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What To Do When Your Battery Terminals Are Corroded

What To Do When Your Battery Terminals Are Corroded

When your battery grows old and corrodes, it can severely affect your battery's charge. In fact, thick corrosion can cause your car to not start at all. Read on to learn more about battery corrosion and what you can do about it. Understanding Corrosion The best way to explain how battery corrosion starts is due to poor battery maintenance. If you add too much water to your battery, it can cause leaks and corrosion. Since most car batteries hold a mixture of acid and water, they can corrode easily if the substance leaks out. Another common cause of corrosion is overcharging your battery. However, battery corrosion can develop easier as the battery ages.   If you see a buildup of white, blue, or green substances around your battery terminals, it is corrosion. The color of the corrosion itself can be very telling of the nature of the problem. White corrosion is often caused by leaking acid from the battery casing. Whereas green materials tend to develop when oxygen occurs wit ... read more

5 Most Important Warning Lights on Your Dashboard

5 Most Important Warning Lights on Your Dashboard

As a vehicle operator, it is important to be aware of certain mechanical aspects of your car. General maintenance is always recommended to keep your vehicles running in good shape. Sometimes things can happen and an error occurs that you don't know what to do about. It is important to know what the lights on your dashboard mean and what to do in the event you see a warning light appear. These are the 5 most important warning lights on your dashboard. 1. Check Engine Light The check engine light could indicate an issue with your vehicle's engine. There are also many other reasons ranging from serious to simple for a check engine light to come on. To diagnose a check engine light the first thing you should do is check the codes with an OBD or OBD ll reader. Taking your vehicle to shop will ensure a licensed mechanic can properly diagnose your check engine light codes. 2. Coolant Temperature Warning Light The coolant temperature warning light indicates a high temperature of co ... read more

What Kind of Summer Maintenance Does My Car Need?

What Kind of Summer Maintenance Does My Car Need?

As many of us get in the head space to enjoy the summer, you may not want to forget about your car. We tend to overlook how much the hot temperatures can take a toll on our cars. We’d hate for you to deal with an unexpected breakdown. You’re welcome to bring your car to the experts at Snellville Auto Center so that we can summer-ize your vehicle. Here are 4 maintenance items to check off before heading into summer. 1) Air-Conditioning System  Staying cool is a top priority for the summer. If it has been a while since you serviced your car A/C, then leaking refrigerant should not come as a shock. One common sign of A/C leaks is warm air blowing instead of cool. At our auto repair shop, we have the necessary equipment to recharge your air conditioning system if you are concerned about your HVAC system. 2) Air Filter Speaking of your HVAC system, you should have your cabin air filter changed too. If the filter is dirty or clogged, then now would be the perfect time to ... read more

Signs of Worn Shocks and Struts

Signs of Worn Shocks and Struts

There are key components in a car that are needed to be in good condition for it to move effectively. These work hand in hand, a car can have an engine in mint condition but if the exterior is not well taken care of the vehicle is considered unroadworthy. Having regular check-ups on your vehicle is required to make sure every part of your vehicle is in good condition to avoid malfunctions and ensure the mobility of the vehicle. Some of these sections of the car that need to be in good condition are shocks and struts. Shocks and struts are parts of a car suspension system and are used in cars individually or combined. They stabilize the vehicle and keep the tires in contact with the ground surface as the vehicle moves. They provide control when you accelerate, turn or brake on the smooth or uneven road surfaces. Shocks are hydraulic components that aid in minimizing movement generated by vehicles moving on uneven surfaces using springs. These springs normally absorb jolts and shove b ... read more

What Does My Tire Tread Pattern Mean?

What Does My Tire Tread Pattern Mean?

Changing worn tires frequently can be very expensive. Many drivers are not aware that you can avoid a lot of tire tread wear with regular tire inspection, maintenance and by being mindful when driving. Driving with worn-out tread on your tires is dangerous as it can cause some very preventable accidents occurring such as hydroplaning, sudden blowouts, crashing due to increased braking distance or spinning out on the ice. Learn about the different types of tire tread wear and ways in which you can avoid them to make your tires last a bit longer. Side Wear If your tread is worn on the sides but not down the center, this usually points to your tires being under-inflated consistently. If not an inflation issue, then it may be that your car is out of alignment or your steering arm might be bent. Middle Wear If you notice only tread wear down the center of your tires, this is a red light that you have been over-inflating them. When overinflated, the middle part bulges out and is the ma ... read more

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