Yearly Archives: 2021

What Does Transmission Fluid Do?

What Does Transmission Fluid Do?

If you didn't know already, your transmission is a vast system responsible for carrying the power generated by your engine to your car's wheels. It is a hydraulic system, which means it depends on a fluid to carry out its function (transmission fluid). The liquid is similar to engine oil for the engine; it is intended to keep the transmission system parts cool and lubricated to prevent damage. If your fluid becomes dirty and ineffective, your vehicle will take a significant amount of transmission damage. Transmission fluid is usually pink or red, and it passes through the system from the impeller to the turbine. Here are all the wonderful things it does for your car: Allows you to shift gears Provides hydraulic pressure Lubricates transmission parts Acts as a layer or barrier between moving components  It helps the clutch engage when needed Prevents wear, rust, and corrosion to important components Like the engine, the transmission endures a lot of strain. As a resu ... read more

5 Things That You Should Stop Doing With Your Car

5 Things That You Should Stop Doing With Your Car

We've all had our fair share of guilty deeds when it comes to driving. While there are some things we can get away with, like forgetting to signal once or twice, some driving habits can do grave damage to your vehicle. Let's break down some of the most common driving practices that can hurt your car and why you should stop doing them ASAP.   #1: Crashing into Potholes Some cities may have more road obstacles like potholes than others. However, potholes can be found in both rural, urban, and anywhere in between areas. These sneaky holes can cause more than a bump. If you hit a pothole straight on and if it's deep enough, potholes can ruin your car's suspension, steering, and wheel alignment. To prevent this from happening to you, we advise that you stay alert and drive defensively to avoid these nasty things. In some instances, slowing down can help by minimizing the impact and the potential damage altogether.   #2: Speeding on Speed Bumps Speaking of bum ... read more

What Are the Signs of Failing Spark Plugs

What Are the Signs of Failing Spark Plugs

Your spark plugs may look tiny, but they are a powerful piece in preserving your vehicle. They continually transmit electrical signals to the ignition coil to get your car from point a to point b. Spark plugs provide the "spark" that ultimately powers your engine. We highly suggest that you regularly inspect your spark plugs to ensure you're getting optimal performance from your machine. Here are some symptoms that indicate your current spark plugs are declining:   Stalling or Misfiring Engine Old spark plugs have a more difficult time trying to create the spark to your motor. When the wire connection to your spark plugs is loose or damaged, the engine will feel stuttery. If your car stalls when trying to turn it on, it is likely that the problem can be traced back to your spark plugs.   Reduced Fuel Economy If you notice that you have to stop for gas more often than usual, you should see if your spark plugs need replacement. Failing spark plugs will resul ... read more

How Often Should I Rotate My Tires?

How Often Should I Rotate My Tires?

A tire rotation is a process of regularly repositioning your car's tires in different patterns from front to back or side to side. It is highly encouraged that you do this because it is a vital element of tire maintenance and safety. Additionally, rotating your tires may also be a requirement to keep your tires covered under warranty.    As mentioned before, tire rotation means periodically swapping the position of each of the tires on your car. Your vehicle's manufacturer sets the interval to which you should rotate your tires. However, the industry standard is every 5,000 miles. For many of you, that means you should get it done every time you get an oil change. Frequently getting your tires rotated also gives you an open opportunity to check their air pressure, have them balanced if you're noticing any vibration, and check their tread.   Why Is a Tire Rotation So Important? There are many benefits to a tire rotation. It is such an essential element of ... read more

The Difference Between a Flashing vs Non-Flashing Check Engine Light

The Difference Between a Flashing vs Non-Flashing Check Engine Light

The check engine light strikes fear for most San Diego residents. Your car is telling you that something is wrong with your engine, but you are unsure how to diagnose it. That shouldn't be your concern because we can figure it out for you at Dragonfly Automotive. Instead, the question you should be asking yourself at the moment is: Is my Check Engine Light blinking or steady? The difference is that one is more urgent than the other.    Non-Flashing Engine Light In some instances, the engine light will turn on but not flicker. This still indicates an issue with the engine; however, it does not require immediate attention. Nevertheless, do NOT wait too long to visit the auto repair shop. The problem can escalate if no action is taken.    Flashing Engine Light A blinking engine light is a significant cause for concern. In these circumstances, the car owner should immediately take their car into an auto repair shop. It may be unsafe for them to drive the vehic ... read more

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