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What Does The Color of My Exhaust Fumes Signify?

What Does The Color of My Exhaust Fumes Signify?

As responsible vehicle owners, we must consistently inspect our car's systems and fluids to keep our vehicle in good health. A sign as alarming as spewing smoke can be very worrying. However, you can quickly diagnose the condition of your car by paying close attention to the color of the smoke itself and using the rest of your senses.    WHITE SMOKE If your exhaust releases white smoke, it's oftentimes just water vapor. This is especially common on cold mornings or cold days. White gases are produced by condensation and naturally accumulate in the exhaust system. However, in rare cases, whitish-gray smoke may suggest that you have a blown head gasket or coolant entering the combustion chamber. The only way to distinguish the problem is by visiting our expert team at D. Wells Automotive Service for an accurate examination.    BLUE OR GRAY SMOKE There is more than one reason to worry if your exhaust is discharging blue or gray exhaust smoke. These colors ... read more

How to Troubleshoot Your Windshield Wiper Problems

How to Troubleshoot Your Windshield Wiper Problems

Water streaks and loud squeaks on your windshield can be very annoying to deal with when you're in distress. No driver should have to suffer through poor visibility on their rainy drives. Did you know that an astounding 90% of all driving decisions are based solely on visual cues? This statistic presents the importance of windshield wipers when it comes to seeing in wet weather conditions. If you encounter windshield wiper problems, here are some quick and easy fixes that you can try at home!   HERE'S WHAT TO DO WHEN... YOUR WIPERS LEAVE WATER STREAKS ALL OVER THE WINDSHIELD.  If your windshield wipers start leaving water streaks all over your windscreen, they aren't doing any good. There are a few different reasons why streaking is occurring. The first reason is you may be operating worn wiper blades. Wiper blades are manufactured out of soft rubber, so they wear out and need replacement over time. Most manufacturers suggest a replacement in as little time as ... read more

Advantages of Parking in Reverse

Advantages of Parking in Reverse

When leaving a parking spot, pulling forward is always quicker and more convenient than backing out. Depending on where you live, angled parking spots may be more prevalent and challenge you to reverse park. With more vehicles being equipped with modern technology, such as backup cameras and motion sensors, drivers have become much more comfortable operating their vehicles. Below are some reasons why it’s better to back into parking spaces:    Due to more enhanced visibility, backing into a parking space can be done quicker than ever. You can save plenty of time when you don’t have to back out while struggling to look for oncoming traffic.   Better visibility equals higher safety. When reversing, you often have to back out more than halfway out of the space before you can see clearly in all directions. Pulling out forward from a parking space means you’ll need to creep forward no more than 1/3 of the way. Therefore, it is a safer method for other dr ... read more

Most Common Reasons for a HOT (Overheating) Car

Most Common Reasons for a HOT (Overheating) Car

An overheating vehicle becomes a more common issue when the temperature outside starts climbing. It can be pretty daunting, considering one of the first signs is smoke coming out of your hood. However, do not panic when you notice smoke or when the temperature gauge indicates the red "H". We will help you get to the bottom of the problem. Here are the possible reasons that cause your vehicle to overheat:   Coolant System Leak A leak in the coolant system is the most significant cause contributing to an overheating engine. The system itself consists of the radiator, water pump, head gasket, hoses, and thermostat housing. Always be sure to search under the hood to see if you notice any leaks. If located, sometimes you may be able to patch it yourself. However, if you are uncomfortable with the repair, D. Wells Automotive is happy to do the job.   Not Enough Coolant It is essential to routinely check and top off your coolant when ... read more

How Long Do Shock Absorbers Last?

How Long Do Shock Absorbers Last?

Shock absorbers - every vehicle has them! Like all the parts you have on your car, it's good to know as much as you can about your shock absorbers. You want to know what they are needed for, how long they last, and when they need to be replaced. Some may last longer than others, but there are some key things that you can be on the lookout for that will help you know when it is time to replace the shock absorbers on your vehicle. Your shock absorbers are on your vehicle to absorb the shock that is put on your suspension. This is in place, so the passengers in your car don't have to take on the shock as you're driving. You want your car to run smoothly; whenever you drive over a bump, and you also want the impact when you press on your brake to be smooth and comfortable, particularly when you have to make a sudden stop, your shock absorbers will allow that to happen. Not all shock absorbers are the same, although they all do the same thing. There are, in fact, three differe ... read more

