No one likes to see the check engine light on their dashboard. Routine maintenance will keep your car lasting for the long haul. And staying on top of engine maintenance will help you to see more troublesome problems before they become serious. At Bulldog Automotive, we can tackle all issues going on under the hood and also, replace damaged engines to get your vehicle back on the road again.
Check Engine Light
By the time you see a flashing check engine light or notice knocking or clapping, your engine may have some serious issues. With diagnostic tools and more than 30 years of auto care under our belt, Bulldog Automotive has the experience to repair or replace your engine.
The flashing check engine light may indicate problems with your vehicles:
- vehicle ignition
- fuel or emission systems
- failing oxygen sensor
- a loose cap
- bad spark plug/ignition coil
- bad spark plug wires
- a problem with your catalytic converter
- bad mass air flow sensor
- engine vacuum leak
- EGR valve problem
- excessive gas consumption or release of air pollutants
Fuel injection was introduced to the car industry, replacing carburetors in 1990’s. The new system, designed to inject fuel into the engine through a small nozzle under high pressure optimized fuel efficiency, emissions performs, driveability and reliability of the vehicle. Failure of the fuel injection system will ultimately destroy any vehicle’s engine.
Cars used an electric spark ignited by an ignition system to start. This system includes spark plugs, spark plug wires too transfer the spark from the ignition coil to the spark plugs to ignite a mixture of fuel and air. Common symptoms of faulty ignition systems include
- poor gas mileage
- engine misfires
- engine light on
- engine may vibrate
Oil Lube and Filter
Although some manufacturers and mechanics suggest you have your oil changed at least every 6,000 miles, we suggest maintaining changing oil every 3,000 miles to prevent mechanical wear, internal engine rust, corrosion and sludge build up. We will match your car with the right type of oil, replace the oil filter, change the oil, check and fill your fluids, check tire pressure, exterior lights, inspect belts, wipers and air filter.
Regular oil changes helps:
- to clean, cool and lubricate engine components
- reduce engine wear
- maximize fuel economy and engine performance
- prolong engine life and other vital components
- reduce emissions pollution
Driving causes friction within your vehicle. Friction causes heat. While engines run more efficiently when warmed up, the radiator helps to regulate the engine temperature so that the engine does not overheat.
Without proper coolant, the radiator is not able to keep the engine at a safe temperature. So, manufacturers recommend replacing the coolant antifreeze a regular intervals.
The timing belt synchronizes the rotation of the crankshaft so that the engine’s valves open and close at the proper times during each cylinder’s intake and exhaust strokes. A timing belt is usually a toothed belt — a drive belt with teeth on the inside surface.
Timing belts must be replaced at the manufacturer’s recommended distance, which is typically typically every 30,000 to 50,000 miles. Failure to replace the belt can result in complete breakdown or catastrophic engine failure.