Yearly Archives: 2021

Here's What You Should Check for Fall Care Care Month!

Here's What You Should Check for Fall Care Care Month!

October is autumn car care month, and that starts in the next upcoming week. Proper car care goes a long way to enhance the safety and reliability of your car. Taking some time out of your busy schedule for your vehicle can help you avoid the headaches and costly repairs later on. To prepare for the cooler months in Tigard, OR, we've compiled this list of ten items you should check in your car, SUV, or truck so that it can get you through the rest of 2021. Check all of your vital fluids. Your vehicle comprises various hydraulic systems that depend on fluids. These essential liquids include motor oil, power steering fluid, brake fluid, transmission fluid, and coolant. Please make sure these are topped off to ensure that your systems work correctly. Inspect hoses and belts (timing, serpentine, etc.). You should examine your rubbery parts to ensure they are not cracked, broken, loose, or showing signs of wear. Test the car battery and replace the battery if needed. At 3G's Auto ... read more

Timing Belt Replacement in Tigard, OR

Timing Belt Replacement in Tigard, OR

Vehicles consist of hundreds of parts, and they all have their specific roles. The timing belt is no different as it plays a vital role in keeping your engine working. The timing belt is installed to help the camshaft and crankshaft move synchronously and enables the valves in the engine and pistons to perform effortlessly.   Over time, your timing belt ages and can even snap without notice. If this happens, it can cause your engine to fail completely. It is highly advised that you have your timing belt replaced before it leads to failure. To avoid chaos, you will need to know how to detect the warning signs of an aging timing belt.   The majority of most automobiles can travel up to 100,000 miles with no issues before needing a timing belt replacement. While this may hold in most cases, you will want to refer to your owner's manual to see how far your car can make it before facing the challenges of an old timing belt. Here are some of the warning signs you want to lo ... read more

A History Crash Course on Seat Belts

A History Crash Course on Seat Belts

The seat belt was first invented in the late 1800s by an English Engineer named George Cayley to help stop pilots from falling out of their gliders. Although, the first "seat belt," or lap belt, wasn't patented until 1855 by American Edward J. Claghorn to keep visitors safe while traveling in New York taxis. However, seat belts weren't widely popular until the mid-1930s when U.S. Physicians started testing lap belts and saw how much potential they could have. After tests and studies, they finally pushed car manufacturers into adding lap belts into all their automobiles.    It wasn't until 1959 until Volvo invented the three-point seat belt. Nils Bohlin, a Swedish inventor, created it, and he made this belt to protect both the upper and lower body. This invention is the same model that is used in almost all vehicles today.    It wasn't long until American vehicles were required to have seat belts in 1966. Before, automobile companies off ... read more

How Do Drum Brakes Work?

How Do Drum Brakes Work?

Drum brakes play a crucial role when it comes to stopping your car. It is quite an intricate system made of such components as a brake drum, backing plate, brake shoe, and wheel cylinder. A drum brake uses the wheel cylinder to apply pressure on the brake shoes or pads, pressing them against the inside of the cylinder-shaped brake drum. This will slow down the wheels and eventually stop your car. Suffice to say, drum brakes are exposed to lots of heat which ultimately wear them out, calling for a replacement.   Self-Applying Features   Drum brakes are equipped with a self-applying (self-energizing) mechanism. The drum rotation will drive one or both shoes into the friction ground making the brakes grip harder, thereby enhancing the stopping power. This makes it easier for the driver to moderate the braking power.   Ideally, your drums are supposed to last for 200,000 miles. All the same, this is bound to vary, especially if there are more worn-out ... read more

What are the Signs of Bad Fuel Injectors?

What are the Signs of Bad Fuel Injectors?

