Dashboard Warning Lights and Gages

By |September 17th, 2014|

Modern vehicles are equipped with numerous safety features. Among these features includes dashboard warning lights and gages. Depending on the make and model of the vehicle the symbols used can vary, however there are some which are somewhat standard. These common indicators help drivers to monitor their vehicle performance, and when issues arise can help […]

Vehicle Smells and Causes

By |July 23rd, 2014|

Auto problems can be discovered many different ways; smoke, leaks, or bad smells. Sometimes you may smell an unusual odor before there are any visible signs. This is not to be confused with smells that may be coming from outside of the vehicle, which can sometimes be alarming. For instance, when other cars around you […]

When Your Car Won’t Start

By |July 9th, 2014|

The alarm sounds and you get up to tackle another day. Dressed and ready to go with coffee in hand you slide into your car, put the coffee in the cup holder, key in the ignition and turn. Nothing happens. Try the key again; maybe hear a click, but then nothing. Few things bring your […]

Planning for a Road Trip

By |May 28th, 2014|

Road trips are a ton of fun as long as the car vehicle doesn’t make it a ton of headaches! They can and will most likely be a big test of endurance on your vehicle. Road trips are also a surefire way to find out–and usually at the worst possible time–if you haven’t been keeping […]

What is an NC State Inspection?

By |May 21st, 2014|

Since 1964 North Carolina law has mandated that most every vehicle including motorcycles designed for use on our highways and roads pass an annual NC Vehicle Safety and Emissions Inspection. The most recent change to this law is requiring the NC Inspection before renewal of vehicle registration. It can sometimes feel like one more hassle in an […]

Radiator Maintenance and Overheating

By |March 26th, 2014|

There are a surprising number of words in the English language which are what is known as autonyms, having two contradictory meanings. Radiator is a word that can describe a device that performs two very different tasks. A radiator can be a device that emits heat to warm a room, but in the case of […]

When the Check Engine Light Comes On

By |February 21st, 2014|

Every vehicle has warning lights to help identify problems for the general owner. Some are more serious than others and require immediate attention without delay. Others are less immediate, but should not be ignored. The Check Engine Light is one of those lights that can indicate a problem anywhere on the spectrum of seriousness.

For the […]

Every Auto Leak Has a Color

By |January 30th, 2014|

There are multiple fluids that help your vehicle run and maintain its systems. Some are essential like oil while others are less vital like windshield wiper fluid. Many of these fluids have different colors and vary in consistency, which can help when trying to identify where leaks may be coming from.

Antifreeze: Antifreeze comes in the […]

How Serious is the Oil Light?

By |January 17th, 2014|

What is the purpose of engine oil?

Your car’s engine is made up of many different moving metal parts. All of the timing and spacing between these parts are essential to optimal engine performance.  Engine oil serves multiple purposes to ensure that all of these parts remain undamaged and able to move freely. It acts as […]

The Importance of Transmission Service

By |November 25th, 2013|

Unless you have a particular interest in mechanics your knowledge of a vehicle’s transmission may only extend to the fact that it has one. The transmission is basically a series of gears that allows for the power adjustment associated with changing speeds. There are three types of transmission: manual, automatic, and semi-automatic. No matter which […]