Yearly Archives: 2021

Why is My Radiator Leaking?

Why is My Radiator Leaking?

“Why is my radiator leaking” is what you may ask your mechanic.Your vehicle’s radiator may leak suddenly, leaving you and your vehicle stranded on the side of the road. Do not drive your car after it overheats. Your radiator takes a beating every day, as antifreeze circulates through the engine, the generated heat dissipates, allowing the engine to run at extremely high revolutions for long periods.  Needless to say, there’s a lot of heat output. The Cooling System must be in top shape to handle it. If your vehicle overheats many parts of your car can be damaged including the engine, gaskets, thermostat, and other parts of the cooling system. The radiator could be damaged too. The leading and most common cause is corrosion in the radiator. Radiators, hoses, and hose connections collect sediment and rust that over time can punch holes in the radiator.  In a few instances, weak coolant can be the cause of overheating. Your coolant could be considered w ... read more

Don’t Remember Your Last Tune-up? Then It’s Time for One

Don’t Remember Your Last Tune-up? Then It’s Time for One

Tune-ups are essential to maintain a healthy vehicle, maximize fuel efficiency, and ensure a smooth drive. Having your vehicle tuned regularly will boost the power and overall performance of your car. Who doesn't want that? You might be wondering how often you should get one and what symptoms indicate that you need one, and what a tune-up service even includes.   How Often Do I Need a Tune-Up? Your vehicle's tune-up intervals are defined by the make and model of your car as well as external factors like your driving habit. Our expert mechanics recommend a tune-up at least once every 20-30k miles. If your vehicle hasn't had a tune-up in a while, you may notice some symptoms that mean your vehicle is long overdue for a tune-up service.    Symptoms to Look for If Your Car Needs a Tune-Up: Check engine light is constantly on Decreased gas mileage Rough idling Lack of power Engine having trouble starting Any of the issues above can signify that your vehi ... read more

4 Games to Play on Your Next Family Road Trip

4 Games to Play on Your Next Family Road Trip

Many families are looking forward to hitting the road this summer for a much-needed vacation. At Haglin Automotive, we believe you shouldn't have to sit through a long and boring car ride doing nothing. It'll especially be a headache if you have kids. Instead, shake things up with you and your family by playing some fun games. Here are some entertaining and kid-friendly games that you can play on the road this summer: The Classic License Plate Game This game requires paper maps and pens. The game's objective is to spot as many license plates from as many different states as possible. Whoever spots the first out-of-state plate gets to check it off their map. Additionally, this game can be very educational for kids to learn about the geography of the various states on the map.   I Spy One of the kids can be nominated to be "it," and he/she chooses something in the car to focus on. The other passengers will take turns guess ... read more

Are Vehicle Pre-Purchase Inspections Worth the Cost?

Are Vehicle Pre-Purchase Inspections Worth the Cost?

One common form of a fairly expensive purchase that takes place multiple times in the life of almost every adult is the purchase of a new or used vehicle. Purchasing a vehicle can be rather nerve-wracking, as you want your new purchase to be in good condition, reliable, and with the ability to serve your needs of getting from point A to point B daily. One way to make purchasing a vehicle a bit less stressful on yourself is by taking the vehicle to get a pre-purchase inspection. A pre-purchase inspection consists of a potential buyer taking the vehicle into an auto mechanics shop for an inspection. The mechanic will carefully look over and test the vehicle for its overall condition and will let you know of any underlying issues that the car currently has or that it may potentially develop soon. Some of the vehicle parts that get tested in a pre-purchase inspection include various engine parts, the braking system, the condition of the tires, the car's interior, exterior, and much m ... read more

Should I Repair or Replace A Damaged CV Axle?

Should I Repair or Replace A Damaged CV Axle?

Constant Velocity Axles, known as CV Axles, transfer the power from the transmission or differential to the drive wheels.    The design allows for constant power to be delivered to the wheels while the wheels turn for steering and move up and down over uneven road surfaces. The gears that allow for this transfer of power are protected by a rubber boot that holds in the necessary lubrication.  CV Axles are durable and built for a long service life. The most common reason for failure is a tear in the rubber boot that allows for the lubricating oil to escape and dirt and moisture to get into the gears.  A surprisingly small amount of dirt and/or moisture along with a lack of lubrication can do significant damage in a short period of time. Therefore, the best repair advice is to replace any CV Axle that has a failed boot. The alternative is to replace the boot, repack the grease and hope for the best. At that point a failure is far more likely to occur which puts y ... read more

Why Is My Car Battery Dying So Fast?

