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Auto Coolant Servicing Five Important Factors You Must Know

Eric Flores - Saturday, January 10, 2015

Until things go wrong, we do not realize the importance of our vehicle’s coolant system. Auto coolant has a very important role in keeping your engine running without damages. Most of us ignore the need for regular auto coolant service. If this sounds like one of your follies then here are some important factors that you must know about auto coolant service so that you can respond in a timely fashion whenever there should be issues with your car’s cooling system.


1. Auto coolant protects your engine from overheating. It might be a very simple mechanism but without a fully functional cooling system, serious damages could be caused to your car’s engine. Sometimes the hoses that carry the coolant to the engine under high temperatures may have been damaged or worn. Without coolant, the engine may seize under high temperatures. Around the car’s engine, other car parts are closely packed, so when the engine’s temperature increases, other components around the engine including electrical wiring, fuel pump and other sensors could be damaged. Therefore, the first thing you should do is to take your vehicle to a repair shop for auto coolant service.

 

2. One of the problems why most car owners fail to take their vehicle for auto coolant service regularly is that they are not sure how frequently their vehicle’s cooling system requires attention. This however depends on the nature of the coolant used by your car manufacturer. There are different types of coolants in the market; if your car manufacturer has used long-life coolants then you may not require frequent auto coolant service. However, if what you have is not long-life coolant, then you may have to go in for regular servicing and checkup once every 10,000 to 12,000 miles.

 

3. When you take your vehicle for coolant top up or cooling system checkup, make sure to do an overall checkup of your vehicle. A full work up can catch any other problems that are likely to happen and prevent damages to your vehicle. With everything working properly, the vehicles coolant system can optimally operate.

 

4. Always take your vehicle to a trusted and experienced repair shop so that you receive reliable auto coolant service. At times, there could be other minor problems resulting in your car’s over heating issues. This can be identified only by an experienced technician. Your vehicle’s overheating problems will not be fully resolved even after coolant top up or after coolant service until the other factors contributing to your vehicle’s over heating issues are addressed.

 

5. Most importantly, as soon as you notice that your vehicle is overheating try to stop your car in a safe place and get help. Do not ignore the issue and continue to drive thinking that you could make it to your destination. This could prove to further damage your vehicle that may lead to time consuming and expensive repairs.

6 Important Signs That Indicate The Need For Fuel Pump Repair

Eric Flores - Tuesday, January 06, 2015

The role of fuel pump in your car is to send a steady flow of fuel to the engine. As you can imagine, the fuel pump is one of the most extensively used components of your vehicle. This means that your fuel pump is subjected to greater wear and tear and may require regular attention. Failure to attend to your fuel pump could result in complete stalling of your vehicle and overall poor performance. Therefore it is important to keep your fuel pump in quality condition with regular fuel pump repair and servicing. Here are six important signs that indicate that your fuel pump needs attention.


1. No sound of fuel pump when you try to turn on the ignition – The fuel pump starts even before the engine starts. When you turn the key the fuel pump should be engaged and once engaged the fuel pump will produce a whirring noise. Pay attention to this noise to ensure that your fuel pump is engaging without any problem.


2. Failure to start – If you are frequently running into hard starts when you are trying to turn on the ignition, it could be an indicator that your fuel pump has needs repair or replacement.


3. Your vehicle losses power when you are trying to accelerate – When accelerating your vehicle, the fuel pump should supply more fuel to the engine. If the fuel pump is not functioning properly, whenever you try to increase your vehicle’s speed, your vehicle will lose speed instead.


4. Sputtering of your vehicle at high speed – Another symptom of faulty fuel pump could be sudden jerking of your vehicle when traveling at high speed. Your vehicle will sputter without any warning and will reduce speed.


5. Difficulties while climbing uphill – If your vehicle is experiencing difficulties climbing uphill, even without towing a heavy load, it could indicate the need for fuel pump repair. The fuel pump is not supplying the additional power required to rev up the engine to climb steep grades.


6. Your vehicle stalls frequently – If there are problems with your fuel pump, it will stop pumping fuel to the engine resulting in unexpected stalling of your vehicle.

 

If you are experiencing one or more of these symptoms, it is important to take your vehicle to a repair shop for fuel pump repair and servicing. This will ensure your vehicle operates at optimal performance and protect you from any associated risks. 

Why It Is Best To Take Your Car To Repair Shop For Fuel Tank Repair Or Sealing

Eric Flores - Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Very often car owners are tempted to take care of fuel tank repair needs themselves rather than taking their car to the repair shop. Yes, it is true that fuel tank repair kits are available in the market. You might think that you just need to seal one or more leaks in the fuel tank and it’s a fairly simple job. However, repairing your fuel tank may not be as easy as it sounds.

 

Many people think that they can just patch up the leaky fuel tank in just minutes and let it dry but the process is more extensive. You will first need to remove the fuel tank from the car. You cannot do this without really getting your hands greased. Once the fuel tank is out of your car, you will need to empty the fuel tank completely so that there is no fuel left in the tank. You will need to find a container to safely store the fuel and ensure necessary safety precautions are taken until you refill your reassembled fuel tank.

 

You will need to clean your fuel tank thoroughly with appropriate cleaning agents. Before you can proceed any further with your fuel tank repair and sealing, you will need to let the fuel tank dry completely. Once the fuel tank is completely dry, you need to find the punctures or holes in the tank. These should be marked clearly and sealed from the outside using duct tapes before you actually use the epoxy sealers. It takes an experienced technician to decide whether the fuel tank leaks can be just sealed or whether it needs to be replaced depending on the extensiveness of the damage. Unless you have adequate experience in this area, you may not be in a position to judge.

 

You will need to find reliable sealers to get the best results. Before you pour the liquid sealers, you will need to block the fuel outlets temporarily. This ensures that the sealant fuel is not drained out completely before sealing the punctures. You will need to make sure that the sealant covers the entire surface of the tank evenly including the damaged areas. The excess sealant will then need to be drained before the fuel tank is restored in the vehicle.

Though it may seem to be a series of simple steps, this process can be extensive. Rather than subjecting yourself to hassles and safety risks, you can take your vehicle to your local repair shop for fuel tank repair and have the issue resolved with the help of an experienced technician. 


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