Yearly Archives: 2022

What Is Engine Coolant?

What Is Engine Coolant?

Coolant is a fluid that is used to prevent your engine from overheating. It is a mixture of water and antifreeze, which contains the chemical additives needed to cool your engine. This fluid is a vital part of your car’s cooling system alongside the radiator, thermostat, and water pump.   As you run your car over time, coolant loses its effectiveness, which can put your engine at risk of overheating. Old, contaminated fluid can also cause corrosion and excessive wear on the rest of the system. Consequently, you will need a coolant change or flush to replace the old coolant with new fluid.   If you wait too long to change out your engine coolant, it can lead to breakdowns and improper engine cooling. Most auto manufacturers recommend changing coolant every 30,000 miles or so. It is always safe to check your owner’s manual for the proper intervals. Another way to tell whether you’re due for a coolant service is by looking for warning signs. Signs You Need ... read more

Why Is My Car A/C Blowing Hot Air?

Why Is My Car A/C Blowing Hot Air?

There's nothing worse than sitting behind the wheel on a hot summer day and being blasted with hot air through your vents. While there are many factors at play, AC blowing hot air indicates a major problem. Below are some of the things that can be causing your air conditioning to blow warm air: Electrical Problems If a single wire connected to your auto A/C is frayed, burnt, or damaged, it can signal your car AC to hot air instead. Something simple like a blown fuse can even cause your A/C to shut off completely, so it's important to have a diagnostic test here at STR Automotive. Lack of Refrigerant/Freon Refrigerant is a liquid to gas matter that is at the center of your car's A/C system. Without refrigerant, your air would not be cool. Over time, leaks of freon are possible. You can count on the A/C experts at STR automotive to catch any leaks and refill your vehicle with refrigerant. Broken Condenser The condenser tends to get blocked by dirt or debris, and you cou ... read more

Kick-Off National Spring Car Care Month the Right Way!

Kick-Off National Spring Car Care Month the Right Way!

April is national car care month, and it is the perfect time to give your car some love. As we close the books on winter, it's time to have your vehicle prepped for the thrilling drives this spring and summer. This month, we encourage you to take your car to our auto repair shop for a check-up. We'll thoroughly check your tires, brakes, filters, windshield wipers, etc., so that they can handle the pollen, rain, and more.  Plus, it's not uncommon for vehicles to need some fixing up after the harsh winter months. We'll renew your car, so you don't have to worry about more expensive repairs later on. Below are some of the maintenance items you should check off your list for National Car Care Month! Check your tire pressure and tread depth Check the brake system Change your engine oil Top off your other fluids Test your battery Replace air filters Exchange windshield wiper blades Examine belts and hoses for wear and tear Test and recharge the A/C system R ... read more

When Should I Replace My Vehicle's Timing Belt?

When Should I Replace My Vehicle's Timing Belt?

If you want to prepare for your vehicle's upcoming services, the timing belt should be on your list. Over many miles of wear, your car will inevitably require a new timing belt. To avoid damages, drivers must replace this rubbery component before it breaks. Here's how to figure out the best time to replace your timing belt.   What Does the Timing Belt Do In order to understand the timeline, you must know what the timing belt does. This vital engine component has grooves that ensure the camshaft and crankshaft move in sync. In other words, it guarantees that the valves open and close at the right time for smooth engine operation.   When to Replace the Timing Belt The ribbing on the timing belt keeps your engine parts moving at the right pace. However, with years of wear, the teething will wear out. Automakers know this, which is why you can find more information regarding its replacement in the owner's handbook. Ideally, it would help to replace the belt befo ... read more

What Does the Color of My Exhaust Smoke Mean?

What Does the Color of My Exhaust Smoke Mean?

Your vehicle's exhaust smoke characteristics may be a huge indicator of what is going on in your emissions system. Most of the time, you should not see your vehicle's emissions at all. Maybe, you'll catch the condensation on a cold morning, but that's truly it. If you start seeing white, blue, or black/dark gray smoke coming out of your tailpipe, then it means there's something wrong. You should look at it closely for its color and communicate it with your mechanic when you bring your car in for an inspection. What Does Dark or Black Smoke Mean? If you see dark puffs coming out the tailpipe, it most likely means that your engine is burning excess fuel. Ignoring this problem for too long can even lead to a fire. It would be wise to pull over immediately, especially if there is smoke coming out from the front end of the car. Then, you should call for roadside assistance. What Does Blue Exhaust Smoke Mean? If your exhaust smoke almost looks blue, you should immedia ... read more

Safe Driving Tips for the Winter

Safe Driving Tips for the Winter

You should be prepared for any and every challenge that the winter in Mooresville will bring. A few snow flurries can turn in deep snow real quick. To ensure you're driving safely this season, you must winterize your vehicle before the harsh weather strikes. Here are some of our top tips to nail winter driving! Plan a Winter Maintenance Check-Up Some necessary items to check off before the dead of winter include your vehicle's tires, battery, brakes, radiator, engine oil, exterior lighting, wipers, belts, and hoses.  Carry an Emergency Kit Around Your vehicle should have one of these locked and loaded. Here are some musts to include in your vehicle safety kit: Jump cables First aid kit Simple tools Windshield wiper fluid Shovel Snow brush Non-perishable energy foods and water Flashlight and batteries Check the Weather and Road Conditions Before Leaving A great habit to get into is checking the road conditions before hitting the road. The prior search will help ... read more

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