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What Does The Battery Light Mean?

What Does The Battery Light Mean?

Vehicles are a great invention that millions use daily. While we know of some of the more popular things in our vehicles, things we use every time we are in the vehicle there are some things that appear that may catch you off guard. As you're driving it is inherent for you to pay attention to new things in your vehicle you haven't seen before, and that includes lights that may appear in your dash, including the battery light. It can be a difficult situation when you see a light and you have no idea what it means. So, what does it mean when you see the battery light appear? When you see the battery light on in your vehicle when you first turn it on, you generally don't have anything to worry about. This may happen when you start your car, but it will quickly turn off and there is no issue. In some cases when you see the battery light, it may mean that your battery can be bad, but there are instances when that isn't the case either. Your battery light will come on when ... read more

How Often Do Windshield Wipers Need To Be Replaced?

How Often Do Windshield Wipers Need To Be Replaced?

Windshield wipers are some of the simplest components of a car. Many car owners forget that windshield wipers play a vital role in sub-zero temperatures, extreme dust, blazing heat, and rainy seasons. — they enhance your safety by providing a clear view of the road. It is quite easy to underestimate their role until you are caught up in rain, snow, or driving down a dusty road. What Symptoms Show That Your Windshield Wipers Need Replacement? Streaking and/or Hazing On Your Windshield Your car wiper blades are functioned to press on the windshield evenly. The presence of streaks, even after using a windshield spray, is a common indicator that your wipers need replacement. Such streaking may signify that the windshield wipers are worn out and torn; hence, they cannot press the windshield evenly. You will notice spots, hazing, and streaking, all signs that the wipers need replacement. A Chattering or Screeching Sound When your wipers drag across the windscreen, their movement s ... read more

Why Isn't My Car Heater Working?

Why Isn't My Car Heater Working?

A working car heater makes drives comfortable, especially on chilly evenings and freezing winters. Unfortunately, most car owners often ignore car heater servicing for their vehicles. On snowy and freezing days, drivers might get stuck in a storm when the heater fails to heat up and defrost windows and mirrors to maintain visibility on the road. A working heater is essential to eliminate a frustrating and freezing drive and the possibility of getting stuck in a snowstorm. The car heating system is relatively easy to understand. It is composed of a heater core, a heater fan, the coolant system, and HVAC controls. Despite its simplicity in composition and functioning, different issues might render the system dysfunctional, requiring urgent servicing. Some issues that could trigger a faulty heating system include; A Faulty Thermostat A ruined thermostat is the most common reason for a failed heating system. It might be stuck open or stuck closed. A stuck thermostat interferes with the ... read more

Why does my brake pedal feel spongy?

Why does my brake pedal feel spongy?

There are so many things to take into account when it comes to looking after your car; from checking the engine oil level and lights, to refilling the screen wash and tire pressure, but probably the most important part of vehicle maintenance is making sure that your brakes are in top condition. A properly working brake pedal should feel firm and stable under the foot when you press on it. But when the brake pedal feels unsteady or you find yourself pressing it harder than usual for the car to stop, it's an indication of spongy or mushy brakes. But what exactly causes the brake to become spongy in the first place? Read on to discover the possible reasons. Old or Low Brake Fluid Brake fluid is essential in bringing your car to a swift halt when needed. But over time, this fluid becomes old and wears thin, thereby affecting the brake performance of the car. So it is important to have your brakes regularly inspected to prevent any complications. Air in the ... read more

Winter Vehicle Maintenance Items

Winter Vehicle Maintenance Items

At The Detroit Garage, we want to make sure that you and your family are kept safe on the road this winter and holiday season. While you may be in a rush to get on the road to spend time with family and loved ones, it is important to make sure that your vehicle is well maintained and prepared to drive in the winter season. The following winter vehicle maintenance tips will guide you on how to take care of your vehicle and be safe on the road through the colder months! Have your vehicle inspected - The best way to catch an issue early on is to have your vehicle inspected by your local trusted mechanic here at our shop. Our experts will complete a full inspection of your vehicle to ensure that all components are working properly and that all is in order to ensure your safety while driving.    Change your windshield wiper - it is important to make sure that your windshield wipers work properly. Wipers should be replaced at least once a year. If you notice any skipping or ... read more

What Can Cause Poor Vehicle Fuel Economy?

