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Can you drive a car with a bad water pump?

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How long do water pumps last?

A car water pump moves water from the radiator, through the motor and then returns it back to the radiator. It repeats this process over and over to make sure the motor stays a constant temperature regardless of the weather. The car water pump is vital to the car’s operating correctly and smoothly. 

A car water pump’s average lifespan is between 60,000 miles and 90,000 miles, the same lifespan as the timing belt. Why did we mention the timing belt in answering this question? Because a car water pump and timing belt will usually go out at the same time. If you’re having one replaced, ask your mechanic to check the other. Maybe they’ll give you a discount to get both of these replaced at the same time. 

Making sure your car has plenty of coolant will help your car water pump last longer. Dirty or inadequate amount of coolant will shorten the life of a car water pump. The quality of the car water pump will have an effect on the longevity too. The better the quality, the longer they last. 

How do you know if your water pump is going bad? 

Don’t wait for you mechanic to tell you that your car water pump is going out. Keep an ear and an eye out for the following and you’ll know that it is time to book an appointment with your mechanic:

  • Coolant Leaking: The car water pump is leaking around one or more of the several gaskets inside the pump.  Those gaskets wear out over time, bet damaged, and then you’ll see coolant dripping or leaking under your car. That fluid will be either a green or red color and will typically be coming out from enter of the car toward the front. 
  • Whining Sound: When the belt that goes around the water gets loose, it begins to slip and with that it begins chirping or whining. As soon as you hear that noise, call your mechanic. It could need a belt replaced or tightened, or it could be the bearings inside the car water pump are bad. In that case, you’ll need a new water pump. 
  • Engine Overheats: Since the main purpose of a car water pump is to keep coolant and water moving through the engine to maintain the temperature, if it isn’t working right, the engine will overheat. This isn’t an issue to ignore and put off until next payday because letting that continue, you’ll do more damage. It can crack the cylinder head, damage the head gaskets, burn the pistons, and more. 

What sound does a bad water pump make?

If your car water pump is going out, it is usually the bearings inside the pump that will be making a grinding, squeaking, or ticking while the car is running. This is happening because the shaft bearings are freezing up or locking up inside the water pump housing when the serpentine or timing belt is putting pressure on the bearings.

This why we stated earlier that if you’re need to get your car water pump replaced, or the belt replaced, have the mechanic check the other. These two components work together. 

Can a water pump go out without leaking?

Yes, a car water pump leaking isn’t always visible. In some cases, there can be a slow coolant leak that isn’t detected under the car, like a water puddle. Other indication that a car water pump is leaking is the around the water pump will have cavities or pitting from slow coolant leaking. This is the sign your mechanic will check when they’re changing the belt, because they know these two things are often going bad at the same time. 

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How long can you drive a car without a water pump?

 To clarify, when a car water pump broken, it doesn’t just “blow up” or quit working. There are weep holes that the coolant and water start leaking from first before it starts around the gaskets. This will appear like a slow drip, which is a good time to change out your car water pump. However, if you need to drive it until pay day, with low mileage and easy driving habit, you could make it a week with a bad water pump. Every car is different, every water pump is different, this isn’t something to count on as an exact. 

If it is summertime and you’re accustomed to having air conditioning in your car, be prepared for the air conditioning to stop when the car water pump quits. A car water pump and ac go hand in hand, and if the water pump isn’t keeping the motor cool, the air conditioner could quit working or cause the motor to get hotter faster. Call 630-932-4427 today for your water pump repair in Lombard and Wheaton, IL.

What would make a check engine light go on?

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So, how do you diagnose car problems today with the check engine light system?

Today’s cars have warning lights on the dashboard that are activated by a computer. Those warning lights are just that, a warning something is amiss with the car. Before warning lights, cars had gauges, much like the gas gauge, for things like the oil level and temperature.  When the gauge read between a certain range, you knew you needed to do something, but what do the warning lights mean, especially the check engine light

When cars were equipped with gauges, owners and/or mechanics would know precisely what to check to determine what to do.  With a check engine light though, it can mean different things. 

A professional mechanic at an auto diagnostics center will have an engine diagnostics tool to perform a diagnostic scan.  This will help them pinpoint the issue causing the check engine light to come on. 

What is a diagnostic scan?

The basics of a diagnostic scan for cars is to read the codes a car’s computer is “throwing”, in other words, causing the check engine light to come on, sometimes staying on.  It will then automatically record any problem detected and enables the mechanic to diagnosis what is wrong and what needs to be done to fix the problem. 

There are different brands of diagnostic machines, and Bosch engine diagnostic equipment is at the top of the line.  A diagnostic test reads what the  computer system is getting from the computer’s microchips, processor, and sensors, causing the check engine light to come on. 

It then logs the issues or problems that are present. A diagnostic test reveals any existing flaws,  including problems with the exhaust, oil system, transmission, and other components and systems within the engine. While the check engine light is telling you that something is wrong, a diagnostic test will provide an accurate assessment and reading quickly.

