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5 Common Reasons Your Check Engine Light Is On

5 Common Reasons Your Check Engine Light Is On

If your check engine light is on, the last thing you should do is ignore it. While adding one more task to your to-do list might feel like a chore, the check engine light is a sign something could be seriously wrong — you don’t want to delay getting it fixed. Here are five common reasons your check engine light is on: 1. Issues with the Gas Cap   One of the most common culprits is a loose gas cap. As a seal to the fuel system, the gas cap also helps maintain appropriate amounts of pressure within the fuel tank. It also prevents nasty fumes from being released. This issue is one of the cheapest and easiest to resolve. If you notice your check engine light turning on after you get gas, check to make sure the gas cap isn’t loose. If it is, you can quickly replace it yourself by buying a new one at your local auto store for around $15. If you don’t replace a faulty gas cap, f ... read more

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Car Maintenance Before the Cold: 6 Fall Tune-Up Tips

Car Maintenance Before the Cold: 6 Fall Tune-Up Tips

Fall is here, which means it’s time to run through a car maintenance checklist to ensure you’re ready for the new season. Having your car inspected during autumn months might feel like a chore, but it will save you a headache when temperatures drop, winter hits and you realize you might need a set of new tires or new brakes. Here are six tune-up and preventative maintenance tips to prepare your car for fall.   1. Check Your Battery   Have you ever had a car battery drain during the winter? It’s a common occurrence. In colder months, vehicle batteries experience heavier wear-and-tear than during spring and summer.   The cold increases the chance of battery drainage. But a quick check and battery replacement, if necessary, will make sure you won’t be stranded with a dead battery as temperatures drop.   2. Make Sure the Defroster & Heater Works   Nobody wants to drive a freezing vehicle. It’s uncomfortable and unsafe. So make ... read more

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7 Easy Ways to Get Better Gas Mileage

7 Easy Ways to Get Better Gas Mileage

Pain at the pump is real. Whether you’re a daily commuter or not, it’s frustrating to see your hard-earned money spent on...gasoline. The good news is there are a number of low-cost or no-cost ways to keep your monthly fuel budget down. Here are seven ways to do just that:     1. Keep Your Tires Inflated   One of the biggest obstacles to better gas mileage is rolling resistance. Every single pound of pressure missing from your vehicle’s tires adds to the burden. Check tire pressure once a week, before you start commuting for the week, and you’ll likely see an immediate difference in the distance you can travel on one tank of gas.   2. Analyze and Adjust the Way You Drive   One of the fastest ways to improve gas mileage is to honestly assess your driving style. Do you brake hard and fast? Do you accelerate quickly?   It might be time to make some changes for the sake of your gas budget. Instead of braki ... read more

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What to Do When You Have an Overheating Engine

What to Do When You Have an Overheating Engine

An overheating engine is a scary and frustrating car problem to face on the roadways. When the needle starts dipping into the red, the top tip to remember is: don’t panic. If you respond calmly and correctly, you will quickly overcome an overheating engine safely. Here are the five steps to follow:   Step 1: Get to a Safe Place   If your car is just starting to overheat, you might be able to avoid a complete breakdown by turning off the air conditioner and turning on the heat. This tactic blows hot air from the engine into the car, and while it’s uncomfortable, it could help cool the engine and buy you some operating time to get to a mechanic.   Nothing’s worse than when an engine overheats on the highway, but no matter where you are when the gauges start to slip into the danger zone, it’s imperative to get to a safe spot. Pull all the way over onto the shoulder or into the median and immediately call AAA or the local highway authorities t ... read more

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Why You Should Rely on an AAA Approved Auto Repair Company

Why You Should Rely on an AAA Approved Auto Repair Company

  As a motorist, you trust that AAA has your best interests at heart. Back in 1975, AAA set out to offer a solution to one of the biggest car owner challenges: inadequate car repairs. By founding the AAA Approved Auto Repair program, they offered consumers a method to find only the most qualified facilities to rely on for effective auto repair. Since its start, AAA has issued their approval to over 8,000 shops through a stringent, detailed application process. Here are four reasons why an AAA Approved Auto Repair facility is your best choice when searching for a dependable mechanic:   It’s a Lengthy Approval Process   Over the course of two years, Living the Dream Auto Care was required to prove ASE certification, continued customer satisfaction, upstanding community business reputation and ongoing staff training in order to be considered for this designation. The facility is inspected for cleanliness and the prices are assessed for fairness. The comprehensiv ... read more

