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Signs You Need Shocks and Struts Replacement

Signs You Need Shocks and Struts Replacement

When drivers think about the important parts of their car that require special care, they typically think of their brakes, engine, or tires. However,  we are here to argue that your suspension system is just as important. If your shocks and struts aren’t working as they should, your car ride may feel bumpy, unstable, and overall very unsafe.    The weight of your vehicle is distributed differently when you navigate the open road. As you hit bumpy roads with potholes or speed bumps, it is your suspension’s job to absorb the feeling and keep your vehicle stable. Furthermore, your shocks and struts keep your car grounded with proper road traction.    As you operate your vehicle day after day, an abnormal sign will stick out like a sore thumb. When your suspension parts go bad, you won’t miss it. Below is signs that indicate you need shocks and struts replacement: Fluid Around the Shocks and Struts Your shocks and struts have fluid in them ... read more

Ways to Refresh Your Car for the Spring

Ways to Refresh Your Car for the Spring

Spring is a season of growth, renewal, and more. Now that the dreary winter is behind us, you may be wondering what you can do to revitalize your car. It can be tough to focus on car maintenance when you probably have a lot going on. Now is the time to freshen up your vehicle for the warm weather ahead of us! Tip #1 - Wash your car, and don't forget the underside A car wash can simply lift your mood and boost your confidence. Whether you take it to the car wash or DIY it at home, please remember to get the underside of your vehicle. A spay underneath your car will get rid of the dirt, salt, and grime that has been collecting there for months, which will prevent damage. Tip #2 - Clean the headlights and taillights. Have your headlights and taillights crystal clear to enable maximum visibility. Dirty or hazy lights can make it difficult for your eyes when driving at night. With clean lamps, you'll feel safer on the road no matter where you go. Tip #3 - Don't miss the int ... read more

What Is An Engine Rebuild?

What Is An Engine Rebuild?

Have you been experiencing problems with your engine, like unsettling smells and noises? Even if you have caught up with regular maintenance services, normal wear and tear and adding miles to your vehicle could lead to engine problems.   Signs You Have An Engine Problem Excess exhaust smoke coming out of the tailpipe Strange knocking sounds coming from under the hood Oil is going bad quicker than normal Engine overheating Even though you may experience the above signs, it does not mean your vehicle is on its last leg. Your engine could still be saved with engine repairs or rebuild. If the opportunity is possible, an engine rebuild is much more cost-effective than a replacement or buying a new car.   What Happens During An Engine Rebuild? To fix your engine issues, a mechanic will first have to remove the engine block and disassemble it. They will inspect the parts individually and clean them. Next, they will replace the damaged parts with new or refurbished parts tha ... read more

What Is A Differential and How Does It Work?

What Is A Differential and How Does It Work?

Imagine a car that can only go in one direction, and it can never turn left or right or move backward. You might think, "what is the point of that car then?" Without your differential, driving would simply be like that: moving in one direction. Thankfully, all vehicles come with a differential, enabling us to maneuver our cars wherever and however we'd like.   The automotive differential is part of the axle assembly. It connects to the transmission through the driveshaft, and they both work together to allow smooth car movements. This vital component also rotates your wheels at different speeds. You may have heard the terms "front-wheel drive" or "four-wheel-drive" before, and those refer to the differential.   Each differential system varies depending on the make and model of the vehicle or whether it is front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. The differential provides proximate revolutions per minute (RPM) between your wheels. It also hel ... read more

Cute Car Date Ideas for Valentine's Day

Cute Car Date Ideas for Valentine's Day

While your Valentine's Day may be the traditional dinner date, why not go the extra mile this year! If you want to please your date or significant other this V-Day, you've come to the right place. All you need is a healthy, pristine car for the special day, and the two of you can take off to enjoy any of these wonderful date ideas: Binge Your Favorite Romance Movie(s) Nothing screams Valentine's Day more than sappy, romance movies like The Notebook to Romeo & Juliet. Skip the T.V., and surprise your date by bringing them to a drive-in theater. If there isn't one in your town/city, you can DIY one in your backyard using a projector. Plus, you can decorate the area with lights, flowers, and candles to set the mood. Watch the Stars Together We've seen it in the movies before, but there's nothing more romantic than cuddling up with your partner under the stars. Grab some drinks/snacks and blankets, and get comfortable at a scenic overlook. There's plenty ... read more

Are Coolant and Antifreeze the Same Thing?

