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What are the Symptoms of a Bad Catalytic Converter?

What are the Symptoms of a Bad Catalytic Converter?

A catalytic converter is an integral component of the cars exhaust system. It filters out toxic emissions from the engine, thus alleviating harmful environmental contamination. If you pay enough attention to your car's servicing and maintenance needs, you may never have to replace your cat. But in other cases, a converter can get damaged, which affects its longevity and performance. Suffice to say; almost all catalytic convertor problems emanate from engine failures including imbalanced air-fuel mixture, damaged oxygen sensors and bad spark plugs. If left unattended, these problems can rapidly escalate to overheating, clogging, and physical deterioration of the cat. So, what are the Symptoms of a Bad Catalytic Converter? Check the Dashboard Light A flashing light illuminating at the dashboard signifies a damaged or failing, catalytic converter. Modern cars have several oxygen sensors or actuators which monitor the exhaust gas levels and alert you in case of clog ... read more

Important Winter Driving Tips Every Car Owner Should Know

Important Winter Driving Tips Every Car Owner Should Know

When winter strikes, drivers face tough challenges when they get behind the wheel. Snowy and icy roads are involved in almost one in four weather-related road accidents. These conditions make it difficult for drivers to see, slow down, and stop – all important factors that can increase the likelihood of a road accident. That’s why we’ve prepared several handy tips for safe driving during the cold winter months. 1. In winter, don’t start driving until all ice and snow is cleared off your windows, headlights, side mirrors, taillights, and most importantly, license plates.  2. Always keep your windshield washer fluid tank full. 3. Before taking off in cold weather, it is important to allow the oil to flow. Therefore, start your car and let it warm up for a minute or two. This action will ease wear on your engine, as well as, other mechanical components. 4. Regularly inspect the tread on your tires for uneven or extreme wear. 5. Keep half ... read more

What Causes Brake Rotors to Warp?

What Causes Brake Rotors to Warp?

Brake rotors are an important part of your vehicle's brake system. They spin with and stop the wheels when the brake pads clamp down on them, which is essential to slow or stop your vehicle. Over time, the brake rotors withstand a lot of heat during the process of braking, and need to dissipate this heat quickly so that the brake pads will be able to be pressed down again. This excessive amount of heat causes the surface of the brake rotors can become uneven over time, which is often referred to as warping. This can cause your vehicle's brakes to become jittery and less effective.  Brake rotor warping isn't as severe as it sounds. Warping actually just refers to an uneven surface, mainly caused by heat. The brake rotors can be warped in the following ways:  The brake rotors can become glazed with material from the brake pads. This happens when the brake pads get very hot which causes the pad material to rub off onto the brake rotors. This causes the br ... read more

7 Vehicle Maintenance Items for the Autumn Season

7 Vehicle Maintenance Items for the Autumn Season

It's officially the fall season, and we can now expect that rain showers will soon come our way and the leaves will begin changing colors as we move into winter. The weather is going to get cozier and the streets will be wetter, and after the summer it's important to remember that the heat probably took a toll on our vehicles.  Due to the extreme heat of the summer, it is recommended that your vehicle gets inspected and serviced before the fall season to ensure a reliable vehicle. Holidays are approaching, and the last thing you need is to find yourself stranded on the side of the road on the way to visit family. Fall vehicle maintenance will catch any small issues early on and will help restore any of the damage done over the heavy driving summer months.  Here are our stop 7 vehicle maintenance items to take care of for the autumn season:  Tires - having good tires in rainy weather is critical to your safety on the road. If your tires don't pass the tread ... read more

What are the Signs of Steering and Suspension Problems?

What are the Signs of Steering and Suspension Problems?

An issue with a component of your vehicle's steering and suspension system can cause difficulty steering and you may notice that your car rides are bumpier than usual. If you’re experiencing an issue such as bouncing heavily over speed bumps or uneven tire wear, it's important to have your vehicle inspected quickly. These issues can progress over time, the sooner you take care of the problem, the better.  If you notice any of the following symptoms, there may be a problem with your vehicle’s steering and suspension system: Bouncing heavily after driving over bumps or potholes Difficulty steering Leaking underneath car Uneven tire wear Vibrating vehicle Vehicle nose dives while braking Vehicle pulls to one side If you are experiencing any of the issues above, it’s time to have your vehicle inspected by our experts. Be sure to note down anything you notice differently about your vehicle and relay this information to our staff during your visit ... read more

How Do you Know if your Vehicle's Engine Has a Problem?

