It is that time of year again.
You need to renew your registration. Nevada requires smog checks at time of registration or renewal. A smog check is a test done on the exhaust system of a motor vehicle to determine how many pollutants the vehicle is emitting. It can also tell what type of pollutants are being emitted. It also includes an assessment of other parts of the vehicle that can affect emission control to make sure that they are in working order. Lost in the 50s Automotive of Las Vegas offers smog checks. We can also electronically send your results to the Department of Motor Vehicles. Smog testing is a nationwide effort to address clean air issues. All states have emissions limits which vehicles cannot exceed.
Car Smog Check
During a smog test, a device is connected to the tailpipe of your vehicle while the engine is run to determine the emissions of the car in idle and while being revved. These findings are compared to Nevada state standards. We also check to make sure that the muffler is in working properly, and open the hood to make sure that all hoses and pipes are properly connected. Another important thing to check is that the vehicle’s internal computer is functioning correctly. Vehicle owners should get a smog check for their vehicles regularly, not only because it is legally required. But because a failed smog check can imply that a vehicle needs to be repaired.
Having your radiator inspected regularly is a good idea.
Your cooling system should be inspected every time your oil is changed. It needs to be flushed every 2 to 3 years as well. A functioning radiator is essential to keep your vehicle from overheating. It is a huge part of a vehicle’s cooling system. It cools the coolant, which is the substance used to absorb the heat from the engine, using water and cool air from outside the system. Flushing your vehicle’s cooling system removes old coolant and contaminates. Overtime, sludge builds up inside the radiator and the coolant becomes less effective. This inefficiency will hurt your vehicle’s engine performance and decrease your gas mileage. Driving your vehicle on old engine coolant is a leading cause of cooling system failure.
Radiator coolant check.
Your vehicle’s cooling system works at a high temperature. And living in the desert, it doesn’t take a lot for that high temperature to become even hotter. A vehicle over-heating is one of the most noticeable signs your radiator has failed. Your vehicle leaking is another obvious sign of this failure. The fluid leaking from your vehicle is coolant. Coolant is usually light green or light red in color with a slimy texture. Drops in your vehicle’s pressure gauge could also be a coolant system failure sign. Low coolant levels are never a good sign. Low coolant levels mean your radiator probably has a leak. Rust is also a sign of leakage. It is of the upmost importance that vehicle owners deal with broken radiators before permanent damage occurs. Lost in the 50s Automotive of Las Vegas can help with your radiator maintenance.
Those Happy Days Car Show is brought to us by Team UMC.
Those Happy Days Car Show is taking place Saturday, April 30, at the Children’s Hospital of Nevada at UMC. The show will showcase classic cars from the 50s, 60s, 70s, and more. The Children’s Hospital address is 800 Hope Place, Las Vegas, NV, 89106.
The Children’s Hospital of Nevada at UMC is devoted to making sick and injured children healthy and well by combining compassionate, family-centered care with modern technology. They offer the highest level of care available for children in the state of Nevada. The Children’s Hospital of Nevada at UMC is the only hospital in Nevada to offer Pediatric Burn Care and Organ Transplant services. They are also the only hospital with Level II Pediatric Trauma Center and in-house Board Certified Pediatric Critical Care and Emergency Medicine Physicians as well.
UMC Children’s Hospital Happy Days Car Show Registration
There is a $25 dollar donation for car registration to benefit the Children’s Hospital of Nevada at UMC. Those Happy Days Car Show is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. though lot opens at 8 a.m. to park, clean, and shine your ride. The show features a DJ, root-beer floats, and a raffle. Enjoy a day with the whole family! Lost in the 50s Automotive wants you to come out and show your support for this great cause.
You are driving down the road, and your “check engine” light comes on.
Mechanic with Check Engine Light Diagnostic Equipment
Don’t panic. As soon as you get a chance head in to Lost in the 50s Automotive. Don’t ignore this warning. You don’t want to cause more damage. Nobody likes to see their check engine light to come on. The check engine light is part of your vehicle’s onboard diagnostics (or OBD) system. Yes, your vehicle is monitored and sometimes controlled by computers. The computer stores a “trouble code” in its memory. Lost in the 50s Automotive technicians can pull up this trouble code when the vehicle is hooked up to the diagnostic computer. Knowing the trouble code, we are then able to fix or correct the problem. The picture may be of nothing more than a yellow picture of an engine (the International Check Engine Symbol) and maybe with the word “check” inside. Having your check engine light come on can mean several things. Your check engine light can warn you of a serious misfiring engine. Or it can suggest you of a loose gas cap. No matter how serious the problem, Lost in the 50s Automotive of Las Vegas can help.