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What To Do When You Encounter a Blinking Check Engine Light

What To Do When You Encounter a Blinking Check Engine Light

The check engine light is almost never anticipated by any driver, which makes it one of the most feared repairs. This yellow light is a telltale sign that something is very wrong, revolving your engine, and you can't diagnose it without the proper tools and knowledge. Check engine lights can mean a bunch of things, but don't worry, our expert team at Scruggs Automotive can pinpoint the exact source of the problem. All you have to do is bring your car in as soon as you see the yellow outline of the engine block on your dash.   One of the first things you should pick out about your check engine light is its behavior. In some situations, the engine light will light up but not flash or blink. The behavior of the light itself will indicate the urgency of the problem. A blinking or flashing check engine light should be cared for right away, without question. If you notice this type of behavior, you should immediately take your car to the closest repair shop. In all honesty, it ... read more

How to Handle Hydroplaning

How to Handle Hydroplaning

With the devastating flood resulting from Hurricane Ida rolling through New York, we thought it would be fitting to go over the topic of hydroplaning. Hydroplaning happens when a vehicle's tires start riding on a bed of standing water. When this happens, your car will lose traction as the tires spin on the water rather than making contact with the road. You can lose all control of the vehicle's steering, acceleration, and braking in severe cases. While hydroplaning can be a frightening conflict, there are several things you can do to stop hydroplaning from happening. Here are a few words of advice for preventing and correcting hydroplaning. Signs That You're Hydroplaning Small turns of the wheel have no effect in the direction of where you are going The engine may make sounds as RPM's increase because of the spinning wheels The steering wheel may start to vibrate as the wheels How to Prevent Hydroplaning There are several steps you should take to prevent or minimiz ... read more

FAQs on Speedometer Repairs

FAQs on Speedometer Repairs

Your car's speedometer is often overlooked, but it is one of your vehicle's most important safety and operational features. The speedometer is precisely what it sounds like: it is the part of your car that displays the speed at which your vehicle is traveling. When your speedometer starts to malfunction, you must have it serviced and repaired right away. Not only can an inaccurate speedometer reading put you at risk of being pulled over for a speeding ticket, but it can put you and other drivers in jeopardy.   How Do Speedometers Stop Working? The most common reason behind a faulty speedometer is electrical issues within the automobile. However, it could also be a wide range of other reasons:  Defective speed sensor Malfunction in the engine control unit (ECU) Electrical wiring or blown fuse  To properly diagnose a speedometer, your trusted technicians at Scruggs Automotive will use several methods. Our expert team will begin with checking the sensor and al ... read more

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

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