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Yearly Archives: 2022

5 Signs of a Faulty Alternator

5 Signs of a Faulty Alternator

The alternator is a part of the automobile electrical system that cannot be overlooked. It makes up the charging system by recharging the battery and makes useful electricity for powering the rest of your vehicle. When an alternator stops working or malfunctions, electricity will stop flowing to various parts throughout the car and your battery will not charge properly. Today, we will discuss the failing signs of an alternator. Sign #1: Warning Light Some vehicles have a dashboard warning indicator separate from the battery light. It is often shown as “GEN” or “ALT”. If any electrical warning light comes on, you should have your alternator checked out. Sign #2: Unusual Sounds One of the most common causes behind a faulty alternator is a broken belt. The belt on the alternator can become loose or damaged and cause engine knocking sounds. If you catch weird noises coming from under the hood, don’t rule out the alternator. Sign #3: Malfunctioning Electro ... read more

Road Trip Tips For Traveling With Pets

Road Trip Tips For Traveling With Pets

A road trip is a wonderful way to spend quality time with your pet as well as save money on boarding expenses. Here are some tips for a happy safe journey with your pet. Make Sure Your Dog Has ID Your pet should wear a collar and tags at all times and have a microchip. Before you leave, make sure that linking information that you have on your computer is up to date. It is also a good idea to tattoo the inside of your pet's ear with an ID number. Clip A GPS Tracker On Your Dog's Collar It is one thing for your dog to get lost in your neighborhood, but quite another if he decides to wander off in a strange town. Aside from always keeping your pet on a leash (leashes can be broken!) make sure that your pet is wearing a GPS tracker on his collar. That way you can track his whereabouts with your cell phone. Carry an Updated Picture of Your Dog Be sure to carry a recent picture of your pup so that you can prove that he is yours, or use it to help find him if he goes missing ... read more

What are the Symptoms of Bad or Failing Spark Plugs?

What are the Symptoms of Bad or Failing Spark Plugs?

If your car's spark plugs are bad or failing, you may notice one or more of the following symptoms. Engine misfires, poor fuel economy, the engine running rough, and the 'check engine' light being on are all signs that your spark plugs may need replacing. The best way to prevent failing spark plugs is to perform regular maintenance and use high-quality spark plugs. Symptoms of Bad or Failing Spark Plugs Engine Misfires A spark plug that is failing or has gone bad can cause an engine to misfire. The symptoms of a misfiring engine are a decrease in power, acceleration, and fuel economy. You may also notice that your engine is running rougher than usual and that the check engine light is on. Poor Fuel Economy Another symptom of bad spark plugs is poor fuel economy. If your spark plugs are worn out, they will not be able to ignite the fuel efficiently. This will cause your engine to run less efficiently and use more fuel. The Engine is Running Rough If your spark plugs ... read more

What Is Auto A/C Refrigerant?

What Is Auto A/C Refrigerant?

When it comes to being comfortable on both long and short drives, air conditioning is a must-have. At Kaufman’s Auto Repair, we understand how annoying it would be to drive around in a car without working A/C. Fortunately, you can depend on our professional repair experts and our state-of-the-art equipment to accomplish any kind of A/C repair you need!    If you’ve noticed that your car’s air conditioning is no longer performing how it used to, then it is probably a good idea to stop by Kaufman’s Auto Repair for a thorough inspection. The good news is that most A/C problems are fairly easy and affordable to repair. And the maintenance is even simpler.   The entire A/C system revolves around one thing: refrigerant. Your vehicle’s air conditioner works by creating a complex form of heat transfer with the help of a chemical refrigerant. When the level of refrigerant drop, typically from leaks, the A/C unit won’t be able to make cold a ... read more

When Should I Replace My Car Battery?

When Should I Replace My Car Battery?

