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Why Is My Car Overheating?

Why Is My Car Overheating?

Why Is My Car Overheating? Common Causes and How to Prevent Them Hey everyone, it's Stacey from Wayside Garage! Today, we're tackling a question we often get: "Why is my car overheating?" Jonathan and I recently worked on a Ford Escape with this issue, and we found some interesting things that we want to share with you. Let's dive into the details and learn how to prevent overheating in your vehicle. Common Causes of Overheating:1. Broken Belts: In the case of the Ford Escape, we discovered a broken belt. The customer initially heard a belt noise but didn't think much of it. This belt drives crucial components like the water pump, which circulates coolant through the engine. When the belt broke, the water pump stopped working, leading to overheating.  2. Faulty Water Pump: The squealing noise the customer heard was actually the water pump starting to fail. A w ... read more

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Maintenance

Why would I need a Catalytic Converter?

Why would I need a Catalytic Converter?

Why would I need a Catalytic Converter? At Wayside Garage, we recently had a Toyota Tacoma come in with a check engine light on. Jonathan and I dove into the diagnostics to figure out what was going on. Here's a rundown of our process and findings, which might help you understand what goes into diagnosing and fixing such issues. Understanding the Problem The check engine light was triggered by a P0430 code, which points to a problem with the catalytic converter, specifically on bank two. This code indicates that the catalytic converter isn't operating efficiently. Diagnostic Process 1. Pulling Codes: We started by pulling the diagnostic trouble codes (DTC) using our scanner. 2. Driving and Monitoring: We then drove the vehicle with the scanner connected while monitoring the upstream and downstream oxygen sensors. These sensors help us understand how well the catalytic converter is performing. What We Found ... read more

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Maintenance

Why Are My Brakes Grinding?

Why Are My Brakes Grinding?

Why Are My Brakes Grinding?  Properly functioning brakes are essential for the safety of any vehicle. At Wayside Garage in Seaside, CA, we often handle cases where customers bring in vehicles with uneven brake wear. Let's delve into a recent example involving a GMC Denali to illustrate the importance of regular brake inspections and maintenance. The client was experiencing a grinding noise when the brakes were applied. Upon inspection, we discovered that the front brake pads of their GMC Denali were in poor condition. One pad was severely scuffed, and alarmingly, its counterpart was completely missing. This severe uneven wear was traced back to a seized brake caliper. This malfunction caused the brake pads to wear unevenly and ultimately led to a dangerous metal-on-metal grinding situation, necessitating immediate replacement of the front brakes. Brake calipers play a crucial role in your vehicle's braking system. They are responsible for applying press ... read more

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Brakes
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