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Written by Jessica Golden

How Traction Control Makes Your Car Safer

Since 2012 the federal government has required that all cars have the traction control (TC) safety feature. Sensor-driven, this control system is capable of detecting how fast every wheel of a car is moving. TC helps drivers maintain control and stability of the vehicle during bad weather or instances when it has to stop suddenly.

Basics

Traction control is computerized management of the speed of every wheel through electronic sensors, providing information to the Power Control Module (PCM). If a wheel is moving faster than the others, TC directs the braking system to act and the wheel’s brake will decrease that wheel’s speed. It can also reduce engine power to the wheels. This lets power transferred from a wheel or wheels that are slipping to those which are not, resulting in maintaining or regaining control and stability.

Hydroplaning and Handling

Traction control technology has many advancements which increase driving safety. Hydroplaning presents a serious danger when road are covered with heavy rain or snow. TC decreases this hazard because of its ability to manage each wheel as it moves. The likelihood that a vehicle will begin sliding sideways from hydroplaning is significantly decreased.

The effects from wheels slipping during acceleration are also minimized by traction control. For many drivers, maintaining traction while cornering can be a challenge on slippery roads when they take a turn too fast. In these instances, TC will help maintain or regain traction and stability.

Traction Control Costs

Safety features aren’t free as traction control does make a vehicle more expensive to purchase and maintain. However, costs can be mitigated somewhat by lower insurance rates. When a TC system needs to be repaired, the expense can be quite significant. Some car buyers opt for an anti-lock brake system instead to save money.

Troubleshooting

A warning light will activate when the traction control becomes faulty. Issues may arise from the traction control’s sensors and electrical system. Although the owner can continue driving, it would be wiser to bring the car to a reputable service center and get diagnostics performed by a professional technician as soon as possible.

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Written by Jessica Golden

Headlight Replacement for Your European Car

Car headlights are certainly required for safety. Absolutely crucial for driving at night, during storms, and any time when visibility is severely limited by conditions like fog. They allow drivers to see what is ahead of them on the road, so they can properly maneuver or stop when needed.

You may not be aware that headlights undergo wear and tear besides the occasional burnt-out bulb. As a car’s mileage accumulates, its headlights will gradually be covered by a grimy build up from the elements, dirt, dust, bugs, and pollutants. Your European car won’t be immune from this condition, and it may be time to replace its headlights.

Maintenance and Replacement Tips

When you fill up at a gas station, you should also clean your headlights while you are cleaning your windshields and windows. The removal of oil, dirt, and dead insects will have a significant impact on the service lives of your headlights.

For the replacement of both bulbs and headlights, it is a good idea to have a certified technician change them in pairs. Simultaneously doing both of them helps ensure you get even and consistent illumination. In addition, you should upgrade from yellowy halogen bulbs to high-performance white bulbs for better night visibility.

It is not necessary to wait until bulbs are burned out before they are replaced. As with every headlight, its bulbs gradually dim as time passes. It is far safer to have them replaced, anticipating the end of their service lives, than to wait until they die. Driving with only one headlight at night or during bad weather compromises safety 

When you take your car to a trusted service facility for regularly scheduled maintenance, ask the mechanic to check your headlights as part of the service. The technician will perform an inspection, ensuring they are functioning properly and are properly aligned. You may have noticed that one light was pointing higher than the other when you drove into your garage at night.

For Great Service

Chesapeake Import has provided reputable and trusted automotive services to Annapolis and the surrounding areas since 1991.

We have a modern, well-equipped facility utilizing the latest technology. Our large, clean, and comfortable customer waiting area offers free Wi-Fi.

Call us for an appointment today at (410) 267-8411. Our courteous and professional staff will be very happy to see you.

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Written by Jessica Golden

Get Your Brakes Inspected for Winter Driving

For us who live in the Mid-Atlantic near the Atlantic Ocean or the Chesapeake Bay, winter can bring a wild mix of rain, snow, sleet, and ice. To drive safely during this season, your car’s brakes have to be in excellent shape. Rain that fell when the temperature was above freezing can turn into black ice after sunset when it gets much colder. An unexpected cold spell can turn the anticipated big rain storm into a blizzard that will force you to drive on snow-covered roads during your morning or evening commute.

Get Winter Ready

There are several steps you should take to ensure your car is ready for winter. Your list should include checking the oil and wiper fluid of your vehicle. However, pay particular attention to the most important safety system of your car – its brakes. When the streets are slippery with ice and snow, you need to ensure your vehicle can be relied on for stopping whenever required.

