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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

Ways to Properly Sanitize Your Vehicle

Ways to Properly Sanitize Your Vehicle

The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly disrupted daily life across the world. Safety is now a key factor in the fight against this virus. You may wash your hands, wear a mask, sanitize but don't forget your car. It is equally a point of contact to the pandemic. With lockdowns, people travel much less, but still, the risk of exposure through your car shouldn't be ignored. On some surfaces, COVID-19 can survive for about three days, and your vehicle has a high chance of holding the virus. The CDC has set some recommendations for sanitizing surfaces such as your car to prevent contamination. Droplets from an infected person can land on surfaces, and a person may touch and get infected. Sanitizing your car should be done appropriately for effectiveness. This is how you can safely disinfect your vehicle. Protect yourself with the right tools When disinfecting your car, make sure you are wearing the appropriate protective gear. CDC recommends wearing disposabl ... read more

Tips to Make the Tires Last Longer

Tips to Make the Tires Last Longer

There's nothing more frustrating than having to spend your hard-earned money on a new set of tires? If you aren't a tire enthusiast, you may want to extend your tires' lifespan for as long as possible. Responsible driving means consistent tire maintenance. We understand that you're busy, but some tasks may only take a few minutes of your time. If you want to increase your tire's life while also drastically improving your ride, below are a few helpful tips to make your tires more efficient.  Regularly check your tire air pressure. Maintaining the correct tire pressure is pretty simple. The recommended tire pressure is located on the inside of the driver side door jam. If you don't own a tire pressure gauge, there are usually some available at the gas station. It's essential to check your tire pressure because you can lose about a pound per square inch of pressure monthly. During the winter, the tire pressure can be lower. Dur ... read more