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The Best Maintenance For Your Car Before Fall

The Best Maintenance For Your Car Before Fall

The summer is winding down and you might be looking back at some fun road trips you have taken. But something that comes along with those road trips (or even staying close to home) is wear and tear on your car.    Whether you put a lot of miles on your car while traveling or stuck close to home, fall is a great time for a tuneup — especially as colder weather approaches. To learn more about tasks you can do to help your car bounce back from the summer and prepare for winter conditions, read on.  Under The Hood The first place to start a tune-up is under the hood. Be sure to check the following:    Oil. Staying up to date on oil changes is imperative for the health of your car. You can keep track of your miles, but it is also a good idea to quickly check the oil yourself to make sure it is not too low or discolored.  Wiper fluid. Fortunately, wiper fluid is quite easy to check and fill yourself (or a routine part of professional maintenance). Y ... read more

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Does Your Air Conditioning Have a Scent? Here's What It Means

Does Your Air Conditioning Have a Scent? Here's What It Means

  Summer is in full swing — and so is the use of your car’s air conditioning. However, when you go to blast the A/C, you might smell something strange. What does that mean?    A smell coming from your air conditioning can mean a number of things. It can simply mean something needs to be cleaned or replaced — but it also might indicate that a more serious and toxic malfunction is occurring. The first way to determine what is wrong with your air conditioning is to determine what kind of scent it has: whether non-specific (like mold) or specific (like gas).  Musty or Non-specific Scent If you can’t identify the scent of your air conditioning, or it’s just a musty smell, the scent might be bacteria, mold and/or a dirty filter.    Bacteria/mold. Air conditioning can create condensation in which bacteria and mold can thrive. Further, the older your car is, the longer mold/bacteria has a chance to build up and create an o ... read more

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What To Do If Your Air Conditioning Is Less Cold Than Normal

What To Do If Your Air Conditioning Is Less Cold Than Normal

It is finally summer. Time for road trips and getting out of the house. However, you might notice that your vehicle’s air conditioning is not as cold as it used to be — or it is no longer cold at all.    Aside from feeling luxurious, air conditioning can actually work to keep you safe in your car. To learn more about what to do if your air conditioning is not working properly, and the role it can play in your safety while you drive, read on.  Air Conditioning And Vehicular Safety Air conditioning is generally considered to be a comfort-based aspect of your car. However, how can working air conditioning actually play an important role in keeping you safe on the road?   The reason air conditioning can keep you safe during summer heat is that due to the greenhouse effect, the temperature inside of a car can spike. As a result, the car’s internal temperature can be a danger for you and your passengers.    With summers getting hotter a ... read more

What to Do If Your Hubcap Falls Off

What to Do If Your Hubcap Falls Off

    Losing a hubcap is an all too common occurrence — and it’s not fun. But what do you do when one rattles loose and sails off your tire as you zoom down the highway?   This blog will discuss whether hubcaps are important for your car, if you need to replace them immediately, and whether it’s better to replace them yourself or have a professional do it.  What Is The Purpose of A Hubcap, Anyway? Technically, a hubcap protects the nuts and bolts of your car’s tires. However, since most hubcaps today are made of plastic, the protection factor of hubcaps is low. But if you regularly wash your car and rotate your tires, rust buildup should remain at a minimum. (If you really want to protect your tires’ nuts and bolts, use alloy wheels.)    As a result, plastic hubcaps offer more aesthetic appeal than true protection. If you do not want to replace the hubcap, your car should not suffer. However, many people agree that a miss ... read more

Why Late Spring/Early Summer Is a Great Time to Wax Your Car

Why Late Spring/Early Summer Is a Great Time to Wax Your Car

Even if you frequently wash your car in the winter, have you noticed how it’s still usually difficult to get an optimal shine? One reason for this is due to the fact that your car is constantly becoming dirty with snow and salt. However, another reason that your car can’t seem to get to that “off the car lot” shine is because waxing in the winter is difficult.    Why is it difficult to wax in the winter? And why do auto professionals recommend waxing in the spring? Is summer or fall an acceptable time wax? To learn more about when it’s best to wax to get that “new car” shine, read on.  When to Wax? Most people wax their cars in the spring — or fall. Auto professionals recommend this practice as well. What is the reasoning? First, you have more sunlight in the spring. Although you do not want to apply or let your car dry in direct or intense sun, having adequate time to work outdoors in daylight is ideal for this task ... read more

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Can You Use an Electric Car for a Road Trip?

