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Happy Wallet Quality Auto Repair posts blog posts on a variety of topics to educate, entertain, and engage you. The auto mechanics and rest of our team aims to develop and maintain relationships with our clients throughout Naples, Bonita Springs, Fort Myers, Marco Island, Everglades City, Ave Maria, and Lee County, and our blog is just one way we stay connected with you and your vehicle. Please check out our blog posts below:

Yearly Archives: 2022

Why is there Smoke Coming from Underneath my Car’s Hood?

Why is there Smoke Coming from Underneath my Car’s Hood?

When a car owner or even a driver pops the hood of their car, the last thing they want to see is smoke. So what should you do if you see smoke coming from your car? There are a few things that could be causing this issue, and it's best to have them checked out by a professional auto repair shop. In this blog post, we will discuss some of the most common reasons why cars produce smoke. We will also provide some tips on how to deal with this problem if it happens to you. Why Smoke Underneath a Car's Hood? One of the most common reasons for smoke coming from under a car's hood is an oil leak. If your car is leaking oil, it will usually be burning off on the engine. This can cause the engine to overheat, which will make the smoke more visible. You may also notice that your car smells like burning oil when this happens. Another reason why smoke might be coming from your car is because of a coolant leak. Coolant leaks are usually easy to spot because they will leave a trail o ... read more

Beware Of Predatory Towing Behaviors

Beware Of Predatory Towing Behaviors

  Don’t Fall Victim To Predatory Towing Services The Naples, FL, area saw terrible flooding damage following the aftermath of Hurricane Ian. Many individuals lost their property, including their vehicles, to wind and flood damage. In the wake of this disaster, predatory towing companies have been reported more and more. Please read this message from our owner about how you can keep your vehicle safe from predatory towing services in the wake of Hurricane Ian.   ****VEHICLE/CAR OWNERS WARNING**** DO NOT ALLOW THIS TO HAPPEN! ******   It has been brought to my attention by several customers that have called us saying there are Towing Companies currently in our area that are not local. They are coming from other regions of Florida to “Help” tow flood vehicles away BUT are telling car owners that no one wants them, that no shops are going to take them, and the best they can do is take the car off their hand with the title. I know and have worked with ... read more

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Why Are My Car Vents Blowing Smelly Air?

Why Are My Car Vents Blowing Smelly Air?

On hot days the air conditioner in your car is your ultimate answer to a calm environment. It is an essential part of your overall comfort, but it can also be a source of frustration if it malfunctions. The last thing you expect is a foul smell as you turn it on! If your car vents seem to be blowing smelly air, you need to identify what's causing it. So, what's the smell? Is it gasoline, mould, a burning smell or vinegar? Well, it could be the surrounding smell amplified by the A/C. Let's find out. Causes of Bad Odour Is your car smelly, and do you want to find its causes? Below are some reasons for the foul smell from your car vents: Vinegar: Several factors could be to blame for this odour. For instance, is your battery leaking acid, or are ozone emissions the root of the problem? Besides, the air conditioning in your automobile may smell like vinegar if certain types of mould are present. Burning smell: A few reasons can make the burning smell emanate from the air c ... read more

Road Rage: How to Avoid it and What to Do if it Happens to You

Road Rage: How to Avoid it and What to Do if it Happens to You

  Rainy Roads and Road Rage You're driving down the road, minding your own business, when all of a sudden, another driver cuts you off. Maybe they don't use their turn signal, tailgate you, or drive erratically. Whatever the case may be, it sets you off, and before you know it, you're full of "road rage."   Road rage is a serious problem on America's roads. According to AAA, 66 percent of traffic fatalities are caused by aggressive driving. That's why it's so important to know how to avoid road rage and what to do if it happens to you.   How to Avoid Road Rage There are a few things you can do to avoid road rage. First and foremost, try to stay calm. It's easier said than done, but it's important to remember that getting angry doesn't help the situation. Don't take the bait if someone cuts you off or drives aggressively. Let it go and continue with your journey. Another way to avoid road rage is to be a courteous ... read more

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When Do You Need a Brake Rotor Replacement?

When Do You Need a Brake Rotor Replacement?

Have you noticed that your brake rotor is losing its efficiency? If you find yourself thinking that you need a replacement, then you probably do. But here are some tips to let you know when its time to replace your brake rotors. How long should a brake rotor last? The majority of steel and composite brake rotors are meant to last up to 70,000 miles, however actual rotor life will depend on your driving style. Your brake disc set may need to be replaced sooner rather than later if you brake hard frequently, such as in stop-and-go traffic. On the other hand, cautious driving and a gradual halt might help your brake rotors last longer. Hard braking calls for a lot of effort, and stop-and-go traffic means you'll be constantly applying pressure to the brakes, hastening their wear. If you sometimes brake while moving slowly, stopping your automobile will need less force. Your rotors will last longer as a result of reduced stress being placed on them. Your rotor set will also have long ... read more

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