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Why Is My Check Engine Light On? | Oxygen Sensors

Why Is My Check Engine Light On? | Oxygen Sensors

Why Is My Check Engine Light On? The check engine light turning on can be a cause for concern, but it’s a common issue that many drivers face. Let's explore why this happens and how to address it. Understanding the Check Engine Light Your car's check engine light is a signal from the vehicle’s engine control unit (ECU) that something is wrong. Modern cars are equipped with multiple computer modules (anywhere from 30 to 50) that monitor various systems in your vehicle. When something goes amiss, the check engine light illuminates to alert you. Common Reasons for the Check Engine Light One often overlooked component that can trigger the check engine light is the oxygen sensor. This sensor plays a critical role in monitoring the exhaust gases and ensuring your engine runs efficiently. Over time, oxygen sensors can become faulty due to exposure to extreme temperatures and contaminants, causing the check engine light to come on. What Do Oxy ... read more

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Maintenance

Why Is My Car Not Blowing Cold Air?

Why Is My Car Not Blowing Cold Air?

Why Is My Car Not Blowing Cold Air? If your car is blowing hot air on a warm day, it’s definitely time to get your AC checked. At Wayside Garage, we recently had a BMW X1 with this very issue. After running some diagnostics, our technician discovered that the refrigerant level had dropped. This is a common problem that can happen over time and with different types of refrigerant. Let’s explore why this happens and what you can do to stay cool. Why Is My Car AC Blowing Hot Air? There are several reasons why your car’s AC might blow hot air instead of keeping you cool: 1. Low Refrigerant Levels:    - The most common cause is low refrigerant levels. Refrigerant, often referred to as "freon" in older systems, is crucial for cooling the air in your AC system. Over time, it can leak out due to wear and tear. 2. Leaks in the AC System:    - Tiny holes or cracks can develop in the AC system’s components, leading to leak ... read more

Why is My Car Making a Humming Noise?

Why is My Car Making a Humming Noise?

Why is My Car Making a Humming Noise? Have you ever wondered why your car is making a strange humming noise? If so, you’re not alone. Many drivers experience this issue, and it can be concerning. At Wayside Garage, we recently had a client come in with a similar problem on her 2002 Mercedes. Let's dive into what might be causing that humming noise and how to address it. Common Causes of Humming NoisesWheel Bearings Symptoms: A loose wheel bearing can cause a humming or growling noise, especially noticeable when driving and turning. Inspection: During our inspection, we found significant play in the wheel bearing, which is a clear indicator of wear. A wheel should be tight and not wiggle when checked. Brake Components Impact on Brakes: If the wheel bearing issue is severe, it can affect your brake rotors, causing uneven wear and reducing braking efficiency. This can also lead to a pulsating feeling in ... read more

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Brakes

Is Your Car Worth Fixing?

Is Your Car Worth Fixing?

Is Your Car Worth Fixing? | Evaluating Maintenance vs. Buying New Is it more cost-effective to maintain your current vehicle or to buy a new or used one? Let’s dive into the numbers and help you make an informed decision. Check out our cost-to-own video where we show you how you can save money! The Cost of Maintaining Your Current Vehicle First, let's look at the maintenance costs for your existing vehicle over 75,000 miles. Here’s a breakdown of essential services and their costs: - Fluids, Filters, Belts, Hoses - Battery - Shocks and Struts - Alignment and Tire Rotation - Spark Plugs These items combined add up to about $16,337. Adding repairs for wearable items like brakes and tires, the total comes to around $22,337 over 75,000 miles, which averages to about 30 cents per mile ... read more

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Maintenance

Why Does My Honda Need Regular Maintenance?

Why Does My Honda Need Regular Maintenance?

Why Does My Honda Need Regular Maintenance? Wayside Garage Has You Covered! Owning a Honda is a great experience, known for reliability and performance. However, keeping it in top shape requires regular maintenance. At Wayside Garage, we specialize in Honda services, from routine maintenance to complex repairs. Our experienced technicians ensure your vehicle runs smoothly and efficiently, just like the day you drove it off the lot.  Essential Honda Maintenance Services Every 5-6 Months Oil & Filter Service: To keep your engine running smoothly, it's suggested every 5,000 miles or six months. Complimentary Inspection: Catch potential issues early with an inspection every 5,000 miles or six months. Annual Maintenance Fuel & Air System Decarbonization/Tune-Up: Improve engine performance every 12,000 miles or 12 months. Cabin Air Filter: Keep your car's interior air clean by replacing the filter every 10,000 miles or annually. Battery Service ... read more

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Maintenance
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