Become Aware

Many car owners don’t know how to spot the warning sings of faulty or failing brakes. Below are three indicators that your brake system has issues and you should have them inspected right away.

Squealing – When your brakes are squealing regularly, it is a solid sign that your vehicle’s brake pads are worn down. They need to be replaced as soon as possible.

Feels Odd – When you step on the brake pedal, it feels really odd. The brakes feel “thicker” every time you try to stop. Another clear sign that your brakes are not performing satisfactorily is if it takes much longer to come to stop.  

Steering Pull – When brake pads are wearing down on one side at a different rate than the other, it may lead to steering pull. This creates a safety hazard as it decreases your control over the vehicle.

For Great Service

Chesapeake Import has provided reputable and trusted automotive services to Annapolis and the surrounding areas since 1991.

We have a modern, well-equipped facility utilizing the latest technology. Our large, clean, and comfortable customer waiting area offers free Wi-Fi. Call us for an appointment today at (410) 267-8411. Our courteous and professional staff will be very happy to see you. nt 5;\l

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Doing a Wheel Alignment for Your Vintage Car

Basically, a wheel alignment involves the adjustment of a car’s wheels to make them perpendicular to the road and parallel to each other. The desired outcomes after making these wheel adjustments is maximizing the service lives of your tires and ensuring a car can track and hold straight while driving.

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Tune-up Engine Repair Help
Written by Jessica Golden

Do You Need a Fuel Injection Flush?

Tune-up Engine Repair HelpA Fuel injector cleaning service is often recommended by automobile dealers and independent repair facilities. However, there should be symptoms of fuel injector clogging like stalling, slow acceleration, increased emissions, more gas consumption, and rough idling before one should be performed. Otherwise, it is likely unneeded. Nowadays, fuel injector cleaning is not usually noted on a manufacturer’s list of maintenance schedules.

Cleaning Methods

Technicians typically offer a fast and simple fuel injector service that flushes a cleaning solution through the injectors as they remain mounted on the engine. There is a much more costly and thorough process for heavily clogged injectors. It calls for the removal of the injectors to allow them to be cleaned by a special machine.

Clogging and Effects

As years and miles are added to your car, deposits will accumulate, and fuel injectors will no longer be capable of providing a fine mist of fuel, lowering efficiency and performance. When this occurs, you’ll probably notice poor engine performance and decreased fuel economy.

Gasoline Quality

The kind of gasoline your car uses also plays an important role. According to EPA regulations, gasoline of every octane must contain detergents to prevent the buildup of varnish, carbon deposits, and other residue within the fuel system. However, the different brands of fuel may not have the same quality and/or volume of detergent.  Less expensive brands typically have the minimum required. In contrast, the better brands will contain more, leading carmakers to recommend them.

Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI)

Growing in usage, GDI is a more complex fuel injection system that provides gasoline at higher pressures. Unfortunately, a number of GDI systems are more vulnerable to clogging than standard fuel injection. As a result, some automakers have made the recommendation to consumers who have purchased their vehicles to periodically pour an approved fuel system cleaner into their gas tanks if they aren’t using a high-quality brand of gas regularly.

For Great Service

Chesapeake Import has provided reputable and trusted automotive services to Annapolis and the surrounding areas since 1991. We have a modern, well-equipped facility utilizing the latest technology. Our large, clean, and comfortable customer waiting area offers free Wi-Fi. Call us for an appointment today at (410) 267-8411. Our courteous and professional staff will be very happy to see you.

Front-End Alignments Auto Repair
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Diagnosing and Fixing Steering Pull

Front-End Alignments Auto RepairSteering pull will force you to place pressure on the steering wheel to prevent drifting to one side when you want to go straight. Doing this for long periods will stress the driver and wear  out tires much sooner. Steering pull also compromises driving safety which makes it critical that a proper diagnosis be made as soon as possible. This article will discuss the possible causes.

Brake Drag

Constant toward one side, this type of pull sometimes gets worse when brakes are applied. This could be caused be a sticking caliper, a sticking or frozen caliper piston, an excessively filled master cylinder reservoir, fatigued drum brake return springs, or poorly adjusted parking brake pedal switches, drum brakes, or parking brakes. It will be required to readjust or repair brakes.

Rear Axle

Although its front wheels are within alignment specifications, the car pulls to one side. This is caused by a rear toe outside specifications, misaligned chassis, misaligned rear axle, or a bent rear axle. This can be fixed through the realignment of the rear axle or rear toe, or realignment of thrust angle as needed.

Tire Issues

A car will lead to the side when a front tire is underinflated. When tires are mismatched or have uneven wear, a vehicle will pull towards the side offering the most rolling resistance.