After the diagnostic scan, the technician may need to drive the car to test it on the road and they will complete their inspection with visual check of all components. The technician will sometimes perform a  comprehensive analysis on the battery and charging system if the computer diagnostic testing didn’t indicate what is making the check engine light turn on. 

How long does a diagnostic take on a car?

There are different factors that can affect the time it takes for a mechanic to run a diagnostic test on your car.  An hour to ninety minutes is standard, but if the issues are more complicated, some of engine components may need to be removed, taking up to three hours for the testing to be completed. 

How much does it cost for a diagnostic test on a car?

Rates can vary from area to area, and it depends on the make of the car too. A diagnostic testing is usually charged by the hour, not the service, and can start around $100 per hour and go upward to $200 per hour or more. You’re paying for the technician’s experience and knowledge of connecting the diagnostic equipment and ability to read the results that determine why the check engine light came on.  The car’s computer signals that check engine light to illuminate for problems with any of the following areas: 

  • Brakes
  • Cooling system
  • Engine
  • Exhaust system
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Is it safe to drive with engine light on?

It depends, but what isn’t safe is to panic when the check engine light comes on. Remaining calm and do a quick assessment by asking yourself the following questions: 

  • Did you recently bet gas? The check engine light could be nothing more than the gas cap is loose. 
  • Was there a jolt or vibration when the check engine light came on? If you’re having trouble controlling the car after the check engine light came on, pull over and call a tow truck. 
  • Was there any strange noises or sounds when the check engine light came on? If yes, again, pull over and call a tow truck. 
  • Is the check engine light flashing? A flashing light is typically something serious and you should not drive any further. 

For engine noise diagnostics, and the check engine light may or may not come on, but instead, it takes the human hearing system.  Some common engine noises and sounds that are telling you to take your car to a mechanic are: 

  • Piston Ring Noises: A clicking noise when you accelerate that can be caused by problems with the rings being broken, or the cylinder walls are worn. To diagnose this problem, each spark plug needs to be removed and engine oil added to each one, then start the engine, let it run for several revolutions. If the noise quietens, then you need the rings replaced in the engine.  The check engine light may come on when this is happening because the engine isn’t getting the oil it needs. 
  • Piston Slapping Sound: This muffled but continuous hollow sound is typically a problem with the wall clearance for the piston, worn cylinders, or the car may be low of oil, which usually will cause the check engine light to illuminate.
  • Crankshaft Knocking Sound: This metallic, heavy, dull sound is when the engine is under load and usually indicates problem with the bearing, main, rod, or thrust. The oil will have metal shavings in it to confirm this is the problem and your car will need professional mechanic service. 

With any of these sounds, or a check engine light issue, getting the service of a professional mechanic is recommended. The longer you let these things go and keep driving, the more damage you could be doing to your car’s engine. Call 630-932-4427 today for your check engine light service in Lombard and Wheaton, IL.

What are the 3 belts in a car?

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How long do belts last on a car?

Car belts are often referred to as drive belts by mechanics. Knowing the terminology will help you understanding your mechanic. There are many components and parts to a car and car belts are essential in helping the mechanical parts function. Those mechanical parts and the car belts that help them function are the alternator, water pup, and steering pump. A simple way that the purpose of car belts explained is they distribute power between the different engine components by creating friction between the belt and pulley. 

The cars today don’t have all the car belts that we’ve described above, instead, auto manufacturers design cars now to operate on a single belt. That one belt is called a serpentine belt and it operates all the things we described in the first paragraph. 

How often should the serpentine belt be replaced can vary based on your driving, but the recommended replacement every three years. The serpentine belt in many cars manufactured from 2005 and forward is from EPDM, a rubber compound. Those belts can last for ten years or 150,000 miles, again, depending on your driving style. 

How often should you change your belts on your car?

While replacement of car belts and hoses is based on the age of the car or the mileage on a car, having your car belts checked with each oil change, or more frequent, is recommended. The amount you drive your car and what road and weather conditions you drive through can affect the life of car belts. 

If you drive in the rain a lot, the water can wear car belts down and extreme cold or hot temperatures can affect the lifespan of car belts. Most oil and lube centers check the belts, chains, filters, and hoses automatically as part of their service, but mention it when you take your car in for service. A general rule that mechanics recommend is every 30,000 miles change the V-Belt and every 50,000 miles change the serpentine belt and timing belt if they don’t need changing sooner. 

How do I know if my drive belt is bad

Because cars today only have one belt, the serpentine belt, it is a critical part of car operating. It functions while the car’s engine is running and when it breaks, your car won’t run anymore. Sometimes, there are indications that the belt is getting bad. If you are experiencing any of these things, schedule an appointment with your mechanic ASAP to check your car belts: 

