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READ BEFORE YOU BUY: A Used Car

READ BEFORE YOU BUY: A Used Car

  When purchasing a used car, it is important to keep in mind that not every car is equal. Aside from the obvious, even the same make and model of a vehicle can have drastic differences in technology, reliability, and safety ratings between different years of production. Even some typically reliable makes and models have specific years that auto technicians would advise against because they have a history of expensive breakdowns.   So what can you do to protect yourself from accidentally buying an unreliable vehicle? Do prior research! There are many websites dedicated to educating potential buyers on specific cars. The year, model, and features of any particular vehicle can drastically affect the long-term price. Talk to reputable sources. You can hop online and find forums for the most significant cars. Yes - that can simply mean joining a Facebook or Reddit group. You can talk to many other used car owners, and they can offer advice and tips. Our cert ... read more

4 Bad Fuel Filter Symptoms to Watch Out For

4 Bad Fuel Filter Symptoms to Watch Out For

You might not give it much thought, but the fuel filter is a critically important component in your vehicle. It is continually working to keep certain pollutants away from your engine. If it fails to perform this function, then your car's performance will begin to suffer. This could equal hefty repair bills if you do not quickly take care of the situation. What is the Function of a Fuel Filter? You might wonder what a fuel filter does in the first place. If you haven't noticed lately, you encounter a lot of dirt as you are driving. The filter is your first line of defense against that dirt making its way into your engine. The fuel injectors in your car can easily become clogged if you are not careful. This is what a fuel filter works to avoid. It will ensure that there is no harmful buildup of pollutants to worry about. Four Symptoms of a Bad Fuel Filter Since it is not something that you typically look at every day, it is helpful to know what to look for that would indicat ... read more

What Are The Warning Signs of an Aging Timing Belt?

What Are The Warning Signs of an Aging Timing Belt?

You get into your vehicle after a long day, put the key into the ignition, and then nothing. Your vehicle didn't start! While there could be several different causes, an aging timing belt could be the issue. The timing belt lets the crankshaft and camshaft work together to allow your vehicle's engine valves and engine pistons to work in sync. If your timing belt has aged too much, it can even cause engine failure in your vehicle. Because a timing belt is such a critical component to your engine, you may be wondering how to tell if your timing belt is aging. Here are 5 warning signs of an aging timing belt: Engine Not Starting Unfortunately, one of the signs that you timing belt has aged is if your engine does not start. If your timing belt is in bad enough shape, it will not allow the engine to fire. Ticking Noise Another common sign of an aging timing belt is a ticking noise from underneath the hood. When the timing belt begins to fail, the engine system falls out of sy ... read more

Top Signs Your Vehicle Needs Brake Service

Top Signs Your Vehicle Needs Brake Service

Brakes are essential parts of your car. They should always be in optimal working condition so that you are safe when on the road. Your brakes wear out with time or are damaged by poor driving habits. They need servicing as soon as you notice the following signs. Screeching Sound If you hear a high-pitched screeching sound when you apply brakes, it means that you are getting low on the brake pads and you need to replace them soon. There is a metal built into the braking system that warns you of thin pads. At times, after replacing the brake pads, there is loud screeching (usually not high-pitched). In that case, it means that the rotors have become glazed, a condition caused by excessive heating and burning from poor braking behavior. They need to be checked. Slow Response to Braking If you ever tried to stop but find that brakes take too long to respond or are not responsive as they should, it could be an indication of leakage in the braking syste ... read more

Are Regular Tire Rotations Important?

Are Regular Tire Rotations Important?

Rotating your tires is just something you do every once in a while, perhaps every other oil change. But did you know how important it really is? It's a huge benefit to keep the tires in good condition and your vehicle driving well. Tire rotation is taking the tires and switching them around to different wheels. For most vehicles, it should be done every 5,000 miles. It gives you an opportunity to take a look at the tires for damage, check the air pressure, and look at the tread depth. When you rotate your tires on a regular basis, you are ensuring that you can get the longest lifespan out of them possible. A tire on the front right is going to wear differently than a tire on the back left. When you rotate them around, you allow them to wear more evenly, and last longer. You want your tire tread to last because when you have good tread, and uniform wearing, you will be able to keep the traction on the tires and handle in a consistent manner on all four tires. That will give you t ... read more

