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No Yolk! Rotten Egg Smell (Sulfur Smell Causes)

The pungent smell of rotten eggs can send people running for the hills.  So when that odor is inside your vehicle, yikes!  Yolks!  The good news is that a trained service technician can search the source of that smell and stanch the stench… that comes from another words that begins with S.  Sulfur. Fuel contains small amounts of hydrogen sulfide, but they're enough to stink up a vehicle when it's not properly burned.  You may know that the smell of rotten eggs can often be a sign of a catalytic converter that isn't working the way it should.  That could be due to age, damage or an abundance of oil that's clogging it up.  If a sensor in charge of managing the fuel has failed, the engine can run with too rich of a fuel mixture.  That can overload the catalytic converter and allow some of the byproducts to escape without interruption from the chemical reaction that is supposed to prevent them from going out the tailpipe. There's another possi ... read more

Automotive Tips from Scata's Auto & Truck Repair: Wiper Blades ? Signs of Wear

90% of our driving decisions are based on vision. Anything that impedes your vision can affect your driving safety – including a dirty windshield. In that sense, your wiper blades are an important safety system. Most WINDSOR LOCKS drivers will wait until their wipers have failed before they replace them. Then they find themselves in a driving situation around CT when they really need forward visibility only to discover that their wipers are worn or maybe even torn and can’t clear snow or rain from the windshield. As an important safety system, wiper blades should be replaced BEFORE they fail. Test your wipers at least once a month. If they are not doing the job, your friendly and professional Scata's Auto & Truck Repair service advisor can replace them for you.Give us a call.Scata's Auto & Truck Repair535 SPRING STWINDSOR LOCKS, CT 060968606230449http://scatas.com

Engine Hydration for WINDSOR LOCKS Drivers: Role of Your Water Pump

The cooling system in an engine has five components: the radiator, the radiator cap, the hoses, the thermostat and the water pump. The water is literally the heart of the system. Just as your own heart keeps your blood circulating through your body, the water pump keeps coolant circulating through your engine.The water pump is driven by a belt, chain or gear and only operates while the engine is running. It has a limited life span and sooner or later will have to be replaced. You can check your owner's manual to find out how long your water pump should last. Some can fail at only 40,000 miles (64,000 kilometers), but almost all of them fail by 100,000 miles (160,000 kilometers).Water pumps don't gradually wear out; they fail. In other words, they're either working or they're not. A failed water pump has to be replaced.Water pumps can fail in two ways: they can spring a leak or their bearings fail. Leaks can come from a cracked pump but usually develop at the gasket whe ... read more

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Cooling System

WINDSOR LOCKS Drivers Severe Service Maintenance Schedules

Since driving requirements and lifestyles differ among WINDSOR LOCKS drivers, your vehicle manufacturer publishes two auto maintenance schedules: the regular schedule and the severe service schedule. Which schedule should WINDSOR LOCKS drivers follow? Here are some questions to ask yourself:Are most of your trips less than four miles/six kilometers around WINDSOR LOCKS?Are most of your trips less than 10 miles/16 kilometers in below-zero CT temps?Are most of your trips off-highway in CT?Do you drive often in dusty WINDSOR LOCKS areas?Do you regularly tow a trailer or carry heavy loads around WINDSOR LOCKS?Do you drive in very hot or very cold CT weather?Think about your typical week. Do you live by your nearest WINDSOR LOCKS on-ramp and enjoy a non-stop commute? Or, do you drive the neighborhood car pool in stop-and-go traffic on WINDSOR LOCKS surface streets? Let's suppose your owner's manual says the severe service oil change recommendation is 3,000 miles ... read more

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Maintenance

The Scata's Auto & Truck Repair Guide to Caring for Your Transmission

Most vehicles have automatic transmissions, yet a lot of WINDSOR LOCKS drivers only have a fuzzy understanding about what a transmission does. Think back to the last time you rode a bike in WINDSOR LOCKS. You started out in a lower gear and shifted to higher gears as you went faster. Down shift for hills, stuff like that. Think of your legs as the engine – there's an ideal speed you can pedal and you change gears to leverage the work you're doing.Lower gears for power on hills or for starting out. Higher gears for more speed. That's what the automatic transmission does – it automatically starts in lower gears and shifts up to higher gears to go faster on CT roads. And it automatically shifts back down to climb WINDSOR LOCKS hills, pass or start up again.Vehicle automatic transmissions have certainly gotten more sophisticated in recent years. They have more speeds than before: the base is four speeds, five is very common. At Scat ... read more

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Transmission

How Does Scata's Auto & Truck Repair Know What to Recommend?