  1. Squealing Noise: A squealing noise under the hood of your car is probably the serpentine belt has gotten misaligned or is slipping. A mechanic can diagnosis this and replace the belt if needed. 
  2. AC and Power Steering Quit: The serpentine belt is one belt versus the many car belts that older cars had. When it is misadjusted, slipping, or broke, essentially, your car is broke. The power steering quits, the air conditioning quits, and the engine isn’t getting cooled anymore. All of this can cause safety issues and even ruin the engine. Preventative maintenance will keep this from happening and that means having the belt checked with each oil change or more frequently. 
  3. Engine Overheats: The serpentine belt provide the fan and water pump power needed to keep the engine cool. When the serpentine belt isn’t working properly, or is broken, the engine will overheat because the water pump isn’t turning. If your car engine is overheating, take your car to the mechanic to have the engine checked. If it isn’t the serpentine belt, then it could be something else and a professional mechanic can advise. 
  4. Cracks and Wear: Whether you have an older car with multiple car belts or you have a newer car with just a serpentine belt, the reason you want to have them inspected is to catch potential problems.  Over time, they begin to crack, chunks get cut out of them, they even begin to separate, and these are things the mechanic will check before it happens, and can replace the belt before your car breaks down and leaves you stranded. 

What happens if a belt breaks while driving?

When car belts break while you’re going down the road, several things can happen. An older car with multiple car belts, the power steering will quit, making it hard to steer and turn your car. A fan belt breaks, your car will overheat. With the newer cars, when the serpentine belt breaks, your engine will overheat, your power steering quits, and your car will stop. 

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Can you drive car with broken belt?

Mechanics are asked all the time if a customer can run car without belts, and if it is an older car, maybe, depends on which of the car belts is broken.  If it is a newer car with a serpentine belt, no. As we have covered, the serpentine belt is essential in a car’s operation. It drives the water pump which is needed to keep an engine from overheating. 

Remember, everything within a  car engine works with precision. This gives you a smooth functioning car to drive and for that to precision to happen, it needs specific timing between the camshaft and crankshaft in order for the pistons and valves to work as intended. 

There is either a timing belt or chain within your car engine that ensure this harmonization is happening at a precise rate and timing. What is the difference between car belts vs chains? The function of a timing chain is the same as a timing belt, with the only difference being that one is metal, and one is rubber.

Cars had timing chains up until the 1960s when car manufacturers designed timing belts, which is now the serpentine belt. Why? A rubber belt runs quieter than a metal chain and cost let to make.  In recent years, some manufacturers have reintroduced the timing chain in some models, and your owner’s manual should define what your specific car has and what routine maintenance needs to happen. Call 630-932-4427 today for your belt repair in Lombard and Wheaton, IL.

Can I Drive With a Broken Fuel Pump?

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What is a fuel pump?  

 Your vehicle has an engine and transmission and somehow through mechanical magic, your vehicle goes down the road, as long as you have fuel in the fuel tank. Have you given any thought how the fuel you put in the tank gets to the engine? It is the fuel pump that does that part, and when it quits working, it is either fuel pump repair or replacement. 

typical vehicle engine burns a mixture of air and fuel, with the fuel being  pumped through a hose that runs from the gas tank and is mixed with air in the carburetor. The engine then pulls that mixture and uses it to power the engine. There are mechanical fuel pumps that are attached directly to the engine, and there are electrical fuel pumps that are inside the gas tank.  In most cases, fuel pump repair is possible on a manual unit, however, the electrical fuel pump will need replacing. 

Are fuel pumps necessary?

A fuel pump sends fuel to the engine as we describe above. Without a fuel pump, the engine wouldn’t get a fuel delivery, which is proven when a fuel pump isn’t working. This will either cause your car to stall where it sits or you’ll have poor fuel mileage, an indication that possible fuel pump repair or replacement is necessary. 

How can I start my car with a bad fuel pump?

Yes, there are some methods that allow you to start your vehicle when it has a bad fuel pump, however, keep in mind, these are only for a temporary time. When the fuel pump is failing or has failed, you need to get your car to your mechanic post-haste. 

  • A Fuel Pressure Gauge – You can attach a fuel pressure gauge to the vehicle engine directly. This will allow the vehicle to start so that you can drive it to your mechanic. 
  • A Manual Pressure – By applying manual pressure, you can assist the fuel to pass through the lines and to the engine. 
  • The Engine Heat – The engine overheating due to a faulty fuel pump is possible, but if the car is shut off and cooled, the low temperature can also cause the pump to stall. Maintaining a consistent heat to the engine can allow you to drive the car far enough to reach a repair shop.

A fuel pump can often be located in a challenging location to gain access for fuel pump repair or replacement. Due to the superb technology of today, the location issue is minimized as electronic fuel pumps have become more the standard and last 100,000 miles or more. 

Can a fuel pump go out without warning?

