Burlington Auto Repair


Exhaust System Rattle and Roll

  Your vehicle’s exhaust system keeps the car quiet and the exhaust fumes away from the cabin. Furthermore, the system helps to keep the engine running properly, reduce emissions, and provide you with optimum fuel efficiency. Driving with an exhaust leak is potentially dangerous as the fumes contain carbon monoxide. Things to keep in mind when driving with an exhaust leak: One sign of an exhaust leak is a loud rumbling noise coming from your vehicle while you are driving. This is one of the most common signs, and your vehicle should be inspected by a mechanic so they can determine how much of the exhaust system needs repairs. Another sign of an exhaust leak is if you have to fill up your gas tank more often. An exhaust leak can decrease fuel efficiency, causing your engine to work harder, and you to fill up your gas tank more frequently. A third sign your exhaust may be leaking is if your gas pedal vibrates while you are driving. Even the smallest of leaks can cause the ... read more

Preventing Rust from getting thru the Car Door

  With winter in full-force across much of the nation, salt crews have been on the go prepping roadways before, after and during inclement winter weather. Although road salt is essential for safe winter driving, it can also lead to numerous car troubles. Road salt lowers the freezing point of water, according to Service Advisor at The Auto Station, Rick Lucci. "It chemically turns that ice back into water so that the car tires can then reach the pavement for traction, instead of just sliding on top of the ice," Rick said. While road salt is imminent to safe winter driving, it is also extremely corrosive and over time it can cause extensive damage to vehicles. The biggest threat salt poses to a vehicle is rust, which is accelerated by repeated exposure to salt. Rust on certain parts of a car can create a slew of problems ranging from hydraulic brake system leaks to sub-frame damage. Due to the construction of a vehicle with most of the underbody being wide ... read more

When you should replace shocks

5 Ways to Tell if It’s Time to Replace Shocks and Struts Do you need to replace shocks and struts on your vehicle? How can you tell? Your car’s shock absorbers are designed to limit the amount of suspension movement by dampening spring oscillations. Struts similarly reinforce the the active components of the suspension to the same end, which means that struts and shocks are what keep you from hitting your head on the ceiling of the car every time you hit a bump and from vibrating while traveling down rough roads. Because of the interconnectedness of your car’s system, problems tend to be contagious. Here are several signs that your car might need shock and strut replacements. Noticing these signs right away can prevent further damage to your car. 1)Bumpy Rides Because the primary goal of struts and shocks is to prevent the amount of suspension movement, the most telling sign that you need to have them checked is if you are experiencing a bumpy ride. Your car is des ... read more

Check Engine Light

  What does check engine light mean? Determine whether your vehicle has a loose gas cap or serious engine problems You're driving along in your car or truck and suddenly a yellow light illuminates on your dash telling you to check or service your engine. If you're like most car owners, you have little idea about what that light is trying to tell you or exactly how you should react. Call it the most misunderstood indicator on your dashboard, the "check engine" light can mean many different things, from a loose gas cap to a seriously misfiring engine. "It doesn't mean you have to pull the car over to the side of the road and call a tow truck. It does mean you should get the car checked out as soon as possible," says Dave Cappert of the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence, a Virginia-based organization that tests and certifies auto technicians. Ignore the warning, and you could end up damaging expensive components. It also can be ... read more

Keep your car bottom clean

Rusting Away? Our cars are exposed to numerous dangers; theft, crash, abuse, improper maintenance and the like, but an equally dangerous but more insidious risk is simple rust. Virtually every vehicle is going to have some rust on it somewhere, sometime. The combination of complex sheet metal work, with lots of hidden nooks and crannies, has led to the construction of some vehicles that are notorious "rust buckets". Many manufacturers have taken steps to slow rusting, but most of their rust control systems have failed or proved inadequate. So the problem remains: How does the typical car owner control rust? There are three main areas of a car's structure that can suffer potential damage. The areas of concern are: 1. Engine and Trunk Compartments Corrosion and rust can cause leaks in the air intake systems, reducing their capacity. Connectors, both mechanical and electrical, can be very problematic, because these kinds of failures may be intermittent and difficult to dia ... read more

