Yearly Archives: 2021

Common FAQs About Check Engine Lights

Common FAQs About Check Engine Lights

Question #1 - Is It Safe To Drive With My Check Engine Light On? In a few circumstances, a Check Engine light could represent something as minor as a loose gas cap or other problems that don't affect vehicle performance. It's impossible to be 100% unless you get your car diagnosed by a professional. Because of the check engine light's complexities, it is recommended that you limit your driving until the cause of the check engine light has been established. If this yellow warning light comes on your dash, please bring your vehicle to Ming's Auto Repair as soon as possible! Question #2 - Why Is My Check Engine Light Flashing? A flashing check engine light is different than a still check engine light. A blinking warning light may indicate engine problems that are far more severe and could shut down your engine entirely. If your check engine light is flashing, we highly urge you to refrain from driving the vehicle at all. You should call for a tow if you believe the cond ... read more

How To Refill Your Windshield Wiper Fluid

How To Refill Your Windshield Wiper Fluid

When you've got dirt, grime, or bugs splattered on your windshield, nothing's more annoying than initiating the windshield washer sprayer and realizing you're completely out. Fortunately, replacing windshield washer fluid is as simple as pumping gasoline. We're here to lay out the steps and go over the basics of windscreen wiper fluid. Did you know that not all windshield wiper fluids are the same? There are various types on the market, and we'll go over those as well.    How To Replace Windshield Washer Fluid Unlike engine oil and other fluids in your car, windshield washer fluid doesn't break down easily. Therefore, there's no specified method for replacing windshield washer fluid. All you do is put more in the reservoir whenever you run low using the following steps: Pop your vehicle's hood open. Find the windshield washer reservoir cap and open it. It is usually a screw-on or press-on top with an image of water spraying on a windscreen ... read more

Common Problems With Catalytic Converters

Common Problems With Catalytic Converters

The catalytic converter is one of the most critical parts of your vehicle's exhaust system. It is located between the muffler and the engine, and its primary function is to manage and transform harmful pollutants that would come from your car's exhaust into non-polluted air. It ensures that the emissions that are discharged from the muffler are considerably safer.   WHAT ARE THE POTENTIAL PROBLEMS OF THE CATALYTIC CONVERTER? The catalytic converter is a car part that is meant to last for as long as ten years. However, it can become clogged, overheated, damaged, and contaminated. If this were the case, it could lead to a sluggish and whiny engine.  The most common contaminants that a catalytic converter may face are a result of leaded gasoline. Luckily, this type of gasoline is seldom used in the US. On the other hand, the catalytic converter can become contaminated by coolant leaks, combustion, a faulty head-gasket, or even engine oil. A catalytic converter can al ... read more

How Often Should You Replace Your Water Pump

How Often Should You Replace Your Water Pump

The water pump is one of the vehicle components that may never require replacement if your vehicle is well-taken care of. You can own a car for over 15 years and never have to replace the water pump. That's not to say that it can't develop a problem. That's why the car comes with a scheduled maintenance routine for every car component to ensure that it is always in pristine condition to function at maximum performance. So, when should you replace the water pump? At What Interval Should You Replace a Car Water Pump? As mentioned earlier, a vehicle's water pump is usually built to last, perhaps because it is located deep under the hood. Still, it is prone to wear and tear. Because it is not easily seen doesn't mean it should be out of mind. Typically, the recommended interval for replacing the water pump is every 60,000 to 100,000 miles, depending on various factors, such as the car model, road and weather conditions, and driving behavior. Therefore, if you plan to ... read more

Are Vehicle Pre-purchase Inspections Worth the Cost?

Are Vehicle Pre-purchase Inspections Worth the Cost?

What Is a Pre-Purchase Inspection? If a person is buying a used car, it is wise to bring it to a mechanic first to do a thorough inspection. That is the basic definition of a pre-purchase inspection. The idea is for the mechanic to let the prospective buyer know if there are any major problems with the car. There could also be current minor problems that, if left unaddressed, can become major problems later. An inspection will uncover these minor problems too. What Can Happen If You Do Not Have the Vehicle Inspected? There is the old saying, "you get what you pay for." When you are buying a used car, you realize you are not getting a brand, new car. That is why you are paying so much less. However, nobody likes to be ripped off. A lot of people who sell used cars, especially privately, will try to take advantage of the buyer. For all you know, you could be interested in a complete lemon. Only a pre-purchase inspection can prevent this ... read more

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