Absolutely!  Fuel pump will fail without any warning, but there are often indications of a bad fuel pump that you may not realize. So, what are the signs of a bad fuel pump? A fuel pump is a much used component in a vehicle, and as such, it gets worn out. We are going to share 6 indications  that should warn you  that your vehicle may need fuel pump repair or replacement: 

  1. No sound when turning on the ignition:  A fuel pump starts before the engine, so, when you turn the key, you should hear the fuel pump engaged with a whirring noise. If you’re not hearing that sound, but your car is starting anyway, you’re probably going to need fuel pump repair or replacement soon. 
  2. Vehicle fails to start: If your vehicle is frequently being hard to start when you turn the ignition on, this is often an indication that a fuel pump repair or replacement could be needed, among other possible issues. Your mechanic will be able to check all components related to a vehicle starting.
  3. Power loss while accelerating: As you accelerate your vehicle, the fuel pump will supply more fuel to the engine. When a fuel pump isn’t doing this, you aren’t able to increase the speed, and will likely lose speed.  
  4. Sputtering at high speeds: A faulty fuel pump will sputter or make sudden jerking motions at high speeds, then lose speed without warning. This can be an indication your vehicle needs fuel pump repair or replacement. 
  5. The vehicle can’t climb hills: If your vehicle is losing power while climbing uphill, this is usually an indication fuel pump repair is needed because it doesn’t supply enough extra fuel needed. 
  6. Frequent stalls: A fuel pump with problems will stop pumping fuel unexpectedly. This will cause your vehicle to stall where it sits and only fuel pump repair or replacement, or a tow truck, is going to get you out of this situation. 

Can you drive with a bad fuel pump?

As we have mentioned, the fuel pump in your vehicles is an important component. If it isn’t working, your vehicle isn’t going to start or move. While a fuel pump can last up to 100,000 miles or more, driving conditions and habits can make a difference on how long they last. To minimize the chance of your vehicle’s fuel pump leaving you stranded, we recommend the following: 

  • Keep the gas tank no less than one-fourth. Constant driving near or on empty will burn out a fuel pump.  
  • Keep fuel pump maintenance up-to-date by having the filters inspected and replaced regularly. 
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How long will it take to replace a fuel pump?

Every vehicle is different, and a fuel pump repair and replacement can vary based on that and if the fuel pump is manual or electrical. It can also be dependent on the mechanic and their knowledge of how to repair a fuel pump. The average time is between four to five hours if the mechanic has the fuel pump or parts or has access to getting one from a supplier or parts house. 

As we have mentioned, the fuel pump isn’t a first thought for most drivers. With this article, we hope that is has brough it to your attention and you’re able to know when you need a fuel pump repair or replacement before you are stranded. Call 630-932-4427 today for your auto repair needs in Lombard and Wheaton, IL.    

Can I Replace a Hybrid Car Battery Myself?

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A car battery is a car battery, right?

Does a hybrid car have a regular battery? Well, no, they have a hybrid car battery, which is different than the traditional car battery. A hybrid vehicle is powered by electricity and gasoline and the hybrid car battery and the hybrid car repair are not the same.  

What is a hybrid car battery? A hybrid car battery is used in hybrid vehicles. hybrid car battery is a little different than a traditional battery. With two electrodes that are positioned in electrolyte, an iron-rich solution with a polymer film keeping them separated.  

Most hybrid cars have two diverse batteries: the main high-voltage battery that is located in the powertrain and powers the car when it isn’t running on gasoline. It is also used to power the car in conjunction with the gas for energy efficiency. Then there is a 12-volt battery that is used for starting the vehicle. This battery may be found in the under the hood or in the trunk, based on the model of the vehicle. 

How long does the battery last in a hybrid car?

A hybrid car battery has a life expectancy of eight to ten years, or up to 100,000 miles. How the car is driven and maintained and where it is driven can affect that lifespan. 100,000 miles doesn’t seem like much, the average driver travels 10,000 miles or less a year. With that in mind, could take most drivers five years to reach that 100,000 mile mark. 

When a hybrid car battery shows it has a full charge, it typically is only at eighty percent. When it is showing empty, it still has around twenty percent power left. By doing this, it is under taxing the battery’s life so that it isn’t overcharged, like our cell phones and other mobile devices often are.

Can you replace a hybrid car battery?

You may want to rethink about buying that hybrid car you’ve been looking at, especially if it is a used one. As you would do with any used vehicle, you should research things like the mileage, last oil change, life left on the tires, and the cost to replace a hybrid car battery. We can assure you that you will have sticker shock. 

You do go to your local auto parts retail store to buy a hybrid car battery for as little as $1,000 and some can cost as much as $6,000 or more. Replacing a hybrid car battery will run into the thousands of dollars. So, while the hybrid car may save you money on gas and help Mother Earth, it is going to get into your wallet at some point. 

Yes, you read that right, a hybrid car battery are priced anywhere from one thousand dollars and up to six thousand dollar and up. Depending on the car manufacturer and size of a battery needed. 

Is it worth replacing hybrid battery?

So, is it worthwhile replacing a hybrid car battery at that price point? Knowing that under normal driving conditions and consider the environment where you’ll be driving, you won’t have to replace that hybrid car battery for 8 to 10 years. As long as the rest of the used hybrid car is in good condition, it maybe worthwhile for you, even if it is $1,000 or more. Like anything, it is a matter of personal choice and personal budget.

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What happens when a hybrid battery goes bad?

