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Your Car’s Exhaust System: The Basics

Your Car’s Exhaust System: The Basics

Understanding the inner workings of a car can make your head spin a bit if you’re not a professional mechanic or car enthusiast. Terms like internal combustion, cylinder head, spark plug, piston, crankshaft, and transmission may or may not mean something to you, but you still need to remain aware of your car’s most important parts to seek repairs when needed. Oil, transmission, and tires are major players that typically receive the service they need to continue running smoothly. But what about the exhaust system? Here’s your basic introduction to understand how it works, why it’s important, and how to know if the system need repair. The Inner Workings of the Exhaust System: The exhaust is a complex system that actually starts rights behind the engine. After gases combust they move through the exhaust. In this process the gases are evaluated by oxygen sensors, purified by the catalytic converter, and muted by the muffler. Positive ... read more

The Best Ways to Travel Safely This Winter

The Best Ways to Travel Safely This Winter

It’s that time of year again! Driving in winter weather can range from a minor nuisance to a hazard to be avoided at all costs. Even with modern meteorology, it’s challenging to accurately predict what Mother Nature has in store. That’s why it’s always best to have your car prepared for the worst. The phrase “better safe than sorry” is best applied to driving! Don’t wait until an unheard of ice storm to consider preparing your car. Stay in Tune With Your Battery: Battery power drops with the temperature, meaning that your car battery needs more juice to start up in cold weather. If your car battery isn’t up to the challenges of potentially freezing weather, you could end up very late for work one morning.  Your mechanic can inspect your car battery to make sure the voltage is sufficient, the belts are in shape, and the cable connections are tight. If your car is fighting to start upon turning the key, you may w ... read more

The 2016 Cars of the Future

The 2016 Cars of the Future

Thirty years ago, Americans enjoyed imagining what the cars of the future would look like. Predictions tended to appear like wild science fiction images with very futuristic designs. The cars of the future are here, but rather than looking like something out of The Jetsons, these cars are teeming with advanced technology that wasn’t even a brainstorm 30 years ago. Modern automobiles rely on sensors, software, and sophisticated processing networks to maintain the incredible technology that is becoming more and more mainstream. Now that the future is here, what will it be like? Personalized Cars 2016 will bring about cars with even more personalization that before. Algorithms and complicated software makes it possible for these smart cars to astonish you with their abilities. Though you might think your smartphone already does that for you when you say, “Hi Google,” cars will be able to differentiate your priorities to help you reach your destination ... read more

Perks of an Extended Auto Warranty

Perks of an Extended Auto Warranty

When you invest in a car, you’re also investing in its safety. Most manufacturers offer warranties that cover a new car for either a certain number of months or miles driven. For example, GM often offers a 36-month, 36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty. However, the average person drives the full 36,000 miles long before 36 months has elapsed, leaving the car without warranty protection. An extended warranty guarantees protection after that initial warranty expires, so coverage is available to take care of maintenance costs, power train components, and even roadside assistance. There are many perks to taking advantage of an extended warranty plan for your car. It Will Pay For Itself Extended warranties are known to have high price tags, but so do car repairs! The average engine costs $2,200, and HVAC systems run at least $500. It’s very possible that in just one or two repairs, your extended warranty has covered damage to a higher price point than its o ... read more

Signs That More than Just Your Brakes are Failing

Signs That More than Just Your Brakes are Failing

A car isn’t worth much without reliable brakes, but a car’s brake system consists of more than just the brakes themselves. In order to ensure that your car will stop on a dime and keep you safe, you also need to give your rotors and calipers some TLC every once in a while. The braking system for any car or truck is complex. When you press on the brake pedal, the master cylinder is engaged and forces brake fluid into the brake lines and brake calipers, which are lined with brake pads. The brake pads squeeze the brake rotor surface to slow down and stop the wheels from spinning. About Rotor Replacement The rotor looks like a flat-bottomed bowl with a wide top lip, and it is situated for the calipers and pads of the brake to press against either side when the brake is applied. This friction helps the car stop. Since braking is a required part of the driving process, rotors do eventually wear down and need to be replaced, but how can you tell when it’s ... read more

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