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Five Fluids You Should Check to Keep Your Car Running

check oilEveryone wants a smooth, quiet ride, but it takes some effort, from inspections to oil changes to tune-ups, vehicle maintenance takes its own schedule. While it’s best to leave some maintenance items for the professionals to handle, there are some things you can do at home to keep an eye out for problems. Checking these five fluids regularly will help keep your car in tip-top shape:

Engine Oil

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Why Tire Pressure Matters

tire pressureOne of the major shocks of adult life is how much tires cost. A set of four tires can cost hundreds of dollars, sometimes even thousands! Once you’ve invested in new tires for your ride, you’ll want to do everything you can to protect them so they last as long as possible. An easy way to keep a check on your tires is to monitor your tire pressure.

Tire pressure is the air pressure inside of your tire and is measured in pounds per square inch, abbreviated as PSI. Each vehicle has a recommended PSI for its tires posted in the vehicle manual, on the driver’s door frame, and online. The tire itself may show a recommended PSI also, but it’s usually better to follow the vehicle manufacturer’s recommended PSI. Continue reading “Why Tire Pressure Matters”

How Often Does My Car Need to Be Inspected?

My Car Need to Be InspectedYour vehicle is a big investment that you depend on every day to get you where you need to go. Regularly inspecting your vehicle protects your investment and ensures you won’t be stuck on the side of the road when you should be at an important meeting. 

But how often should you have your vehicle inspected? Probably more than you think. You should inspect your vehicle:

  • Every time you drive.

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Most Common Summer Car Problems

Summer Car ProblemsSummertime can be especially hard on our vehicles here in Florida. Blistering heat mixed with oppressive humidity can be very damaging to any vehicle, both cosmetically and mechanically. Some of the most common summer car problems are:

  • Overheating

When you think of car problems in the summertime, hot steam blasting up out of the radiator cap might be the image you recall. Overheating is not just a common trope in Hollywood, it is also a big problem in real life. A malfunctioning radiator or water pump might be the culprit, among other possibilities. Continue reading “Most Common Summer Car Problems”

Why You Need to Maintain Your Car’s Heating & Air Conditioning System

Most drivers think that their car’s heating and air conditioning system is all about comfort. But keeping your cabin comfortable is only the beginning. In this post, we’ll explain the importance of your car’s heating and air conditioning system and show you why you need to maintain these vital components.

Understanding Your Car’s Heating and Cooling System

Your car’s heater is actually a series of tubes that distribute coolant throughout your engine. When your engine runs, this coolant absorbs heat, which is then funneled into the heater core. The heat is discharged outside of your car. Alternatively, a blower fan can blow this warm air back through your car’s vents.  Continue reading “Why You Need to Maintain Your Car’s Heating & Air Conditioning System”

Signs Your Transmission Needs To Be Repaired

Your vehicle might have cost a lot of money, but without a reliable transmission, it’s nearly worthless. The transmission sits at the back of the engine and is responsible for sending power from the engine to the wheels. Without the transmission, your car will have a whole lot of power and no way to put it to good use. 

This is why it’s so important to identify signs that your transmission needs to be repaired. The faster you respond to these signs and schedule service at an auto repair shop, the less damage your vehicle will suffer.  Continue reading “Signs Your Transmission Needs To Be Repaired”

Reasons Your Car Is Veering to the Right

What happens if you’re driving down the highway and you take your hands off the steering wheel briefly? Does your car continue down a straight path, or does it veer to the left or right and threaten to take you off the road?

This issue of “pulling” is common, frustrating, and dangerous, so it’s essential to understand the most likely causes and best solutions. 

Alignment

If your car is pulling to one side when you drive, alignment is the most likely culprit. Alignment is the adjustment of your car’s suspension system, which connects your vehicle’s body to its wheels.  Continue reading “Reasons Your Car Is Veering to the Right”

What Is the Correct Oil Change Interval for My Vehicle?

Every vehicle requires ongoing maintenance to remain in superior driving condition. The oil change is a simple and standard maintenance service, but it can be tricky to determine exactly how often your car needs an oil change. 

Is it every 3,000 miles, like your dad once told you, or every 10,000 miles, like some modern engines, claim to allow?

The real answer for your vehicle is probably somewhere in the middle. Here’s what you need to know to determine the correct oil change interval for your car. Continue reading “What Is the Correct Oil Change Interval for My Vehicle?”

What Does a Cabin Air Filter Do?

Hundreds of pieces and parts work together to keep your vehicle functioning each day. While you may never ever see or notice some of them, others require ongoing maintenance to extend the life of your car. 

The cabin air filter is one of many parts that need a bit of TLC from time to time. Here’s what you should know about the cabin air filter and how frequently to replace it.

What Is a Cabin Air Filter?

The cabin air filter is one of the vital components of your vehicle’s heating and cooling system. It’s the part responsible for removing contaminants from the air that circulates through your car as you drive.  Continue reading “What Does a Cabin Air Filter Do?”