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Evaporative Emissions Control Southampton, PA

The vapors that are given off from the oil and fuel in your vehicle are extremely harmful to the environment around us. Evaporative Emissions Control Systems – EVAP for short – are enforced for all trucks and cars. This EVAP system is what catches the released vapors and sends them back to be burned in the engine. You can think of it like a recycling program inside your engine.

A complicated system, the EVAP system is a network of valves, filters, hoses, among other things. Complications with your engines EVAP system could be the reason why your Check Engine light is on. A friendly and knowledgeable service advisor at Frank’s Servicenter, Inc. can start diagnostic procedures and test the trouble codes to determine what the issue is.

Your Frank’s Servicenter technician can check the valves in your engine, with the proper equipment, to find a blockage. On top of that, in order to find any leaks, a low pressure smoke test can be performed as well. After all the tests have been run, repairs can be made to reset your Check Engine light and get the EVAP system back on track.

EVAP troubles don’t typically contribute to vehicle damage. However, whenever the Check Engine light comes on due to issues with the EVAP, it can mask more problems for Southampton drivers if not checked out soon. This makes sense because there are hundreds of situations that can trigger your Check Engine light to come on, and yet only one light. If the Check Engine light is on because an EVAP issue was left unchecked, if another issue arises with your engine, you wouldn’t know because your Check Engine light has been on the whole time.

If you happen to live in a certain area of Pennsylvania which requires you to test your vehicles emissions before registering, you unfortunately will not pass the test until the repairs are made. It’s important to know that an EVAP trouble code can be the cause of something as small and simple as a leak in a hose, a worn down or loose gas cap, a rusty fuel filler pipe, or even problems with a purge valve.

When your Check Engine light comes on, don’t wait. Bring your vehicle to Frank’s Servicenter Inc. in Southampton and let us check it out for you. Your knowledgeable and friendly Frank’s Servicenter Inc. service advisor will be able to diagnose your system and work out the best plan to address any problems that are found. Southampton drivers have a peace of mind knowing what is wrong, and being able to safely take care of it.

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Water Pump

The cooling system has five components: the radiator, the radiator cap, the hoses, the thermostat and the water pump. The water pump is the heart of the system. Your heart keeps blood pumping through your body, and the water pump keeps coolant pumping through your engine.

Driven by a belt, chain or gear, the water pump operates while the engine is running. With a limited life span, your water pump needs to be changed sooner or later. Your owner’s manual will tell you how long your water pump should last. Most water pumps fail by 100,000 miles, or 160,000 kilometers.

Water pumps don’t wear out, they fail. They either work or they don’t. A failed water pump must be replaced.

Water pumps can have leaks or have their bearings fail. Leaks may come from a cracked pump but can develop where they attach to the engine.

Listen for a low-pitched grinding coming from the water pump. This means it’s time for a new one. If you see coolant leaking in that area, it needs to be replaced. Coolant on your driveway could indicate water pump failure. Under plastic covers, many water pumps aren’t visible. You may have to take your vehicle to Frank’s Servicenter Inc. to know if the water pump has failed.

If your water pump is run by the timing belt, replace it when you replace the belt. Timing belts must be replaced at around 60,000 to 90,000 miles, or 100,000 to 145,000 kilometers. Replacing a timing belt is about 90% the same as replacing a water pump. It’s cost-effective to take care of them both together.

If your water pump develops a leak (if it’s powered by the timing belt), replace the timing belt as well. Contamination by coolant fluid damages the belt. For Southampton residents it makes sense to replace both of these parts together.

Replacing a water pump at Frank’s Servicenter Inc. is an issue that all Southampton residents face. However, we can extend the life of most of the components of our vehicle through preventive maintenance. Exactly how exercise and diet keep our heart healthy, regular check-ups and fluid changes keep our vehicles healthy. Talk to your friendly and knowledgeable Frank’s Servicenter Inc. service advisor.

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