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Monthly Archives: June 2011

What to Do If Your Check Engine Light Comes on While You’re Driving

06.23.2011 9:35 am

When you’re driving along, the last thing you want to see is one of your dashboard warning lights come on. Seeing a check engine light can strike panic into most drivers’ hearts. However, understanding the check engine light and what it can indicate will help you understand what you can do if and when the check engine light comes on. Onboard Diagnostics The check engine light is a component of your car’s onboard diagnostics computer. If your car’s computer detects any problems in the electric-control system that it cannot fix, it will turn on the warning light and store a code indicating what the source of the problem is. This code can be read with an electronic scan tool common in auto repair shops. Possible Solutions When you see your check engine light come on there are a few things you can try. First, check your other lights and gauges. If you have low oil pressure or your engine is overheating, pull over, stop your vehicle and have your car repaired by a qualified auto mechanic. You can also try tightening your gas cap. If your gas cap has not been tightened to the proper number of clicks, your computer’s… Read more

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The Importance of Proper Wheel Alignment from Bucaro Brothers Auto Care

06.23.2011 9:31 am

Watch this informative video to learn all about your vehicle’s alignment. You’ll see explanations, as well as animations, of the two types of adjustments made during an alignment: camber and tow. This video also informs you when you should have your alignment checked and possibly adjusted.   In addition to discussing alignment, this video also offers helpful information about tire rotation. You’ll learn how often to rotate tires, the benefits of tire rotation, and where to find information on how to rotate your tires.

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Common Auto Problems that Can Be Prevented With Routine Maintenance

06.23.2011 9:26 am

Sometimes it’s hard to justify spending money on preventative auto maintenance. If your car is running well, it’s easy to ignore your vehicle’s recommended service schedule. However, taking the time to have these basic checks and services done can save you a lot of money in the long run. Here are some common problems that proper preventative maintenance can prevent: Broken Belts When you’re car is at the auto mechanic for another service, have them check your timing belt. Your timing belt should be replaced according to your owner’s manual. Replacing a timing belt before it gives out can save you hundreds. A broken timing belt can result in engine damage—and much more expensive repairs than simply replacing the timing belt on schedule. Brake Failure It’s also a good idea to have your brakes checked regularly. If you hear screeching when you apply your brakes, it is a good indication your breaks are wearing thin. Replacing brake pads before they wear through is far less expensive than the alternative. Engine Damage Oil lubricates the mechanical parts of the engine, and regular oil changes are essential to its smooth operation. Make it a point to have your oil changed according to… Read more

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Bucaro Brothers Auto Care Fix: 1999 VW Passat

06.10.2011 12:11 pm

This car had its timing belt replaced. Just another Bucaro Brothers Auto Care Fix!                  

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Like Bucaro Brother’s Recent Blog Topics? Here Are More Great Resources for You to Check Out

06.10.2011 12:10 pm

Our last few articles have addressed identifying potential auto problems and choosing the right auto shop. The links below cover these topics as well and are definitely worth checking out. ASE is a highly regarded auto mechanic certification. Check out their official website to learn more about the strict certification requirements. Finding the right auto repair shop might take some time and effort, but it can save your thousands in future repairs and damage. CarGuide123.com has some good advice on selecting an auto mechanic based upon their proven expertise and their reputation. Bleeding brakes are a serious issue that can affect any car. Check out this article to learn about the warning signs of this brake problem. Checking your brakes involves both listening for trouble and visually checking your brake pads. JDPower.com shows you how to check your brakes yourself on their website. For more information about Bucaro Brothers Auto Care, visit our website!

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