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Frequently Asked Question

At Tritan Autoworks we want to make servicing as simple, and hassle free as possible. Below are some frequently asked questions. If your question isn’t listed below, please do not hesitate to call us on 0809-638-5216

My Car is overheating

Based on experience, most of the time this problem happens because:
-The thermostat is stuck
-Water or coolant is leaking
-The cooling fan has gone bad
-The drive belt is broken

What we recommend
Avoid driving the car, allow the engine cool off. You may also book a full car inspection and diagnosis with us.

My car is not starting - The key doesn't turn

This happens because of an issue with the car’s ignition system. Other possible causes can be:
– The steering wheel is locked
– Your car is not in park “P” (for automatic cars)
– The ignition lock and/or the ignition barrel is worn out
What we recommend
Your car might need a full ignition system overhaul. Our mechanics will check the ignition barrel, the locking mechanism and other related components.

My car is not starting - I'm able to turn the key

This is an indicator that the car battery is discharged. It is possible that you have a dead battery or there is a defect in the charging system. Other commonly reported causes are:
– The battery is discharged or dead
– There are electrical issues
– A broken alternator belt
– Defective alternator
– Dirty or broken battery cable
– Fuel or ignition system issues

If you see a flashing light on the dashboard that says “Security” or “Anti-theft”, then you have an issue with the car’s security or the immobilizer system.
What we recommend
Your car might need comprehensive diagnosis or battery inspection/replacement.

My Check Engine Warning Light is on

The check engine light comes on when the engine management system has detected faults in the engine or transmission.
What we recommend
When the Check Engine Light is on, your car’s OBD or Onboard Diagnostics System will throw fault codes that indicate the nature of the problem. Your car may have one or more problems and hence there can be multiple codes.

A dashboard warning light is on

1. ABS
ABS stands for “Anti-lock Braking System”. The core function of ABS system is to prevent the car from skidding. This system ensures that the tyres on your car don’t lock up in an event of sudden/hard braking. If there is a problem with your ABS system, the ABS light will illuminate on your dashboard.
What we recommend
We recommend a full car diagnostics

2. Low brake pad warning light
The “Low Brake Pad Warning Light” comes on when the brake pads are low on friction material. We recommend that you book a car service appointment for brake pads replacement for both front and rear wheels.
What we recommend
Brake Pads Replacement. Possible brake rotor service/replacement, brake fluid top-up.

3. Brake warning light
The brake warning light indicates that there is something wrong with the braking system. If the light illuminates and stays on, it’s either telling you that your hand brake is still on or that your car is losing brake pressure. It may indicate your brakes are at risk of not working due to the possibility of low brake fluid level or a leak.
What we recommend
A full brake system diagnosis and check-up. Additional brake pads replacement, brake rotor replacement, brake fluid top-up/replacement may be required.

4. Battery warning light
This light comes on for a few seconds once you start your engine. If the light stays on, it could mean that the battery is not charging, failing alternator and other electrical system malfunctions.
What we recommend
There is a high possibility that your car battery is discharged/dead and/or the alternator is failing. We recommend a battery replacement and/or alternator replacement.

5. Cruise control light
This is an indicator light, not a warning light. The light will automatically come on to remind you the cruise control system is on. Cruise control helps you remain in constant speed without continuously having to accelerate. However, if your cruise control light is blinking, there is a problem with your cruise control system and it will most likely stop working.
What we recommend
If the cruise control light is blinking, there may be a fault with your car’s cruise control system. We recommend a full diagnostic scan.

6. Engine oil light
This light usually comes on when either the engine oil level is low (engine oil is leaking) or the oil pressure in the engine is low. If the light is blinking, there might be an internal engine damage. We recommend that you do not drive the car with this light on to prevent any further damage to the engine.
What we recommend
We recommend a full car diagnostics and check-up. Tritan Autworks will check the engine to identify the problem. Additional engine oil replacement or engine repairs may be required.

7. Rising temperature gauge
This light comes on when the car is overheating. This can be due to low coolant level, cooling system leak, stuck thermostat. We recommend that you do not drive the car.
What we recommend
Full car diagnostics and scanning.

8. Hand Brake light
This light comes on if the parking brake/Hand brake is on (not fully released). Please release the parking brake. If the light does not go off after you release the brake brake, we recommend that you book an appointment for parking brake system inspection.
What we recommend
Try disengaging the hand brake.If the light is still on, contact us

My car is leaking fluids

Colourless- This leak can be traced back to a possible fuel tank, fuel lines, Injector hoses or the fuel injector.
Green/Orange/Blue- This fluid leak can be due to blown Radiator hoses, water pump leakage, thermostat housing leakage, worn radiator hose.
Brown/Black- Most of the time this problem happens because of a possible engine oil leakage. This leak can be from the oil pan, valve cover gasket, timing cover seal or gaskets.
Red/Pink- This could be related to a leak from transmission or power steering system.