How Winter Conditions Can Affect Your Exhaust System

How Winter Conditions Can Affect Your Exhaust System Your vehicle’s exhaust system is an important part and should be checked at least once a year. When winter comes, you have to be careful of damages to your exhaust system from icy road conditions. If something in the road causes damage, you will need to get a muffler and exhaust repair quickly to avoid any dangerous effects from harmful gases getting inside your car. Damage to the Exhaust and Muffler The exhaust system and muffler are typically mounted on the bottom rear of most vehicles. At any time, especially during winter driving conditions, these can be damaged by potholes, large bumps, as well as debris in the road such as ice chunks. Driving on frequent short trips is the worst thing you can do for your exhaust system in the cold weather. When it is cold outside, the first 20 minutes of your drive are hardest on your car ... read more

Tire Pressure Light Nights

Tire Pressure Light Nights

  Cold Weather Might Be Causing Your Tire Pressure Light to Come On Once temperatures drop, your car's computer may be warning you about low tire pressure. The tire pressure monitor light first started showing up in luxury cars in the late 90’s but now is standard in all cars sold in the United States as of Sept. 01, 2007. For those that haven't seen this system in action, it is time to introduce you to the Tire Pressure Monitor System (TPMS) and the sometimes pesky tire pressure monitor light. Tire Pressure Monitor Light often show up a concern as we come out of fall and winter arrives our temperatures begin to drop drastically over night. When it comes to our cars, steep temperature drops can trigger a sign of fall that we don’t welcome: a yellow or orange low tire pressure warning light. We have good news for you, though. When your light comes on, your car is simply telling you that you need more air in your tire and this time of year, the warning i ... read more

Battery Care - Winter prep

  Getting a Charge out of your Car's Battery   There's nothing but a loud buzzing noise coming from under the hood when you try to start your car. Jumper cables get you up and scurrying to work--but you need another jump to get home. Time to pull some maintenance on the battery. Regular maintenance on your car's battery will extend it's life and save you money.   Automotive batteries have a finite life span. Undercharging, overcharging and heat all team up to degrade your battery. Poor electrical connections make it more difficult for even a good battery to do its job.  And again, shorten the useful life span of the battery. ALL CHARGED UP Start any battery maintenance program by checking open-cell voltage, either with a dedicated battery tester or a voltmeter. With the battery fully charged and all electrical drains-dome light, warning buzzer, etc.-shut down, the voltage across the terminals should be 12.5 to ... read more

Winter Tire Sipes

  To better decide what kind of a tire you need, it’s wise to understand how traction works. We would all like a tire that grips well year-round in all conditions, wears well and is inexpensive. That tire does not exist because many of the things that we want in one tire are engineering contradictions. On a microscopic level, a tire is not smooth. The tread face looks like the Rocky Mountains – sharp, jagged peaks and deep valleys between them create a hostile-looking surface. That’s good because the road surface is not smooth, either – it mimics the contours of the tire tread. These two rough surfaces interlock, the tire rotates and there is grip to move the car forward. And to ensure that the rubber fills in the road surface, it needs to be soft.That means the ideal tire is just a big, black, soft rubber ball. But wait – we want the tire to last, so we cannot make it as soft as is ideal. That would be a racing slick: extremely grippy for a ver ... read more



Winter Tire Minus Sizing gets true cold weather performance

  Winter Tire MINUS SIZING Gets true PERFORMANCE FOR OUR WINTER SEASON. Original Equipment tire and wheel sizes have become larger and wider for better looks and performance in the last few years. Unfortunately these new performance based packages are not ideal for winter driving. So if you’re likely to drive your vehicle in the snow during winter, you’ll want tires and wheels in sizes that help put the laws of physics on your side by “minus” sizing. What is Minus Sizing? Minus sizing means using smaller diameter wheels with narrower, higher profile tires (but still maintaining your vehicles original equipment needs). By doing so, better deep snow traction is achieved, and can also result in great savings on Winter Tire & Wheel Packages. In addition, higher profile tire sizes feature taller sidewalls and smaller diameter wheels that resist damages associated with winter road hazards. Benefits of Minus Sizing Minus sizing packages can be create ... read more