Yearly Archives: 2022

How Do Brake Rotors Become Warped?

How Do Brake Rotors Become Warped?

Brake rotors are the round metallic discs that you can see through your vehicle’s rim. The brake pads clamp on them to make your car, SUV, or truck stop. When they are in good condition, rotors should be smooth and flat. However, a common brake problem is warped brake rotors. How Do Brake Rotors Become Warped? You might be wondering, “how does that even happen”. Below are some instances where your brake rotors can get damaged: Poor braking habits - If you overwork your brakes by driving in uneven terrain and partaking in stop-and-go traffic, your rotors can get damaged easily.  Bad brakes -  Sticky calipers and worn pads can force your brakes to overwork themselves. When they’re overloaded, they heat up quickly. Inadequate wheel installation - The brake rotors can be put under a lot of stress when a wheel is improperly installed. You can tell if your brake rotors are distorted by being aware of ho ... read more

My Car Feels Sluggish — What Could Be The Cause?

My Car Feels Sluggish — What Could Be The Cause?

Does your car fail to pick up speed even when you've floored the pedal? It is an indicator of a mechanical problem. Unless you see a mechanic immediately, you should brace yourself for harm. Any vehicle that is well-tuned and whose system receives fuel amply should pick up speed as expected. However, sluggish acceleration could be an indicator of one of the following mechanical malfunctions: Dirty Air Filter Your car engine's air filters trap debris from the air that enters the engine for efficient combustion. When the air filters are clogged, the air is insufficient in the engine, and the air-to-fuel ratio is incorrect. The condition results in improper combustion and annihilates acceleration. Misaligned Timing Belt An engine's timing belt is linked to the camshaft and crankshaft and helps to manage the engine's pistons. A slight misalignment of the timing belt causes acceleration problems because of improper timing of the opening and closing of the engine's va ... read more

What Kind of Summer Maintenance Do Cars Need?

What Kind of Summer Maintenance Do Cars Need?

The summer season is a wonderful time for family and friends to get together for fun adventures, such as road trips. Unfortunately, none of that is possible with vehicle troubles. The Texas heat can do a number on your vehicle’s crucial components. So, we want to make sure everything checks out before you hit the road. Let the team at Nortex Lube and Tune take care of your car so that you can be road-ready. Change Your Engine Oil The hot temperatures can make your engine temperature soar to extreme levels. That is why proper lubrication from your motor oil is key to protecting your engine parts. Before going out for a long drive, make sure your engine oil is clean and topped off.  Evaluate the Braking System It is a no-brainer that your vehicle’s brakes are necessary for your safety. Without it, you wouldn’t be able to slow down, stop, and avoid accidents. There’s more to your brakes than you think, so make sure you check off the brake pads, brake fluid ... read more

Types of Problematic Vehicle Smells

Types of Problematic Vehicle Smells

If you want to keep your car, SUV, or truck running smoothly, you need to pay attention to any weird smells. While it may sound funny, certain car odors can signal car troubles. Therefore, you should never ignore any unusual smell. Read on to learn more about automobile odors and what they could mean: Burning Carpet The smell of burning carpet often signals that you have brake problems. If you notice this scent, please be sure to have your brakes inspected soon. Rotten Eggs The odor of rotten eggs is quite strong, so you won’t miss this. This smell means that your catalytic converter has gone bad. The catalytic converter is responsible for turning toxic fumes into sulfur dioxide. When it doesn’t work as it should, the stench will reek. Syrup When you catch a sweet syrupy smell, it is typically a sign of a coolant leak. You should especially have your cooling system checked out because your car can overheat soon thereafter.  Burning Rubber If your car emits a bu ... read more

The Meaning of the Power Steering System Warning Light

The Meaning of the Power Steering System Warning Light

A car's system requires sheer caution lest you want to be going to the mechanic day in and day out. It's a complicated system that unanimously works together towards running the engine and controlling the vehicle. Everyone who has driven a car, whether manual or automatic, knows the importance of the dashboard signs. Minor negligence of a warning sign could lead to even more severe damage that might require a complicated mechanical overhaul. Its aftermath is undue expenditure on repair and compromise of the efficiency of the vehicle. Power Steering System Warning Every time you see a red or yellow warning sign in the shape of a steering wheel and an exclamation mark on your dashboard, something is cooking with your hydraulic, and you have to stop. The first indicator of the warning light is a problem with your car's hydraulic system. The hydraulic fluid in the system might leak and make your steering inefficient. If you neglect the signs and continue driving, you risk ramm ... read more

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