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Reasons Your Car Is Veering to the Right

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.  When car wheels are properly aligned, the wheels and axles make a rectangle and stay parallel to each other and the road at all times. The key to proper alignment is adjusting the angles of the tires, which impacts how they make contact with the road.  Other than pulling to one side, other indications of poor alignment include uneven tread wear, stee ... read more

Signs Your Transmission Needs To Be Repaired

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.  What Is the Transmission? An efficient transmission relays power to the wheels allowing them to spin at whatever speed you indicate with the pedals. Cars today are either equipped with a manual or automatic transmission, with most leaning toward automatic since they are often easier to use.  The transmission unit functions with a combination of hydraulic, electrical, and computer systems to convert the engin ... read more

Why is an Alignment Important?

Why is an Alignment Important?

Wheel alignment ensures that your tires are adjusted to your car’s original specifications. That means that your tires should meet the road at the proper angle, with your tires centered in the wheel wells. A wheel alignment should be performed:  After an accident After getting new tires After maintenance that affects your tire balance If you consistently drive on rough roads Once per year Below, we’ll explore three specific reasons why it’s important to have your tires properly aligned. Improve Your Gas Mileage Misaligned tires tend to drag slightly, rather than rolling efficiently. This can reduce your gas mileage. A proper alignment can prevent wear and tear and also ensure that you enjoy the best fuel economy. Maximize Your Tire Life When your vehicle is out of alignment, your tires tend to wear unevenly. Oftentimes, you can even see the results if you look at the treads of your tires. You may notice that your tires ... read more

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

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.  Without this system, your car’s engine could produce too much heat, resulting in serious engine damage. That’s why it’s important that this system stays working all year round. Safety and Visibility Your car’s heating s ... read more

Most Common Summer Car Problems

Most Common Summer Car Problems

Summertime 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. Tire problems Flat tires, nail punctures, and blowouts all seem to happen more in the summertime. Maybe it’s just because we’re all on the road more, or it could be that searing hot asphalt, but tires take a beating when it’s hot outside. Check yours frequently for damage and replace them promptly when needed. No AC No AC is a crisis of epic proportions during a Florida summer. You migh ... read more

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