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Tips on How to Preserve Your Car Battery

Tips on How to Preserve Your Car Battery

Your car battery is the powerhouse for all of your vehicle's electrical components. In other words, it powers the radio, power seats, power, windows, dashboard lights, exterior lights, car engine, and more. Battery maintenance significantly matters, especially now that we're in the middle of summer. With hotter weather, your battery can weaken more easily. If you stick to these tips, you can keep your battery operating longer:   Battery Maintenance Tips Keep your car parked in the shade (preferably in an insulated garage). Avoid letting your vehicle sit in direct sunlight all day. If a shady parking spot or a garage isn't available to you, opt for some sunshades.   Keep your battery clean. Regularly open the hood of your car and examine your car battery. It should be free of debris and residue in order to work effectively. If you notice any gunk on your battery, clean it off with a cloth.   Make sure your battery is in place. While examining the exteri ... read more

When Should I Replace My Windshield Wipers?

When Should I Replace My Windshield Wipers?

Functioning windshield wipers are imperative to both your safety and the safety of others on the road. We often don't think of them as part of our regular vehicle maintenance, but they are just as crucial as your oil change and tire rotations. So, if you catch yourself not seeing through the rain or snow, you should consider replacing them. But, please do not wait until it's too late and risk getting into an accident.   How Often Should I Change My Wiper Blades? If you want to be extra careful, your wipers should be replaced every six to twelve months. However, the interval between each change can depend on usage, blade brand quality, and other external factors.    Signs You Need New Wiper Blades Most of the time, you can rely on your senses to tell when to change your windshield wipers. Good, functioning wipers should always be able to clear out the water, snow, or slush on your windshield. Here are symptoms to look out for:   Squeaky Noise It can ... read more

What is 30/60/90K Vehicle Maintenance?

What is 30/60/90K Vehicle Maintenance?

When it comes to owning a vehicle, it is advised that you have your vehicle serviced following a 30/60/90K maintenance schedule. This schedule is created by your vehicle's manufacturer and is based upon the suspected lifespan of certain parts and fluids within your vehicle. Following this plan helps ensure that your vehicle runs at its best and helps you avoid major issues down the road.  What Does 30/60/90K Maintenance Mean? Maintenance following this schedule just means that your vehicle should be serviced after 30,000 miles, 60,000 miles, and 90,000 miles. This is highly recommended for new vehicles and can also help to increase the effective lifespan of your vehicle and minimize the expenses involved in maintaining your vehicle. Some repairs, like a timing belt, are less extensive if the issue is caught early. A problem such as this ignored can lead to even more damage, which can lead to needing more repairs. Proper maintenance can save you mone ... read more

5 Car Care Tips for Spring

5 Car Care Tips for Spring

Now that winter is already a memory, it is perfect for a profound reminder of the seasonal-care-tips smooth transition into spring. Do not be surprised to hear that this is the car care month. As you say goodbye to cold temperature and harsh weather conditions, do not ignore the spring car maintenance tips for a smooth drive in the months coming up now that it is time to plan road trips amidst the warm weather. Your 5-Point Spring car Care Tip Remember that spring is the perfect time for you to prepare ensure that your vehicle systems work at optimum during the upcoming travel season. Here is a maintenance checklist for you! Change the Fluids Driving in harsh weather takes a toll on your car. Salt and fluids may have accumulated in your car's engine systems. It is important to schedule changes for basic fluids such as oil. Remember that oil picks up impurities as it runs to lubricate and cool the engine. Check Your Car Battery You can perform basic tests such as battery fluid ... read more

How Often Do I Need A Timing Belt Replacement?

How Often Do I Need A Timing Belt Replacement?

Every vehicle comes equipped with a timing belt; this part on your vehicle controls the camshaft and crankshaft of the engine being able to rotate. It also operates the opening and closing of the valves in your engine allowing gasoline and air in and out. The job of the timing belt is to coordinate the engine's functions; this will cause fuel to ignite in the combustion chamber. Knowing what the timing belt is and what it does is one major step, but how do you know when your timing belt needs to be replaced? How do you know how often you need to replace your timing belt? Knowing how vital your timing belt is to the operation of your engine, you need to know that it will wear out over time, and will at some point need to be replaced. There are mileage intervals that are generally set by manufacturers that say you need to have your timing belt replaced. For most vehicles, it is anywhere between 60,000 – 100,000 miles. If you look in your owner's manual you will find the su ... read more

My Car Feels Sluggish - What Could Be The Cause?

