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What are the Symptoms of a Bad Catalytic Converter?

What are the Symptoms of a Bad Catalytic Converter?

A catalytic converter is an emissions control device that helps convert pollutants in exhaust gas from an internal combustion engine into less harmful compounds. The converters work by using a catalyst, often platinum or palladium, to speed up a chemical reaction. Here are some of the most common symptoms of a bad catalytic converter: 1. Reduced Engine Power If your catalytic converter is starting to go bad, you may notice a decrease in engine power. This is because the catalytic converter is responsible for converting pollutants into less harmful compounds, and a clogged or damaged converter can't do its job as effectively. As a result, your engine has to work harder to produce the same amount of power, which can lead to reduced performance. 2. Increased fuel consumption Another symptom of a bad catalytic converter is increased fuel consumption. This is because your engine has to work harder to produce the same amount of power when the converter is damaged. As a result, you ... read more

What is Preventative Maintenance?

What is Preventative Maintenance?

Preventative maintenance is the key to ensuring that your vehicle will last you for years to come. It also helps you avoid major repairs down the road, which will save you lots of time and money in the long run. Your safety is also important, and preventative maintenance is actually a huge factor in preventing accidents and breakdowns on the road. The following services are some key examples of preventative maintenance and a general idea of when they should be completed. However, it is important to always refer to your vehicle's owner's manual for the correct services and intervals that are suited for your vehicle. The oil filter should be changed regularly - every 3,000 to 4,000 miles. All fluids should be checked at least once a year, including brake, power steering, transmission, antifreeze, and windshield wiper solvent. Tires should always be inflated properly. Under-inflated tires can result in a loss of fuel efficiency and puts your tires at risk for a blowout. Most n ... read more

Can I Drive with the Battery Warning Light On?

Can I Drive with the Battery Warning Light On?

If there's one thing that many drivers dread, it is having to deal with a dead car battery (and seeing the notorious warning light on their dash). This warning light is usually red, indicating something is wrong with your electrical system. Read on to find out the reasons why this light may come on. Common reasons why the battery light may come on: The vehicle battery is drained or weak. The battery cables are loose. Your battery is leaking acid, and there is too much corrosion on the battery terminals. The alternator is not properly charging the battery. The battery is suffering from manufacturer defects. Car batteries can be complex and unpredictable, especially if you don't regularly test them. One of your electrical system components may slowly start to die off. You may experience a slow-to-start engine, dimming headlights, and malfunctioning electrical accessories. Most of the time, people weaken their battery by accidentally leaving their headlights on or leaving th ... read more

Winter Driving Myths You Should Stop Believing

Winter Driving Myths You Should Stop Believing

Most people are unaware that the helpful winter driving practices they swear by can actually be wasting your time and/or money. Today, we will go over some popular winter driving tips that may be doing more harm than good.   Myth #1: You need to "warm-up" your car before driving. Many drivers get in the habit of idling their vehicle to "warm it up" before driving. Unfortunately, most cars nowadays do not need to go through minutes of idling to get the heat kicking. Instead of leaving your vehicle on for minutes, you only need up to 30 seconds to get the engine going. Additionally, leaving your car running for an extended period can waste money/gas, increase emissions, and be unnecessary for your motor.   Myth #2: Leave your tire pressure alone as deflated tires improve traction. Another common misconception is that deflating tires will help your car attain better traction on snowy or icy roads since the tires cover more ground. However, this is a very ... read more

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