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Top 3 Common Electric Car Problems & How To Prevent Them

Top 3 Common Electric Car Problems & How To Prevent Them

  Electric vehicles are now becoming the future of the automotive industry, from their easy to use interfaces, to their sleek designs, these cars have solidified their place in history & have shown they are here to stay. But with the onslaught of electrical vehicles hitting the market, there comes problems along with owning an electric car, which is why in this article we will show you how to identify some common electrical car problems you may run into when driving your electrical vehicle. Battery Degradation & Why It HappensBattery Degradation refers to the common occurrence of electrical car batteries diminishing over time affecting performance, range, and the longevity of the vehicle. This is a common electric car problem many Tesla, BMW iX, and ... read more

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Electric Cars

Car Exhaust Smells

Car Exhaust Smells

Car exhaust smells can be caused by many different things. The exhaust port is an essential part of your car, as it neutralizes the harmful fumes that are produced by the engine. The smells coming from the back end can vary; including odors such as rotten eggs, sickly sweet scents, or smell of unburnt fuel. These are all signs that something may be wrong, it is essential to bring your car into a shop such as ours. DJ Foreign Auto Care can diagnose these car smells and help fix significant problems in the exhaust or engine. Rotten Eggs A rotten egg smell is due to a chemical compound called hydrogen sulfide. It comes from the small amount of sulfur that is present in the fuel. Usually, the sulfur in the fuel converts to sulfur dioxide, which has no odor. When a catalytic conver ... read more

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Summer or Winter Tires vs. All Season Tires

Summer or Winter Tires vs. All Season Tires

Summer or Winter Tires vs. All Season Tires: Which tires would be the best for my car? This is a question we get quite often at DJ Foreign Auto.  It may come as a surprise to you, but we believe it is beneficial to get a pair of summer tires and winter tires. In the following blog, we at DJ Foreign Auto will provide you with the pros and cons of summer tires, including handling, temperature ranges and how summer tires manage heat. We also cover the appropriate weather conditions for each type of tire. What Makes a Summer Tire a Summer Tire? Summer tires, also known as performance tires, are called that for a reason. Performance tires are invented to produce excellent dry and wet traction along with precise handling. They are intended to be used during warm summer months, or all year in regions that don’t get a true winter (unlike us lucky folk up north). Why Summer Tires Perform Better in Heat and Rain ... read more

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Tires

Blown Head Gasket

Blown Head Gasket

WHAT IS A BLOWN HEAD GASKET? “Blown head gasket" can be one of the scariest phrases in car culture. At DJ Foreign Auto Care, we know this is true. Even non-car people know the term and know it can be an expensive fix. Let's talk about your conventional head gasket, how to tell if you blew a head gasket, and steps you can take to prevent a blown head gasket. A CLOSER LOOK AT HEAD GASKETS A head gasket is a seal placed between the surfaces of an engine block and the cylinder head(s). It has two purposes:  A head gasket, being part of the combustion chamber, helps to contain the combustion process for you to have a functioning engine.  The head gasket provides a physical extension of the fluid passages from head to block. The fluids in your engine all serve a diffe ... read more

Pothole Damage

Pothole Damage

Pothole Damage Pothole damage is hard to avoid when potholes are popping up in the pavement faster than the early crocus flowers. Unfortunately, potholes are everywhere and avoiding all of them is impossible. Many potholes are created when constant freezing and thawing of water under the pavement weakens the road and causes large fissures. These fissures, when coupled with the pressure of vehicles driving over, eventually turn into potholes.  Freezing winter weather can often lead to potholes, due to the role freezing can play in pothole formation. DJ Foreign Auto Care, which repairs many vehicles with pothole damage each spring, offers the following tips on avoiding potholes and fixing the pothole damage. Properly inflated tires hold up better against potholes than tires that have too much or too little air. If you can't avoid a pothole, try to slow down before you hit it. However, don’t brake directly over a pothole, this can lead to even ... read more

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