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Tips for a Safe and Successful Road Trip

Tips for a Safe and Successful Road Trip

The springtime and summertime are the perfect seasons for making road trips, but before you hit the open road, it's essential to make sure your vehicle is in good condition and that you're prepared for any unexpected situations that may arise. Here are some road trip safety tips to help ensure your trip is both fun and safe: Have your vehicle serviced: Before you leave, make sure to take your car in for a tune-up and a full inspection. An inspection will help identify any hidden issues that must be addressed before you hit the road. Check your tires: Make sure your tires are correctly inflated and have plenty of treads left. It's also a good idea to have a spare tire and a tire repair kit on hand, just in case. Pack an emergency kit: Your emergency kit should include items like a first aid kit, a flashlight, a blanket, water, non-perishable food, and a basic tool kit. Bring a map: While GPS is great, it ... read more

Why Is My Car Leaking Transmission Fluid?

Why Is My Car Leaking Transmission Fluid?

The transmission is a critical component of your vehicle, in charge of transferring power from the engine to the wheels. To keep the transmission running smoothly, it needs proper lubrication, which is provided by transmission fluid. If you catch transmission fluid leaking from your vehicle, it's important to address the issue promptly to prevent damage to the transmission and avoid costly repairs.  Causes of a Transmission Fluid Leak There are several reasons why your transmission might be leaking fluid: Damaged seals or gaskets: Over time, the seals and gaskets that keep transmission fluid inside the transmission can wear out, crack, or break. This can cause fluid to leak out of the transmission. Loose or damaged transmission pan: The transmission pan is a metal or plastic container that houses the transmission fluid. If the pan is loose, damaged, or has a faulty gasket, fluid can leak out. Faulty torque converter: The torque converter is necessary for transferring pow ... read more

What Does the Thermostat Do?

What Does the Thermostat Do?

The vehicle’s cooling system thermostat plays an essential role – it regulates the engine coolant to cool off your engine based on temperature. Thermostats can last anywhere between 60,000-100,000 miles, but they don’t really have an “average lifespan”. But when it does go out, you will need to get repairs immediately. Otherwise, you can suffer from irreversible engine damage. What Does the Thermostat Do? The thermostat opens when the engine gets hot. It opens up to allow coolant through. When the engine cools down enough or reaches an optimal temperature, it closes up. The thermostat can go bad by staying stuck. If it stays closed, your engine won’t get the coolant and eventually overheat. And if it stays open, your engine will be too cold. While it may not seem like a big deal, it can accelerate wear and tear on parts and cause your car to run inefficiently. Signs of a Bad Thermostat Heater not working  Check engine light comes on Engin ... read more

What Causes a Car to Overheat?

What Causes a Car to Overheat?

There are several causes of engine overheating. In most cases, this occurs when an issue with the cooling system blocks heat from leaving the engine compartment. The issue could be brought on by a coolant leak, a broken pump, a defective radiator fan, or a clogged coolant pipe. Although most modern engines are made to last, when a vehicle's motor generates heat that is significantly higher than its normal operating temperature the cooling mechanisms may start to malfunction, which could lead to permanent damage to both the gaskets and the engine, hoses, and seals that are intended to keep the engine running. You don't want to let an overheating engine persist, regardless of the cause of the issue. You run the risk of significant, even irreparable, engine damage. Symptoms of an Overheating Engine You may lessen the possibility of permanent engine damage if you can take action to cooling your engine before it heats up to the point of failure. However, you must first become awa ... read more

Why Are Regular Tire Rotations So Important?

Why Are Regular Tire Rotations So Important?

A tire rotation is a process of regularly repositioning your car's tires in different patterns from front to back or side to side. It is highly encouraged that you do this because it is a vital element of tire maintenance and safety. Additionally, rotating your tires may also be a requirement to keep your tires covered under warranty.  As mentioned before, tire rotation means periodically swapping the position of each of the tires on your car. Your vehicle's manufacturer sets the interval you should rotate your tires. However, the industry standard is every 5,000 miles. For many of you, that means you should get it done every time you get an oil change. Frequently getting your tires rotated also gives you an open opportunity to check their air pressure, have them balanced to minimize vibrations, and measure their tread depth. Why Are Regular Tire Rotations So Important? There are many benefits to a tire rotation. It is such an essential element of your car maintenance ... read more

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