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What Is a Tire Blowout?

What Is a Tire Blowout?

A tire blowout is one of the scariest situations a driver can encounter. A blowout is a rapid, explosive loss of tire pressure. It can occur while you’re on the highway or driving in traffic, which can increase your stress levels. The top five causes of tire blowouts are: Underinflated tires Overload Uneven tread wear Damage (from nails, glass, etc.) Tire defects You can’t miss a tire blowout, as it sounds like a loud popped balloon. A tire blowout may also emit a strong, burnt rubber odor. If it happens to you, please remember not to panic. You should remember to avoid slamming on your brakes. Instead, please turn on your hazard lights and get your vehicle away and out of traffic if possible. Afterward, call for a tow to our auto repair shop for repairs.   The key to preventing this unfortunate event from happening to you is proper tire maintenance. Here’s what you can do: Remember to regularly check your tire pressure and ensure that your tires are up ... read more

What are all the Different Sensors in my Vehicle?

What are all the Different Sensors in my Vehicle?

Types of Sensors Used in Automobiles In this article, we will examine several automotive sensors that; measure oil pressure, temperature, emissions, and coolant levels. Understanding how each of these sensors work is vital. To help you better understand these sensors, below are some popular sensors in automobiles, including the following: Mass airflow sensor: Measures the amount of air entering the engine or the airflow. Engine Speed Sensor: Helps your car run smoothly by communicating with the ECU. Oxygen Sensor: An electronic device for measuring the amount of oxygen (O2) in a gas or liquid. Spark Knock Sensor: This sensor detects the condition of spark knock, which occurs when gasoline starts burning before it should. Coolant Sensor: The coolant sensor measures the engine's temperature through the fuel management system. Manifold Absolute Pressure (MAF) Sensor: Provides instantaneous manifold pressure measurements for the engine's ECU during startup. Fuel Temperature ... read more

How to Protect You and Your Vehicle Against Pollen

How to Protect You and Your Vehicle Against Pollen

Spring is an all-around great season as the flowers bloom and the temperatures warm up. The only major challenge that comes with springtime driving is pollen. Not only can it be irritating for you and your health, but it can also hurt your car. Pollen has acidic properties, which can eventually damage your vehicle's paint if left accumulating for too long. Here are some tips to follow to limit pollen from getting on or inside your car: Wash your vehicle regularly  Pollen can ge​​t in every little crack of your car, which is why car washes become more important this time of year. Please remember to get every nook and cranny so that the pollen doesn't linger. If you want to go the extra mile, you can add a layer of wax to act as a slippy protectant. Replace your engine filter   This filter is in charge of blocking our dust, dirt, and pollen from your engine compartments. To ensure your engine runs smoothly, please remember to change this filter according to you ... read more

How to Properly Sanitize Your Vehicle

How to Properly Sanitize Your Vehicle

It seems like everyone is ill these days. While you do safe practices like washing or hand sanitizing your hands before driving, do you make an effort to disinfect your vehicle? You may want to consider it. To avoid the spreading of germs and viruses, the team at East Coast Diesel LLC has put together a full-proof method to sanitize your car: Clean out the inside. Before we bring in the disinfectants, you will first need to clean the inside of your car. After using a vacuum to get all the crumbs lying around, you should wash the inside of your vehicle. All you need is a mild soap and a soft brush.  Sanitize. Once your interior dries, use disinfectant wipes or a safe cleaning solution to wipe. When cleansing your interior, please remember to get the frequently touched spots. These germ-filled sites include the steering wheel, door handles, temperature and volume control buttons, window buttons, etc. After wiping down these critical surfaces, dry them off with a dry cloth. When wo ... read more

Is Brake Fluid the Same for All Vehicles?

Is Brake Fluid the Same for All Vehicles?

Brake fluid is a hydraulic fluid that ensures the smooth operation of your braking system. Brake fluid works using hydraulic pressure to allow the calipers and brake pads to grasp your brake discs. Your brake fluid needs to be able to withstand high pressures and extreme temperatures, and the limits for this fluid varies depending on their DOT rating. In other words, brake fluid is not universal and not all the same. Though most DOT fluids are either glycol-based brake fluids or silicone-based, they can have different properties and characteristics. DOT fluid can differ in color, price, and resistance levels to temperatures. Below are the differentiation between DOT 3,4,5 and 5.1: DOT 3 - glycol-based  yellow or amber color the lowest boiling point between the four (401° F dry boiling point and 284° F wet boiling point) affordable DOT 4 -  commonly used in foreign vehicles  glycol-based  higher boiling point than DOT 3  dry boiling point ... read more