Hybrid cars have been around a few years now, but most of us still aren’t familiar with them. If you’re considering purchasing one, even after reading about the hybrid car battery cost, you need to get familiar with these cars. They aren’t like the traditional car you’re used to driving. So, things like when to change a hybrid car battery and how to replace a hybrid car battery are things you should know. Keep reading as we provide some “need to know” info, because when a hybrid car battery starts to fail, it has symptoms different than that of a traditional car battery. The signs of a failing hybrid car battery are: 

  • Fuel economy decreases: When your hybrid car isn’t getting the great gas mileage it usually does, your hybrid car battery is likely reaching its end of life. 
  • State of charge fluctuates: If the hybrid car battery is showing it needs charging and then a minute or so later it doesn’t, it may be overcharged or can’t stay charged. 
  • Battery won’t hold a charge: After leaving your hybrid car battery on an overnight charge and it still showing it needs charging the next morning, it is time to replace it. 
  • Running on the internal combustion system more:  When the internal combustion engine is running more than it should or kicks on when it shouldn’t, take your vehicle to your mechanic immediately. 
  • Strange sound from the engine: A hybrid car battery that’s running hot will alert the electric fan to kick on. When that happens frequently, your hybrid car battery and other components are getting too hot. Take your car to the mechanic as soon as possible.  

You may be wondering after reading this piece, are hybrid car batteries dangerous? Not any more than any car battery when you treat them with care and respect. Like any battery or electrical component, you should be aware of potential hazards like shock. As long as you follow the safety procedure recommended by the car manufacturer, you and your passengers will be safe. Call 630-932-4427 today.

What Happens When a Gasket Head Blows?

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Gasket issues

To discuss what happens when a gasket head blows, let’s get a definition on What is a gasket head, first.  You already know that a car’s engine is several components that all work together in some form or fashion, each just as important at the others.  A gasket head is one of those components, internally.  

A gasket head is located sandwiched between the cylinder head and the engine block. It is small and it is a vital component.  Why is the gasket head important? Because it seals the internal combustion process that allows coolant and oil throughout the engine.  When the coolant and oil can’t circulate, the engine can become overheated and warped. 

A gasket head also seals the combustion chamber inside the engine, allowing the vehicle to create enough power to move forward. The gasket head also directs the harmful gases to exit through the exhaust system and not the combustion chamber.  So, when your mechanic tells you that your car has a blown gasket head, you’ll know you got a major, expensive problem. 

What are the first signs of a blown gasket head?

There are three fluids that are vital for a car’s engine: coolant, fuel, and motor oil. With a blown gasket head, all of these fluids can leak into and out of combustion chamber. You’ll notice the following when this happens:

  • Overheating : The engine will overheat because there isn’t any coolant in the engine compartments or there are hydrocarbons in the cooling system.
  • Smoke: A blue, grey, or white smoke is indication that the combustion chamber has coolant and/or oil inside. 
  • Power:  There is a loss of power with the engine, its sputtering, and the car is using a lot of fuel because there is no compression in the engine. 
  • Oil Discolored:  The oil looks like chocolate milk is indicative of coolant has leaked into the oil. 

How do you check for a blown gasket head?       

There is a few common ways on how to tell a gasket head is busted. The vehicle needs to be  parked on level ground, with the parking brake set and the engine cold. Now follow these six steps that will tell you if your have a gasket head blown: 

  • STEP ONE: Remove the oil cap if you see  a brown milky substance collected on the cap bottom, there is coolant and water in the oil.  This is usually from a  cracked cylinder head, block or a leaking manifold, or leaking intake gasket head. 
  • STEP TWO: Check combustion chamber for coolant in and around the cylinder head and engine block. Remove the spark plugs one at a time. If there is water inside the spark plugs, you have a gasket head leak. 
  • STEP three: Reinstall the spark plugs and while the engine is cool, take the radiator cap off then start the engine. Look for continuous bubbles inside the radiator while the car is running. 
  • STEP FOUR: To confirm gasket head problem, the block or engine head are cracked, drain some of the coolant out of the radiator and using a chemical tester (available at local auto parts stores), place the test tube in that fluid you drain. Yellow on the tester indicates gasket head is blown. Blue on the tester, gasket is good. This is not a 100% dependable test, which is why the other steps we’ve provided here are important to perform too. 
  • STEP FIVE: A gasket head can fail between cylinders causing them to misfire and have low compression. This can be confirmed by removing all the spark plugs and test every cylinder. If there is a low reading on two or more cylinders, your car needs a new gasket head. 
  • STEP 6:  With some engines, the gasket head is where the coolant and oil pass through in their own ports. When the gasket head is blown, the run into each other’s port. 

Can you fix a blown head gasket?

Yes, most of the time, an experienced mechanic will know how to repair a blown gasket head. However, there are times that severe damage has occurred when the gasket head blew that may require some other repairs be completed first. 

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How hard is it to replace a head gasket?

For an experienced mechanic, no, replacing a gasket head can be done in half a day or so.  For you and a friend, or a shade tree mechanic, it could take an entire weekend.

Is it worth fixing a blown gasket head? 

Yes, it is most cases, and in all cases, you need to address the issue and not keep driving the car with a blown gasket head. When a blown gasket head is ignored, the cascading effect of damage will seem never ending, and will definitely be expensive. Call 630-932-4427 today.

Why Does an Engine Stall?

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Why does my car stall when I stop?

