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Is it Safe to Drive Your Car With an EVAP Leak?

Is it Safe to Drive Your Car With an EVAP Leak?

A lot happens in your average motoring day and it's easy to let that engine light go unchecked. Mornings can be a panic of bundling kids into the car, negotiating traffic, stopping to refuel, and hopefully making it to work on time. That engine light on the dash may well take a back seat. After all, it could mean a lot of things, and perhaps even nothing. If it indicates an EVAP leak, then it's most likely safe for you to keep driving, but safer for you to get it fixed right away. What's an EVAP leak? EVAP expanded stands for evaporative emission control system. The job of the EVAP is to contain any fumes produced by the gasoline in your car. The EVAP prevents these fumes from escaping into the environment in the form of emissions, and also into the interior of your car. For this reason, a loose fuel cap is one common cause of an EVAP leak. Signs your EVAP may have a leak include: Check engine light turns on Smell of gasoline Engine won't start Fuel efficiency is ... read more

How To: Jump Start Your Car

How To: Jump Start Your Car

If your battery is dead, meaning that when you attempt to start your car, there is a low whining sound, the quickest way to get it going again is to perform a jump start. This simple technique only requires a few minutes of your time. Jump starting your car doesn't require a lot of equipment; a set of jumper cables and another running vehicle is all that is needed. Keep a pair of jumper cables in your vehicle, don't think that someone else will have cables. Jumper cables wind up quickly and can be stored out of sight under a seat or in the trunk. When you purchase new cables, look for ones that are around four to six gauge in size and at least twenty feet in length. Sturdy cables with heavy-duty clamps are more effective and provide a better grip and a better connection. It is not always possible to get the two vehicles right next to each other, so it is a good idea to have longer cables on hand; this way, you are prepared for less than ideal circumstances. Handling Jum ... read more

Why is There Smoke Coming from Underneath My Car's Hood?

Why is There Smoke Coming from Underneath My Car's Hood?

It is common for a car to smoke when you start it after it sits out for the night. Although it might indicate minor car troubles, smoke underneath the car hood might indicate significant car troubles that should be addressed with urgency. In most cases, drivers notice the smoke when suiting in idle at a stoplight or turning off the engine while parked. The amount, color, and smell of the smoke vary depending on the reason for the smoking. What are some of the possible reasons for a smoking car? Oil Spillage Oil spillage outside the engine might trigger smoking underneath the hood. When filling the gas tank, oil might oil outside onto the crankcase. Although the spillage might not lead to any significant harm, it causing smoking with a harsh oily smell, which burns off eventually without any damage. However, m if the spills are regular without cleaning up, some plastic or rubber parts might break down due to being submerged in the oil for long durations. A Leaking Coolant A leakage ... read more

What Problems Do Worn Suspension Bushings Cause?

What Problems Do Worn Suspension Bushings Cause?

Problems Worn Suspension Bushings Cause Suspension bushings are cushions made of several materials, among them being rubber and polyurethane. They are mounted on steering joints and vehicle suspension to control movement in the joints, absorb road bumps and reduce vibrations and noise. The bushings prevent metal to metal contact hence safeguarding the metal joints. Driving around with worn out bushings can pose a threat to not only the driver but other roads users too. Worn out bushings may also cause serious damages to the vehicle when its components snap. How to tell if your bushings are worn out Rattling and irritating noises when driving on gravelly roads Difficulty in handling the steering wheel Clunking sounds from the vehicle's front wheels Trembling of the vehicle's from the front portion Steering wheel feeling looser unlike before Problems with worn suspension bushesShimmy in the front With w ... read more

Strange Car Smells to Be Aware Of

Strange Car Smells to Be Aware Of

A strange smell coming from your car can be hard to bear, especially when it is coming through your air vents and smells terrible. Although it isn’t uncommon to get a random whiff of a regular car scent one in a while, a persistent smell while driving your car can indicate an issue with a major component.  Here are the most common smells associated with car issues and what they can mean: Moldy - If you notice a moldy or musty stench when the air is turned on, chances are that mold or mildew has actually formed somewhere in the air vents. This should be cleaned right away as breathing in mold particles is extremely bad for you.    Burning smell - A burning smell can come from a few different places, but most commonly can indicate a timing belt or drive belt issue. It can also indicate engine and transmission problems.    Rotten eggs - The smell of rotten eggs can indicate an issue with your emissions system, and more specifically the ... read more