Yearly Archives: 2021

Top 3 Signs of a Broken Speedometer

Top 3 Signs of a Broken Speedometer

Did you know that you can get a ticket for a malfunctioning speedometer? Not only would you be risking a speeding ticket with an inaccurate speed reading, but you can get charged for both offenses -- harsh! A speedometer on all vehicles is an important safety feature susceptible to breaking or falling out of calibration. Most speedometer problems lie within the speedometer cable or housing.   The majority of speedometers in our vehicles today are electric. The speedometer cable is fastened to a gear inside the transmission or driveshaft. This cable tracks the rotation through electrical vibrations then translates the duration of the electrical signal into the speed when you are driving. A secondary speedometer cable is connected to a wheel sensor and measures the distance at which your vehicle travels. The speedometer cable sends all this data to the instrument panel and then delivers the information to the speedometer.   On the other hand, the cable housing is a protecti ... read more

Why a Pre-Purchase Inspection Matters

Why a Pre-Purchase Inspection Matters

  It's always a little uncomfortable and scary buying a used car. Whether you purchase at a dealership or negotiate with a private seller, it's hard to know the vehicle's true history and what it has been through. However, you can still feel confident with your purchase by getting a pre-purchase inspection at Autobahn Auto Repair.   As a buyer, you have every right to seek a third-party evaluation of the car you want to purchase. The automotive service and repair experts at Autobahn Auto Repair can conduct a detailed and complete vehicle examination and provide you unbiased feedback based on what we find. A pre-purchase inspection can inform you if the vehicle is in good shape or if you should be concerned about hidden problems. Our technicians can also spot minor pain points that may not be an immediate problem now but could develop into something later. You'll leave our shop knowing exactly what you need to know before investing in the used automobile. &n ... read more

How to Maintain Your Vehicle Lights

How to Maintain Your Vehicle Lights

Your headlights and brake lights are arguably the most important exterior features of your car. The headlights provide a light source for night driving, while the brake lights signal to other drivers when you're stopping or slowing down. For those reasons, these particular sets of lights must always be functioning whenever you drive. Over time, your lights can crack, fog up through water damage, or face an electrical problem. Fortunately, headlight maintenance is generally an easy fix for our technicians. Here are some headlight/brake light care tips that you can follow:   EXAMINE THE LIGHTS The starting step to proper headlight and brake light maintenance is to conduct regular, frequent inspections of the lights. This can be a swift walk-around where you check the lights for any failures, uneven dimness, and other defects. For brake lights, it can be trickier since you'll need an extra person to step on the brakes. If something looks out of order or n ... read more

Does Power Steering Fluid Need to Be Replaced?

Does Power Steering Fluid Need to Be Replaced?

Most drivers rarely think of their cars' power steering fluid. Some are not even aware of when or how often they should replace it until their steering system develops a problem or a mechanic recommends it. Still, they are not sure if it is really necessary. The power steering system plays two vital roles. It transfers the hydraulic power required to steer your vehicle wheels back and forth, lubricates and preserves the components in constant motion within the system. Do You Really Need to Replace Your Power Steering Fluid? Unlike most other fluids, the power steering fluid does not burn off easily. All the same, over the days, dirt particles and sludge accumulates in the fluid, contaminating it. Once it gets dirty, the fluid puts extra stress on the fluid pump and the entire system. If left unattended, it could cause extensive and costly damages. Here are a few ways to know that your car requires a power steering replacement: Check Out the Owner's Manual ... read more

What are the Symptoms of Bad or Failing Spark Plugs?

What are the Symptoms of Bad or Failing Spark Plugs?

For your vehicle engine performance to be at optimum, the plugs must consistently transmit an electrical signal to the ignition coil. After that, the ignition coil ignites the mixture of air and engine cylinders to propel your car. It is essential to check them regularly to ensure that they remain perfect for your ignition and combustion system to work efficiently. Always consult your mechanic for professional advice because different cars require a specific spark plug with a distinct spark plug gap for the fuel to burn efficiently. Common Symptoms of Worn-Out Spark Plugs Take your vehicle for inspection regardless of assurances, even if your car manufacturer warrants because spark plugs can wear out. Here are the common symptoms that your car's spark plugs need replacement: Slow Acceleration If your car accelerates sluggishly than usual, spark plugs may be faulty. For most modern vehicles, the ignition system is the main reason for slow acceleration. The spark plug, made of th ... read more

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