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Gasoline Direct Injection Service Challenges

Gasoline Direct Injection Service Challenges

Photo Credit: BG Website Fuel injection has been in use for many years because it greatly increases efficiency.  Computer controls direct a precise amount of gasoline to be injected at the moment of the intake stroke.  The amount of fuel depends on information from an array of sensors including engine temperature, ambient temperature, and oxygen levels, for example, along with input from the driver pushing on the accelerator pedal. In the past ten years or so automobile manufacturers have transitioned to “direct injection” fuel injection because it offers more power and reduced emissions.  The main difference between traditional and direct fuel injection is the point of fuel delivery. “Direct” refers to fuel being injected directly into the cylinder immediately prior to the spark which ignites the gasoline instead of the fuel spray being pulled into the cylinder.  That difference means the detergents in the gasoline never come in contact ... read more

Signs Your Serpentine Belt is Failing

Signs Your Serpentine Belt is Failing

Signs Your Serpentine Belt is Failing A serpentine belt's job is to drive the auxiliary functions of your vehicle. It charges your battery and operates functions such as the power steering, coolant system, and air conditioner. Serpentine belts have a long lifespan and generally last for up to 100 thousand miles. So if you've been driving a lot recently and are having problems with your serpentine belt, it may be suffering from wear and tear and need to be replaced. Let's look at the signs your serpentine belt is failing. Squeaking Noise One of the main signs that your serpentine belt isn't working as effectively as it should be is that you'll hear a squeaking or squealing noise while you drive. A squeaky serpentine belt can be caused by several reasons; it may have been improperly maintained or could have been affected by environmental factors. Wear and Tear Serpentine belts start to stretch with age and can e ... read more

Wheel Alignment or Tire Balance - Which Do You Need?

Wheel Alignment or Tire Balance - Which Do You Need?

When it comes to vehicle maintenance, you can't afford to wait until the last minute to get things done. It can be difficult to determine which services your vehicle requires. Wheel alignment and tire balance services are often confused with one another. Here's what you need to know about wheel alignment, tire balance, and when they will benefit your vehicle. What is a Wheel Alignment? Wheel alignment is when the angles of your car's wheels are adjusted to meet the manufacturer's specifications. This type of alignment is also referred to as tracking or breaking, and it is part of your car's standard maintenance schedule. What is Tire Balance? Tire balance describes the amount of mass that is distributed between your car's tires or the wheels as a whole, including the rim that is mounted upon. Wheel Alignment vs. Tire Balance Wheel alignment and tire balance services are often mistaken for one another, but they are two different auto services. Whee ... read more

What is an engine misfire?

What is an engine misfire?

A properly functioning vehicle is a result of multiple, closely-held components that work efficiently, and in harmony. Any flaw in the operation of these units can tip the balance towards problems that hamper the performance of the car apparatus. An engine misfire is a perfect example of an issue that arises due to the faulty operation of one or more components in a smoothly running system. What is Engine Misfire? How does an engine work? To understand the concept of a misfiring engine, it is imperative to understand its normal operations. Most modern cars run on a precise 4-stroke combustion cycle happening in closed cylinders called 'pistons.' The 4 strokes are: Intake- Upward movement of pistons to let the air and gas inside the cylinder. Compression- The air and gas mixture is compressed into a smaller space. Combustion- Ignition, and explosion of compressed gases to push the piston out producing a burst of power ... read more

What to Do If Your Vehicle Breaks Down

What to Do If Your Vehicle Breaks Down

It is one of the most dreaded occurrences as a vehicle owner - a breakdown on the road. It always seems to happen at the worst time and at the worst location, and never when we expect it! Although it can be extremely stressful, the first thing it do is to stay calm and try to get to safety as soon as possible. Breakdowns can put you at risk for car accidents if you are in a dangerous spot, so understanding your surroundings is important. Here are some tips on what to do next:  Turn on your emergency lights as soon as you can! This will indicate to other drivers on the road that something is wrong and will allow others to take precaution when driving around your vehicle.    If you feel your car breaking down, get over to the side of the road in a safe area as soon as possible, and if possible. Sometimes we can feel our car slowly coming to a stop, and this is when you should try to safely get over to the roadside and out of the way of moving traffic ... read more

How Do I Properly Maintain My Car's Engine Cooling System?

