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Why Cabin Air Filters Are Important

Why Cabin Air Filters Are Important

The cabin filter is an often overlooked area of the car because it doesn’t directly impact the drivability of the vehicle. However, it is extremely important for drivers to pay attention to the condition of their cabin air filter as it could affect your comfortability.   A cabin air filter promotes clean air by blocking out contaminants from entering the passenger cabin. It can deter harmful things like dirt, smoke, dust, exhaust fumes, pollen, and more. However, this filter will collect too much over time and require a change.   What Can Happen If You Neglect a Dirty Cabin Air Filter HEALTH ISSUES - Breathing in unclean air can be damaging to your health. For individuals who are sensitive to dust, pollen, and smoke fumes, it can be horrible. Therefore, you should make a good habit of replacing your cabin air filter as much as you can to ensure that the air you’re breathing in is clean.   OVERWORKED HVAC SYSTEM - When the cabin filter is clogged, the v ... read more

5 Reasons Why Drivers Should Read Their Owner's Manual

5 Reasons Why Drivers Should Read Their Owner's Manual

Few drivers take the time to read their car owner's manual until there is a problem. It is good practice to read and be familiar with the manual as it contains valuable information that you may need in the case of a breakdown. Operating Instructions Key features of your car are contained in the operating instructions. Using the windscreen wipers at the right settings or learning how to activate Bluetooth controls are important features to note before you set off on your maiden voyage. This will help you to avoid taking your eyes off the road at crucial moments. Vehicle Maintenance You will find an engine overview and maintenance instructions in the owner's manual. You can learn how to do your basic jobs such as how to check engine oil, replace filters, adjust headlights and replace bulbs. It may also provide a maintenance schedule and when to replace certain parts such as spark plugs. Warning Lights Sometimes, a warning light is a catalyst to open your manual for the very ... read more

What sound is your car making?

What sound is your car making?

After years or even months of driving your vehicle, you become accustomed to the way that it sounds while driving. You get into your car one morning and start driving, only to hear a strange pinging noise coming from the engine. We know that hearing a strange noise can be stressful, especially when you are unsure if the sound indicates a problem with your vehicle. As soon as you start hearing something out of the ordinary, it's important to make a mental note of when the sound happens, what it sounds like, and where the sound is coming from. Oftentimes you may also notice that the check engine light has turned on, but not always. When the noises start, we recommend bringing your vehicle into our shop as soon as you can. When you come into our shop, be sure to inform our experts about the symptoms that you are experiencing. This will help our mechanics better pinpoint the issue. We will perform a full inspection of your vehicle to find the source of the noise. If the check engine ... read more

How Often Should You Check and Replace Your Brake Fluid?

How Often Should You Check and Replace Your Brake Fluid?

Driving a vehicle may be intimidating to maintain for both newbies and the experienced. You may know that your vehicle's most important safety feature is its brakes. And clean brake fluid is necessary to achieve seamless and efficient braking. You should never put off brake maintenance, as failing to change your brake fluid on time can put your life on the line. How to Check Brake Fluid Inspecting the brake fluid is a relatively easy task because the tank that carries it is see-through. All you'd have to do is open the hood and locate the transparent reservoir. It would be best if you never opened the brake fluid reservoir unless you plan to replace the solution right away. Leaving the cap open may risk diluting and contaminating the fluid itself. When checking the levels of your brake solution, be sure to take note of its color too. It should be yellow and free of contaminants. If you notice that your brake fluid looks muddy, low, or has a burnt smell, please bring your car ... read more

What Is a Transmission Rebuild?

What Is a Transmission Rebuild?

Repair, rebuild, or replacement are usually your three options if you're experiencing issues with your car's transmission. Once a professional technician evaluates your vehicle and concludes that a fix is not enough, they typically recommend a transmission rebuild. Examples of When a Repair May Not Work When the extent of the damage is excessive: If more than a couple of parts are impacted and need to be removed and replaced, it may be better off for you to replace a portion of the entire transmission. You are servicing your transmission more often: If you've had your transmission repaired multiple times in a short amount of time, it's a clue that you may need more than a simple fix. In some cases, the cost of those repairs may have already cost you more money than if you were to rebuild or replace the transmission. You're hearing grinding noises: If you hear scary noises when shifting gears, it usually points to a problem with your transmission's gear synch ... read more

