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What is an Oxygen Sensor?

What is an Oxygen Sensor?

Your car's oxygen sensor measures the amount of oxygen in your engine. This sensor is very important to keep in check as in order for your car's internal combustion to work, your engine must burn gasoline and your oxygen sensor keeps the amount of oxygen burning in check. When an oxygen sensor does not receive much air, it will fail to do its mechanical job and your car may suffer from issues ranging from instant jerking in your vehicle to hesitation in acceleration and other severe issues that may be potentially life-threatening. Below are some signs to look for that your oxygen sensor might be at risk of being damaged, and that it would be strongly advised to come into a mechanic or auto repair shop to have your car looked at. Failure to pass an emissions test If your car fails to pass the emissions test when put to the place, that is a sign that your oxygen sensor is not working as intended. Since you cannot see the level of air pollutants that are emitted from your motor ... read more

When Do I Need To Have My Vehicle Serviced?

When Do I Need To Have My Vehicle Serviced?

When Do I Need To Have My Car Serviced? The Dealer Keeps Sending Me Maintenance Reminders It used to be simple. In the past, it was pretty much agreed upon that oil needed to be changed every 3000 miles, your spark plugs needed to be changed at 15,000 miles, the transmission fluid and fuel filter were due at 30,000 miles, and the differential fluid would get changed at 90,000 miles. Times have changed. Fluids are much better than they used to be. Spark plugs are now made of iridium and other materials that seem to never wear out. Even oil filters are often made of fleece instead of paper. Maintenance on European cars isn’t what it used to be. If you’re driving a BMW or a Mercedes, your vehicle may be going 15,000 or more miles before the little light on the dash warns you that it’s time to get your car into the shop. But even then, how do you know what actually needs to be done? Consult Your Owner’s Manual The first step is to consult your owner’s man ... read more

In's & Outs of Performance Brake Hoses

In's & Outs of Performance Brake Hoses

Why Do I Need Performance Brake Hoses? When it comes to high performance, most people think way more about the “go” than they do the “whoa”. We talk to people often about doing performance work on their European cars and the discussions always begin with talk about things like cold air intakes, superchargers, bigger turbos, and even performance camshafts and stroker kits. We love talking about making cars go faster. It’s in our blood to see how we can push the limits of the cars we work on. But the most sensible way to increase a car’s performance is to start with the braking system. You see, when you make a car capable of going faster before you increase its ability to stop in shorter distances, you’re asking for trouble. But you can’t really make a car stop too fast. There is an order to almost everything in life, so let me drive this point home one more time. Start your performance mods with the brakes. Bra ... read more

This is How Often you Need to Change Your Brake Fluid

This is How Often you Need to Change Your Brake Fluid

Brakes are one of the most vital parts of your car, as they must be checked regularly to ensure they function properly. The frequency of checking your brakes depends on your vehicle's make and model, though in general, it's best to be proactive about the brake fluid levels and monitor them to ensure adequate levels are maintained. There are several reasons why changing your brake fluid and checking the brakes on your car is essential. How is Brake Fluid Checked? A visual inspection is needed in most vehicles, as the cap on the fluid is usually translucent, providing a clear view of how much is left. It's best to minimize touching it or remove the cap unless adding or changing the fluid, as exposed air can negatively impact the car's hydraulics. It's recommended to have a professional mechanic perform this task for you and advise how often it should be done. Why is Brake Fluid Important for Vehicles? When your car has adequate brake fluid, this supports the hydra ... read more

What are the Different Types of Tire Wear?

What are the Different Types of Tire Wear?

Tires are an important part of any car. After all, they are responsible for how your car performs, the comfort as you ride, and even your overall safety on the road. However, like with all other parts of your automotive, tires are at risk of wear and tear. Some wear out faster compared to others, and it has nothing to do with the quality of the road or the tires. As a result, most drivers incur huge costs when replacing tires that have not lived up to their intended product life. To avoid this we have come up with a list of the common types of tire wear and what causes them. Read on to understand more. 1. Cupping Wear Cupping is a unique type of tread wear. Cupping looks like patchy worn out sections on your tire and it is often caused by repeated irregular up and down motions. In most cases, drivers might feel the tire bounce at very high speeds. When driving slowly, the ride can be very bumpy. A worn-out suspension or a damaged shock absorber can put unnecessary strain on the ti ... read more

Why Do Car Batteries Die in the Winter?

