SALVAGE AND JUNK CAR OR TRUCK WANTED !! CASH FOR JUNK CARS AUSTIN, TEXAS 512-789-2177
EVERONE loves a good road trip. You’re cruising along the open road, singing along with Tom Petty, free as a monkey escaped from the zoo-- life is great until you glance down at your cluster and notice your temperature gauge. You knew in theory that little needle could move, but this is the first time you’ve SEEN it happen. . . and it’s climbing. Panic-stricken, you pull over. The potential of being stranded is making your free monkey feel like a lame bunny in a forest full of wolves. What’s wrong with my car?
The first step is to understand your cooling system. Cars are either liquid-cooled or air-cooled. Air-cooled is less common and generally older. You’re more than likely dealing with liquid-cooled. In a liquid-cooled system, a water pump circulates coolant through a thermostat that regulates the temperature of the coolant using a radiator to cool the coolant and hoses to carry coolant through the engine and heater core. Are you getting that coolant is a big deal? This is your first step. Pop the hood and look at your coolant reservoir. If it’s empty, fill it and check for leaks. DO NOT try to fill it while it’s hot and sure as heck don’t open the radiator cap when it’s hot. Still have coolant in there? What about fan? You need the engine running to check this. You don’t need to be a master tech; stick your hand in the open space and you should feel air moving.
Be careful when checking, this is a running engine after all. The fan is necessary for temperature in town, but on the highway, not as much. Imagine the wind whipping through your hair—it does the same in the engine and cools it some by default. If it’s not so breezy under the hood, the fan itself or may be bad, the radiator switch may not be telling the fan to switch on or the fan belt could be broken (keep in mind, newer cars may not have a fan belt). Fan’s okay? And you’re sure there’s no puddle of coolant under the car? Okay, keep going. You could have a clogged radiator or your thermostat could be stuck. A clog means coolant can’t move through the engine, hence it can’t cool the system. A sticking thermostat allows coolant to move through the engine without being cooled, which doesn’t do you any good blazing down the highway at 70 mph. You may need some help to identify the offending component at this point and it’s not going to fix itself at the roadside, so now it’s time to move. Be nice as you go, your car is not feeling well. Turn off your air conditioner and crank up your heat. This will be less than amusing on your summer road trip through the New Mexico desert, but remember your cabin heater hijacks heat from the engine and will take some pressure off your car while you move toward help. Make doubly sure you have coolant in the reservoir and try to keep moving, avoiding stop and go traffic. Use your head here. Watch your temperature gauge and pay attention to how your car feels. Obviously, steam or smoke is a sign that you need to get off the road and probably out of and away from the car. If you’re not able to drive and keep the temperature down, get off the road and call a tow. Nobody likes an $80 tow but it’s much more palatable than a cracked engine block, a blown head gasket, warped cylinders—you get the idea.
exhaust manifold gasket helps seal the union between the exhaust manifold and
the side of the engine’s cylinder head. A blown exhaust gasket often protrudes
from the gap between the exhaust manifold and the cylinder head.
Determining if an exhaust manifold gasket has
failed is easy to do. First; SIGHT: A blown exhaust gasket often protrudes from
the gap between the exhaust manifold and the cylinder head.
the area where the manifold and head meet, if the engine is a V-6 or V-8,
compare both sides. Look for
pieces of gasket that are protruding far more than the rest which will indicate
the point of failure other visual sign is sooty exhaust which will stain the
side of the cylinder head or manifold. SOUND: Exhaust gas and noise are
expelled from the engine at a high velocity, down through the exhaust manifold
and into exhaust pipes, where they pass through the catalytic converter and
muffler before exiting from the tail. The event your manifold gasket is blown,
the exhaust gas will escape at the seal between the manifold and cylinder head,
resulting in a loud bang or pop noise each time that cylinder fires. SCENT: if
strong exhaust odor is present in the engine area, inspect the exhaust gaskets
to see if one or more has failed and is now allowing the untreated exhaust
fumes to escape into the engine well. A cracked or broken exhaust manifold is most often caused by one of two
things. The first reason is heat cycles and/or age.
