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What Are the Most Common Cooling System Problems?

 What Are the Most Common Cooling System Problems?

The cooling system plays a major role in your vehicle – simply as its name states, it cools down the engine to prevent overheating. And one major component in the cooling system that contributes to this effort is the radiator. The radiator is in charge of dispensing coolant fluid or antifreeze, which is the chemical fluid that dissipates the heat in the engine. If your vehicle is running too hot, we recommend bringing your car, SUV, or truck to RM Automotive for a thorough inspection. It can very well be one of the following cooling system problems: 1) Leak Since coolant fluid constantly flows throughout the system and into the engine, this fluid is vulnerable to leaks. However, a radiator leak is a major cause for concern. Without a sufficient amount of coolant reaching your engine, your car will run too hot. If you notice a bright color fluid underneath your vehicle with a sweet scent, it is most likely a leak. 2) Corroded Radiator Since the radiator is a metal structure, it ... read more

October is Fall Car Care Month!

October is Fall Car Care Month!

Fall is the perfect time to get your car ready for the winter months ahead. October is fall car care month, so it's the perfect time to check your car's fluids, battery, and tires. Make sure your car is in good working order before the snow and ice hit. Winter can be tough on your car, so it's important to be prepared. Below are a few maintenance items to check out. Fluids As the weather gets colder, it's important to make sure your car is ready for winter. One of the most important things to check is your fluids. Make sure you have enough windshield wiper fluid and oil. Another thing to check is your antifreeze levels. You don't want your engine to freeze up, so make sure you have enough antifreeze in your radiator. Battery Your car battery is one of the most important components of your vehicle, and it is important to check it regularly to ensure that it is in good working order. This is especially true in the winter when the cold weather can cause automotive ... read more

All About the Car Muffler

All About the Car Muffler

All car combustible engines release harmful byproducts that need to be released. While the gasses move through the exhaust system, it produces a lot of noise and pressure. And the muffler in the exhaust system is responsible for doing just that! It is the piece of the puzzle that allows our car to run quietly and smoothly. Read on to learn about the various parts of the muffler Inlet: Exhaust gasses and sound enter the exhaust system through the inlet. Resonator: The resonator is exactly what it sounds – it is a part of the device that alters the engine noise by reducing the overall volume of the engine and neutralizing sound waves.  Perforated tubes: There are metal tubes within the muffler that control the pitch of the sounds. They also help minimize the sound and play a part in your vehicle’s overall performance. Outlet: The outlet is the portion of the muffler where both sounds and safer gasses get released from the car. As you can see, the muffler alone contai ... read more

Celebrate Brake Safety Awareness Month with RM Automotive

Celebrate Brake Safety Awareness Month with RM Automotive

August is Brake Safety Awareness Month, and it is a special time to give your brake some much-needed attention. Most drivers don’t think about their brakes until there is a noticeable problem. Unfortunately, that is not safe for you or your vehicle. Your car’s brake components go through wear and tear throughout the year. To prevent any safety hazards from arising, we invite you to RM Automotive for a thorough brake inspection.   Auto manufacturers and mechanics recommend that you have your brakes inspected at least once a year. During a brake inspection at our auto service shop, we will look for several warning signs. They include: Unusual noises - The first red flag of bad brakes is noise. If you hear a squealing or screeching sound coming from your brakes, it means that your brake pads are worn. This component has a unique, metal wear indicator that erupts when the brake pads wear thin. Low or soft brake pedal - A soft brake pedal is an indication that your car ... read more

What Is a Blown Head Gasket

What Is a Blown Head Gasket

A blown head gasket, what exactly is it? Well, it's really not that complicated, read on to learn more about a head gasket, its purpose and warning signs. Purpose of a Head Gasket If you take a look at your car's engine, you'll notice that it is made up of two separate parts, a cylinder block and the cylinder head, In the cylinder block you'll find the pistons and cylinders and in the cylinder head you'll find the valves, spark plugs and camshafts. You'll find the head gasket in between these two parts. The head gasket is one of the most significant gaskets in your car. This is because the head gasket seals the cylinders' firing pressure and also prevents coolant as well as engine oil from leaking in to the cylinders and to the outside of the car. The head gasket has to be able to withstand the stresses of both of theses surfaces while also fulfilling its purpose. What Causes a Blown Head Gasket? There are two main scenarios which may lead to a blown h ... read more