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Oil Changing Tips

Oil Changing Tips

Car retailers, manufacturers, and mechanics alike place considerable importance on the role of engine oil in your car. Most motorists believe with good reason that one of the simplest ways of prolonging the life of your vehicle is to change your car’s oil regularly. If you value your car enough, you’ll know the importance of keeping in pristine shape and efficient performance. This article lays down a few oil change tips that you can use to make sure you are able to get your car’s oil changed without hassle. Read Up A Bit To make sure you don’t end up making a mistake in changing your car’s oil, the most important thing to do is to take a look at the owner’s manual for the car. The manual is likely to contain details of the capacity of oil that the engine has and the viscosity levels of the oil to be added. Make sure that you are aware of the details of oil weight and type before you try your hand at this. Start The Engine And Warm It Up Oil ... read more

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Brake Rotor Resurfacing

Brake Rotor Resurfacing

If you have owned and driven your vehicle for any length of time, you are sure to have felt the difference in the brake service that you get from different shops. Traditionally, brake services had the servicemen machine the rotors instead of replacing them. Now however, breaks are regularly being replaced after almost every break service. This blog will outline the reasons why rotors are now being replaced instead of machined after every brake service. Thinner Rotors The thickness of the rotors in today’s vehicle brakes has considerably decreased. While this decrease in thickness is likely to benefit the car’s performance such as fuel economy, speed, and velocity, it makes it unable to be machined and reused. While this may be beneficial for the car’s performance, being too thin significantly impairs the rotors’ usefulness. The job of a brake rotor is to dissipate the heat from the braking which thicker rotors can do. Thinner rotors, however, start to melt ... read more

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Troubleshooting Common Engine Issues

Troubleshooting Common Engine Issues

Each and every car that is traveling on a road is likely to be different to your car in terms of specifications, color, type, and brand. Not only are such cars different in terms of their consumption of gasoline and performance mechanisms, they also differ from one another in terms of engine type, engine specification, etc. While most cars on the road have different engines to each other, most of them are likely to go through the same engine problems over the course of the car’s life. Engine problems tend to be the same in most cars owing to the similarity in their causes. This blog highlights the leading causes of engine trouble common in most cars. A Faulty Cooling System A cooling system that isn’t up to the mark is one of the leading reasons for engine problems. Lack of effective cooling will allow the engine of the car to heat up thereby hampering engine performance. Faulty cooling systems are likely to contain faulty fan belts, and a low ou ... read more

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4 Signs Your Car Needs a Brake Repair

4 Signs Your Car Needs a Brake Repair

When you are going for a ride in your car, the one thing that serves as your safety guarantee is the car’s brakes. Therefore, it is essential that this part of the car be kept in pristine conditions at all times. To make sure the brakes in your car are working efficiently, you need to be on the lookout for the five ways your car tells you the brakes need a look in. The importance of brakes in a car means that they should be taken for repair immediately. Remember, all that stands between you and a runaway, speeding, accident-prone car are proper-functioning brakes. Here is a list of five ways your vehicle tells you the brakes are in need of repair. The Squeal Sound In Application The design of the brakes means that when they are low on maintenance, they tend to give out squeal or screech sounds when applied. Your car’s brakes have a minor mechanism that creates a shrill noise which only stops once the brakes have been applied. Beware, since this is the ve ... read more

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4 Signs of Transmission Trouble

4 Signs of Transmission Trouble

Trying to diagnose problems with the car’s engine is an impossible task for most of us. Let us make this task easier. With a little attention to detail and some useful tips, the process will become a lot simpler. What is the first thing you do when your stomach starts to hurt? You think of the last meal that you ate, i.e. you try to find out the reason for the pain. This process is exactly what you should do with your car. If you feel a change in the functioning of the car’s engine, it’s time to consider what the problem is and to try and get it fixed. This article will outline the five ways that you can judge a problem in your car’s engine transmission. A Burning Smell One of the easiest indicators of engine problems is the burning smell of transmission fluids. The smell of burning fluids is commonly an indicator of the overheating of the transmission unit. These fluids are tasked with not only keeping the moving part in the engine lubricated, but ... read more

