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Your Vehicle's Most Important Safety Features

Your Vehicle's Most Important Safety Features

One of the most important things we look for, especially when buying a car, is safety features. When and if we ever get in an accident, we want to feel secure and protected. It's imperative to get familiar with these systems and make sure you are doing the necessary maintenance to keep them working. There are five crucial safety features in your vehicle that we are going to go over.   Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) Nowadays, most cars feature an antilock brake system that prevents your brakes from locking up when coming to a quick and abrupt stop. Whenever your brakes lock up, you are at risk of skidding and losing control of the car. It's essential to make sure your entire brake system is healthy with regular maintenance and inspections.    Airbags Another modern feature that has been put in cars is the ever-evolving airbag system. If you get into a collision, your airbags are ready to deploy depending on the angle and force of impact. Airbags don't ha ... read more

Packing Essentials for Your Trip to the Beach

Packing Essentials for Your Trip to the Beach

Most summers for many Californians mean hitting the beach. As gnarly as driving to the beach is, it can quickly go downhill if you don't pack the right essentials for you and your car. Check out this list that we curated for you and your getaway.   What to Bring on a Beach Road Trip 1 - Smartphone A phone is an obvious one, primarily when most of us use our phones for entertainment. In addition, your phone can come in handy since you'll need to pay close attention to the weather and check tide times.  2 - Shovel If you bring any tool, make it a shovel. If you end up driving on the beach or in the sand, you'll need to dig your way out. Opt for a foldable shovel to save space in your trunk. 3 - Tire Pressure Gauge  Be prepared to check your tire pressure. It would be best if you always used the gauge before and after the trip to check whether your tires are properly inflated. 4 - Air Pump Once you are done driving around the beach are ... read more

How to Prepare Your Vehicle for the Summer Season

How to Prepare Your Vehicle for the Summer Season

Summer is right around the corner, and we are all ready and excited for the change of seasons! While you may be prepared to experience some fun in the sun, is your vehicle prepared for the change in seasons? Many of us do more traveling and have friendly road trips; even if you don't have that planned for your vehicle, there are still things you want to make sure are okay with your car, so nothing happens to it. Here are some things you want to have done to ensure your vehicle is ready for the summer. There are some things that you can do yourself to help make sure your car is prepared for the summertime. One of the very first things you can do is check your tire pressure. You can do this by using a pressure gauge that you have yourself, or you can go to a gas station to use a stick gauge that they have there. Something else that you can do on your own checks and monitor the oil level on your vehicle. Your vehicle's engine runs hotter during the summer months, so you want to ... read more

What Can Happen If You Let Your Car Sit Too Long?

What Can Happen If You Let Your Car Sit Too Long?

Cars should run regularly to maintain optimal performance, but if you let your car sit too long, it can develop problems. A car owner may encounter the following common issues. Battery issues A car's battery charges while the vehicle is running. If the car hasn't been started in some time, the battery will have gradually lost its charge and died. The vehicle will not start, and the battery will require replacement. Deflated tires Tires lose pressure gradually, which cause them to lose their shape. Tires that have lost their shape may increase the risk of a flat or a blowout, which can be dangerous while driving. It is essential to reinflate the tires appropriately and inspect them for abnormalities before starting a trip after the car has rested for a while. Rusty brakes With prolonged disuse, the brakes may become rusty. Usted brakes will not perform as they should and could lead to dangerous situations. If your car has rested a while, test the brakes and listen closely ... read more

What Does Engine Knocking Indicate?

What Does Engine Knocking Indicate?

What Does Engine Knocking Indicate? Engine knocking is always a warning sign of trouble for your engine. For some reason, your car's fuel is burning unevenly. This leaves lots of unburnt fuel in the cylinder. Knocking indicates that it's time for a systematic investigation of your engine's fuel systems. First, make sure you haven't filled your tank with low octane-rated gasoline recently. The wrong fuel octane for your vehicle can lead to erratic combustion and knocking. Next time, refuel with gas that has an octane rating at or higher than that recommended for your car. You can also add an octane booster to your tank to tide you over until you refuel. Carbon buildup on valves and spark plugs can cause trouble. This coating reduces the available volume inside the cylinder, increasing pressure. A fuel-injected cleaner or an additive can solve the problem. Check out your spark plugs. You may have bought the wrong spar ... read more

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