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4 Things to Look For When Inspecting Your Engine Oil

4 Things to Look For When Inspecting Your Engine Oil

Whether you know much about cars or not, it is effortless to check your engine oil using the dipstick found under the hood. If you have issues finding the dipstick, please refer to your owner's manual for further instructions. It is highly recommended that you take several minutes every month or so to monitor your engine oil. Doing so can give you better insight into your engine's health. Here are the four things you should look for when examining your engine oil:   LEVEL The first thing to make a note of is the oil level. The dipstick has markings on it to show you the ideal level range for your car. If it is below the markings, then you must add oil to it immediately. Whatever the situation, a low oil level is worth getting looked at by an auto pro.   COLOR New oil will usually be a light brown/golden color. If your engine oil looks too dark, discolored, or contaminated in any way, then it's probably time for an oil change. If it looks milky, then you may ... read more

What Should I Do If My Check Engine Light is Flashing?

What Should I Do If My Check Engine Light is Flashing?

The check engine light is the most fearful thing to come across in your car. This light is a telling sign that something is very wrong with your engine, and the truth is the average person can not simply diagnose it. Check engine lights could mean a handful of things, but don't worry, we can figure it out for you at Central Import. Your only task is to determine whether the light is steady or flashing because that ultimately dictates the severity of the problem.    Flashing vs. Non-Flashing Check Engine Light In some cases, the engine light will light up but not blink. That means there is a persisting issue with the endine; however, it does not require immediate attention. Nevertheless, do not take the situation "light"ly (no pun intended). It is highly frowned upon to ignore the light, as the problem could escalate quickly. The next thing you know - it will turn into a flashing light.   A blinking check engine light is a cause for concern. If you catc ... read more

Top Reasons Why European Cars Are Superior

Top Reasons Why European Cars Are Superior

Are you ready to say goodbye to your old car and welcome a newer car into your life? When you start to contemplate buying a new vehicle, there are some questions that you might ask yourself. Of course, one of the first things you want to consider is what brand of car you want. Should you look for an American or European car brand? While American brands are great and can be cheaper, several factors prove European vehicles are a better option.   Better Fuel Efficiency American cars sure don't offer as high of a fuel economy as European vehicles. This is because European cars are built with Euro gas prices in mind, which are considerably more expensive than North American gasoline costs.    Higher Resale Value Did you know that American makes lose more resale value each year than European branded cars? While you might be putting out more money upfront for a Euro car, you get a higher return when you go to resell or trade it in. Your European car's value will b ... read more

3 Problems With Your Transmission You Can't Ignore

3 Problems With Your Transmission You Can't Ignore

The transmission system is one of the critical components of your car's engine. The engine uses it to power the wheels, and this keeps the vehicle moving. When the transmission starts experiencing problems, you are in serious trouble. However, given that repairing it is quite expensive, most people ignore it as long as the vehicle is moving. Unfortunately, the problem only gets worse with time. This is the case even when the problem seems to have gone away. If you continue ignoring the problem, you may need to replace the entire system. Here are three problems with the system that you cannot afford to ignore. Slipping Gears Slipping gears is a case where the car seems to shift gears on its own, with no apparent reason. This may be accompanied by a sudden change in pitch or sudden whining. You may also discover that the car is not picking up speed when accelerating or is struggling to climb a hill, despite not having a heavy load. Another sign is a spike in the RPM, especially if ... read more

What are the Signs of Bad Fuel Injectors?

What are the Signs of Bad Fuel Injectors?

Fuel injectors are important to car owners since they enable cars to use fuel efficiently. An injector acts as a spray nozzle, breaking up the fuel into a fine spray. Apart from increasing car engine lifespans, fuel injectors enable throttle response increases, thus providing the appropriate power necessary to trigger the required revolutions per minute. Restoring a damaged or clogged fuel injector may be costly to the car owner. To avoid incurring such expenses, car owners should get some insights on indicators of a defective fuel injector and seek assistance from a proficient automotive technician. Engine Stalls or Rough Idle Having your engine stall can leave you stranded in the middle of the road nowhere or in tight traffic. Also, your car may lose the power to trigger brakes and the steering wheel, limiting your ability to move the vehicle. In 2019, over 86,000 Jeep Cherokee SUVs were recalled due to faulty software that caused the vehicles to stall wh ... read more

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