 What Can Cause Poor Vehicle Fuel Economy?

After driving your vehicle for a while, you begin to understand how much your full tank costs and how much a full tank will last you throughout the week. However, there are certain car problems that can happen that may have you noticed that your vehicle's fuel economy has decreased and you find yourself filling up your gas tank more often.  Bad vehicle maintenance is always a reason behind poor fuel economy. The better care you take of your vehicle, the better it will run and perform. You'll spend less on gas and repairs when you invest in proper vehicle maintenance. A regular vehicle inspection here at The Detroit Garage will keep your vehicle always running at its best and ensure that you get the best fuel efficiency from your car.  Here are some of the top reasons behind why your vehicle has poor fuel economy:  Incorrect tire pressure Bad oxygen sensors Dirty or clogged air filters Bad spark plugs Bad fuel injectors Blasting air c ... read more

What are the Signs of Worn Shocks and Struts?

What are the Signs of Worn Shocks and Struts?

When driving offroad, you're bound to feel some bumps along the way. However, more drivers won't be taking any dirt roads to their destination, and driving on the regular pavement should feel smooth and controlled. If your ride suddenly starts feeling like an amusement park attraction, you may start to think that something is wrong. Chances are, you may have worn shocks and struts.  What are shocks and struts? The shocks and struts in your vehicle are the parts that help to dampen shock from the road and keep your ride smooth. The system is hydraulic, meaning that it uses fluid to absorb force so that your entire vehicle cabin doesn't bounce up and down excessively. However, over time, the shocks and struts can become worn down or leaky, which can decrease their effectiveness, ultimately leaving you with a bumpy drive.  Here are the signs of worn shocks and struts to look out for:  Car vibrates or feels shaky at high speeds Vehicle dips to one side when t ... read more

Is it Safe to Drive with Your Check Engine Light On?

Is it Safe to Drive with Your Check Engine Light On?

You're driving as usual and look down at your dashboard to see the dreaded check engine light on - maybe you've been experiencing some strange symptoms lately, or maybe you have noticed anything different with your vehicle at all. Regardless, you start to panic. Why is your check engine light on, and what could possibly be the issue? Will it be expensive to fix? Is it safe to continue driving your vehicle with the check engine light on? When your vehicle's check engine light illuminates, it's your car's way of letting you know that it has detected an issue. Modern vehicles are equipped with highly intelligent computer systems that are connected to many different sensors. When something goes wrong, the sensor will inform the computer that it has detected an issue, and this will trigger the check engine light to illuminate. While your vehicle doesn't tell you exactly what is wrong, the issue could be as simple as a loose gas cap or as severe as a failing catalyti ... read more

Is Vehicle Maintenance Necessary?

Is Vehicle Maintenance Necessary?

There are definitely different types of car owners out there - those that are on top of their vehicle's maintenance and those that only bring their car to the shop when there is a problem with it. While some may believe that the latter helps save them money, the truth is, good maintenance helps you avoid car problems. Car repairs can be expensive depending on what needs to be fixed, while maintenance is generally more affordable and is preventative. The better care you take of your vehicle, the less likely you'll have to deal with major repairs in your car's lifetime.  So, when thinking about whether or not vehicle maintenance is necessary, the answer truly is yes. The reason is, maintenance is the only way to ensure a long vehicle lifespan and will save you tons of money on repairs over time. Plus, it protects any warranties that you may have and helps boost resale value if you ever need to sell your car.  What are the most important maintenance items that you ... read more

How Long Do Head Gaskets Last?

How Long Do Head Gaskets Last?

The head gasket in your vehicle has a very important job - it separates the block of the motor from the head of the motor to ensure that the coolant doesn't get into the cylinders. Gaskets are typically very durable components but are sometimes susceptible to leaking, which can start to cause problems for your engine.  The main culprit of a failing head gasket is caused by an overheating engine. An engine can overheat quickly if the cooling system doesn't work as it should in terms of regulating heat and keeping the engine cool. When the engine overheats, the head gasket can fail which can cause leaking into the cylinders. This leads to engine damage that can be costly to repair. This is why it is so important to take care of your vehicle's engine and cooling system. A well-maintained cooling system will protect your engine, which will prevent you from having to deal with repairs such as the head gasket. Ideally, an inspection of your vehicle's coolant, thermosta ... read more

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