Monthly Archives: November 2014

OBD-II Trouble Codes

OBD-II Trouble Codes

OBD-II is the new standard of Onboard Diagnostic Systems and are in most cars and trucks on the road today. The OBD-II is a diagnostic computer that is hooked up to your car to control engine functions and diagnose problems. If there is a problem with a component of the vehicle, a trouble code will be given. Here some of the most common trouble codes, what they mean, what symptoms to look for, and some solutions to solving the problem, from the OBD Codes.com trouble code database. P0440 What Does it Mean? P0440 is the trouble code given when the evaporative emission control system has malfunctioned. The EVAP system contains the gas cap, fuel lines, carbon canister, purge valve, and other hoses within the car. The EVAP emission control system prevents fuel vapors from escaping from the fuel system of a vehicle Symptoms: Th ... read more

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Catalytic Converter Thefts

Catalytic Converter Thefts

Catalytic converters are being stolen at malls, shopping centers, company parking lots, and even in driveways – and replacements can cost $1,400. Because converters are under the car, most people do not notice anything strange until they start the vehicle and hear the deafening roar of a cut off muffler. Catalytic converter thefts cost individuals and businesses all over Houston a fortune in replacements and repairs. According to the Insurance Services Office (ISO), the number of catalytic converter thefts in 2008 was well over 3,000% higher than in 2007 - more thefts than in 2004 through 2007 combined. What Is A Catalytic Converter? Every vehicle made after 1975 has a catalytic converter. A catalytic converter is a component of your vehicle’s exhaust system which chemically converts harmful exhaust gases into carbon dioxide and water vapor. Catalytic converters have been required on all cars produced since 1975 to meet strict emissions regulations. Learn more about ... read more

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Keep your Car Battery Alive this Winter

Keep your Car Battery Alive this Winter

It’s almost that time of year….Cold temperatures and warm fires, sweaters, hats, and gloves. Those rough mornings that we have to get up from our cozy, warm beds and go outside to get into our cold, cold cars. And then…click….click…the car battery is dead. Problems with car batteries are high on the annual lists of the top 10 most common breakdown faults. Not that they need to be. Thanks to newer technologies, modern car batteries provide much better cold starting performance and longer life than ever before. But, the danger is still real, and it happens to the best of us. Heat is Tough on Car Batteries Last month’s article was about how HEAT is a battery culprit, so we know that the summer months start the breakdown process. [When temps outside reach 90 degrees, the temperature under the hood of your car can reach 140 degrees, wreaking havoc on the battery. Each time the thermometer gets that high, your car’s battery fluid evaporates faster & corrosion accelerates too ... read more

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Squeaking Brakes – What does it mean?

Squeaking Brakes – What does it mean?

Squealing, squawking, and squeaking brakes can not only be annoying; these noises can indicate a potentially serious problem with your braking system. Squeaky brakes can panic a driver, as they are arguably the most important safety feature in every automobile. Sometimes the concern is warranted, as the brakes are going bad. Other times, there may be nothing wrong at all. Be safe, take your car to the professionals at either Ripley's Muffler & Brakes location for a free brake check, and let them determine if there is cause for concern. Common Causes of Squealing Brakes Squeaky brakes are common. With multitudes of moving parts, weird noises of some sort or another are heard on a daily basis. There are many reasons that can cause your brakes to squeal or grind. Here are a few of the most common: Worn Out Brake Pads & Shoes -- Worn out brake pads is the most common reason for squea ... read more

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Texas Summer Heat Is No Picnic

Texas Summer Heat Is No Picnic

Global warming may be questionable, but Texas summers are hotter than ever! Heat is the number one enemy of most vehicles...especially your A/C, battery, & engine cooling components. Why Do Auto A/C’s Always Break Down In The Heat? It is common to hear car owners screaming in exasperation in 100 degree temps: “Why does the AC always break down now?” Well, it’s not just bad luck; there are many reasons for it. The air conditioning system relies on many parts that all work together to keep your car cool. The A/C system uses a refrigerant to lower air temperature and carry away heat, which cools and dehumidifies the air flowing into the interior. For the system to work properly, several key components, including the compressor, condenser, evaporator, valves, and hoses need to be in tip-top shape. Expert A/C Repairs At Rayford Road Location Although air conditioning systems are typically very reliable, they can break down. It’s quite clear that car ai ... read more

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