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Yearly Archives: 2015

Checking your Headlights

Checking your Headlights

Winter roads are dark – make sure you can see (and be seen) on the roads in Pensacola by checking your headlights. For most drivers, headlights are one piece of your car that is taken for granted. You don’t have to think about your headlights unless the roads are dark. Modern cars often have automatic lights, so you don’t even need to flip a switch to see at night. But what happens when your headlights are looking a little duller than usual? If you’re not checking your headlights as part of your car care routine, you may miss the warning signs and small issues that make it hard to see on dark winter roads. First, check your bulbs. Once per month, ask a passenger to help you check your lights. Have one person sit in the car and turn on and off the various lights while the other walks around the vehicle to make sure they are all working. Headlights, foglights, taillights, brake lights, turn signals… each bulb is important for helping you stay safe on ... read more

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Flat Tires from Low Tire Pressure

Flat Tires from Low Tire Pressure

“Check your tire pressure or you’ll get a flat!” These words of wisdom, in one form or another, are passed to drivers as the temperatures change in Pensacola. And it’s true – tire pressure matters, and no one wants a flat tire, but why are they related? Under-inflated tires change the way the tire hits the road. When you look at a tire straight on, you see the tread. The tire is designed so that the tread hit the road straight on, carrying the weight of your vehicle in the center of the tire. If you look at a tire from the side, you’ll notice that the edge is much smoother. The tread tapers off leaving a smooth sidewall on most tires. When there is too little air in the tire, part of the edge becomes exposed to the road as you drive. All of the weight from the vehicle is shifted to the outside edge of the tire. Instead of carrying your vehicle smoothly on the center of the tire, the edge must hold the bulk of the weight. This change not only affe ... read more

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Driving Safely

Vehicle safety is an important subject for most people that drive or own vehicles. There are a number of threats to your safety while driving. These threats can stem from a variety of factors such as internal issues with the car, accidents, and even burglary or any attempt of theft. Keeping that in mind, it is important to make sure all drivers and car owners are aware of the vehicle safety tips to ensure their car stays safe. Here is a list of a few vehicle safety tips that can be easily put into practice. Make Sure Your Car Is Maintained A car that is up to the mark in terms of maintenance is safer than a car that has faulty parts. When you know that your car is in pristine shape, you are likely to have a different drive feel and sense of safety. Make sure you are able to get your car’s engine, tires, brakes etc. through proper maintenance before you set for a ride in your vehicle, since a faulty engine can sometimes result in severe mishaps. Stay On ... read more

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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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