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Understanding the Coolant Temperature Warning Light

Understanding the Coolant Temperature Warning Light

The coolant temperature warning light, often represented by a thermometer or temperature gauge symbol, is an important indicator on your dashboard. It is designed to alert you when the engine's coolant temperature is too high and could potentially cause damage to your engine. The coolant, also known as antifreeze, is responsible for regulating the temperature of your engine. It flows through the engine's cooling system, absorbing heat and transferring it to the air outside of the car. If the coolant becomes too hot, your engine is at a high risk of overheating, which can lead to extensive engine damage. When the coolant temperature warning light comes on your vehicle's dashboard, it's important to take immediate action. Here are a few things you should proceed to do: Pull over and turn the engine off as soon as it is safe to do so. Check the coolant volume in the radiator and the tank. If the level is low, you may need to add more coolant. Check for any visible signs ... read more

Diesel & Gas Emissions Testing & Registration Renewal in Utah [2023]

Diesel & Gas Emissions Testing & Registration Renewal in Utah [2023]

Diesel & Gas Emission Testing & Registration Renewal in Utah [2023] This article has been updated to reflect accurate information. Back when this article was originally posted diesel emissions testing was not required, in this new article you will find information for diesel emissions testing.  It rolls around every year, just like a wedding anniversary. And just like a wedding anniversary, you can count on getting in trouble if you forget it. We’re talking about emission testing & registration renewal for your vehicle(s). At any given moment, there’s a heap of responsibilities on your plate, and like your son’s birthday or your daughter’s big game, let alone the day you said “I do” to the love of your life, jumping through hoops to get fresh tags on all your vehicles is an important event that just might slip your mind or get lost in the shuffle. We’re here to take some of the pressure off you as ... read more

How Do I Jump Start My Car?

How Do I Jump Start My Car?

How do I jump start my car? We’ve all experienced it, you jump in your car, turn the key and nothing happens. So what do we do next? Most people will call a tow truck and end up having to pay for towing to get their vehicle to a shop just to find out the battery was dead. Chances are the vehicle could have been jump started and driven to a shop (provided the charging system is working normally), and avoiding a towing bill. Jump starting a car can be an intimidating process but once you understand how to do it, its simple to remember. So lets discuss how to safely jump start a car with a dead battery. Safety First: There are some safety concerns that must be kept in mind not only for the vehicle that is being jump started, but also for you. After all were playing with electricity when jump starting a car and when done properly there is a low safety risk as long as these safety tips are followed. Always attach the positive (RED) cable to the po ... read more

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Popping or Hissing noise?

Popping or Hissing noise?

Popping or Hissing Noises From The Engine Compartment? Many things can contribute to popping and or hissing noises while your engine is running. The most likely cause of these kinds of noises are related to exhaust issues. Most commonly issues with the exhaust manifold where exhaust gasses exit the vehicle. Today were going to discuss what an exhaust manifold is and what it's job is on your vehicle! What is an exhaust manifold? There are many components that make up an exhaust system, but one of the most important parts of that system is the exhaust manifold. The manifold is designed to route the toxic gases that come from an engine and send them through the rest of the exhaust system for cleaning and safe release from the vehicle. Exhaust manifolds are made out of cast iron or stamped steel, the reason being is these materials handle extreme heat temperatures. Average exhaust temperatures range from 400 degrees Fahrenheit to 500 degrees Fah ... read more

Lack Of Engine Power? Strange Rattle From The Engine?

Lack Of Engine Power? Strange Rattle From The Engine?

Lack Of Engine Power? Strange Rattle From The Engine? There are several reasons a vehicle will lack power when trying to accelerate. Today however were going to talk about lifters and how they can contribute to a lack of power when they aren't working properly.There are some warning signs that can be indicators of a bad lifter such as a rattling or ticking noise, misfire condition, or a check engine light. The most common indicators of a bad lifter are abnormal noises coming from the engine compartment and or a check engine light. So what does a lifter do? Lifters work directly with what is called the camshaft. The camshaft is a long piece of metal with some raised up sections called lobes. As the camshaft rotates the lobes make contact with the lifter and pushes the lifter up or down depending on camshaft location. When a lifter is moving up and down the valves inside the cylinder head are opening and closing allowing air and fuel into ... read more

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