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How a Dirty Air Filter Can Affect Car Performance

How a Dirty Air Filter Can Affect Car Performance

Did you know that your engine has an air filter? This component is responsible for blocking out the dust, dirt, debris, and other foreign pollutants that can get in the way of your engine’s operation. Think about it – the engine needs a balanced air and fuel mixture. It always needs clean air to ensure optimal performance and efficiency. Similar to the cabin filter, oil filter, and fuel filter, you will need to replace this air filter over time. After a while, the filter will collect a significant amount of particles, which will clog up the filter. If you leave a dirty air filter in your engine long enough, the airflow will start to block up. As a result, the engine will not receive a consistent amount of clean air. This can cause your engine to work harder than it needs to, thus burning more fuel.  Furthermore, a clogged air filter can affect your vehicle’s overall performance. If your car doesn’t get enough air or too much fuel, it can cause the engine ... read more

What are the Symptoms of Dirty Fuel Injectors?

What are the Symptoms of Dirty Fuel Injectors?

Ever felt like your car is losing power and becoming sluggish? This could be a result of a dirty fuel injector. You won't know for sure until a technician checks your car. But even before that, there are a few tale signs you can spot right away that may help you save your vehicle from damage. The following are some symptoms of a dirty fuel injector. Symptoms of Dirty Fuel Injectors As a car owner, it's easier to notice when your car is not performing optimally. As you enjoy your drive, keep an eye on the following; Increased Fuel Consumption Perhaps the first symptom will be that you will stop for gas more often. A dirty fuel injector will malfunction and result in unreliable signal decoding. The result is the fuel pump takes more pressured fuel from the reservoir. So next time you notice an increase in fuel consumption, it might be your fuel injector causing the damage, "Check Engine" Illuminates Checking the engine light is the most fundamental indicator of a d ... read more

Car Shakes & Brakes

Car Shakes & Brakes

Whenever you apply pressure to the brake pedal, the motions should be smooth and seamless. If you catch an unusual symptom, like shakiness, it is hard to ignore. Don’t brush this red flag off to the side because it can be indicative of a major problem. The shakiness is sometimes referred to as brake shudder. Read on to learn more about the different causes of brake shuddering.   When you neglect this sort of sign, the problems can progress enough to the point of brake failure. Usually, you can get an idea of where the culprit is by paying attention to where the vibration comes from. If you feel the shaking on the steering wheel, the issue may be on the front brakes. Whereas, a brake problem on the pedal or under your seat may be more related to your rear brakes.  3 Explanations for Brake Shuddering Worn Brake Pads Brake pads undergo high pressures and extreme temperatures. As a result, they need to be replaced more often than most other car parts. Occasionally, the ... read more

What Can Cause Your Wheels to Knock Out Of Alignment?

What Can Cause Your Wheels to Knock Out Of Alignment?

Quality and proper wheel alignment are vital for your vehicle’s handling and safety. They also promote even tire wear. When all your wheels’ angles are adjusted to their automaker’s specifications, you’ll have peace of mind that your car can have the best mobility. On the other hand, misaligned wheels can cause challenges with steering and handling. That is why it is imperative for you to bring your car, SUV, or truck to the experts at Mazur’s Total Automotive for a wheel alignment at the first signs of trouble. Signs of Poor Wheel Alignment When your wheels are knocked out of alignment, they won’t be able to point straight. You may notice one or more of the following red flags: Vehicle pulling left or right Shakiness or vibrations Bumpy ride Premature and uneven tire wear Off-centered steering wheel What Causes Your Wheels to Knock Out of Alignment? Knowing what can cause damage to your wheels is just as important as being able to spot the s ... read more

What to Do When Your Engine Overheats

What to Do When Your Engine Overheats

Every automobile situation can be unique, but a few common signs to be aware of when your engine overheats include steam and strange odors or smells coming from the car's front area. When your engine is overheating, it is common to see the engine temperature gauge in the driver console or dashboard moving into the gauge's red area or spiking to "H." Whatever the sign, here is what you should do when you notice your engine overheating; Turn On Your Heater Turning on your vehicle's heater when the engine is overheating can aid in pulling heat away from the engine. Although this critical step does not solve the engine overheating problem completely, it lessens the burden on your engine's cooling system until you can pull your car over in a safe location. You will know this tip works when the temperature gauge returns to neutral, or the warning light goes off. Pull Your Automobile Over in a Safe Place Sometimes turning on your heater might not draw enough war ... read more