car repair, car maintenance,Engine Repair
Written by Jessica Golden

How to Recognize Eight Symptoms of Engine Damage – Part 2

car repair, car maintenance,Engine Repair As discussed in Part 1, cars get their power required to function properly from their heart, the engine.  Damage to the engine will have a major effect on vehicle performance.  Part 2 will cover four more symptoms of engine damage that should be repaired as soon as possible to prevent further damage.

5) Oil Patches

Oil patches beneath the vehicle are usually from an engine leak. When oil is depleted, there will be greater friction within the engine, generating excess heat and causing damage over time. The most typical oil leaks occur due to faulty engine oil seals, sump plugs, and sump plug washers.

6) Rough Engine

A rough-running engine will vibrate, stutter, or lose power as revolutions increase. Typical repairs to fix this problem are replacing the spark plugs and ignition coils, checking fuel pressure, cleaning the air flow meter, and getting a tune-up.

7) Smoke From Exhaust

The causes of smoke coming from the exhaust can be often determined by its color.

Black smoke indicates that an engine’s fuel combustion is incomplete, resulting in burning excessive fuel due to the problems below:

  • Clogged fuel return line
  • Damaged fuel injectors
  • Dirty or damaged air filter
  • Faulty sensors
  • Mechanical damage inside engine

Gray smoke can be a symptom of several issues, and it is more of a challenge to diagnose. The probable causes include:

  • Greater than normal oil consumption
  • Stuck PCV valve
  • Transmission fluid problems

Dark blue smoke indicates that an engine is burning oil because it is leaking into the combustion chamber. The reasons are listed below:

  • Damaged valve seals
  • Damaged or worn engine components
  • Worn out piston rings

8) Strange Odors

Emissions should never be smelled by passengers within the vehicle. The smell of exhaust, engine fumes, and strange odors could be symptoms of engine damage.

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.

Annapolis Auto Import Repair
Written by Jessica Golden

Six Simple Summer Auto Care Tips

Annapolis Auto Import Repair

Schools out, and we are ready to hit the road for our favorite vacation spots. You’ll want to know how to make sure your family will get there without breaking down. Read the six simple summer auto care tips below and go to an independent service facility for greater value and more personalized service.

1) Battery Test

Hot summer temperatures speed up the loss of fluid, causing battery components to oxidize. Lots of drivers are not aware that heat is the top reason batteries fail and have shorter service lives.

2) Brake Inspection

The most important safety feature of every vehicle is its brakes. A rough winter and wet spring may have made driving conditions tougher, so get your brakes inspected and serviced before a long road trip.

3) Check Fluid Levels

Seasonal weather changes may result in low fluid levels for your vehicle’s power steering, coolant, transmission, and windshield wiper fluid. Studies have shown that the number one reason for breakdowns during the summer is overheating, so be sure to top off your coolant before your road trip.

4) Maintain Tire Pressure

Did you know your tires can decrease or increase in tire pressure depending on the weather conditions? Cold winter and spring temps will cause a 1-2 pound loss every month. Make sure all your tires, including the spare, are properly inflated before rubber hits the road for your family beach trip.

5) Oil and Filter Change

Extreme weather conditions will demand more from both your engine oil and oil filter. Oil is essential for keeping the parts of your engine lubricated. An oil filter catches dirt, metal fragments, and debris, making sure the oil is clean before entering the engine.

6) Wheel Alignment

Wheel misalignments can happen because of wear and tear or rough road conditions. Properly aligned wheels result in easier steering, better handling, smoother rides, longer tire and suspension service lives, improved braking, and safer driving.

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.

Auto Alignments, Front-End Alignments
Written by Jessica Golden

Keeping Your Vehicle in Good Shape During Winter

Auto Alignments, Front-End AlignmentsWe are now entering the last part of winter, and our cars have been taking a beating from snow, ice, and sleet the last couple of months. The following are five tips for keeping our vehicles in good shape for the rest of the season.

Battery

Car batteries can be severely affected by temperatures that hover around or are below freezing. The frigid air decreases cranking power. For example, a battery at 0° Fahrenheit possesses approximately only 50% of the cranking power when it is 80° Fahrenheit. Bring your battery to a service facility and have it tested. The technician will know if it needs charging or a replacement. This may save you from being stranded during a blizzard because your battery is dead or dying.

Headlights

The days are shorter and nights longer during winter, and so it is crucial that your headlights are working properly. You may notice that they are out of alignment by not pointing directly ahead. Have a certified mechanic take a look and check if they need to be adjusted. This will help keep you and other drivers safe in the dark.

