Yearly Archives: 2022

How to Tell If You Need New Brake Pads

How to Tell If You Need New Brake Pads

Have you driven and had to stop or slow down? When you go to press on your brake pedals, you hear a loud screech. Could this mean your brake pads are done for? Do you need to replace them? Read on to learn more about brake pads and how to tell whether it is time to replace them.   Brake pads are an important part of your braking system. They apply the necessary pressure and friction to a vehicle's brake rotors to slow and stop your vehicle’s wheels. A typical car, SUV, or truck has two pads on each wheel. Like your tires, the front brake pads usually wear down quicker than the pads on the rear wheels. However, it is best to replace all of them at once.    Brake pads should be replaced every 50,000 miles, give or take. It ultimately depends on your driving habits, the quality of the brake pads installed, the make, model, and age of your car, and how much wear is left on your pads. Your vehicle handbook has all the information you need to know about your brak ... read more

Common Auto Repairs Done in the Summer

Common Auto Repairs Done in the Summer

For many people, their car gets a lot more mileage during the summer than any other season. Many of you will be taking road trips to the beach or visiting family. And other times, you'll be making the commute back to work. The miles can quickly add up on your car, which is why we recommend scheduling a maintenance check at Protech Automotive Services at the start of the summer.  We can help you prevent any unnecessary repairs or unexpected breakdowns during the summer. Here are some common problems that drivers experience during this time of year: Overheating Engine When the sun is beaming on your car, it has to work even harder to keep the engine cool and everything under the hood cool. Sometimes, it may be too challenging to keep up, which is why engines overheat rather quickly. Typically, the repairs for an overheating engine are new coolant or a thermostat replacement. Engines that frequently overheat may require more severe and extensive repairs. Air Conditioner Repai ... read more

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

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