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What Does The Octane Rating Of Gasoline Mean?

What Does The Octane Rating Of Gasoline Mean?

Have you ever stood at a gas pump and wondered what the different octane ratings mean or what kind to use? Most people don't know the exact meaning, but we are here to help. In this blog, you will find a simple explanation of what it is and what type to use for your vehicle. What Do Octane Ratings Mean? The octane rating of the gas stands for its resistance to heat and spontaneous combustion while under pressure. All of the systems and components in an engine must work smoothly for it to work. When fuel is injected into the cylinders of the motor, it is pressured and ignited by a spark. But if it ignites prematurely, it can lead to engine damage and misfiring/knocking. What Gasoline Should I Use? Using the correct octane-rated gas is vital for the lifespan and performance of your car's engine. All the components inside the motor are designed to work with an exact fuel type. Most vehicles use a gasoline rated at 87, but that doesn't mean all of them do. The owner's m ... read more

How Often Do Windshield Wipers Need to be Replaced?

How Often Do Windshield Wipers Need to be Replaced?

Windshield wipers are a significant part of a vehicle especially when the weather calls for them. Having non-functioning windshield wipers in the rain is very risky and hazardous. Thus, we've prepared a list of some signs to look for in dying windshield wipers, and how often to replace them. 4 Signs that Your Windshield Wipers Need to be Replaced Here are a few visible signals that your windshield wipers need to be replaced. Cracked/Failing Rubber The rubber around the windshield wiper blade can often get damaged from exposure to the sun's UV rays. This affects the performance of the windshield wipers meaning that they are unable to swipe your windshield cleanly. Wipers Making Noises This is one obvious sign that something is wrong and needs to be checked out. A bit of noise due to friction might be acceptable however, chattering noises mean that it's time for a replacement. So, listen closely for any weird noises while your wipers swipe. Damaged Frame A good sign ... read more

How Often Should You Change Spark Plugs?

How Often Should You Change Spark Plugs?

Spark plugs are a crucial component of your engine's ignition system and must be replaced. The spark plugs work effectively and efficiently for long periods but rust over time. As the spark plug wires corrode, they cause short circuits that may damage your engine over time. A clean, properly functioning spark plug wire will also help prevent this from happening! Spark plugs are a primary means of ignition in your car's engine and, therefore, responsible for firing the air/fuel mixture into your engine and lighting it up with an electric spark. So, spark plugs are essential, but how often should you change them? Let's find out: Why Do You Need To Change Your Spark Plugs? A good rule of thumb is to replace your spark plugs every 30,000 miles. It is based on the fact that most cars run best with fresh fuel and new spark plugs. But there are many other reasons why you should change your spark plugs regularly: They can be damaged by water and moisture over time, which can l ... read more

Why Is My Airbag Light On?

Why Is My Airbag Light On?

Car airbags can save lives if they deploy during an accident. However, airbags cause issues in some vehicles. One of these problems is a faulty light indicator that keeps coming on. The airbag light tells you that the computer has detected a problem with your airbag module, and you need to diagnose it. Consult your manual for more precise diagnostic procedures. It may be as simple as replacing an airbag sensor or reprogramming the computer before you can get back on the road again. This guide will assist in troubleshooting and fixing the problem. The first step is to determine why your light may be on. Faulty Sensors, Power Sources or Connectors Airbags need to be activated by different sensors. These sensors can be faulty, or the associated wires could have frayed or become dislodged from the connector. You can check your vehicle's owner's manual to understand which parts of your airbag system are most likely to fail and turn on your airbag light. Airbag System's Contr ... read more

Signs It's Time for a Fuel System Cleaning

Signs It's Time for a Fuel System Cleaning

The gas injection system has to be in top working condition for a car to run. You need to consider fuel system maintenance in your preventative maintenance routine to reduce clogs and associated effects. Every 15,000 miles, most companies advise cleaning the fuel system. However, if it has been a while and you suspect an issue, you might notice things like; Acceleration Delay You will also feel the speed lag if your engine is not receiving sufficient fuel. In essence, your car will splutter and struggle to gain speed when you press the accelerator to increase your velocity or to start it from a stop. You will have this issue if the oil pump is not supplying the engine with adequate fuel, or if the fuel filter or injector is blocked. Stress Power Reduction A number of things, including as towing, overburdening, and even driving up a steep hill, can put pressure on the engine. If your automobile starts to lose power while you're driving, the fuel system can be to fault. Whatever ... read more

What Can Cause Your Car to Smell Like Rotten Eggs?

