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Does My Car Really Need Fluid Exchanges?

Does My Car Really Need Fluid Exchanges?

Vehicle maintenance is one of the easiest ways to increase the life expectancy of your engine and avoid costly repairs that result from neglect. While some issues such as flat tires and knocking engines are easy to identify, the internal systems of your vehicle can go unchecked for years if you aren't specifically looking for problems in that area. Why Fluids Need to be Changed As much as they try, car manufacturers aren't able to create a fully sealed-off system that completely filters contaminants from the air and fuel. This leads to dirt and other particulates wiggling their way into hoses and seals. Enough of this build-up and you'll start finding clogged fluid lines, blocked by debris much like a clogged artery as the fluids in a vehicle are its lifeblood. Fluids, Besides Oil, You May Need To Change Most car owners know to get their oil changed at regular intervals. You may even have a little sticker on your windshield with a date and mileage reminder to schedule y ... read more

What are the Top Seasonal Vehicle Repairs?

What are the Top Seasonal Vehicle Repairs?

Our vehicles are vast operations that serve us well, yet can get worn over time. Parts become frail and collect grime, tire treads hone down, and fluids drain. There are so many needed repairs that come with each season, and every unique time of the year calls for different auto repair and maintenance services. Most cars need an oil change at least once every ninety days or every 3,000 miles, but intervals can vary depending on make and model. Tire rotations are also a good choice and should be done once in the fall and in the spring. The idea is to save you money on new tires while slowing down on tread wear and tear. Other springtime maintenance typically involves an inspection of and replacement of the timing chain, along with checking the door latch of your trunk. Since your timing chain allows all the other parts of your engine to work together in harmony, getting it replaced when needed is highly essential. There are more maintenance tasks that take place in the spring, such a ... read more

What Does the Power Steering System Warning Light Mean?

What Does the Power Steering System Warning Light Mean?

Where can I find the power steering system warning light? The power steering warning light on your car's dashboard is easily recognizable as it may be a yellow, orange or red steering wheel often accompanied by an exclamation mark. In electric power steering systems, an illuminated EPS communicates the same message. What happens when the power steering warning light comes on? Often the power steering system will fail and your car will become difficult to steer. Why does the power steering warning light come on? The light warns you that the power steering system has failed and prompts you to investigate for a cause. The cause may vary according to the type of power steering system in your car. In hydraulic power steering systems, a leak in the system causing a low fluid level is the most common cause for this problem. In electronic power steering (EPS) systems, you may find an illuminated EPS light instead. As EPS systems do not use fluid to provide steering assistance, there ... read more

Are Vehicle Batteries Universal?

Are Vehicle Batteries Universal?

You might be thinking to get the vehicle batteries. A common question that might come to your mind is if all car batteries are universal! A short answer is no, but there is more to it! There are various things that you need to keep in mind when selecting the car batteries for your vehicle. Let's find out. Are Car Batteries Universal? Not really as you have noticed that different vehicles have different sizes. As car batteries are not universal, you might find yourself confused as to what car batteries would be suitable for your specific vehicle. You have to see the size, features, and a lot more! Selecting the right battery for your vehicle is important. If you are not sure, it's best to ask a professional. With advancements in the field of technology, you can see modern cars on the road that rely on electronic systems. The complicated features of such vehicles run smoothly if the batteries are working properly. You have to select the right type of battery for your car as ... read more

Is a Diesel Powered Vehicle More Economical than a Gas-Powered Vehicle?

Is a Diesel Powered Vehicle More Economical than a Gas-Powered Vehicle?

If you're a new or aspiring truck owner and you're torn between getting a regular gasoline-powered truck or a diesel truck, then you might be wondering which one will give you more bang for your buck. We've heard (and answered) this question many, many times, and finally, want to put the matter to rest in a blog post. So, is a diesel-powered engine more efficient than a gasoline engine? To answer the question simply, yes. Diesel engines are significantly more economical than traditional gasoline engines. According to a study conducted by The Motley Fool, diesel engines are more efficient in both the city and on the highway than gasoline-powered engines (24% and 29% more efficient, respectively). However, does this increased efficiency make the larger initial investment of purchasing a diesel vehicle worth it? In case you weren't aware, diesel-powered vehicles are generally much more expensive than their gasoline-powered counterparts. That means while you'll be spe ... read more

