Car Exhaust System Problems: 4 Signs Drivers Should Look Out For

Posted by on Nov 20, 2015 in Uncategorized Comments Off on Car Exhaust System Problems: 4 Signs Drivers Should Look Out For

Here are 4 clear signs showing you’ll need to take your car to the auto mechanic to do exhaust system repairs: Muffling sound The first and perhaps the most common thing that you’ll notice when your car is experiencing exhaust system trouble is unusual rumbling sound coming from the system when you are driving the car. The sound is almost similar to that produced when you place some stones in a metallic container and start twirling it around. The reason for this problem may be leaks in the exhaust system. The exhaust manifold and any other part along the exhaust system where there are joints are likely hot spot areas that will need to be inspected to detect leakage.  Vibrations Feelings of unusual vibrations every time you turn the steering wheel or press on the gas pedal are probable indicators of exhaust leakage. If the leakage is big enough, you might even feel the entire car tremor. As such, vibrations are a serious safety concern as well as a car condition issue, as they can affect your ability to control the car well. The presence of leakage in the exhaust system will not only result in vibrations, but it can also cause severe damage to your car’s engine. Diminishing fuel efficiency Is your car guzzling fuel at a faster rate than it used to before? Well, chances are high you may be facing exhaust system glitches. Similar to car vibrations, increased fuel use is a sign something is wrong with your car exhaust system. Declining fuel efficiency causes the engine to run harder due to fumes not being moved away as they should. Rattling noises Rattling noises emanating from beneath your car may indicate that the exhaust pipe has become detached from the car. Hangers and brackets are often used to hold the exhaust system in position. If these components rust or get corroded over time, they may make the exhaust pipe to become loose and get dragged along the road and can sometimes even fall off completely, imposing extra stress on the exhaust casing, thus culminating in premature exhaust failure. Nonetheless, it is in very few circumstances that the exhaust pipe will become so damaged that it becomes loose and begins dragging on the road. As regards car exhaust systems, it is wiser to fix any problem without delay, as your safety and other road users depends on it. Ensuring exhaust system repairs are done as soon as possible can also prevent potential problems with other car systems and components.  More importantly, you should use a professional auto mechanic, such as those at F J Muffler Centre, every time you’re facing car exhaust system...

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DIY Tips for Troubleshooting Engine Problems

Posted by on Nov 2, 2015 in Uncategorized Comments Off on DIY Tips for Troubleshooting Engine Problems

The three main components that are needed for your engine to work are fuel, fire, and air. The combustion engine must have fuel so that the engine can fire up. Spark plugs generate sparks via a magnet located on the flywheel and this is what constitutes the fire part of the components, while air is what allows the combustion to take place in the first place. If you are experiencing engine trouble, it is best to have a mechanic professionally analyse it. However, there a few ways to troubleshoot engine problems on your own before seeking professional auto mechanic services. Inspect the fuel supply Do this by pulling the fuel line that leads into the engine’s carburettor. Loosen the spring clamp that is on it by using a pair of pliers. Crimp the ends together and move it away from the connection at the carburettor. Examine how the fuel flows. It should be flowing freely, and if it is not, then you will have to examine the hose to ensure that there is no blockage. You should also smell the gasoline. The fuel should smell crisp as well as fresh. If it smells stale then you should replace it. Put back the fuel hose then try to start the engine. If it does not start, then your engine may require a professional mechanic to have a look at it. Inspect the fire component To inspect the fire component, remove the spark plug and locate a wire that is coated with rubber. This wire attaches the spark plug to the ignition of the engine. Untie the wire. Check the metal part of the sparkplug. If the curved tip is covered in soot and smells like fuel, then the engine had become flooded with fuel. You will have to replace that spark plug with a new one. Before you do that though, you can test the spark plug for a spark. Put the curved part in contact with the metal part of the engine and proceed to pull the cord that starts up the engine. Ensure that you are holding it with the pliers. If it does not emit a spark, a professional auto mechanic will have to replace the condenser. Inspect the airways To troubleshoot for air, remove the filter that hides the carburettor. A foam filter will need to be cleaned with hot, soapy water. Ensure that it is completely dry before replacing it. Clean off any debris that might have collected on the top of the carburettor but take pains not to let any particles go down the intake tube. Replace the air filter and start up the engine. If it still does not rev, then enlist the services of an auto...

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How to Restore Your Car’s Headlights

Posted by on Sep 17, 2015 in Uncategorized Comments Off on How to Restore Your Car’s Headlights

The headlights of cars fog up over time and they no longer illuminate the road as brightly as they used to. This can make you to strain your eyes as you drive at night. Follow the steps below to make those headlights as clean as they were when you had just bought that car. Step 1: Buy a Restoration Kit Visit an auto shop and find out what headlight restoration products they have and buy the one that your auto mechanic recommends as the best. You can also buy this product online. Read the user instructions carefully before you get to work. Step 2: Clean the Headlights Use any glass-cleaning product you have to clean off any surface dirt that is on the headlights. Leave them to dry, then tape-off the painted parts of the car that touch the headlights. This will save the painted parts from being damaged as you sand the headlights. Step 3: Sand the Headlights Use a spray bottle to make the headlights wet then get the sand paper that has the lowest number from the restoration kit. For instance, the headlight restoration kit may have sand paper numbered “1” and “2”. Use number “1” first. Sand the headlights for as long as recommended by the maker of the restoration kit, then switch to the higher number (with the finer grit) until you have used all the higher numbers of sand paper. Step 4: Apply the Polishing Solution Provided Dry the headlights with a cloth (or what is provided in the restoration kit), then apply the recommended amount of the polishing paste or liquid onto the headlights. Rub or buff the polishing substance into the headlights as advised until you see a marked improvement in their appearance. Dry the headlights with a soft cloth then move to the next step. Step 5: Apply the Sealer Protector Use a pad or towel to put a small amount (or the amount recommended in the user instructions) of the sealer protector in your restoration kit onto the headlights. Gently rub that protectant onto the headlights and leave the car for an hour or so until the protectant dries or sets. This will protect the headlights from being fogged very quickly again. Step 6: Remove the Tape The final step of your restoration job is to remove the tape that you had used to shield the painted parts near the headlights from the sand paper. You can now test the headlights to see how much brighter they have become. This procedure can be used for any other lights you have on your car so feel free to use it on those other lights too. If you do not feel up to the job then ask your auto mechanic, such as those at Treg Smiths Auto’s Pty Ltd, to restore your lights for...

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