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Bad Car Habits To Avoid

Bad Car Habits To Avoid

Automobiles are a significant investment. If you want your car to last you for years, you must take care of it. While you may be thinking of car maintenance, good driving habits apply too. Lousy driving habits can significantly impact your car over time. It will likely break down and develop long-term problems if you're rough on your car. Below are some terrible habits to avoid doing if you want to keep your vehicle for a while: Flying Over Rough Terrain Potholes and speed bumps can do a number on your wheels, tires, suspension, and your steering. For example, you could risk knocking your wheels out of alignment and blowing out your tire. So next time you see a road bump, slow down and carry on with caution. Revving A Cold Engine If you didn't know already, engine oil needs to warm up before its lubricating properties kick in. Revving a cold engine can damage your engine components as it is not adequately lubricated yet. It would help to let your vehicle idle 30 seconds to ... read more

Winter Maintenance Checklist For Your Car

Winter Maintenance Checklist For Your Car

While it's always essential to make sure your vehicle is properly cared for, maintenance services are even more critical during the winter months. During this time of year, drivers have many problems to deal with, including wet, cold, and icy conditions and early sunsets, which can significantly impact safety on the road. Below is a complete list of things you should take care of to ensure your car stays safe and reliable on the open road. Top Off Your Wiper Fluid While windshield wiper fluid is often forgotten about, you may find yourself running out this season! To ensure you can see through your windshield at all times, have this fluid topped off. This will help prevent your windshield from accumulating salt, mud, snow, ice, or more! Check Your Lights While your windshield is important to visibility, so are your vehicle lights. Now is the time to do a walk-through around your car to ensure every bulb is working and lit bright enough so that you can see at night. Inspect You ... read more

Why Your MPG Is Lower Than Usual

Why Your MPG Is Lower Than Usual

With the continuous advancements in the automotive industry, automotive vehicles are getting better gas mileage than ever before. You don't even need a hybrid to own a car that averages 30-40 miles per gallon. While this is a great advantage, most vehicle owners notice a drop in their MPG over time. It's easy to brush it off if you are still attaining good mileage, but this decrease in numbers is often a sign of bigger problems within your vehicle.    What Are the Most Common Reasons for Decrease in Gas Mileage? Dirty Fuel Injectors - Fuel injectors are the parts that pump fuel to your engine. If they become leaky or dirty, less fuel will make its way to the engine, leading to a drop in performance and efficiency. Using the A/C Too Often - If you live in a mild climate area, you should consider rolling down your windows instead of relying on your climate control system.  Poor Driving Habits - If you love pressing hard on the gas and brake pedal driver, you m ... read more

Why Is My Car Leaking Engine Oil?

Why Is My Car Leaking Engine Oil?

Every car is prone to leak as it ages. One particular type of leak that can be very concerning is an oil leak because it can start major engine complications. The most obvious sign of an oil leak is a dark pool of oil below your car. In some cases, you might also smell the oil. The dilemma with oil leaks is that they can be harmful to the environment and hurt your engine. Since engine oil is in charge of lubricating your engine parts and minimizing friction, too low of engine oil can cause your engine parts to bump against each other. You might be wondering, "how does an oil leak happen in the first place?" Here's how! Scenario 1 - Damaged or Deteriorated Seals Your motor oil flows and makes contact with valves or seals. These parts can become worn over time or damaged, and they can make the oil trickle out. Scenario 2 - Cracked Oil Pan Your oil pan is situated close to the road surface, making it susceptible to damage. If you get into an accident, hit a bump or rubbl ... read more

Happy October Fall Care Care Month!

Happy October Fall Care Care Month!

As you can probably tell by the title of this blog, October is fall car care month! Most people only feel like they have to prepare their car for winter, but as we transition into fall, we'll have shorter days, fallen leaves, and increased possibilities of rain and fog. Not to mention, we're now entering the start of holidays such as Halloween and Thanksgiving that may require numerous road trips. There's no question that you're going to need your vehicle to be in tip-top shape for the fall season. Here are some essential maintenance tips to help you get ready for the seasonal changes. Check all vehicle fluids.  Engine oil, power steering, brake, transmission, windshield washer fluid, and antifreeze/coolant. Check all belts and hoses on your car, SUV, or truck for signs of wear and tear.  They should be free of cracks, brittleness, and fraying.  Test and clean your battery and replace it if necessary.  The connections should be clean, tight ... read more

What Are the Benefits of Replacing Spark Plugs?

