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What is a Head Gasket Leak?

What is a Head Gasket Leak?

A blown head gasket is a significant part of the vehicle. It can be found between the cylinder head and engine block of a vehicle. It plays the significant role of sealing the internal combustion process. This then allows for the vehicles cooling system to function efficiently. So, if the head gasket is blown there will be a few obvious signs. One of these signs is head gasket leak! This leak means that the head gasket is not performing its function of being a sealant well. Symptoms of a Blown Head Gasket Leaking Fluids If you notice any fluids leaking from your vehicle then your vehicle is in trouble. If the head gasket is malfunctioning then a leak is one of the first signs you'll notice. If your head gasket is the problem then you'll notice some oil or coolant leaking from your vehicle. White Exhaust Smoke White exhaust smoke is a sign that your vehicle's cooling system is not functioning efficiently. It's a sign that your car's cylinders need cooling. This ... read more

When Should You Call for a Tow?

When Should You Call for a Tow?

Towing is a service to move a disabled vehicle to a safe place for repairs. It is a popular service used by drivers in distress. Besides having to have the right vehicle, towing requires equipment, knowledge, and experience to safely transport one vehicle from one place to another. This is why choosing a trusted and reputable auto shop or towing company to perform the service is incredibly important.  Common Car Problems That Require a Tow Truck Flat Tire Loose Wheels Dead Battery Engine Overheating  Excess Exhaust Smoke Brake Failure Power Steering Failure Flashing Check Engine Light, Oil Pressure Warning Light, or Coolant Temperature Light Stuck in Snow or Dirt Car Accident When it is time for you to call for a tow, it is important that you come prepared to give as much information about the situation as you can. You will need to know your location, the type of vehicle you have, the condition of your vehicle, and the symptoms that your vehicle is showing.  ... read more

What Are the Symptoms of a Bad Oxygen Sensor?

What Are the Symptoms of a Bad Oxygen Sensor?

An oxygen sensor is a key part of a vehicle's emissions control system. It monitors the amount of oxygen in the exhaust gases and adjusts the fuel mixture to ensure the engine is running at peak efficiency. Over time, the sensor can become fouled by deposits and start sending false signals to the powertrain control module (PCM). When this starts happening, the oxygen sensor might need to be replaced. If your car's oxygen sensor is bad, there are a few symptoms you may notice. Keep an eye out for the following symptoms that may signal a bad oxygen sensor. If you notice any of them, it's important to have your car's oxygen sensor checked by a mechanic to ensure that it is functioning properly. Symptoms of a Bad Oxygen Sensor Decreased Engine Efficiency and Fuel Economy A bad oxygen sensor can cause decreased engine efficiency and bad fuel economy. The oxygen sensor is responsible for monitoring the air-fuel mixture in the engine. If the sensor is not working properly ... read more

What Is a Catalytic Converter?

What Is a Catalytic Converter?

Cars generate a lot of emissions while running. These emissions include fumes and gasses; and are polluters of the environment. The modern exhaust system now features a range of parts that control emissions to make cars more environmentally friendly. A catalytic converter is an example of these parts, forming a vital component of the exhaust system. What is a Catalytic Converter? A catalytic converter works through chemical reactions to clean harmful gasses that pass through your exhaust system through simultaneous chemical reactions. The converter is on the underside and resembles a large metal box with two pipes. How a Catalytic Converter Works The converter utilizes the two pipes connected to it and the catalyst to ensure that exhaust fumes are safe. Gasses enter the converter from the input pipe that connects to the engine. These fumes pass over the metal catalyst causing a chemical reaction that instantly breaks apart the pollutants. The less harmful products then travel thr ... read more

Why is Preventative Brake Maintenance Important for Your Vehicle?

Why is Preventative Brake Maintenance Important for Your Vehicle?

When it comes to your vehicle, there are many things that need regular maintenance in order to keep them working properly. One of the most important parts of your vehicle that needs regular maintenance is the brakes. Your brakes are one of the most important safety features, so it's important to make sure that they are always in good working condition. One of the best ways to ensure that your brakes are always in good condition is to have them regularly serviced and checked by a qualified mechanic. At Finsanto Automotive we are experts for brake maintenance and brake repair in San Antonio. How Important Is Preventative Brake Maintenance? Your car's brakes are what allow you to stop safely, so it's important to make sure that they are always in good working condition. Unfortunately, brakes can wear down over time and may need to be replaced or repaired. If you don't keep up with regular brake maintenance, you could find yourself having to replace your brakes more ofte ... read more

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