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I’m seeing water dripping on the passenger side floor when I have the air conditioning on. Does the system have a leak?

By | January 8th, 2015|Auto Repair Articles, Heating and Air Conditioning|

Actually, just the opposite: It probably has a clog. AC System Explained That’s because a big part of every air conditioning system is its ability to remove moisture from the air. This moisture condenses and is supposed to leak out on the street. But if the evaporator drain gets plugged, [...]

My air conditioner isn’t getting as cold as it used to. Does it need more Freon?

By | January 8th, 2015|Auto Repair Articles, Heating and Air Conditioning|

Maybe. Maybe not. There are a number of possible conditions that can keep your car A/C  from working efficiently. Low refrigerant is just one possibility. Others include a faulty cooling fan, a misadjusted blend door, or a clogged condenser to name just a few. Some of these conditions are very easy [...]

My heater isn’t keeping up on cold days. Do I need a new heater?

By | January 8th, 2015|Auto Repair Articles, Heating and Air Conditioning|

Maybe, but there are a lot of other possibilities. A more common one would be if your car’s thermostat is opening too soon, so the engine isn’t running hot enough. That’ll reduce the heat to the passenger compartment. Even worse, it can cause your car’s engine to run inefficiently, wasting [...]

How To Get Better Gas Mileage – Improving Fuel Economy

By | January 8th, 2015|Auto Repair Articles, Engine Performance|

Trying to increase your vehicle's fuel economy? You can start by keeping your car maintained properly. Improve Your MPG Other than regular maintenance, here are some tips to help you get better gas mileage: Keep the tire pressures filled to factory recommendations Change the engine oil regularly, using the lightest grade oil [...]

Fuel Injector Cleaning/Fuel System Service – Is It A Real Thing?

By | January 8th, 2015|Auto Repair Articles, Engine Performance|

Sure is, and it can make a real difference in your car’s performance and efficiency. Fuel System Services That’s because the fuel systems on today’s cars are a marvel of technology. They work on clearances smaller than half the width of a human hair to provide the perfect level of [...]

Gas Saving Devices – Do They Really Work And Improve Gas Mileage?

By | January 8th, 2015|Auto Repair Articles, Engine Performance|

Generally speaking, no. In fact, those gas saving devices come in two basic categories: completely useless and absolutely illegal. The useless ones are just what you’d expect: They don’t do much of anything, other than separate you from your money. They won’t hurt your car’s performance, but they won’t help [...]

Bad Car Battery Symptoms – What conditions indicate a battery problem?

By | January 8th, 2015|Auto Repair Articles, Battery/Electrical|

One of the most common conditions that indicates a bad car battery problem is slow cranking when starting. If ignored for too long, it could reach the point where your car won’t start. Diagnosing Battery Issues             When trying to determine if you have a [...]

Does my car needs a wheel alignment? – How To Tell

By | January 8th, 2015|Auto Repair Articles, Tire and Suspension|

No one wants to deal with their vehicle having alignment issues. But wheel alignments can be tricky to diagnose, which begs the question of how exactly do you tell when your car is in need of one? When Is A Wheel Alignment Necessary? There are a few things you can look [...]

Flat Spot On Tire Tread – Is There An Alignment Problem?

By | January 8th, 2015|Auto Repair Articles, Tire and Suspension|

No; those flat spots on the tires usually indicate either something’s loose in the suspension or steering, or your car’s struts are worn and need replacement. Tire Replacement Services Your local Cottman center can check your car’s steering and suspension — including the struts or shocks — and let you [...]

How To Make Sure Your Tires Last As Long As Possible

By | January 8th, 2015|Auto Repair Articles, Tire and Suspension|

Well, you could stop driving on them, but that’d probably defeat their purpose. Improve Tire Lifespan Here are a few things you can do to make sure your tires last as long as possible that are less extreme: Check the pressures at least once a month, and keep them adjusted [...]