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5 Noticeable Signs You Have Worn Out Shocks

5 Noticeable Signs You Have Worn Out Shocks

Your vehicle’s shocks do more than ensure a smooth ride - they determine how well you control your car.   Worn out shocks could mean an uncomfortable ride. It could also mean a dangerous scenario if you lose control of the car! Look for these five signs you may need new shocks and schedule a service appointment right away:   Sign #1: Uneven Tire Wear   When shocks start to wear out, your tires aren’t able to keep a firm grip on the road. And when that happens, you might start to see uneven tread wear.   If you let this continue, you could run the risk of hydroplaning or wind up with a flat tire. Replacing your shocks as soon as you notice uneven tread wear can help lengthen the life of your tires and ensure safety. Sign #2: Noticeable Veering   If you’re driving down the road and notice your vehicle stubbornly veers to either side, you might assume your alignment is off. While this might be the case, worn shocks are another possib ... read more

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4 Common Car A/C Problems and Solutions

4 Common Car A/C Problems and Solutions

    When temperatures start to rise outdoors, the cabin of your car is the first to feel the heat. But what do you do when the cooling system isn’t working?   Not having a way to beat the heat is frustrating. No one wants to be stuck in a traffic jam without any A/C. Unfortunately, vehicle cooling systems can also be fickle. There might not be an easy answer.   Instead of sweating it out, be on the lookout for these common issues. If you can find the solution yourself, no sweat (literally). But if you need troubleshooting and repairs, you always have the Living the Dream team to help you out.   Problem #1: The Air Feels Wet While humidity might play a role in how humid the inside of your car feels at first, it should eventually go down to normal levels after the system has been running for a period of time.   If the air continues to feel damp and heavy, the most likely cause is debris or ... read more

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When You're Going Bald, It Might Be Time for New Tires

When You're Going Bald, It Might Be Time for New Tires

Bald tires are a danger to everyone, no exceptions.   In every situation, bald tires on a vehicle increase the risk of an accident.   To make matters worse, it’s estimated that one in 10 cars on the road today are driving on a bald tire. Also, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that 26.2% of crashes involved a vehicle that didn’t have enough tread on a tire.   We want to help keep you safe, so to do that we’ll show you what to look for on your own tires and give you the information you need to make an informed decision on when it’s time to replace them.   Bald isn’t beautiful. Without tread, your car would be virtually undrivable. Tire tread is what provides traction between your tire and the road. In stormy situations where rain, snow or ice are present, a lack of tread can send your car careening out of control. &nb ... read more

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5 Common Signs of Transmission Problems and What to Do

5 Common Signs of Transmission Problems and What to Do

Your car’s transmission has run so well for so long, it can be a shock to hear you might have transmission problems. However, the earlier you spot the signs and get it looked at by a mechanic, the better off your car and your wallet will be. To help you stay aware of your transmission and know when it’s time to get it checked, we’re sharing five of the most common signs of transmission problems. If you spot any of these clues, it’s time to set up a service appointment. 1. Leaking Fluid   A leaking transmission can cause a breakdown in short order. Leaking fluid could be a result of pan gasket damage, axle seal leaks, fluid lines and more. Any component of the system that has gaps or has been damaged could be the source of the leak. While leaking transmission fluid doesn’t mean you can’t drive the car, it’s not recommended to do so. You could cause permanent damage, worsening the original problem. Get leaking transmission fluid checked ... read more

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6 Signs Your Car Needs New Brakes

6 Signs Your Car Needs New Brakes

    The last place you want to be when your brakes go out is behind the wheel of your car.   Brakes can last up to 70,000 miles for some car owners while others have to replace theirs after only 25,000 miles. The wear and tear on your brakes depends on your driving style, driving conditions and the quality of the parts and installation. How can you tell if your vehicle’s brakes are at the end of their useful life? Here are six of the top signs your car needs new brakes:   1. You Hear a Screeching Sound   You’ve probably heard the high pitched screech of brakes before - the traditional sign that your brake pads are wearing out. The screeching means your pads have worn down to the metal, and you need to make an appointment with us!   At times you might hear this screeching, usually after a rainstorm. When brakes get wet, a layer of rust can form on the rotors, which will cause a squeal when they’re used. After a few taps on the ... read more

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