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Why Do My Car Lights Keep Going Dim?

Why Do My Car Lights Keep Going Dim?

When driving at night, we greatly depend on our vehicle lights. Whenever they start to look dim or even flicker in the slightest, it could seriously impair our visibility and other cars' ability to see us. Unfortunately, many problems could cause your car lights to change. The three most common areas where the problem can be traced back to are your battery, alternator, and ground wires.   Battery  The first electrical component you should consider checking is the battery. You should keep track of how old the battery is and when it was last replaced. An old or damaged battery could be the cause of your dimming lights. The best way to examine your battery is to have it tested. At Eric's Automotive, we have just the right equipment to test your battery.   Alternator The next most common cause of dimming lights in your vehicle is a failing alternator. An affected alternator will only cause the lights to dim or flicker when the car is on. That is because the alt ... read more

Warning Signs of An Aging Timing Belt to Look Out For!

Warning Signs of An Aging Timing Belt to Look Out For!

  Your vehicle's timing belt is super essential in keeping your vehicle running on the roads, but most of us don't even know what it does or the signs of an aging belt. Don't fret - we are here to help. The timing belt is an internal engine part designed to keep your crankshaft and camshaft rotating and ensures that the pistons and valves operate correctly. While it has some durability due to its rubber and nylon material, your timing belt will have to be replaced eventually.    When should you replace timing belts? They usually require a replacement every 80,000 to 100,000 miles. However, that also depends on your vehicle's manufacturer and wear-and-tear.    It is important to note that not all engines have timing belts. They are only usually found in cars and SUVs with smaller engines. More oversized vehicles with larger engines use a timing chain instead.    Listed are several warning signs to look out for when it comes to a ... read more

What to Know About the Check Coolant Level Warning

What to Know About the Check Coolant Level Warning

If you have been driving for any length of time, you are well aware of the importance of keeping your engine cool. If you have ever taken a look at your dash only to see a light indicating that you need to check the level of your coolant, then you know that something bad is about to happen. The coolant is what helps regulate the engine temperature, and this is what keeps it from overheating. In essence, you cannot drive very far without an adequate amount of coolant under the hood. You will also want to make sure that you have the right kind of antifreeze, so this post is designed to help set you in the right direction. Why is Coolant So Important? You might wonder why you cannot just put water in the radiator to sufficiently cool off the engine. In actuality, water could do the job to a certain extent. However, you would have to be sure that you used 100% distilled water each and every time. Anything other than that would result in certain impurities that can get stuck in the engine ... read more

Have You Checked Your Belts and Hoses Lately?

Have You Checked Your Belts and Hoses Lately?

Belts and hoses are just as important as any other car part, yet they are the most overlooked. They have a vital role to play in how well a car runs. Knowing the signs of wear and tear on belts and hoses is just as critical as your tires and brakes. The first issue to address is your timing belt. It is the real backbone of your engine. In fact, it is responsible for the fact that your engine can run in the first place. Without it, the crankshaft won't turn, and neither will the camshaft. Both items are important for the smooth operation of your engine. Plus, if your timing belt suddenly breaks during active driving, some of your engine parts could also break. Getting it checked by a professional is vital to the life of your engine. Coolant and radiator hoses have the honor of guarding your engine against overheating. Yet their synthetic rubber compounds are sensitive to atmospheric changes and can wear out over time. Sludge and grime can build up along the inside of those hoses a ... read more

Benefits of Transmission Flush

Benefits of Transmission Flush

Is there a need for a transmission flush for your vehicle? For quality assurance and efficient running of your vehicle, a regular transmission flush is an essential maintenance practice. A transmission flush is when the old transmission fluid and its sludge and other foreign components are flushed out of the vehicle's transmission and replaced with new fluid. How enriching is that to your vehicle? Here are some benefits of a transmission flush. Enhances Transmission Lifespan More often, a transmission flush boosts the life span of a transmission. It gets rid of the accumulated debris on the transmission components that hamper its peak performance. Its maintenance is key for the proper functioning of your vehicle. Prevents Wear and Tear With a replaced transmission fluid, maximum lubrication is guaranteed. It provides protection film to the moving and rotating transmission parts such as clutches, gears, rings, and bars from degrading. The transmission flush helps you scale down ... read more

Why Is There A Thermostat In My Vehicle?

