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Engine Oil Leaks: How They Happen and How to Avoid Them

Engine Oil Leaks: How They Happen and How to Avoid Them

If you’ve ever seen a dark puddle pooling underneath your parked car, don’t take it lightly or move on from it. There’s a good chance that it is your engine oil leaking from your car. Oil leaks are quite easy to spot, and they can cause major engine damage if left unnoticed. When you have an oil leak, there is no better place to bring your car than Bud’s Auto Repair and Transmission. How Oil Leaks Happen Oil leaks can happen for a number of reasons. They include – Damaged Oil Pan - The oil pan can be found underneath most cars. You should take care of your undercarriage because driving on rough terrain can wear and tear your oil pan. If something strikes the pan hard enough, it can cause oil to seep out. Worn Drain Plug - The drain plug is a part of the oil pan, and it is used to get rid of all the old oil before adding new motor oil to your car. The plug can get worn over time and even break, causing oil to leak out ... read more

Maintenance Tips for Diesel Engines

Maintenance Tips for Diesel Engines

Diesel engines are designed to run for long periods with little or no maintenance. However, there are a few things you can do to keep your diesel engine running smoothly and efficiently. Here are some maintenance tips for diesel engines: Change The Engine Oil and Filter Regularly This will help remove any dirt or debris that could clog up the engine. Changing the oil and filter regularly is an important part of maintaining a diesel engine. Diesel oil breaks down faster than other types of oil, so it needs to be changed more frequently. Additionally, the filter catches any impurities in the oil, and over time it can become clogged. Regularly changing the oil and filter helps to keep the engine running smoothly and efficiently. Check The Air Filter Regularly and Replace It If It Is Dirty A dirty air filter can restrict airflow and reduce engine performance. Diesel engines are known for their durability and reliability. However, like all engines, they require regular maintenance to k ... read more

5 Car Sounds That May Be of Concern

5 Car Sounds That May Be of Concern

When you hear suspicious noises coming from your vehicle, you might be tempted to shrug it off. But if it is recurring, you should probably get it checked out. Automobiles should not make any unusual noises with normal operations. Such noises can indicate engine problems, brake problems, or more. In this blog, we will discuss the top 5 concerning car sounds and what they mean. Popping When Turning Vehicle This sound can indicate troubles with front- and all-wheel drive vehicles. This noise indicates an axle problem, specifically with constant velocity joints (CV joints). Any signs of snapping, clicking, or popping sound during a turn should signal you to have your drive axles checked.  Chirping or Squealing From Under the Hood Engine squealing during acceleration can commonly be attributed to a worn or loose belt. You should bring your car to Bud’s Auto Repair and transmission to have your vehicle’s belts checked and potentially repl ... read more

Why does my brake pedal feel spongy?

Why does my brake pedal feel spongy?

Brakes are an essential part of your vehicle's control system. Therefore, an effective brake pedal should feel firm. However, your car should be checked immediately by your trusted mechanic to diagnose the issue if it feels spongy. Spongy brakes are not only frustrating but also dangerous. Here is what could make your brake system feel spongy. 1. Air in The Brake System Low brake fluid and the overheating caliper can lead to evaporation of the brake fluid and consequent air build-up in the brake system. Besides, when the bleeder valve is loose, your brake fluids can absorb moisture. The air bubble in the brake system can prevent the brake fluid from flowing correctly and compromise your brake system's hydraulic pressure. It would be best if you always flushed the brake fluid to remove air from the brake system. 2. Contaminated Brake Fluid Most drivers do not know what can contaminate the brake fluid. Debris and rust in the system, for one, is the primary contaminant. Rust ... read more

Best Practices When It Comes to Fuel and Your Car

Best Practices When It Comes to Fuel and Your Car

Today, most vehicles on the road are easier to manage than ever before. Even though most of your vehicle’s systems still require maintenance, it is not as frequent as it used to be. One of the easiest systems to maintain is the fuel system . Read on to learn more about the important parts of your vehicle’s fuel system and what you should do and not do to keep its components in good shape. Make Sure You’re Using the Right Fuel Treating your fuel system with care starts with fueling up with the right fuel. Most manufacturers list their fuel specifications for their vehicle models near the fill-up area. However, you can always refer to your owner’s manual. You should know the difference between the gas pump and diesel pump. Otherwise, a mix-up can cause catastrophic damage. Another thing worth noting is putting in the right octane level of gasoline. You should not cheap out and use a lower octane as it can cause engine knocking.  Don’t Let Your Fuel L ... read more