Archive for the ‘Engine Repair’ Category

Having a Well-Tuned Engine Equals Better Performance

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012

The best way to ensure long engine life is to entrust the care of your vehicle to only highly-qualified technicians. Magic Auto Center’s ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) certified mechanics  know your engine like few others. Our technicians are trusted professionals who understand the complexities of modern engines. They will skillfully perform engine diagnostic service, routine maintenance tune-ups and major performance tune-ups to help ensure your engine performs at its absolute best.

Engine Performance Problems: The Warning Signs

  • Engine dash warning lights stay on
  • Loss of power
  • Noxious exhaust odor
  • Knocking when your engine is accelerating
  • Stalling when engine is either hot or cold or when using air conditioning
  • Drop in gas mileage
  • Hard starting, although the battery easily turns the engine over
  • Dieseling (the engine continues to run even after ignition is turned off)
  • Rough running at any speed
  • Backfiring

Whether you need repairs or general maintenance, tire care, safety or even how to get the best oil change, Magic Auto Center is here to help you.

Do I Need Engine Repair Or Engine Rebuild

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

Listen to your car — The first symptom is – silence; and the second symptom is — repeated “coughing” but no starting.  Before you call a tow truck or spend a lot of money on engine repair or an engine rebuild, determine which symptom your car has.

If all you hear is silence, then…

  • Call up that friend who has jumper cables. Most likely, you’ve got a dead battery. The starter needs electricity.  If the battery is dead, the starter has no energy source. Maybe you left your headlights or an interior light on overnight. So get your friend to jump your car.  After it starts, drive around to recharge the battery (give it 20 minutes). This simple trick may prevent an unnecessary and expensive engine repair service.  But, if this doesn’t get your car started, try checking the main electrical fuses under the hood.  Remember, it’s a good idea after jump-starting your car, to take it directly to your auto mechanic and have the battery tested.

On the other hand, if you hear coughing or similar unfamiliar sounds then…

  • Seek professional help. Have your car towed to a reliable auto service center for an engine repair service.  With older cars, typically pumping the accelerator or spraying some carburetor starter fluid into the motor could get you going.  However, with modern fuel-injected engines, that probably won’t work. There are lots of possible reasons for motor failures behind a sputtering starter: fuel pump, ignition coil, or poor or faulty electrical connections.  Ask your trained auto mechanic to perform a professional engine repair service on your car to diagnose the problem.

In any case…

  • Don’t forget! Cars usually start when they are serviced on a regular basis.  This prevents costly engine repair or an engine rebuild.  Ask for advice from your trained auto mechanic for a schedule of routine preventative maintenance, and your vehicle will be back to normal in no time.

Need a quality car battery replacement or service from car battery specialists?  Contact the ASE Certified Technicians at Magic Auto Center.  They will be happy to help you. Our auto shop in Valencia CA also proudly serves residents in the areas of Newhall and Santa Clarita.

5 Ways You Can Tell Your Car Needs Repair

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

It seems that cars are in constant need of attention and car service.  The wise motorist will have unusual symptoms addressed early to avoid more expensive car repair.

5 of the most common ways you can tell your car requires service are:

  • Steering wheel vibrates, usually between 50-70 miles/hr. This is usually caused by a front wheel out of balance. If you feel the vibration only in the seat, it’s probably a rear wheel. Schedule a car service to have all 4 wheels balanced. You will feel the difference in the drive and ride.
  • Drifting to the left or right when I let go of the steering wheel on a straight level road. If your car drifts to the right in the right lane and to the left in the left lane, it is probably normal. Most roads are banked to allow for water runoff.  However, make sure that both front tires are equally inflated, and of the same size, type and brand. If all this is true and your car is still drifting, you probably need an adjustment to your wheel alignment. If this car service doesn’t take care of the problem, your mechanic should check for bent or worn front-end parts, and to make sure there are no safety issues.
  • Tires make a humming noise on a smooth road. Check the tread for wear patterns.  Run your hand around the edge of the tread, first in one direction, then the other.  If it is smooth in one direction but jagged in the other, this could be causing some of the noise. Rotating will help reduce some of the noise. This wear pattern is common on front wheel drive vehicles with tires designed with grooves on the edges of the tread. While there is a potential for noise with this design, it does have advantages in wet weather and snow.
  • Car keeps bouncing when I drive over a speed bump or a dip in the road. This is usually caused by worn or broken shocks or struts and usually happens gradually.  Schedule a car repair for shock replacements.  You will notice that the ride and stability is greatly improved.
  • Directional signals flash on one side but not the other. This feature is designed to let you know that a directional bulb has burnt out. Check light bulbs or fuses to locate the issue.  If you aren’t comfortable doing this yourself, an auto mechanic can take care of this problem quite easily.

Need a quality car battery replacement or service from car battery specialists?  Contact the ASE Certified Technicians at Magic Auto Center.  They will be happy to help you. Our auto shop in Valencia CA also proudly serves residents in the areas of Newhall and Santa Clarita.

How to Get Better Fuel Economy From Your Old Car

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

Gas prices have skyrocketed again. Ugh!  There are a few things you can do to make your money – and your car – go as far as possible, so, we would like to share these five tips for saving on gas.

  1. Take it Easy — Driving aggressively, rapid/hard starts and stops, and even speeding, all eat up expensive gasoline. According to government quoted statistics, driving like this can lower your vehicle’s gas mileage by as much as 33% on the highway and 5% in town.
  2. Watch Your Speed — Besides being unsafe, speeding is a major cause of fuel usage. Beyond the impact mentioned in the statistic above, every 5 MPH you travel over 60 MPH is costing you an extra $0.24 per gallon of gas. Basically, you’re using more gas than you need to travel each mile.
  3. Don’t Overload — When you’re packing for a trip, don’t bring anything you don’t need for the trip or for safety along the way. Extra weight means extra work for your vehicle, and it will use more fuel to move the extra pounds. In fact, on average every 100 pounds of extra weight reduces your mileage by roughly 2%. So, if you don’t need it, take it out.
  4. Turn It Off When Not Moving — It might seem obvious, but if your car is idling and not moving, it’s using gas and yet not going anywhere. This translates to ZERO miles per gallon. Consider shutting your car off if you’re going to be sitting for awhile.
  5. Have a Pre-Trip Inspection — Before you hit the road, one of the best ways to make sure you are getting the most out of that expensive gas you are buying is to make sure your vehicle is running right. This means all the filters are clean, the oil and other fluids are in good condition, the tires are inflated properly and all major systems and components are working as they should.

Need a quality car battery replacement or service from car battery specialists?  Contact the ASE Certified Technicians at Magic Auto Center.  They will be happy to help you. Our auto shop in Valencia CA also proudly serves residents in the areas of Newhall and Santa Clarita.