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What Does a Knocking Engine Mean for My Car?

What Does a Knocking Engine Mean for My Car?

Engine knocking is always a troubling sign for your engine. The knocking is a result of your car burning fuel unevenly. As a result, it leaves a considerable amount of unburnt gasoline left in the cylinder. Whenever you experience knocking, it's time for a systematic search of your engine's fuel systems.   1. Make sure you haven't filled your tank with low octane-rated gasoline recently. As some of us may know, the wrong fuel octane for your vehicle can lead to irregular combustion and knocking. Next time you refuel, fill your car with gas that has an octane rating at or higher than what's recommended by your car's manufacturer. You can also supplement the existing fuel with an octane booster to hold you over until you can make it to the gas station.   2. Buildup on valves and spark plugs can create problems. Carbon can build up a layer on these parts. Consequently, it reduces the available volume inside the cylinder, increasing pressure. Usually, fuel ... read more

The Interesting History of Windshield Wipers

The Interesting History of Windshield Wipers

Windshield wipers are a small part of your car, but they have a significant impact on your driving and overall safety. Most of us overlook the importance of our windshield wipers, but can you imagine a world without them? Before the 1900s, the consideration of including windshield wipers in moving vehicles was obsolete. However, the need for them was always present.    The creation of this essential device is a pretty interesting and (somewhat) sad story. In 1902, a woman named Mary Anderson experienced a revelation while riding on a snowy road right here in New York. Anderson noticed that her driver was having a hard time seeing; he continuously stopped the car to clean off the windshield. Naturally, doing this caused delay and was overall ineffective.    Once Anderson returned to her hometown of Birmingham, AL, she started working on sketches. Her invention was not called windshield wipers at the time, but instead, she called it a “window cleaning device ... read more

How Do I Know if I Have Air in My Brake Lines?

How Do I Know if I Have Air in My Brake Lines?

The brake system of a modern automobile is made up of plenty of elements consisting of the brake lines. The brake lines are comprised of a collection of the brake pedal, booster, hoses, and all other parts of the brake system. While the brake system in modern-day vehicles is made to be air-limited, it is possible for air to get in over time. If you've noticed that your brake is starting to soften, there is a possibility you have air in the brake line. When you notice this in your vehicles it's imperative to seek professional help to resolve it. Air in the brake lines can have a disadvantageous effect on the brake system's capacity to stop the car. How does air get in the brake line? Air in the brake lines is usually the result of a leakage in the brake line or during repair services on the brake system. When water vapor is absorbed into the brake fluid, the brake fluid slowly sinks lower in the system. As you drive your car the motion of the car will con ... read more

Road Trip Games To Keep Your Whole Family Entertained

Road Trip Games To Keep Your Whole Family Entertained

The Great Family Road Trip Experience Road trips have either been looked at with excitement or dread. Time to arm yourself with games that will keep it entertaining along the way to your destination. We all know games like I-Spy and 100 Bottles of Beer on the wall. Both are classics and still great fun. But why not change it up a little? Today most kids will be on their electronics anyway, so why not get connected? Certain apps will let the whole family in on a game. (Minus the pieces to lose.) So here's a list of games that are great for using electronics. ScrabbleFamily FeudConnect FourChess/Checkers But what if not everyone has something to play with or the batteries die you might ask? Well then, make sure you've got pen and paper handy for these classic games! Hangman - The person whose turn it is thinks of a person, place, o ... read more

Is That Waffle House or My Car? What To Do When Your Car Smells Like Syrup

Is That Waffle House or My Car? What To Do When Your Car Smells Like Syrup

Everyone loves waking up to the sweet smell of warm pancakes and maple syrup, but catching that aroma in your car is typically a bad sign. If your car smells like syrup, it most likely means that there's a coolant leak in your car. Coolant, also known as antifreeze, helps regulate the temperature of the engine system in your car. If your engine runs without a sufficient amount of coolant, it will quickly overheat and fail. The maple syrup scent will usually be faint at first. If you don't have breakfast leftovers in your vehicle, it's important that you immediately check the coolant level at the first whiff. This will help you understand the severity of your coolant leak. Although there are products that will temporarily help with a coolant leak, nothing will fix the leak except taking it into an auto repair shop as soon as possible. If you wait too long to repair a coolant leak, it will continue to get more damaging to your vehicle and more expensive to fix. There are m ... read more

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