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Yearly Archives: 2021

Here’s Why You Should Stop Eating in Your Car!

Here’s Why You Should Stop Eating in Your Car!

As Americans, we thrive on fast food. Many drivers today have access to all kinds of food thanks to the drive-thru window. Though there's no shame in enjoying your In-N-Out burger, you should avoid doing so while behind the wheel. Eating while driving poses major hazards to you and others on the roads. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Administration conducted research that found eating to be a more significant distraction while driving than cell phone use. Here are our reasons why you should avoid eating in the car:   1. Eating Requires You To Take Your Hands Off the Wheel Fast food items come in paper bags that you must unravel. There are sauce packets that must be torn and squeezed and often drip onto the most inconvenient surfaces. Not to mention, sometimes you need silverware or napkins. There's simply no safe way to eat any food while driving as eating requires both hands. Fun Fact: Coffee, doughnuts, and hamburgers are the three most dangerous foods to eat w ... read more

How to Protect Your Car from the Las Vegas Heat

How to Protect Your Car from the Las Vegas Heat

If you've ever been to Las Vegas in the summer, you know that temperatures soar well above 100 degrees fahrenheit every day! The extreme dry heat can do some severe damage to your car if you do not keep an eye out for your vehicle. According to the American Automobile Association, they receive over 78,000+ phone calls every summer for flat tires, dead batteries, and overheating engines. Proper auto maintenance can help you avoid being in those dangerous situations and ensure you get from Point A to Point B safely.   Here is how to protect your car components from the Las Vegas heat.   Tires Flat tires are more likely to happen in the summer months. On the other hand, hot weather can also cause your tires to expand. Therefore, you should regularly check your tire pressure, tread, and wear to ensure you are riding around safely.   Battery Failing batteries are also more common in the summer. The intensive heat can damage or wea ... read more

Warning Signs of an Aging Timing Belt

Warning Signs of an Aging Timing Belt

Vehicles consist of a lot of parts, and they all have their specific roles. Every single piece in your car has an important job that needs to be taken seriously. The timing belt is no different; its role in helping your vehicle run correctly is essential. The timing belt is there to help the camshaft and crankshaft move in sync and let the valves in the engine and pistons perform effortlessly together. When you have a brutally aged timing belt, it can snap without notice; if that happens, it can cause your engine to fail. It would be best if you had your timing belt replaced before it ever gets to that point; in order to do that, you will need to know the warning signs of an aging timing belt. When you are looking at your timing belt, generally speaking, the majority of vehicles can travel up to 100,000 miles with no issues before having the timing belt replace. While this may be true, you will want to look at your owner's manual to see how far your vehicle can travel before havi ... read more

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

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