Why Do Car Batteries Die in the Winter?

When it comes to living in areas where it gets really cold or even snows during the winter, you may have heard or even dealt with the dreaded dead car battery. It can happen much more often during the winter, and for good reason. So, why exactly do car batteries tend to die in colder weather?  Funny enough, the real reason is because of the damage that summer can do to a car battery. During high temperatures, the internal plates of the battery can become corroded and it can vaporize the battery juices quickly. This summertime damage can lead to batteries dying more often in the winter because a cold battery has reduced cranking power and low temperatures can thicken motor oil, which can make it harder for the engine to turn over.  Because of the colder temperatures, it essentially causes the battery to have to work harder in order to power your car. Processes are much difficult with thicker fluids and slower chemical reactions. This can be especially concerning for car batt ... read more

Why Do I Need Performance Brake Hoses?

Why Do I Need Performance Brake Hoses? When it comes to high performance, most people think way more about the “go” than they do the “whoa”. We talk to people often about doing performance work on their European cars and the discussions always begin with talk about things like cold air intakes, superchargers, bigger turbos, and even performance camshafts and stroker kits. We love talking about making cars go faster. It’s in our blood to see how we can push the limits of the cars we work on. But the most sensible way to increase a car’s performance is to start with the braking system. You see, when you make a car capable of going faster before you increase its ability to stop in shorter distances, you’re asking for trouble. But you can’t really make a car stop too fast. There is an order to almost everything in life, so let me drive this point home one more time. Start your performance mods with the brakes. Bra ... read more

What Can Cause My Car Heater to Fail?

What Can Cause My Car Heater to Fail?

Now more than ever we are going to be relying on our car's heater to keep us nice and cozy on the road. The weather is only getting colder from here, and you'll turn to your heater to warm up your cabin and defrost your windshield in the mornings.  Your car's heating system is actually more important to your vehicle's operation than you might know. While your heater keeps you comfortable on the road, it is also critical when it comes to your safety. If you aren't able to defrost your windshield, your view can be obstructed which can risk your safety.  If you notice that when you turn on your car heater that nothing happens, we invite you into EurAuto Shop for an inspection. There are a couple of different reasons why a car heater can fail, and our professionals can get to the bottom of the issue quickly.  Here are some of the most common reasons why a car heater may fail:  A coolant leak is a potential culprit when it comes to heater problems ... read more

Fall Vehicle Maintenance

Fall Vehicle Maintenance

It’s officially the fall season, and now is a great time to take charge of your vehicle’s fall maintenance. The difference in season comes with weather changes and preparing your vehicle for the rain and chilly weather will help keep you safe on the road over the next few months. Next month is Fall Car Care Month, which reminds you to make sure your vehicle is inspected and serviced for the new season. Here at some of the most important fall maintenance items to take care of now: Replace your windshield wipers and top off wiper fluid   Check the brakes for proper air pressure and tread, which is super important for wet road conditions   Make sure all fluids are clean and topped off, and flush any dirty fluids   Inspect all belts and hoses   Test battery for charge and condition, because the summer tends to wear down your battery faster   Check that the heater and defroster systems are working properly   Test all lights includ ... read more

Why is My Car’s A/C Not Working?

Why is My Car’s A/C Not Working?

You get into your car on a hot summer day, only to find that the air conditioning system isn’t working as it should. It may not work at all, or you may find that it just isn’t as cold as it used to be. Whatever the issue is, you find yourself in an uncomfortable sweat stuck driving in the heat. The air conditioning system has many different working components, and an issue with the A/C can stem from the refrigerant, the condenser, the cooling fan, the compressor, the evaporator, and more. Here are some symptoms to keep an eye out for that can indicate a problem with your vehicle’s A/C system: Air blows warm when A/C is turned on   Max A/C isn’t as cold as it used to be   Mold or mildew smell when A/C is turned on   Strange noises coming from vents   No air blows out of vents As soon as you notice any of the issues listed above, we invite you to EurAuto shop for a thorough air conditioning system inspection. We often find that a ... read more

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