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Combustion engine vehicles require huge amounts of clean air to run properly. The engine air filter is a really important component to maintain. The owner's manual for your specific vehicle will have the suggested mileage marker for a filter change, which is usually somewhere between 12,000 and 30,000 miles. A clean filter is key to keeping your engine clean. Contaminants like dirt, pollen, and other foreign particles can cause immense amounts of damage if they get inside your engine. A clogged air filter can affect the peak performance of your vehicle as well. You may see an increase in both gas usage and emissions due to combustion malfunctions with the air/fuel mixture. Checking your engine air filter should be part of your routine auto maintenance. Where Is My Engine Air Filter? On most cars and trucks, the engine air filter is located under the hood, inside a rectangular or circular air collector box. Open the box (it may be held shut with...

There is only one reason why my Honda should shake when I start it. It’s because I have the radio cranked up too high. But if that is not the case, then there is a mystery to be solved. There are several reasons that can make your Honda shake when you start it. If the shaking is followed up with a misfire, then it may be time to change out your spark plugs. This phenomenon is often heralded with your check engine light blazing away on your dashboard. Of course, there may be more than just one issue causing the shaking. It is a good idea to schedule a service, so a certified technician can check the main systems that may be to blame: the fuel system, the ignition system and run a compression test to check for a vacuum leak. Engine Misfire We have all heard an engine misfire before. It’s that sudden bang, cough or loud popping sound that makes...

If you are experiencing shaking while driving your Chevy on the freeway, there are several possible reasons. Tires are often the cause of why a car vibrates. Your wheels can also make your Chevy shake if they are defective, have loose lug nuts, or are out-of-round. A more serious issue involves your suspension system. If your Chevy is out of alignment, or has worn ball joints and control arm bushings, then shaking at higher speeds is common. Let’s look at these topics in more detail. Tires A lot rides on your tires. Their condition impacts the way your car feels on the road, and how it responds to your directions. They are a direct link to road conditions and vehicle handling. If your tires are the reason why your Chevy shakes on the freeway, then there are a few things to consider. Defects & Wear Carefully inspect each of your tires for any of the following concerns:  Flat or bald spots Uneven wear Exposed...

[caption id="attachment_2294" align="alignright" width="150"]  [/caption] A vehicle leaking coolant is an indicator that something is amiss with your cooling system. This vital system uses antifreeze to regulate the temperature of your vehicle’s engine. Without proper levels of coolant, it will operate less efficiently, or even fail. Left unattended, loss of coolant can and will lead to catastrophic damage to your car. Being able to recognize leak symptoms is an important step in getting your car the care it needs. What Causes Antifreeze to Leak? Bad or Worn Hoses Antifreeze is the fluid that, when mixed with water, makes up the coolant in your vehicle. There are a few common areas that are the usual culprits when it comes to leaking coolant. The hoses that do the grunt work in moving that fluid through your car can become brittle with age, or the clamps holding them on can loosen or become damaged. Thermostat Gasket The thermostat that monitors temperature and helps to regulate it is also a...

Have you recently noticed your Ford truck shaking when idling at a red light? Maybe it started out as a small thing, but now it’s getting worse. Is it something you should get looked at? The short answer is, Yes! A shaking or rocking sensation from your truck’s engine compartment, plus engine misfires is an indication that a problem is brewing. It may be as simple as replacing your spark plugs, but it also may be more involved than that. Below are several possible reasons that can make a vehicle shake while idling. Tracking down the true reason takes a dedicated, qualified technician with the experience and know how to get it fixed right. At Taylor Co Automotive Service, we always use the best parts, state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment & tools, by technicians that are ASE trained and certified. Truck Shaking Possible Causes The Ignition System Your Ford truck’s ignition system is made up of a bunch of components that must all work together...

  MINI is renowned for its quality vehicles. This is exactly why it may come as a shock when your MINI won't start. This could be for any number of reasons, but it's vital to remember that these vehicles are comprised of countless components working in unison to assure smooth operation. Your first instinct may be that you have a bad battery, alternator, starter, or that you ran out of gas. All of these are viable explanations that we'll discuss in a moment. Spark & Fuel The two basic needs of a vehicle to begin compression is that it has fuel and enough spark to light the fuel. Without one, the other cannot serve its purpose, then becomes useless. Below you can learn about the most common issues that may arise which could cause your Mini Cooper to lack either spark or fuel. Battery Issues If your Mini doesn’t crank or cranks very slowly, the most likely culprit will be the 12v battery. They become...

When it comes to auto maintenance, an oil change is probably one of the first things you think you can put off or do “whenever”. However, scheduling an oil change is quick and easy, where delaying it can have serious consequences for your vehicle. At Castrol Express Pomona, you can count on us for a quality vehicle health check-up and a quick oil change that’s done right.  Best Oil Change Intervals? Every vehicle will have a slightly different oil change interval. The interval length depends on the age of the vehicle, the type of oil it needs, and your driving habits. Most manufacturers’ recommendation is to change your oil every 5,000-7,500 miles. If you operate your car under “normal” conditions, you can probably follow this recommendation. However, there are some conditions that often lead to more frequent oil changes such as: Only driving for short distances (5-10 miles per trip) • Severely hot or cold climates • Severely dusty conditions •...

Modern cars are brimming with warning lights, gauges, and dials. All of them have one general purpose: to warn the driver if something is not working as it should. The service engine light soon is one of them. Its purpose is to warn the driver that there is some kind of malfunction. It’s not as serious as when the check engine light goes on, so It might not be necessary to immediately pull over, but it is very important that you sooner rather than later get a mechanic to check engine functions.   Let’s look at a few of the most common reasons why the service engine soon light could go on: Faulty or Loose Gas Cap   This is one of the first things you should check if the service engine light comes on. A loose gas cap, or one that has a crack, will cause fuel vapors to leak and this could trick the Engine Control Module into thinking there’s a problem. This...

There is nothing scarier than wondering if there is something going wrong with your brakes. Whether it is shaking or whining or screeching, if it is happening when you are braking it probably rightfully has you a little bit concerned.    One of the main components and likely culprits of any braking problems that you are having is your brake pads. They support the other brake parts and are designed to be changed somewhere around about every 40,000 to 50,000 miles, depending on the specific make and model of your vehicle. Your driving style, the geographical location you generally drive-in, and the amount of traffic that you usually face may all play into exactly how often your brake pads may need changing.    If your brake pads are starting to be worn out, there are some common signs that will give you an indication that this is happening. Look for these things if you are worried about your brakes: A Squeaking or Squealing Sound If you...

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