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Debunking Common Automotive Myths!

Debunking Common Automotive Myths!

Misconceptions about car maintenance and repairs are being spread every single day. As a result, there are many differing opinions on how you should take care of your car. It can be tough to tell what is fact and what is a myth unless you take the time to test it out. We've seen and worked on many vehicles over the years at McSpadden's Tire & Automotive. We have the truth, and we're here to set the record straight on the most common misconceptions regarding your vehicle.   Myth #1: Premium gas will heighten your engine's performance.  Premium gas undoubtedly has a heftier price tag than regular and mid-grade, but using it does not warrant that it will boost performance. Premium fuel is only fitting for cars with engines that have a high compression ratio. Nevertheless, you should always choose the appropriate fuel grade stated in your vehicle's owner manual.   Myth #2: An oil change is needed every 3,000 miles.  Your oil change interval ... read more

How to Avoid Uneven Brake Pad Wear

How to Avoid Uneven Brake Pad Wear

Your brake pads are integral safety features, and changing them when they are worn out keeps you safe and confident on the road. They contact and transmit the pressure and force required by the brake rotors and clamp pads to stop the car. Of course, your brake pads will wear out depending on their everyday use, the driving conditions, and the driver's habits. All the same, it might be quite frustrating having to replace on brake pad while the others are in great shape. Causes of Uneven Brake Pad Wear A failing caliper Disc Thickness Variation (DTV) Misaligned brake pads Debris might accumulate at your caliper piston, making it stick and less efficient Corroded slide pins So, What Does Mean When Your Brake Pads Wear Unevenly? When your brake pads wear out unevenly, you will experience break pulls (uneven braking), which means that the brake pads on one side perform better than those on the other side. Consequently, rather than your vehicle slowing down and eventually stopping ... read more

How to Care for Your Car in Extreme Heat

How to Care for Your Car in Extreme Heat

While we all love summer, the season comes with intense heat, which might turn a fantastic season downright frustrating and pleasant. The sweltering heat can become ruthless and take a significant toll on your vehicle if you do not watch out. It can affect your car's tires, air conditioning, and battery. Understanding the issues that arise will allow you to take prior actions to keep your vehicle running smoothly, safely, and efficiently even in extreme conditions. Use a Window Visor or Park in a Shade Like any other driver, you would hate getting into a car that has been parked in the scorching sun for the better part of the day. One of the best ways to keep your car cool is parking in the shade or using a window visor. This will help offset the extreme interior temperature in your car during extreme heat. Turn on Your Car's Floor Vents Most drivers and car owners will turn on the dashboard vents as they strive to facilitate air circulation to cool their cars. However, hot ... read more

Warning Signs of an Aging Timing Belt

Warning Signs of an Aging Timing Belt

A timing belt is what keeps your engine's cam and crankshaft turning together in sync, hence the name timing belt, as it keeps these components in time. A lot of drivers probably don't know what a timing belt is, which is okay. But it is a part of your vehicle that does need to be changed after a period, so you should know the warning signs that point towards it being time. Is it time to change my timing belt? There are a few ways to answering the question above. A general rule to follow is to change your timing belt every 60,000 - 100,000 miles. This can differ from each manufacturer's instructions. To check yours, please refer to your owner's manual. But what if you don't know the last time it was changed, though? If that's the case, you're going to need symptoms to look out for that can give you a general idea of whether or not your belt has aged a bit too much. One thing you can keep an eye (or nose) out for is heavy exhaust fumes. It so happens that ... read more

3 Reasons Why Your Car Smells Like Rotten Eggs

3 Reasons Why Your Car Smells Like Rotten Eggs

A rotten egg smell is most commonly associated with the element called sulfur and, should this come from your car, raise concern that there is a significant problem. Fuel naturally contains sulfur, but this sulfur is converted into a neutral smelling compound during combustion and afterward in your car's emissions system. A lingering rotten egg smell could be due to one of the following three common problems. A faulty catalytic converter The catalytic converter in your vehicle is designed to neutralize emissions, like hydrogen sulfide, to harmless, odorless gases that do not contribute to air pollution. A faulty or clogged catalytic converter will not function optimally and leads to the emission of unneutralized, harmful, and intense sulfur gas. Additionally, a converter with a significant build-up of byproducts may overheat and further contribute to a smell like rotten eggs. A fuel pressure sensor malfunction The fuel pressure sensor regulates the flow of fuel ... read more

What is the Difference Between a Diesel and a Standard Engine?

