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When Should You Flush Your Radiator?

When Should You Flush Your Radiator?

Radiators are not the most well-known parts of your car. However, it plays just as important of a role as the engine and transmission. You have a responsibility to keep this part in good shape to ensure your car lasts a long time. In this blog, we will educate you on everything you need to know regarding radiator maintenance. What Kind of Maintenance Do Radiators Require? If you're like any other driver out there, you probably don't think about your car's radiator when asked about maintenance. But similar to oil changes for your engine, you should have radiator or coolant flushes for your radiator regularly.    Most auto technicians and automakers recommend exchanging the radiator fluid every 30,000 miles give or take. The process of flushing out the dirty fluid and adding clean coolant ensures the system is clean. When you remove excess build-up, it prevents rust, clogs, and other problems in the future. Signs That Your Car Radiator Needs to be Flushed Besi ... read more

How To Tell If Your Car is Low on Brake Fluid

How To Tell If Your Car is Low on Brake Fluid

Most people think of brake pads when their mechanics mention the braking system, but there are many other parts that make up the system. Out of all of them, the brake fluid is most often overlooked. To celebrate Brake Awareness Month at I-70 Auto Service, read on to learn more about brake fluid.   Why Do Cars Need Brake Fluid? Vehicle braking systems are hydraulic systems that rely on brake fluid to carry the pressure necessary to stop your vehicle. In other words, your car would not be able to slow down or stop without brake fluid. This is how it works: when you press on the brake pedal, brake fluid is released and moved to stop your wheel’s movement.   Signs That Indicate Low Brake Fluid Spongy or mushy brakes Loose brakes pedal Clear puddles under vehicle Brake warning light on dashboard Poor braking performance If you experience one or more of the symptoms above, please be sure to bring your vehicle to our trusted repair shop. Your brakes are a serious mat ... read more

What Are The Most Common Exhaust System Problems?

What Are The Most Common Exhaust System Problems?

Wondering what are common signs of exhaust system problems for your vehicle are and how to prevent them from causing long-term engine damage? Having your vehicle serviced at regular intervals is the best way to prevent costly automotive repairs from cropping up. Following are a few examples of common issues that can lead to long-term damage with your vehicle's exhaust system. Common Signs of Exhaust System Problems Faulty Gaskets and Seals - broken gaskets and seals can prevent toxic or harmful gassing from seeping into your vehicle's exhaust system. In most cases, a malfunctioning manifold gasket or seal will cause unusual noises coming from the engine. If you notice hissing, knocking, or tapping sounds coming from your car engine, take your vehicle in for service with a certified auto mechanic as soon as possible. Malfunctioning Oxygen Sensor - faulty oxygen sensors are another cause of engine and exhaust system problems. If the oxygen sensor in your car or truck is fault ... read more

What Is a Transfer Case?

What Is a Transfer Case?

If you own a vehicle with an AWD/4x4 system, you’ve probably heard of the transfer case before. The easiest way to explain what a transfer case is that it transfers the power from the engine and through the transmission to the vehicle’s axles in the rear and front shafts. It allows all four of your wheels to perform wonderfully, especially in offroading conditions. All-wheel drive and 4-wheel drive vehicles have gained popularity over the last decade or two. In fact, over half of the vehicles on the road today have these capabilities. If you want to take care of your investment, the transfer case should go unmissed. The maintenance required is normally a gear oil or transmission fluid. Since this liquid is exposed to high pressures and temperatures constantly, the fluid loses its effectiveness over time. When this happens, it is important to change or flush the fluid to prevent a breakdown. Another form of maintenance that the transfer case requires is general inspectio ... read more

Why Did My Steering Wheel Lock Up?

Why Did My Steering Wheel Lock Up?

One of the scariest situations a driver can encounter is a locked up steering wheel. While this problem is less likely to occur in newer cards, it can still happen to anyone. A hard steering wheel can be due to various problems associated with the power steering system, suspension, or even ignition.    Here are some problems that can cause your steering wheel to lock up: Power steering system issue: The power steering pump is one major component of the system that can get stuck or jammed with debris over time. Another possible explanation why your wheel seized up is due to a power steering fluid leak (if you have a hydraulic system). Either way, these problems are very difficult to deal with so please bring your vehicle to I-70 Auto Service for repairs. Steering rack or suspension issue: In rare instances, a failure in your vehicle’s suspension, or in the steering rack or column, will cause your steering wheel to stiffen up. Faulty ignition: An ignition system can ... read more