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Car Shakes At High Speeds – Do I Need An Alignment?

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

Probably not. At least, the alignment isn’t causing the shaking. That’s either going to be a wheel out of balance or something loose in the suspension or steering. Wheel Alignment Service Either way, it’s something you need to have checked and repaired: It can indicate a dangerous situation in the [...]

Car Pulls When Braking – Why Does It Do That?

By | January 7th, 2015|Auto Repair Articles, Brakes|

This is usually an indication of something wrong in the brake system. It could be as simple as air in the brake lines, or something more involved, like a rusted caliper or contaminated brake linings. Brake System Services The important thing is to have your car checked right away to [...]

Is there any way to fix squealing brakes?

By | January 7th, 2015|Auto Repair Articles, Brakes|

Sure, but the exact repair depends on what’s causing the squeaking. It could be that the brakes are worn down and the wear indicators are hitting the rotors. In that case, you’ll need a basic brake job. Brake Pad Problems Another possibility is a vibration in the pads. This can [...]

Should I be worried about a grinding noise when I apply the brakes?

By | January 7th, 2015|Auto Repair Articles, Brakes|

Yes. A grinding noise usually indicates the brakes have worn out and the metal backings are grinding into the rotors or drums. This is causing a lot of brake damage and is a precursor to brake failure. Brake Repair Service Get your car into your local Cottman center right away; [...]

Brake Light Is On – Does That Mean Brakes Are Going To Fail?

By | January 7th, 2015|Auto Repair Articles, Warning Light|

This is one of those “maybe; maybe not” situations. The Brake light is there to indicate a problem in the brake system. But it could be on simply because the sensor switch on the emergency brake is out of adjustment. Brake System Services Your best bet when faced with a [...]

What To Do When The Temperature Gauge In Your Car Is Too High

By | January 7th, 2015|Auto Repair Articles, Warning Light|

Temperature Light Is On First do these three things: Turn your car’s air conditioner on. Slide the A/C temperature lever all the way to hot. Set your A/C blower motor to high.If the temperature doesn’t begin dropping almost immediately, pull over as soon as possible and shut the engine off. [...]

Oil Pressure Light On When Stopping – Should I worry?

By | January 7th, 2015|Auto Repair Articles, Warning Light|

The first thing you should do is pull over, shut the engine off, and check the engine oil level. That flickering oil pressure light could mean that your engine is extremely low on oil. If so, add oil to bring it up to the full mark on the dipstick. Don’t [...]

My Check Engine Light Is On – What Does That Mean?

By | January 7th, 2015|Auto Repair Articles, Warning Light|

The Check Engine light — sometimes called the Service Engine Soon light or Malfunction Indicator Lamp (MIL) — is the computer’s way of communicating with you. When the light comes on, it’s telling you it noticed a problem with the way the car’s operating. That problem may be something as [...]

My car seems to be running fine; do I really need to have the timing belt replaced?

By | January 6th, 2015|Auto Repair Articles, Maintenance|

That depends: How much do you like walking? Because timing belts don’t give a lot of warning: One minute they’re working fine and the next your car isn’t running. There’s no in between. What’s more, some car engines don’t have enough clearance between the pistons and the valves. So if [...]

Is It Necessary To Have My Antifreeze Flushed?

By | January 6th, 2015|Auto Repair Articles, Maintenance|

Yes, it is still necessary to have your car's antifreeze flushed. Although the procedure isn’t the same as it was years ago. That’s because it’s illegal — and irresponsible — to simply flush antifreeze out into public drain sewers. Regular Coolant Flushes Today’s coolant flush is more about draining the [...]