When we put off doing our taxes until April 15th, that is stalling the inevitable. When we’re talking about cars though, what is stalling? That type of stalling is an engine stall. So, why would an engine stall, is that rare? Unfortunately, an engine stall isn’t that rare and there are number of causes for engine stalls, which is what we’re going to discuss here. 

A car that stalls when stopped could be from any of the air flow, fuel flow, or the ignition. 

  • If the computer or the engine are getting incorrect air readings, it result in an engine stall. In most cases, it will start back up.  
  • If the fuel pump isn’t getting enough fuel pressure because of the fuel filter is blocked, it can cause an engine stall at a stop or while idling. In this case, it may not start right back  up and if it does, it will have a rough idle. 
  • If the fuel injectors aren’t sending the signals to the camshaft or crankshaft position sensors that sends fuel to the cylinder, it may cause engine stall. 
  • If the spark plugs aren’t getting the message to fire, it can cause an engine stall. 

What causes an engine to stall at idle?

For a car engine to sustain at an idle, there can’t be any issues with any part of the engine, everything must be in flawless working order. Even one sensor being off kilter can create a chain reaction that results in an engine stall at an idle. 

One common cause for engine stall at an idle is a vacuum line in a rubber or plastic hose under the hood. These carry air from the intake manifold to the engine and if they have a crack or hole, you’ll get an idle engine stall. 

Another cause can be with the induction system, like the idle air control actuator valve. The IAC valve directs and meters the right amount of air the engine need to run properly. If the IAC valve is clogged up, it can’t do its job of getting the right amount of air to the engine, stalling is the result. 

Other issues that can cause an idling engine stall includes:

  • Water in the fuel tank
  • Camshaft or Crankshaft position sensor
  • Bad ignition coil
  • A wiring problem
  • Dirty or bad spark plugs 

Another possible cause of an engine stall with an automatic transmission car is the torque converter. An automatic transmission is a complex component of a car and within it are more complex components. The torque converter manages the transmission fluid which is needed to keep an engine running while driving or at an idle. 

When the torque converter is malfunctioning, you’re going to experience an engine stall while idling. The problem could as simple as low on transmission fluid or an overheated transmission. Either way, it need professional mechanic attention. 

What should I do if my engine stalls?

The first thing at all times is the safety of you and your passengers. An engine stall is a scary thing but keeping your head level and in focus so that everyone is safe needs to be first and foremost. 

If the engine stalls while you’re going down the road, you’ll notice the power steering stops and the brakes are all but gone. You need to gradually steer the car to a safe place off the road while applying the brake, then engage the hazard lights. Once you’re in a safe place, try to restart the car.

If you are stopped and idling when the engine stalls, moving off the road to a safe place may not be possible. In this case, turn the hazard lights on and call either your roadside assistance service or the police for help. Do not get out of the car when there is traffic passing by. 

 Is stalling bad for the engine?

For you, it can be a scary, yet humbling experience to have an engine stall. For your car though, there isn’t much chance that it is something drastic in most cases. What can damage your car after an engine stall is trying to save the situation by overcompensating by pushing on the  accelerator or clutch. This usually results in violent bucking and that does put stress on the motor mounts and transmission mounts.

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What causes rough idle and stalling?

There isn’t just one thing that can cause a rough idling or engine stall.  Some common reasons that cause this to happen are: 

  • Dirty Fuel Injectors
  • Wrong Idle Speed
  • Vacuum Leak
  • Spark Plugs Damaged or Installed Wrong
  • Clogged or Defective Fuel Pump
  • Fuel Filter Clogged
  • Failing Electrical Components
  • Defective Airflow Sensor
  • Oxygen Sensor Dirty

When you have any type of engine stall, while driving down the road or at an idle, you need to take it to a mechanic that knows how to fix a stalled engine. They will have the experience, knowledge, and tools to get your car back on the road again, and it will have a warranty on the work should the problem happen again. Call 630-932-4427 today!

Can you repair tires?

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Can you drive a car with a nail in the tire?

Next to the engine and transmission, one of the most critical components in your car is the tires. They may seem like nothing more than round rubber that your car rolls along on, but they have a lot do with how it drives and rides. So, when you ignore needed tire repair, you’re putting your car and passengers in danger. Read on as we answer common questions and provide answers that will inform you and the importance of tires and prompt tire repair.

Tires picking up a nail or a screw can happen any time to anyone. If you drive at all, it is just a matter of tie. When it does happen, if you do notice it, but the tire hasn’t gone flat, you keep going. Well, experienced mechanics will tell you that you need to drive it straight to a garage and get a tire repair for a nail or a new tire if needed. Why? There are several reasons why getting a tire repair done is better than driving your car with a nail in the tire. 

  • The tire could blow-out at any time while you are driving, causing your car to spin out of control, putting you, your passengers, and others on the road in danger. 
  • From spinning out of control, your vehicle could be severely damaged if you hit an object or another car. The wheel can become damaged, and then you’ll need to more than a tire repair to get back on the road. 
  • It’s a financial saving when you get to a service station that can get your tire repair completed and back on the road versus buying a new tire because you kept driving it with the nail in it. 

