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This Is How Often Your Vehicle Should Be Inspected

This Is How Often Your Vehicle Should Be Inspected

You know that your car needs to go through routine inspections and maintenance to keep it working well but how often? It would be nice and simple if you could just bring your car in once a year to get the whole thing inspected and be done with it. But some parts need more frequent inspections than others. If you put a little effort into it, it'll be worth it when your car is still in good condition years from now when otherwise, you would have had to replace all the parts! Once-a-Month Every month, some of the more high-maintenance parts will need an inspection: Oil levels Coolant/Antifreeze Tires Hoses Belts Air filter Make sure that your vehicle has enough oil and coolant or antifreeze. Check your tires to see what condition they're in and make sure the tire pressure is ideal. Check the hoses and belts and if your hoses make a brittle crunching sound when you squeeze them or if your belts look worn and frayed, replace them. If your car smells funky when the air cond ... read more

How Often Does Your Radiator Need to be Flushed?

How Often Does Your Radiator Need to be Flushed?

The cooling system of your vehicle plays an important role in ensuring that vital components of your car's engine do not overheat and the vehicle runs smoothly. It is crucial to top up the coolant to ensure adequate levels to cool the engine effectively. However, you need to flush the radiator and top it up with a new coolant from time to time. Coolants work by absorbing heat from the engine. They also contain chemicals that prevent sedimentation and corrosion. These properties wane with regular use. At some point, you need to remove the entire coolant as it becomes ineffective. There is no standard timeline within which you should flush your radiator. However, the owner's manual provides details of when to flush it. It also explains the procedure to replace the coolant. We recommend flushing the radiator with each coolant change. If you do not have the manual, we recommend flushing the radiator every three to years or 80,000 miles, whichever comes first. Newer models may wo ... read more

What Does the ABS Warning Light Mean?

What Does the ABS Warning Light Mean?

It's best never to ignore any warning lights that your vehicle turns on. They are there for a reason. When the ABS light comes on, it is often due to an issue in the anti-lock brake system. It could mean a blown fuse, strange signals from the wheel sensors, or low brake fluid. Whatever the reasoning, it's best to get the vehicle into the auto shop. When you are driving, your vehicle is constantly checking itself for issues. The sensors throughout the vehicle do their best to make sure everything is working as it should. One of the monitoring systems are attached to the ABS, or anti-lock brake system. If that system isn't working right, your vehicle may not operate well in slippery conditions. Computers within your vehicle will send signals to various parts of the vehicle and when something abnormal comes back, the light in the car may come on to warn you that something is up. When the ABS light comes on, find somewhere safe to pull over, stop the vehicle, and turn it off ... read more

Is Your Vehicle Having Trouble Starting?

Is Your Vehicle Having Trouble Starting?

Having trouble getting your car to start? There's nothing more frustrating than jumping into your car, turning the key in the ignition, and the car doesn't start. In this article, we discuss a few common reasons why your car won't start (and how to resolve the problem). Battery Issues The first thing that comes to mind when your car doesn't start is most probably going to be the battery. While the length of battery life can vary, most car and battery manufacturers recommend replacing your car battery every 4-5 years. If it's been more than 4-5 years since you've had your battery replaced or If you have to jumpstart your car to get it started, this is a sign that your battery is completely dead or dying. Other indicators that your battery is dying are an engine that's slow to start, no interior lights turning on when you try to start the car, starting intermittently, or having issues starting up in extreme temperatures. Alternator Issues Because the two ... read more

Is It Time for A Wheel Alignment?

Is It Time for A Wheel Alignment?

A wheel alignment is also referred to as a tire alignment. Before you purchase your vehicle, the manufacturers ensure the wheels are angled optimally. Most roads have imperfections, and as you drive, they naturally affect your wheel alignment. Potholes and speed bumps can shift preset angles and throw the alignment off. An alignment service re-optimizes the angles of your wheels so that they complement each other and the road. Misaligned wheels don’t just affect the way your vehicle drives; it also can increase tire wear, decrease gas mileage, and damage the suspension. Below are a few ways to determine whether it’s time for a wheel alignment.  Your car is pulling to one side. An easy way to identify an alignment issue is your car pulling to one particular. If you’re driving on a smooth flat road, your vehicle shouldn’t veer off to the right or left if you remove your hands. Slight pulling is normal, but extreme pulling indicate ... read more

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