Yearly Archives: 2022

When Should You Change Your Spark Plugs?

When Should You Change Your Spark Plugs?

Most drivers jump to the battery when they have problems. However, most people don’t realize that it could be other things like your spark plugs. Your spark plugs are responsible for making the spark necessary to start your engine. Over time, they can become old or worn.   So, how do you know when to replace your spark plugs? Read on to learn about the symptoms of failing spark plugs. Check engine light illuminated on the dashboard - This haunting yellow light can come on for many reasons, including bad spark plugs. When your spark plugs struggle to work, they will trigger your check engine light to come on.  Rough idling - If your car makes pinging, rattling, or knocking sounds when it idles, your spark plugs may be the culprit. Slow acceleration - If you notice that your vehicle isn’t as quick to respond when you hit the gas pedal, it may be due to aging spark plugs. When your car drives sluggish, it’s time to check on the engine and spark plugs. Poo ... read more

Types of Unusual Vehicle Smells

Types of Unusual Vehicle Smells

If you want to maintain your vehicle's best performance, you must pay close attention to the smell it emits. When your car emits an unusual odor, you should not disregard it because it may indicate a problem. Below is a list of strange car odors and their respective meanings. Rotten eggs The odor of rotten eggs is indicative of a problem with the catalytic converter. Hydrogen sulfide in the exhaust is transformed into sulfur dioxide by the catalytic converter. Therefore, when it is malfunctioning, hydrogen sulfide will not be transformed into hydrogen dioxide, resulting in the odor of rotting eggs. If the problem is not addressed immediately, it could lead to a catalytic meltdown and, as a result, cost you more in repairs. Burnt carpet Typically, the smell of burnt carpet suggests brake problems. Therefore, if it occurs under normal driving conditions, you should immediately have your brakes inspected. Sweet syrup If your vehicle emits a syrupy odor, the engine coolant might ... read more

Why Is My Car Veering Off to the Side?

Why Is My Car Veering Off to the Side?

Your automobile should naturally keep straight when you have your steering wheel straight. If you notice your car swerving off to the left or right, there could be a few potential problems. It could be anything relating to your tires, brakes, suspension, or a combination of many things that can cause your car to drift. Once you notice this symptom, please do not wait to go to River City Tire & Auto for an inspection. Read on to learn more about the potential causes.   WHEEL ALIGNMENT Incorrect wheel alignment is one of the most common culprits for vehicle drifting. The misalignment can occur over time due to poor tire maintenance and/or obstructions with potholes and other road obstacles. We recommend having your wheel alignment checked periodically to avoid major issues down the line.   TIRES Improper tire maintenance can certainly impact the stability of your drive. Uneven wear, low tire pressure, and a disregard for tire rotations can cause uneven tire wear. As a ... read more

Why Does My Car A/C Feel Warm?

Why Does My Car A/C Feel Warm?

In order to keep you cool inside your car on a hot day, your air conditioning system is there to do just that. Most of us take our car's A/C for granted until it breaks down on a scorching day. Getting heated air instead of cold air may be aggravating and downright unpleasant. Your air conditioner should be checked out if it's blowing heated air so that you can keep driving in comfort. There are a number of reasons why the A/C in your car may be malfunctioning. Here are the frequent explanations: Faulty compressor or condenser Warm air might be emitted from your car's A/C system if the condenser is clogged or faulty. Another possibility is that the compressor is defective. As time goes on, your compressor may begin to fail. Every month, regardless of the weather, you should turn on your A/C for around 10 to 15 minutes. This will help keep your compressor running at peak efficiency. Electrical Issues In order for a car's air conditioner to work effectively, it needs ... read more

4 Signs Your Serpentine Belt Is Failing

4 Signs Your Serpentine Belt Is Failing

The serpentine belt is a fundamental component of a car's engine as it connects various accessories. It winds around pulleys on the alternator, the water pump, AC compressor, and air pump. Over time, the belt may become defective and affect the engine's operations. Read on for some warning signs of a failing serpentine belt that needs a repair or replacement. Belt Wear and Tear The most obvious sign that shows the serpentine belt needs replacement is the wear and tear of the belt. Keep an eye on cracks, frays, and missing pieces on the tread that could cause belt slipping during operation. Some damages like missing tread pieces can be hard to diagnose without visually inspecting the vehicle. On the other hand, cracks can cause the belt to stretch and produce squealing sounds that indicate a replacement is necessary. Weird Noises Reiterating on squeals, strange sounds from the front of your car could indicate that the serpentine belt is failing. You can inspect the hood to ... read more

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