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How Often Does My Car Need to Be Inspected?

How Often Does My Car Need to Be Inspected?

Your 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. Yes, your driver’s ed instructor was serious. You need to do a visual inspection of your vehicle and its surroundings every time you drive. Look for things like tire damage, headlight or taillight issues, and any obstacles in the immediate vicinity. You should also test out all lights and turn signals before departing. With every oil change. Your mechanic should do a light inspection of your vehicle every time the oil is changed. This should include a visual inspection under the hood and underneath the vehicle, testing all lights and signals, chec ... read more

Why Tire Pressure Matters

Why Tire Pressure Matters

One 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. Check your tires once per month while they’re cold and make necessary adjustments to reach the ideal PSI. Also, have your mechanic check the PSI with every oil change. Even if there is no visible change in your tires, temperature fluctuations from s ... read more

Five Fluids You Should Check to Keep Your Car Running

Five Fluids You Should Check to Keep Your Car Running

Everyone 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 When you think about vehicle fluids, engine oil tops the list. Engine oil is what keeps your engine parts running smoothly and frictionless. You should keep a check on your engine oil at least monthly. Have it changed according to your vehicle manufacturer’s recommendations, which is usually anywhere from 3,000 to 10,000 miles. The engine oil dipstick is under the hood of your vehicle. The top of the dipstick is a bright color, usually yellow, to make it easier to find. On the dipstick, you will find at least two marks. One is for the minimum oil level and one for t ... read more

Maintenance Tips to Keep Your Car in Its Best Condition

Maintenance Tips to Keep Your Car in Its Best Condition

Your vehicle is one of your most important investments. You rely on it to get you and your family to all the places you need to go, from medical appointments, school, and the grocery store. Make sure your vehicle is in the best condition possible by following this quick guide of maintenance tips: Follow your vehicle manufacturer’s recommended maintenance schedule There’s no one that knows your vehicle better than the people who designed it. Every vehicle comes with its own set of maintenance recommendations that you should follow closely to keep your vehicle in top shape. Don’t assume that all vehicle maintenance schedules are the same, even for the same manufacturer. Take the time to read your car’s maintenance manual and you’ll have all the information you need to keep your car running smoothly. Change Your Oil All vehicle maintenance schedules rely on regular engine oil changes. Older vehicles will need an oil and oil ... read more

Why You Should Never Ignore Your Check Engine Light

Why You Should Never Ignore Your Check Engine Light

The dreaded Check Engine light has turned on for everyone at some point. The Check Engine light is one of the most important signs of your vehicle’s health. An illuminated Check Engine light indicates that a critical function of your vehicle is not working properly and needs immediate diagnosis. However, many people find it too easy to ignore that little light while they are making their daily rounds. That’s a big mistake because disregarding the Check Engine light can lead to: Vehicle breakdown An illuminated Check Engine light means some part of your vehicle is malfunctioning. When left unrepaired long enough, this malfunction could cause a total vehicle breakdown. If you’re lucky, that just means your car won’t start in the morning and leaves you stranded at home. On the other hand, if you’re unlucky, your vehicle will break down on the freeway during rush hour, causing a traffic jam that holds up everyone else on the road. Don&rs ... read more

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