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Important Fluids To Check Before Your Road Trip

Summer is here, and you’re all packed and ready to go on a road trip. You’re anxious to leave and checking your to-do list twice. Did you pack everything you need? Are your passengers ready? Most importantly, is your vehicle ready? Before you start that epic summer road trip, below is a few common vehicle fluids you should check before you leave:  Coolant  It’s already hot, the last thing you need is an overheated engine. You can check your coolant levels in two ways. Once your vehicle is cooled down, check the coolant levels by opening the radiator cap. If the coolant level isn’t near the top of the container, add a bit more to top it off. You can also check your coolant levels by looking at the plastic reservoir next to the radiator. The liquid should be situated between the “minimum” and “maximum” levels. Motor oil The motor oil is one of the most critical liquids to check. While the car ... read more

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Want Longer Lasting Tires? An alignment may be the answer.

If you are experiencing pulling in one direction or vibrations, a tire service professional can conduct an alignment to ensure that your car is properly aligned.  Tire or wheel alignment can help your tires last longer and improve handling. Hitting a curb or pothole can throw your vehicle out of alignment and damage your tires. Misalignment of wheels in the front or rear can cause uneven and rapid tread wear and should be corrected.  When your vehicle is properly aligned, it not only results in extended tire life, but also better fuel economy and a safer ride. Why does Alignment Matter?1. Tire Life. Improper alignment can cause your tires to wear unevenly and prematurely.  It's ideal to have your vehicle aligned to catch and correct misalignment issues before you experience undue tread wear.  Alignments help you get full mileage out of your tires! 2. Safe Ride.  Poor alignment can lead to your vehicle p ... read more

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4 Common Cold Weather Car Problems (And The Solutions)

Winter’s unpredictable weather can wreak havoc on your car. But quitting driving until the end of winter isn’t an option. Instead, let’s take a look at four of the most common cold-weather problems and some simple solutions to help prevent unnecessary wear and tear on your vehicle. Low Tire Pressure If, after a bit of cold weather, your low tire pressure light blinks on or you notice your tires look deflated – that temperature drop is very likely the culprit. Don’t worry; your tire’s air isn’t escaping through a leak or faulty valve. It just means that the air inside the tire condenses when it’s cold, taking up less space. Tire pressure decreases about 1 PSI (pound per square inch) every 10 degrees the temperature falls. Signs of low tire pressure: The tire looks deflated or the sidewall is bulging The steering and tread feel off or uneven The car’s fuel economy reduces When the temperatures outside start dropping, check your ... read more

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5 Warning Signs That It’s Time For New Brakes

You’re driving your kids home from school while they talk and bubble with laughter in the backseat. Suddenly, a car whips out right in front of you. You slam on the brakes and skid to a halt, avoiding the car by mere inches. Whew! Everyone’s gone quiet, and you silently thank your lucky stars that you just got your brakes replaced last month. Many of us don’t think about our vehicle’s brakes often. It’s usually only after an incident like this, that we stop to consider how important it is to have brakes that are in top-notch condition. So how do you know if you’re due for a brake repair? Here are some typical warning signs that it’s time for a brake replacement. HIGH PITCHED SCREECHING SOUND The indicator – a small metal shim – is the component responsible for this sound. If you hear it, then you know your brake pads are due to be replaced. YOUR BRAKES DON'T SEEM AS RESPONSIVE AS THEY SHOULD BE. This is a definitely a red fla ... read more

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Dead Battery? Here’s How to Jump Start Your Vehicle

Jump-starting a car is a pretty simple procedure, but it’s an important one to know! Whether you’re helping out a friend or jumping your own vehicle, it’s a skill that’ll come in handy often. Jump-starting can seem intimidating if you don’t know the first thing about it, but by the end of this article, you’ll have the knowledge and confidence to take it on. STEP 1: TRY TO DETERMINE WHY YOUR CAR BATTERY DIED. The most common reason why batteries die is from lights that are left on overnight, so check that first. Other common causes include an interior light that won’t shut off because of a faulty door latch or trunk switch, a bad alternator, or maybe even a subwoofer, poorly installed stereo system, or car alarm leeching power due to a short circuit. If you’re unable to find the cause and your car battery dies often, it’s worth bringing your car in to have a professional mechanic diagnose the problem. It can be dangerous to ignore this problem - especially ... read more

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