Yearly Archives: 2022

What Does an Oil Filter Do?

What Does an Oil Filter Do?

  Whenever you bring your vehicle to German Motorworks for an oil change, our technicians will always replace the oil filter too. Many drivers tend to overlook this step of an oil change service, but it makes a world of difference. It is the most critical component in assisting the lubrication of the engine. In simple terms, this device cleans the oil to prevent wear and tear in your engine.  What Does an Oil Filter Do? Oil filters are pretty simple actually, but they can vary depending on the filter and brand you use. They can be found below or near the engine block. When motor oil runs through the engine, it picks up dirt, dust, sand, and other harmful particles that get mixed into the fluid. To reduce contamination, the oil filter collects the contaminants and lets clean oil flow into the engine. The filter plays a significant role in extending the life of your engine and improving its performance. When Should You Replace the Oil Filter? You should change the oil filte ... read more

Are Vehicle Pre-purchase Inspections Worth the Cost?

Are Vehicle Pre-purchase Inspections Worth the Cost?

Whether you're looking to buy a new or used car, purchasing a vehicle is one of the biggest investments you can make in your lifetime. A vehicle can add convenience, allowing you to move comfortably from one place to another. However, you shouldn't make your purchasing decision based on the face value of the automobile you intend to buy, especially if you're going for a used car. Pre-purchase inspections conducted by a trained automotive repair technician can help determine the safety and reliability of your vehicle before you've made the final decision. Below are more reasons why vehicle pre-purchase inspections are worth the cost. Pre-purchase Evaluations Provide a Clear Picture of a Car's Real Value Many car sellers set a higher asking price than a vehicle's actual worth. Fortunately, a pre-purchase inspection can help reach a fair price based on its current condition. With the help of a certified automotive repair service provider, you can assess differen ... read more

Why Does My Brake Pedal Feel Spongy?

Why Does My Brake Pedal Feel Spongy?

Your brakes could feel spongy for a number of reasons, or the brake pedal could move closer to the floor than usual. If you encounter one of these circumstances, make sure to have your car checked out right away by a dependable technician. Remember safety comes first. The Causes of a Spongy Brake Pedal There are a few different reasons why your brake pedal might feel spongy. Read on for some of the most common ones: Low or Outdated Brake Fluid The main component required to stop your car is brake fluid. But over time, brake fluid can deteriorate exactly like brake pads. Poor braking performance may therefore be brought on by aged brake fluid. It's also possible that you have a leak, which would make your fluid level low. In either case, have it examined! Brake Lines With Air One of the most frequent reasons for spongy brakes is this. The system becomes out of balance as a result of unevenly distributed hydraulic air pressure, which leads to a problem with soft brake pedaling ... read more

5 Signs Your Car Needs Clutch Repair

5 Signs Your Car Needs Clutch Repair

For those who are still rocking a vehicle with a manual transmission in 2022, kudos to you. Manual transmission vehicles are cool and run just as well as automatic transmissions. For many manual drivers, you know that your car has a clutch. This integral part of the car is not easy or cheap to replace, which is why you should repair it at the first signs of issues.    To put things in simpler terms, the clutch is a device that transfers the rotational power, or torque, from the engine to the wheels. It can be found near your other foot pedals, and it is only present in manual vehicles.  5 Signs of a Bad Clutch Soft Clutch - The clutch should naturally be firm. However, a loose clutch indicates that your clutch has worn and needs to be replaced.  High RPM with No Acceleration - When you get your vehicle in the correct gear and rev the engine, your car should naturally launch to its speed. But if your car can’t reach the same speed as it used to, it is a si ... read more

How Bad Driving Habits Can Hurt Your Vehicle

How Bad Driving Habits Can Hurt Your Vehicle

Accidents cause stress and property damage or loss to those involved. It results in medical bills and even death. The majority of vehicle accidents are often caused by the driver's actions rather than their knowledge of how to operate a vehicle. Therefore, highlighting the major causes of road accidents will go a long way to help drivers drive safely and keep their vehicles in good shape. Distracted focus while driving is one of the main reasons for accidents. This may be in the form of a driver receiving a phone call, text messages, taking eyes off the road ahead, staring at a billboard, eating, talking to passengers, or being absent-minded and taken over by emotions of anger due to a bad day. Switching off your phone and focusing while driving goes a long way to avoiding distractions. Tailgating another vehicle too closely behind is dangerous. This causes rear-end collisions if the vehicle in front hits the break or prompts emergency action. To avoid having to break too quickly ... read more

Starting Problems? Is it the Battery or the Alternator?