It is always recommended by mechanic experts to have a flat tire repaired or replaced after sustaining any damage. Your car, you, and your passengers are depending on safe travels and safe arrivals. 

How long do tire repairs take?

When you get a nail in your tire, repair shops will remove the wheel and tire from your car and inspect the damage.  If they don’t inspect the tire inside and out, they are doing a rush job, and you need to speak up. Additionally to having a nail in your tire, the tire wall could be damaged too, especially if you’ve been driving it for some time. 

Once the technician has located the hole, they will use a tire repair patch on the outer layer where the damage is by scraping out the hole then scoring the inside rubber. The tire repair process may look like they are doing more damage than good, but this gives the tar plug something to grasp on to, then a patch is placed inside the liner of the tire. 

With proper tire repair equipment, a tire repair job shouldn’t take more than thirty to forty-five minutes. Any faster, you need to question their methods and findings then take your car to another facility that does tire repair. 

Is it better to patch or plug a tire?

If done correctly, either option is good, but it depends on what caused the need for a tire repair. Plugging a tire is the least expensive and fastest way to get you back on the road. Tire plugs are good when you have picked up a nail, screw, or other blunt objects that have punctured the tire, possibly still in the tire. A tire repair patch is the better quality of the two tire repair methods. It takes longer. Therefore, it will cost more because of the extra labor involved. 

Is a tire plug permanent?

A tire plug doesn’t seal the inner liner. A tire patch doesn’t fill the hole where the tire is punctured. So, neither of these tire repair methods are going to give you a permanent solution. Using just one of these tire repair methods could allow water inside the tire’s body and corrode the steel belts of the tire. Once the steel belts are corroded and weakened, the tire could blow- out.  Depending on how fast you’re driving, a blow-out tire can be extremely dangerous.

How long can you drive on a patched tire?

Experienced mechanics do not recommend driving on a patched tire for an extended time. However, when patch tire repair is done correctly, it can last up to 10 years. That is under normal driving conditions.  

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If You’re Needing Tire Repair

If you find yourself in need of tire repair and not sure where to go for professional tire plugging or tire patching, do an internet search for “tire repair and oil change near me.” We recommend using a known company with a solid reputation. 

Yes, if you take it a tire store, they will likely try to sell you a new tire, which may not be the worst idea. However, if you can’t afford it, stick to your decision. Remember, some tires cannot be repaired, and there are repair limits as determined by the tire manufacturer. So, while it may seem the technician is trying to sell you a new tire, there could be a legitimate reason why. Call 630-932-4427 today for tire repair in Lombard and Wheaton, IL.

Do Hybrid Cars Need Battery Replacement?

hybrid car battery replacement

Do Hybrid Cars Need Battery Replacement?

Are you in need of hybrid car battery replacement? Whether you are looking for answers or looking for a battery replacement, it is important for you to investigate more about what makes your hybrid car work, and why. Generally speaking, the batteries in modern hybrid are designed to last for about one-hundred thousand miles. In some cases, a hybrid car battery can last one-hundred and fifty thousand miles. If your car is out of warranty and you need to have your battery replaced, a qualified mechanic who specializes in hybrid car battery replacement can assist.

What Happens When a Hybrid Battery Goes Bad?

How can you tell if a hybrid battery has gone bad? If you are searching for the answer to this question, please review the following list to find out more about the signs and symptoms of hybrid car battery failure. 

  • Diminished fuel economy.
  • The charge of the battery fluctuates erratically.
  • The battery doesn’t hold a charge.
  • The internal combustion system runs more than it should.
  • Your engine is emitting strange engine noises.

If you have noticed any of these troubling signs with your hybrid vehicle, it is urgent that you get them checked out sooner rather than later at a verified hybrid car mechanic shop.

Can You Drive a Hybrid With a Dead Battery?

This is a very interesting question, and worthy of note. If your hybrid car’s battery happens to die, you may be rightly wondering if you can still drive it. Theoretically, the answer is yes. However, the car will be weaker and the journey will be much bumpier. In some cases, such as if you have a 12-volt battery, the car may not work. Even if the car does start, the car may still lose power or die while you are driving the vehicle.

Can Hybrid Cars Run on Fuel Only?

Are you wondering if hybrid cars can run on fuel only? As previously mentioned, it is possible for cars to run on just gas, but the ride will be very much diminished. Conversely, hybrid vehicles do require gas to function. While hybrid vehicles can operate in electric-only mode when gasoline is in the tank, hybrid cars are not designed to run without fuel. Doing so could cause severe damage to the hybrid car engine. If there are any further questions, it is advisable that car-owners consult their car manufacturer’s manual. The specifications for their vehicle will be found there.

How Do You Charge a Dead Hybrid Battery?

There are a number of different ways for individuals to charge their car batteries. The first thing that you can do is let the hybrid battery charge on its own. If your vehicle is a plug-in hybrid, it will be important for you to find that out sooner rather than later. As mentioned previously, the best way to find out how to take care of your vehicle is to review your car owner’s manual. You can also make plans to take care of your car by plugging in your car at night to an electrical source. For this purpose, you can use a regular household plug to recharge the hybrid’s batteries.

