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Oil Sludge - An Engine's Worst Nightmare

Oil Sludge - An Engine's Worst Nightmare

You have probably heard all the bad things surrounding oil sludge. But what exactly is it? Oil sludge is a dense, jelly substance that is formed when engine oil is oxidized and contaminated in a car. It is made up of contaminants and often sticks various engine parts, and inhibits oil flow.  How Does It Form? Oil sludge can be found anywhere: on the surface of the engine, inside the oil pan, or a valve cover. Because engine oil goes through high temperatures and pressure, it is susceptible to oxidizing when exposed to air. The molecules in motor oil break down during oxidation and can combine with dirt, fuel, metallic scraps, water, gases, and even coolant. This combination of gunk is sludge and stores heat instead of releasing it, making it more challenging for the cooling system to do its job.  Sludge can form for various reasons. The most common explanation for oil sludge is frequent drives in heavy traffic. Too many short-distance trips and long periods of stop-and-go ... read more

Understanding the Importance of 30/60/90K Maintenance

Understanding the Importance of 30/60/90K Maintenance

If you've ever purchased a vehicle from a dealership, chances are you've heard the phrase 30/60/90K maintenance. The manufacturer recommends this auto repair and maintenance routine to keep your car running at its best, usually every 30,000 miles (hence the intervals 30/60/90K). Most people feel this is just a ploy by the dealer to milk more money out of them. However, the maintenance schedule can be super advantageous for all parties. For instance, you can save money on more costly repairs down the road. The factory-recommended maintenance intends for you to perform maintenance on time and resolve any minor issues your car may encounter in its lifetime. Here are several reasons why it's critical to follow it: Your manufacturer warranty may depend on it. Some car producers won't honor the agreement if you ignore the maintenance schedule. It can save hundreds or thousands on expensive repairs. Replacing a timing belt at 90K miles, for example, costs a few hundred doll ... read more

What Can Cause Your Vehicle To Have a Poor Gas Mileage?

What Can Cause Your Vehicle To Have a Poor Gas Mileage?

After driving your automobile for a while, you will probably begin to approximate how much your full tank typically costs and how many miles a full gas tank will last you. However, there are specific car problems and personal habits that can change the frequency of your visits to the gas station. If you notice that your vehicle's fuel economy has significantly decreased, you may need to re-evaluate your vehicle's condition with our list below.   Lousy vehicle maintenance is one of the top reasons for poor fuel economy. The better care you take of your car, the better it will run and perform in the long run. You'll end up spending less money on gas and repairs when you invest in high-quality vehicle maintenance. A routine vehicle inspection here at Autoworks of Issaquah will keep your vehicle always running at its best.   Here are some of the most common explanations for why your vehicle has seen a reduction in fuel economy:  Mechanical Problems Incorrec ... read more

Driving Habits That Can Hurt Your Car

Driving Habits That Can Hurt Your Car

There's no such thing as the ideal driver because we've all been guilty of certain bad driving habits. While things like forgetting to use a turn on a signal can annoy other drivers on the road, some lousy driving practices can do some major damage to your vehicle. Let's break down five of the most common driving habits that can hurt your car and how you can avoid them.   SLAMMING INTO POTHOLES Some places may have more pothole problems than others, but the reality is that you can find potholes anywhere. These sneaky road gashes can cause more than a bumpy ride. When hit head-on, potholes can also damage your car's suspension, steering, and wheel alignment. In order to curb this problem, stay alert and drive defensively to help avoid potholes. In some cases slowing down can help by minimizing the impact and the potential damage.   SPEEDING OVER SPEED BUMPS Like hitting potholes at high speed, going over a speed bump too fast is another driving habit that ... read more

Why Is My Steering Wheel Hard to Turn?

Why Is My Steering Wheel Hard to Turn?

