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When Should I Change My Engine Oil?

When Should I Change My Engine Oil?

In our vehicles today, our engines are highly complex and under extreme workloads, so the topic of changing your engine oil can be controversial and complicated. Let’s break it down so that you have the information you need to make the decision of when and how often to change your engine oil.     As you know, the engine of your car is absolutely crucial to your car’s operation, so taking care of it is very important. The oil system pumps oil through screens and filters to keep it clear of dirt and debris, it passes through pathways between components to lubricate and keep them protected, then back through to continue the cycle. In short, engine oil keeps your engine functioning properly, keeping components of the engine lubricated to reduce friction, regulates temperature, helps to seal connection points, and cleans as it pumps through the system.    However, we know that car manufacturers are in constant competition with other manufacturers to f ... read more

My car needs a lot of work, is it worth fixing or should I get a different car?

My car needs a lot of work, is it worth fixing or should I get a different car?

With today's vehicles becoming more complex and sophisticated, falling behind on important maintenance in a vehicle can really cause some major problems with some unexpected repair bills.    When you bring a vehicle to Honest Wrenches Automotive Repair, we always follow our 300% rule. What is that rule you may ask? 100% of the cars that come into our service centers will get inspected 100% of the time. We will estimate those findings and present them to you 100% of the time.    We do this, not to sell you something, but to ensure you are always fully aware of the condition of your vehicle and the investment required to get it back up to safe and reliable condition. It's then up to you whether or not you want to do any of it at all.    So, now we have to figure out whether or not you should keep your vehicle or not once you get the inspection report. Some people might look at that inspection report and go ‘yup, I knew that was going to h ... read more

5 Reasons Why Your Car is Overheating

5 Reasons Why Your Car is Overheating

5 Reasons Why Your Car is Overheating   No one wants to see a dreaded warning light flashing or the temperature gauge rising off the charts, but when you’re on the road and the alarm bells are ringing (literally and metaphorically) what do you do? The first thing you’ll want to do is turn your heat and fan on high and roll down your windows to help dissipate heat through the car’s heater core. Next, quickly find a safe place to pull over and shut the vehicle off right away. In these instances when your car is overheating, it is not recommended to open your hood immediately, in case of burst or broken equipment that could expose you to hot engine coolant and cause injury. Once you’re pulled off safely, you’ll want to call your trusted automotive repair shop, Honest Wrenches.    So what could have caused this overheating? There are many reasons, 5 of which we’ll dive into today to help you understand what’s happening with your ... read more

Troubleshooting an Overheating Car: What Can You Do

Troubleshooting an Overheating Car: What Can You Do

Troubleshooting an Overheating Car: What Can You Do   Last Thursday, we talked about high temperatures–not just the sweltering summer weather, but high temperatures in your vehicle causing it to overheat. We’re rounding out our 10 reasons for an overheated engine with our final 5 this week.    Failed serpentine belt     Your serpentine belt powers multiple essential systems, like your cooling system. A failed belt means that your water pump isn’t getting power, so your engine won’t be receiving any coolant.   Blown head gasket     Your head gasket is another vital part of your engine and system. A blown gasket could mean that coolant is entering your engine, where it either burns off or leaks out. As the coolant escapes the system, your engine can overheat.      Failed thermostat     Just like the thermostat in your home, your vehicle’s thermostat controls the temperatu ... read more

How Often Should I Change My Engine Coolant?

How Often Should I Change My Engine Coolant?

How Often Should I Change My Engine Coolant? Coolant plays an important role in the function of your vehicle. Its primary purpose is to transfer heat to prevent damage to your engine, whether through freezing or overheating.  Most owners manuals will tell you to change your engine coolant around 150,000 miles. If you look further into your service manual to 180,000 miles, it will tell you you’ll need to service your coolant again, even though you just did it 30,000 miles ago. Why, according to your owner’s manual, should you wait to change your coolant for the first 150,000 miles, but then have to change it every 30,000 miles thereafter?      Most mechanics will recommend you actually check your coolant before the manual recommends. Vehicle manufacturers often compete in the market of “lowest cost of maintenance” in the first 100,000-150,000 miles of their products. It seems every year, a manufacturer finds a way to stretch that out a ... read more

Hit the Road : Preparing for Your Summer Road Trip

Hit the Road : Preparing for Your Summer Road Trip

Summer is here and so are your summer road trips! Before you hit the road, it’s important to ensure that your car is ready for the journey ahead. Regardless of your destination, taking the extra steps to prepare your car and have your mechanic check it out to get it road-trip-ready will keep you from being stranded on the side of the road on your vacation.     Tires   The only thing between you and the road is your tires. It’s crucial to ensure that your tread is wearing evenly, there’s plenty of the tread remaining, that no road hazards have damaged your tires, and they are filled to the proper pressure. And don’t forget the spare! You never know when a flat tire could create a detour in your route.   Fluids   Fluids are the lifeblood of your vehicle. Your car has many different fluids ranging from engine oil, engine coolant, brake fluid, power steering fluid, transmission fluid, differential fluid, and of course, your fuel sys ... read more

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