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What Causes Tires to Wear Down Prematurely?

What Causes Tires to Wear Down Prematurely?

Tires are supposed to last several years, but if you're constantly having to replace them, there's probably something wrong with your vehicle's suspension system. In this article, we'll talk about some of the top causes of premature tire wear and how you can prevent it from happening again. Bad Wheel Alignment One of the most common tire-related issues is bad wheel alignment. When your wheels are out of alignment, it makes your car or truck pull in one direction. This causes uneven wear on your tires, and you could see problems within just a few thousand miles. If you notice your vehicle pulls to one side or vibrates at speed, it's time for an inspection and possible wheel realignment. Worn Shock Absorbers While you may not think much about your shock absorbers, they play a huge role in keeping your tires performing at their best. Shock absorbers help smooth out bumps in the road, decreasing vibrations and helping to keep your tires rounder for longer. They also ... read more

Should I Replace My Headlights in Pairs?

Should I Replace My Headlights in Pairs?

When you bring your vehicle in for a headlight bulb replacement, your best bet is to get them both done at the same time. It's standard practice, like changing all your tires at once. Even though one is already out, the other one will probably soon follow. Here are some of the benefits of getting them both done at the same time: Life Expectancy Most headlamps, specifically if they're the same model, should last you around the same time. If one of your bulbs is burnt out, the other will die around the same time. Therefore, replacing headlights in pairs makes it easier to keep track of their life expectancy. It'll make things easier so that you don't have to make two trips to get them done. Even Visibility Some lights naturally dim down over time before dying off altogether. Replacing one would make the visibility uneven. If you replace both headlights, the strength of the beams will be balanced. It will give you a full range of light to see oncoming vehicles, pedestr ... read more

8 Things That Can Hurt Your Gas Mileage

8 Things That Can Hurt Your Gas Mileage

While gas mileage naturally (and slowly) decreases over the vehicle's life, it should not be significant. If you've noticed your gas mileage getting worse, you should consider getting it checked out. While it may be bad habits, it can also be due to vehicle problems. Read on to learn ten mechanical car problems that can decrease fuel economy. Clogged Fuel Injectors - This is one of the most popular reasons for an increase in a vehicle's fuel consumption. Fuel injectors supply the engine with an appropriate amount of fuel, and it can inefficiently spray if it gets clogged. Dirty Engine Air Filter - If your engine air filter is filthy or blocked, your engine won't be able to get the "fresh air" it needs. Therefore, it will end up straining itself and consuming more gas. Worn Fuel Filter - Fuel filters are in charge of blocking out contaminants in the gas that could harm the engine. A plugged fuel filter can decrease fuel pressure and cause your engine to run ... read more

Signs That Indicate Your Brakes Need Service

Signs That Indicate Your Brakes Need Service

Your automobile's brakes are essential for your and your passenger's safety while driving. Effective brakes are needed to slow or stop your car on time. You definitely don't want to be in a situation where your brakes stop working, which is why drivers need to pay attention to their brake performance. We often get from customers: how do you know if you need brake service? First, you can look in your vehicle's owner's manual. You can find at what intervals your brakes need to be serviced. Another way to tell is by checking your brake performance. Usually, brakes will give off audible or visible signs that they need service. Here are several warning symptoms that indicate you have bad brakes: You hear squealing or grinding noises when applying your brakes Your vehicle veers to one side when you brake You feel the brake pedal vibrating as you press your foot down The brake pedal feels very soft or spongy  The brake pedal goes to the floor Changes in your u ... read more

What Are the Most Common Exhaust System Problems

What Are the Most Common Exhaust System Problems

The overall performance and health of your vehicle are dependent on the integrity of your car's exhaust system. The exhaust system comprises numerous parts that work together harmoniously, and failure in any of those parts result in system failure. Below are some of the most common exhaust system problems: Faulty Oxygen Sensor Most modern vehicles have numerous oxygen sensors—a malfunction in one is enough to confuse your car's system. If any of your vehicle's oxygen sensors fail, the engine's computer cannot create a perfectly balanced air-fuel mixture for combustion. This condition results in a fuel mixture high on gas and low on air, a hotter than required blend, or it can lead to a clog in the catalytic converter, causing further damage to your exhaust system and vehicle. Rust Rust is the worst enemy to the exhaust system. If you take several short trips, your system may be more susceptible to rust as water vapor collects in your exhaust system but does n ... read more

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