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The combustion process of gasoline is never perfect and some small amounts of harmful emissions are produced in car engines. Catalytic converters are designed to reduce carbon monoxide which is a poisonous gas that is colorless and odorless, hydrocarbons or volatile organic compounds are a major component of smog, and nitrogen oxides which are a contributor to smog and acid rain and also an irritant to people.
Most cars are equipped to reduce all three of the regulated emissions through three stages. The first stage uses a reduction catalyst and it uses platinum and rhodium to rip the nitrogen atom out of the NO or NO2 molecule when it contacts the catalyst and holds on to it, freeing the oxygen in the form of O2. The nitrogen atoms bond with other nitrogen atoms that are also stuck to the catalyst, forming N2.
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The heating system in your vehicle is designed to keep you warm; the engine cooling system of the vehicle is directly
linked to the heating system. If your heating system is not working properly it is important to have it checked out, because your engine cooling system may not be working properly either and an overheated engine can result in engine damage. There are a few basic components in the heating system; blower motor, heater hoses, heater core, heater control valve, and the HVACs control panel. The cooling system components that interact with the heating system are the coolant, thermostat, radiator, and water pump.
The heating system works off of the same coolant that circulates throughout your engine. It is circulated from the radiator through a series of hoses and the heater valve into the heater core. A fan then blows the hot air into the compartment. The heater core, which is located in the dashboard of your car, is really a small radiator. The heater fan blows air through the heater core and into the passenger compartment of your car. The heater core draws its hot coolant from the cylinder head and returns it to the pump -- so the heater works regardless of whether the thermostat is open or closed. Like your engines cooling system radiator, the heater core can suffer some of the same issues. If the heater core becomes clogged with rust or sludge, you will no longer have heat. Also leaks can cause a cabin full of white steam and really mess up your windows. If you smell the sweet aroma of coolant when your heater is on, chances are, you have a small leak in the heater core.
Often times the heater core is buried under the dashboard, and replacing it, is a major job. Many aspects of the heater system can malfunction which require repair. An air cabin filter is used to clean impurities from the air before it enters the ventilation system, when this filter becomes plugged it can slow the airflow in which case the filter needs replacement. An engine coolant leak can develop which hinders the performance of the heater system; these leaks must be repaired before proper heater operation will return. Heater system controls are adjusted by one of two ways, either a manual system is used which is adjusted by the driver, or a climate control computer.
Why Are Oil Changes Important?
Oil is like the blood of life for
your car. It keeps many parts of the engine working properly. It also helps
reduce the accumulation of varnish and carbons collecting on the engine. As you
might already know, the engine gets extremely hot from thousands of tiny
explosions that take place every minute. Oil helps to pull the heat away from
the combustion chamber, ultimately preventing the engine from blowing up. As
the oil collects heat, varnish and carbons build up and over time it becomes
more like sludge and less and less like liquid.
It doesn’t matter how good the
oil is, top brand or not. Over time, the oil degrades as the additives get
used. When this starts to happen is when it’s time for an oil change. You might
be asking yourself, “How often and what kind of oil do I need?” This all will
depend on the year, make and model of the vehicle, what kind of oil is used and
how often or far you drive. Your owner’s manual would be a good point of
reference. Typically, the suggested oil change time is either every 3 months or
3,000 miles, whichever comes first. The mileage is more important than the
amount of months elapsed. It’s very important to keep an eye on your odometer
to determine if it’s time for an oil change. If you’re a person who commutes a
lot or likes to take mini road trips, it’s safe to say that you’re going to
reach the recommended mileage (3,000) way before the 3 month mark.
Extreme weather can and will affect your oil
as well as towing. Left ignored, like I mentioned earlier, the engine can blow
up becoming more costly and time consuming. In some cases, the car all together
will have to be replaced. So when you put a price on it, a $30 oil change every
3,000 miles is worth it as opposed to spending thousands of dollars on a new
engine or a new car.