 Are Coolant and Antifreeze the Same Thing?

It doesn't take a car expert to know that your engine runs under very hot temperatures. That is why a cooling system is in place to keep your engine from overheating. The cooling system is reliant on this particular fluid called coolant. Furthermore, a coolant flush is one major service that drivers have to get done to keep your cooling system healthy.    Before we get into coolant flushes, we should start with the basics. Often, you may hear individuals throwing out the terms "antifreeze" and "coolant" interchangeably. Are coolant and antifreeze the same thing? They are and aren't; here's what they are: Antifreeze is a powerful solution composed of alcohol (ethylene glycol, propylene glycol, or methanol), phosphates, and/or silicates. Antifreeze is what provides the coolant with its temperature-resistant and anti-rust characteristics. Coolant is simply a mixture of antifreeze and water. Coolant is the technical name for the fluid that flow ... read more

Bad Alternator or Battery: Which One Is It and How Can You Tell?

Bad Alternator or Battery: Which One Is It and How Can You Tell?

A common mechanical issue in starting problems with most vehicles (especially with older models), is whether the behavior is due to a bad battery or a bad alternator. Since the two are inextricably linked this can be hard to determine sometimes.    A strong battery will run a car for a time if the alternator goes out, but it does all of the work originally designed for the two to do together. If the battery dies however, then the car goes nowhere. Both problems are equally important and require immediate fixing. Yet, it can be confusing to know which one to fix over the other, so here is a guide to assist on some of the more common issues from the battery or the alternator.   If the current battery in your car is old, it might show signs of corrosion in the form of battery fluid leaking, there might even be a strange odor wafting through the vents that smells acidic. New batteries last approximately 3 to 5 years, but you have to calculate the amount of travel made wi ... read more

The Different Kinds of Filters In A Car

The Different Kinds of Filters In A Car

Filters play a vital role in your vehicle's life; they protect against premature wear and tear and remove any debris or obstructions. However, over time these filters need to be replaced periodically. As these foreign matters build up within a filter, the filter will clog up and impede your vehicle's performance. So, what type of filters can you expect to find in your car? ENGINE AIR FILTER This filter is found behind the engine air intake, and it purifies the air entering your engine's combustion chamber. All combustion engines need a mixture of air and fuel.  CABIN AIR FILTER The cabin air filter is fitted to purify the air entering your vehicle's cabin. The air will flow through the cabin filter before entering your vehicle's cabin through your vehicle's vents. You should change this filter every 15K-30K miles. Failure to swap out a clogged cabin air filter will result in HVAC inefficiency and dirty air. OIL FILTER As engine oil moves from the drip ... read more

Get to Know Your Car's Belts

Get to Know Your Car's Belts

Did you know that your vehicle houses over 30,000 parts (including nuts and bolts, of course)? Many of these components need regular check-ups, especially those made of rubber, such as your timing belt and serpentine belt. Though they are often neglected, both of them play an essential role in your vehicle's performance. Serpentine Belt The serpentine belts loops through various parts of your car, including the power steering pumps, cooling fans, injector pumps, A/C system, and more. They are the most powerful of belts because they can do it all! Without the serpentine belt, those functions mentioned above will simply not work well. The black belt is made of sturdy rubber with a smooth side and a ribbed side. If this belt ever breaks for whatever reason, you will be sounded by it with a squealing sound. A snapped serpentine belt can be dangerous as it puts you at risk of engine overheating and complete failure of the power steering system. Timing Belt The timing belt looks ver ... read more

How Should I Prepare for My Smog Test?

How Should I Prepare for My Smog Test?

Did you know there are more vehicles in the state of CA than there are people? With so many cars in a bustling city, there are no words to describe the amount of pollution. The state government realized this and implemented laws and regulations for vehicles producing high smog levels to better the environment. To limit the environmental impacts, a smog check has become an essential part of today's vehicle maintenance.   Smog checks are an excellent way to manage society's air quality and helps prevent your vehicle from contributing to a high pollution level. If your automobile is eight years old or older and is a gasoline-powered vehicle, alternative fuel vehicle, or hybrid vehicle, then you are required to pass a smog test. Your car needs to be approved every two years to be a registered vehicle in CA. To pass this test, here are some of our top tips to follow beforehand. Prepare in Advance Once you get your renewal notice from the DMV, you should make an appointment ... read more

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