5 Best Items For Vehicle Emergency Kit

5 Best Items For Vehicle Emergency Kit

A car emergency kit is essential regardless of where you live. Make sure you keep these five items stocked in your emergency car kit. What is an Emergency Car Kit? An emergency car kit are items you keep in your car in case you become stuck on the side of the road, you get a flat tire, are involved in an accident, or another type of emergency arises. What Five Items Should be Included in Your Emergency Car Kit? Your emergency car kit should include: First-aid kit Blankets Flashlights Reflective Triangles and gear Fire extinguisher First-aid kit - your first-aid kit should include the basic essentials to address minor injuries, such as band-aids, eyewash, hand sanitizer, antibiotic ointment, gauze, adhesive tape, and similar items. Blankets - even if you live in an area where most of the days are sunny, being stuck on the side of the road at night is no picnic, and you shouldn't leave your car running until help arrives because y ... read more

What is a cooling system flush?

What is a cooling system flush?

An important part of keeping your car running efficiently and smoothly is the cooling system. Its job is to take care of the heat manufactured by a gasoline engine as it turns chemical energy into mechanical power. A car's cooling system typically dissipates enough heat to keep two average size homes warm, just by traveling down the freeway. Functions of the cooling system While the main job of the cooling system to keep the engine from overheating, it also has several other important functions. A car's engine runs best at high temperatures, and when it is cold, components wear out. The engine also becomes less efficient and has more emissions, negatively affecting the environment. The cooling system allows the engine to heat up quickly and then maintains a constant temperature. Two types of cooling systems Cars usually have either a liquid cooling system or an air one. Most cars are liquid-cooled with a system that circulates a fluid through pipes in the engine. The liquid ... read more

Common Exhaust System Problems

Common Exhaust System Problems

The exhaust system of your vehicle has the important job of converting harmful gases emitted from the engine into less harmful gases which are then emitted from your exhaust system. If your vehicle has an exhaust system, harmful gases could potentially be leaking into your cabin which is detrimental to you and your passenger's health. A exhaust system problem can also make you vehicle fail an emissions test and make your vehicle legally not able to drive.  Some of the most common causes of exhaust system problems include:  Rust - rust can occur often when it comes to the muffler, pipes, and other components of the exhaust system. Roads that still use salt in the winter can speed up this process even more. Rust should be removed from parts if possible, and if not, super rusty parts should be replaced.    Bad Oxygen Sensor - a bad oxygen sensor can cause problems when it comes to making sure that the air-fuel mixture is correct for your emissi ... read more

Fall Vehicle Maintenance

Fall Vehicle Maintenance

It's officially the fall season, which means we can expect chillier weather, rain, and falling leaves to approach in the near future. With the changing seasons, it's important to keep an eye on our vehicles and take care of any maintenance needed to ensure that our vehicles are safe for the weather changes. With wetter roads and colder temperatures, it's important to take care of the following services that are paramount when it comes to vehicle safety:  Check Your Tires Having tires with good traction is vital for this time of the year. With rainfall comes wet roads, and tires need to have proper tread in order to push through liquid and make traction with the road. If your tires are looking bald, make sure you get a new set before the rain falls. Also, ensure that all tires are filled up to the proper PSI.  Replace Windshield Wipers & Fluid You never know when you'll have to deal with falling rain, and finding that y ... read more

Do I Need to Replace My Vehicle's Cabin Air Filter?

Do I Need to Replace My Vehicle's Cabin Air Filter?

Your vehicle has many different filters that help to pick up dirt and debris to keep your car clean and running efficiently. One that you may not be too familiar with is the cabin air filter, which isn't one that necessarily affects how your vehicle operates. Instead, this is a filter that is in place for your health while inside your vehicle.  The cabin air filter is the barrier between the outside air and your cabin. It filters the air as it comes into your car to remove pollutants and debris from the air, that way you can breathe clean air. It's typically located behind your vehicle's glove compartment, which can make it easy to forget about.  So, do you need to replace this filter? Take a look at the photo included above - the one on the left is a dirty cabin air filter, and the one on the right is a brand new one. A little gross, huh? It is! The cabin air filter, since often forgotten about, tends to get extremely dirty like that one. Over just a few years ... read more

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