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Taking Proper Care Of Your Vehicle’s Tires

Posted by on Dec 10, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

There are several things that you should do in regard to your vehicle’s tires to keep them at their best quality possible. Taking care of your tires will keep your vehicle safe on the road and can save you from needing to pay for costly repairs. Here are a few guidelines that you should consider to keep your tires working their best. Tire Pressure You should keep your tires inflated to the recommended tire pressure level that is listed in your vehicle manual. Having too little air in your tires can cost you extra in gas usage. It can also make your vehicle harder to steer. If you have too much air in your tires, you are at risk for a blow out. It would be easy to puncture an overfilled tire by running over something sharp. Do a check of your tires whenever there is a drastic temperature change, as this can alter the amount of air that is retained. It is a good idea to do weekly checks to keep your tire’s air where it should be. Tire Rotation You should have your tires rotated a few times a year to help avoid uneven wear. If one tire starts to have less tread than others, the vehicle will pull to one side. The uneven wear will escalate quickly if not remedied. Having your tires rotated can fix this. Switch the left and right front tires with each other. The same should be done with the left and right back tires for best results. Tire Balancing Tire balancing makes a evenly distributed weight on all tires of your vehicle. This is aid in avoiding uneven wear. Tires are usually balanced when you get a full set put on your vehicle. Small weights will be added to tires that are smaller weight-wise than others on your vehicle. Tire Alignment You should have your alignment checked any time you hit something with your vehicle. This includes large potholes that can jostle your vehicle around. The impact of a hit can cause your tires to move slightly so that they are not driving evenly. This can also cause your vehicle to pull to one side and can cause your vehicle to shake. Tire Tread The tread of your tire should appear grooved and bumpy. If you have any smooth spots on your tire, you will need to replace it. There are tiny threads underneath the rubber of a tire. If you are able to see these, it is also time for a new tire.  Contact professionals, such as Riverside Tire Inc, for help with these...

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Getting The Most From Your Vehicle: The Benefits Of Frequent Maintenance

Posted by on Dec 8, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Purchasing a new vehicle will often require a significant investment. Consequently, it is quite easy to understand why you want to ensure you get every mile possible out of your vehicle before needing to buy a new one. Thankfully, accomplishing this goal can be much easier than you think with just a bit of preventative maintenance. Below, you will learn more about the most frequent types of maintenance your vehicle will require over the years and why each of these maintenance services is so important to the longevity of your vehicle. Oil Changes Your vehicle’s engine is without a doubt one of the most important parts of your entire vehicle. After all, without a working engine, your vehicle is really nothing more than a collection of scrap metal. Motor oil is the lifeblood of your vehicle’s engine. This oil prevents your engine from overheating and seizing by limiting the amount of friction while your motor is running. Unfortunately, over time, this oil can collect mineral deposits and other debris that prevent it from circulating properly. If this dirty oil is not replaced with clean oil in a timely fashion, the engine could seize. If this happens, you could find yourself dealing with the need for a whole new engine. This is why it is so important to take your vehicle in for an oil change every few months. Tire Rotation And Balancing People often overlook the importance of properly caring for their vehicle’s tires. However, the truth is, your tires can have a huge impact on the fuel efficiency and safety of your vehicle. When it comes to maintaining your vehicle’s tires, there are three basic features that you should be aware of. These three features are inflation, rotation, and balance. To ensure proper function from your tires and ultimately extend their lifespan, you will need to ensure that your tires are properly inflated at all times. The ideal PSI (pressure per square inch) for your tires can be found in the door jam of your vehicle, as well as on the wall of your tires. You will also need to ensure that your vehicles tires are rotated and balanced on a regular basis. This will ensure an even wear pattern on the tire’s tread and allow your vehicle to grip the road better. While this type of maintenance will not be required as frequently as an oil change, you should have your tires checked for proper inflation, rotation, and balance each time you take your vehicle in to be serviced, at a shop like B and H Automotive. This will ensure that your tires are quickly attended to if they should fall out of balance or require...

