Engine Overheating

August 15, 2017

Reasons why the Check Engine Light might Illuminate

  One of the most dreaded lights to see illuminate on the dashboard is the check engine light. Sometimes the reason for this light coming on may be an issue that is not related to the engine. Going to regular scheduled maintenances can help prevent possible issues with your vehicle. Some reasons can be a quick and easy fix, while other reasons may include parts being repaired or replaced.   If the gas cap is loose fitting or missing, vapors can escape from the fuel tank. When this happens, the check engine light may illuminate on your dashboard. It is usually the most common cause for the light turning on, especially if your vehicle is well maintained. It is also the cheapest fix for why a check engine light turns on. If the gas cap is on tight, but the light keeps coming on, it is best to bring your vehicle in so we can inspect the vehicle and fuel cap thoroughly.   The oxygen sensor for your vehicle measures the amount of unburned oxygen in the exhaust. It also helps to measure the amount of fuel in the tank of your vehicle. This information is then transferred back to your vehicle’s computer system. If it is not working properly, the light can illuminate on the dashboard. The gas mileage can also begin to drop because your vehicle’s computer system is getting incorrect information for it.   The spark plugs are an important piece for your vehicle. The spark plugs ignite the fuel inside the engine. If the spark plugs are misfiring, the fuel mileage will drop in your vehicle. In some cases, you may even lose power to the engine. This can also have the potential to damage the catalytic converter. This is why it is important that anytime the check engine light comes on, you bring your vehicle in as soon as possible. That way the issue can be found and fixed before other parts of the vehicle become damaged.   The airflow sensor monitors the amount of air that the engine gets. This can then determine how much fuel is delivered. If the air flow sensor is not working properly, you may notice that the engine has less power. You may also notice or feel that your vehicle surges during any acceleration when driving. Another sign of poor airflow sensors is if you notice a decrease in gas mileage for your vehicle.   The catalytic converter is part of the exhaust system for your vehicle. It converts the harmful gases caused by engine combustion into less harmful emissions. Typically, catalytic converters do not fail unless related parts, like spark plugs, also fail. Bringing your vehicle in so it can be inspected is the best way to determine what the issue with your vehicle may be.
March 18, 2016

Proper Maintenance of the Engine

  When you own a vehicle, make sure to bring it in for proper maintenance inspections. Over time, parts will wear out and need to be repaired or replaced. The engine is also a part of the vehicle that can wear out. When driving, heat and friction will cause wear and tear on the components and systems. By replacing worn or faulty parts, regularly scheduled inspections can help you maintain the safety and performance of the vehicle. It will also help to achieve the best fuel mileage your vehicle can get.   When the engine is maintained, the fuel filter and PCV valve will be inspected and if it is damaged, they will be replaced. There will also be a replacement of all spark plugs and wires. Other various ignition components such as the distributor cap and rotor may be replaced if they are worn enough. The serpentine belts will also be inspected and will be replaced if necessary. If your vehicle has a manual transmission, the clutch may be adjusted depending what condition it is in. After we inspect it, other parts may be replaced after we see what the condition they are in.   You might notice an issue with your vehicle if it runs or ideal roughly. In other cases, the vehicle may even stall out when you stop. You will be able to notice an overall loss of power with your vehicle. Be aware of any noises that your vehicle may start to make. If the engine knocks when you are accelerating, or even after you turn the engine off, you may need to bring your vehicle in so we can look at it. The vehicle’s response, torque, or power may begin to deteriorate and you may notice the lack of it each time you drive. No matter what the issue is, make sure to bring the vehicle in so we can locate the issue and get you back to a great driving experience.      
July 6, 2015

Stay Cool with Air Conditioner Maintenance

When it gets hot outside, it is important to make sure that your vehicle undergoes air conditioning service. This helps to keep you and your passengers cool. The service is intended to maintain the ability of your air conditioning to operate properly. This includes the ability to cool your car quickly and efficiently all throughout the summer months. It also means putting less strain on the rest of the engine when using the air conditioning. If you are noticing that using the air conditioning in your vehicle means that you are getting poor fuel efficiency or that you are not getting as much power when trying to accelerate, it could mean that you need to get your vehicle serviced by an auto service expert. The Wires will be Inspected Modern vehicles have a lot of computer components attached to the operation of different features. The air conditioning system is no different. Most will use an ambient sensor to see exactly what the temperature is outside. This is important to make sure that the air conditioner has the ability to cool the car properly for your comfort. It is also important to regulate the function of the engine. When getting a good air conditioning service, they should be inspecting wires connected to the air conditioning unit. Looking for problems in signals being sent can help the air conditioner to work properly. Knowing how the Engine will Affect the Temperature If the engine is not operating properly, it can affect how well the air conditioner will work. This includes not only the parts of the engine directly related to the air conditioning components. If the engine itself is not being cooled properly, it will translate into the air conditioner not being able to cool the air inside of the vehicle. Additional auto service may be necessary for the vehicle to cool properly. Some engines will use less engine capacity for cooling the air if it recognizes that doing so causes the engine to get hot. Using the right coolants can help to make sure that the engine will stay cool and that the air conditioner can do its job. Bring the Vehicle in for Maintenance Inspections The longer you go without air conditioning service, the more important it is that you get it serviced by a qualified professional. We will need to replace certain components of the air conditioning unit as well as charging the Freon used to cool the air. Most ASE master technicians have the ability to work on your air conditioning. Make sure that you get your air conditioning unit serviced at least every other year. You can always get the Freon checked as part of an air conditioning tune up. Tune ups generally cost less than a service and allow you to go longer without any real problems in your air conditioning system. If you are planning a long summer road trip, make sure that you have had this system worked on. Not only will this increase the fuel efficiency of your vehicle, it will allow you to have a more pleasant drive.  
October 29, 2014