How Do I Properly Maintain My Car's Engine Cooling System?

The cooling system is a very important system within your vehicle that helps to keep your engine cool and clean while running. A problem with the cooling system can mean major problems with your engine - and engine repairs can become costly. This is why it is so vital to maintain your vehicle's cooling system and make sure that it is always working at its best.  One way you can ensure that you care your car's cooling system is by having your vehicle regularly inspected by the professionals here at Haglin Automotive. Regular inspections will allow us to catch any cooling system issues early on and prevent major problems from occurring.  Another way to care of your vehicle's cooling system is to be more aware of how your vehicle runs and to make sure that if you ever notice your engine is overheating or running roughly that you have your car inspected as soon as possible.  Having a cooling system service at recommended intervals is also important. Not only i ... read more

How do I Prepare My Car for Fall?

How do I Prepare My Car for Fall?

It's officially the fall season, which means we can expect chillier weather, rain, and falling leaves to approach in the near future. With the changing seasons, it's important to keep an eye on our vehicles and take care of any maintenance needed to ensure that our vehicles are safe for the weather changes. With wetter roads and colder temperatures, it's important to take care of the following services that are paramount when it comes to vehicle safety:  Check Your Tires Having tires with good traction is vital for this time of the year. With rainfall comes wet roads, and tires need to have proper tread in order to push through liquid and make traction with the road. If your tires are looking bald, make sure you get a new set before the rain falls. Also, ensure that all tires are filled up to the proper PSI.  Replace Windshield Wipers & Fluid You never know when you'll have to deal with falling rain, and finding that y ... read more

What are the Signs of Worn Shocks and Struts?

What are the Signs of Worn Shocks and Struts?

When thinking about how your vehicle works, you may wonder about the engine and just how cool it is that is works the way it does. Our vehicles actually have over 30,000 working parts in them, and some of the systems are extremely intricate. Even the suspension system in your vehicle is complex, and it's amazing just how some of its parts work.  When you drive your vehicle over rough terrain or a bumpy road, you may feel a tiny movement in your vehicle, but not much. This is so to the suspension system, which helps to control the effect that you feel when driving. The shocks and struts are the shock absorbers of the system, and their job is to make your ride as smooth as possible.  The shocks are the component that mainly dampens the shock when driving so that your vehicle doesn't bounce excessively or move a lot when driving over rough roads or speed bumps. They are actually a hydraulic component, meaning they convert the kinetic energy from the road into the fluid ... read more

What are the Signs of Low Brake Fluid?

What are the Signs of Low Brake Fluid?

Although often overlooked, your vehicle's brake fluid is very important to the operation of the brake system. The brake system is hydraulic, which means that the brake fluid is used to create the pressure needed to slow or stop your vehicle. When you step on the brake pedal, pressure from the brake fluid is generated to press the brake pads which in turn stop your wheels from turning. A leak or air in the brake fluid can greatly decrease hydraulic power and make it difficult to stop or slow when you need to.  If there is an issue with your brake fluid, you may notice one or more of the following symptoms:  Brake warning light has illuminated Brake fluid appears low, discolored, or dirty Brake pedal feels spongy Car takes longer to brake than normal As soon as you recognize an issue with your vehicle's brake system, it's important to bring your car into the experts here at Haglin Automotive. Driving with any indication of faulty brakes can greatly risk your sa ... read more

Road Trip Leg 14: Lyons

Road Trip Leg 14: Lyons

This little leg of the journey is taking us down From Estes Park 7.522 feet elevation to Lyons at 5,371 feet elevation. You’d be surprised what this little town has to offer.  Be sure to stop at Oskar Blues. My favorite beer is the G’night, so if you like Red’s be sure to grab a brew at Oskar Blues.  The shops downtown Lyons are mostly locally owned and operated. Not too far from Boulder this would be a great place to day trip and stock up on something if you choose to #shoplocal and support the small businesses in Lyons. You’re sure to find something you need or want as you peruse.  Lyons is also home of hiking, biking, and recreating adventures. Hall Ranch, Antelope Trail are preferred hiking trails and outdoor fun including ziplining, rafting and fields can be found at LaVern M Johnson Park. (Keep in mind this is a winter ice skate arena as well!). Lyons is home of fishing as well and is a must stop secret not too far from Boulder for al little ... read more

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