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What Are The Signs Of Worn Shocks and Struts?

What Are The Signs Of Worn Shocks and Struts?

Shocks and struts are key parts in stabilizing your car while driving. Letting these suspension parts get worn out will not only make your ride rougher and bumpier, but it may also put you at risk of an accident! To stay safe, you should keep an eye out for the signs of worn suspension. What are Shocks and Struts? Most vehicles have either shocks or struts, but some cars have both. The shocks and struts sit nearby your tires and prevent your car from bouncing up and down. Shocks are an independent part of your vehicle, while a strut is a shock combined with other components.  How Long Do Shocks And Struts Last? Under the average driving environment, you will get approximately 75,000 to 90,000 miles with shocks and struts. However, if you frequently use your vehicle on unpaved roads, you may have to replace them a lot sooner. Top Signs of Worn Suspension Vehicle is Veering or Sliding - If you constantly need to correct your car when driving straight, that's a clear sign y ... read more

Is The Condition of My Brake Fluid Important to Brake Performance?

Is The Condition of My Brake Fluid Important to Brake Performance?

There are quite a few indicators that your brakes need service. Telltale signs that show issues with brakes and rotors include grinding, squeaking, or screeching down the road. These alarm sounds are all warning signs that tell your brakes need service.   Loose or spongy feeling brakes can be an indicator that your car is low on brake fluid. If you're wondering if brake fluid is important to overall brake performance — the answer is yes.   Your braking system is one of the most critical components of your vehicle. It's important to maintain the right amount of brake fluid for optimum brake performance.   How Does Brake Fluid Work? According to automotive experts, brake fluid helps to amplify braking systems by transferring force into pressure. We find brake fluid in hydraulic braking systems.   It is critical for vehicles using hydraulic brake systems to have enough braking fluid. Without the proper amount of brake fluid, brak ... read more

How to Minimize Vehicle Emissions

How to Minimize Vehicle Emissions

Nowadays, it's normal to think about the potential threats posed by climate change, which is why many people live by eco-friendly practices. Reducing vehicle emissions can significantly impact the environment, and it doesn't have to mean stopping usage of your car or switching to a fully electric vehicle. There are little things you can do every day to contribute to cleaner air. Telecommute to Work - Recent research has shown that companies understand and recognize the inconvenience and damaging effects of making their employees sit through daily traffic. Nowadays, more than 50 percent of American workers have a job that is partial to fully remote. Telecommuters consume considerably less gas than those who drive to the office, and over time it can significantly minimize gas emissions. Prioritize Vehicle Maintenance - Poorly cared for vehicles can do more damage to the environment than you think. Something as easy as replacing a dirty air filter can decrease your gas consumpti ... read more

How to Make Your Thanksgiving Travels Less Hectic

How to Make Your Thanksgiving Travels Less Hectic

Now that we are nearing the end of October, it means that the Thanksgiving holiday is merely weeks away. Besides the pumpkin pie and football, Thanksgiving is traditionally known for one of the heaviest travel weekends of the year, with the Sunday following Thanksgiving being the most congested day of them all. Don't worry, though - we've got tips on how to make your interstate travel a little less stressful! PLAN AHEAD FOR YOUR TRIP Doing a little pre-planning can go a long way in making trips manageable. The most important thing you can do is check the traffic and weather conditions beforehand. The worst days to travel are the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and the Sunday after. If you can leave a day earlier or avoid Sunday madness, please do. CHECK THE CAR The combination of holiday travel and nasty weather can make a long trip longer than necessary, so you have to make sure your car is ready to take on those challenges too. A pre-trip inspection will ensure your car wil ... read more

Why Are My Headlights Out (But High Beams Still Working)?

Why Are My Headlights Out (But High Beams Still Working)?

If your headlights are malfunctioning, you can expect your drives to be limited to only the daytime. Headlights are essential to the driver's visibility, and without them, driving can become more dangerous for everyone.    If you notice that your high beams are still operating, but the low beams aren't, several reasons can be the cause. While it's easy to point fingers and blame it on a bad bulb, if changing the bulb doesn't fix the problem, a deeper issue may be at hand. You should never overlook this kind of problem by driving "blind". Driving without headlights at night is not just hazardous, but it's against the law. You may find yourself with a fix-it ticket if you take the risk.    Below are three of the most popular issues that can leave the low beam headlights inactive:  The Relay is Damaged A car's relay is an electronically operated switch that powers your vehicle lights. If the relay has malfunctioned, it may r ... read more