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Follow us on our blog for tips, tricks and DIY hacks to keep your car in tip top shape and save you time and frustration when you need to find an easier way to do something.

What does the check engine light usually mean?
 

If your check engine light is on, it's best to bring it in for diagnostic testing.  Usually, when this light is on, there's a problem with the car's emissions system. The on-board diagnostics system and engine control unit are in charge of monitoring a bunch of different parameters, and if they get a reading that's a little out of whack, the chances are, you will need to bring your car or truck into your local auto repair mechanic.

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Do I need a mechanic?

 

No matter how much you might believe in the DIY ethic, the hands-on approach just doesn’t make sense for all car repairs. While the temptation of saving money with a DIY approach might be, well, tempting, you might find that not only are you in over your head, without the proper equipment, longer vehicle down times, and actually costing  yourself  MORE money than if you just would have taken your vehicle to a professional in the first place. There are times when it might be worth it to call a pro to fix your car.

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Do I need a mechanic?

 

No matter how much you might believe in the DIY ethic, the hands-on approach just doesn’t make sense for all car repairs. While the temptation of saving money with a DIY approach might be, well, tempting, you might find that not only are you in over your head, without the proper equipment, longer vehicle down times, and actually costing  yourself  MORE money than if you just would have taken your vehicle to a professional in the first place. There are times when it might be worth it to call a pro to fix your car.

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How to Tell If You Have a Blown Head Gasket
 

The head gasket plays a very important role in the function of your car's engine, and a blown head gasket can cause serious damage and lead to major auto repairs. A head gasket is a seal that is fitted between the piston cylinder head and the engine block. The car's engine is an internal combustion engine. For combustion to occur inside the piston chamber, high compression pressure must be achieved. The head gasket seals the combustion process and prevents the coolant and engine oil from mixing together in the combustion chamber. A blown head gasket can cause engine malfunction and significant loss of engine power [source: Bumbeck]. Let us now learn how to tell if you have a blown head gasket.

  • Watch your engine temperature gauge. If your car is constantly overheating it may be a symptom of a blown head gasket.

  • Check the engine coolant level. If the car is constantly losing coolant, it may be because your car's coolant is leaking from the cooling system into the oil pan. This happens when the head gasket is blown.

  • Check your car's oil level with the oil dipstick. If you notice froth on the dipstick, there may be coolant mixed in with the oil due to a faulty head gasket.

  • Watch for sweet smelling white smoke with water droplets coming from the exhaust pipe. This could be a sign that the head gasket has been blown off [source: Cars Direct].

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