Yearly Archives: 2022

5 Signs That Suggest You Need a Wheel Alignment

5 Signs That Suggest You Need a Wheel Alignment

Wheel alignments are necessary for protecting your tire life and your vehicle safety. Read on to learn more about when it's the right time to head to our auto shop for a wheel alignment. When you experience any of the symptoms below, please take your car to Taylormade Automotive Inc for a wheel alignment. Steering Wheel Not Centered After you make a turn, your steering wheel should naturally fall back to the center position. If it can’t get the steering wheel to its original position, it means your wheels are misaligned. You may also notice that the steering wheel looks off when driving straight. Premature Tire Wear If your tires are wearing down too quickly, it is often a result of poor tire maintenance. If you notice unusual tread patterns or bald spots, it's likely time for a wheel alignment service. Car Pulling to One Side If your vehicle keeps pulling left or right when driving straight, it is a tell-tale sign that your alignment is off. This can be very danger ... read more

What are the Signs of Transmission Trouble?

What are the Signs of Transmission Trouble?

Besides the engine, the transmission system is one of the most important and expensive vehicles. If it wears down, a complete rebuild or replacement is necessary to restore its operation. However, if you catch red flags early on, you can bypass them with transmission repairs. Read on to learn about the early signs that indicate your transmission may need repairs. Sign #1 – Delayed Gear Shifts If you’re shifting from one gear to another, your automatic transmission should kick in swiftly. A transmission that is failing won’t engage right away. A similar response can occur in a manual transmission, although that can often be fixed by swapping out the clutch. Sign #2 - Transmission Fluid Leak A transmission fluid leak is one of the easiest to identify. It is the only liquid in your car that is red in color with a distinctive smell. If you see this under your parked car, you know that you have a transmission fluid leak. Neglecting this fluid puddle can lead to more ex ... read more

How To Keep Your Car Clean with Pets and Children

How To Keep Your Car Clean with Pets and Children

Pets and children mean things can get messy. When taking them in the car, it's inevitable that the car will be a mess with them. However, it is possible to keep the car organized if you have both pets and kids. Here are some tips for keeping your car clean when you're going for a ride with your pets and children. Keep pets in one spot While this may be easier said than done, if the pet is in one spot, there won't be a lot of pet hair to clean up. A restraint or crate can help with this. Pets that's allowed to move around in the vehicle not only spread hair etc. everywhere, but they can distract you while you drive. With that said, it's best to keep them in one spot to make cleaning easier. Have mats and seat covers Kids can be very messy, so having mats and seat covers will be a lifesaver. Most of them are liquid proof, and it'll make cleanup much easier. It'll also reduce the chance of any interior being ruined. The best mats for the car while riding wi ... read more

5 Mistakes Drivers Often Make When Jumping Their Battery

5 Mistakes Drivers Often Make When Jumping Their Battery

One thing that all drivers should learn how to properly is how to jumpstart their vehicle. While it may seem easy to grab the jumper cables and start connecting, they can be dangerous if you don't use them correctly. Here are some of the most common mistakes that people often make regarding jumper cables: Storing them incorrectly - Like the car battery, jumper cables can corrode in certain conditions. When they start to break down, you should throw them out instead of attempting to use them. Please remember to store these cables in a dry and closed area to preserve them. Failing to properly connect the clamps to their connection points - Making the wrong connections can lead to accidents like fires and explosions. In other words, you could damage your vehicle even more if you don't know what you're doing. Please remember to clamp the clips in the following order: Red to dead Red to donor Black to donor Black to bare metal Doing it with no gloves or protection for ... read more

What Happens If You Fail a Smog Test in California?

What Happens If You Fail a Smog Test in California?

If you've been a long-time California resident, you know that this state does not take emissions tests lightly. There are strict laws that require your vehicle to pass in order to be legal to drive. To be specific, if your automobile is more than 6 years old, you need to pass a smog test every two years, or biannually. Not only does this rule protect older vehicles from falling apart, but smog tests help to keep our air quality clean. If your vehicle didn't make the cut this time around with its annual emissions test, it can possibly be for the following reasons: Check engine light on Dirty air filter Leaking gas cap Old spark plugs, leading to an increase in hydrocarbon emissions Malfunctioning evaporative emission control system (EVAP) Problems with the catalytic converter You shouldn't freak out after failing this test because the test center will give you an outlined list of why your car didn't pass. Some test centers, like Taylormade Automotive, can make tho ... read more

Why Is My Check Engine Light On?

Why Is My Check Engine Light On?

The check engine light is every driver's worst nightmare. Not only does it mean that you need repairs, but it's very hard to narrow down the problem. You may have questions like, "What does it mean?" and "Is it something serious or an easy fix?" Below, we've listed the 5 most common reasons why a check engine light might come on. Loose Gas Cap A loose or missing gas cap is probably the first problem that you hope for when you see the check engine light because they are easy and inexpensive fixes. If the check engine light comes on immediately after you fill up, you should pull over to see if your gas cap is fastened.  Oxygen Sensor Failure The oxygen sensor, or O2 sensor, measures your exhaust's oxygen levels. If this part fails, your vehicle will continue to drive. However, your engine may overconsume gas, and the damages could end up spreading to your spark plugs or catalytic converter. Faulty Catalytic Converter The catalytic converter ... read more

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