Heater & Air Conditioner

Heaters also play an important role in good visibility by providing warm air that will defrost a car’s windshield. For the prevention of fogging, turn on the air conditioner at a comfortable temperature so it will dehumidify the air in the vehicle’s interior.

Oil

Cold temperatures can cause your engine oil to thicken, and this will make it more of a challenge to start your car. Talk to a certified mechanic about whether or not you have the right oil for winter. For the colder months, multi-viscosity oil rated “W” on the viscosity index may be right for your car. Depending on their model, car manufacturers recommend 5W-20, 5W-30, or 10W-30, which function well at low temperatures.

Wiper Blades

Effective wiper blades mean good visibility, which promotes driving safety that can be especially critical during winter. Even high-quality wiper blades begin losing their resiliency within half a year. They deteriorate even more rapidly if they have to deal with winter weather, along with salt from the road. If your wiper blades are streaking or missing areas of the windshield, it is time for replacement.

For Great Service

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.

car mechanic, Auto Alignments, maintenance
Written by Jessica Golden

Keeping Your Vehicle in Good Shape During Winter

car mechanic, Auto Alignments, maintenanceWe are now entering the last part of winter, and our cars have been taking a beating from snow, ice, and sleet the last couple of months. The following are five tips for keeping our vehicles in good shape for the rest of the season.

Battery

Car batteries can be severely affected by temperatures that hover around or are below freezing. The frigid air decreases cranking power. For example, a battery at 0° Fahrenheit possesses approximately only 50% of the cranking power when it is 80° Fahrenheit. Bring your battery to a service facility and have it tested. The technician will know if it needs charging or a replacement. This may save you from being stranded during a blizzard because your battery is dead or dying. 

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Engine Repair,Car shop,mechanics
Written by Stu Kushner

Will Your Vehicle’s Engine Fail?

Engine Repair Help

Your vehicle’s engine will fail if you do not follow the manufacturer’s instructions regarding its use and maintenance schedule or fail to pay attention to signs of problems. An engine that requires repair or replacement is typically the most expensive problem a car owner will have to address. This article will discuss the five most common reasons an engine will fail.

Dismissing Check Engine Light

Ignoring a check engine light (service engine soon light on some cars) is a good way to allow an engine to undergo a damaging condition. The check engine light can be activated due to many different conditions these days, not just an oxygen sensor or catalytic converter. It would be wise to bring your vehicle to a service center for diagnosis as soon as possible after the check engine light turns on.

Engine Flooding

A sudden heavy rainstorm can bring rapid flooding to roads in low-lying areas, where cars are trapped in high water. If a car is driven through a flooded area and water passes through the intake manifold, which provides an engine’s air-fuel mixture, and then into the combustion chamber, it may result in bent piston rods and a severely damaged engine.

Ignoring Oil Level

Ignoring an oil leak from your engine is a good way to end its life prematurely. Losing oil simply means losing lubrication, resulting in accelerated and damaging wear to an engine’s metal parts and leading to its eventual failure.

Not Changing Oil

Performing regular oil changes at the recommended intervals by the manufacturer is essential for an engine’s good health and long service life. It is also crucial to utilize the proper oil required by your vehicle’s engine. Many car manufacturers are specifying synthetic oils for newer vehicles so their engines can perform at their very best while consuming fuel efficiently.

Overlooking Cooling System

Automotive experts recommend an engine coolant flush at intervals of 30,000 miles or every three years, whichever comes first. Unfortunately the majority of car owners do not pay attention to their vehicle’s cooling system until it has deteriorated or been damaged. As a result, the cooling system will not function properly or will leak coolant, leading to an engine overheating and becoming seriously damaged.

Last Advice

Chesapeake Import Services has provided reputable and trusted 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.

car repair services, Annapolis MD
Written by Jessica Golden

Top Eight Vehicle Services for New Drivers – Part 2

 car mechanic, car shop, repair servicesAs discussed previously, a new driver will probably be driving a used car. The vehicle may be more of a challenge to maintain because it will be older with higher mileage. However, proper and regular maintenance will save you money in the long run. Part 1 covered the topics of air filter, battery, brakes, and hoses and belts. Part 2 will discuss the last four of the eight most important services for your vehicle.

Oil Change

Lubricating the moving parts of the engine, oil provides critical protection from high temperatures and friction. As oil gets older, its viscosity starts breaking down, and eventually it will lose its effectiveness. Although newer vehicles may not need oil services every 3,000 miles depending on the oil use, you should perform regular checks of the oil level. Make sure to discuss your vehicle, manufacturer’s recommendations and usage of your vehicle for the proper oil and service interval recommendations.

