The water pump inside your vehicle has a very important job when it comes to ensuring that the engine stays cool while your car is running. The water pump circulates coolant to the engine, keeping it at the right temperature to prevent overheating. The good news is, most water pumps will last the entire lifetime of your vehicle. However, it isn't uncommon for a bearing to go bad or for a leak to develop which will require a water pump replacement in order to avoid major damage to your car. If your water pump does need to be replaced, you may notice one or more of the following symptoms: Leaking antifreeze Faint grinding noise coming from the engine Engine overheating or high temperature gauge Water leaking from engine The symptoms above are some of the tell-tale signs that your water pump is bad and needs to be replaced. In some vehicles, the water pump is actually located next to the timing belt, and therefore will often be replaced with the timing belt. This saves you time a ... read more
Dirty fuel injectors affect the performance of your car immensely. If your vehicle shows some rough idling or lousy gas mileage, it is a call to check its fuel injectors. Your car engine is likely to misfire if the fuel injector is not spraying enough fuel on it. Your car will find it difficult to accelerate, and the vehicle might pause when you step on the accelerator pedal. Noticing the signs of a bad fuel injector and investing through quick cleaning can help smooth the rough side. You will recover free cruising and have a smooth ride if the fuel injector starts working efficiently. Signs of a Bad Fuel Injector A dirty fuel injector can cause engine failure. The problem can make the car feel crackling, making the entire vehicle vibrate. The misfire can occur when a fuel injector problem interferes with the delicate balance between fuel and air entering the engine. Idling Gets Rough If your car is sputtering when you are at a stop sign, it is saying that there are many lousy fu ... read more
The simple answer to the above question is to guarantee you do not purchase a lemon. However, it is much more than that. Every vehicle owner should drive a safe and reliable automobile. Purchasing a used vehicle can be uncertain, especially because the condition of the vehicle can’t always be detected just by the naked eye. It may look fine on the outside, but it could have many underlying issues under the hood. That is why a pre-purchase inspection is so important to have performed before committing to purchasing a used vehicle. Is It Worth the Money? Ultimately, a pre-purchase inspection of any car is important and definitely worth the money. Some do not want to spend the money on it; however, they should. Also, many fear the private seller or dealer will stress them if they request an inspection, but here is the deal. If they fight you on it, there is a purpose; hence you should opt for another vehicle on your list. Pre-inspections will help yo ... read more
If you cannot see the curb on either side of the roadway, DO NOT ENTER! The inside lane is always the highest part of the roadway. If you get caught in the high water it is best to back up to avoid water being sucked into the engine. STAY SAFE AND BE PREPARED! As we prepare for Tropical Storm Nicholas, we want to remind everyone that we are certified to perform repairs on flooded vehicles. Having many years of experience in this type of repair service, we can work with your insurance company, as well. For roadside assistance and towing needs, please contact Whittington Auto Wrecker at (281) 332-1124 for your 24/7 towing needs.
Regular inspections at our establishment are necessary, but there are things you should watch for all the time to be sure your vehicle is safe. On a regular basis... look underneath your vehicle for any leaks. under safe conditions, test your brakes when moving slowly and then at slightly faster speeds. ask a friend or family member to help you check your turn signals and headlights. test your horn. examine your wiper blades to be sure they are doing their jobs. Watch your fluid levels by checking them every week or two. These include: coolant level oil level windshield-washer level battery level, if necessary transmission fluid level In addition, inspect your tires for wear, and be sure they are inflated to the recommended pressure. Open the hood and examine your belts to be sure they are not loose or worn. Check hoses for cracks, leaks, and other signs of wear. Watch electrical connections for w ... read more