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What are the Signs of Bad Fuel Injectors?

What are the Signs of Bad Fuel Injectors?

If you suddenly notice that your vehicle's gas mileage is dipping, it is time to do something about it. When your car starts to work harder, you will notice its performance falling off noticeably. While many factors can lead to this, you might want to first look at your fuel injectors. They could be dirty and in need of a serious cleaning. Why Are Fuel Injectors Important? The fuel injectors in your vehicle are part of an interconnected system. They work together with your fuel filter and pump in order to deliver the gas that your engine needs to work correctly. It will spray the right amount of fuel into your vehicle's intake system at the appropriate time. This must take place at a specific angle for the process to work correctly. Fuel injectors help to create a perfect mix of air and fuel. Without this, the engine will not get the proper amount of clean fuel that it needs to work efficiently. This is when you will start to notice the performance dropping off, which will e ... read more

What are the benefits of a tire rotation?

What are the benefits of a tire rotation?

Tire rotation needs to be a part of your car maintenance routine. A tire rotation is performed by switching the front tires with the back tires. This part of your car's maintenance ensures you get the most out of your tires. Here's more about tire rotation and its benefits. Increased Tire Tread Life Driver habits, terrain, and temperature are contributing factors to uneven wear and tear on your tires. Pattern wear can become a problem when your tires turn in the same direction for many thousands of miles. With regular tire rotation, you can help prevent pattern wear and other problems. Enhanced Vehicle Performance There's nothing better than having a vehicle you enjoy driving. If you avoid getting your tires rotated, your car's performance will begin to decline. You will notice the stability of your vehicle and riding comfort also change. Road friction can also be a problem that occurs when your tires are unequally stressed, which i ... read more

What is Brake Fade?

What is Brake Fade?

If you have ever applied your brakes and either nothing happened immediately or it took a lot more pressure to get your vehicle to slow down, you experienced what is known as "brake fade." Just about every driver has had it happen to them and while in most cases, the result is just a slower stop, in extreme cases, slower responding brakes can cause an accident. Because brake fade is common, understanding the cause and prevention, as well as how to respond if it happens to you is important. Friction is Vital Your vehicle's brake calipers, pistons, pads and rotors work together to create and use friction to reduce vehicle speed as much as it needs to be reduced. When friction is not produced quickly enough or in enough volume, the distance required to slow down increases significantly. Heat The main cause of friction loss is excessive heat. Heat builds when you brake frequently, such as when you are stuck in traffic, or are traveling ... read more

What to Carry in Your Trunk This Winter

What to Carry in Your Trunk This Winter

With thw change of season from fall to winter definitely comes some challenges when it comes to driving. Driving in the snow can be tricky, especially during those heavy storms. Getting stranded in a snow storm is never fun, but luckily there are ways that you can help yourself be more prepared in unexpected situations during the winter months.  A great way to stay prepared for any situation in the snow is to have a winter kit packed in your vehicle's trunk. Think of it as a way to put your ducks in a row. The more prepared you are for an emergency situation, the better off you'll be!  We recommend making sure that you have the following items packed in your trunk this winter:  Spare tire Tire changing kit - jack, wrench, wheel wedges Flashlight Emergency phone numbers Car charger Blankets and extra coats/warm clothing Water Non-perishable food Flares Small cones in case of an accident Jumper cables Gloves First aid kit These are just some of the m ... read more

Your Vehicle's Warning Lights and What They Represent

Your Vehicle's Warning Lights and What They Represent

We understand that seeing a warning illuminate on your dashboard is never a fun experience. You start to wonder if the issue is major, and whether or not you can continue driving your vehicle without it breaking down. There are various types of dashboard warnings lights that can indicate different things, and you may not be familiar with all of them. Understand what certain warning lights mean and how serious they are can help you know if the issue is critical or if you have more time to get your car into the shop.  Let's look as some of the most common vehicle dashboard warning lights, their meaning, and just how serious they are: Battery Warning Light You’ll recognize a battery symbol. This means your battery is short on charge, which could be caused by the battery itself or the charging system.  Engine Temperature Warning Light The engine temperature warning light is shaped like a thermometer in the ocean. The meaning of th ... read more

What are the Symptoms of Brake Problems?