Uneven Camber

Excessive cross-camber will result in causing a car pulling or leading towards one side. This could be caused by a bent strut or dislocated strut tower, collapsed control arm bushing, a bent spindle, broken or fatigued spring, or a shifted engine or cross-member cradle. Replacing or adjusting faulty parts, along with readjusting the camber to specifications, will address this problem.

Uneven Caster

Excessive cross-caster can cause a car to pull to the side with negative caster. This could be caused by a bent strut or spindle as well as a dislocated strut tower. Replacing or adjusting faulty parts, and/or resetting the caster to specifications will fix this issue.

For Great Service

Chesapeake Import has provided reputable and trusted automotive services to Annapolis and the surrounding areas since 1991. We have a modern, well-equipped facility utilizing the latest technology. Our large, clean, and comfortable customer waiting area offers free Wi-Fi. Call us for an appointment today at (410) 267-8411. Our courteous and professional staff will be very happy to see you.

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Winter Wheel Alignment for Driving Safety

Auto Alignments, Front-End AlignmentsYou and your family had fun during the summer and fall driving your car to outings and vacation spots. Unfortunately, those road trips may have knocked your wheel alignment out of whack after driving on dirt roads or dipping into potholes. With Old Man Winter on his way, you and a trusted mechanic will need to set things straight.

Signs and Benefits

Your car veers to the left or right. The steering wheel vibrates when you turn. When you think it should go straight, the car wants to head to one side. These are some of the signs that you need a winter wheel alignment.

Experts say you should get one every 10,000 miles. The benefits are greater fuel efficiency, greater longevity for tires, improved steering, better handling, and driving safety.

Causes and Effects

A car’s wheel alignment is negatively affected by travelling on rough roads, striking a curb, running over debris, or even a small accident. Misalignment can also simply occur over time as the miles add up.

An improper alignment results in loss of traction, and how your tires make contact with the road surface is crucial during winter driving. The greater the effectiveness of your tire’s treads when you are on ice, snow, or slush, the safer you and your passengers will be.

Before Winter

As winter is just around the corner, it would be wise to take the opportunity to get a wheel alignment when you are switching from summer tires to all-season or winter tires. Tires designed to handle mud, snow, and ice will perform their best if the car’s wheels are all properly aligned.

Alignment Basics

Performing a proper wheel alignment requires expertise from a technician. Just several millimeters will determine handling and how long your tires will last. Choose a facility with a computerized wheel alignment machine. It will provide measurements for the caster, toe, and camber with precision, so the mechanic can make the correct adjustments to achieve the proper alignment for your tires.

For Great Service

Chesapeake Import has provided reputable and trusted automotive services to Annapolis and the surrounding areas since 1991.

We have a modern, well-equipped facility utilizing the latest technology. Our large, clean, and comfortable customer waiting area offers free Wi-Fi.

Call us for an appointment today at (410) 267-8411. Our courteous and professional staff will be very happy to see you.

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Top 5 Indicators of Car Electrical Problems – Part 2

Car Repair Help  Car MechanicAs discussed in Part 1, a car’s electrical system features components that control many aspects of your car. Servicing complex vehicle systems controlled by computers should be left to certified technicians. Part 2 will discuss three more top indicators of car electrical problems. Bring your vehicle to an independent automotive service facility near you for better value and more personalized service.

3) Headlights and Signals Dimming

If your headlights or brake lights are dimmed, it can mean faulty charging, electrical system resistance, a significantly drained battery, or loosened wires. One thing to check for sure is the car’s alternator belt.

Low system voltage can also be the cause of dimming. When voltage is insufficient, crucial safety systems may be disabled and the car will cease functioning eventually.

A typical reason is a cracked or loose belt that keeps an alternator from being efficiently able to maintain battery voltage.

4) Regularly Blowing Fuses

Electrical components or wires drawing excessive electricity can often cause blown fuses. The issue must be isolated first and then repaired prior to replacing a blown fuse,  otherwise the fuse will soon blow again.

After replacement, the fuse must be monitored to ensure the problem won’t happen again. Regularly blowing fuses will require a thorough electrical inspection to properly address the issues.

5) Unusual Odors

If there is an odor of plastic or wiring insulation melting, bring your car to a service facility immediately for a checkup. Intended to convey a maximum electrical load, a circuit will short if it draws more electricity than it is capable of carrying. The smell of smoke in the car may also indicate there’s a fire, and that is why unusual odors should never be ignored.

