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Evaporative Emissions Control

Evaporative Emissions Control

The oil and fuel in your vehicle give off vapors that are very harmful to the environment. Evaporative emissions control systems – EVAP for short – are mandated in all cars and trucks. The EVAP system is there to capture these vapors and direct them into the engine to be burned – kind of an on-board recycling program. The EVAP system is a complicated network of hoses, valves, filters and such. Issues with the EVAP system are in the top 5 reasons for a Check Engine light to be illuminated. Your friendly and knowledgeable JW Auto Care service advisor can pull the trouble codes and begin a diagnostic procedure to isolate the fault. With the proper equipment, your technician can test the valves in order to trace a blockage. A low pressure smoke test can be performed to find any leaks. The repairs are then made to get the EVAP system working again and to reset the Check Engine light. While EVAP problems don't generally lead to vehicle damage, the fact that they tri ... read more

Maintain Your Power Steering System

Maintain Your Power Steering System

Although several newer vehicles are coming equipped with electric power steering, the vast majority of cars and trucks on the road use a hydraulic power boost system.  With hydraulics, fluid is pressurized by a pump which actuates a hydraulic cylinder to reduce steering effort.  Some of these pumps are powered by an electric motor.  Most pumps are powered by the serpentine belt driven by the engine. Power steering fluid provides power assistance and protects components from rust and corrosion.  Manufacturers recommend that the fluid be replaced on schedule.  The old fluid is drained, and the system cleaned thoroughly.  Fresh fluid is then installed. Unfortunately, many people don’t realize how important it is to service their power steering, or even that it should be done at all.  A neglected power steering system can develop leaks and the pump won’t last as long. Signs that you may be having problems with your power steering system in ... read more

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