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Why is my Check Engine Light Blinking?

Why is my Check Engine Light Blinking?

That little orange or yellow outline of an engine just showed up on your dashboard. It's the check engine light that indicates something is up with your engine, you just don't know what yet. Will it be a major, costly repair or an easy repair that can be taken care of quickly? When the Engine Light is On, But NOT Blinking In some cases, the engine light will turn on, but not begin to blink. This still indicates a problem with the engine, but not one that needs attention at once. However, don't wait too long before visiting an auto repair shop concerning the engine light. The problem can escalate if no action is taken soon. A trustworthy engine repair technician can help locate what that problem is with a digital car diagnostic test and personally inspecting the engine themselves. Certified auto mechanics, like the ones at St. George Transmission & Automotive, know what the most common problems are that plague vehicle engines. But that ... read more

5 Clear Signs That You Need Suspension Repair

5 Clear Signs That You Need Suspension Repair

A vehicle's suspension helps a driver keep control of their car and have a smoother ride. Despite that, because the suspension system doesn't exhibit problems like an engine might, some drivers go ages without getting it repaired. They might not observe a problem or even know what to be looking for. When you notice the 5 symptoms below, that's your car warning you not to wait longer for a suspension repair! Suspension problems may not keep your car from starting, and they may not cause billowing smoke from under the hood. But they can be just as dangerous as other system issues if you can't adequately steer or brake. Warning #1: Proneness for Drifting Does your car drift or sway more than usual when you turn? Normally, the vehicle suspension should keep the body of the car centered in a turn to help prevent it from rolling over. Leaving this issue alone for too long may cause serious harm to you and your car when making a sharp turn. Hurry to an auto repair shop to a ... read more

How to Prep Your Car for Cooler Autumn and Winter Weather

How to Prep Your Car for Cooler Autumn and Winter Weather

Here in St. George and Southern Utah, our autumns and winters are nowhere near as cold as other spots in the state. We don't often get snow, but temperatures do still drop even in our mild fall and winter months. It becomes more important to be prepared for whatever weather may come our way, especially when it comes to our cars. Good vehicle maintenance is essential all year long, but can make all the difference as the weather transitions into winter, especially if you're doing any traveling to see family in colder climates. Be ready for weather changes with these suggestions for keeping your car well maintained during fall and winter. Inspect Car Battery One of the first victims in your car in colder weather is its battery. The low temperatures may make it hard for the battery to get the juice it needs to start your engine. Rather than getting stranded when the battery dies, have it inspected by a trustworthy technician in Southern Utah. They will tes ... read more

4 signs that you may need a clutch

4 signs that you may need a clutch

Clutches, like other car parts, wear down over time. There isn't a way to stop this, although you may be able to lengthen a clutch's life, by not riding the clutch constantly. Both manual and automatic transmission cars have clutches that engage the transmission to channel the engine's power and move the vehicle's wheels, or disengage it to stop the wheels even when the engine is still running. Manual transmission vehicles have to change between gears using a clutch pedal, while an automatic transmission car will shift gears by itself. In both cases, though, because of the friction created by the clutch, it will need replacing eventually. When it is time for a clutch replacement, your vehicle will show signs that it's due for a change. If you know which signs to look for, you should be able to get your car into an auto repair shop before the clutch does any costly damage. Here are a few of those warning signs your clutch may give you. Stuck or Sensitive Clutch ... read more

Finding Puddles Under Your Car? 4 Possibilities for the Leak

Finding Puddles Under Your Car? 4 Possibilities for the Leak

Noticing puddles under your car seems like a pretty clear sign that some vehicle system is not working well. In some cases this is true, and the leak should be addressed to preserve your vehicle's value. In other cases, the leak may be a normal occurrence in a well-working vehicle. But how can you know when to bring your car into a St. George auto repair shop for fixing? First, identify the type of liquid forming the puddle under your car. Is it dark brown or amber-colored oil that's staining your driveway or garage? Is it coolant, a yellow, orange, blue, green or clear-colored liquid? Or are the puddles made from dripping water? The answer will help determine where the problem lies and just how serious it may be. If the Liquid is Water In most cases when water is the liquid that is dripping from under your vehicle, it's actually a sign that your car is working properly. 1. A/C Condensation ... read more