What Can Cause Your Car to Smell Like Rotten Eggs?

We've all been there. You're driving along, and suddenly you notice an unpleasant smell. And it smells like rotten eggs. What could be causing this? There are a few different things that could be causing your car to smell like rotten eggs. Here are some of the most common causes: 1. Sulfur in Gasoline One of the most common causes of a car smelling like rotten eggs is sulfur in gasoline. Sulfur is a naturally occurring element that is found in crude oil. It's also a byproduct of the refining process. Most gasoline has some sulfur, but it's generally only a minimal amount. However, a higher concentration of sulfur in the gasoline can cause your car to smell like rotten eggs. 2. Faulty Catalytic Converter Another common cause of a car smelling like rotten eggs is a faulty catalytic converter. The catalytic converter is an emissions control device that helps to reduce pollutants in exhaust gasses. It does this by converting pollutants into less harmful substances. A ... read more

Why Does My Brake Pedal Feel Stiff?

Why Does My Brake Pedal Feel Stiff?

The brake pedals are designed to provide the driver with full control over the amount of pressure applied to the brakes. In certain instances, the brake pedal may become stiff and difficult to depress. Most of the time, the car will still stop properly, but the driver may feel something strange. The problem should be addressed by a mechanic. Below are the common causes of stiff brakes: 1. Faulty Brake Booster The brake booster may not supply enough vacuum pressure. This might happen if the diaphragm or check valve breaks. You can check if the brake booster is the issue by turning off the car and repeatedly pressing the brake pedal. Continue to press the brake pedal and restart the car. The brake pedal should smoothly go down if the booster works. If the stiffness continues, it means the booster is faulty. 2. Vacuum pump or Power Steering Pump Failure The cause of a stiff brake pedal might vary depending on the kind of brake booster a car has. Some car manufacturers use hydraulic b ... read more

Are Antifreeze and Coolant the Same Thing?

Are Antifreeze and Coolant the Same Thing?

With summer temperatures finally here, you should make sure your engine isn’t overheating. If you let it get too hot, it can cause long-term engine damage and cause a major breakdown. The best way to keep your motor at a stable temperature is by maintaining your vehicle’s cooling system. To be specific, you should ensure your car has enough coolant fluid or antifreeze. Coolant Versus Antifreeze You may hear these two terms thrown around interchangeably. Though they are essentially the same thing, there are technical differences. Coolant is the fluid that flows throughout your engine to prevent it from overheating. It is a mixture of water and antifreeze. Antifreeze is a concentrated chemical that helps lower the freezing point of water. When combined with water, it becomes a coolant.   You can buy premixed coolant or an antifreeze concentrate to mix yourself. Over time, you will need to top off your vehicle’s coolant mixture. Furthermore, you may need to flus ... read more

5 Preventative Maintenance Tips For The Changing Seasons

Maintaining your car is a year-round practice, but it becomes especially important when the seasons change, and the conditions of the roads change along with them. At H-Tek Auto Care, our top priority is to provide high-quality service to our customers on each visit, and in this way, ensure the safety of our clients and their families on the road. To help keep you and your vehicle safe as the seasons change, we’ve compiles this list of 5 preventative maintenance tips you should consider as the temperature cools down.  1. Tires: This is a crucial part of seasonal preventive maintenance, because your tires will change as the seasons do. Whether you choose to roll on all-seasons until the snow and ice hits, or you rotate between a pair of summer and winter tires depending on the weather, you’ll need help switching back and forth, and making sure that everything lines up evenly for smooth and safe driving.  It isn’t just a change of tire that’s necessary ... read more

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