Hybrid Car Battery Replacement

It’s important for you to consult with a reputable hybrid car mechanic regarding your battery replacement. This is because you will want the most knowledgeable individual to handle a car that has so many advanced moving parts. The cost for a replacement battery will change based upon the make and model of the vehicle and other relevant factors. You will also have to factor in labor costs. 

Hybrid Car Battery Repair Near Me

If you are looking for a car dealership or an independent auto mechanic shop for hybrid car battery repair, there are a number of good ways for you to do so. You can ask a friend or neighbor for a recommendation if they also have a hybrid vehicle. You can also use relevant search terms on the internet. Based on the number and quality of the reviews, you can make a decision to call a company and schedule an appointment for your vehicle.

hybrid car battery replacement

Hybrid Car Battery Repair

Are you wondering if your hybrid car battery can be repaired? Unfortunately, it probably cannot. It is true that there are some circumstances that would merit your car battery being able to be repaired, in most cases your car battery will need to be replaced. 

Hybrid Car Battery Installation

If you need a new hybrid car battery installation, you may also want to tune up your vehicle at the same time. The best way for you to figure out the best course of action is to set up a consultation with a local, reliable auto mechanic who specializes in handling hybrid cars.

If you need a hybrid car battery replacement in Lombard and Wheaton, IL, we are available to help. Please reach out to us at 630-932-4427.

Is It Worth Fixing a Transmission?

auto transmission repair

Is it Worth Fixing a Transmission?

If you need auto transmission service, it will be important for you to find the real experts. Meanwhile, it will be important for you to consider whether or not you should rebuild your transmission or get your car replaced. Rebuilding a transmission can save an individual a lot of money over the short term. This is because it will keep monthly car payments out of the monthly budget. However, rebuilding a transmission can be costly, and if the car doesn’t have a lot of redeeming qualities it may be more cost-effective in the long run to invest in another vehicle. The best person to speak to in such circumstances is a qualified, licensed mechanic.

Is It Better to Rebuild Or Replace a Transmission?

A qualified mechanic will be able to survey the interior of your engine and let you know if your transmission should be rebuilt or replaced. The final decision become a matter of cost and the amount of time to complete the repair. A transmission expert will help rebuild your transmission. There may be substantial costs involved, so it can be a weighty decision.

What are the Signs of a Bad Transmission?

Every car owner should be aware of the signs of a bad transmission. Being observant of your vehicle will pay off in the long run. Please review the following signs and symptoms of a bad transmission in order to arm yourself with knowledge.

  • If your car is emitting unusual sounds such as whining and clunking. This can be quite obvious, but it is imperative to observe any unusual sounds coming from your engine.
  • Your transmission is not responding. You should be able to switch gears instantly. If this function is impaired, you could have a bad transmission.
  • Your transmission is noisy in neutral. If your transmission is noisy in neutral, you may have a serious transmission issue.
  • If your gears are grinding. Grinding gears is a serious issue. Please seek a licensed mechanic if you observe this ominous sign.

Will Check Engine Light Come On for Transmission Problems?

Check engine lights are not specific to the engine only. A check engine light can let the car owner know if there are problems with the transmission. These problems can include overheating, solenoid issues, speed sensors, a slipping transmission, and more.

Can a Transmission Go Wrong Without Warning?

As previously alluded to, it’s important for car owners to be observant of any issues that their vehicles are revealing. This includes if the car jumps gears without warning or slips in and out of gears while the vehicle is in motion. If you have noticed that your transmission is doing this, it is in the process of failing or has already failed. The sooner you go to a mechanic to fix your transmission, the more answers you will find.

Auto Transmission Repair

If you are wondering what is involved in auto transmission repair, there are many different aspects to be aware of. Auto transmission repair will involve removing the damaged or broken transmission completely from the vehicle and then either repairing or replacing any parts that have been damaged.

Auto Transmission Repair Shops

In order to find the best auto transmission repair shop in your area, you will need to do some research. An internet search will review all the shops that are available in your location. You can also ask a friend or neighbor for a referral, and survey your choices from there. A good mechanic will have excellent credentials and have an established reputation in your location.

Automotive Transmission Repair Service

Are you wondering whether or not your car’s transmission can be repaired? If your transmission is acting up, it will be important for you to secure an appointment with a mechanic as soon as possible. Your mechanic will be able to review your current transmission needs and give you a repair estimate. Rebuilt transmissions may not be as good as a new transmission, but they will keep your vehicle in working order.

auto transmission repair

Auto Transmission Repair Near Me

A great way for you to find an auto transmission repair shop is to use the search term: “auto transmission repair near me.” Doing so will reveal a number of automotive repair shops in your area. Good reviews are an excellent way to start when it comes to your final selection of an auto transmission repair shop. When speaking with the operator or team member at your local mechanic repair shop, make sure to specify identifying details about your car. At that point, you can start to understand whether or not your transmission needs to be repaired or replaced. 

If you need auto transmission repair in Lombard and Wheaton, IL, please give our competent crew a call at 630-932-4427.