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How Does the Antilock Brake System Work?

How Does the Antilock Brake System Work?

The Antilock Brake System (ABS) is a secondary brake measure that blocks your wheels from skidding in uncertain situations. It will allow you to maneuver your car even while braking. The  ABS comprises various sensors that measure wheel speed to catch whenever your wheel speed slows down or locks while braking.The ABS will do its job whenever you start skidding. When it does kick in, you might feel a pulsation while driving.   What Does the ABS Light Mean? When your ABS is turned off or not working, you may see a warning light on your dashboard with the letters A-B-S. Just make sure you don’t panic because most people get concerned that their primary or service brakes will stop working. However, the light is simply an alert to let you know that your ABS needs attention.  How to Diagnose an ABS Light? If the ABS continues to stay on, you must bring your vehicle to your trusted auto repair shop for a professional mechanic to diagnose it. At Auto Excel, we ut ... read more

Symptoms That Indicate You May Need a Tune-Up

Symptoms That Indicate You May Need a Tune-Up

Once you've owned a vehicle for a while, you kind of work out a groove. You can tell exactly when she needs a tune-up, when her brakes need a little tweaking and when her tires need some pressure. If you haven't worked out a groove with your car, don't worry; it'll happen with time. Before then, here are a few pointers to keep her happy; happy car, happy life. What Makes Up a Vehicle Tune-up? Here are a few services that are usually a part of your vehicle tune-up. Oil change- The mechanic will usually change the oil and other fluids. Keeping your engine cleaner will give you more mileage. Safety inspection- In some states, getting a safety inspection and pass to drive your vehicle around is mandatory. This is crucial in the prevention of road accidents caused by un-roadworthy vehicles. Mechanical repair- Any issues turned up by the safety inspection are usually fixed by a mechanical repair. Signs That My Car Needs a Tune-up Your dashboard lights up If your dashbo ... read more

What Does the TPMS Light Mean?

What Does the TPMS Light Mean?

Have you ever seen the TPMS light go on and wondered what it meant? You're in luck because today we'll tell you what it is and what it means for your car. What is TPMS? TPMS stands for Tire Pressure Monitoring System, so if you see TPMS light up on your dashboard, it means it's time to check your tire pressure. It lights up if there is a problem with your tires, so it is something that should not be ignored. What happens if it turns on? The TPMS light turning on usually shows a warning that you should investigate. Perhaps you haven't checked your tire pressure in a while and it finally got low. That's fine because you can just put air in it and call it a day. Here are the benefits of maintaining the tire pressure before it becomes a problem: You'll save money on new tires by finding the problem early Better handling of your car Regular tire rotation But here are a few problems that can show issues with your tires when the light turns on: Tires can be at ... read more

Factory Recommended Services - How Important are They?

Factory Recommended Services - How Important are They?

Every machine comes with a note from the manufacturer. This note stipulates how the machine should be used, maintained, and stored for optimal performance. An automobile is no different. The instructions that accompany your vehicle are called Factory Recommended Services. While most car owners blissfully skip on these services for a while, there are multiple reasons why you shouldn't. Most car manufacturers follow a general 30-60-90 rule. The rule shows what needs to be inspected, repaired, or replaced every 30,000, 60,000, and 90,000 miles. Regular maintenance and replacing fluids and oils can start as early as 5,000 miles. Here are a few reasons you shouldn't ignore the manufacturer's maintenance schedule. Optimal Vehicle Performance A vehicle has many moving parts that need to be constantly and appropriately greased and oiled for that smooth glide. Additionally, it has a lot of rubber parts that will need to be replaced when they wear out. If, for example, oils are no ... read more

Does Your Car Have a Blown Head Gasket

Does Your Car Have a Blown Head Gasket

Your head gasket has to tolerate a lot of heat and pressure to do its job, and if your car overheats it can cause the head gasket to blow. Keeping your car routinely maintained by an expert technician ensures oil changes, coolant, and other fluids are in good supply can go a long way in preventing a head gasket leak. The head gasket is basically the device that prevents different chemicals from mixing in your engine and doing harm to your car. The main functionality of the head gasket is keeping an airtight seal preventing fluids from locking up the engine, causing a fire, or detonation. As your car ages, it's normal for the head gasket to lose efficiency, that's where automotive maintenance becomes important! A seasoned mechanic will spot the warning signs that it's time to replace your head gasket. Red Flags of a Head Gasket Leak There are lots of symptoms to identify a head gasket leak and this list is by no means comprehensive, but if you do think your car's eng ... read more

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