What Are the Benefits of Replacing Spark Plugs?

Before we can discuss the various benefits of swapping out your old spark plugs for new ones, you should probably know what spark plugs do. Spark plugs are little metal pieces that allow the spark of electricity to ignite the combustion process needed to start your vehicle. Your spark plugs keep your car powered while providing a smooth and balanced air-fuel mixture by putting the engine's pistons to work. Because spark plug health is directly correlated to engine performance, you can imagine that you can't go anywhere without them, at least not efficiently.   If your spark plugs are due for a replacement, please do not neglect them. The primary benefit of getting this service is knowing your car will start without a hitch. Needless to say, that's not all that you can get out of a spark plug replacement. New and fresh spark plugs provide other advantages as well. Consistent production of optimal combustion. Fully functioning spark plugs will yield a fully functionin ... read more

Top Tips for College Commuting

Top Tips for College Commuting

Not all college students will have the leisure of residing on campus. Additionally, if you are attending a local community college, you may not have this option at all. Over 80% of all college students are commuters, so it is relatively common to drive to classes every day.    With the hustle and bustle of hundreds or thousands of students driving to school every morning and afternoon, you'll most likely run into some traffic or parking issues. The most important thing to remember is to give yourself sufficient time to arrive at class on time and always drive safely.  Here is some additional advice for daily college commuting that will protect you and your vehicle:  Leave for school early, especially in the first couple of weeks of the back-to-school season. This timeframe is when traffic tends to be the most congested, so there will be plenty of vehicles on the road. Departing your home early will prevent you from stressing out and speeding to school. Plan ... read more

5 Common Signs of Dirty Fuel Injectors

5 Common Signs of Dirty Fuel Injectors

Dirty fuel injectors can result in some tricky situations. Your fuel injectors work with your fuel filter and pump to simultaneously provide the engine with an adequate amount of clean fuel. Over time the fuel injector quality deteriorates. How do you know when it's time to have the fuel injectors cleaned? Below are the five most common symptoms that indicate you need fuel injector repair.    POOR GAS MILEAGE If you've had your car for a long time, then you know how far you can go on a gallon of fuel. If you notice your MPG going down, it means the engine is not performing optimally, and one reason could be a faulty injection system. It is important to note that many other problems can lead to poor gas mileage. It is best to take your car into our shop, so one of our expert technicians can correctly diagnose the problem.   CAR ENGINE MISFIRES In severe cases, dirty fuel injectors can cause your engine to misfire. The misfire occurs when there's difficul ... read more

What Are the Signs of Low Brake Fluid?

What Are the Signs of Low Brake Fluid?

Brake fluid is a crucial part of the car's brake system, and without it, your brake system can fail. When the brakes build up pressure, brake fluid is released into the brake pads, allowing the rotors to stop.  Not only is it essential to detect and resolve low brake fluid for your safety, but it also can be a signal of another problem within your vehicle. Low brake fluid can be caused by any of the following: brake line damaged, aging brake pads, or leakage. Now that we established why brake fluid is essential, you may be wondering how to determine when your brake fluid is low. Here are the warning signs of low brake fluid: Warning Light Most of the time, the initial sign that you will notice is the warning light for your brakes. If you see this light flicker on, you more than likely have low brake fluid, and it is time to bring your vehicle into our auto shop. Difficulty Managing Stops Another sign that your vehicle is low on brake flu ... read more

How Can You Tell When Your Tires Need to be Replaced?

How Can You Tell When Your Tires Need to be Replaced?

Our tires are an essential part of our safety. They help the vehicle stop suddenly when it needs to. Also, they keep us from fishtailing in the snow and on rainy days. So, if your tires are this important, you might think that you should get them replaced every six months or so, right? That is not true. Here are a few tests you can run on the tread depth of your tires to judge if you should replace them. The Penny Test What is the penny test? If you take a penny from your pocket and place it upside down, where Lincoln's head is facing the tire and see the head of the president on the coin, you will need to replace your tires soon. That is, you should attempt the penny test in several areas of the tire. If, however, you do not always see the head of the money, you should be okay for a little while longer. Why You Should Worry About Tread Wear Safety Safety should be your top priority while out on the road. If you have poor treading on your tires, it could indicate that the ... read more

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