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5 Car Care Tips for Winter Weather

 5 Car Care Tips for Winter Weather

Winter Presents the most challenging months for drivers. It is a season that takes a toll on vehicles and drivers, from salt damages, low tire pressures, frozen fuel lines, among others. It is a season that tests vehicle endurance in harsh conditions. Most drivers choose their car models on their ability to maintain functionality during winter. Today, we outline essential car care tips that will empower your vehicle to survive winter drives. Get Winter Tires Winter tires are recommended in icy and snowy places. They provide better traction when turning or stopping on cold pavements. If you are taking along winter drive, consider changing your regular tires to winter tires to enhance vehicle endurance on the road. Check Tire Pressure Regularly During winter, tires can wear down prematurely due to low pressure. With every 10-degree drop, the car tires lose pressure, which affects traction on the road. Before heading out, always check for any underinflated tires on the road. Inspect ... read more

4 Huge Benefits of Getting a Radiator Flush

4 Huge Benefits of Getting a Radiator Flush

Regular vehicle maintenance is essential if your goal is to prevent unwanted costly repairs and boost engine performance. Most drivers may be well aware that alignments and oil changes are mandatory for cars to run efficiently. Simultaneously, the radiator and coolant flushes may fly under the radar of one’s consciousness. Coolant or antifreeze regulates the water inside the radiator. It prevents this water from freezing over in cold temperatures and from boiling in hot temperatures. Coolant also works to provide an essential lubricant in the water pump and other significant components. Newer, modern-day vehicle’s typically have cooling systems that are designed to last up to 100,000 miles. However, depending on your driving habits, you may find yourself needing more maintenance than expected. During a radiator flush, a technician pumps up to 5 gallons of antifreeze through the cooling system. During the service, all of the old antifreeze is flushed out, including any conta ... read more

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Car Maintenance

October Fall Car Care Month!

October Fall Car Care Month!

The non-profit Car Care Council has designated October as the official start of Fall Car Care Month. This is the perfect time to give your vehicle a little extra love before the weather gets colder and rainier in Longview. Performing vehicle maintenance now can prevent unexpected breakdowns and costly repairs. Maintenance doesn't just involve scheduling repairs; it's also taking time to inspect your vehicle and topping off fluids when necessary. We've comprised a list of five tips that can boost your vehicle's performance throughout the winter.  Check the life of the battery. The temperature surpasses the 90's in Longview, and the excessive heat can drain car batteries. It's best to check how your car battery is now before it gets too cold outside. Pop the hood and make sure it's clean and free of corrosion.  Check the tire tread.  It's important to check your tir ... read more

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5 Signs Your Vehicle’s Thermostat is Failing

5 Signs Your Vehicle’s Thermostat is Failing

The thermostat is a small item that plays a large role in engine performance. Its primary function is to regulate the coolant that flows through the engine. When the engine is off and cold, the thermostat is closed. Once you crank the ignition on, the thermostat will open to regulate the coolant’s temperature so it can adequately recirculate. A functioning thermostat keeps the engine working at an optimum temperature.  Just like any other engine component, the thermostat can become worn or broken as well. If the thermostat is stuck closed due to a malfunction, the coolant won’t sufficiently circulate through the radiator and engine. In comparison, if the thermostat is stuck open, the engine will not heat to a proper level. It’s essential to be aware of signs that the thermostat is due for a service to prevent significant engine damage that may lead to costly repairs. Below are five signs that your vehicle’s thermostat is failing. The Engine is Overheating ... read more

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A Few Things Stolen Cars Have In Common

A Few Things Stolen Cars Have In Common

Car thieves are on the lookout for unattended vehicles left and right. While location and area can make your car more susceptible, there are other noticeable patterns to be aware of. Being aware of what makes a vehicle likely to be stolen can help you stay a few steps ahead of the situation. Awareness allows you to prepare and adapt to safety precautions. What are some elements stolen cars have in common? They’re Older Models While a new car can also be stolen, car thieves are looking for simplicity. Older vehicles are less likely to come with flashy alarms, bells, and whistles that a new car has. If your vehicle is older, it may appeal to a thief who’s in a hurry to jimmy the engine’s lock and hot wire. Silver Cars While most people assume red cars are more likely to be stolen, studies show that silver vehicles are stolen the most. The psychology behind why this hasn’t been thoroughly explored, but silver cars are more common ... read more

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Car Safety