Important Winter Driving Tips Every Car Owner Should Know

Important Winter Driving Tips Every Car Owner Should Know

Learning to handle your vehicle in all weather conditions is critical. Every season has its challenges in driving, but winter has many challenges that give drivers numerous struggles. Snowy and icy roads have resulted in significant accidents globally. The winter fog makes it difficult for drivers to see, slow down and even stop making it difficult to navigate on the road. Learning to hack winter driving is critical to avoid accidents during the snowy season. These winter driving tips are critical for all drivers, and they will help them navigate through the season. Maintain distance In winter, a distance of 8 to 10 seconds is essential. It is different from a distance of 3 seconds in normal driving conditions. The distance empowers you to break in time in case the drive ahead makes a sudden stop. Keep a Winter Survival Kit and a Winter Driving Kit It is easy for you to get stuck in the snow during winter when driving. As part of the winter driving kit, ensure you keep essential i ... read more

3 Signs It’s Time for a Transmission Flush

3 Signs It’s Time for a Transmission Flush

Most drivers are familiar with the best time to get an oil change but may completely forget about their transmission. The transmission is vital because it ensures the correct amount of power is sent from the engine to the wheels while driving at various speeds. Within the transmission is the transmission fluid. The transmission fluid is similar to the engine oil, in which its primary function is to lubricate. However, outside of lubricating the transmissions moving parts, it also keeps it cool and works as a hydraulic fluid to facilitate smooth gear shifts. As time passes, the transmission fluid will eventually deteriorate due to stop and go traffic and hauling excessive weight. If the transmission fluid deteriorates, your vehicle will experience a decrease in performance and may develop costly mechanical issues. If your transmission fluid has deteriorated, it may be time to schedule a transmission flush. Below are three major signs your vehicle has a faulty transmission.  ... read more

Important Signs It’s Time for A Brake Service

Important Signs It’s Time for A Brake Service

When you press on your brake pedal, your vehicle should immediately slow or come to a complete stop. If you’re pulling up to a red light and your car is struggling to stop, it may be time for a brake service. Your vehicle’s owner manual may not have a clear indication of when the brake pads should be replaced. Their service interval depends on your driving habits and road conditions. If you drive fast, repeatedly slam on the brake pedal, or coast the car while holding the brakes, you may need to have your brakes serviced more frequently. Below are five common signs that it may be time for a brake service. The Brake Light Comes On Most vehicles are equipped with electric sensors that will alert you if there’s a brake problem. Never wait for the brake light to illuminate the dashboard to motivate you to get a brake service. Once the brake light comes on, the brake pads have already worn down to a specific point, and damage may have already occurred. Br ... read more

Signs of A Faulty Shock Absorber

Signs of A Faulty Shock Absorber

Shock absorbers ensure your vehicle stays sturdily on the ground during drives. The road is filled with bumps, potholes, hills, and tight corners. The shock absorbers manage the inconsistencies of the road by controlling how the suspension and springs move. The shock absorbers, true to their name, absorb the bumps and vibrations of the road. As your vehicle takes on more miles, shocks can eventually fail. Without them, the drive becomes bumpy and chaotic. It’s essential to be aware of common signs the shock absorbers have gone bad. If you notice any of the above symptoms, it’s time to bring your vehicle in for an inspection.  Fluid Leak With time the seals within the shock absorber will wear and begin to leak. If you notice fluid on the ground near the wheels, the shock absorber may be leaking. Too much fluid leak can be hazardous and, in extreme cases, prevent the shock absorber from working altogether.  Uneven Tire Tread Wear A bad shock ... read more

How Often Do Windshield Wipers Need to Be Replaced?

How Often Do Windshield Wipers Need to Be Replaced?

Windshield wipers are very important when it comes to your visibility on the road. An unexpected rainstorm can hit at any time, and you never want to find yourself having to see through a storm with bad windshield wipers. We can probably bet that it's been a while since you last replaced yours - so how often do windshield wipers need to be replaced?  Windshield wipers are subject to the heat and aren't protected under the hood like your other vehicle components. The rubber blades tend to wear down quickly and can dry out or start to crack over time. This is why windshield wipers typically need to be replaced every 6 months to a year. If it's time to replace your windshield wipers, you'll notice one or more of the following symptoms:  Blades appear dry, cracked, or frayed  Wipers skip over areas on the windshield You notice water smearing across the windshield when wipers are on You hear chattering or squealing noise when the wipers are on Any of thes ... read more

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