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”

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?”

Will Vehicle Service and Maintenance Void My Vehicle’s Warranty?

What Is a Vehicle Warranty?

A car warranty is an important component of your vehicle purchase. It offsets the cost of repairing or replacing parts of your vehicle. However, not all car warranties are the same, so it’s important to understand what type of warranty you have and what terms it requires. 

Factory Warranty

If you purchased your vehicle from a dealership, you probably have a factory or manufacturer’s warranty. This warranty is available for new, used, and certified pre-owned cars to cover any defective parts caused by poor craftsmanship or factory error.  Continue reading “Will Vehicle Service and Maintenance Void My Vehicle’s Warranty?”

Are You Using the Correct Type of Oil?

Did you know that not all motor oil is created equally? You may know that there are different types of motor oil used in vehicles, but not know the differences, or what will happen if you use the wrong type. Here is what you need to know.

Take care with DIY oil changes

If you plan to change your oil yourself, which is not recommended on European models, you need to make sure that you’re using the right type. If you don’t, your engine will not operate at peak performance, and you could cause lasting damage to your vehicle. If you don’t know for sure what type of oil to use, talk to your mechanic. Continue reading “Are You Using the Correct Type of Oil?”

3 Signs Your Brakes Might Need Servicing

When you hear grinding or squealing when you brake, you know that you need to hurry up and get your car into the shop, but there are other signs that your brakes might need servicing that aren’t quite as obvious. Here are a few.

Changes in how your brakes feel

Sometimes there might be subtle changes to how your brakes feel, and that can tip you off that there is an issue. If you start feeling a pulsing or vibration when you brake, it could be an indicator of very worn brakes. If your brakes feel soft, it could mean that there is an issue with the brake fluid or other issues. Continue reading “3 Signs Your Brakes Might Need Servicing”

The Importance of Checking Fluids

If you have taken any type of driver’s education, shop class, or had a mechanic for a parent, no one needs to tell you how important fluid checks can be, but the average driver knows little about the fluids in their vehicle.

Do you know…

…what fluids are in your vehicle?

…which fluids should be checked and when? Continue reading “The Importance of Checking Fluids”

Why Your Cabin Air Filter Is Important

Whether you’re talking about the HVAC in your home or your car’s systems, one of the most commonly forgotten maintenance items is replacing the air filter. Most people think that the air filter just makes air cleaner to breathe, but they actually serve many other purposes. Your cabin air filter in your import vehicle is important, not just for your health and comfort, but also for your engine’s performance.

The Purpose of the Cabin Filter

Your cabin air filter has one primary purpose — to filter out road dust and other pollutants from the air entering the interior of your car. Outside air is sucked into the vehicle during its normal operation, and the cabin filter is how that air is cleaned. Continue reading “Why Your Cabin Air Filter Is Important”

Ways to Love Your Import Vehicle

If you have invested your money and time into your import auto, it is likely one of your most prized possessions. Just as you show your spouse, family, and friends that you love them with caring acts, so too should you show your love for your car. Here are some ways that you can show love to your import vehicle.

Oil Change and Tune Up

Keeping up with the manufacturer’s recommended schedule for oil changes is important for the continued maintenance and reliability of your vehicle. It will also help your vehicle last much longer, regardless of how many miles you put on it. When you get your scheduled oil change, ask for a tune-up as well so that your vehicle gets an extra little bit of care. Continue reading “Ways to Love Your Import Vehicle”