Yearly Archives: 2021

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

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

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