4 Budget Friendly Ways to Improve Mom’s Ride

June 1st, 2016

So we all know that May is devoted to Mother’s Day. In honor of mothers everywhere, here are a few helpful suggestions for you to show mom just how much you care.  
 
1. Oil Change - Getting Mom’s car an oil change would be a nice way to help her get the most miles out of her car. Regular oil changes keep moving parts lubricated, reducing friction and heat buildup, and prevent deposits of sludge and gunk from building up on internal engine assemblies. 
 
2. Wiper Replacement - Even the best windshield wipers need to be replaced every 12 months or so. We’ll get a look at the wi ...[more]
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How To Update Your Auto Repair Routine

June 1st, 2016
Time has a way of sneaking up on everyone, and so does mileage on a vehicle. If you have a long commute or regularly put lengthy interstate trips on your car, you can easily rack up 15-18,000 miles a year. Even though today’s cars don’t need as much maintenance as cars from a generation ago, it’s still something you can’t neglect. Here’s a reminder of some important milestones for service on your vehicle: 
 
Monthly 
• Check tire inflation
• Check oil and transmission fluid levels
• Check all lights
• Check windshield washer fluid
 
Every 5,000 Miles
• O ...[more]
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Questions You Shouldn’t Be Afraid to Ask Your Auto Repair Tech

June 1st, 2016

Often, drivers are mystified by how their cars actually work. It’s to be expected. Even an older car is a complex machine with many sub-assemblies that all work together to move it down the road.Car questions? Ask them!

As a result, drivers tend to be a little intimidated by auto repair and often tend to not inform themselves by asking the necessary questions of a tech or a garage. Too often, that ends up being a big mistake. Here are some examples of the kinds of things you really should know before any auto repair work starts:

  • Does your shop work on any kind of vehicle? Of course, most shops can service a product from GM, Ford, Chrysler, Nissan, Toyota and the other leading makes. Some makes, however, require a lot more training and experience, o ...[more]
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Keep Your Cool This Summer

June 1st, 2016

Before the blazing sun of summer leaves you sweating and feverishly rolling down the windows, consult a mechanic to inspect your air conditioning system for leaks, cracks or other malfunctions. There is no greater summertime discomfort than peeling yourself out of a scorching vehicle. Beat the heat with air conditioning repair. Like most auto repair an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of good. Never allow a tiny problem turn into a disaster; as a minor air conditioning repair is often relatively quick and inexpensive, while a larger fix may not be.

As the air conditioning system in a vehicle ages, constant check-ups and addressing small problems will save both time and money in the future. If the air conditioning system in a vehicle is not offering the cooling power it ...[more]

Helpful Tips For The High Mileage Car

June 1st, 2016

High Mileage CarIf your car has reached the 75,000 mile mark or higher, it usually means at least two things:

  1. You’ve probably been taking care of it, so congratulations!
  2. Your vehicle now requires a little more tender loving care.

High mileage vehicles are pretty common, but without proper maintenance, you may be setting your car up for failure. The car’s parts are getting older and have received a lot of wear and tear. To get the most out of your vehicle, take some of these simple steps to ensure that your car can stand the test of time and keep you on the road for more miles and years to come.

  • Oil Changes:
    This cannot be stressed enough. ...[more]

Air Pressure

June 1st, 2016

Air Pressure is important

Your tires will last longer if you maintain the proper air pressure. In fact, keeping them correctly inflated is the most important thing you can do.
 
To check your tire’s air pressure, you will need an accurate tire gauge. You can find one at your local tire dealer or automotive supply store.
 
Step 1: Finding the proper inflation:
Always use your manufacturer’s air pressure / inflation guidelines. To find this information, look:
  • In your owner's manual
  • On the edge of the driver’s door or door frame
  • Inside the glove box door
  • On the sidewall of the tire
Although your tire will have inflation information printed on the sidewall, it is ...[more]

Top 5 Maintenance Tips Every Car Owner Should Know

June 1st, 2016

Whether your car is brand new or a few years old, there are several simple yet important things you can do to keep your vehicle safe and in good running order. The following car maintenance checklist is designed to help you get the most out of your car while avoiding major auto repairs for as long as possible.

Tip #1: Always follow the manufacturers guidelines on oil changes.

Every automobile manufacturer provides recommendations on the number of miles between oil changes. Todays rule of thumb is every 5,000 miles, although many vehicles are designed to go longer. Changing the oil in your car regularly will protect the engine and its parts, keep it running smoothly and even make the car a little more fuel efficient. Plus, you may be required to have the oil changed at specific intervals in order to maintain your cars warranty, if applicable. ...[more]