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Car Shakes While Braking?

Car Shakes While Braking?

Does your car shake when the brakes are applied? Does your car shake when you go down a hill and hit the brakes? If so, these are likely signs that your brakes are damaged and should be addressed immediately! Common Shaking Causes Car vibrating when you hit the brakes, could mean that you are experiencing warped brake rotors, or worn brake pads. When the brake rotors on your car become warped this creates an uneven surface for the brake pads to rub against when the brake pedal is applied. On each rotation, the uneven surface will translate to a slight shuddering feeling, and that can translate into the rest of the car if your steering wheel shakes while braking. Do I Need To Replace My Rotors? A shaking feeling that your car makes can increase on a downhill because there will be an increase of pressure on the brakes. It is important to take note of the way that your car feels and sounds especially when there are new sounds happening while driving. All Car Shaking Isn’t Create ... read more

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How To Improve Gas Mileage

How To Improve Gas Mileage

How can I get better gas mileage? Nowadays with crazy gas prices in Southern California, there are a few simple things that you can do to help improve your fuel efficiency while driving around town. Try a fuel system cleaner – we use some awesome products such as BG Fuel system cleaner that help clean out your dirty fuel system and restore efficiency. We add this fuel system cleaner to a tank of gas and let the car run through this cleaner. The system cleaner helps flush out the injectors and fuel lines of any buildup that has formed over time. This can be one of the cheaper and easier ways to clean out your fuel system and operate more efficiently. Direct Injection Carbon Valve cleaning -> checkout our Walnut Shell Blast process! (intake-valve-carbon-cleaning-walnut-shell-blasting) Cleaning the intake valves will remove the excessive carbon buildup that has formed over the years and thousands of miles in the past. By cleaning off these ... read more

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Mini Cooper Rattling Noise | Timing Chain

Mini Cooper Rattling Noise | Timing Chain

Are you hearing a weird rattling noise coming from your Mini Cooper? In this article we specifically address a ‘rattling noise’ that many Mini Cooper owners commonly complain about. This weird noise originates in the engine bay at the front of the vehicle. It often occurs more frequently at idle, lower speeds, and/or in colder weather. Could it be a timing chain issue? MINI Copper Timing Chain A timing chain is what holds all the major internal engine components together and allows them to operate in synchronism. If your MINI Cooper’s engine is rattling, this could be a result of the timing chain. Unfortunately, the timing chain support rail is made of plastic, which over time can wear down and eventually break. As this support rail begins to wear, the timing chain stretches, and the infamous rattling noise begins. If you ignore the issue, the timing chain can break and cause detrimental damage to your engine. Avoid Rattling Noise: Preventi ... read more

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Failing Alternator | Why Do I Need To Replace It?

Failing Alternator | Why Do I Need To Replace It?

An alternator helps recharge your vehicle’s battery while you drive. It also allows you to use all your car’s fun accessories such as your seat warmer, radio, sunroof, USB charger, and Bluetooth, as well as your necessary headlights. Typically, an alternator should last well over 100,000 miles. However, if your vehicle has a bad or failing alternator, this could leave you stranded, at any given moment, while on the road. Common Alternator Symptoms The most common symptoms of a failing alternator include your car not starting, the engine stalling, and/or various electrical issues occurring. We have all heard stories of customer’s saying how their car died while at a stop light or even worse, “My Car Shut Off While Driving.’ Essentially, when your alternator fails, there will eventually be no power leftover to replenish the car’s electrical system while you drive. Schedule A Service Well, if you are near Oceanside California, we can help! Give us a c ... read more

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What Do Spark Plugs Do?

What Do Spark Plugs Do?

Spark plugs are a vital part of your car’s normal operating system. Spark Plugs is an appropriate name because electricity or sparks travel between the two small leads at the end of the plug. Consequently, when your car is running, a spark plug is constantly supplying a spark that ignites an air/fuel mixture within a given cylinder of your car. When the air/fuel mixture ignites, it results in an explosion that allows your engine to produce power. Spark Plugs Failure Symptoms Dirt, oil, or carbon buildup can lead to premature spark plug failure. If you have bad or failing spark plugs your car will likely be running poorly. Your vehicle may exhibit common symptoms such as rough idling, engine misfires, hard starts, lack of acceleration, and reduced gas mileage. Bad spark plugs may also trigger the check engine light. Schedule a Service If you are unsure of the condition of your spark plugs, then you can either remove and inspect them yourself, or ... read more

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