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How Often Should I Change My Fuel Filter?

Downey Auto Repair - How Often Should I Change My Fuel Filter?   Unless you drive an all-electric car, you need gasoline to operate your vehicle. To get clean gas to your engine it has to travel there via the fuel filter. That’s why your fuel filter is so important. If dirty fuel is being sent to your engine, you will notice a decline in performance. The fuel filter also helps protect your vehicle’s fuel injectors. Like any other part of your car, the fuel filter gets old, and you must replace it.   As they get older, fuel filters get full of engine debris and eventually they can clog. That prevents fuel from passing through the filter to the engine. This will disrupt your engine. Obviously, without gas your car won’t even start. So, it goes without saying that your entire fuel system needs to work correctly, including the fuel filter. That brings us to the next question: how often do you typically need change the fuel filter?   ... read more

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Is it Time to Get Your Wheels Aligned?

How scary would it be if the wheels of your vehicle suddenly wanted to go in four different directions? That sounds more like a theme park ride than a drive down the freeway. However, many people are driving around with wheels that are misaligned. In other words, they might want to go in different directions. But how is that even possible? Bad Wheel Alignment Causes Other Issues Thankfully, your wheels aren’t in charge of where you go. However, when your alignment is off, your vehicle does not travel like it should and your tires are going to be affected. Your wheels make your car, crossover, truck or SUV go in one direction. But if your wheels are poorly aligned you might not only lose control of your vehicle, but it can cause several other problems. Poor gas mileage and uneven or increased tire wear are just two possibilities. Signs Your Alignment Is Off How does your alignment get of ... read more

Should I Replace My Headlights Myself - Downey Mechanic

Does it bug you when you see another car driving with just one working headlight? What if that driver is you? Does your car have a bad headlight? If it does, then you should get it replaced. Driving with only one headlight can be dangerous because it can limit your vision. It can also make it harder for other drivers to see you. Even if you’re not concerned about the safety aspect, it might affect your wallet too. If an officer sees you, he or she could give you a ticket. It’s a good idea to check your headlights regularly. Even if they both work, they might not be as bright as they should be. As your headlamps get older, they start to dim. That means you can’t see as well at night. So, if your lights don’t seem as bright, or you have a busted bulb, replace your headlight to make nighttime travel safer. It might not seem like a big deal but changing a headlight can be difficult. And with some cars, it can seem almost impossible. In addition, some of the bulbs ... read more

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Why Does My Car Smell Like Gas – Downey Auto Repair

Our cars can make a lot of smells, including a gasoline smell. If your car is putting off the smell of gas and you’re not at gas station filling your tank, then something is probably wrong. So, why does your car smell like gas and what can you do to get rid of that smell? Most Common Reasons Your Car Smells Like Gas The first thing you need to do is find the source of the problem before you can stop it. There are several possible reasons that you keep getting a whiff of gas, but it usually takes a professional mechanic to determine the exact cause. In any case, if you smell gas, you should get it diagnosed and taken care of as soon as possible. These are some of the most common causes of that gas smell. Exposure to Gasoline – gas fumes can get into your vehicle from gas station pumps, or other vehicles, which is the most common reason you smell gas. All you have to do is simply roll down your window and let your car air out. If the smell ... read more

What’s Wrong with My Car’s Heating and Cooling – Downey Auto Repair

Although they might not be the most important components of your vehicle, your heating and air conditioning play a huge role in your level of comfort while you drive. And let’s face it, an uncomfortable driver is more likely than a comfortable driver to get agitated or distracted, which could lead to an accident. If your car is having issues with the heating or cooling systems, then it’s probably time for some auto repair in Downey. Heating and Cooling Are two Separate Systems It might surprise you to know that the heating and cooling systems in your vehicle are actually two different components altogether. Even though they are connected, and you get both hot and cold air from the same vents, they still function separately, other than the control knobs on your dash. Common Heating System ProblemsCoolant Is Low – your vehicle warms your cabin with heat from the engine coolant. When the coolant passes through the h ... read more

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