Why Is My Airbag Warning Light On and What Do I Do About It
Maybe you never noticed it before. The little light on your dashboard that looks like a guy sitting with a ball in his lap. That light is your vehicle’s Airbag Warning Light. It comes on every time you start your car, truck, or SUV. Under normal conditions, the light stays on for several secon...
Written on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 by
Four Fast Facts About Oil Changes
Tires, filters, and fluids. Batteries, brakes, and wiper blades. Your car requires preventative maintenance, and lots of it - if you want it to last. Topping the list of maintenance items is changing the oil and oil filter. Motor oil coats all of the moving parts inside your car’s engine to...
Written on Tuesday, July 24, 2018 by
Help Your Car To Beat the Heat - Tips To Prepare For Summer Driving
The trees are finally full of leaves and the grass is growing so fast that you need the extra hours of sunlight just to keep up with mowing the yard. The rising temperature in the air outside is a signal that summer is on the way. While warm days and sunny skies can lead to some summer fun, the...
Written on Tuesday, June 26, 2018 by
7 Habits That Harm the Paint On Your Car
Maybe you don’t have a care in the world about the paint on your car. Maybe you live on a gravel road and don’t even remember what color your car is underneath all the dirt. Maybe you like to take your truck off-roading on the weekends and the caked-on mud is your personal monster’...
Written on Tuesday, June 19, 2018 by
Car Cleaning Dos and Don’ts
Spring is here. Time to enjoy the lengthening days, the warming temperatures, and the anticipation of summer fun. Time to open up the windows and doors of your house and let new life breeze in. It is time for spring cleaning. And, now that winter is over, it is time to pay some much-needed attention...
Written on Friday, June 8, 2018 by
What’s Wrong With My Wheel Bearings?
Of all the parts that make up your car, arguably the most important are the brakes - the parts that enable you to stop. Of the parts that enable you to go, perhaps none are more important than the wheel bearings. Without them, you wouldn’t be able to travel v...
Written on Monday, May 21, 2018 by
What Are the Signs I Need New Struts?
You know that your tires will eventually wear down. And you understand that you have to replace your brake pads every so often. You even anticipate changing out a couple brake rotors now and then. But have you considered replacing the struts on your car?
So... what, exactly, are the struts? What ...
Written on Tuesday, May 1, 2018 by
Car Care Basics... Is It Time For Routine Car Maintenance?
Every year millions of people engage in a seasonal ritual as winter gives way to warmer temperatures: Spring cleaning. In cool climates, houses are often closed up for a long stretch of the year. Spring cleaning is a time when the doors and windows can be opened again and new life. . .
Written on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 by
Fast Facts About Fluid Changes - When To Consider Changing Your Car’s Oil, Coolant, and Other Fluids
“Three years or thirty thousand miles!” Ever hear that mantra? It is probably safe to assume that most car owners know that the engine oil needs to be replaced at regular intervals. But would It surprise you to find that many do not understand when it should be changed? And what about al...
Written on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 by
Ten Things You Should Never Do To Your Tires
The tires on your car are the only buffer between you and the ground. A good set of tires delivers traction to move, responds appropriately when cornering, adds comfort for you and your passengers, and (most importantly) provides stopping power. But tires wear out. As they do, their ability to perfo...
Written on Thursday, January 25, 2018 by
How To Safely Jump Start Your Car
Maybe you forgot to turn off your headlights when you left your car in the parking lot. Maybe you played the radio too long in the park. Or maybe your car battery is just getting tired and refuses to wake up in the cold. Whatever the reason, your car won’t start because the battery i...
Written on Tuesday, January 9, 2018 by
The Truth About Tire Rotation and Wheel Balancing
Just do it! That’s what they tell us. Tire manufacturers and tire dealers suggest that every six to eight thousand miles - every six months or so - we should drive our cars to the shop to have the tires rotated and wheels balanced. But could that be simply a plot to get your car into the ...
Written on Thursday, December 28, 2017 by
Why You Should Replace Your Timing Belt Before It Breaks
The timing belt or timing chain in some vehicles is an integral part of your car’s engine. It lasts for years and it rarely breaks. But if it does break, the results can be serious. The engine in your car, truck, or SUV is made of many components, instruments playing together in concert. ...
Written on Tuesday, December 12, 2017 by
How Do Anti-Lock Brakes Work?
It can be unnerving - the first time you mash on your brake pedal and are met with a pulsing vibration and a rumbling, growling noise. It’s almost as if your brakes just gave you a Bronx cheer. Is that normal? Since when do brakes respond like that?
Anti-lock brakes (ABS) can make for a sur...
Written on Thursday, November 9, 2017 by
Pothole Damage and Why You Might Need an Alignment
What’s a Pothole?
Potholes aren't just a little bump in the road, if you aren't careful, they can ruin your day! Spring is peak pothole season, the ground beneath the pavement freezes and thaws all winter long, weakening the asphalt. The weakened asphalt is then driven over by car a...
Written on Wednesday, July 19, 2017 by
What Should You Do When Your Tire Pressure Warning Light Turns On
Updated May 20th, 2017
The Tire Pressure Monitoring System or TPMS helps increase your safety on the road by improving your vehicle’s maneuverability, decreasing the tread wear of your tires, reducing your vehicle’s braking distance, and improving your vehicle’s fuel eco...
Written on Friday, May 19, 2017 by
How To Keep Your AC Running Cold
By Sydny Atwood
Updated May 8th, 2017
If you live in a warm climate, your AC needs to function at it's best. There is nothing worse than cranking up the AC on a hot summer day, only to get a slightly cool result. These five tips will help you maximize your vehicle's AC system and he...
Written on Monday, May 8, 2017 by
What is a Car Radiator?
By Sydny Atwood | Updated May 8th, 2017
Despite the fact that radiators are used to heat homes,in a car, they are part of your vehicle’s complex cooling system. Heat is a natural byproduct of the friction your engine creates and fuel combustion; however, too much heat can cause your eng...
Written on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 by
Worn Tires and Your Safety
Watch Tegan Lawson from Car Advice Give Her Professional Tire Safety Tips
Updated October 18th, 2018
Tire Safety and Tire Wear
Gripping the road is one of the most important safety features your tires perform. As the treads on your tires wear down, they are less and less able to...
Written on Monday, April 10, 2017 by
What if My Radiator Dies?
The radiator on your car helps keep your engine cool. An overheated engine will lead to a breakdown,
so radiator maintenance is very important to the overall functionality of your vehicle. If your radiator fails, check your thermostat, water pump, and heat core. These three co...
Written on Monday, April 3, 2017 by
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