Over time, the manifolds
just can't take the heat anymore and cracks begin to form in them. The second
common reason for exhaust manifold failure is because of broken exhaust system
hangers. In your Yearly emissions
inspections, you will find that having a cracked exhaust manifold will instantly
get you a rejection sticker. That's because when you have a hole in the exhaust
system, it throws off the oxygen sensor readings, and will cause your vehicle
to run inefficiently. You could also lose a few miles per gallon. Replacing an
exhaust manifold will be a different procedure for each vehicle, so grabbing a
service manual is a great start
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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
Common signs of a failing transmission are gears slipping, the vehicle won't go in reverse or forward and it feels unsafe to drive or you start seeing transmission fluid leaking. When this happens, it is better to take it to a repair shop or call a transmission repair shop for an estimate to repair the vehicle. A transmission is a complex series of parts of your auto and repairs costs from $1800 to $3000 to repair or rebuild the transmission. If your car is over 10 years old, you have a serious decision to make about whether to repair the vehicle or determine the mechanical failure a major loss and not worth what the vehicle is worth. It's all up to you and your financial situation at the time. If you decide to sell your vehicle to a junk car buyer, please call us at 512-789-2177 and we'll give you a quick quote and as always, we offer free towing.
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.
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Write your post here.The pluses and minuses of adding mileage to your vehicle.
Employer Reimbursement for mileage
Current Mileage Rates according to the Internal Revenue Service:
Beginning on Jan. 1, 2014, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car (also vans, pickups or panel trucks) will be:
· 56 cents per mile for business miles driven
· 23.5 cents per mile driven for medical or moving purposes
· 14 cents per mile driven in service of charitable orginizations
Wear and tear on vehicle
Mileage decreases the value of a car. Even if the car is a newer year model the vehicle lessens quickly in value with high mileage. (The higher the mileage the more wear on the parts.)
Sometimes it's less cost prohibitive in the long run to rent a vehicle for long road trips vs. using your own car to avoid adding higher mileage to your car, which decreases the total value.
Regardless of whether the miles you add are highway or city, it still adds up to motor and parts usage.
-- In order to maintain a safe ride, vehicle owners must maintain their tires. There are several steps you can take to maintain your tires.
· Rotation and balance should be done every 6 months or 6,000 miles to ensure that the tires wear evenly.
- Check tire pressure regularly. Compare the measured psi to the psi found on the sticker inside the driver’s door of your vehicle or in owner’s manual. (Adjust air accordingly.
- Tread and puncture checks: Check your tires for wear and
damage by inspecting each tire for nails, minor wear, etc... Tread checks are easily done using a penny as a guide. Grab the penny and hold it with Abe Lincoln's head center and downward, place the penny in between the treads and if the penny goes below Abe's head, it's time to replace the tire.
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IF YOU HAVE A CAR THAT IS NOT RUNNING WITH FLAT TIRES WE HAVE THE PROFESSIONAL TOW TRUCKS CALLED ROLL BACKS THAT CAN PICKUP ANY VEHICLE AT 512-789-2177
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WHAT IS A VIN AND WHAT DOES IT MEAN?
A VIN number is a Vehicle Identification Number and each car truck or suv has a unique number. It is used to convey the code of the year, make, model, style and trim as well as country, city and state where the car was made. It even includes drive line, number of doors, engine and power displacement. This will give you more details and for the authories to keep track of a car be it lost or stolen. It is like a social security number for cars.
What's the purpose of a VIN #? Aside from knowing what kind of car it is, insurance companies use it to identify which car they are actually insuring and for the county and state to issue a title of ownership to the vehicle.
The State of Texas has a Vin checker on thier website to see if the car is stolen or not. The VIN is also used in CarFax reports as the history of an automoblie is conveyed by use of the Vehicle Identification Number.
To get a replacement title in Travis County one should go to the Regional DMV Office at 1001 East Parmer Austin TX and take their ID, the VIN and $5.45 in cash check or money order. Your VIN should be on your insurance papers or on the driverside dash board or on the inside of the driver door.