Monthly Archives: October 2018

How Your Check Engine Light Works

Have you ever had an experience like this in NEWNAN, GA? You drive through the one of those automatic car washes. When you get to the end, where the dryer is blowing, your Check Engine light starts flashing!You fear the worst, but within a block or two, the light stops flashing, but stays on. By the next day, the light is off.You wonder; "What was going on?" Well, it's actually a good lesson in how the Check Engine light works.Your air intake system has a sensor that measures how much air is coming through it. When you went under the high-speed dryer, all that air was blasting past the sensor. Your engine computer was saying, there shouldn't be that much air when the engine is just idling. Something's wrong. Whatever's wrong could cause some serious engine damage.Warning, warning! It flashes the Check Engine light to alert you to take immediate action.It stopped flashing because once you were out from under the dryer, the airflow returned to normal. Now the engine ... read more

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On Board Diagnostics for NEWNAN Motorists

Some NEWNAN vehicle owners wonder why CROSSROADS AUTOMOTIVE and other NEWNAN auto repair shops charge a fee for vehicle diagnostics. Receiving a diagnostic charge at CROSSROADS AUTOMOTIVE for a tricky automotive problem shouldn't be a surprise. In the NEWNAN area, automotive diagnostics can cover quite a range. If you hear a noise in your vehicle brakes when you slow down in rush-hour traffic on a busy GA road, you pull off at the next off-ramp and take a quick visual check. That is usually enough to know what needs to be done. If you're having an intermittent problem with your vehicle engine, however, a CROSSROADS AUTOMOTIVE diagnosis may be much more involved.Much of the NEWNAN driver's confusion comes when the problem involves the Check Engine light. The Check Engine light comes on when the engine management computer has sensed a problem. There's a common misconception among GA drivers that the trouble code tells the CROSSROADS AUTOMOTIVE technician exactly what's wrong. They ... read more

The CROSSROADS AUTOMOTIVE Basic Guide To Synthetic Oil

Synthetic motor oil has been around for a long time, and more and more new vehicles are leaving factories with synthetic in their engines. But a lot of drivers don't really know much about it.Let's start with conventional oil – the kind folks are used to. Conventional oil is made up of naturally occurring hydrocarbon chains, which means its molecules are long and have various lengths. Like a pile of pencils, some of them new and some of them used.Synthetic oil is man-made. Its molecules are more uniform and regular in shape – more similar to marbles than pencils. Some synthetic oil starts with a petroleum base that's modified and others are entirely synthesized from other materials.Synthetic motor oil works better in both hot and cold temperatures. It's more chemically stable so it doesn't readily evaporate or break down in the high heat produced inside your vehicle engine. This means it resists turning to sludge, which is a real engine killer.Remember that marbles and ... read more

Automotive Tips from CROSSROADS AUTOMOTIVE: Wiper Blade Options

Wiper blades are critically important to NEWNAN drivers for good driving visibility and safety. When it’s time to replace your wiper blades, there are a number of different wiper blade designs and grades. NEWNAN drivers should always use at least the design or grade that came with their vehicle. If you live in GA where there is a lot of wet weather, flying insects, or you do a lot of highway driving, you may want to upgrade to a more advanced design or premium quality wiper blade. Your friendly and professional CROSSROADS AUTOMOTIVE service advisor can share the options available for your vehicle and help you decide which wiper blades are optimal for you.Give us a call.CROSSROADS AUTOMOTIVE3210 HWY 34 ENEWNAN, GA 3026577

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