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Understanding the Importance of Auto Service: A Guide for Everyone

Auto service is critical, and without it, you can lose your car or put yourself in danger. Hi, my name is Pete, and after ignoring my brakes for too long, I was in an accident. I made it my goal to learn everything I could about the importance of car service. Regardless of how much or how little you know about cars, I hope that these blogs can help you. I plan to focus on a range of topics related to auto service and possibly some other ideas as well. This is my first blog, and I hope that you enjoy it. When I'm not writing, I work in a coffee shop during the day and part-time for a telemarketing company in the evenings. I enjoy cooking and spending time with my family.

Understanding the Importance of Auto Service: A Guide for Everyone

What's Wrong With the Engine Now?

by Alexandra Obrien

Many car owners have had the experience of being on the road when suddenly they have trouble accelerating, the engine stalls, or a dashboard light goes on. Fortunately, many problems with a car's engine are relatively minor, and you may simply need a new part or other quick fix; note a few of those problems here so you know what you might be facing by way of repair bills when your car's engine acts up.

Sputtering and stalling

Sometimes poor-quality gas can cause a car to sputter and stall; the gas may be watered down so your car's engine can't maintain combustion, and it sputters when you accelerate or stalls when you're idling. You might try running your car until the gas tank is less than a quarter full and then filling it with high-quality gas from a reputable petrol station, and note if that fixes the problem.

If not, the car might need a new oxygen sensor or what is called an oxygen intake boot. The oxygen sensor tells the car how much oxygen to send to the engine so it can be mixed with fuel and create combustion; if the sensor is malfunctioning, the car will get too much or not enough oxygen in the engine, and it sputters. The oxygen boot is a type of long tube that actually delivers oxygen to the engine; if there is a leak or tear in this boot or its connectors, the engine doesn't get enough oxygen and it stalls. The sensor and the boot are both relatively quick and easy replacements.

Running hot

It's good to keep an eye on the temperature gauge or warning light on your dashboard when you drive, and if your car's engine regularly overheats, you need to address this quickly. That heat puts added wear and tear on the engine and can cause it to seize up altogether. Check your car's coolant levels first; if they're very low, a mechanic can look for leaks in the radiator and radiator hoses. He or she can also test the thermostat and fan to the engine to ensure they're both working.

If these are not the problem, check the oil levels in your car. Oil not only lubricates the engine but also keeps it cool. If the oil levels are low, you need to check for an oil leak. The oil pan under the car may need a new gasket to keep it sealed, or the pan itself may be rusted and need replacing.

For more information on engine repair, contact a local mechanic.