Check Engine Light
A Check Engine Light Indicator is triggered when the vehicles computer detects a malfunction in the system. The trouble codes may refer to a small issue such as a loose gas cap or can be a larger issue such as an engine misfire. If you ever see your check engine light on, bring your vehicle to us and we will check the trouble code for free!
Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) is a very important part of your vehicles safety feature when the vehicle detects slipping or skidding of the tires. The purpose of the ABS is to prevent you from locking up the brakes and allow you enough control to steer to safety. There are multiple components which allow the ABS to work properly, if you ever notice a ABS light on in your vehicle, there is more than likely a fault in the system and the trouble code needs to be diagnosed and repaired.
Your vehicle engine consists of many components which can start to deteriorate over time and use. Typically when the engine has any operating trouble it will send a signal to the computer and trigger the check engine light. There may be times the vehicle computer will not catch the malfunction and that can lead to costly repairs, this is why it is very important to perform the routine maintenance services as recommended by manufacturer.
Oil Leak Detection & Repair
Over time and different weather patterns your vehicle may be prone to leaks that occur over time due to expansion and contraction of rubber gaskets and seals which keep your oil and fluids within a system. You may notice oil puddles in parking spaces or on your driveway where you vehicle is parked, certain leaks may not been seen in those circumstances which is why at Carmotive we inspect your vehicle for any leaks or potential leaks your vehicle may have to keep you well informed about your vehicle.
Engine Cooling System
Engine cylinder heads and the transmission create a lot of energy at high temperatures, this high temperature is damaging to itself. The cooling system takes anti-freeze coolant and flows it around the engine which regulates the engine’s temperature. The cooling system consists of the radiator, fan, water pump, thermostat, coolant temperature sensor, coolant, expansion tank, gaskets, seals, hoses and connectors. If any component begins to leak in the cooling system, as the coolant gets lower the vehicle will start to overheat and it can lead to major engine related issues. Making sure there is enough coolant in the cooling system and no leaks is vital to the vehicles engine. Proper fluid service and system leak tests are a great way to prevent costly damages to the vehicles engine.
The job of the vehicles transmission is to move us from Point A to Point B. The transmission converts the power created from the engine and transfers it to the drive train which then transfers the rotational movement created from the transmission to the wheels.
The vehicles drive train consists of different components and vary from various types of vehicles. Typical front wheel drive cars consist of a Constant Velocity Axle or CV Axle/Joint. The CV Axles have two ends, one end connects to the transmission and the other end connects to the wheel hub assembly. It is flexible, much like an arm, to allow the wheel to turn side to side and move up and down. To allow smooth movement, the elbows are loaded with grease and covered by a boot. Over time however, these boots can start to leak and/or the elbows can start to lose its strength, therefore it may be necessary to replace these axles to assure safe driving.
Bigger vehicles such as SUVs, trucks and even some cars are rear wheel drive or all wheel drive which have more components to the operation. This type of drive train transfers the power from the front of the vehicle where the transmission resides to the rear wheels. A drive shaft, differential and also possible CV Axles are used. The drive shaft is a long rod that spins underneath the vehicle transferring the rotational movement from the front to the rear. The differential is where the direction of the movement is rotated 90 degrees and attached to the rear wheels allowing the wheels to turn and move the vehicle.
As important as it is to get from point A to point B, it does not always happen without stops and turns along the way, and the braking system allows us to stop or slow down as needed to assure our safety. The brake system consists of the master cylinder, power brake booster, calipers, pads, rotors, (shoes, drums, wheel cylinders), lines, hoses, fluid, and of course the brake pedal. The brake system initiates at depressing the brake pedal. The power brake booster and master cylinder work together to ease the pressure needed from the pedal to pressurize the piston in the brake calipers. Once the brake pedal is depressed, the brake fluid in the lines is pressurized to push the brake calipers on each wheel or wheel cylinders to push the piston against the brake pads which then push against the brake rotors. The friction between the brake pads and the brake rotors is what slows the vehicle down. Over time, the brake pads and brake rotors wear down and need to be replaced as a routine maintenance. Other mechanical issues such as brake caliper seizing, master cylinder, brake booster wear and leaks within the braking system can occur. It is important to properly service the brake fluid and test the braking system to assure proper function.
Power Steering System
The value of the Power Steering System may be difficult to understand until a power steering related issue occurs and you are turning a steering wheel with all your strength and you are barely able to make it move. The hydraulic system in most cars and electric system in more modern cars allow us to turn the steering wheel smooth and with less effort that it actually takes. Although it becomes easier as the wheels are moving it becomes a safety hazard when in need to make a directional change quickly. The power steering system consists of the power steering pump, rack and pinion, pressure hose, return hose and fluid. The steering system also consists of mechanical components including the tie rod ends, spindle, steering column, knuckle, joints, and steering wheel. A leaking power steering system can lead to difficult steering which can be a safety hazard. The connecting components of the steering system along with the power steering system are important to assure we are able to maneuver in the right direction and able to control changing direction at ease to avoid collisions.
The suspension system is what gives us the smooth ride over bumpy and rough roads. Ever drive over a huge pothole and feel the pain? Well, it could have been much worse without a suspension system. The shock absorbers are either struts or shocks in our vehicles. Any time we go over a bumps and potholes on the road, the shocks and struts absorb much of the bump and allow a smoother flow through it. The suspension system also consists of the springs, arms, stabilizer linkage, sway bar, bushings and joints. There are four types of suspension systems across different types of vehicles, leaf spring, coil springs, torsion bars, and air springs, all with their own unique characteristics. Maintaining a proper functioning suspension is imperative to the vehicles stability and for a smooth ride.
Air Conditioning System
The heat can be unbearable during the summers in Houston. We all know it! The Air Conditioning System gives us the cool air we need in our vehicles so we are not constantly burning up from the outdoors. The Air Conditioning System is unique and consists of many different components which work together to cool your vehicle. The Compressor, Condenser, Evaporator, Expansion Valve/Orifice Tube, Drier Receiver/Accumulator, Fans, Switch, Blower Motor, Control Module, Lines, Hoses and Refrigerant are all working together to get that cool air flowing through your vehicle. Over time certain parts of the A/C System can wear out or even start to leak the refrigerant. When your A/C System starts to blow warmer air there may be a leak somewhere in the system, a weakening compressor or an electrical related issue. At that time it would be a good idea to bring it in and have us do an A/C Service and Diagnose the problem.