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Why Does My Vehicle Smell Like Rotten Eggs?

Why Does My Vehicle Smell Like Rotten Eggs?

There's nothing more alarming than stepping into your car and being greeted with a horrible smell. When something with a strong smell gets into your vehicle cabin, your first instinct is usually to find where it is coming from. One of the most frightening odors that can emit from your car is the smell of rotten eggs. This foul smell almost always points to a severe problem with your catalytic converter.   The catalytic converter plays an integral part in your car's emissions system by removing and converting hazardous gasses to safer ones before they can be released into the air. When this part malfunctions, harmful gasses are discharged into the atmosphere, making your vehicle smell of sulfuric acid.   Truthfully, catalytic converter repairs and replacements are not cheap or easy; however, you can always count on the expert technicians at Premier Automotive Service to help. Our team can get to the bottom of your catalytic converter problem. We often find a bad pr ... read more

How to Tell If You Need An Oil Change

How to Tell If You Need An Oil Change

Oil changes are one of the most important and most frequent car maintenance services that you can get. This type of service is regularly done because it helps promote your engine's longevity, health, and performance. Clean engine oil provides good greasing for your engine parts, which allows them to move with ease. Also, the fresh engine oil will ensure you get effective and efficient performance, resulting in good gas mileage. With all these incredible benefits, you should never put off a needed oil change. 3 Signs That You Need an Oil Change Sign #1: Dark or Dirty Oil - Fresh oil should have an amber color and be free of contaminants. With usage over time, the oil will naturally pick up scraps and sit in your engine. Therefore, it's essential to check your oil levels periodically, using a rag and the oil dipstick provided near the motor.  Sign #2: Engine Knocking - Another obvious sign that your engine oil is bad or low is that you might notice knocking sounds from un ... read more

Why Is The Heat In My Car Blowing Cool Air?

Why Is The Heat In My Car Blowing Cool Air?

If you've ever stepped into your car on a chilly morning and turned on the heat only to find that your heater is just blowing cool air, you're not alone. While it may take seconds or minutes for your car to heat up, it's not common for it to stay cool your entire drive. Sitting in a freezing car is not very comfortable. Several common issues usually lead to the circulation of cool air from one's car heater: There isn't enough coolant in the engine There is an issue with your heater core Your thermostats are malfunctioning Your heating controls are broken If you know and understand how the heating system in your vehicle works and the problems that can go wrong, it will make your time at Premier Automotive Service a little easier. There isn't enough coolant in the engine - Your vehicle relies on antifreeze/coolant for its HVAC system. This solution helps to cool the engine down while it is hard at work. However, when you switch on your heat, the coolant gets ... read more

Safe Trick-Or-Treating Etiquette for Parents and Children

Safe Trick-Or-Treating Etiquette for Parents and Children

Halloween is a time for your kiddos to have some fun trick-or-treating adventures with creative costumes and candy. We understand that sending your child out roaming in the dark can be scary, especially if they are going door to door. To avoid any injuries and to have a fun Halloween, we've compiled a list of safety etiquette for Halloween trick or treaters: Always remember to cross the street at corners, obey traffic signs and crosswalks. Teach your child the basics of looking left, right, left before crossing the road. Keep electronics to a minimum. This rule applies to both parents and children. You should keep your head up and be attentive to any oncoming traffic. Always walk on sidewalks or paths. Children should walk on clear paths with the least amount of street crossings. Do not leave children younger than 12 alone on Halloween night without adult supervision. If you feel like your kids are mature enough, they should still stay in a familiar area that is well-lit and tr ... read more

Car Mechanical Problems That Can Leave With a Ticket

Car Mechanical Problems That Can Leave With a Ticket

When it comes to your automobile, making sure that you are on top of your vehicle's maintenance isn't always solely for your safety and the quality of your car. Driving with specific car problems can actually land you a pricey ticket, and probably cost you about as much as it would have to get the issue fixed in the first place.   While most of us are aware of the types of traffic violations that can get us in trouble, such as making an illegal turn, speeding, not wearing a seatbelt, and more, not everyone can detect mechanical violations.  Here are some mechanic problems that can land you a ticket if they aren't fixed:  A broken tail light, headlight, or turn signal Having illegal window tinting Missing or expired license plate Driving with an expired registration sticker Driving with a cracked or damaged windshield (depending on local laws and severity)  Driving with broken mirrors Too loud of an exhaust system (damaged muffler) Using high b ... read more

When Should I Change My Power Steering Fluid?

