Yearly Archives: 2022

What Kind of Maintenance Does My Car Need for the Summer?

What Kind of Maintenance Does My Car Need for the Summer?

As a vehicle owner, you should prepare your car, SUV, or truck to make sure it can handle all types of weather conditions. As we head into the summer, you need to make sure your car is fit to beat the heat. Otherwise, your car can suffer from wear and tear. The problem with most car issues in the summer stems from the heat. Because of it, the engine has to work extra hard and other parts can break down too.   With that in mind, here are some maintenance items your car may need before the summer: Measure Tire Pressure Heat can make the air in your tires expand. As a result, your tires can become over-inflated, which makes them more susceptible to wear and tear and even blow. Please remember to measure and adjust your tire pressure. Change Your Oil and Filter Motor oil keeps your engine properly lubricated, and the oil filter makes sure the fluid doesn’t get contaminated. For a powerful and healthy running engine, please keep up with your oil services ... read more

Signs Your Serpentine Belt is Failing

Signs Your Serpentine Belt is Failing

Commonly known as the drive belt, it connects the idler, tensioner, and pulleys in the auxiliary drive belt system of an automobile engine to provide power. In addition to powering the cooling system's water pump, it also powers the air conditioner, alternator, and power steering. If the serpentine belt isn't working correctly, the engine may not be able to start at all! There are a number of warning signals that the serpentine belt is about to fail or has been damaged: Squealing noise Strange sounds coming from your engine is one of the most obvious signals that your car needs to be taken to the shop. Squealing or screaming sounds from the serpentine belt should not be ignored. While not all belt sounds indicate that your drive belt needs to be replaced, it is a solid sign. Water on the belt or an oil leak are two more possible causes of the squeaking sound. Visible signs of wear If your drive belt is located in an easily accessible area, take a few minutes to examine it ... read more

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

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