Yearly Archives: 2021

Common Causes of Overheating Engine

Common Causes of Overheating Engine

As the weather outside gets warmer, your vehicle is at a higher risk of overheating. It can be pretty alarming if and when it happens, considering one of the first signals is smoke coming from your hood. Your vehicle will need to be serviced immediately. At Monticello Auto Service, our team can get to the bottom of the problem. Here are some potential issues that cause your vehicle to overheat:   Coolant System Leak A leak in the coolant system is the most common cause of an overheating engine. Your engine system comprises the radiator, water pump, head gasket, hoses, and thermostat. In some scenarios, you can patch the leak if it's less severe. However, if you are uncomfortable with the repair, we would be delighted to assist you.   Low on Coolant It is essential to regularly check and refill your coolant when necessary to avoid an overheating engine. To inspect your coolant levels, make sure that your engine is turned off and your car is parked on level ground. Yo ... read more

Eating While Driving: Is it Safe?

Eating While Driving: Is it Safe?

  America lives on fast food and take-out for one reason: we are always on the go. We aren't here to lecture you on whether fast food is good or not. However, we do want to question whether it is safe to eat in your car while driving. You might wonder, is it even legal? Let's discuss whether or not you should pull over for that double bacon cheeseburger.    Is it Safe? - 3 Types of Distracted Driving The simple answer is: No. Eating while simultaneously driving poses three kinds of distracted driving: physical, cognitive, and visual.  Physical disturbances are any distraction that causes the driver to take their hands off the steering wheel. An example of this would be holding a burger in one hand while steering.  Cognitive distraction is when a driver's concentration is divided between the road and something else.  Visual distractions cause the driver's eyes to divert from the road. Most people struggle to eat without looking at the ... read more

Does My Car Really Need Fluid Exchanges?

Does My Car Really Need Fluid Exchanges?

Vehicle maintenance is one of the easiest ways to increase the life expectancy of your engine and avoid costly repairs that result from neglect. While some issues such as flat tires and knocking engines are easy to identify, the internal systems of your vehicle can go unchecked for years if you aren't specifically looking for problems in that area. Why Fluids Need to be Changed As much as they try, car manufacturers aren't able to create a fully sealed-off system that completely filters contaminants from the air and fuel. This leads to dirt and other particulates wiggling their way into hoses and seals. Enough of this build-up and you'll start finding clogged fluid lines, blocked by debris much like a clogged artery as the fluids in a vehicle are its lifeblood. Fluids, Besides Oil, You May Need To Change Most car owners know to get their oil changed at regular intervals. You may even have a little sticker on your windshield with a date and mileage reminder to schedule y ... read more

What are the Top Seasonal Vehicle Repairs?

What are the Top Seasonal Vehicle Repairs?

Our vehicles are vast operations that serve us well, yet can get worn over time. Parts become frail and collect grime, tire treads hone down, and fluids drain. There are so many needed repairs that come with each season, and every unique time of the year calls for different auto repair and maintenance services. Most cars need an oil change at least once every ninety days or every 3,000 miles, but intervals can vary depending on make and model. Tire rotations are also a good choice and should be done once in the fall and in the spring. The idea is to save you money on new tires while slowing down on tread wear and tear. Other springtime maintenance typically involves an inspection of and replacement of the timing chain, along with checking the door latch of your trunk. Since your timing chain allows all the other parts of your engine to work together in harmony, getting it replaced when needed is highly essential. There are more maintenance tasks that take place in the spring, such a ... read more

What Does the Power Steering System Warning Light Mean?

What Does the Power Steering System Warning Light Mean?

Where can I find the power steering system warning light? The power steering warning light on your car's dashboard is easily recognizable as it may be a yellow, orange or red steering wheel often accompanied by an exclamation mark. In electric power steering systems, an illuminated EPS communicates the same message. What happens when the power steering warning light comes on? Often the power steering system will fail and your car will become difficult to steer. Why does the power steering warning light come on? The light warns you that the power steering system has failed and prompts you to investigate for a cause. The cause may vary according to the type of power steering system in your car. In hydraulic power steering systems, a leak in the system causing a low fluid level is the most common cause for this problem. In electronic power steering (EPS) systems, you may find an illuminated EPS light instead. As EPS systems do not use fluid to provide steering assistance, there ... read more

Are Vehicle Batteries Universal?

Are Vehicle Batteries Universal?

You might be thinking to get the vehicle batteries. A common question that might come to your mind is if all car batteries are universal! A short answer is no, but there is more to it! There are various things that you need to keep in mind when selecting the car batteries for your vehicle. Let's find out. Are Car Batteries Universal? Not really as you have noticed that different vehicles have different sizes. As car batteries are not universal, you might find yourself confused as to what car batteries would be suitable for your specific vehicle. You have to see the size, features, and a lot more! Selecting the right battery for your vehicle is important. If you are not sure, it's best to ask a professional. With advancements in the field of technology, you can see modern cars on the road that rely on electronic systems. The complicated features of such vehicles run smoothly if the batteries are working properly. You have to select the right type of battery for your car as ... read more

Is a Diesel Powered Vehicle More Economical than a Gas-Powered Vehicle?

Is a Diesel Powered Vehicle More Economical than a Gas-Powered Vehicle?

If you're a new or aspiring truck owner and you're torn between getting a regular gasoline-powered truck or a diesel truck, then you might be wondering which one will give you more bang for your buck. We've heard (and answered) this question many, many times, and finally, want to put the matter to rest in a blog post. So, is a diesel-powered engine more efficient than a gasoline engine? To answer the question simply, yes. Diesel engines are significantly more economical than traditional gasoline engines. According to a study conducted by The Motley Fool, diesel engines are more efficient in both the city and on the highway than gasoline-powered engines (24% and 29% more efficient, respectively). However, does this increased efficiency make the larger initial investment of purchasing a diesel vehicle worth it? In case you weren't aware, diesel-powered vehicles are generally much more expensive than their gasoline-powered counterparts. That means while you'll be spe ... read more

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