 When Should I Change My Power Steering Fluid?

Most motorists are aware whenever they need their tires replaced, or oil changed. However, the power steering fluid is often overlooked or sometimes unknown altogether. The power steering fluid is a pressure-driven fluid that drives the steering system. Similar to your other liquids, you should regularly swap out your power steering fluid. Though it may not need to be replaced as often as motor oil, it can still get contaminated, with dirt and grime, over time. When the power steering fluid gets nasty, it adds tension and stress to the power steering pump. In some cases, it can lead to the failure of the entire steering system.   Signs That It's Time to Have a Power Steering Fluid Replacement DARK FLUID After starting your car for several minutes, open the hood of your vehicle and remove the dipstick. The color of your power steering fluid should be bright red, and the liquid should be clear of debris. If you notice that the solution is dark, grimy, or has a burnt smell, t ... read more

How to Efficiently Pack Your Car for a Road Trip

How to Efficiently Pack Your Car for a Road Trip

  Now that it is July, most of us are hitting the road for summer road trips. The worst part about road trips (other than the long car ride itself) is packing. Everyone dreads it, and they often procrastinate as a result. Procrastination then leads to overpacking, and the next thing you know, you are trying to play Tetris with your luggage. There's a real art to safely and efficiently packing your vehicle, and we are here to tell you how! Here are our top tips on how to pack your car:   First, Clean Out Your Car  Before any car trip starts, it's crucial to clean out your vehicle. The cleaning entails removing everything from the cabin and trunk that you don't need for the journey, such as your recyclable grocery bags, clunky equipment, or kids' toys.   Get Started the Night Before We recommend packing the car the night before the trip or as early as possible. That way, you can start the journey off stress-free to ensure you are in a good mood ... read more

Time For New Tires? Check Your Tread!

Time For New Tires? Check Your Tread!

  Has the time come for new tires? When deciding if you need new tires, tread wear is the strongest indicator to look at. Our team of professionals is without exception here to examine your tires to determine whether or not a new set of wheels is the right option for you and your vehicle.    Tread wear is an essential indication of your tire’s health and ensuring your safety. If your tire tread is worn out, then your vehicle can respond poorly in wet weather conditions. You will need good treads to ensure that your wheels are gripping the surface of the road appropriately. Overworn tracks can also lead to premature wear on other parts of the car.    Penny/Lincoln Test   Fortunately, there is a very straightforward and easy test to run right at home, and it all begins with a penny. Simply position the penny on the grooves of your tire, and if the tread hides any part of Lincoln’s head, your tires are in good shape. If not, your tires are ... read more

What are the Benefits of a Radiator Flush?

What are the Benefits of a Radiator Flush?

Many people ask "what are the benefits of a radiator flush?". A radiator flush usually takes care of three things. First, it takes care of internal dirt and clogging that forms at the rear drain pipes of your cooling system. Second, it takes care of corrosion deposits that build upon the pipes leading to your radiator. Lastly, it takes care of any excess water build-up that can damage the radiator. By taking care of these three things, you will extend the life and usefulness of your radiator and cooling system. Internal dirt and clogging occur when the metal starts to form inside the pipe where it meets the engine block. As time passes and you use your car more, rust and dirt become trapped in these areas. When you take care of this, you help keep your radiator from overheating and burning up while you are driving your vehicle. This helps to extend the life of your radiator as well as your engine. Another benefit of having your radiator flushed is that you will prevent corr ... read more

What is 30/60/90K Vehicle Maintenance?

What is 30/60/90K Vehicle Maintenance?

What is 30/60/90K Vehicle Maintenance? You probably have heard the term 30/60/90K Vehicle Maintenance when buying a new car. The name comes from the general maintenance schedule of any vehicle where maintenance is required every 30,000 miles. Therefore, these numbers denote the number of miles at which the maintenance must be done. However, the actual miles may vary from one model to another and depending on its build. Why Is It Important To Keep With the Maintenance Schedule? You should honor the maintenance schedule for the following reasons: • Your manufacturer warranty is dependent on it. Most manufacturers do not honor the warranty if you do not follow the scheduled maintenance program. • Regular maintenance may help save you thousands in repair costs as the vehicle does not get to the point of breaking down. • It extends the value of the vehicle. The reason is that the vehicle runs optimally for longer when it is well-maintai ... read more

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