My Car Won’t Start, What is Wrong?

Without a doubt, every owner dreads the moment when their car won’t start. What should you do? Who should you call? Can you fix it yourself?. There are literally hundreds of reasons why your car won’t start, but some are more common than others. Below, we list four common reasons why your car won’t start.

DEAD BATTERY:

A dead battery is the most common reason your car won’t start. A car battery should last about four to five years. Over time, the internal metal parts of a battery corrode, reducing its ability to hold a charge. A battery is vital to your car or truck, as it provides power to the starter and electrical system when the car is not running.  You can test to see if the battery is the problem by jump-starting your car. If the jump-start works, you’re most likely dealing with a dying battery.

ALTERNATOR ISSUES:

If the battery is working properly and nothing is wrong with it, then it’s the alternator that will more likely cause a problem. A simple test to check the alternator is to check your interior lights. An alternator charges your battery when the car is running. If the interior and dashboard lights come on brightly but slowly start to fade, then it indicates a problem with the alternator.

DEFECTIVE STARTER:

Your starter is vital to your car because it is responsible for starting the engine. The battery sends it a jolt of electricity, which the starter uses to turn the engine over and get it to start. A starter could be to blame if your car experiences the following issues: You hear a clicking sound when you turn the key, the car won’t start, but the dash lights are on, Jump starting your car or truck does not turn over the engine at all.

CLOGGED FUEL SYSTEM:

If your fuel filter is clogged, the gasoline won’t be able to reach the engine. A clogged fuel system can occur when dirt or debris get into the fuel lines, something that can happen with a bad fuel filter. The filter in modern cars is found inside the fuel tank and typically doesn’t need to be replaced until well past the 100,000 mile mark.  Dirty fuel injectors can also lead to a no-start.


ABOUT US:

If your car will not start, or you are experiencing any of the issue mentioned above, have your car inspected by a professional mechanic. At Royal Motors we are more than happy to inspect your vehicle and help you understand what you can do to you improve your vehicle’s life. Call us at (407) 201-7950, and schedule your appointment today. Royal Motors is your dealership alternative!

Remember, Included with every vehicle we repair, we offer a fluid check & top off, tire pressure check & correction, and a bulb check at NO EXTRA COST.

 

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Five Common Mistakes That Could Damage Your Vehicle

Here are five common mistakes most people make that could be damaging their vehicles. Avoiding the following mistakes will save you a ton of cash and ensure that your car has a long and healthy life.

1. PUTTING OFF AN OIL CHANGE: 

Engine oil is a vital component in your car, it has 4 main jobs: it cools, cleans,  seals and of course lubricates your engine. If your vehicle’s oil is old and broken down it will not be able to perform its job. If you never got your oil changed, eventually the engine would seize up and stop running and/or send connecting rods and associated parts thru the block, rendering the engine useless and most likely unrepairable. Bottom line: It’s worth the time and minimal cost of maintenance!

2. CONTINUING TO DRIVE WHEN THE VEHICLE IS OVERHEATING:

Continuing to drive if your cooling system is boiling could damage your engine. If your vehicle is overheating find a spot where you can park, and let the vehicle cool completely. DO NOT open the radiator cap. The radiator will be extremely hot and under very high pressure.

3. SUDDEN ACCELERATING AND BRAKING: 

Regularly slamming on the brake or gas pedal takes a large toll on your gas mileage, and can even cause deterioration on parts like your brake pads and rotors.

4. NOT USING THE PARKING BRAKE: 

Many people normally fail to use the parking brake when they park their cars on a slight incline. Doing this inserts a lot of pressure on the vehicle’s transmission because only the parking pawl is used. By using the parking brake, you lock up the non-drive wheels as well as the drive wheels and take all the stress off of the transmission.

5. CARRYING TOO MUCH WEIGHT:

Having too much weight in your car can put unnecessary stress on some of its critical systems, leading to premature wear. Too much weight makes your engine work harder than it should. If there are items that can be removed to decrease the weight and stress on your car, do it now.

ABOUT US:

At Royal Motors we are more than happy to inspect your vehicle and help you understand what you can do to you improve your vehicle’s life. Call us at (407) 201-7950, and schedule your appointment today. Royal Motors is your dealership alternative!

Remember, Included with every vehicle we repair, we offer a fluid check & top off, tire pressure check & correction, and a bulb check at NO EXTRA COST.

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7 Ways You Can Improve Your MPG This Summer!

Here are a few pointers on how to increase your car’s fuel economy this summer. Follow these 7 handy tips to improve efficiency and get the best mpg from your car:

  • Remove Weight: Remove excess weight, the heavier the car, the more fuel it will use. Take unnecessary bulky items out of the car. Also remove external carrying kit such as roof boxes or bike racks whenever they aren’t being used. The car has to work harder to cut through the air due to the extra wind resistance such items create.
  • Use Cruise Control: It can be tough in the city, but when you hit the open road, cruise control will keep your car at a constant speed and avoid any unnecessary acceleration that can waste gas.
  • Avoid Rough Roads: Dirt or gravel can rob you of up to 30 % of your gas mileage. Every time the wheels bounce up and down, forward motion energy is removed from the vehicle, the vehicle slows down from the transfer of energy, and this causes the driver to apply more throttle – wasted fuel.
  • Don’t Accelerate Too Quick: Quick acceleration and heavy braking can reduce fuel economy by up to 33% on the highway and 5% around town. Simply put, the harder you put your boot down on the gas pedal, the more fuel your engine will use. Also, the higher your engine is running in RPMs, the more fuel it is consuming per second.
  • Roll Up Your Windows: If you’re cruising on the highway with the windows down, you will cause an aerodynamic drag that can decrease your fuel economy by 10% because your engine will have to work harder.
  • Don’t Let Your Vehicle Idle: During start-up, your engine burns a little extra gasoline. However, letting your engine idle for more than a minute burns more fuel than turning off the engine and restarting it.
  • Properly Inflate Tires: Make sure your tires are inflated to the pressure indicated in your owner’s manual for the best balance between gas mileage and traction. This will translate into significant savings, as being under-inflated by 10 PSI per tire can cost you five MPG or more.


FINAL RECOMMENDATIONS:
 There is plenty you can do to increase your gas mileage, and using these tips will help you save a lot of money. Keep in mind that taking your car in for regular checkups and tuneups can also save you a great deal of money. A car that doesn’t run at its optimum performance level can cost you a lot in the long run.

At Royal Motors we are more than happy to inspect your vehicle and help you understand what you can do to you improve your MPGs. Stop by or call us at 407.201.7950 to set up an appointment today!


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