Cars these days are pretty advanced—they’re filled with all sorts of computers and specialized systems to ensure that everything is running smoothly. But despite all that, the internal combustion engine is still a mechanical system, comprised of rotating parts and explosions. Most components will be rubbing up against each other, creating friction. And anytime you have friction, there’s the potential for a lot of heat to be created.
Modern cars are a marvel of engineering — the amount of thought and care that goes into building even your average family sedan is nothing short of incredible. Yet even with all the time and effort automotive engineers put into your car, nothing is ever perfect forever. Anything mechanical will, at some point, break down due to friction, heat, or any number of other reasons. We’re willing to bet that most people reading this right now are proactive car owners who do everything they reasonably can to ensure that their cars are in top shape, but even the most fastidious of drivers will experience symptoms of car trouble multiple times throughout the life of their car. Whether it be a
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Spring is coming around! In light of the recent situation with COVID-19 and stay at home orders, you might think it’s not the best time to be doing maintenance on your car. On the contrary, it’s a great time to make sure that both you and your vehicle are ready for the rest of the year’s challenges. How do we do that? With regular maintenance, of course. We’ve got a small list of ways you can keep your car on the road and out of the shop for the long term—ensuring that you can get to where you’re going safely and quickly, especially in the case of any emergencies.
Spring is here and that means warmer weather and a chance for you to polish off your car after a period of Winter inactivity. But have you noticed a difference in how your car runs as the temperatures rise? Don’t worry — that’s not just your imagination. Your car is able to handle most rises and dips in temperature, but that in itself can have an effect on its performance.
As we move out of Winter into the warmer days of Spring, everyone is getting ready to start fresh — deep cleaning the house, clearing out the garage, and fixing up anything broken or worn down by the cold weather. Your car is one of your most valuable assets, so why not do the same for it? While you may have already taken care of any mechanical or electronic issues, the cold Michigan winters can have a detrimental effect on your car’s paint job.
Accidents and damage are almost an inevitability in the course of your vehicle’s lifespan. While we can take every precaution available to us, at some point, parts of your car are going to break down in some way. Most prudent car owners (such as the ones who have taken the time to read this post — we appreciate you doing so) will already have done as much as they can in the interest of safety, but sometimes plain old bad luck or circumstance can lead to vehicle damage. And when that happens, you’re going to have to distinguish between whether you need a mechanic or an auto body repair shop.
It’s about to be the start of a new year and this is a great time to make sure that both you and your car are ready for a new decade. While you may have your own New Year’s resolutions that you want to focus on, spare some thought for your vehicle. You may want to get in better shape or quit smoking—maybe it’s time for your car to do the same. Today we’ll be giving you some suggestions for easy, achievable resolutions so you can take care of your car and improve your driving experience.
It’s going to be another cold winter in Michigan, and we at King Brothers Collision think it’s important that you understand just what that entails for your car. Our cars are our lifeline when the weather gets really dicey. Getting stranded at home and out of reach of emergency services is something we all want to avoid if temperatures drop below zero and we need help right away. The winter chill isn’t just uncomfortable, it can be hard on your vehicle, as anything made of metal doesn’t like cold. If you’re not careful, the cold could lead to car damage. Let’s take a look at how colder temperatures can affect your car—and what you can do about it.
As we leave behind the sunny days and warm weather of Summer, the busy days of our Fall schedules can take precedence over everything else. We rely on our cars to drive to work, bring the kids to school, and head over to the relatives for Thanksgiving. We spend so much time in our cars that it’s imperative that they’re well-maintained.
A modern car engine is a collection of advanced parts and systems that provide the force to propel your car down the road. New technologies and materials may haver made engines more complicated, but the core ideas behind the function of your engine have not really changed over the years. Let’s break down the parts of the typical car engine and how each functions.