What are the Symptoms of Brake Problems?

Your vehicle's brakes are one of the most important safety features of your vehicle. They allow you to slow down or stop when you need to, and a problem with your brakes can definitely put you at risk for an accident. So when it comes to your vehicle's brakes, how do you know if you have an issue? Is it as simple as hearing a strange noise, or do you need to feel a total loss in brake power to know that your brakes are bad?  The brake system itself runs on many different components, from the brake pads to the rotors to the calipers. All of these parts working together to stop your wheels when you press down on that brake pedal. With all of these working parts enduring so much pressure and heat every time you drive, it's no wonder that they tend to wear down and need to be replaced over time. Brake pads need to be replaced the most often and rotors are also serviced frequently, but other issues can occur, too.  So, what are the signs that your brakes have a probl ... read more

Do My Vehicle's Belts & Hoses Need to Be Serviced?

Do My Vehicle's Belts & Hoses Need to Be Serviced?

The belts and hoses in our vehicles have important jobs, keeping systems running smoothly and also circulating fluids. Over time, both belts and hoses can begin to break down and wear out. The best way to catch a belt or hose repair early is to have your vehicle inspected regularly. At Auto Clinic Care in Rockville, MD, we are the experts when it comes to belts and hoses on all makes and models of vehicles. Our ASE certified mechanics will help you take proper care of your vehicle’s belts and hoses and can repair or replace any part when needed. Important belts in your vehicle, such as the drive belt and timing belt, will wear out over time and may begin to crack. Damage to any belts can cause those belts to snap unexpectedly. Often times, damage to these belts cannot be seen with the naked eye, which is why it is important to replace your vehicle’s belts according to your manufacturer’s recommendations. Hoses also need to be inspected regularly for leaks or corrosio ... read more

Does Oil Go Bad Sitting in an Engine?

Does Oil Go Bad Sitting in an Engine?

If you haven't been using your car a lot lately - you're not alone. Many Americans have been sheltering in place and distancing themselves from public places in the midst of our current pandemic. With the decrease in travel and staying home more often, you may find that your vehicle isn't being used, either not much or at all.  We've gotten this question a few times recently, and wanted to share our take on it - does oil go bad sitting in an engine? We get this question from car owners who haven't used their cars in weeks and are worried if they need to have an oil change sooner than planned. Let's look at some of the effects that an idle vehicle can have on the engine oil and whether or not it goes bad while sitting unmoved.  What can happen to your car's engine oil if you don't drive for weeks at a time? Engine oil is notoriously for breaking down quickly - that is why you have to have an oil change more frequently than any other service. I ... read more

What are the Signs of a Bad Transmission?

What are the Signs of a Bad Transmission?

The transmission is an integral part of your vehicle, and an issue with the transmission is one that needs to be addressed quickly. Typical transmission problems can mean extremely poor performance and can progress very quickly. We understand that transmission issues can be stressful, which is why we want to help you to be able to identify a transmission problem when it happens to get it fixed right away. The longer you drive your vehicle with a faulty transmission, the more damage that will need to be repaired.  If you notice any of the following symptoms while on the road, we invite you into Auto Clinic Care as soon as possible for a transmission inspection:  Transmission won't stay in gear or doesn't engage - if you put your vehicle in gear and it doesn't move, you have a transmission problem.   Shifts are delayed - if your vehicle seems to take a lot longer to actually get into gear, this can be a sign of low transmis ... read more

Why is My Brake Warning Light On?

Why is My Brake Warning Light On?

The brake warning light is definitely a cause for concern. You've probably heard those horror stories of people's brakes completely going out while on the road, and worry that at any moment your brakes will fail you. Luckily, brake fade, or brake failure, is more uncommon than many other causes for brake issues. Chances are, your brakes will continue to work until you get your car into the shop. However, we do recommend that you get your vehicle into Auto Clinic Care as soon as you can to get the issue identified and taken care of just to ensure your safety on the road.  So, why is your brake warning light on? Let's look at some of the reasons that can cause the light to illuminate, and how serious these issues are.  Brake Fluid One potential cause for the brake warning light to turn on is a loss of hydraulic pressure or an indication that your brake fluid is extremely low. Typically if there is a loss of hydraulic pressure, fluid is the issue ... read more

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