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4 Important Fluids that Keep your Car Running

4 Important Fluids that Keep your Car Running

Have you ever visited the doctor due to dehydration? If you have, you’ll know the importance doctors give to the regular intake of fluids for your body. Our vehicles are no different. Among the wide range of maintenance that cars need, checking the fluids of a car is one of the easiest and cheapest ways to keep your car running smoothly. This blog will highlight the 4 fluids in your car that play a major role in making sure your car’s on-road performance is top drawer. Engine Oil If you are new to the world of car and car maintenance, it is possible that the only car fluid you’ve ever heard of is the engine oil. Most of the people tend to know this part of car maintenance and are likely to be aware of how to check the car’s engine oil. Engine oil is integral to the performance of every car and most cars tend to have the same basic way of checking its engine oil. All you need to do is pop the hood, take a hold of the ... read more

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3 Myths About Engine Oil

3 Myths About Engine Oil

Anyone who owns a car will know what engine oil is. A car’s engine is heavily dependent on the presence of engine oil to enhance the car’s running. Engine oil works to make sure that each part of the engine is well lubricated and capable of fighting off rust corrosion. Most of us are likely to know a good deal about engine oil since it is one of the most common maintenance chores that come with owning a car. Yet, some of what you know about engine oil isn’t exactly true. In this blog post, we will look to debunk a few myths that have crept into our knowledge of engine oil and if believed are likely to hurt the car as much as your pocket. Myth 1 – In 10W-30 the W is an abbreviation of Weight One of the primary factors that need to be taken into account when buying engine oil is the viscosity or the thickness of the oil. The viscosity of the engine helps in the running of the car – the lesser the viscosity the greater the ease wit ... read more

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Best Interior Car Care Practices

Best Interior Car Care Practices

As we previously wrote, there are a few reasons why you should keep your vehicle clean, both inside and out. A clean car (think your windshield or brake rotors) is a safer car. A clean car will hold better resale value. A clean car will help your enjoy your driving from point A to point B a little more. All great reasons. Now let’s get into how to properly detail your car. This blog article will focus on interior car care. Most of us spend at least an hour each day inside of our car. We drive to and from work, to school, soccer practice, the grocery store, etc. Most of us probably also wish that the interior of our car was a bit cleaner. Well, here’s a few tips on how to keep each section of your interior in better shape. Each section will be broken into steps. Vacuum Seats / Carpets / Doors / Dashboard Make sure you have a wet/dry vac. Note: the more horsepower and ‘lift’ that vac has, the easier it ... read more

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Best Exterior Car Care Practices

Best Exterior Car Care Practices

As we previously wrote, there are a few reasons why you should keep your vehicle clean, both inside and out. A clean car (think your windshield or brake rotors) is a safer car. A clean car will hold better resale value. A clean car will help your enjoy your driving from point A to point B a little more. All great reasons. Now let’s get into how to properly detail your car. This blog article will focus on exterior car care. Each section will be broken into steps. Wheel/Tire Care Rinse the wheels and tires. A hose is fine, a pressure washer is better. Optimum pressure is around 2,200-2,800 PSI. More importantly, keep a distance of at least 18 inches. This will prevent the pressure of the water chipping the surface. Wash the wheel and tire with a scrub brush. Using a tool that can get deeper into the wheel well is best. We recom ... read more

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How To Keep Your Car Clean

How To Keep Your Car Clean

* This is the 1st blog in a series we’ll be doing. For those who are wanting to learn more about keeping their vehicle in pristine condition, make sure to follow our blog!* Why You Need to Keep Your Vehicle Clean As you know, there are many reasons to keep your car in pristine condition.  More Enjoyable – Driving ExperienceOn a practical level, having a clean car is simply more enjoyable to drive on a daily basis. Better Resale Value – On a financial level, having a clean car will help your resale value when it comes time to sell it. And no, just having it detailed right before it comes time to sell won’t help if your paint is oxidized due to neglect. Safety – Last, having a clean car is safer (think your windshield during a storm). Through the next couple blogs, we’ll get into the details (pun intended) on how to maintain your vehicle, both inside and out. For you do it yourselfers, this will be a help. For those who ar ... read more

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