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What Can Cause Your Car to Smell Like Rotten Eggs?

What Can Cause Your Car to Smell Like Rotten Eggs?

The smell of rotten eggs can be pretty unpleasant. If you sense this smell in your car, you should immediately have your vehicle checked by a mechanic. The smell comes from small amounts of sulfur in your car's fuel. Typically, sulfur gets converted into odorless sulfur dioxide during the emission process. But, if you smell the sulfur, there is a chance that the combustion process did not happen as it should. Here are some of the reasons why your car smells like rotten eggs. Failing Catalytic Converter The catalytic converter's function is to convert harmful gases into less toxic gases. If the converter gets broken, gases such as sulfur get cast into the air before converting into odorless gases. This explains why your car smells like rotten eggs. A faulty catalytic converter should get replaced with a new one as soon as possible. Dirty Fuel Filter or a Faulty Fuel Pressure Sensor A faulty fuel pressure sensor can lead to clogging of the catalytic converter with oil. Too ... read more

What is the Difference Between Shocks and Struts?

What is the Difference Between Shocks and Struts?

The chances are good even if you are only vaguely familiar with vehicles that you have heard about shock absorbers or shocks and their function. Chances are also pretty good that you either have not heard about struts, have no idea what they do, or think that they are just another name for shocks. Shocks and struts are two very important pieces of equipment for your vehicle, however, and without them your ride would be much less comfortable and even dangerous. Here is the difference between shocks and struts. Shocks Shocks absorb road shock. They function exactly as their name implies. Shocks are not part of the vehicle's suspension and you could drive with bad shocks and even no shocks at all. Your ride would just be really bumpy and possibly dangerous if you lost control of your vehicle. Another function of shocks is on vehicles that use an upper and lower control arm to position the suspension or have a rear solid axle. The shocks in this case absorb road bumps, improve the ... read more

What are the Symptoms of a Bad Catalytic Converter?

What are the Symptoms of a Bad Catalytic Converter?

What is a catalytic converter? A catalytic converter employs a catalyst to convert poisonous chemicals produced by your car's engine to harmless gasses, thereby counteracting the contribution to air pollution. That said, converters can clog up and become problematic. Here you will find the symptoms that will lead you to diagnose a catalytic converter issue. Why do catalytic converters cause problems? Exhaust gases may form a build-up or residue within the converter that may become so extensive that the converter gets all clogged up and unable to function. If this is the case, your vehicle will be releasing toxic particles into the atmosphere. Above and beyond the damage done to the environment, the build-up of these gases can damage your car's engine and lead to further costs. What are the symptoms? Use your senses. Look for dark, thick smoke coming from your car's exhaust. Dark smoke may indicate that gases are building up within the converter and are expelled in a hi ... read more

How to Dispose of Vehicle Fluids Safely and Sustainably

How to Dispose of Vehicle Fluids Safely and Sustainably

When you buy a vehicle, that means you have to care for it, and perhaps you are handy and are able to do some of the regular work yourself, such as a standard oil change. While that's great, you also need to know how to dispose of vehicle fluids in a safe and sustainable manner. Some of the practices are on the common sense side while others are things only mechanics might know. Every vehicle will need oil and filter changes so one of the fluids that are most often necessary to dispose of is the old oil itself. Engine oil recycling is something that is easier to do now than ever before. It's important to get a container to hold the old oil so it can be caught and sealed off tightly. You can then take it in for recycling after you change the oil. The catch containers are available through most auto parts stores. It is also nice to have a drip tray on hand to catch any of the oil that misses the container. It won't seep into the ground that way, but rather, will be cau ... read more

Does Jumpstarting a Car Really Work Longterm?

Does Jumpstarting a Car Really Work Longterm?

Before answering the question of whether jump-starting a car is sustainable, let's jog our memories about the events at the SEMA Show that takes place annually in Las Vegas, particularly the 2019 event. Most of the cars were being prepared for display some days before the day of the show. The cars that could start up were always put on and off. Trunks, hoods, and doors weren't closed, and the batteries eventually became discharged completely. Some cars made it to the shows with charged (or partially charged) batteries, but after sitting idle for weeks on display, the batteries got drained completely. The owners of these cars had to walk to battery dealers around, asking if they could get jumper cables, chargers, or even new batteries. Well, the jumper cables were to be the last resort if everything else failed. There's no problem with borrowing batteries or buying new ones, the problem is with the jumper cables. The jumper cables, also known as jump boxes, are great too ... read more

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