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Why Does My Car Feel Sluggish?

Why Does My Car Feel Sluggish?

It's a relatively common misconception by motorists that every car needs to have its engine warmed before driving, and that failure to do so will cause it to perform with less power than expected. In fact, providing a vehicle is less than around 15 years old, there's absolutely no need to warm it up, and any sluggishness or loss of accelerating power you experience, should not be attributed to this fact. If you put your foot on the pedal and the car doesn't accelerate with as much gusto as usual, it's likely that there's another cause, and one that can only be properly assessed and addressed by a professional mechanic. Slow or low acceleration? If a vehicle hesitates or provides only minimal acceleration when the gas pedal is fully depressed, it's probable that there's a fuel or emissions system fault. It's also possible that you don't fully realize the extent of the car's driveability issues until you attempt a steep incline, or need to speed ... read more

How To Keep Your Brakes In Good Shape

How To Keep Your Brakes In Good Shape

It is every driver’s ultimate responsibility to keep their brakes in good condition so that everyone on the road can be safe. Brake service is a crucial part of preventative maintenance. If neglected, you are at risk of serious problems and costly damages down the line.    Brakes can lose their effectiveness as early as 20-25K miles. Typically, they wear down from wear and tear, poor braking habits, and the type of environment in which they operate. It is usually recommended that you have your brake system completely inspected every 6 months or at the time of service.   To celebrate Brake Safety Awareness Month, we are excited to share the following braking tips with you: Tips on How to Keep Your Brakes Longer Tip #1: Remove Extra Weight | When you haul heavier items around, it can negatively impact your brakes. It adds extra burden on the brakes, wearing them down quicker. Therefore, we recommend only carrying items and equipment that you need.  Tip ... read more

Summer Maintenance Checklist for Your Vehicle

Summer Maintenance Checklist for Your Vehicle

A summer maintenance checklist can help ensure your car is in good shape for those family road trips and beach days. You can avoid a breakdown or expensive repair bill down the road by completing some simple tasks. Here are a few things to remember as you prepare your car for summer fun. Check the Air Pressure in Your Tires One of the most crucial things you can do to maintain your car running well is to ensure the tires are inflated to the correct level. The recommended pressure is usually printed on the side of the tire. If the pressure is low, use an air compressor or hand pump to add air until it reaches the proper level. Check the Levels of All Your Fluids Another important part of summer vehicle maintenance is checking all fluid levels under the hood. This includes coolant, brake, power steering, and transmission fluid. Check your owner's manual to find out where each reservoir is located and what the proper level should be. Change the Oil and Oil Filter If you haven ... read more

How Often Should You Change Spark Plugs?

How Often Should You Change Spark Plugs?

A spark plug is a tiny device that plugs into the cylinder of an engine and delivers the spark for combustion via a conduit that connects the battery to the spark plug. An engine normally has as many spark plugs as cylinders, so a four-cylinder engine has four plugs and an eight-cylinder engine has eight plugs. Some vehicles have two spark plugs per cylinder for more accurate ignition. Spark plug are also necessary for maintaining the engine health and ensuring that they are working at peak efficiency. Therefore, If the spark plugs wear out, it might affect engine's fuel efficiency and performance. How often should you change your spark plugs? While sometimes ignored, replacing your spark plugs may be an excellent way of improving your vehicle's performance and it's usually included in the vehicle maintenance routine. On average, spark plugs should be replaced every 30,000 to 150,000 miles, depending on the type of plug that was installed. There are two distinct types o ... read more

Tips for Nighttime Driving

Tips for Nighttime Driving

A fair percentage of drivers either refuse to drive at night, or feel insecure about their driving abilities in the dark. Driving at night is definitely more dangerous and it comes with more risks. However, sometimes nighttime driving is necessary, and here are some tips to ensure safe nighttime travel: Test your headlights and taillights regularly. Make sure your vehicle's lights and signals (low beams, high beams, turning signals, and brake lights) are working correctly. If there is a problem, do NOT drive at night until it is repaired. Also, read the owner's manual and learn how to customize your headlights' angle and aim.   Stay Alert! This one is extremely important because not only do you need to be fully awake and aware of your own driving, you also need to pay extra attention to other vehicles on the road who may be driven by sleepy drivers. Feeling tired? Stop at a well-lit convenience store and splash water on your face, get a cup of coffee, and you should ... read more

Does Power Steering Fluid Need To Be Replaced?

