Yearly Archives: 2022

5 Tips to Prevent Car Breakdowns During the Summer

5 Tips to Prevent Car Breakdowns During the Summer

As the summer months approach, many of us begin to plan road trips and vacations. However, before you hit the open road, it's crucial to ensure your car is up for the journey. Here are five tips to help prevent car breakdowns during the summer: Check Your Tires Hot weather can cause tires to become inflated, which can lead to a blowout. The hot pavement can also cause tire treads to wear down faster, leading to a blowout. To avoid a breakdown, check your tire pressure and tread depth regularly. If you're going on a long road trip, consider bringing a spare tire and tools in case you have a breakdown. Being prepared can minimize the risk of breaking down in the middle of nowhere! Inspect Your Coolant As the temperature rises, so does the risk of your car breaking down. One of the most important things you can do to prevent a breakdown is to check your ... read more

Signs That Your Car Battery Needs to Be Replaced

Signs That Your Car Battery Needs to Be Replaced

Just like any other car part, vehicle batteries don’t last forever. Over time, with wear and tear and exposure to extreme temperatures, they grow weak and lose their charge. It's a good idea to swap out your car battery every few years, or a max of 5 years so that you'll get the most out of it.    You can also see if your battery exemplifies signs of old age. These are some warning signs that indicate your car battery needs to be replaced: Car Takes Longer to Start When most people can’t start their engine, they immediately think of their battery. Sometimes, extreme cold or hot weather can make it harder for your car to start. However, if it is happening all the time, it's time to have your battery replaced.  Power Fluctuations A good car battery should provide a constant flow of sufficient energy. If there are changes to your vehicle lighting when revving the car,  the battery may be nearing the end of its life. Cranking or Clicking N ... read more

4 Essential Fuel Saving Tips

4 Essential Fuel Saving Tips

It seems like nowadays, gas prices are always on the rise. We understand it may be frustrating every time you have to fill up, but there are things you can do to improve your vehicle’s fuel efficiency to help you save money on gas. While it may be nice to swap out your car for an electric one, you don’t have to.    Here are some ways how to improve your vehicle’s gas mileage:  Stay on top of your routine maintenance and service - Maintenance is a preventative measure that has been proven to make a difference in the longevity of many vehicles. It also helps ensure that your vehicle runs efficiently and smoothly. Drive smoothly - It would be best for you to not constantly go between hitting the gas or brakes when driving. Plus, you should press lightly and not too harshly. To achieve the best mileage, you should ease into slowing down and speeding up.  Avoid heavy traffic when possible - As mentioned, constant stop-and-go traffic wastes more gas ... read more

Things to Never Leave in a Hot Car

Things to Never Leave in a Hot Car

The heat inside your car can be devastating. Sometimes even in cool weather, the temperature in your car can rise to scorching levels. While you may not understand how your car's temperature gets so high, the heat poses many hazards, sometimes even life-threatening situations. Today, it's common knowledge not to leave children, pets, the elderly, and other valuables in your car. While these are prone to the risk of heatstrokes and your valuables to thieves, still, there are other things you should not leave inside a hot car. The heat can damage other daily items left behind in your car without considering the impact of high temperatures on them. With that said, never leave the following things in a hot car. Electronic Gadgets Your electronics, such as phones and laptops, are battery-powered. These batteries can be easily damaged by excess heating and may even explode. Leaving them in a hot car can cause overheating and damage. Plastic Bottles The heat in your car can cause ... read more

Different Types of DOT Fluids Used in Automobiles

Different Types of DOT Fluids Used in Automobiles

The operation of your braking system is essential for your and others' safety. If your vehicle's braking system is a hydraulic system, then it means you need brake fluid to carry out its functions. Without brake fluid, also referred to as DOT fluid, it helps your car come to a complete stop. DOT fluid is one of the most popular forms of brake fluid used in cars, SUVs, and trucks today. There are different grades or categories of DOT fluid, and it can be confusing since they're classified with numbers. Here are the differences between each type of DOT fluid: DOT 3 - It is a glycol-based brake fluid with the lowest boiling point. It is the most basic and cheapest option. DOT 4 - Most cars outside of the US use this fluid. DOT 4 has a higher boiling point than DOT 3, making it more expensive. DOT 5: DOT 5 is more distinctively different than DOT 3 & 4 because it is silicone-based. Some of them have a purple hue, and it is priced similarly to DOT 4. Since it is silicone ... read more

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