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IF YOUR CAR IS DIAGNOSED WITH A BAD FREEZE PLUG HERE IS SOME INFORMATION ON THE SUBJECT.
What is a Freeze Plug?
A freeze plug or expansion plug is located in the
side of an engine block that is supposed to protect the block against damage due to freeze. Frozen water inside the
engine block can expand and crack the block which will completely ruin the
motor. Freeze plugs will supposedly prevent this by popping out. However it
does not work all of the time.
The Problem with
Freeze plugs are made out of very
thin metal and they rust. Running a 50/50 mix of antifreeze will help prevent
this problem. However, most people don’t do this. The freeze plug rusts from
the inside out causing a cooling system leak.
Signs of a Bad Freeze Plug:
Most common symptom of a bad freeze
plug is that your car will leak coolant. They are fairly easy to get to and
some are more difficult. It just depends on the type of car. Coolant or water
will either leak down the side of the engine or between the engine and
ERROR CODES ON YOUR CAR TIPS.
Two Common ERROR CODES for Cars & Trucks
02 sensor = Emissions Issue - An 02 sensor is an oxygen sensor that monitors how much oxygen is in the exhaust stream. The sensor informs the engine computer to adjust the air-to-fuel ratio, thus keeping the catalytic converter running in an efficient manner.
Cat: catalytic Converter = Emissions Issue - Catalytic Converters came about in the 1975 era and are utilized to reduce the type of emissions cars produce from toxic fumes to 98% non-toxic fumes. (Some vehicles require a dual converter system vs. single and can be costly to repair.
Spring Cleaning for Vehicle Owners
Time to do some Spring cleaning on your vehicle. I recommend
detailing your vehicle and cleaning carpets once a Season to make sure
they retain their original color and to remove stains that build up.
If you're like me, you're too busy to deal with shampooing carpets.
Car Washes, Dealerships and Oil Change places offer deals on detail
cleaning. I look out for deals on Groupon and other money saving
websites to save some bucks.
Don't forget to have your fluids, tire pressure and belts checked for
the warmer weather that is sure to come our way. Enjoy your first day of Spring!
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Summertime Vehicle Preparation
There are several things you can do to improve the performance and safety of your vehicle. Spring rain and the summer heat can wreak havoc on a vehicle if you aren't properly prepared.
Windshield Wipers and Fluids:
It's always a good idea to check windshield wipers year round.
Moisture and dust can prevent blades from operating when needed. Make sure to check for worn rubber on the wiper blades and wash your vehicle regularly to prevent dusty buildup. Also, check the washer fluid reservoir to ensure there is plenty of fluid. (Bugs, dust and other build up on the windshield can pose a safety hazard as they block your view.)
Oil and Oil Filter:
Check your vehicle manual and ask your mechanic how often you should change your oil and oil filter and what type of oil to use for your vehicle. In order for your vehicle to perform optimally based upon your vehicle use, check with your mechanic to find out ways to enhance your vehicle performance. Summertime heat usually means less rain and increased dusts in the air. Keep your filter from clogging by checkingit regularly.
Have your mechanic check the level, condition and concentration of your coolant fluids to prevent vehicle overheating. Belts, hoses and clamps should also be checked to ensure there is no damage preventing the coolant system from working properly.
Other Important Vehicle Components:
Air and fuel filter
Brake fluid/brake pads and shoes
Power steering fluid
Tires - Check tread and sidewalls for any nicks, nails or unusual wear.
Air condition system
Battery (clean terminals)
These are just some of the things you can do to optimize your vehicles running condition in the summertime. Professional car-care centers will have a checklist that you and your mechanic can use as a guide.
These will help your Austin, Round Rock, car or truck in best running order so that you will not have to call our tow truck and buying service sooner than you need to. If your car does fail call THE JUNK CAR BUYER FOR PRICES AT 512-789-2177