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3 Indications Your Transmission Is In Need Of An Inspection

Posted by on Dec 3, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

While most of the time it will be clear if the transmission in your car or truck is in need of repair, there are times when transmission issues can go unnoticed, or ignored, for long bouts of time. Of course, the longer a transmission operates at a reduced efficiency, the more likely it is that a little problem will turn into a massive repair bill. To avoid having what would have been a ‘quick-fix’ turn into something that breaks your bank account, take a look at the following list of three issues that indicate you should probably take your vehicle to the nearest transmission shop. Trouble Getting Into First Gear For vehicles with manual transmissions, a common issue that arises with the transmission is difficulty getting the car or truck into first gear. While many soon figure out that a quick fix for this is to simply engage the clutch and press the shifter into the first gear position when coming to a stop, this is not a permanent solution. Still, other vehicles might experience this problem on subsequent gears, in which case there really is no shortcut. The most common causes behind this issue include transmission fluid that is not the proper viscosity and shift cables that are in need of adjustment. Both are fairly simple procedures, but if you’re not the mechanical type it’s time for a trip to the shop. Strange Sounds In Neutral Another symptom of potentially damaged or malfunctioning transmissions is the onset of strange noises when the vehicle is in neutral. Often times, owners think that sounds coming from the transmission are normal, given that transmissions have moving parts, mechanical components, etc. Unfortunately, transmissions are designed to move gears in and out of a gearbox seamlessly. As such, any noises that arise when your vehicle is in neutral are likely the result of worn gear teeth or bearings, or even faulty torque converters or pumps, and need to be replaced as soon as possible. Grinding Or Vibrations Similar to the above issue, vehicle owners often attribute gear grinding or vibrations to a transmission’s normal operation, but such occurrences are neither normal nor beneficial to a transmission’s functionality. In manually operated transmissions, grinding gears are often the result of worn clutches or gear synchronizers. Of course, in automatic transmissions, the same problems sometimes result in less of a grinding sound and more of a thump or jolt when the vehicle shifts gears. Automatic transmissions should shift smoothly, almost imperceptibly, so any jarring motion during the shifting sequence indicate that the vehicle should be taken to transmission specialist like Joe’s Transmissions Services Inc. as soon as possible. Though these issues are sometimes ignored and dismissed as a normal part of transmission operation, they are all issues that can lead to much more serious problems if left unattended and should never be taken...

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4 Signs That Your Vehicle Is In Need Of Transmission Repair

Posted by on Dec 2, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

It is important to make sure that you are always doing whatever you can to keep your vehicle in the best running shape possible, especially the transmission. After all, without a good quality transmission, you are not going to get very far. Therefore, you are going to want to keep an eye out for some of the following four signs of transmission problems. This way, you can have the issues fixed as soon as possible before the problems get worse. Problems Switching Gears Have you recently noticed that there is a delay switching from one gear to the next? For example, you pull out in reverse but then find that you cannot move for a few seconds once you pop the vehicle into drive. If you find that there is any sort of a delay between gears, you are going to want to have the transmission checked out as soon as possible. Jerking As You Accelerate Accelerating should be a smooth process. However, should you happen to find that your vehicle starts to jerk around a little when you are speeding up, you have a problem with your transmission. It could simply be that you need a transmission flush, where the old fluid is replaced with new fluid. However, it could be something much more serious that is going to require the attention of a transmission mechanic. Leaking Fluid Even the smallest of transmission fluid leaks is a problem that should be addressed because you cannot assume you know where it is coming from. It could be coming from the transmission itself or from one of the lines that carries the fluid. If you are not careful, you might end up with a massive leak, which could leave your transmission dry, causing it to unexpectedly lock up on you. Excessive Noises Should you happen to hear a lot of excessive noises when you are shifting gears in your transmission, there is a good chance that there is a major issue that needs to be quickly worked out. The best thing to do is to schedule an appointment with your transmission expert in order to have the problem figured out. Only then will you know if it is a minor problem that is more of an irritation or if it is a serious issue that cannot wait. As you can see, there are some clear signs of transmission problems that you are going to want to keep an eye out for. Just make sure that you are taking your vehicle to the transmission shop the moment you simply suspect that there is a problem, as that could be the difference between a transmission repair and a total replacement. For more information, contact a local auto shop like Brighton Automotive...

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Why Buy Vehicle Antifreeze/Coolant Products That Contain Water?