When to Know the Radiator Should Be Replaced

Keeping your vehicle well maintained is important for the overall condition of it. This will also help you to save time, money, and stress in the long run. Besides having the vehicle inspected by us, you can also inspect some parts between visits. It is always recommended that if you notice anything out of the norm, you contact us and bring the vehicle in as soon as you can. One item to check is the radiator. The radiator is an important part of the engine. The engine will get hot while it is operating. This is easy to understand since it is a combustion engine that relies on burning gasoline in order to maintain the power it needs. The engine relies on radiators to get the help needed to maintain power and efficiency. Whenever the radiator is not working properly, it is important that it is either repaired or replaced. It is important to know when you will need to have this part of your engine inspected to decide which you will need. There are a few tips that can help you determine that the radiator is not operating correctly. The first thing is you will get less engine efficiency because the engine will be running hot. You will also notice that it is more of a strain to get any performance out of your vehicle. Of course, you might also notice smoke or steam coming from your engine. This is something that you will need to take into consideration so that you will be able to make sure that your fuel injection is able to provide the power that you deserve as you are driving down the road. Be Aware of the Temperature Gauge The temperature of your engine will cause you to face certain problems like blowing gaskets or even cracking your engine block. Temperatures which run too high will create all kinds of problems which will cost you a lot of money. The ideal situation will include stopping the car and getting it towed as soon as you notice that the temperature gauge is getting into the red. This will help to prevent serious engine damage caused by a faulty radiator. A Decrease in Vehicle Performance Another thing to watch for is a decrease in performance. This is caused by many of the different parts of the engine like the cylinders not being able to operate correctly because of the swelling which happens in the metal. The engine will have to work twice as hard to get the same amount of performance. You might even notice problems that might feel like your vehicle is out of alignment. The decrease in performance is because the coolant has no way to cool down properly because the radiator is not operating correctly. Instead, the coolant continues to heat up as it is cycled through the engine. Noticing Smoke Coming from the Engine Another thing to notice is smoke coming from the engine. This will generally happen whenever the vehicle is completely seized up. If you are lucky, it will happen as the engine starts to get too hot or the coolant starts to fail. It is important to shut down the engine as soon as you see any smoke. This will help in making sure that you will be able to get a tow truck to your vehicle before you do any more damage to the engine. We can then inspect the radiator for you to ensure it is in the best condition.
May 26, 2014

Noticing an issue with the Temperature Sensor

To make sure that your vehicle is operating in the best condition possible, make sure to go to regular maintenances. By having the vehicle inspected on a regular basis, this can help to ensure that it is working the best that it can be. If parts are starting to wear out, they can be replaced before a much larger starts to form. If you notice an issue between visits it is recommended to bring the vehicle in as soon as you can. One issue that might start to form is a problem with the coolant temperature sensor. This is an important part that will enable the control unit to send alerts if there is an issue with the engine. This could mean that the engine is overheating, or if the temperature is rising in the system. If the sensor becomes damaged, it is important to bring the vehicle in and have it replaced as soon as possible. The function of the Coolant Temperature Sensor The coolant temperature sensor operates based on the difference in temperature that it will encounter. As the temperature of the engine changes, the potential difference output of the device will also change. This is then measured by the control unit of the engine. As the temperature rises, the resistance of the coolant in the vehicle will drop. The voltage output is then sent to the electronic control unit of the vehicle. This constantly measures the resistance for the coolant in the vehicle. When the coolant temperature sensor constantly monitors the coolant resistance, it will send the information to the control unit of the engine. Where the Coolant Temperature Sensor is located The coolant temperature sensor is usually in close proximity of the thermostat of the cooling system for the vehicle. There may also be two temperature sensors in some vehicles. One will send information from the engine system to the control unit. The other will send information from the control unit to the dashboard. If there are two sensors, one of them is the coolant temperature sensor. The other one is for sending the information to the dashboard of the vehicle. Signs the Coolant Temperature Sensor might be bad One of the most common signs to know if the sensor might be bad is if it does not function properly. This is usually shown by the engine overheating on a regular basis. The coolant might be leaking and result in the temperature sensor malfunctioning. In most vehicles, a bad coolant temperature system will result in the check engine light illuminating on the dashboard of the vehicle. Another sign is if the vehicle uses more gasoline than normal. Black smoke may also come out from the exhaust pipe. This can mean that the coolant temperature sensor in the vehicle is defective. It is always best to bring the vehicle in so we can inspect it for you. If a new sensor is needed, we can alert you to the issue. This can help keep the vehicle running safely and efficiently.