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Yearly Archives: 2021

When Should I Replace My Car Battery?

When Should I Replace My Car Battery?

Should you replace your car battery? Car batteries may seem like they last forever, but over time, they do get weaker and lose charge. It's a good idea to replace a car battery every few years (5 years at most) so that you'll get the most optimum performance out of it. Before making an appointment, consider the factors below that would warrant a battery replacement.   Signs that the car battery needs to be replaced: If you're not experienced with cars, you probably don't know when the battery needs to be replaced, as it rarely shows issues early on. But your battery will need to be replaced if it does the following:   Car Takes Longer to Start This is almost a tale sign that the battery does need to be replaced. Sometimes it's cold weather (or hot) that would make it harder to start because the battery almost gets drained, but if it's all the time, it's time to look into getting a new battery.   ... read more

Should You Read Your Car's Owners' Manual?

Should You Read Your Car's Owners' Manual?

As vehicle owners, we need to treat our car as a prized possession (because it is). They are utility vehicles that we need to go to work, go to school, visit our loved ones, etc. We can pick our car, but we can't always pick and choose the roads we travel on. As a result, we are susceptible to damaging and abusing our suspension, wheels, transmission, or engine if we aren't careful.    The truth is we rarely have time to research a car through and through before purchasing it. And the most commonly skipped step after you make the purchase is skimming the manual for more information. Most people wait until they're in deep trouble before frantically digging into their glove box for it. So to answer the big question - Yes, you should read your manual! The annual might be thick and intimidating, but it's well worth the read. We're here to tell you why!    The first reason you should pick it up is that there are many hidden features that you may n ... read more

What Does ASE-Certified Mean?

What Does ASE-Certified Mean?

Your car is a tremendous investment, and it needs to be inspected and maintained by top-tier, experienced auto repair specialists. You can expect that high-quality service from our ASE-Certified mechanics at Red Rock Repair.  You may be thinking, "what does that acronym stand for" and "why does it matter". ASE stands for Automotive Service Excellence, and it has been a nationally recognized certification in the auto repair industry since the 1970s. Prior to then, vehicle owners weren't lucky enough to distinguish between untrained mechanics and professionally trained technicians. The non-profit National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) stepped in and established the certification.    The certification serves to improve repair and craftsmanship quality with a series of tests. For someone to pass, they must have a minimum of two years of hands-on work before they need to take tests. The exam covers the following: Suspension and ... read more

How Do Brake Rotors Become Warped?

How Do Brake Rotors Become Warped?

Brake rotors are a vital piece of your braking system because they play the role of stopping your wheels from spinning when the brake pads press on them. Brake rotors are intended to resist high temperatures during the process of braking. However, the rotors need to diffuse the heat quickly so that you can press down on the brake pads again just in case you need to. Because of this intense heat, the covering of the brake rotors can get distorted over time. You'll know they're warped whenever you experience a jitteriness whenever you apply your brakes.   Brake rotor warping isn't as bad as it insinuates. Warping simply means that your rotors are uneven. Brake rotors can get distorted for several reasons:  The brake rotors can experience glazing from substances on the brake pads. The glazing can happen when the brake pads get exposed to excessive heat, which causes the material on the brake pad to wear off. Consequently, the brake rotor surface will become bumpy ... read more

What Is the Difference Between Regular and Premium Gasoline?

What Is the Difference Between Regular and Premium Gasoline?

If you've ever owned an automobile, you've probably been able to differentiate the various pumps at the gas station. Every car has a specific requirement for the type of gas and fuel grade. However, you'd be astonished to know that some people have no clue the actual difference between regular and premium gas. Some people associate their names or numbers with quality and performance; however, that should never be the case.   What Is The Difference in Octane Levels? Octane is the measure of gasoline's capacity to resist burning before the spark plug ignites. When the pressure in the chamber reaches a particular point, the gas will combust. You want your spark plugs to light the gasoline at the appropriate time. When your gas combusts too early, you will hear knocking sounds which usually indicate damage. Most gas stations supply at least three octane grades, and they have to be listed as premium, midgrade, or regular. Some locations even have their 93 octane top-t ... read more

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