Posted by on Nov 21, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

You might wonder why anybody buys a jug of an antifreeze/coolant and water blend rather than a jug of straight antifreeze/coolant. Isn’t this just wasting money on water that you could simply add to the vehicle radiator at home? There are two primary reasons. First, using distilled water is considered best, and many people don’t keep distilled water on hand. Second, it’s not always easy to get an equal mix of antifreeze/coolant and water, but that equal mix is optimum. Why Distilled Water Is Best You may have seen people pouring water from the garden hose or a gallon jug of water from the sink tap into a vehicle radiator. It’s not an uncommon practice, but tap water typically has some amount of mineral content. That can lead to mineral deposits in the radiator and its components, especially if you don’t have the radiator flushed every year or two. If the heater core becomes clogged with minerals, that’s an expensive repair. Why An Equal Ratio is Important Most antifreeze products contain ethylene glycol. Interestingly, ethylene glycol actually freezes at a higher temperature than a blend of this substance with water. In addition, if your radiator contains substantially more antifreeze/coolant than water, the system will have more trouble cooling down. The chemical composition of the products means they work better for cooling with an equal ratio of water.  Because of its chemical consistency, pure antifreeze/coolant also is more likely to leak from any tiny flaw in the system than a blend of the product with water is. Making Your Own Blend You might consider buying one container of antifreeze/coolant mixed with water and then use that container to blend your own after the original product is gone. When you buy the new pure antifreeze/coolant, you’ll have a second container. Pour half of that liquid into the original container and then add an equal amount of water to both containers.  Distilled water is cheap, so consider buying enough to top off the antifreeze containers instead of using tap water.  Concluding Thoughts If you know you’ll be conscientious about keeping a good mix of antifreeze/coolant and water in your radiator, then you don’t need to buy the combination product. You can blend your own at home and save money. If you need to add liquid to the radiator now and then, have your vehicle checked by a skilled mechanic to make sure nothing is leaking or to complete radiator repairs. There may be nothing wrong, but minor leaks can lead to bigger problems in the...

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Fun Tips For Choosing The Best Wheels For Your Car

Posted by on Nov 12, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If you have always driven cars with the stock wheels they are usually sold with, you have never had the opportunity to learn how different and exciting it can be to upgrade those tires. When you are ready to make that change, there are crucial pieces of information to remember, so that you can make the best choice for your custom wheels. You May Want to Re-consider any Drastic Changes in the Tire or Wheel Size It is not unusual to look out the window and see people driving cars with tires that seem much larger than they would normally be. Although it can be tempting to want that extra visual appeal, it does not make the vehicle any more usable and could cause a problem. In addition, if you do not comply, within reason, to the manufacturer’s recommendations, you risk voiding the warranty on the entire car. When the specifications of your vehicle were created with the use of smaller tires, larger tires can make the vehicle work harder. When that happens, mechanical issues with the vehicle are more likely, and you could be held responsible for the resulting fees. Generally speaking, going an inch or two larger for your wheels is acceptable. More than that could definitely be a problem, so shop wisely and determine what the manufacturer of your vehicle deems to be appropriate.  Determine What You Use Your Car (and Wheels) For  If you are investing in new wheels for your car because you want to race in it, you may wrongly assume that you will need different tires than someone who uses the vehicle primarily as basic transportation. It is important to point out that racing cars can be slowed down with the weight of standard steel and instead would benefit more from a lightweight alloy wheel. If you spend a lot of time in your car, especially with the ever-fluctuating cost of gas, preventing wear and tear on your car will probably be one of your concerns. Therefore, reducing the total weight that your vehicle is a good idea, and you will also want to shop for the lightest weight wheels that are available for your car.  As you can see, lightweight wheels can help with gas mileage and make it easier for your car to go faster than the commuter sitting next to you at the light, so your needs might not be that different after all. In conclusion, you have many choices when you are ready to upgrade to custom wheels. Given that doing so can be an expensive purchase, you will definitely want to make sure that your purchases are the most appropriate for the vehicle, your driving habits and the recommendations of the vehicle’s manufacturer. For more information, contact Alpha & Omega Wheels or a similar...

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Maximize The Efficiency Of Your Auto Air Conditioning System With These Tips

Posted by on Nov 11, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Maximizing the efficiency of your car’s air conditioner will save you money at the gas pump in the long run. While your air conditioner is a life saver during the hottest months of the year, it detracts significantly from your car’s energy efficiency. In fact, statistics show that air conditioner operation can reduce a vehicle’s fuel economy by over 25 percent. How can you keep your car cool and comfortable while maintaining efficiency? Try the following tips: Keep air filters clean When your cabin air filters are clogged with debris such as dirt and dust, your air conditioner must work harder to keep your car cool. Cleaning or replacing your filters when necessary will maximize the efficiency of air conditioner operation and improve the interior air quality of your car. Have reflective windshield glass installed You can minimize solar heat gain in your vehicle if you have heat reflective windshield gas. Tinted film over car windows also will minimize the transmission of heat to the interior of your car. While having reflective windshield gas installed may be a costly investment, you will get back the money you invest in this improvement over time. Preventing the sun from heating up your car’s interior will allow you to be less reliant on your air conditioner. Park in shaded areas Everyone knows what it’s like to get back in the car on a hot day when it’s been sitting out in the sun. Simply parking in the shade can keep your car comfortable and make it so that you don’t even need to turn the air conditioner on when you get back. If you need to park somewhere without any shade, you can use a car sun shade to keep the temperature in your car down. Use recirculation settings Your air conditioner should have a recirculation or simply a “max” setting that will recirculate air rather than continuously cooling hot air from the outside. This increases efficiency without detracting from the comfort of your car’s interior. Resort to the fan at the end of your drive Naturally, your air conditioner will use up less fuel when you use it less often. When possible, shut off your air conditioner and just use your car’s fan to stay cool. It’s especially easy to switch off your air conditioner at the end of your drive, because your fan should be enough to simply recirculate cold air until your arrive at your destination. If your auto air conditioning system needs professional help, contact Redlands Auto...