Why Is There A Thermostat In My Vehicle?

Why is there a thermostat in my vehicle? The thermostat is a vital part of your vehicle's engine as it helps regulate the amount of coolant liquid that circulates back into the engine. What does the thermostat do? Since the thermostat's purpose is to keep the engine cool and running at the correct temperature, what happens is that when your engine is working it starts to heat up and when it gets too hot, the thermostat kicks in and opens up to let the coolant liquid flow through the radiator, cooling down the engine. What the thermostat looks like and how it works It is a cylinder attached to the side of the thermostatic device and is filled with a type of wax that melts slowly at 180 degrees Fahrenheit. A rod in the center of the valve engages the wax as it melts which in turn pushes the rod out of the cylinder and the rod opens the valve that allows the coolant to flow to the radiator. Naturally, when the engine is turne ... read more

How Often Your Radiator Needs to be Flushed

How Often Your Radiator Needs to be Flushed

Do you usually take your car to the mechanic for tune-ups or maintenance? If yes, then at one point, the mechanic might have told you that your radiator needs flushing. While some drivers understand what flushing is all about, some know nothing about it. No matter the case, the question remains, is radiator flushing necessary? Is it something you need to consider as part of your motor vehicle maintenance? The role of radiator fluid Also known as antifreeze or coolant, the radiator fluid is the juice that keeps the radiator cool. As you drive, the engine gets hot. Without the radiator fluid, your engine might overheat and get damaged. What radiator flushing does As the radiator coolant runs in your car engine, it collects some debris and contaminants. These substances are unwelcome because they can cause rust, corrosion, or scaling. This is where radiator flushing comes in. It's all about getting rid of the old coolant plus all the dirt and replacing it with a new clean coolant ... read more

How to Winterize Your Vehicle

How to Winterize Your Vehicle

Winter is characterized by freezing temperatures, ice, rain, and more snow. These severe weather conditions can be dangerous for travelers. But, is your car well serviced to survive the ravages of winter? Before you hit the snowy road, make sure your car can handle the harsh winter road conditions by following these tips: Get Your Car Ready For Winter Conditions Before driving on those snowy roads, have your car serviced to avoid unforeseen accidents due to slippage. Check your battery to ensure your car doesn't breakdown in winter. Let your auto care provider advise you on the best battery for excellent winter performance. Ensure belts, hoses, cables, wires, and spark plugs are in the right condition to avoid inconveniences during winter. Consider Snow Tires Whichever car model you are driving, tires should be the first area to inspect before hitting the road, especially in winter. If you usually go on roads that get covered with snow during ... read more

Are winter tires a necessity in snowy climates?

Are winter tires a necessity in snowy climates?

Winter is almost here, which means the weather will continue to get colder and the snow will be in abundance. When it comes to driving in the snow, certain areas of the roads can be scary, especially if they aren’t heavily trafficked or are very icy. In areas where it snows heavily, winter tires are common for car owners to keep stored and to bring out during these conditions to make driving safer. But are they a necessity in snowy climates?  Winter tires, also known as snow tires, definitely have their benefits. They offer extremely good traction, with much more tread than a standard tire. This additional tread helps them to be able to properly make traction with the road even when snow is thick. This helps ensure that you have proper control of your vehicle in these conditions.  Since winter tires should only be put on your vehicle during the winter, they last for years and years. This means that they can be a great investment overall since you aren’t using th ... read more

October is Fall Car Care Month

October is Fall Car Care Month

The month of October marks the start of Fall Car Care Month, which kicks off the start of getting your car ready for the fall and winter months ahead. The weather will begin changing rapidly, and now is the time to be aware of what your car needs going into the colder months ahead. Getting your vehicle prepped for the changing seasons will not only save you money by avoiding repairs, but will also ensure your safety on the road!  The changing weather means rain and colder temperatures, which can bring new challenges when driving. This is why the Car Care Council recommends the following fall maintenance items be taken care of now:  Brakes - The brake system should be inspected at this time to ensure that they are in proper working order. Braking in the rain or ice can be tricky, and bad brakes can make certain risky situations worse. The rotors, fluid, pads, lines, and all other critical parts should be inspected to make sure that everything is working as it should ... read more

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