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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

Why Does My Car Keep Stalling?

Why Does My Car Keep Stalling?

A stalled vehicle is a hassle, especially if you're in traffic or far from home. When your car starts to stall on a regular basis, it's time to take action — the problem is unlikely to resolve itself. Whether your engine shuts down on startup or on the road, these are some of the most common causes.   Empty Gas Tank When your car dies in the middle of a drive, check the gas gauge — an empty fuel tank is one of the most common reasons that vehicles stall. If you start running out of gas on a regular basis, you might have a problem with the gauge or the sender, the device that determines how much fuel is left in the tank.   Failing Alternator The alternator in your vehicle powers the electric systems and charges the battery as you drive. When it starts to fail, it isn't able to replenish power levels in the battery. When the battery loses its charge, the car stalls. In some cases, a bad alternator can prevent elect ... read more

7 Top Causes of Heat Failure

7 Top Causes of Heat Failure

Now that Fall is coming to an end and winter is nearly here, we're going to depend more on our car or truck's heating system to keep us warm and comfortable. Not only that, but our HVAC enables us to defrost and clear our windscreens when the outside temperature doesn't equal the temperature inside the vehicle. We're sure you wouldn't be too happy to find that your heater is blowing out cool air or no air at all, which is why it's important to get down to the bottom of the problem ASAP.  Below are some of the most common reasons why your car heater may fail this fall/winter:  Low coolant/radiator fluid can prevent your car or truck from producing and circulating warm air throughout your cabin. If you're low on this fluid, it probably means you have a leak somewhere in the system. Please do not wait to take your vehicle to our shop as low coolant can significantly damage the engine. A blasted fuse somewhere in your vehicle can induce an electrical ... read more

Rubbernecking: What Is It? And How Is It Dangerous?

Rubbernecking: What Is It? And How Is It Dangerous?

Rubbernecking. It is a term coined for the act of slowing down while driving past the scene of something occurring outside your car. It may or may not come as a shock to you, but rubbernecking is a form of distracted driving. It is a significant issue that many people don't talk about, and it's on the rise. It doesn't take long for a rubbernecking incident to happen. Taking your attention off the road for more than two seconds increases your risk of getting into a car accident 2x. In the third second, you could have injured someone, killed someone, or run your vehicle into another one. Approximately 1,000 people are hurt in the United States daily by distracted driving every day. And researchers estimate rubbernecking alone causes roughly 10% of all vehicle accidents. Why Do People Do It? Curiosity is a part of human nature. The term rubbernecking came into use as early as the 1800s and originally referred to what we know as the act of eavesdropping, looking, and listeni ... read more

Battle of Diesel vs. Gas (Fuel Efficiency, Performance, and Maintenance)

Battle of Diesel vs. Gas (Fuel Efficiency, Performance, and Maintenance)

Today, we will go over the primary differences between diesel- and gas-powered vehicles on the aspects of fuel efficiency, performance, and maintenance costs. To understand the pros and cons of both, you must understand how both engines differ.    In gas-powered vehicles with combustion engines, a mixture of gas and air is drawn to the engine, and the air gets compressed by the piston. A blend of air and gas gets fired by a spark plug and forces the piston to back down. When the piston springs up again, it forces out the exhaust, and the process starts over again. Diesel engines work similarly, but only air is drawn into the engine when the piston falls. When the piston rises back up, it compresses the air to a smaller size. Diesel vehicles don't require spark plugs to ignite the process.   Fuel Efficiency and Performance of Diesel vs. Gas In a battle between diesel and gas, diesel is the undisputed winner of fuel economy against non-hybrid gas vehicles. From a ... read more