When you drop your vehicle off at Scata's Auto & Truck Repair in WINDSOR LOCKS, they don't just poke around under your hood looking for stuff to do. Scata's Auto & Truck Repair professionals have lists and procedures they follow for different types of service. First of all, your WINDSOR LOCKS service center will note the mileage on your vehicle. They'll then check to see what inspections and services the vehicle manufacturer recommends for a vehicle of your make, model and mileage. If you are a regular customer, they will also check your vehicle's history.If the vehicle manufacturer's recommendations go beyond the services you've ordered, they'll let you know. They'll also indicate whether those services are urgent or if you can wait a while to take care of them. The Scata's Auto & Truck Repair pros won't do work that you don't agree to.They will, however, perform inspections while they're servicing your vehicle. They'll check belts, filters and fluids. They'll ch ... read more

Scata's Auto & Truck Repair Tire Safety: Washington vs. Lincoln

Scata's Auto & Truck Repair Tire Safety: Washington vs. Lincoln

Welcome to the Scata's Auto & Truck Repair automotive blog. Today, let's talk about the effect of tire wear. Let's focus on stopping in wet WINDSOR LOCKS conditions. In order for a tire to have good contact with the road, it has to move the water out of the way. If it can't move the water, the tire will actually ride on top of a thin film of water.That's called hydroplaning. If it's really bad, WINDSOR LOCKS drivers can actually spin out of control - endangering themselves and the other drivers around them. At best, you won't stop as fast. So how does a tire move water? It has channels for water to flow through. Look at your vehicle tire and you'll see channels: channels that run around the tire and channels that flow across the tire. They're designed to direct water away from the tire so it can contact the road better.And the deeper the channel, the more water it can move. A brand new Scata's Auto & Truck Repair tire has very deep channels and ca ... read more

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Tires and Wheels

Save Fuel by Watching Your Weight

Most WINDSOR LOCKS drivers are all talking right now. Better gas mileage. Fewer emissions. CT folks want to save the environment and our pocketbooks.And we WINDSOR LOCKS drivers all know — or should know — that preventive maintenance will help maintain maximum fuel efficiency. But is there something more we can do? After all, some of us WINDSOR LOCKS road warriors can't cut back on our driving, and others would like to do more to economize.Weight is one major enemy of fuel economy. The more you lug around in your vehicle, the more fuel you have to burn to get around WINDSOR LOCKS. And that means buying more gas and producing more emissions.Of course, your vehicle's weight isn't negotiable. And you can't do much about the weight of your passengers. And this isn't an article about diet and exercise.But look around your car. Are you hauling a bunch of unnecessary weight while driving around WINDSOR LOCKS? Do you really need your golf ... read more

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Fuel Economy

Gear Up: Transmission Service at Scata's Auto & Truck Repair in WINDSOR LOCKS

The transmission system in your vehicle allows you to change gears. Lower gears are power gears. They get your vehicle moving and get it up hills. Higher gears get the vehicle up to speed and get it rolling faster. If you have a standard transmission, then you have to do the work of shifting gears yourself. But with an automatic transmission, the vehicle shifts gears on its own. It automatically starts out in low gear and automatically shifts to high gears as it gets rolling. Again, it will automatically shift to a lower gear to climb hills or when you need a burst of speed.How does it know when to change gears? Today's automatic transmissions are computer-controlled. The computer gathers information about what the vehicle is doing and changes the gears as needed.Automatic transmissions are becoming more sophisticated all the time. More gears, or “speeds,” are being added. Almost all vehicles have at least four speeds. Five or six is common. Some are even increasing to sev ... read more

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Transmission

Water Pump

Your cooling system is very important. It circulates coolant through the radiator and your engine to protect your vehicle from overheating. There are five main components to the cooling system: the radiator the radiator cap the hoses the thermostat the water pump The water pump's like the heart of your cooling system, circulating the fluid throughout your vehicle. It's a small pump that's driven by the engine; usually by belt, but sometimes by a chain or gear.The water pump only operates when the engine's running. Water pump failure is pretty routine. We see it often at Scata's Auto & Truck Repair. Some start failing at around 40,000 miles/64,000 km, but most fail by 100,000 miles/160,000 km. Consult your owner's manual or friendly and knowledgeable service advisor at Scata's Auto & Truck Repair to see what's recommended.Since a water pump either works or it doesn't, you need to change it when it fails. Water pumps fail in one of two ways: the be ... read more

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Cooling System
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