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How Does A Fuel Filter Work?

How Does A Fuel Filter Work?

You probably don't ever want to drink a glass of dirty water. Well, your car feels the same way. Most automobiles need a steady supply of clean fuel to run efficiently and deliver a good fuel economy. You have a fuel filter to separate the dirt and rust before flowing to your engine to get the purest energy form. A clogged fuel filter can be so bad that it can strain the engine so that it won't start or operate. Some fuel filters have a bypass valve that allows the gasoline to go around the clogged filter so your vehicle will still run. However, the contaminated fuel can jam other essential parts like your fuel injectors and pump.   A vehicle with a partially dirty fuel filter may get you around La Pine, OR, but it will sputter because it's starving for filtered gas. The frequency of how often you need to replace your filter is dependent on two things: where you drive and the gas you put in your vehicle. For instance, if you often ride on dirt or gravel roads, your f ... read more

Tips on How To Preserve Your Car Battery

Tips on How To Preserve Your Car Battery

When it comes to your automobile, it all starts with the battery (quite literally). Proper battery maintenance is necessary for two reasons: Your car won't start or run without it.  It is the answer to prolong the integrity of your entire electrical system.  If your car battery isn't working efficiently, your alternator has to do the heavy lifting to make up for it. So if your battery is lacking, your other electrical components can suffer as well.    Batteries are sensitive to drastic changes in temperature. Extreme heat or cold will affect the battery's overall performance, which is why we highly recommend getting regular battery inspections. You can informally check it at home every now and then too. Next time you're beneath your hood, take a good look at your battery. Here are some things to ask yourself: Is the battery clean and free of debris? An unclean battery will drain a lot quicker. Is there corrosion occurring at the terminals where ... read more

6 Tips on How to Prevent Your Vehicle From Overheating

6 Tips on How to Prevent Your Vehicle From Overheating

You might love the summer heat, but who's to say that your car does too. The high temperatures can do some severe damage to your engine if you aren't careful. It can cause your engine to overheat, leading to a car breaking down and compromising your safety. Though you can't necessarily control the sun, you surely can take preventive measures to prevent your vehicle from overheating.   1. Park Your Car in the Shade Parking in the shade not only keeps the temperature in the cabin cooler but also helps to keep your engine from overheating as well. If you are fortunate to have a garage at home, use it! If a shady parking spot isn't available to you, then try sun shades.   2. Use Sun Shades Sunshades are a great alternative if you have trouble finding shady parking spots. This accessory is equipped with UV heat shields that will keep the interior from getting super-hot while protecting its quality from the damaging effects of the sun.    3. Leave ... read more

The Underdog of Car Fluids: Power Steering Fluid

The Underdog of Car Fluids: Power Steering Fluid

Most drivers are aware of their oil change and even brake fluid. However, it is often forgotten or even unknown to most people when it comes to the power steering fluid. The power steering fluid is a hydraulic fluid that powers the steering system. Similar to your other fluids, changing out your power steering fluid is an essential maintenance practice. Though it doesn't burn off with combustion as motor oil does, it can get contaminated, with dirt and sludge, over time. When the power steering fluid gets dirty, it adds pressure and stress to the power steering pump. In severe cases, it can lead to the failure of the entire steering system.   Signs That It's Time to Get Power Steering Fluid Replaced   DARK FLUID After running your car for a few minutes, open the hood and remove the dipstick. The color of fresh power steering fluid should be bright red and clean. If you notice that the solution is dark, dirty, or has a charred smell, then your vehicle is at risk o ... read more

Is Your Vehicle Having Trouble Starting?

Is Your Vehicle Having Trouble Starting?

It can be worrying if your vehicle is having trouble starting but it doesn't always mean that there is a serious problem. Sometimes a simple electrical fault in the wiring to the battery can be to blame and it's important to understand the different reasons why a vehicle won't start to know how to diagnose it and when to seek maintenance immediately. Some of the most common causes of a vehicle having trouble starting include: Electrical fault Failing battery Faulty alternator Faulty starter motor Defective ignition switch Clogged fuel filter Electrical Faults and Failing Batteries A battery that is beginning to fail can make it difficult but not impossible to start your vehicle. There may be corrosion or damaged contacts to blame for this and you should check the physical condition of your vehicle's battery to see if there's any indication of this. Another related problem is a fault in the electrical system of your vehicle and this might trigger the electri ... read more