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What Are Drivability Diagnostics?

What Are Drivability Diagnostics?

    Ever wondered what to do when your car starts acting up, making weird noises, or just not driving like it used to? Well, the usual move is to head to the mechanic, right? But what if, even after the mechanic's thorough check, the problem isn't clear? That's where drivability diagnostics steps in. Let's break down what drivability diagnostics really are and how they come to the rescue. Drivability diagnostics is basically a fancy term for a process that figures out what's going wonky with your car's performance. Picture this: there are special tools involved, kind of like the car doctor's toolkit, used to figure out problems in key areas like the engine, transmission, and fuel system.     Now, t ... read more

What Is An EVAP Test For Your Car?

What Is An EVAP Test For Your Car?

    An EVAP test is like a checkup for your car to make sure it's not letting out bad stuff into the air. Understanding what it is and how it works is important.  What's the EVAP System?  EVAP stands for Evaporative Emissions Control System. This keeps gas fumes from escaping your car's gas tank. During an EVAP test, a mechanic looks for any holes or leaks in this system.  How Does the EVAP Test Work?  The mechanic first makes sure your gas cap is on tight and then tests your car's fuel system. They even use a machine that blows smoke into your fuel system to find leaks.      Tips to Pass the EVAP Test  To make sure you pass the EVAP test:  1. Always seal your gas cap tightly.  2. Don't drive your car with an almost empty gas tank.  ... read more

What Is A Water Pump On A Car?

What Is A Water Pump On A Car?

    One of the most critical components of your car is the water pump. But what exactly is a water pump, and why is it so essential for your car?   A water pump circulates coolant throughout the engine and transfers heat from the engine to the radiator. It maintains a consistent temperature throughout the engine. A water pump consists of a rotor, a housing, and an impeller. The rotor is connected to the engine's crankshaft via a belt. It rotates the impeller inside the housing, which pumps coolant through the engine.      Due to a lot of mechanical wear and tear, water pumps tend to fail over time. The most common sign of a failing water pump is visible coolant leakage underneath your car. If you notice a leak, you sho ... read more

What Is A Car Tune Up?

What Is A Car Tune Up?

    Most people know that cars require regular maintenance to ensure optimal performance. One of the most important maintenance tasks is getting a tune-up. But what exactly is a tune-up, and how often should you get one? Let’s take a look.   What Is A Tune-Up? A tune-up is like an oil change for your car's engine. It’s an inspection and service of your vehicle's major systems. This includes: Spark Plugs FiltersFluids Fuel Injection System Timing Belt Ignition Wires Hoses   Auto technicians may also adjust settings such as idle speed, valve clearance, and ignition timing. The frequency with which you need to get a tune-up will vary depending on the make and model ... read more

When Should I Replace My Timing Belt?

When Should I Replace My Timing Belt?

  Timing belts are a common vehicle maintenance item and can wear out over time or break without warning. Your car’s engine relies on the timing belt to stay in sync. The timing belt ensures that everything in your engine operates smoothly and keeps you safe while driving. Find out how your timing belt works and when to replace it. What Is A Timing Belt? Your timing belt is made of rubber and has hard “teeth” that connect with gearwheels in the camshafts and crankshaft. The camshafts and crankshaft on a combustible engine work together to control the intake of fuel and the release of exhaust fumes. The timing belt is responsible for synchronizing the operations of the crankshaft and camshafts. If the engine components do not work in unison, your engine could experience loss of pressure, poor combustion, and power loss. This can result in costly repairs.     Your car may have a timing chain instead of a timing belt, depending on your ... read more

Who Services European Cars Near Me?

Who Services European Cars Near Me?

  Lou’s Car Care is a full-service, independent auto repair shop in Baldwinsville, NY. We repair all makes and models of vehicles including European product lines.  Just like humans, automobiles need checkups from time to time. Our certified auto technicians can complete routine oil changes, new tires, brake and rotor replacements, and alignments. We can also handle more in-depth concerns such as engine diagnostics, heat or a/c malfunctions, and electrical issues. Germany is well known for producing quality vehicles that last a lifetime. Audi, BMW, Mercede ... read more

Why Is My Check Engine Light On?

Why Is My Check Engine Light On?

    Your car will show you which areas of your vehicle need attention through the lights on your dashboard. If your tire pressure is low, the TPMS light will come on. The gas tank light comes on when you’re almost out of gas.  But sometimes, it is not obvious what these lights are trying to tell us. A check engine light can appear on your dash for a variety of reasons. It could mean something simple like a loose gas cap or more complex like your engine is misfiring. So what should you do when your check engine light is on?       Do Not Ignore Any Check Engine Light Clearly, something is a miss if the check engine light is on. Driving with a compromised engine could cause serious damage to different engine components if not assessed in a timely manner. If the check engine light is on steady and not flashing, you can keep driving it a ... read more

Vehicle Diagnostics

Vehicle Diagnostics

  VEHICLE DIAGNOSTICS Over time, your vehicle will start to experience wear and tear from driving and display signs and symptoms that need attention. Take note if you hear, see, or feel something that is out of the ordinary such as:​ Are there any dashboard warning lights on? Is the check engine light on? If it is, is the light flashing or steady? Is your car is making a squeaking, thumping, whirring, clanging, dragging, or grinding noise ? Is your vehicle driving rough? Do you feel vibration, pulsation or shaking when driving or braking? Do you experience abnormalities at specific speeds- low speeds, highway speeds or all the time? Do you smell fuel, exhaust, burning, smoke, or mold when you are in your vehicle? The information from these questions are important and should be relayed to your auto technician in Baldwinsville, NY. These notes will help the technician narrow down the possible causes to your issue(s). Be sure to explain when these symptoms oc ... read more

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