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Water Pump Noise Signals Need for Auto Repair

Your water pump does more than move water around. It keeps coolant flowing through your car's engine, which protects the engine from overheating in warm weather, and helps keep it from being too sluggish in cold weather. The water pump can fail like any other component. Sometimes the failure is preceded by noise, but sometimes the water pump stops working or develops a leak with no accompanying noise. Checking your coolant level regularly may help catch any water pump leaks, and watching your temperature gauge should alert you if your pump is not pushing coolant through the engine. But if you still hear an odd noise you believe to be coming from the water pump, what does it mean?...(more)

Identifying Worrisome Car Noises

Owning a car is necessary for getting to work, to school, the doctor, the store, and just about everywhere else. It is true that having a car means having the freedom to go where you want to go, when you want to go there. It should also be noted, however, that owning a car means being responsible for keeping it in good working order to keep you and those around you safe. This article examines several worrisome car noises and what to do about them....(more)

Troubleshooting Your Auto Air Compressor

If your car's air conditioning system isn't working as it should, there might be a problem with your auto air compressor. The AC system relies on the air compressor to pressurize the system's Freon, which acts as a refrigerant to cool the air. When the air compressor isn't functioning correctly, the air conditioning won't work or will be ineffective, leaving you to drive in a hot, stifling car interior. Luckily, many air compressor issues are solved fairly easily and cheaply if you know what to look for; many of these problems create specific noises or other warning signs. Here are some common problems that may arise with your car's AC compressor....(more)

Common Car Engine Sounds

When you first drive your car off of the car lot, everything about the car is new. It looks new, it smells new, and it sounds new. In fact, it can be so quiet that you have to double check to make sure you even started it. However, over time, the car engine can start making strange little sounds. That is when you start to worry. These noises may not be good, but they are common. This list below offers up some of the more common noises that your car might make as well as what they can mean....(more)

Mechanical

Signs of Valve Train Problems

If you have ever said the words, I need a valve adjustment when referring to a car problem, this article is for you. See what can go wrong with engine valves and review a specific example of a model that suffers from these problems....(more)

Serpentine Belt: Dos and Don'ts

Your car's serpentine belt is also called the drive belt, and it turns on a set of wheels and pulleys to operate a number of critical components. These include your alternator, which recharges your battery while you drive, and the water pump, which keeps coolant flowing through your engine to prevent overheating. The serpentine belt wears out eventually, usually beginning with small cracks, and it should be replaced before it fails completely. Your car's serpentine belt diagram is a map to help you replace the belt correctly....(more)

Diagnosing Camaro Transmission Problems

Dealing with car problems is an annoyance that you'll have to deal with from time to time. It can be especially frustrating when your Camaro has begun to show signs of transmission problems. You don't have to fret over these potential transmission problems though. The best thing to do is stay calm and try to diagnose the problems with your Camaro. You can take a look at the answers to common Camaro transmission problems below. The information should be useful to you in determining exactly what is wrong with your Camaro....(more)

Exhaust

The Job of the Muffler Hanger

Exhaust systems are an important feature in any car. They reduce noise and filter out carbon monoxide which keeps the drivers safe. However because they are attached to the bottom of the car, a hanger is necessary to keep them from falling onto the road. Muffler hangers, also known as exhaust hangers, come in all shapes and sizes, and are designed to minimize vibration and noise while keeping one's exhaust system intact. Installation of a muffler hanger is a simple job and one that can even be done at home should money be an issue at a repair shop....(more)

The Importance of the Auxiliary Air Valve on the Exhaust

If you care about the performance of your car then you will need to know that even something as little as the auxiliary air valve on the exhaust system can rob you of those essential few extra horsepower that make the car perform smoothly. So it is very important to check that the valve is working properly. The auxiliary air valve helps with the burning of the exhaust gases, and if the valve is not working, that could spell a ministry of transport (MOT) failure. So you will need to know how to search for the valve and how to quickly fix it in case it fails to perform as desired....(more)

Acura TL Cabin Filters

If you own a car model year 2000 or later, chances are that your car has a cabin air filter. First made popular in the European market in the 1980s, it has spread to the United States and is featured in about four out of every ten vehicles made. Few car owners are aware that they even have a cabin air filter in their car. This can cause problems if it is not replaced regularly. If you own an Acura TL, you have one of these filters. It's important to know what it does, when you need to replace it, and how to replace it, in order to make sure that your car runs efficiently and provides clean, breathable air to its passengers....(more)

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Mark Gittelman is an active Master Technician and graduated from the General Motors sponsored Automotive Service Educational Program in 1987. Since then Mark has held many positions in the retail automobile service industry, including class A line technician, service director, and service writer. Most of his career was spent working... Read More

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