The steering system is a crucial part of your car because it enables you to control your vehicle. If your steering wheel becomes rigid or suddenly locks up, it can result in an accident. Many parts make up the power steering system, allowing it to turn with little resistance effectively. Even when a minor issue occurs within the system, it can jeopardize the whole system. It would be best if you got the problem diagnosed immediately to prevent unnecessary injuries. These are the most common reasons why your steering wheel has become hard to turn.   Bad Steering Rack The steering rack plays a crucial role in the power steering system. It's composed of the pinion and rack, and over time it can deteriorate from usage. If the steering wheel gets hard as soon as you turn on your car, the steering rack may be the root of the problem.   Faulty Serpentine Belt The serpentine belt is a long rubber belt that wraps around numerous car parts such as the power steering pump, alt ... read more

Shocks & Struts 101

Shocks & Struts 101

  Shocker! Your technician says your vehicle needs new shocks or struts. You’ve heard it before. What are these things, anyway? And do you absolutely need them?   What are Shocks & Struts? All vehicles come equipped with shocks, struts, or both. Shocks, or a shock absorber, do precisely what you’d think: they absorb unevenness or bumps in the road, allowing the vehicle to maneuver steadily. Struts, on the other hand, serve a similar purpose and are designed differently. Both are affixed to your vehicle’s suspension system and are an integral part of steering, handling and control, comfort, and safety.   What’s Their Purpose? Typically when people think of shocks and struts, they envision the vehicle’s movement and the comfortability of the ride. However, shocks and struts are crucial for your safety. When struts and shocks wear, it allows your wheels to spring back, making them less able to grip the road. Therefore, worn-out shock ... read more

When Do You Need a Brake Rotor Replacement?

When Do You Need a Brake Rotor Replacement?

Brake rotors are a vital component of your vehicle's braking system. When the brake pads wear down, they no longer work as effectively and need to be replaced. At this point, you may also want to have your brake rotor inspected for any signs of damage or corrosion. This is important because if there are any issues with the rotor, it will not perform well in stopping your car and could cause sudden and unexpected failure while driving. In our post today, we will discuss when you should replace your brake rotors so that you can avoid these kinds of problems. Brakes Pulsating The brakes should be silent and smooth as long as the rotors are less than a few thousandths of an inch out-of-round. Brake pedal pulsation is not always indicative that replacement to brake rotors may be needed, but it can still mean something isn't right with your car's braking system. Brakes Overheating Riding your brakes or braking downhill can easily warp the brake rotors due to overheating. In m ... read more

Benefits of Transmission Flush

Benefits of Transmission Flush

It is time to consider transmission flush if you are experiencing transmission troubles. While scheduling your regular auto repair, remember to ask your mechanic about transmission flush. Most car owners often overlook checking the transmission fluid, not knowing its importance in promoting seamless engine power transfer to the wheels. For the transmission system to work efficiently, you need a profound understanding of transmission flush. What is a Transmission Fluid Flush? The car transmission flush is a straight forward process that involves pumping out old transmission fluid while adding new fluid at a relatively equivalent rate. Professional mechanics typically own equipment with cooler lines for a transmission flush. Benefits of a Transmission Flush It is not surprising to know that most drivers know little about transmission flush. Below are the benefits of getting a transmission flush you should know. Here we go! Prevents Transmission Problems andCar Malfunctions often, t ... read more

How to Prolong the Life of Your Car

How to Prolong the Life of Your Car

Do you love your car and want to prolong its life? If so, you are in the right place. Proper maintenance is important for extending the life of your car. In fact, everything in life demands care and maintenance. If you neglect taking care of your vehicle, you can decrease its overall lifespan and will end up spending more money on repairs over the years. Tips To Prolong The Life of Your Car In order to prolong the life of your car, you should keep the following tips in mind: If you are taking your car out in the pollution, it would be wise to get it washed on a regular basis.   If you have kids or pets, it would be important to keep the interior of your car clean. It's possible to keep it clean by investing in a suitable portable vacuum cleaner for the vehicles.   Change the car oil on a regular basis. Your car service provider can suggest to you when the car is due for an oil change based on the kilometers.   If you have a garage or underground parking, it ... read more

What To Do When Your Check Engine Light Comes On

What To Do When Your Check Engine Light Comes On

My Check Engine Light Just Came On – Now What? If you've been a driver for many years, you must have at least experienced the check engine light shining on your dashboard at one time. This is a friendly light that's supposed to alert you that there's a problem with your vehicle. Your onboard computer is connected to many sensors to form a monitoring system. If any sensor detects an issue with your car, the lights will come on. It means the light may indicate a variety of problems. For example, the problem could be a misfiring engine or the gas cap may be loose. For this reason, it is a daunting task to deal with the check engine light. This is because it will be upon you to determine where the problem is. Acting as fast as possible will not only save you money and time but will also arrest the problem before it becomes bigger. If a motor vehicle problem is left unattended, the vehicle may eventually fail to function, and the repair costs will be un ... read more

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