How Do you Know if your Vehicle's Engine Has a Problem?

Your vehicle's engine is the heart of your vehicle - without it, your vehicle wouldn't be able to generate the power it needs to move. This is why keeping the engine in good condition is vital overall when it comes to your vehicle's overall operation and performance. Good engine maintenance will ensure that you avoid major issues and will keep your vehicle running longer and better.  If there is a problem with your engine, how can you tell? Typically, there are certain symptoms that will indicate that you have an engine problem. Here are some of the signs to look out:  Your check engine light has turned on Engine block is cracked Damaged pistons or rings Decreased fuel efficiency Hard startup Car won't start Engine runs rough Rough idling As soon as you notice any of the issues listed above, we recommend bringing your vehicle into Premier Automotive Service for an inspection. If you ignore the issue, the problem could quickly progress, making the engi ... read more

Keep Safe on the Road on July 4th Weekend

Keep Safe on the Road on July 4th Weekend

The Fourth of July is a much anticipated day throughout the year - many of us are looking forward to getting together with friends and family and making memories. From the barbecues to the fireworks, celebrating America's Independence Day is always a good time. But, did you know that the day of July 4th is often recorded as having the most vehicle accidents in the year? This is due to a number of reasons, but mostly due to both alcohol consumption and traffic. With that being said, while the Fourth of July should be a special occasion, we should also be aware of the risks and try to keep safe on the road as best as we can.  First and foremost, if you're planning on traveling somewhere for the July 4th weekend, we highly suggest that you bring your vehicle into Premier Automotive Service for an inspection before you go. Mechanical issues often lead to accidents, and can definitely ruin a great weekend. We will perform a pre-trip inspection to ensure that your vehicle will ... read more

What is a Cabin Air Filter?

What is a Cabin Air Filter?

Most vehicle owners aren't aware of a really important component in their cars known as the cabin air filter. The cabin air filter has an important job when it comes to the air that you breathe while riding in your vehicle. The job of the cabin air filter is to filter out and clean pollutants and contaminants from the air has it enters from outside and into your vehicle's HVAC system. Since your vehicle is a small and confined space, its in the best interest of your health to ensure that you aren't breathing in polluted air. Just like any other filter in your vehicle, the cabin air filter will need to be replaced periodically as it gets dirty. Typically, the cabin air filter should be replaced every 12,000 to 15,000 miles, but it also depends upon where you drive your vehicle. Dusty or dirty roads can cause the filter to clog up faster, so its best to have our experts check your vehicle's cabin air filter at least once a year.  If you're unsure of how of ... read more

Ways to Thoroughly Disinfect Your Vehicle

Ways to Thoroughly Disinfect Your Vehicle

Many vehicle owners are keen about keeping the exterior of their vehicle clean. You may drive through a car wash every now and again, or are one of those vehicle owner's who hand washes their vehicle to perfection at least once a week. However, how often are you actually disinfecting the inside of your vehicle?  According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, bacteria and other germs are found in cars in many high touch areas, such as the steering wheel, gear shifter, cup holders, window switches and door handles. You can bring in germs into your car from a number of places, and its in your best interest to disinfect your vehicle regularly to protect yourself from illness.  Here are some of our tips on ways to thoroughly disinfect your vehicle:  Clean your steering wheel - use a car-approved disinfecting wipe or microfiber rag and solution to wipe down your steering wheel regularly.    Disinfect the cup holder - a cup holder can ac ... read more

Measures We Are Taking to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 While Remaining Open

Here at Premier Automotive Service, we understand the uncertainty and fear throughout the country surrounding the spread of COVID-19. While our shop remains open to serve the people of our community here in Urbandale with essential auto care, we continue to monitor the latest news surrounding Coronavirus updates. Our shop is open, and ready to assist you with all of your vehicle's needs during this time. Premier Automotive Service is closely following the CDC's recommendations in terms of proper practices of sanitizing and keeping our shop a safe place to serve you. Here are some of the ways in which we are helping to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and ensuring a clean shop for our customers: We are continuing to disinfect frequently touched surfaces such as light switches, doorknobs, handles, restrooms, counters, tables, and furniture multiple times throughout the day.   The Interior Steering Wheel, Dashboard and Door Handles will be sanitized before your vehicle is r ... read more

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