What is the Difference Between a Diesel and a Standard Engine?

If you are an aspiring first-time owner of a car or one who is looking to upgrade, then you must have asked yourself whether the diesel or the standard engine is ideal for you. There is no definite answer for you as you choose the perfect engine for you based on your preferences and if you can finance them. Get first to understand how the two engine types work and the major difference before you embark on a thorough search for a new car. Here are the differences between diesel and standard engines. Engine Functionality Both the gas or the standard engine and the diesel engine work by internal combustion. This is where consequent explosions are ignited in the engine to convert the fuel into mechanical force to move the vehicle forward or backward. The difference in functionality is how the ignition of these explosions occurs. With the diesel engine, air enters the engine and is compressed to create heat that is used for the ignition which is commonly known as compression ignition. If ... read more

What are the Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Throttle Position Sensor?

What are the Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Throttle Position Sensor?

The purpose of a throttle position sensor is to ensure that the correct mixture of air and fuel is delivered to your car's engine in order for your vehicle to perform at its optimal best. It is a crucial part of your automobile's fuel management system and is located on the butterfly spindle/shaft. When this sensor is not functioning as it should, you will experience clear symptoms that translate into the performance, or should we say, lack of performance of your car. This component needs to be replaced at the first signs of failure. Depending on what exactly is wrong, the outcome of a faulty throttle position sensor is that you would either be stuck on the side of the road, or your vehicle could start to accelerate uncontrollably. When the throttle position sensor of a car does not function as it should, then a car's throttle body will not function properly, either. If left unattended, the faulty throttle position sensor might cause your car to shake heavily. This in tur ... read more

What is the Correct Tire Pressure for My Car?

What is the Correct Tire Pressure for My Car?

One of the best things that you can do for your vehicle is to make sure that the tires are in good working order. This helps to keep you safe and can keep the costs of repairs down. The right tire pressure is critical to helping you take care of the tires. Not putting enough air into the tires can present a wide variety of problems. This can make them wear out faster, makes the handling of the car difficult, and can even damage the tires. Knowing the right tire pressure is so important for this. What Tire Pressure is Right The air pressure in tires is going to be measured a bit differently. This is done through the measurement of pounds per square inch, or PSI. The recommended range is 30 to 35 PSI. The best way to make sure that you take care of your tires is to look at the manufacturer's recommendations in the car. The same guidelines are true whether you use the original tires that come with the vehicle or you replace them. How to Maintain the Right Tire Pressure While chec ... read more

Your Vehicle's Fluids and Their Purposes

Your Vehicle's Fluids and Their Purposes

Your vehicle is a mechanical system of complex machinery that sustains optimal operation. The engine block, brake system, and overall electronic system are integrated and interconnected to ensure functionality. A significant portion of this system operates through liquids, without which your vehicle will malfunction. It is not enough to have these fluids in your vehicle system but also at the right levels. These levels also help to identify potential problems with your car. So, what exactly are these fluids and their purpose? Here is a breakdown of essential car fluids and their function. Motor oil Many automobile experts identify this as arguably the most vital fluid in your car. It keeps the engine's interior parts well lubricated, preventing damage from the heat and friction created by motion. Drivers are advised to check manually or follow the oil life indicator on the instrument panel. Brake fluid The brake system compresses this liquid ... read more

Is it Time for A Wheel Alignment? 3 Ways to Tell

Is it Time for A Wheel Alignment? 3 Ways to Tell

Your vehicle has a language of its own, and it can alert you when there's a problem. Unusual smells, weird noises, and shaking aren't great signs. Staying alert and vigilant can help you act on potential issues before they become costly repairs. Tire alignment can fly under the radar for most drivers. No one typically thinks of their alignment until the performance has been affected. If your wheels are poorly aligned, you'll notice a major hit to your vehicle's gas mileage and drivability. Wheel alignment is a major safety component, and misalignment can impact how well your car slows down and brakes. It may be time to schedule a wheel alignment service; below are three ways to tell.  Your vehicle pulls to one side.  A vehicle with properly aligned wheels will drive forward, in a straight line, without you needing to manipulate the steering wheel. If there's a problem with alignment, your car will drift to one side of the road. The side that your car dri ... read more