How to Prepare Your Vehicle for the Spring Season

How to Prepare Your Vehicle for the Spring Season

Once winter's over, most people often hit the roads to enjoy the warmer weather that accompanies spring and summer. Scheduling a maintenance service around spring can help you avoid car troubles during the upcoming traveling season. Below's a detailed description of the various maintenance solutions that can ensure your vehicle stays in tip-top shape during and after spring. Visiting a Car Wash Spring cleaning isn't exclusively recommended for your home only. Winter conditions can also take a toll on your vehicle. Besides the freezing temperatures, salt from the roads can damage your car's paint job, which is why you should immediately visit a professional car wash service provider before the start of spring. If that's not an option, you can add baking soda to the water you'll use to wash your car if it has significant salt buildup to help preserve the integrity of the automobile's paint job. Checking the Vehicle's Battery ... read more

How Long Do Tires Last?

How Long Do Tires Last?

Whether you're driving a classic muscle car, a beefed-up pickup truck, or a modern sedan, your tires are the most important part of your vehicle. Without functioning tires, your car isn't moving anywhere. So how long do tires last? The average estimate is 50,000 miles, but there's no exact answer. There are many factors that affect the lifespan of your vehicle's tires. 1. Different tires have different treadwear ratings. The tread is different on winter tires and summer tires. Same with performance tires and all-weather tires. Make sure to check the treadwear rating before you purchase a tire, as that impacts the tire's lifespan. The higher the rating, the longer it will last. 2. The type of vehicle affects how long a tire lasts. A heavier vehicle, such as an SUV or truck, puts more weight on tires than a compact sedan. Always make sure to put the appropriate tires onto your vehicle. 3. Your driving style impacts your tire's lifespan. To make tires last long ... read more

The Importance of Keeping Your Car's Ventilation System Clean

The Importance of Keeping Your Car's Ventilation System Clean

A clean car is a well-functioning car. The ventilator in your car is no exception. Regular cleanings are necessary in order to avoid encountering problems later on. If you fail to keep up with these cleanings, the air in your car will become unhealthy and could make you and your passengers sick. The standard period of time to go between ventilator cleanings is a year and a half, or 15,000 miles, whichever comes first. This is as long as your cabin air filter can last before it becomes too dirty to do its job properly. When this does happen, you will need to immediately make an appointment with your mechanic. A typical air filter cleaning involves clearing out space where the air enters your car, as well as the housing the filter itself is surrounded by. Depending on the kind of car you have, it has either one or two filters. If your car has two, both must always be cleaned at the same time. When you have your air filter cleaned regularly, it allows your car to use fuel in a more eff ... read more

Do I Really Need to Replace my Timing Belt?

Do I Really Need to Replace my Timing Belt?

The timing belt is important because they will force different valves in the vehicle to open and close based on how the pistons move. However, getting this replaced can be expensive, which is why a lot of car owners will wait too long. Waiting too long to replace this belt is going to cause a lot of damage to the engine. Knowing when to replace the timing belt, and getting it done, can help protect your vehicle. When to Replace the Timing Belt? Timing belts, just like all of the other components of your vehicle, will wear out. When this happens, they will do some damage to your engine. It is best if you can replace this belt before it breaks or slips on you. The best time to do this depends on what type of vehicle you drive, but most will recommend that you do this somewhere between 60,000 to 100,000 miles. Look at your owner's manual to determine the best time to do this. Is Replacing the Timing Belt Expensive? The timing belt is often difficult to reach in most cars, which m ... read more

What Is The Difference Between the Muffler and the Exhaust?

What Is The Difference Between the Muffler and the Exhaust?

You can see some extension of an exhaust pipe out of the vehicle's body at the back of a car. Do you refer to this as an exhaust or a muffler? Many do not understand the difference in operation between the muffler and the exhaust since they are situated both in the same place. The engine usually emits the right amount of harmful gases from the combustion chamber that needs to be converted to safe gases before releasing them into the atmosphere. The conversion of the emissions to a safe gas to the air is the exhaust's role, whereas the muffler, even though it is part of the exhaust, plays a different function of muffling the engine's sound. The exhaust's role is to make sure that the gases from the engine are emitted to the air in good condition that is not harmful to anyone and to reduce the noise from the engine. The exhaust system has many pipes that work together to help minimize safe gas to the environment. These pipes include; tailpipe, catalytic converter, muffl ... read more

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