Spark Plugs

Spark plugs are responsible for the ignition of the air/fuel mixture within each cylinder of your engine. This results in multiple controlled explosions that provide the energy necessary to power every internal-combustion vehicle. As do every electrical element, a spark plug will eventually burn out. If a spark plug stops working, the engine will be forced to work harder, and this will be very inefficient. Check the manufacturer’s recommended replacement intervals. They can be recommended by both time and/or mileage.  Ensuring the spark plugs are in good condition will result in smoother running and an engine with longer service life.

Tires

Car tires are engineered to last for thousands of miles, and they can be costly. However, even tires of the highest quality will eventually wear and undergo a loss of air pressure. Maintaining proper tire inflation has three very important benefits. First, tires will last significantly longer because wear will be more even. Second, safety is enhanced because under or over inflated tires are much more likely to blowout at highway speeds. Third, proper inflation results in improved fuel efficiency, reducing costs. Other important tire services are regular tire rotations and alignments, which will also assure even tire wear.

Wiper Blades

Wiper blades are important because they help ensure a driver’s visibility, making driving safer. The longevity of your windshield wipers will depend on the region where you live. Rubber will degrade more quickly because of UV rays and high temperatures if you live in the Sunbelt. Similarly, cars driven in areas that experience freezing temperatures will have wiper blades that will degrade faster because of cold and salt. Depending on the normal weather conditions of your area, replacing wiper blades ever six to twelve months will be necessary to make sure they remain effective.

Last Advice

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

  • Service specials for both new and returning customers.
  • Courteous, professional management and staff.
  • Large, clean and comfortable waiting area.
  • Free Wi-Fi.
  • Convenient location in the heart of Annapolis.
  • 24 month/24,000 mile warranty on parts and labor (some exclusions apply).
  • Modern, well-equipped facility utilizing the latest technology and equipment.
  • Prompt, reliable services and quality repairs.
  • Professional and accurate diagnostics for modern vehicle systems.

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

Car Mechanic, Repair AnnapolisRepair, Annapolis
Written by Jessica Golden

Car Transmission Servicing and Repair

 Transmission,car mechanic, Repair AnnapolisThe maintenance of your car’s transmission maintenance is critical. Periods of prolonged low fluid levels and fluid leaks are the most probable causes of a faulty transmission. Both problems will lead to damage and costly repairs.

Regular Filter and Fluid Changes

Like vehicle engine oil, transmission fluid may be contaminated and degrade eventually. To prevent these issues, regular transmission flush and fluid changes have to be regularly performed.

A transmission breakdown would be quite costly. In contrast, a transmission flush that prevents problems is a much smaller percentage of the expense. Typically, overheating caused by poor maintenance is the main cause of transmission failure.

Check your vehicle maintenance recommendations or speak to a trusted technician for recommended service intervals.

Flush and Change Comparison

A special machine flushes all the fluid from a car’s transmission, removing contaminants and grime from the cooler lines and torque converter that would cause transmission issues. Transmission flushes include pumping a special solution through the lines until exiting completely clean, then new fluid is introduced.

In contrast, a fluid change usually consists of removing the transmission pan, replacing the filter and fresh fluid. This service usually evacuates 75-80% of the fluid.

In any case, both flushes and changes will improve, maintain, and extend the service life and performance of your vehicle’s transmission.

Transmission Rebuilding or Replacement

If your vehicle’s transmission is malfunctioning, immediately bring your car to a service facility for an inspection. Transmission faults will be identified, and the examination will determine which repairs will be necessary. If a transmission requires significant work that is very expensive, either an overhaul or replacement should be considered as options. A certified mechanic expert in transmissions will be able to assist you in making this decision.

Last Advice

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

  • Service specials for both new and returning customers.
  • Courteous, professional management and staff.
  • Large, clean and comfortable waiting area.
  • Free Wi-Fi.
  • Convenient location in the heart of Annapolis.
  • 24 month/24,000 mile warranty on parts and labor (some exclusions apply).
  • Modern, well-equipped facility utilizing the latest technology and equipment.
  • Prompt, reliable services and quality repairs.
  • Professional and accurate diagnostics for modern vehicle systems.

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

brakes, Engine Repair, Car services,Annapolis MD
Written by Jessica Golden

9 Basic Car Maintenance Tips

 brakes, Engine Repair, Car services,Annapolis MD

Following the manufacturer’s recommended maintenance schedule and using replacement products with correct specifications is the key for a car’s long life. Taking extra care of the interior and exterior of your automobile will also keep you proudly driving your vehicle for an extended length of time.

Below are 9 basic car maintenance tips that will help keep your four-wheeled pride and joy on the road for many years.