Does Power Steering Fluid Need To Be Replaced?

Does your car have power steering? Do you know what power steering fluid is and why it needs to be replaced? Read on to find out everything you need to know about power steering fluid. What is power steering fluid? Power steering fluid is a hydraulic fluid that helps transfer the motion of the steering wheel to the wheels of the car, making it easier to steer. Over time, the power steering fluid can become contaminated with dirt and debris, which can make it less effective at lubricating the system. This can lead to problems with the power steering pump, hoses, and other components. Why does the power steering fluid need to be replaced? To keep your power steering system working properly, it's important to regularly replace the power steering fluid. Depending on your car, you may need to do this every 30,000 miles or so. Check your owner's manual for specific recommendations. How to replace power steering fluid If it's time to replace your power steering fluid, there ... read more

How To Clear Foggy Windows When It Is Humid

How To Clear Foggy Windows When It Is Humid

A car with foggy windows may not seem like a major problem, but it can certainly make it harder to see. No matter what type of climate you live in, you've probably experienced this before. Here's how to deal with this problem this spring and summer!   Foggy windows occur due as a result of a shift in temperature and/or the air's moisture content. Unlike foggy windows caused by cold weather, fogginess from humidity forms on the outside of your windows and windshield. Fortunately, these are simple fixes. Turn on your windshield wipers. First, you can turn on your wipers and have them wipe away the condensation. That should give you immediate results. However, your windows and mirrors can still be foggy. Lower your A/C. Increasing the temperature in your car will help offset the temperature difference between the inside and outside air.  Turn off recirculating air feature. Having this off will hel ... read more

What Are the Signs of a Car Battery Leak?

What Are the Signs of a Car Battery Leak?

A leaking or corroded battery can put you in a dangerous situation and cost you time and money. So to avoid having this happen to your battery, you should regularly monitor and test your vehicle battery.   Various chemical reactions take place within the battery to power your vehicle. If you notice your car battery leaking acid, you should address the problem as soon as possible. While batteries can leak due to time/age, other things can impact battery life as well: Using an old car battery Overcharging the car battery Freezing cold weather Physical damages to the car battery If you don’t take the initiative to fix your leaking batteries, it can be a significant problem down the line.  Signs Your Car Battery Might Be Leaking A Rotten Smell Comes Out Of The Battery Corrosion Around The Battery Terminal Cabs The Battery’s Casing Looks Bloated, Swollen, or Warped The Battery is Sweating or Wet Driving with a leaking battery is considered dangerous because ... read more

Why Is My Steering Wheel So Tough to Turn?

Why Is My Steering Wheel So Tough to Turn?

The steering system is a complex system of parts that is more than just the steering wheel. Without the steering system, you and other drivers alike will not be able to control the direction of your vehicle. When it malfunctions, you will face a handful of problems, such as a locked up or stiff steering wheel. Listed below are common reasons why your steering wheel may become tough to turn: Bad Steering Rack The steering rack is a vital piece in the power steering system. It's made up of the pinion and rack. The steering rack can display wear and tear after years of running. Low Power Steering Fluid A stiff steering wheel can be created by low-power steering fluid, usually caused by a leak. Most powering steering fluid leaks happen from cracked or loose hoses. Flawed Serpentine Belt The serpentine belt is a long and snake-like rubber belt that wraps around a vehicle's core parts, such as the power steering pump, air conditioning, alternator, and more. If the serpentine be ... read more

Transmission Fluid Maintenance

Transmission Fluid Maintenance

A leaky transmission is not something that car owners should take lightly. Transmission fluid provides necessary smooth and cooling properties for the functioning of transmission parts. If the fluid is nearing empty or the liquid itself is in terrible condition, it will lead to major transmission problems down the line. Likewise, transmission repairs, rebuilds, and replacements are not easy or cheap. We always recommend that it's best to care for minor issues like leaks before they develop into huge concerns.   Self Maintenance You can monitor the amount and quality of the transmission fluid at home. There is a dipstick designated for your transmission fluid in most vehicles. You can use this period to ensure the liquid is at a sufficient level, just like you would with your engine oil. You should also note what the fluid looks like in the reservoir. If the solution seems dark, nasty, old, or has a burned smell, it may be because you need a fluid change. Some people like to ... read more

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