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What to Do When Your Engine Overheats

What to Do When Your Engine Overheats

The engine of a vehicle typically works well on normal temperature. However, if your engine begins to overheat, you must know what to do to avoid long-term damage. Temperatures in a normal vehicle engine vary from 195 °F to 220 °F. At these temperatures, the engine maintains correct pollution management, as well as consistent performance and excellent fuel efficiency. However, an engine's cooling system may sometimes fail, causing the engine to overheat. Here's what to do. Turn on the heating system It may seem paradoxical, but it is advised to turn on the heating. It draws heat away from the heated engine into the passenger cabin, reducing the strain on the engine's cooling system. In some cases, this may be enough to reverse the overheating. If the warning light goes off or the temperature gauge returns to neutral, it is an indication that it has worked. Pull Over When your engine overheats, the first thing you should do is pull over and let it cool down. If y ... read more

Do I Have A Faulty Alternator?

Do I Have A Faulty Alternator?

If you're like most drivers, you probably check your car's battery periodically as part of a standard self-check. If your car's battery is low, you might notice. But if your car's battery is fine, you probably don't second-guess your car's electrical system. When your car's electrical system is functioning normally, it should not be possible for it to fail. However, when your car's alternator fails, precisely what happens. If your car's alternator isn't working, your car won't start and won't stall. Instead, it will just turn over but not start. The problem could be anywhere in your car's electrical system. But the most common problems are caused by the alternator. The following are ways how to know if your alternator is faulty;   Warning Light If your car's alternator warning light comes on, this could indicate a faulty alternator. The system's warning light comes on when your alternator is not working correctly. The ... read more

Why Is Coolant Important for Your Car?

Why Is Coolant Important for Your Car?

Coolant, also known as antifreeze, is a special fluid that flows through most car engines. It is coined coolant because it is responsible for keeping your engine cooled down at a stable temperature range. The solution typically has ethylene glycol, water, and other protective additives. It is also easy to detect as it is usually bright green, blue, or pink.   Did you know that your engine produces A LOT of heat when it runs? Without coolant, your engine would break down a lot quicker. Thankfully, you have a cooling system filled with coolant fluid that runs in and out of your engine block and heads.    You might be wondering, "If the coolant has water, why can't you use water as a substitute?" Water alone is not enough to keep your engine at a stable temperature due to its boiling and evaporating points. Furthermore, water has a higher freezing point, making it likely to freeze in the winter. Therefore, coolant is a perfect combination of both glycol an ... read more

How Can I Fix My Yellowed, Foggy Headlights?

How Can I Fix My Yellowed, Foggy Headlights?

Are your headlights becoming a hindrance instead of helping your daily drives? Even after the many car washes you've had, your headlights still seem to be blurry. You wonder, "what gives!" The truth is foggy or yellowed headlamps are a common problem for many drivers, so you shouldn't stress. All you may need to fix your problem is professional headlight restoration.   To understand this service, you should know the basics, including what headlights are made of. If you go and tap on your headlights right now, you'll probably notice that they aren't made of glass. Over the years, automakers have opted to use polycarbonate, a form of hard plastic to resist shattering in auto accidents. While this plastic is incredibly durable, it can get dirty really quickly. It also has a UV film to protect the lens, but the coating can degrade over time due to oxidation. Through constant exposure to UV rays, harsh chemicals, and roadway debris, your headlights will like ... read more

Are Minor Auto Paint Scratches Worth Fixing?

Are Minor Auto Paint Scratches Worth Fixing?

Scratches on your vehicle's body can be very annoying, but if they're not noticeable at a glance, should you still fix them? The simple answer is YES. Minor marks look unpleasant, but there are other consequences of leaving it untreated. You might think you can leave it alone to save money, but you might spend more money in the long run by putting off the simple fix.  The reality is that car scratches can allow contaminants to enter into the deep layers of your vehicle's bodywork. Whenever we drive, hundreds and thousands of water, dirt, and debris particles fly against our cars. And when we have scratches or marks that are exposed to them, the contaminants can make their way inside, causing damage like rust. Here's Why You Should Get Scratch Repair Paint scratches can lead to corrosion. As mentioned earlier, those cuts can quickly turn into rust. Rust can spread rather quickly and destroy your vehicle's internal components, which are mostly metal. If the da ... read more

What Are Some Common Signs That Indicate Suspension Problems?

