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What is an OBD (On-Board Diagnostics) Scanner?

What is an OBD (On-Board Diagnostics) Scanner?

With the latest advancements in technology, most vehicles are now automated. Automation now enables mechanics and other auto repair experts to monitor and analyze repairs. The system allows for self-diagnosis and reporting, for a more efficient repair process. The OBD system cannot be helpful unless there is a device that interfaces the system. The OBD scanner is a tool that reads the codes generated by the system using inbuilt testing equipment. The playback feature of the scanner will display the troubleshoot problems for the expert. The scanner tool also clears error codes. The OBD scanner will show you two types of information. Diagnostics, which is the readout error memory and the real-time data. The report will indicate whether the car has a fault embedded in the codes important to the critical system of the vehicle. The vital systems, in this case, include the ABS, airbags, and transmission systems. So how does the scanner work? The first thing to note is that not all error c ... read more

What Are the Signs of a Failing Transmission?

What Are the Signs of a Failing Transmission?

The transmission is an integral component within your vehicle that has the critical task of moving power from the engine to the wheels. Without the transmission, your vehicle would not be able to go anywhere! Since this part plays a tremendous role in the operation of your car, there's no doubt that it needs regular care and attention. Without transmission maintenance, you'll be at the sight of a failing transmission a lot sooner than you think.   Here are some of the symptoms that can suggest a declining transmission:  Buzzing or humming sounds coming from under the hood Rough gear shifts Slipping gears Rough idling Burning smell  Check engine light on the dashboard As soon as you catch any of the signs mentioned above, please get your car to a trusted auto repair shop as soon as possible. The longer you wait, the more your safety is at risk, and the more likely your transmission damages will spread. Transmission repairs are some of the most costly serv ... read more

What Does My Exhaust Smoke Mean?

What Does My Exhaust Smoke Mean?

Typically, when you see exhaust spewing out of your car's tailpipe, you should investigate it. It can sometimes signal problems and sometimes be completely harmless. The color of the vapors itself can be very telling of the inner workings of your engine. So if you see white, blue, or black smoke coming out of your tailpipe, read on to find out what they mean. White smoke - If your exhaust smoke is light and almost translucent, it is probably just condensation. However, excessive white smoke may be more concerning. It typically suggests that the engine is burning an excessive amount of coolant. In other words, you most likely have a coolant leak that has escaped into the pistons. To mitigate the risks of engine overheating, please bring your car to a trusted auto repair shop for an inspection right away.  Blue smoke - On the other hand, blue smoke typically points to an oil leak due to worn valves, O-rings, or gaskets. The engine may be burning the motor oil with the fuel and ... read more

What Is a Tire Alignment?

What Is a Tire Alignment?

A tire alignment (or wheel alignment) is the process of aligning a vehicle's wheels and axles so that they can move in the same direction. Typically, it is done by reconfiguring the suspension system and adjusting the wheels. Unlike some other maintenance items you can do yourself, a wheel alignment requires a high level of expertise from a professional mechanic and an alignment machine.    Signs You Need A Tire Alignment Besides having your alignment checked at each maintenance appointment, you should also look for particular signs indicating that your wheels' angles need to be modified. They include: Pulling left or right: If your vehicle veers sharply in one direction when driving straight, it may be because its tires are under-inflated or are misaligned. Steering wheel vibration: Steering wheel pulsations may result from misaligned wheels. Most of the time, it happens as a result of your tires pulling in opposite directions. Off-centered steering wheel: It ... read more

What Is Oil Sludge and How Does It Hurt My Car?

What Is Oil Sludge and How Does It Hurt My Car?

You probably have heard about oil sludge but are not sure what it is. Oil sludge is a mechanical condition in the engine which results from oxidation or contaminated engine oil that occurs when moisture or high heat is introduced to the engine oil. The engine oil thickens into a gel that sticks the engine parts and blocks or hampers oil flow through the engine. Since the oil is responsible for lubricating and cooling the engine, increased friction and reduced oil circulation can harm your car, as discussed in the following sections: Blocks the engine's lubrication system The lubrication system distributes oil to the engine's moving parts to prevent frictions, resulting in wear out of these parts. Oil sludge will block the lubrication systems making oil distribution a challenge, exposing the engine to friction and wear out, reducing the engine lifespan. Reduce the lifespan of your engine When oil sludge is present, oil is not properly lubri ... read more