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Get to Know Your Engine Block

At Custom Complete Automotive, we’re not above playing with blocks – most importantly, engine blocks! The engine block houses the cylinder and other essential parts of the internal combustion engine, including the crankshaft, coolant and lubrication passages, the water cooling jacket, and other various pistons inside the cylinder. The cylinder block may be split up into an upper and lower block depending on your engine. This block is built to be powerful and sturdy, because it essentially holds your vehicle together. If your engine block stops working, your car will not function!

vehicle engine being repaired

The engine block is responsible for a variety of operations: placing and distributing fluids, maintaining the accuracy of the main components within the block, and, perhaps most importantly, conducting heat. If the cylinder block is prevented

Invite Us to Your Next Blowout

A tire blowout doesn’t have to go the way it does in the movies. We’ve all seen it. The bad guy zooms away in his car, and it seems like he’s in the clear until the good guy carefully aims and shoots one of his tires out. The villain’s car dramatically flips and rolls a few times and comes to a fiery stop. We’re not saying tire blowouts aren’t serious, but with the right preparation, they don’t have to end badly.

blown out damaged tire on vehicle

What Causes a Tire Blowout?

A blowout is the opposite of a slow leak. It’s an immediate loss of air due to an explosive failure in the tire wall. A blowout can occur from a puncture to the tire, either from running something over or

4 Signs It May Be Time to Replace Your Brakes

Car trouble is never fun for anyone. One minute, everything’s fine, the next you may be facing hefty repairs or replacements for one of your vehicle’s most important parts: your brakes. Knowing when your brakes need to be replaced is key to effective and safe driving and may just save you both time and money down the road. Regular maintenance that includes a full point inspection can often let you know in advance if any of the key components of your car are wearing down or need replacement. Below are a few indicators it may be time to get your brakes checked.

brake pedal in vehicle

  1. Your safety light flashes on: A built-in safety feature in many newer model vehicles is the safety light that may indicate your brakes could

In today’s world we all need our wheels. To get to our jobs or college classes, to pick up groceries and supplies, attend entertainment events, visit friends and relatives, go on pleasure drives and vacations. If we have children, the whole family relies on a good running vehicle as transportation to soccer practice and after school events.

Breakdowns disrupt lives. No one wants to be late for work or class, but we’re not all mechanics who can keep up with essential car maintenance ourselves. Routine checkups are as important for our vehicle as preventive doctor visits are for us. If our vehicle should inadvertently let us down, we need access to a trusted car repair service. Custom Complete Automotive strives to provide guidance and affordable, convenient, reliable service, so customers can focus on their lives, rather than their car’s problems.

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Okay, let’s just admit that automatic transmissions are convenient, especially in city traffic, but when it comes to the pure, unadulterated fun of driving, you just can’t beat a manual transmission. As in all great relationships, you will have to strike a balance in your driving. If you want to keep the pep in your car, you have to know how to take care of your clutch.

riding the clutch in vehicle with manual transmission

Clutch, Shift, Repeat

Remember when you were first learning to drive a manual transmission, the head-banging, stomach-lurching, buckboard ride and stalls from releasing the clutch too soon? Well, too many manual drivers take that to the other extreme, and out of fear of stalling or just bad habit, ride their clutch until it wears out.

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