Oil Check and Change

Proper maintenance of a car’s motor oil and oil filter is the most important method of assuring long engine life. On the flip side, neglecting the above will lead to premature deterioration of an engine.

Transmission and Differential Fluids

Although service frequency is low, both will require changing at service intervals that a car manufacturer requires. It is also very important to use the specified type and viscosity.

Cooling System Flush

Performing a cooling system flush and replacing the coolant periodically is important. A 50/50 mixture of 50% coolant and 50% distilled water will properly maintain a cooling system by preventing the build-up of deposits and corrosion. Check the coolant concentration and make sure that it is sufficient for your climate.

Brake Fluid

Since brake fluid has the quality of hygroscopic, attracting moisture, it needs to be replaced at regular intervals. Braking components will corrode and fail because of a high level of moisture in the brake fluid. Replacing brake fluid is inexpensive, while replacing sensors, calipers, and hoses is not.

Exterior Maintenance

Obviously, keeping the visible exterior the vehicle clean will preserve its looks. The best way to beautify and protect a car’s paint job is by applying a fresh coat of wax twice a year.

Underside Cleaning

The underside of your car also needs to be cleaned regularly, especially during the winter when it is exposed to the effects of salt, dirt, and grime.

Interior Maintenance

Parking a vehicle in the shade or garage, as well as using a windshield visor and UV protective spray, will protect the interior’s plastic and vinyl from drying and cracking.

Lubricate Moving Parts

To assure the longevity of moving parts, they must be lubricated regularly. This includes drive line components like u-joints.

Wheel Bearings

As required by the manufacturer’s service intervals, wheel bearings should be inspected, cleaned, and repacked with grease. This procedure is cheap in contrast to replacing spindles and hubs.

Last Advice

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

  • Service specials for both new and returning customers.
  • Courteous, professional management and staff.
  • Large, clean and comfortable waiting area.
  • Free Wi-Fi.
  • Convenient location in the heart of Annapolis.
  • 24 month/24,000 mile warranty on parts and labor (some exclusions apply).
  • Modern, well-equipped facility utilizing the latest technology and equipment.
  • Prompt, reliable services and quality repairs.
  • Professional and accurate diagnostics for modern vehicle systems.

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

Engine Repair,Car shop,mechanics
Written by Jessica Golden

5 Big NO-NOs If You Care About Your Car’s Engine

 

Engine Repair,Car shop,mechanicsA car’s heart is its engine. Once it stops beating, your car won’t be able to move.

Like a human’s heart, a car’s engine needs expert care and regular checkups. The most expensive car part replacement is the engine. Costs can range up to $10,000 or more depending on the manufacturer. The following are 5 big NO-NOs if you care about your car’s engine.

Ignoring the Engine Light 

Damage to your engine may already be happening when the engine light turns on. It sometimes activates because the catalytic converter’s oxygen sensor need to be replaced. In any case, an engine light should not be ignored. Take your vehicle to a trusted certified mechanic immediately for diagnostics to prevent further harm.

Neglected Oil Services 

An engine cannot live without proper oil maintenance. The lifeblood of any healthy engine is oil. Neglecting oil changes by ignoring the proper intervals that your car manufacturer recommends will eventually kill your engine. And keep in mind that extended oil service intervals should not be exceeded.

Cooling System Contamination

Many mechanics recommend an engine coolant flush every 30,000 miles or three years. A likely reason your engine is overheats is a lack of coolant. Whatever you do, do not insist on continuing to drive an overheating car because doing so will certainly lead to serious damage to your engine.

Engine Flooding

Sometimes a storm will catch you by surprise, flooding the road ahead of you. Don’t drive through an area deep with water just because you are in a hurry. If water enters your intake manifold and finds its way into the combustion chamber, your engine’s pistons will bend and you’ll be stuck in the rain.

Oil Leaks

Take note of spots of oil on your driveway, especially when they are large. Major loss of oil means that your car’s engine is not getting enough lubrication. This means premature wear and tear and a failed engine in the future. Most vehicles have splash pans under the engine, so even a small drop could mean a larger leak.

Last Advice

Chesapeake Import Services has provided reputable services to Annapolis and the surrounding areas since 1991 and currently offer the following benefits:

Specials for both “First Time” and existing customers.

  • Courteous, professional management and staff.
  • Large, clean and comfortable waiting area.
  • FREE Wi-Fi.
  • Convenient location in the heart of Annapolis.
  • 24 month/24,000 mile warranty on parts and labor (some exclusions apply).
  • Modern, well-equipped facility utilizing the latest technology and equipment.
  • Prompt, reliable services and quality repairs.
  • Professional and accurate diagnostics for modern vehicle systems.

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