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9 Warning Signs That Your Car’s Battery Needs Replacing

9 Warning Signs That Your Car’s Battery Needs Replacing

Your car battery is a crucial part of your vehicle. It provides power to your starter, which fires up your engine, and it also provides power for all electrical components in your car. But how do you know if your battery needs replacing? At Finsanto Automotive, we are experts in car battery service. Here are 9 common warning signs: 1. Your car won’t star t The most common indicator of a battery going bad is when the car won’t start. You turn the key, and nothing happens, or the dash lights come on, but the engine doesn’t turn over. Multiple problems could be responsible for this symptom, including a bad ignition switch, faulty starter, broken cable, or blown fuse. A weak battery would be near the top of the list, though. 2. The engine is slow to turn over If your car starts eventually, but it takes a long time to crank up, that’s another sign the battery is having issues. It could also show low compression in some cylinders or excessive crankshaft end play — two problems that are expen ... read more

5 Signs Your Car Needs a New Clutch

5 Signs Your Car Needs a New Clutch

While there are clear guidelines that let you know how often you need to replace your tires or change your oil, there is no definitive limit on the amount of time a clutch can last before it needs replacing. Your driving style can have a significant impact on the lifespan of your clutch. To avoid putting yourself at risk of sudden clutch failure, learn to recognize the following signs of your clutch beginning to fail. 1. Clutch Slipping A clutch that is nearing the end of its life will often slip when you try to accelerate uphill. When you hit the throttle, you will hear the engine revving, but the car will not go any faster. You might also notice the clutch sipping when you try to accelerate from a stationary position. 2. Juddering Clutch If you ever notice your car vibrating when you ease your foot off the clutch pedal, it could be a sign that your clutch will soon need replacing. Clutch judder occurs when hydraulic fluid or oil on the clutch surface prevents it from fully engaging ... read more

What Would Happen if I Added Oil to My Car but Never Changed It?

What Would Happen if I Added Oil to My Car but Never Changed It?

Depending on your type of vehicle and the oil you use, you should be changing your oil anywhere from every 3,000 miles to every 10,000 miles. Problems start to occur when people forget to change their oil at all. What happens when someone decides to just "top off" the oil instead of actually changing it? If you run your car without occasionally changing its oil, that oil will become dirty. Although the filter will help to remove dirt for a while, that filter will eventually clog up. When the filter clogs, the dirty oil will still be able to pass through the filter through a special relief valve. You don't want to use dirty oil in your car. Oil that has been polluted with dirt is heavy, thick, gritty and abrasive. This oil will quickly cause wear on your car's engine. Whereas clean oil acts as a lubricant to allow the metal pieces in your engine to glide across each other easily, dirty oil will actually wear down th ... read more

These Audible Warning Signs Mean It’s Time for Immediate Brake Repair

These Audible Warning Signs Mean It’s Time for Immediate Brake Repair

Brakes are one of the most important parts of any vehicle, but it’s also an area that some drivers take for granted until it’s too late. If you begin to notice strange sounds or anything else out of the ordinary when you press the brake pedal down, your vehicle may be trying to tell you something. Here are some clear warning signs of potential brake trouble to watch out for to stay safe while on the road. For more information or to schedule a brake repair in San Antonio, reach out to Finsanto Automotive! Those Vibrations While Steering Likely Mean Rotor Trouble When you push your brake pedal down, your brake pads are sent directly into the brake rotors located on the sides of your wheels. This pressure is what gets the vehicle to stop in a timely fashion. But if your rotors are not aligned properly or experiencing other issues, the pads might not be able to get the job done as effectively. If you ever feel heavy vibrat ... read more

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