Why Is My Car Battery Dying So Fast?

Why is my car battery draining so fast? Your modern car’s battery is responsible for powering far more than ever before.  Many cars run self check and diagnostic routines while parked. Proximity sensors may stay active. Alarms are active on virtually every newer car or truck. None of these systems require a lot of power, but if the vehicle isn’t driven regularly, the battery will run down.  Batteries that drain fast may be suffering from an alternator that is not charging properly, or the battery itself may be weak. Another option is an open circuit that continues to draw power after the vehicle is turned off.  Modern vehicles have sophisticated controls and sensors that require a steady source of power to work properly. A weak or damaged battery cannot provide the consistent power needed for all the vehicle systems.  Not long ago a battery replacement was as easy as taking the old one out and installing a new one. A diagnostic check of the charging ... read more

What Can Cause a Car's Brake Rotors to Warp?

What Can Cause a Car's Brake Rotors to Warp?

The brake rotors are the large discs that you see behind the wheel of the car. They spin along with the wheel so that the brake pads clamp them and stop the wheels when you press the brakes. This process involves lots of friction and heat. They also swiftly dissipate the heat to allow brakes to function with rapid pedal presses. Unfortunately, the disc surface may become uneven from wear and tear, causing the braking to become less effective and bumpy. This is called warping. For the warping to happen, the brake discs must be defective, and a tremendous amount of heat is present. The heat alone may not cause warping as rotors can withstand lots of heat. Here are some of the major causes of rotor warping. Glazing the Rotor with the Brake Pad Material Brake pads are made of a softer material than rotors. If they get very hot from high-speed braking or pressing the brakes hard for a long time, they tend to get too soft and cake-in some material on the rotors. The rotors are then unable ... read more

Why Is My Check Engine Light On?

Why Is My Check Engine Light On?

Why is my Check Engine Light on? That is a great question! It’s a question that may have a million answers and that’s only a slight exaggeration. Modern vehicles have sophisticated engine and body control modules that monitor and control virtually everything that happens in your vehicle. When something is amiss, it may trigger the Check Engine Light. If the issue is serious and warrants immediate service the Check Engine Light will flash.  If certain combinations of fault or error conditions occur the vehicle may go into Limp Mode. This allows the vehicle to be driven a short distance at low speed to ensure you are able to get the vehicle to a safe location, i.e., out of the flow of traffic.  Sometimes all the lights on the dash will light up. Some refer to this as a Christmas Tree. One thing is certain: When it looks like all the lights are on, your vehicle needs to visit a quality automobile repair shop as soon as possible.   Answering why the check engi ... read more

Why Do My Brakes Squeak?

Why Do My Brakes Squeak?

Zero to sixty is a fine measure of a vehicle’s performance. Braking performance may well be equally important, if less popular. Early cars had hand bakes. Soon enough cars had mechanical brakes. The basics of braking systems didn’t change dramatically until the advent of anti-lock brakes.  Brakes pads are pressed against rotors or drums to slow the vehicle. Worn components can squeak or squeal. Severely worn brakes may grind or whine. Some brakes alert vehicle owners the pads need replacing by chirping.  Much of the braking energy is converted to heat which is why brake parts are made of materials that can withstand high temperatures. Please note braking too much, especially when going down steep grades can quickly overheat even the best brakes. Downshift and let engine braking maintain a safe speed. Asbestos was commonly used in brake parts until recently, making exposure a risk for anyone working with brakes; a compelling reason to consider having brake mai ... read more

Shocks and Struts and Springs - What About My Suspension?

Shocks and Struts and Springs - What About My Suspension?

What about the parts of your car you never see?  The smallest ding or scratch will catch your attention, but a bent steering control arm?  If you’re like most people, you’d never see it.  You wouldn’t see it without a comprehensive Vehicle Health Assessment like Haglin Automotive’s customers get.  Our ASE Certified Technicians apply their knowledge and troubleshooting skills to carefully inspecting the major components and systems.  The suspension is responsible for passenger comfort and vehicle integrity, true, but one of the most important reasons for the suspension system is to keep the vehicle in contact with the road. Imagine hitting a bump and bouncing down the road until the energy is dissipated. The tires must stay on the road for the car to effectively speed up, slow down or turn.  Many people are shocked (pardon the pun) when they replace their shock absorbers or struts and find their vehicle rides so much better! One ... read more

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