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What To Do When Your Car Pulls To the Side

What To Do When Your Car Pulls To the Side

Are you struggling to keep your vehicle in between the marked lines? Your car is most likely pulling in one direction, which means something is terribly wrong. Not only is car pull disturbing, but it can also be very dangerous to a certain degree. Many things can cause your car to pull left or right: uneven tire pressure, wheel misalignment, or worn suspension parts. Here's how to troubleshoot the problem! STEP 1: FAMILIARIZE YOURSELF WITH THE ISSUE  Does it pull left or right? And does the direction vary? Does it pull when you speed up, or particularly when you apply the brakes? Recognizing these little details can help you (and your technician) hone in the cause quicker. STEP 2: CHECK TIRE PRESSURE  Incorrect tire pressure is the most popular explanation for why your car can't drive straight. With over or under-inflated tires, your vehicle may feel wobbly and lean. This pull can happen right or left, depending on which tires are affected. Not only will you exper ... read more

Is Your Car Ready For Thanksgiving Travel?

Is Your Car Ready For Thanksgiving Travel?

Thousands of people pack up their vehicles and head to see family for stuffing, turkey, and football during the Thanksgiving holiday season. If you are one of those people traveling this busy holiday, please prepare yourself for the busy roads. Here are three simple steps you should do before your travels: Inspect Your Vehicle - One of the easiest things you can do for your and others' safety is by taking your vehicle to Gordon Automotive for a pre-trip inspection. We can take a look for any noticeable damages, ensure all your lights, tires, and safety features are operational, and more. Additionally, you should also top off your vehicle's fluids before hitting the road, including your oil, antifreeze, etc. Lastly, please remember to refresh your wiper blades, as the holiday season can bring on unexpected weather. Test Major Components - It can be challenging to check all your important components, especially if you're not familiar with where everything is. For instance ... read more

Top 3 Essential Items That Every Car Needs

Top 3 Essential Items That Every Car Needs

As a vehicle owner, it's imperative to recognize the importance of routine car maintenance and the responsibility of ownership. For your everyday commutes, there are things you absolutely have to have in your car to ensure the safety of you and others. Whenever you get behind the wheel, you should always feel prepared for the worst. First Aid Kit In the event of any unforeseen injuries (vehicle accident-related or not), you need a first aid kit. This little box can be suitable to be stored in your glove box. The items inside the first aid kit will not treat a severe injury, but they can come in handy when a minor injury needs treatment. Major injuries should require professional medical assistance ASAP. Spare Tire One of the most unfortunate and unexpected events that you can experience on the road is a popped tire. A spare tire is always necessary to keep in your vehicle. It is called a spare, after all! To replace your tires, you'll also require the right tools, such as a ... read more

Why Does My Car Reek of Gasoline?

Why Does My Car Reek of Gasoline?

If you get a whiff of gas and you're not filling your car's tank or within proximity of a gas station, then it may be a sign of trouble. You may be wondering how or why it is happening. Today, we'll go over the common reasons why you may be smelling this fume.   Common Reasons for a Strong Gas Smell in Your Car Loose Gas Cap  Your gas cap must be adequately shut and in place whenever you fill it up. It also needs to be in working condition and free of cracks. Gas fumes can escape through your cap, and you will indeed be able to smell them. Some modern cars will notify you if your gas cap isn't closed all the way. Gasoline Leaks  Fuel leaks can stem from several places, including the injector, the fuel tank, the fuel line, or the fuel injection line. An obvious sign you have a gas leak is a dark puddle under your vehicle. If you notice puddles, then you should take your car to a repair shop ASAP. Broken Canister  Your canister accumulates char ... read more

7 Possible Reasons Why You Are Getting Poor Gas Mileage

7 Possible Reasons Why You Are Getting Poor Gas Mileage

When it comes to fuel economy, we want to save some money and get the most out of our gas. If you don’t appear to be getting the overall gas mileage you desire, there can be several reasons behind the problem. It may be an internal issue or your driving habits affecting your subpar gas mileage. Here are seven potential issues to consider when it comes to your mileage. 1. Tire Pressure If your wheels are not at the recommended air pressure, your MPG will drop. This is the case whether they are underinflated or overinflated. The sticker on the panel inside your driver’s side door will indicate the ideal air pressure for your wheels.  2. Air Filter If you are rocking an air filter that is old and filthy, the engine won’t get enough clean air to burn the gasoline efficiently. Fortunately, air filters are a simple and inexpensive replacement! 3. Oxygen Sensors Most automobiles have various oxygen sensors to measure the air intake and emissions output. If the sen ... read more