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Chesapeake Import has provided reputable and trusted automotive services to Annapolis and the surrounding areas since 1991 and currently offers the following benefits:

  • Service specials.
  • Courteous, professional staff.
  • Large, clean and comfortable waiting area with free Wi-Fi.
  • Convenient location in the heart of Annapolis.
  • 24 month/24,000 mile warranty on most parts and labor.
  • Modern, well-equipped facility utilizing the latest technology.
  • Prompt, reliable services and quality repairs.
  • Accurate diagnostics for modern vehicle systems.

Call us for an appointment today at (410) 267-8411. We will be very happy to see you.

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Top 5 Indicators of Car Electrical Problems – Part 1

 Car Mechanic Annapolis Repair Maintenance A car’s electrical system features components that control many aspects of a car. Fixing problems involving electronics can be a challenge for weekend mechanics. Servicing complex vehicle systems controlled by computers should be left to certified technicians.

The following discusses the top five indicators of car electrical problems. Take your car to an independent automotive service facility for better value and more personalized service.

1) Battery Getting Old

The heart of a car’s electrical system is the battery which stores electrical energy for the times it is required. The typical lifespan of a battery runs just five years. If you live in a region with hot summers, experts recommend replacing a car battery every four years. This maintenance is a preventative measure so you won’t be stuck on the side of the road waiting for a tow truck.

A defective battery cell or a faulty alternator can keep a car battery from remaining fully charged. This will cut the lifespan of a battery, which is a good reason for getting a thorough and regular electrical system checkup for your vehicle.

2) Hard Starting

If you have trouble starting the car, it may not be because of the usual suspects, such as a faulty battery, starter, or engine issues. The cause may be related to an electrical component that is draining the battery and keeping the starter from cranking the engine.

Typically, the check engine light will be activated, indicating the car will not start. The clicking sound upon turning the key often indicates the starter is not receiving an adequate flow of electricity. The root cause is typically a faulty or drained battery.

A grinding noise when the engine is being cranked usually means a defective starter or flywheel ring gear. Cars with more years and miles under its belt are more likely to have problems due to faulty rotating electrical parts.

Fuel injection delivery issues while cranking the engine may also result in starting difficulties. Scheduling regular cleaning of the fuel injection parts and the throttle body helps prevent this problem.

Part 2 will discuss three more top indicators of car electrical problems.

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Chesapeake Import has provided reputable and trusted automotive services to Annapolis and the surrounding areas since 1991. Call us for an appointment today at (410) 267-8411. We will be very happy to see you.

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Written by Jessica Golden

Signs Your Car’s Muffler Needs Servicing

 Car Mechanic, Repair AnnapolisRepair, AnnapolisMaking sure your muffler is well maintained is crucial for the prevention of damage to your car’s exhaust system and engine. Fortunately, you can look out for indicators that a vehicle’s muffler requires repair or replacement. The following will discuss these signs. Once you spot them, take your car to an independent service facility for more personalized service and greater value.

Exhaust Pipe Condensation

As you car’s miles adds up, its muffler might begin leaking exhaust, especially during the warmer times of the day. If there is excess condensation leaving the exhaust pipe, this can indicate the muffler is starting to be affected by wear and tear.

Foul Odor

Exhaust fumes from a faulty muffler may leak into your vehicle and the foul odor can be smelled by passengers. Potentially fatal over an extended period, it’s important to address this problem immediately.

Holes and Damaged Components

Holes and damaged components are common problems that may require the muffler to be replaced. These can be caused when a car goes into a pothole and rocks or debris strike the muffler, creating a crack that causes it to leak exhaust.

Increased Fuel Consumption

A properly maintained and functioning engine and exhaust system will result in better fuel efficiency. However, if your vehicle begins using more gas, it may be an indicator there are problems with your exhaust system and muffler.

Louder Than Normal

If you hear your car running louder than normal, there may be a problem with the muffler. Bring your vehicle to a certified technician at your earliest opportunity to prevent potentially costly damages to the catalytic converter or other parts.

Rusting

Typically, a muffler will begin rusting over time because of water generated within the exhaust system. This is because the temperature inside does not climb high enough to completely evaporate the water. This will cause condensation and, ultimately, rust. Cars in regions with more precipitation or salt in the environment are more susceptible to muffler rust.

For Great Service

Chesapeake Import has provided reputable and trusted automotive services to Annapolis and the surrounding areas since 1991. We have a modern, well-equipped facility utilizing the latest technology. Our large, clean, and comfortable customer waiting area offers free Wi-Fi. Call us for an appointment today at (410) 267-8411. Our courteous and professional staff will be very happy to see you.

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