Lorentz Automotive's Top 5 Holiday Travel Tips

Lorentz Automotive's Top 5 Holiday Travel Tips

It's December, which means the holidays are in full swing. This time of year means celebrating with family and friends, which most likely means there's going to be some long-distance driving involved. With everyone in a frenzy, it's important to keep safety at the forefront. Driving during this time of year can be hectic as the number of drivers on the road increases. To ensure you have safe travels, you will need to watch out for the hazards that winter brings, including rainy or snowy weather and negligent drivers.   Whether you're going from one place to another for work or leisure, we want you to be extra careful on the road. You can reduce the risk of an accident or serious injury by following these safe driving tips! Check the Weather: Before heading out of your house, it's best to check the weather report. Nowadays, you can do it with a simple touch on your phone. Inclement weather can be a hazard, and you might not know what to expect when your trave ... read more

What to Pack for the Ultimate Tailgate

What to Pack for the Ultimate Tailgate

It's fall, which means tons of vehicles will be lining up in stadium parking lots before a football game. Your mouth might salivate thinking about the fresh-off-the-grill hot dogs and burgers. You'll probably also hear the loud buzz of chanting, music, and conversations. Tailgate season has arrived, and if you want to have a good time, make sure you bring these items along with you! Compact Grill It's not a tailgate unless you have a barbeque, so make sure this is one of the top items on your packing list! If you want some delicious wings, burgers, or hot dogs, you'll want to have one of these on hand.  Cooking Tools The food isn't going to cook itself on the grill, so you'll need some tools to handle the food safely: Spatula Tongs Knife Cutting board Meat thermometer  Grilling gloves Oil Table  Food, Beverages, and Supplies And of course, you're going to need the actual food. And you'll need to pair it with utensils (plates ... read more

What Does the Color of My Exhaust Smoke Mean?

What Does the Color of My Exhaust Smoke Mean?

A vehicle that is experiencing internal problems may display various sorts of symptoms. Sometimes warning signs can come in different forms of noises, vibrations, smells, or even colorful exhaust smoke. Your emissions can be very telling on what's happening inside your car. The gas you see spew out of your tailpipe can be different colors: black, white, blue. Here's what they may indicate: Black Exhaust Smoke Thick clouds of dark grey or black smoke coming out of your pipe can only mean one thing: your car is running too much gas. This means that your vehicle is overusing fuel to make the engine run. One of the most common reasons behind this problem is a clogged air filter. Whatever the origin is, there is an improper air and fuel mixture. As a result, you may see a loss in fuel efficiency. White Exhaust Smoke A cooling system leak that makes its way to the engine can emit large, white clouds of smoke. Your engine should not burn anything besides gas. In addition to this a ... read more

Is It Safe to Drive with an Oil Pressure Warning Light On?

Is It Safe to Drive with an Oil Pressure Warning Light On?

To make this quick, the answer is: No, it's not safe to drive with the oil light on. In fact, it can be pretty hazardous. If the oil light is lit on your dash, you should take care of this problem as soon as you can.    What Does The Oil Light Mean? It's important to know what the oil pressure signifies in the first place so that you are aware of your situation.   The image above shows the symbol for the oil warning light. You should not take this situation lightly, as it is an indication that your engine has lost normal oil pressure. If you see this light on, we highly suggest that you stop driving your vehicle immediately and turn off your engine.    Driving with this light on your dash can cause severe, irreversible engine damage. Although you can't determine the severity of the oil pressure problem right away, the best thing you can do is to treat it like a worst-case scenario. If the oil light is on, you may also notice other signs of lo ... read more

Fundamental Car Maintenance for the Back-to-School Season

Fundamental Car Maintenance for the Back-to-School Season

We understand it is still August, but the 2021-2022 school year will be here before we know it. Now is the perfect time to make sure your vehicle is suited to handle the carpools, college commutes, and even trips back to the office. Despite where and when your back-to-school season starts, our team of experts at Lorentz Automotive has relevant car maintenance tips to share.   TIP #1: INSPECT YOUR TIRES It would help if you first did something most drivers often overlook: check the tread wear on your tires. The wheels on your automobile are legally required to have a minimum of 2/32 of an inch of wear. However, the industry highly suggests that you have your tires replaced with as little as 4/32 of an inch to ensure the most safety. Tires that are overworn are hazardous for several reasons: Hindered stopping power Higher likelihood of a tire blowout Loss of tire traction in wet weather conditions   TIP #2: CHANGE YOUR OIL Motor oil is the lifeline of every vehicle, whi ... read more

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