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Why Is My Check Engine Light On?

Why Is My Check Engine Light On?

It might seem like the end of the world when your check engine light comes on, but it might not be as bad as you think. The light is just an indicator that a problem within your engine needs to be fixed. So whenever you notice the light on, contact our auto repair shop to have the problem properly diagnosed using the right computer equipment. At Open Road Automotive & Tire, you can trust us to pinpoint the problem and resolve the issue for you.     Here are the four most common reasons behind a lit-up check engine light: Faulty Catalytic Converter The catalytic converter helps minimize harmful emissions by converting carbon monoxide and other toxic chemical vapors into less harmful emissions. This part usually doesn't fail unless something else has previously broken, such as spark plugs or an airflow sensor. This domino effect is why you should get your car to an auto repair as soon as the light comes on to prevent the problem from escalating ... read more

When Should I Replace My Timing Belt?

When Should I Replace My Timing Belt?

A timing belt works like a bike chain, and its work is to keep the moving parts in the engine in sync. The belt also powers the injection pump, oil, and water pumps. It is made of a rubber belt with hard teeth that rotate gears when the engine is running. Note that it wears over time and may break. If it gets damaged, the engine components will be out of sync, and the vehicle might stop. When Should You Replace the Timing Belt? You should replace the timing belt at the intervals indicated by the manufacturer. This may vary from one car model to another. However, the recommended distance is usually between 60,000 and 10,000 miles. Additionally, you may replace the timing belt if you experience the following signs: Rough idling: This comes about when the belt loses grip due to missing teeth or the wearing of the entire device. It causes gears to slip out as they rotate. If broken teeth fall on the engine, it may form a jolt. Misfiring engine: When gears slip, the cy ... read more

Does Power Steering Fluid Need To Be Replaced?

Does Power Steering Fluid Need To Be Replaced?

Power steering fluid is the thing that turns your wheel without having to crank it so hard. It allows for better flexibility when making any kind of turn, from a sharp one to a simple lane change. It can make the most difficult task of parallel parking much easier for those living in urban areas. That said, having plenty of power steering fluid can make your car safe and simple to drive. Yet power steering fluid has a way of collecting contaminants over time. This results in the loss of your power steering and can make driving both difficult and unsafe to do. Having it flushed is best at preventing other problems with your vehicle down the road. The benefits of a power steering flush are many. It helps keep your steering smooth and safe for everyday driving. Your reaction time with your wheel will once again be a lot quicker than it might have been if you had kept using older power steering fluid. It also helps to maintain your power steering pump. The pump is how the fluid gets to ... read more

Women and Teens Basic Car Care Clinic

Women and Teens Basic Car Care Clinic Knowledge is power, and when you're getting your vehicle serviced, a little goes a long way. That's why we're happy to announce our Women and Teens Basic Car Care Clinic, where you'll learn things like: regular maintenance, how to talk to your technician like a pro and recognizing problems before it's too late, all in a relaxed, confidence-boosting environment. When: Tuesday Sept. 22, 2015 at 6:30pm Where: Open Road Auto & Tire Lobby RSVP: Open Road’s Facebook event or [email protected]

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