Starting Problems? Is it the Battery or the Alternator?

Starting a vehicle's engine and keeping it running involves three simple steps. Firstly, the battery delivers a current to the starter, which starts the car, prompting the alternator into action. The alternator charges the battery while the vehicle's running, completing the cycle. If your car won't start, the culprits could be the battery or alternator. Jump-starting it may help identify the cause of the problem. If the jump-start works, but your vehicle goes off shortly after, the alternator may not be charging the battery. If the car starts, but you have trouble starting it later using the battery's charge, it's a sign that the battery may be dead. Read on to discover the signs of a malfunctioning alternator or dead battery. Signs of a Malfunctioning Alternator Alternators can serve your automobile for approximately six to 10 years. If it malfunctions, it'll only be ... read more

What Can Cause Your Car to Smell Like Rotten Eggs?

What Can Cause Your Car to Smell Like Rotten Eggs?

Have you ever experienced unpleasant strong sulfur- or rotten egg-like smell when driving? In most cases, this issue results from a faulty exhaust system. The exhaust system's catalytic converter converts hydrogen sulfide into odorless sulfur dioxide. However, when your vehicle's exhaust or fuel system breaks down or one of its components, it can inhibit the conversion process, thus producing a rotten egg-like smell. With that said, here are the three common reasons your automobile smells like rotten eggs. Worn Out Fuel Filter or Failing Fuel Pressure Sensor The work of a fuel pressure sensor is regulating the use of fuel in an automobile. Therefore, when the fuel pressure regulator fails, there tends to be much clogging in the catalytic convertor with excess oil. This phenomenon prevents it from processing exhaust byproducts completely, thus exiting your car via the tailpipe and generating a rotten egg-like smell. These byproducts can also accumulate in excess within the ca ... read more

The Importance of Tire Rotations

The Importance of Tire Rotations

Tire rotation, what is it, and just how important is it? Tire rotation simply refers to the routine re-positioning of your vehicle's tires either from front to back or side to side. Tire Rotations Can Increase the Life of Your Vehicle's Tires! There is more than just one reason why regular tire rotation is good for your tires and is safer for your vehicle. Regular tire rotations help in maximizing your tires' tread life. How? Well, each of the four tire positions of your vehicle requires different efforts from each of the tires meaning that the wear on your vehicle's tires will differ from tire to tire. By routinely rotating the tires, you help even out the wear in the tires thus maximizing their life. Because new, deep tire tread is more susceptible to wearing unevenly, it is recommended that new tires be rotated by 5,000 miles. By keeping the tread depth on your tires more even, you help your tires keep more traction as well as handling. All of this will in turn ma ... read more

5 Fun Things to Do This Spring

5 Fun Things to Do This Spring

With the weather warmer in Nashville, many people will be getting out more. If you've been missing the outdoors, grab a friend or significant other and go along for the ride.   Go to the Farmer's Market The farmer's market in Nashville is no ordinary market. It's a lively everyday market featuring a wide assortment of local foods, produce, flowers, crafts, demos, etc. Throughout the spring, there may even be some live music. The farmer's market is an excellent way to get together with the people you love and support the community. Go on a Picnic You can enjoy the nice weather with a lovely picnic in the park. All you need to do is gather your favorite food, snacks, drinks, and blanket. You can bring flowers for your romantic partner for a nice touch. Picnics are a great way to spend time with somebody. It allows open and meaningful conversations to happen. Go to a Winery or Distillery How about some drinks? You and your friends can head to a local winery ... read more

How Does Fuel Get to Your Engine?

How Does Fuel Get to Your Engine?

With the help of the fuel pump and fuel injectors, of course! While the pump withdraws the gasoline out of your tank, the injectors directly supply the right amount of fuel to power the engine. On the other hand, bad fuel injectors can reduce your gas mileage and lead to overall poor engine performance. Regular maintenance is necessary to preserve your fuel injectors. Let's take a look at some of the trouble signs of dirty fuel injectors: Rough Idling If your car vibrates or shakes when it is idling at a stop sign or in the middle of traffic, this is an evident sign you have faulty fuel injectors.  Engine Misfires The engine may misfire due to dirty or an insufficient amount of gasoline. Whenever your engine misfires, your vehicle may have trouble starting. Lower Fuel Efficiency If you notice your vehicle's MPG taking a hit, it could very well be due to faulty fuel injectors.  Surging Engine Slow acceleration may also be a side effect of running on dirty fuel ... read more

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