Can You Use an Electric Car for a Road Trip?

With warm weather around the corner, many people are starting to plan their spring and summer road trips after being stuck in the house all winter. However, for those who have recently purchased or are considering an electric vehicle, many wonder if their electric car will be able to last the trip. Fortunately, the rise in electric car popularity is resulting in infrastructure to support these vehicles, and a road trip is definitely possible. All that is needed to accomplish a trip is some strategic planning. Read on to determine how you can make simple changes to adjust from a gas to electric vehicle road trip, while enjoying a reduced-emission adventure. Plan Your Route Some people enjoy “seeing where the road takes them” on their road trips. However, traveling in an electric vehicle takes a bit of strategic planning, because spontaneous travel is only fun until you run out of battery and a charging station is unaccessible.   Some parts of the country have more ... read more

Do You Need to Warm Up Your Car Before Driving?

Do You Need to Warm Up Your Car Before Driving?

Almost everyone does this one particular thing for their car in the winter with the intention of helping it run better. But for most vehicles, this thing is absolutely unnecessary. What is it? Warming up your car before driving in cold weather.    It’s true — most people don’t actually need to warm up their vehicles. One of the most widespread myths among car owners is that warming up a car is good for its health before hitting the road in cold temperatures. This was true for older car models, but only remains true for a couple models today. Read on to see if your car needs to be warmed up and if you can be saving money and reducing wear on your car — and on the planet. Old Cars One reason this myth is so widespread is that the practice was valid for older cars that were designed differently than today’s vehicles. The main reason that older cars needed to be warmed up was that they used a mechanism called a carburetor rather than modern fuel ... read more

The Best Ways to De-Ice Your Car

The Best Ways to De-Ice Your Car

One of the worst aspects about owning a car is the need to scrape ice off of the windows in the winter — especially during harsh New England winters. Being deterred by ice removal while running late doesn’t help the experience, either. Luckily, there are multiple ways to de-ice your car, getting you on the road quickly and safely.  Of course, keeping your car in a garage or similar shelter is the best way to “de-ice” your car since you deter the ice’s formation. However, if this option is not available, you can remove ice through mechanical, chemical and preventative methods.  Mechanical The mechanical methods are probably the most familiar. However, there are some “hacks” which might help speed the process. Ice scraper. Of course, the ice scraper is probably the most familiar method. But without assistance beyond the scraper itself, this can seem difficult or impossible.  Classic defrost settings method. One way to help the ... read more

Does Your Electric Car Need Special Care in the Winter?

Does Your Electric Car Need Special Care in the Winter?

Electric cars are growing in popularity as an energy-efficient transportation option. And their popularity is growing around the country, including in New England with its harsh winters.    Does winter weather impact electric cars any differently than their gas-run counterparts? The short answer is “Yes.” However, with some simple strategies, you can easily navigate cold winters and stay eco-friendly.   The Effect of Winter on an Electric Car   Cold winter weather decreases car battery efficiency, whether it runs on gas or electricity. However, since electric cars depend solely on their battery, this effect of the weather is especially influential.    In cold weather, the battery charges more slowly and holds less charge. Further, using heat drains the battery very quickly. As a result, staying warm and traveling can be limited to short ranges. How can you navigate these limitations and ensure you do not get stranded in your electric ve ... read more

5 Winter Driving Myths You Might Believe

5 Winter Driving Myths You Might Believe

The classic New England winter is here, and many of us have taken up common winter car rituals, such as scraping windshields, warming up cars before driving them, and putting on snow tires. However, some of these practices aren’t as helpful as many of us think they are.    Most people are unaware that seemingly common and helpful winter driving ‘tips” can actually be time-wasters, money-wasters, or simply unsafe. To see if you’re falling for any of these winter car myths, check out the list below. Common Myths Let’s discuss a few of the most common myths, and what changes you can make to improve your safety.    You need to “warm up” a car before driving. Many car owners believe that you need to allow a car to idle and “warm up” before driving. Although engines do run somewhat less efficiently in cold weather, modern cars do not need a lengthy warm-up period. Instead of spending several minutes to warm up, a ... read more

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