What are the Signs of Bad Fuel Injectors? A fuel injector supplies fuel to the engine. It has a nozzle that sprays the fuel into the cylinder for combustion to take place. For the process to be effective, the fuel must be delivered in the right amount and time. Besides, it must be at the right pressure, spray pattern, and angle for combustion to be successful. Most vehicles use Engine Control Units (ECUs) to manage fuel injectors via various sensors to ensure these parameters are met. If the fuel injector has a problem, you may notice various signs when the engine is running. Here are some of the most common ones: Engine stalling or rough idle: If the vehicle does not get enough fuel or gets an uneven supply, the RPM during idling goes down and results in violent or rough idle. If RPM goes too low, the car stalls and has to be restarted. Engine vibration: Sometimes, a faulty fuel injector causes the cylinder to shut without receiving fuel. There will be a hiccup in ... read more

Does Turning on Your Car Heater Help with Engine Overheating?

Does Turning on Your Car Heater Help with Engine Overheating?

Even with all the advances in modern vehicle cooling systems, it's still possible for your car or truck engine to overheat. The Signs Your Car Engine is Overheating If you've ever had the unfortunate experience of your car engine overheating, you may already know the signs: steam billowing from under the hood, a strange smell, and the temperature gauge ticking into the red. If you observe any of the above signs, it's likely that your car engine is overheating. Following the below tips can help save you money on repairs when the time comes. What To Do When Your Engine Overheats There are a variety of issues that can lead to engine overheating. We can help determine the cause and get you back on the road quickly. But when you notice the first signs of overheating, follow these steps as soon as possible: 1. Turn On Your Car Heater It may seem counter-intuitive, but one of the smartest things you can do to help with engine overheating is turn on your car heater. Turning ... read more

Why Does My Car Squeal When I Brake?

Why Does My Car Squeal When I Brake?

Hearing a strange or unknown noise when you are driving your car can be a scary sound. Even more so, if you are hearing squealing noises as you're braking it could be reminiscent of fingernails scraping down the chalkboard. Squealing as you're braking is not just unpleasant, it is also scary. It is a warning sign that things aren't going too well with your brakes and you know something will have to be done about it. Knowing something will have to be done is one thing, but knowing why the squealing noise is happening maybe something you aren't aware of as to why it's happening, but here are some reasons as to why you're hearing this frightening noise at all. A squealing noise when you brake is no joke, and here are some things that could cause this to happen: Brake Pads Are Worn Out: This is a common reason why you will hear this sound. This will happen when there is a metal wear indicator is uncovered on your brake pads. When this happens, it will cause the s ... read more

What are the Symptoms of a Failing Control Arm Assembly?

What are the Symptoms of a Failing Control Arm Assembly?

A control arm assembly, otherwise known as an A-arm assembly, is a vital part of most passenger vehicles. They essentially link the steering wheel and the chassis of the vehicle, making it possible to steer. However, like all parts on a vehicle, they do wear out and need parts or all of the assembly to be replaced. Over time, the bushings and ball joints that are in the control arm assembly wear out. There are three main signs that your control arm assembly is going out. The first sign that your control arm assembly is failing is vibration, usually felt in the steering wheel as you're driving. The steering wheel will actually shimmy, and the vibrations of the vehicle can be felt in the wheel itself. This vibration may increase with the speed of the vehicle and then smooth out once the desired speed is reached. The second sign that the control arm assembly is failing is that the steering of the vehicle will begin wandering. Excessively worn ball joints and bushings will cause the ... read more

What Damage Can Speed Bumps Do To Your Vehicle?

What Damage Can Speed Bumps Do To Your Vehicle?

Often than not, we chastise ourselves for speeding across a speed bump when distracted. After getting over the fright of your life, you cruise along more carefully but oblivious of the damage the speed bump causes to your car. Hitting a speed bump causes significant damage to your vehicle. Here are some examples of the damage speed bumps do to your car: They cause significant damage to your tires: Speed bumps are about three to four inches high. Despite seeming small, they can give your car some air if you hit them fast. As your car lands back on the road, the tire's sidewalls tend to touch the ground. This increases the risk of a blowout and significant damage.   Damage the shocks: Shock absorbers are designed to absorb road imperfections. This is why you hardly feel all the dips, bumps or rocks your car goes over. However, when you drive very fast over a road imperfection or speed bump, the shocks aren't able to quickly absorb the unexpected energy w ... read more

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