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About The Risks Of Leaving A Windshield Cracked After A Collision

Posted by on Nov 11, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If you were in a small collision that led to a cracked windshield, it is important for you to invest in getting it repairs as soon as possible. Don’t drive around with the crack in the glass because it can reduce the amount of protection you have if you are in another collision. In this article, you will find out about the risks of leaving a windshield cracked after a collision and why you should pay to get it fixed. What are the Risks of Leaving a Windshield Cracked After a Collision? One of the risks you are taking by leaving a windshield cracked is the potential of it interfering with your view of the road, which can lead to you causing an accident. The crack will also be susceptible to cracking up completely if a small rock hits the glass while you are driving. A small rock hitting the window at a high speed can cause a lot of damage, and it can also injure you when it shatters. Another risk is getting seriously injured in the event of a front-end collision. When a windshield is in perfect shape, most of the impact from a front-end collision will be forced into the chassis of the vehicle. With a cracked windshield, your body will feel more of the impact, and the injuries will likely require more medical attention. A good windshield can also act as a safety measure in a rollover collision. The glass will prevent the hood of your vehicle from caving in as the car is rolling, as well as prevent you from be ejected. Why Should Money be Spent to Fix a Cracked Windshield? Spending money to get a cracked windshield fixed is a good investment because the protection it can provide in a collision is priceless. You can expect to pay up to $400 to replace the cracked windshield. If the crack is not deep, a window specialist may be able to simply repair it. Getting into a collision is the kind of situation that cannot always be avoided. Sharing the roads with other drivers will always put you at risk for getting hit, so make sure you are protected by not driving with a crack in the windshield. Front-end collisions can be fatal when hit at a high speed by a reckless driver, but the impact will be easier on your body with a good windshield in place. For more information about collision repair, contact Lombard Body & Fender Inc. or a similar...

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Yes, Your Teen Does Need Manual-Transmission Driving Skills

Posted by on Nov 11, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Got a teenager who’s about to learn to drive? Learning how to drive used to involve making the decision if you should learn to drive a manual transmission or stick shift. Nowadays, that question isn’t so prominent because driving manual transmissions is no longer a major possibility. But you might still want to teach your teen how to work a stick shift. If you do, your teenager is going to have more opportunities to drive than others who know how to work only automatics. Falling Sales and Availability Car makers, including Volvo, do still offer manual-transmission counterparts for most of their cars. But manual transmissions don’t form a large percentage of car sales–Edmunds reports only 3.9 percent of new car sales in the first eight months of 2013 were manual transmissions. Some car models don’t even have a manual-transmission counterpart anymore, such as the Volvo S-60 R-Design. More Choice So learning to drive a manual transmission car isn’t exactly urgent. But knowing how to drive one enables drivers to consider manual-transmission cars when buying or leasing a car, and that gives them more variety. Manuals aren’t always cheaper than automatics or continuously variable transmission cars, but sometimes they are, and having the option of getting a lower price on the car is always nice. Knowing how to drive a manual-transmission car also gives drivers way more options when looking at used cars. If your teen ever finds him- or herself in a situation where he or she needs to buy a very old car, knowing how to drive stick shifts will make it much easier to find the right car. Someone who knows how to drive automatic only will not be able to buy a whole lot of used cars. That in turn can translate into getting a lower price, too. If there’s less of a demand for cars with manual transmissions, the cost of buying the cars will not be as steep. That means your teen could be able to find a very good car that’s been sitting around because no one else can drive it. Emergency Use There’s one other reason to teach your teenager how to drive a stick shift: Emergency car use. If your teen needs to get somewhere fast, he or she can borrow someone’s car even if it’s a manual transmission. There’s no worse feeling than to have to get to a hospital, for example, because a family member’s been hurt, only to find that you don’t know how to work the one car available to you. Knowing how to drive a manual transmission will enable them to avoid that situation. Consult a professional service, like Volvo Specialists Service, if you have...

