In our last post, we explained some quick and simple car care tips any driver should complete before the cold days of winter set in. Here we finish the rest of the list in order to ensure you stay safe out on those icy roads!
5. Don't forget about your brakes
Your brakes go through a lot of wear and tear during the winter. Typically, brakes can last from 25,000 to 50,000 miles, so if you need to replace them do so as soon as possible. It is also important to remember to properly use your brakes in the ice and snow to prevent excessive wear and tear. For example, pump your brakes when stopping on icy roads so you do not slide and never slam on your brakes no matter the conditions.
6. Top up your fluids
You should try to keep all the fluids in your car as full as possible during the winter. This includes your coolant, antifreeze, gasoline, and washer fluid. Coolant is especially important as it prevents the engine from freezing an ...[more]
Winter is just around the corner and for many drivers in Washington, that means icy roads, salt corrosion, and heavy snow are coming. To make sure your car is taken care of during the winter months and your safety is not compromised in the difficult weather, follow these four simple winter car care tips.
It gets darker earlier during the winter, which jeopardizes your visibility as a driver. As a result, you will want to do everything you can to ensure the lights in your car work properly and provide the brightest light possible. If the bulbs are out, fix them as soon as possible, and always make sure to brush off any snow covering the lights before you start driving. If your headlights look foggy or have a yellowish cast, head to your friendly auto mechanic for auto repairs right away.
2. Test your battery
It is harder for your car battery to operate in cold weather. In order to prevent a complete breakdown, we recommen ...[more]
It is no secret that your vehicle is one of your biggest investments. You spent a lot on that car, so follow these quick hacks to make sure your car lasts as long as possible and that you won't have to waste money on expensive auto repair services.
Follow your car's service schedule
While this can seem like a no brainer, it is the first thing that gets forgotten when it comes to car maintenance. As soon as you purchase your car, go through the owner's manual to see what it recommends in terms of maintenance. If needed, set reminders on a calendar so you can service your vehicle before the problems get too large.
Change the oil
Your car oil should be changed every 3,000 miles in order to keep the engine running efficiently. Your engine is made up of moving parts, and as they run they build up friction, which can cause sediments to get into the oil.
Check your tires
Your tires should be rotated appr ...[more]
A moving car makes many noises, most of which are reassuring; the engine rumbling, the tires humming, the turn signal clicking. However, every car owner has heard a weird sound coming from their car at least once while driving. These sounds vary; they could be nothing to worry about or hint to you that you may need a visit to a friendly auto mechanic to service your vehicle.
Here we have compiled a list of three common sounds you may hear in your car, and what to do about them.
- The sound? A constant thump-thump-thump.
- Where is it coming from? Your tires. Could be just one, or all four.
- When you hear it? When you first start your car, when you are stopping, and when you are going low speeds.
- What is it? Chance ...[more]
Buying a new car is one hefty investment, so it is important to regularly service your vehicle with the right auto repairs to keep it running smoothly and efficiently. If you own a car and don't know how to recognize the signs that you need to take it into a tire and auto repair company, here are a few clues to look out for.
1. Screeching and squealing sounds
One foolproof way to tell that your car is in need of repair is unusual sounds. Simply put, your car should never make any screeching or squealing noises because this means something is seriously wrong under the hood. A screeching sound can be a warning sign that your brake pad has worn too thin, and a squealing sound when your car first starts up can be an indicator that one of your engine belts needs replacing. As a rule of thumb, brakes can last anywhere from 25,000 to 50,000 miles, so keep in mind the last time you had them replaced when you are hearing these sounds.
2. Your car is ...[more]
Your friendly auto mechanic has been able to save the day from catastrophe more times than you can count. However, these auto technicians want to ask you something in return -- listen to their wisdom. Here are five things they'd like their customers to know.
While your mechanic is happy to provide you with any auto repair services you may require, simply saying "my car died" is not helpful. It is important to give them as many details as possible when explaining what happened to your car, including what speed you were driving when it broke down, if there were any unusual sounds or vibrations, if you noti ...[more]
It's still hot out there, and you would like nothing more than to go for a long drive in your air conditioned car. But then you get in and the car won't start, or your car sounds funny, or the air conditioning won't work. Summer can be bad news for your car.
So what do you do when both you and your car are battling the summer heat? Follow these four summer car maintenance tips to have you both calm, cool, and collected.
1. Check your brakes
Your brakes are one of the most important safety features on your vehicle. You do not want to be slipping and sliding during a rainstorm with faulty breaks, so make sure to check your brakes at the beginning of every season. Brakes can last anywhere from 25,000 to 50,000 miles, but if the brake pedal feels soft and mushy or hard and resistant, it may be a sign that you need to call your friendly neighborhood auto mechanic for some auto repairs.
2. Change your ...[more]
The ins and outs of car maintenance can get pretty confusing, so here's a quick guide to everything you need to know about basic car maintenance!
To make sure you can see properly during a rain storm, through a snowstorm, in fog, or during the night, it's crucial to invest in quality headlights. Here are some tips that to help you service your vehicle's headlights.
Owning a car can be confusing, and with the amount of car owners on the road, it is no secret that there are a lot of car maintenance myths floating around. Test your knowledge of car care with our car maintenance quiz.
Q: How long can brakes last?
A: It depends on the make and model of your car, but brakes can last anywhere from 25,000 to 50,000 miles. This is also determined with your driving habits in mind, as those who stop-and-go drive more frequently will have to change their brakes more than those who drive mostly on the highway without traffic.
Q: Is changing the oil and filter necessary?
A: Yes. Changing these features will help the engine last longer. Changing the oil regularly -- experts recommend doing so once every 3,000 miles -- will help your engine run smoother and will decrease the chances you ...[more]
Cars are incredibly important to everybody's lives. Americans, on average, drive their vehicles over 10,000 miles every year. Unfortunately, despite their significance in our personal freedom and autonomy, most of us neglect our vehicle's tires and auto repairs. Vehicle neglect costs the economy more than $2 billion annually. In nearly one-fifth of inspected vehicles, at least one belt was reported as "unsatisfactory." Not only that, but 17% of the vehicles required at least one hose to be completely replaced. By periodically checking the belts and hoses of your vehicles, car breakdowns can be reduced dramatically.
One of the most commonly overlooked maintenance areas for vehicles is tires. Many overlook the importance of new car tires. It's recommended that tire alignment be checked every 6,000 miles or so -- it can also be done when you go to get your oil changed. Not only that, but a tire rotation should be conducted about every 7,500 miles. So ...[more]
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