My Car Feels Sluggish - What Could Be The Cause?

Do you think your car feels sluggish? You're not sure what's the cause behind it! If so, you are in the right place. Let's find out. If your vehicle has too many miles on it then that might be the cause that slows down the acceleration. If your car is new then there could be an underlying problem. It's good to know what's causing the issue as it won't be safe to drive a sluggish car for too long. Read on for more information. Causes Behind Why Your Car Feels Sluggish The following causes are possible: #1. It's possible that the fuel filter of your vehicle might be clogged. If that's the cause, it's time for maintenance and cleaning it. #2. The malfunctioning sensor can lead to the issue, but a professional can help. There could be an issue with the fuel pump! #3. A failure in the fuel delivery system of the car. You'll know there is an issue when you push the gas pedal and the car feels sluggish. #4. Bad coil leading to a misfiring engine ... read more

What are the Biggest Problems with Transmissions?

What are the Biggest Problems with Transmissions?

They design your automatic transmission to switch gears automatically using a system of built-in sensors and internal oil pressure. This automatic switching process takes the place of manual transmissions that require the driver to shift gears manually. If any of the components involved in this process are broken or missing, problems with your transmission are likely to occur. In this article, we look at a few common transmission issues (and how to solve them). Signs There's a Problem with Your Automatic Transmission One of the clearest signs of automatic transmission trouble is your car not shifting when it's put in gear. For example, if it takes your car a few extra seconds to shift into drive (or if it doesn't shift into gear at all) this is a sign of a transmission issue. A good mechanic may suggest a fluid exchange service to resolve this issue. Other potential fixes include resetting the car computer or contacting a certified mechanic. If you're notic ... read more

Benefits of Having a Coolant Flush

Benefits of Having a Coolant Flush

The appropriate maintenance of your fluid flushes contributes significantly to optimal car functioning. Coolant flushes form essential parts of the cooling system. They minimize engine overheating, which results in significant car troubles. Engine coolants are a combination of ethylene or propylene glycol and water, generally in a 50/50 ratio. There are different types of engine coolants, and it is essential to get the correct type that works for the specific vehicle. Importance of Engine Coolant The absence of the coolant would make the heat from the combustion style ruing the engine quickly. A once in a year coolant flush maintains effective working of the cooling system. Why should you get a coolant flush? Eliminates Anti-freeze Old antifreeze tends to turn acidic and begins to clump. Coolant flush replaces the old stuff with fresh antifreeze, which performs its function effectively. Eradicates Contaminants Old antifreeze loses its anti-corrosive properties. This results in th ... read more

A Short Guide on Tire Wear Patterns

A Short Guide on Tire Wear Patterns

Tire tread is similar to a facial expression; if you look close enough, it can tell how your tires are doing. Clues to your vehicle's health are sprinkled through the tires based on how they wear. Inspecting whether your tires wear in the center, edge, or on the outer can help you determine if maintenance or service is needed. Understanding what's normal and unusual tire wear can prevent you from running into a problem in the future. To help you decipher the story your tires are trying to tell, below is a short guide on 5 of the common types of tire wear. Patchy Wear Patchy tire wear will suggest that the wheels may be out of balance. Regular tire rotations can prevent a patchy tire. This type of maintenance can stop the wear from worsening in the future. The moment you notice patchy wear, alert your trusted tire specialist at University Tire & Auto Service to find a schedule best for your vehicle to extend its lifespan.  Cent ... read more

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It May Be Time for A Wheel Alignment

It May Be Time for A Wheel Alignment

Several essential parts work together to keep your car driving straight. When the wheels become misaligned, your vehicle may become more difficult to control. If you recently went too fast over a speed bump or hit a pothole, the wheels could get knocked out of balance. Over time, you may notice a significant hit to performance, followed by a decrease in gas mileage. Below are five crucial signs; it's time for a wheel alignment.   Crooked Steering Wheel  An off-center steering wheel is a common sign that the wheel alignment needs to be adjusted. If you have to strong-arm the steering wheel to keep it driving straight, it's time to reach out to a trusted mechanic.  Vehicle Vibrating  Misaligned wheels will cause your tires to fight to move in different vibrations. This struggle between all four wells can cause your vehicle to vibrate in severe cases.  Uneven tire wear  Your tires can give ... read more

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