care of the following services that are paramount when it comes to vehicle safety:  Check Your Tires Having tires with good traction is vital for this time of the year. With rainfall comes wet roads, and tires need to have proper tread in order to push through liquid and make traction with the road. If your tires are looking bald, make sure you get a new set before the rain falls. Also, ensure that all tires are filled up to the proper PSI.  Replace Windshield Wipers & Fluid You never know when you'll have to deal with falling rain, and finding that y ... read more

Do I Need to Replace My Vehicle's Cabin Air Filter?

Do I Need to Replace My Vehicle's Cabin Air Filter?

Your vehicle has many different filters that help to pick up dirt and debris to keep your car clean and running efficiently. One that you may not be too familiar with is the cabin air filter, which isn't one that necessarily affects how your vehicle operates. Instead, this is a filter that is in place for your health while inside your vehicle.  The cabin air filter is the barrier between the outside air and your cabin. It filters the air as it comes into your car to remove pollutants and debris from the air, that way you can breathe clean air. It's typically located behind your vehicle's glove compartment, which can make it easy to forget about.  So, do you need to replace this filter? Take a look at the photo included above - the one on the left is a dirty cabin air filter, and the one on the right is a brand new one. A little gross, huh? It is! The cabin air filter, since often forgotten about, tends to get extremely dirty like that one. Over just a few years ... read more

What Can Wear Down Tires Prematurely?

What Can Wear Down Tires Prematurely?

Your vehicle's tires truly are essential to your safety on the road. A good set of tires will ensure that your car has proper traction with any service so that you can travel safely through any weather condition. While tires typically last anywhere from 60,000 to 75,000 miles, you may find yourself needing new tires quicker than expected if your tires have worn out prematurely.  What can cause tires to wear out prematurely? Out of alignment wheels Bad shocks or struts  Over or under-inflated tires Failing to have your tires regularly balanced and rotated Worn out suspension parts All of the above can cause your tires to wear down excessively and unevenly, which is why regular tire maintenance and vehicle inspections are important. Tires can be costly, and good vehicle maintenance will save you money on tires in the long run.  How do you know if your tires are too worn? Check out the image above - the tire on the left is in great condition, while the tire on th ... read more

Why is My Car A/C Blowing Hot Air?

 Why is My Car A/C Blowing Hot Air?

A properly working air conditioning system is necessary for keeping cool during the warm summer months. When you get into a hot car without A/C, you'll definitely be miserable. Now imagine getting into your vehicle on a hot day and blasting the A/C, only to find that it only blows hot air - not a pleasant experience!  So, why is your car A/C only blowing hot air? Let's look at some of the potential reasons why your air conditioning isn't blowing cold.  Low refrigerant levels -  this is the most common cause of warm A/C. If there is an insufficient amount of refrigerant is circulating through the system, then excess heat won't be properly extracted from the air. Typically, the only reason for low refrigerant levels is due to a leak.    Condenser issues - the condenser is the component that actually removes heat from the refrigerant coming from the compressor. This is what cools down the liquid before it turns into a gas and is put throug ... read more

July 4th Safety Tips

July 4th Safety Tips

Many of us Americans look forward to celebrating the 4th of July. It is the United State's recognized independence day and is a great time to get together with family and friends. Many of the cherished activities surrounding July 4th include BBQs, games, fun, and fireworks.  During the July 4th weekend, there is typically an increase in vehicles on the road and a larger amount of people out having a good time, which is why it is important to remember a couple of ways in which you can keep you and your family safe during the holiday weekend.  While celebrating July 4th this weekend, please keep in mind the following safety tips:  Be sure that your vehicle is in good condition if you're planning on traveling far. Here at Honest Wrenches, we can provide a vehicle inspection before your long trip to verify that your vehicle can handle the drive. If not, we help you take care of your vehicle's needs before you hit the road.    It is always ... read more

What are Some Reasons for Car Breakdowns in the Summer?

What are Some Reasons for Car Breakdowns in the Summer?

As the weather gets warmer, many of us will be using our cars to visit the beach, go on road trips, spend time with friends, and more. Our cars are being used much more - but are you remembering to take care of it, too? The heat combined with more driving can take a toll on our vehicles, so understand how to prepare our cars for summer and understand what are common causes of breakdowns can help you avoid car troubles over the next couple of months.  Because our cars are being driven more in the summer, there are many more reasons that our cars can breakdown on us during this time. Here are some common reasons why our cars tend to breakdown more frequently during the summer:  Check Engine Light - If your check engine light is on, it is important to have the issue inspected and diagnosed here at Honest Wrenches as soon as possible. Driving with the check engine light on can cause more harm than good, because it can make the problem worse and eventually more ... read more

How Long Do Fuel Filters Last?

How Long Do Fuel Filters Last?

Your vehicle's fuel filter has an important job - it ensures that the fuel going to your vehicle's engine is clean and also protects the fuel injectors. Since the fuel filter removes contaminants and debris from the fuel, it can become clogged over time. When the filter is clogged, the proper amount of fuel isn't able to enter the engine as required for smooth operation.  The fuel system is actually much more important than a lot of car owner's realize. Without a properly working fuel system, your vehicle simply won't run. It needs fuel to operate, and proper maintenance is required to keep this fuel system working at its best. The fuel filter is one of those components that should be inspected regularly and replaced when needed.  So, how often does a fuel filter last? When your fuel filter.needs to be replaced will depend upon the make and model of your vehicle, its age, and your own driving habits. A good rule of thumb is every 2 year or 30,000 miles ... read more

Honest Wrenches Automotive Repair COVID-19 Policy for Your Safety

Honest Wrenches Automotive Repair COVID-19 Policy for Your Safety

Here at Honest Wrenches, we want you to know that we remain OPEN for business during these tough times. We know that there is much uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 and how to will continue to affect our every day lives. However, we can be certain that auto repair is an essential service and we will be able to continue to serve you while protecting the health of our staff and customers.  Honest Wrenches Automotive Repair has always been and will continue to take every step possible to ensure a safe, clean, & sterile environment for our employees and guests. We will be taking additional measures to ensure that we do not become a statistic.  Honest Wrenches has implemented the following procedures to ensure your health and prevent the spread of COVID-19: We will wipe down your door handle, steering wheel, gear shifter before we enter your vehicle. We will use gloves each time we enter your vehicle. We will wipe down, steering wheel, door handle, and shi ... read more

What is a Radiator Flush?

The radiator in your car is essential a heat exchanger, because it transfer heat from hot coolant that flows to it and into the air that is blown through the radiator fan. This process is extremely important because it helps in the system's job of protecting your vehicle's engine from overheating. The coolant helps lubricate parts and absorb heat, and the radiator helps to transfer that heat so that the coolant can continue circulating and doing its job.  Since the coolant also picks up dirt and grime during its circulation, the cooling system can become dirty and clogged up which is when a radiator flush is needed. A radiator flush consists of cleaning out all of the old coolant and anti-freeze in the system. Next, radiator cleaning solutions are pumped through to remove contaminants and dirt build-up that may be clogging the system. Finally, a new and fresh coolant mixture is added back into the system.  If you notice that your engine's temperature gauge is hi ... read more

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