Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Out Dang Light.

Just quoting and perhaps cleaning up Shakespeare.  That “dang” light is the check engine light of your vehicle.  Oh, for the days when that light was not a part of your car’s maintenance system warning sign.  But then again, how many times has a check engine light suddenly illuminating on a vehicle’s dashboard saved the owner HUGE dollars?

Is it safe to drive your car with the check engine light on?  Well, the check engine light is tied into your car’s onboard diagnostics system, and it’s designed to light up (we are mostly all familiar with that yellow colored light!) whenever something goes wrong with this complex collection of components and sensors.

If you are not aware, there is a trouble code that assists trained mechanics in identifying the exact nature of the problem.  Some of the best auto mechanics in the Topeka area are employed by A.J.’s Import Garage.  Fear not, their expertise is not just confined to foreign vehicles.  Stop in to 501 S.W. Harrison in the capital city or call (785) 233-1000.

Monday, July 13, 2020

The Case of the Curious Catalytic.

Catalytic converter 101…modern cars rely on catalytic converters to remove carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons and other harmful chemicals from exhaust emissions.  In order to accomplish this, they rely on costly metals that have special chemical properties that diminish in effectiveness as time goes by.

In a perfect automotive world, catalysts should be designed to have the greatest surface area possible to promote the greatest number of chemical reactions.  Manufacturers typically spread many small particles over the surface of a new catalytic converter.  They are now using excessive amounts of metal so that the converter will meet emissions standards.

Troubleshooting a faulty catalytic converter, especially in foreign cars, is the purview of a quality, well-known shop such as A.J.’s Import Garage.  Particularly if you drive a foreign car in and around Topeka KS you can always trust A.J.’s located at 501 S.W. Harrison for all of your automotive repair needs.  Just call (785) 233-1000.

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Temperature’s Rising.

True that…outdoors and maybe underneath your car’s hood.  There’s a gauge for that.  The temperature gauge on your dashboard is an important indicator of your engine’s running condition.  It can provide you with an early warning of a potential problem and even, on occasion it can even prevent a malfunction.

Here are some of the causes of your engine’s rise in temperature –

1.  A loss of coolant
2.  The water pump is going bad
3.  A clogged radiator
4.  Collapsed hoses
5.  Failure of the electric cooling fan

Time to get into your favorite mechanic if the temperature gauge is rising.  Hopefully, your choice for radiator troubleshooting and repair in the capital city is A.J.’s Import Garage located at 501 S.W. Harrison in Topeka.  Don’t be fooled by the name A.J.’s team of techs repairs foreign and domestic vehicles.  Just call (785) 233-1000.