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Yearly Archives: 2021

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

Warning Signs of an Aging Timing Belt

Warning Signs of an Aging Timing Belt

  While you may not pay much attention to your car's timing belt, it plays a vital role in the mechanics of your vehicle. The timing belt is an engine component that rotates the engine's cam and crankshaft in sync, ensuring every cylinder fires at the appropriate time. You can find your car's timing belt under a timing cover near the front of the engine, and since it was likely manufactured from performance-quality rubber, it will need to be replaced every now and then. In this post, we will look at a few common symptoms that may indicate your timing belt needs repair.   Like any piece of equipment, a timing belt will deteriorate with time. It is best to check the owner's manual or ask a trusted professional to know if your engine has a timing belt or chain. A broken timing belt will cause your engine to fail completely and potentially cause damage to other parts of the engine. It is essential to replace the belt while it is showing warning signs to avoid i ... read more

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