Your car battery is the heart of your vehicle. When it doesn't work properly, nothing works properly. Batteries must be replaced at certain intervals to keep your vehicle working at its optimal levels. When should you replace your car battery? Knowing When to Replace Your Battery There are many factors that can impact the life of your car's battery. Knowing what to look for is the first step in keeping your car running. Below are things you should know about batteries: Age: look at the date stamp on your battery. This gives you an indication of the average lifespan of that particular battery. Keep in mind, the date stamp doesn't necessarily mean the battery will give out at that time. Time: Does your car sit idle for long periods of time? Is it used mainly for short trips? Both of these situations can shorten the life of your battery. Cars that are not started often still lose energy. Cars used only for short trips don't allow the battery to recharge fully. Extreme ... read more

5 Most Important Warning Lights on Your Dashboard

5 Most Important Warning Lights on Your Dashboard

One of the best features of a modern car is that it can directly communicate with its drivers. You'll know something is wrong via the warning lights shown on your vehicle's dashboard. Read further to know what these lights mean. Check Engine What Does it Look Like? Watch for an engine block image on the dashboard. What Does it Mean? While it could just be a simple problem, it could also indicate a serious problem with your car's engine. What to Do? A flashing light could mean an issue with the emissions systems. If it's a solid light, we suggest taking it to a dealership. Tire Pressure Warning Light What Does it Look Like? It's usually a variation of a tire-like image. What Does it Mean? The tire is not correctly inflated. Failure to correct the problem could lead to issues with braking and more money on wasted gas. What to Do? We suggest you thoroughl ... read more

What does my tire tread mean?

What does my tire tread mean?

The tread patterns on different tires are something you've certainly noticed when looking for new tires for your car. Some may have crosshatching, while others are mainly composed of single, straight lines. Even though they only give your automobile a uniform appearance, these detailed designs improve the performance of your vehicle. The various tire tread patterns and what they represent for your vehicle's performance; Directional pattern These tires with v-shaped grooves may have caught your eye. A tire can become saturated if it is not properly drained. The arrows on the sidewall of this sort of tire make it clear which way the tire is spinning. The precise installation of directional tires on a vehicle is critical. In wet weather, the situation can be quite hazardous if they are not fitted correctly. As a result, hydroplaning becomes more frequent since water is concentrated in the center of the tire. Symmetrical pattern It is most typical to see asymmetrical tread pat ... read more

How often do windshield wipers need to be replaced?

How often do windshield wipers need to be replaced?

Windshield wipers are an important part of a car. Not only do they wipe away rain and water, they also wipe away dirt. You'll find lots of varying answers on the internet, but here are the straightforward answers you've been looking for. How do I know if windshield wipers need to be replaced? The windshield wipers need to be replaced when it's not clearing as much as it used to. You should be able to see the road clearly when the wipers do its job. If there's still a smear or it seems it's not doing its job, it's time to replace them. You should also lookout for the following symptoms of a bad windshield wiper: Squeaking Noise Vibrating Noises Wet spots How long do windshield wipers last? Windshield wipers last an average of 6 to 12 months. It's pretty easy to forget about changing them because, as car owners, we don't really think about changing them. We only change them if it has any bad symptoms. But if you're ahead of the game, you'll ... read more

Every Spring Driver's Worst Nightmare - Pollen

Every Spring Driver's Worst Nightmare - Pollen

As much as we all love the springtime here in Florida, there is one drawback: pollen. Everything outside may turn yellow in color, and everyone we know seems to be sneezing. As a responsible driver, it's imperative not to neglect the effects of pollen on your car.    Why are air filters so important?  When referring to air quality and the effects of pollen on your car, it is impossible to ignore your car's air filters. Not is your vehicle's body protective against wind and rain, but it protects you from pollen and other air contaminants too. Over time, this filter will get dirty. As a result, your air quality and vehicle's performance and efficiency can suffer.   Now that the pollen-filled season is here, it would be wise to check on your vehicle's filters at this time and have them replaced as a preventative effort. Here are the two important air filters in your car: Cabin air filters – This filter protects and cleans the air that fl ... read more

What Type of Tire Are Best for Florida Drivers?

 What Type of Tire Are Best for Florida Drivers?

Having the right set of tires on your automobile is crucial, especially if you live don't live in an area with harsh climates. You may need tires to combat the dry, hot, sunny weather and the wet, flooding seasons for those who live in Florida. Your safety is vital while you drive on the Sarasota roads, and our tire experts are always here to help you with your tire needs.    A suitable set of tires for the typical Floridian should be rated for hot temperatures while offering terrific traction in wet weather conditions. The last thing you want to happen is a hydroplaning incident.    Below are some of the typical recommendations for cars, SUVs, and trucks in Florida: Passenger Tires - These tires are decent for those on a budget, but keep in mind they are not ideal for scorching climates. Touring Tires - These tires have a lower profile and broader tread and are slightly more expensive than passenger tires. Performance tires - These tires have excellent t ... read more

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