What we recommend
We highly recommend you to NOT drive the car, If you see any kind of fluid leakage. Make sure you DO NOT start the engine to avoid possible engine damage.

My car brakes are making a noise

Case 1:Within the last month
– The brake pads were not installed previously
– Poor/substandard quality of brake pads or rotors were used

What we recommend
Get your car inspected and serviced.

Case 2:A long time ago
– The brake pads and rotors are worn out
– Poor/substandard quality of brake pads or rotors were used
– A suspension component is worn out and it is contributing to the noise

What we recommend
Get your car inspected and serviced.

Steam/smoke is coming out of my car

From the engine
In our experience, most of the time this problem happens because:
– Engine oil is burning due to a fluid leak (you will notice smoke coming out)
– The coolant is leaking on the hot engine components (you will notice steam, not smoke)

From the exhaust
Here is our diagnosis based on the color of the smoke:
White/Blue- This is an indication that there could be a major problem with the engine (e.g. blown head gasket).
Grey/Black- This problem happens when the car has a problem with the fuel system due to high fuel pressure, failed fuel sensor or a fuel management issue.
What we recommend
We highly recommend NOT driving the car.

My car is shaking while driving

Case1: Whenever I apply the brakes
In our experience, this problem happens because:
– The front brake rotors are warped
– Vital suspension component is worn or loose

Case2: When driving on slow speed
In our experience, most of the time this problem happens because:
– The engine needs a tune-up
-The engine mounts are broken
– The driveshaft is damaged
– The tyres are out of balance
– The harmonic balancer is damaged or broken

Case3: When driving on top speed
In our experience, this problem happens because:
– The tyres are separated
– The tyres are out of balance
– The wheels are bent
– Vital suspension component is worn out

What we recommend
Get your car inspected and serviced.

My car is leaking fluids

Colourless- This leak can be traced back to a possible fuel tank, fuel lines, Injector hoses or the fuel injector.
Green/Orange/Blue- This fluid leak can be due to blown Radiator hoses, water pump leakage, thermostat housing leakage, worn radiator hose.
Brown/Black- Most of the time this problem happens because of a possible engine oil leakage. This leak can be from the oil pan, valve cover gasket, timing cover seal or gaskets.
Red/Pink- This could be related to a leak from transmission or power steering system.

What we recommend
We highly recommend you to NOT drive the car, If you see any kind of fluid leakage. Make sure you DO NOT start the engine to avoid possible engine damage.

What is a timing belt and how do I know when mine needs replacing?

A timing belt, is a part of an internal combustion engine that controls the timing of the engine’s valves. Your timing belt should be changed every 50,000-70,000 miles, however every manufacturer is different. You should consult your owner’s manual to determine the correct replacement interval.

What is a timing belt and how do I know when mine needs replacing?

A timing belt, is a part of an internal combustion engine that controls the timing of the engine’s valves. Your timing belt should be changed every 50,000-70,000 miles, however every manufacturer is different. You should consult your owner’s manual to determine the correct replacement interval.

Does brake fluid really need to be changed?

The average driver uses their brakes 75,000 times per year and takes for granted that they’ll work every time. Today’s brake systems are hydraulic and use brake fluid which is hydrophilic, meaning it can absorb moisture from the air. Once the hydraulic system has moisture in it, corrosion takes place and brake components fail. Brake fluid should be flushed periodically to keep corrosion under control. This procedure is not expensive and is included in many preventative maintenance schedules. Brake fluid should be handled with care. It will melt plastics and remove paint.

What parts should be replaced and at what intervals should these services be performed?

Check your owner’s manual. It will give you all of the information you need regarding specific parts and service intervals. Make sure to read it thoroughly and note any exceptions or severe service notations. Warranties are there to protect the consumer, but you must follow the requirements.

How often should antifreeze be replaced?

Antifreeze should be replaced every two years due to oxidation and deterioration of important additives. These additives lubricate the water pump and protect metal parts from rust and oxidation. They also help keep coolant hoses soft and flexible. Today we can recycle and clean old antifreeze, replacing the additives. Antifreeze is very toxic and not environmentally friendly so recycling makes good sense. The engine’s thermostat should also be replaced every 2 years to keep the engine operating temperatures in the proper range.