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Why Do My Car Vents Smell Bad?

Why Do My Car Vents Smell Bad?

There is hardly a nicer feeling than turning on your car's air conditioning to its coldest setting on a sweltering day. But if there's a foul scent blowing, that cool breeze can swiftly turn from being delightful to revolting! But is it just you, or is your car having some significant issues? Find out what kinds of scents can enter your car's air conditioning system and what they might indicate about your car. Reasons For Foul Scents If you can smell mildew developing in the system, it will smell musty or moldy (like filthy socks). This is actually a very typical issue with automobiles, and the main reason why it occurs is because your air conditioning system is running on recirculation only, and the fan isn't blowing for a minute or two after the air conditioning and engine have been turned off. Mildew can grow in many parts of your car's air conditioning system, but you'll discover that the evaporator core and the condenser are its favorite spots. These enc ... read more

5 Most Important Warning Lights on Your Dashboard

5 Most Important Warning Lights on Your Dashboard

Warning lights alert you to potential problems with your vehicle. They come in many shapes and sizes. Here's what they look like, what they mean, and what to do. #1. Check Engine Light What Does It Look Like? The check engine light is a small, round yellow or orange light that flashes on your dashboard when there's something wrong with your car. What Does It Mean? If the check engine light comes on, you should visit a mechanic as soon as possible. There could be a problem with your emission system that could cause problems. What To Do? Pull over immediately and turn off the ignition until everything has cooled down. Then call a mechanic and make an appointment ASAP. #2. ABS Warning What Does It Look Like? This is a yellow light with a red ring around it. It is either on or flashing. What Does It Mean? There is fault detection with the anti-lock brake system (ABS). What To Do? Check for fault codes by pressing the 'Check Engine' or 'Malfunction Indicato ... read more

Common Summer Car Problems & How to Prevent Them

Common Summer Car Problems & How to Prevent Them

The summertime is probably the worst time of year to encounter car problems. You probably want to be hitting the pool, going on road trips, and doing other fun summer activities --- not being stuck going back and forth to having your car fixed. Thankfully, the experts at Snider Auto Care can help you get all your auto service and repairs out of the way now so that you can have a fun, carefree summer.  Read on to learn more about common vehicle issues drivers often experience and how we can help prevent them from happening to you. Problem #1: Engine Overheating  This is undoubtedly the most common cause of car breakdowns this time of year. The risk of your car overheating is increased as temperatures skyrocket. It can put immense strain on your engine and cooling system, which often leads to leaks, damage, and overheating. To prevent these systems from breaking down, we can inspect your cooling system and perform a coolant flush if necessary. You may also need ... read more

How Often Should I Have My Brake Pads Replaced?

How Often Should I Have My Brake Pads Replaced?

There isn't necessarily a set amount of time or mileage at which the replacement of your brakes should happen, but there are factors that affect how long the pads will last. The type of vehicle, driving habits, and the quality of the brake pads. When you notice one of these problems with the brake pads, it's time to replace the brake pads. Grinding Noise If you hear a grinding noise, your brake pads have worn down completely. You need to replace them immediately because driving on worn-down brake pads risks damaging the rotors, which can be more expensive to replace than the brake pads themselves. It's also dangerous to drive with underperforming brakes. The Car Vibrates When Applying the Brakes If your car is vibrating when applying the brakes, it indicates that the brake pad lining is worn out and needs replacement. The reason for this sensation is warped rotors. Warped rotors occur when the brake pads are not replaced on time, causing them to wear unevenly, putting ... read more

How to Improve Your Fuel Mileage

How to Improve Your Fuel Mileage

The increase in gas prices has recently put a burden on many of our wallets. It has some of us thinking if there's a better way to improve our vehicles' gas mileage. In fact, there are little changes you can make to your driving habits that can positively improve your fuel economy over time. Here are some tips and tricks to help you save money on gas!   Tip #1: Brake and Accelerate Gradually As you can guess, the quicker we accelerate, the more fuel gets burned at once. Furthermore, constantly pressing on the brake pedal will also waste more energy. We highly advise you to avoid harsh acceleration and braking whenever possible and take things easy.    Tip #2: Remove Heavy Items Some cars are just not meant to be hauling heavy items. Hefty items can waste your gas, add drag to your engine, and wear down your brakes quicker. Do yourself a favor and remove any heavy equipment and tools from your car to get the most out of your ... read more

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