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Engine Oil Specifications Explained - Simple and Easy Guide

Engine Oil Specifications Explained - Simple and Easy Guide

If you're a car owner, it's important to understand engine oil specifications. Why? Because it directly impacts your vehicle's health and efficiency, it also helps you choose the right one for your vehicle. But don't worry, it's not as complicated as it sounds! Let us help you understand it better.   Understanding Viscosity & Oil Viscosity Grades Viscosity refers to the thickness of the oil and its ability to flow. It's a crucial property, as the right viscosity ensures adequate lubrication across a range of temperatures, reducing wear and tear on engine components. Viscosity grades, represented by numbers such as 5W-30, indicate the oil's flow capability in cold and hot temperatures. The first number, followed by a 'W' (for winter), shows the oil's flow at cold temperatures, while the second number i ... read more

5 Common Signs Your Car's Water Pump Needs Changing

5 Common Signs Your Car's Water Pump Needs Changing

Among the myriad components of your car, the water pump plays a pivotal role. Let's decode the signals it gives off when issues arise, ensuring that your engine remains strong. 1. Audible Whining Sounds Your car's water pump is a silent worker, but when it's struggling, it often vocalizes its discomfort through a distinct whining noise. Listen attentively for this sound emanating from the engine bay. If you hear an unusual whine that corresponds with engine speed, it's a clear signal that the water pump bearings may be on their last legs. 2. Puddles or Coolant Leaks Water pumps circulate coolant to regulate engine temperature. A visible puddle of coolant beneath your parked car is a red flag. Inspect the ground for green or orange-colored fluid, as this indicates a potential water pump leak. Addressing coolant leaks promptly prevents engi ... read more

What Does ABS Mean & Is It Important?

What Does ABS Mean & Is It Important?

Greetings, fellow road enthusiasts! Today, we're unraveling the mystery behind a three-letter acronym that holds the key to safer journeys: ABS. As you navigate the bustling streets or embark on an open-road adventure, have you ever wondered about the meaning and importance of ABS?   ABS Explained ABS, or Anti-lock Braking System, is not just a jumble of letters tossed into the automotive lexicon. It's a technological marvel designed to redefine the way your car responds when panic hits and friction becomes the foe. Unlike the traditional braking systems that often lead to wheel lock-up during sudden stops, ABS intervenes during times when you most need it. Imagine this: "You're cruising down a rain-slicked road, and a sudden obstacle appears. In a panic, you slam on the brakes, but instead of an impending skid, ABS steps in.&qu ... read more

What Are Preventative Maintenance Services & Why Are They Important

What Are Preventative Maintenance Services & Why Are They Important

Whether you're a car enthusiast or a casual driver, understanding the importance of automotive rituals is crucial for keeping your four-wheeled companion cruising smoothly on the road of life.Today, we won't serve you a bland, run-of-the-mill explanation. Instead, we'll take you on a voyage to discover why preventative maintenance is a necessity for every vehicle owner.   The Road to ReliabilityCars are more than just machines; they're dependable companions that take us on adventures and support our daily routines. But just like any relationship, they require attention and care to thrive. That's where preventative maintenance comes in.   The Preventative Service RevolutionPreventative service is like a wellness program for your car. Rather than waiting for issues to arise ... read more

Your Car's Essential Fluids & When to Change Them

Your Car's Essential Fluids & When to Change Them

To keep your automotive machine strong, it relies on several vital fluids. Funk Bros Auto is here to keep the community informed, so let's dive into these essential vehicle liquids and discuss when they should be changed or flushed.   Engine OilIf your car's engine were a symphony, the engine oil would be the conductor. It keeps all moving parts lubricated and prevents friction-induced wear and tear. Change it every 3,000 to 5,000 miles or as recommended in your vehicle's manual.   Transmission FluidThis fluid ensures smooth gear changes, another crucial part of the automotive orchestra. Depending on your vehicle and driving habits, you may need a transmission fluid change every 30,000 to 60,000 miles.   Coolant (Antifreeze)Think of coolant as your car's temperature regulator, k ... read more

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