What Are Some Common Signs That Indicate Suspension Problems?

Most people think that their car's suspension system is only there to provide you with a smooth ride on the roads. While that may be true, they serve other purposes too. For instance, they help other key components (engine, transmission, drive train, tires, etc.) from absorbing the effects of shocks and bumps. If your suspension system isn't functioning correctly, you will undoubtedly be able to feel it. Here are some of the most prevalent signs that indicate you need suspension repair: Drifting or Pulling Hard to One Side If your vehicle is drifting more than usual during turns or pulls hard to one side when you drive straight on the highway, you may have a suspension. This problem is worth getting checked out ASAP, as it could also mean you need a wheel alignment. Uneven Treads Harshly irregular tire treads are another symptom of bad suspension (or wheel alignment problem). You need to rotate your tires regularly to even them out over time.  Bumpy Ride If it seems ... read more

3 Common Misconceptions Regarding Collision Repairs

 3 Common Misconceptions Regarding Collision Repairs

It's no new news that San Antonio, TX, can have some serious traffic congestion, especially this time of year. With that amount of bumper-to-bumper traffic, collisions can be unavoidable no matter how cautious you are. When it comes time to have collision damage restored, you should always ensure that you're making the right decisions and choices. That is why we are here to set the record straight by debunking some popular car collision repair myths. You Must Use Your Insurance Company's Shop Recommendations Once you file a claim with your insurance company, they'll try to provide you with several recommended auto body shops in the area. Although you may feel pressured to choose from their list, you're unrestricted when it comes to the shop you want to work with. In some cases, it may take longer to resolve your claim using an auto repair service that isn't affiliated with your insurance company; it's always worth it to work with people you know and trust ... read more

Why Are My Tires Losing Traction?

Why Are My Tires Losing Traction?

When at least one of your tires loses contact with the road, driving can get a little bit scary. The friction that your rubber tires make with the surface is also referred to as traction. Once this is lost, you can feel the road more deeply. Your car will also be more susceptible to hydroplaning in wet conditions. And you might not be able to control the direction in which your vehicle travels.    Your car is most likely built to drive on four tires, and if only three are gripping the road, your vehicle is deemed unsafe to drive. Typically, the hazards are more pronounced in certain weather conditions, such as rain or snow. In the rain, for instance, your tire(s) won't be able to push through the water on the surface of the road.    Today, most automobiles have a traction control system that can assist you if you have difficulty driving in wet weather. And the sensors will alert you if one or more tires aren't making proper contact with the road. Wheneve ... read more

Eurasian Auto Repair Partnering with the San Antonio Food Bank

Eurasian Auto Repair Partnering with the San Antonio Food Bank

The mission of the San Antonio Food Bank is to fight hunger in Southwest Texas through food distribution, programs, education, and advocacy. Eurasian Auto Repair would like to assist in this mission, and we’re asking for help from our community to do so. From November 9th until December 15th. Eurasian Auto Repair will be partnering with the San Antonio Food Bank to get food where it is needed most in our city and surrounding areas. To do this we will be offering a donation station in our office as well as driving a ‘donation match’ campaign through this holiday season. To donate goods directly, stop in our office at 15327 San Pedro Ave. San Antonio, TX 78232; Monday- Friday 7AM until 6PM or 8AM until NOON on Saturday, drop off your nonperishables, and receive a FREE Vehicle Health Inspection from one of our certified mechanics. To donate monetarily drop in and drop off your check written to the San Antonio Food bank, or donate through our campaign platform; no matt ... read more

3 Signs That It's Time to Change Your Engine Air Filter

3 Signs That It's Time to Change Your Engine Air Filter

  An engine air filter is made to keep the dust, particles, and contaminants out of the engine as it runs. An overly dirty, clogged or incorrectly installed filter is not healthy for your motor and can lead to major issues. Typically, air filters are easy to replace; however, replacements in newer cars become more complicated due to the fuel economy and aerodynamics. These complications multiply with exotic and luxury vehicles, and escalate drastically when creating higher performance in the engine. Here are the top three signs that you should change your engine air filter:   Physical Dirt and Dust If you run your fingers across the filter and your hands are dirty or dingy, that should be more than enough to tell you that you need a new one. The more dust collected on the filter, the less air can pass through to the engine. A clean air filter should be a white or off-white color, so as it catches dirt and dust over time, it will get darker. If it looks da ... read more

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