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What Does the Battery Warning Light Mean?

What Does the Battery Warning Light Mean?

Vehicle batteries are often forgotten about until drivers experience starting problems. They are out-of-sight and out-of-mind components, but that shouldn’t be the case. If you’re one of those people, don’t be surprised to see a car battery dashboard warning light eventually.    The battery warning light can mean many things, including a dying battery and even a faulty alternator. Before you grab a hold of your jumper cables, take some time to look into the issue (either yourself or at an auto repair shop). The problem can be more complex than you think.   Warning lights serve a purpose: to warn you of car problems (obviously)! If the battery light continues to stay on after you’ve jump starts your car, it means there’s a serious problem. This light can come on for a number of reasons, including: A loose or damaged battery cable A problem with the alternator  Excess corrosion/acid leak Damaged cells or plates inside the battery ... read more

Need New Tires For the School Year?

Need New Tires For the School Year?

It’s that time of the year again – the back-to-school season has seemed to make its way around. Whether you’re a college/high school student driver, a parent with kids, or any driver commuting during rush hour, you’re going to experience an influx in road traffic. With everybody heading back to school, the team at Eurasian Auto Repair has your interest at best. We want to make sure your tires are in good shape to properly grip the roads. So, how can you tell when it is time for new tires? Tread Wear Is Low  Tread depth is the most important aspect of tires to check for when you’re unsure if whether it is time to replace your tires. Legally, your tires should be 2/32 of an inch to be on the roads. However, traction is no longer sufficient when it reaches 3/32 or 4/32 of an inch. You can check your tread depth by using a penny or quarter at home. You can also check the wear indicator bars if your tires have those. If you need assistance measuring your ... read more

What Causes Brake Rotors to Warp

What Causes Brake Rotors to Warp

Brake rotors are essential parts of your vehicle. They are the ones responsible for stopping the wheel from spinning when brake pads fasten on them. Brake rotors appear smooth when out from the manufacturer, but they can be worn out with time. In other words, they can lose their smooth surface, which results in what we call warping. There are several things that can cause brake rotors to warp. Here are the common ones. Constant breaking If you are running your car down the hill and you constantly keep your foot on the brakes, you are creating intense heat that can lead to rotor warping. So, it is advisable to shift into a lower gear when driving downhill to avoid unnecessary braking. Emergency braking Emergency braking, also known as sudden braking, can also cause the rotor to become warped. This is especially true if you are at high speed and suddenly apply the brakes. The friction created produces a lot of heat which can cause the rotors to warp ... read more

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

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