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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

Why Do You Need to Change Your Cabin Air Filters?

Why Do You Need to Change Your Cabin Air Filters?

Filters are something you change out on your HVAC system on a regular basis, perhaps monthly. Did you know that your vehicle also has air filters? They need to be changed out as well and if they aren't, problems can arise. While the cabin filters aren't going to impact whether or not your vehicle gets you to work and back, they are an important part of a vehicle's maintenance and they can give you some uncomfortable results. The Cabin Filter's Job Like an air filter at home, the cabin filter takes the contaminants, like dirt, dust, smoke, exhaust fumes, and other such things from the air so those things aren't forced through the vents and into your vehicle. They also block debris, like bugs, rodent droppings, and other things you definitely don't want in your car. The filters are pleated and are made of fiber-like material and they will build-up dust and other debris, which causes them to need changing in order to work efficiently. t is best ... read more

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