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Diesel In An Unleaded Tank: Will It Ruin Your Car?

Posted by on Nov 10, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

You’re at the gas station. You’ve got 20 minutes to get to a destination 25 minutes away, a car full of bickering kids and you didn’t know you were out of gas until you were already late leaving the house. In a hurry, you slide your card to pay, pick up the nozzle and start pumping your gas. But as you stick your head back in the car to ask your kids to stop fighting for the 734th time, you hear that voice of doubt in your head. “Did I just accidentally start filling my tank with diesel fuel?!” Chances are you didn’t. Most cars these days have a smaller nozzle insertion area, made to fit the unleaded gasoline option at the pump. The diesel nozzle likely won’t fit, or at the very least, won’t fit smoothly enough that you wouldn’t wonder what the problem was and double check what you were doing. But, if you happen to have somehow managed to fill your unleaded tank with diesel fuel, provided by a company like Nelson Petroleum, here are the steps you should take: Don’t drive anywhere! There is probably still some unleaded gas in your tank, but you don’t want to fire up your engine. Your car may go for a little while, but then the engine will quit because it has the wrong fuel and there is no telling where you will be stuck. Instead, call a tow truck to take your car where you want to go without running it. But where do you want to go? Well, that depends on how handy you are. If you think you are capable of draining the diesel out of the car efficiently, you can have the car towed home and DIY your blunder. If you would prefer a mechanic take a look, have it towed to your shop of choice. What should you expect? If you are handling the repair yourself, siphon all the diesel (and whatever unleaded was left) completely out of the car. Then refill the tank with the proper fuel and start the car. It may take a few tries, but eventually it should start. Once it does it will smoke quite a bit. Don’t be alarmed. That’s just your fuel system attempting to expel the diesel fuel. Your car may run a bit rough for a little while, but it should eventually get back to normal. Despite all your dread, using diesel in an unleaded tank doesn’t have to be a car-ruining experience. If you take your car to the mechanic, he or she will probably also drain your fuel tank. However, your mechanic may also suggest flushing your entire fuel system. If the diesel stays in your system too long, it can ruin spark plugs, filters, fuel pumps, and more. And since there is no way to know how long is too long, flushing the fuel system is probably wise. Using a mechanic may not be the cheapest solution, but it may bring you the most peace of mind. When you have that moment of panic at the pump, try to remember that the chances are small you actually put diesel fuel in your unleaded tank. However, if you did somehow manage to make that mistake, it won’t necessarily ruin your car as you...

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How To Purchase A Used Vehicle

Posted by on Nov 10, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If you need to purchase a vehicle but can’t afford to spend tens of thousands of dollars on one, you should consider purchasing a used vehicle. As long as you do your research and choose wisely, you will end up saving a lot of money. Here are a few tips that will help you purchase a used vehicle: Certified Pre-Owned Cars To simplify the purchasing process, you should consider purchasing a certified pre-owned car (CPO). Many vehicle manufacturers have certified pre-owned car programs that customers can take advantage of to sell and purchase used cars. A factory-certified car is a used vehicle that has been inspected by the vehicle’s original manufacturer. If the vehicle is deemed to be in good shape, the manufacturer will give the car their seal of approval. The factory certified car can then be sold to customers. Support for the car will be offered for an extended period beyond the vehicle’s original warranty. By purchasing a CPO car, you won’t have to worry about purchasing a used car having major flaws. Instead, you’ll be able to focus on the features and aesthetics of the car. While CPO cars usually cost more than used cars that are not factory certified, the extra money is certainly worth the peace of mind. Vehicle History Report Before you purchase a used car, you should check the history report of said vehicle. In fact, you should obtain this report before you even contact the used-car seller. If the vehicle history report happens to be negative, you should not consider purchasing the car as it will likely have issues after you purchase it. This is especially true if the history of the car is absolutely plagued with major issues. There are many different companies that sell vehicle history reports. To access this report, you will need the vehicle identification number (VIN). If you don’t have this identification number, you may be able to use the vehicle’s license plate instead. Vehicle history reports can reveal information like whether the vehicle has a salvage title or if the odometer of the vehicle has been rolled back at one point. Purchasing a used vehicle can be a very time-consuming and stressful process, as there are many things you must consider. Fortunately, as long as you consider purchasing a CPO car and always take advantage of the vehicle history reports offered by various companies, you will likely make a good decision. If you want to learn more, or have other questions, contact a company like Bronco Motors with your...

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