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When You're Dealing with a Bad Alternator vs. Bad Battery

When You're Dealing with a Bad Alternator vs. Bad Battery

You’re just about to leave home when it happens – your car fails to start up properly. Immediately, you believe that this failure to start is the result of a faulty or depleted battery. But then you remember that a faulty alternator might also be the cause of this failed ignition. In order to efficiently and effectively resolve your automotive breakdown, you’ll need to learn the difference between a bad alternator and a bad battery.   While both of these automotive components are part of a vehicle’s charging system, each respective component demonstrates its faults through a distinct series of symptoms. Knowing these symptoms can make it easier to diagnose the faulty part, leading to a swifter replacement through a mechanic.   Should you need your alternator or battery replaced, drivers in the Canton, MA, region can count on Living the Dream Auto Care for all of their auto repair needs. Their trained service tea ... read more

3 Reasons for Uneven Tire Wear and What to Do

3 Reasons for Uneven Tire Wear and What to Do

    Uneven tire wear can be surprising, whether self-identified or discovered by a mechanic during a routine checkup. Because your tires play such a critical role in your vehicle’s handling, it is imperative that you identify and resolve the cause of the uneven wear in short order.   Here are just a few of the primary causes of uneven tire wear, including a description of what vehicular malfunctions or misalignments can lead to such unexpected outcomes. Once you’ve determined the specific cause of uneven wear on your vehicle, be sure to talk with a certified local mechanic to plan for the necessary repairs.   Reason #1 – Misalignment Causes Inner & Outer Wear   When your vehicle’s tires demonstrate an excessive amount of wear on only their outer-most edges, this so-called “toe wear” may be evidence that your vehicle is experiencing misalignment. Such misalignment is causing an ... read more

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What to Do if Your ABS Light Comes On

What to Do if Your ABS Light Comes On

While its appearance is synonymous with needing to repair some aspect of your vehicle brake system, many vehicle owners today are unsure of what to do when the ABS light comes on. You certainly can’t ignore that orange or red light, so you need to learn what to do next time the ABS light appears on your dashboard. The ABS light on most vehicles illuminates when there is a problem with the built-in antilock brake system, causing said system to shut down. Though this does not mean your regular braking system is in any danger, you should still initiate one of the following resolution methods as soon as possible: Fix #1: Continue Driving to your Auto Mechanic If the ABS light illuminates while you are driving, don’t panic. Your vehicle should still be operating as expected, with the exception of the now-halted antilock brake system. Because this system is not operating, be sure to drive carefully and avoid situations where sudden braking will be necessary.   When it is ... read more

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A Quick Guide to Custom Exhaust Systems

A Quick Guide to Custom Exhaust Systems

Custom exhaust systems are a popular choice in the world of aftermarket modifications.  Car enthusiasts and average drivers alike are fascinated with bringing out the cool factor in their cars.  Just look at the 18 years of success for The Fast and the Furious movie franchise, which is continuing in August with Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw.   Brush up on your exhaust system basics with this quick guide.   Helping Engines Reach Full Power All car manufacturers design and install a basic exhaust system that consistently delivers a specified horsepower and torque.  However, that system does not necessarily allow the engine to perform its best. An aftermarket exhaust system can offer a quicker, more efficient route for the exhaust gas to escape so the engine “breathes” easier.  More fuel and air can be burned within the engine and this creates more power. Efficiently running engines also help with fuel economy. Additionally ... read more

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5 Signs Your Cooling System Is Failing

5 Signs Your Cooling System Is Failing

Did you know the cooling system that powers your A/C is also keeping your car engine from melting? Every car on the road today has a system to keep coolant (a.k.a. antifreeze) flowing throughout the engine year-round.   Keep your costs down through preventative maintenance and repair when needed – especially when it comes to your cooling system during the upcoming warmer months.   Here are five signs your system may be failing:   1. Temperature Gauge Is in the Red The temperature gauge on your dashboard operates just like a normal thermometer. If the gauge reads red, pull over and shut off your vehicle. The engine is overheating.   There are other reasons why your gauge may be acting feverish, such as a faulty thermostat, so a quick trip to your auto technician is the best way to get a true diagnosis of the situation.   2. Steam Billows From Under the Hood White steam billowing out from under your ho ... read more

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5 Reasons Your Car Pulls in One Direction When You Drive

5 Reasons Your Car Pulls in One Direction When You Drive

  If your car pulls in one direction when you drive, don’t panic. However, you should have an auto shop technician take a look at your vehicle as soon as possible. There are a variety of reasons this could be happening — and sometimes the root cause seems unconnected to the symptoms. 1. Tire Air Pressure Is Uneven Often, the culprit is something simple. Tire pressure that’s uneven can make your car pull to one side. For example, when pressure is too low or high on the front left tire, the height of the tire changes, which causes a shift in alignment. This is a good rule of thumb: ·      Tires that show wear on the outer edges are underinflated. ·      Tires that show wear on down the center of the tire are overinflated. Often, the solution is easy: Inflate air to fit your vehicle model’s proper pressure. However, low tire pressure could also be a sign of a tear or hole in the tire. If you contin ... read more

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How Often Should You Really Change Your Oil?

How Often Should You Really Change Your Oil?

  Everyone who owns a vehicle has probably asked this question a thousand times: “How often do I really need to change the oil in my car?”   The answer is this: You probably change it more than you need to. While regular oil changes are crucial to keeping your car functioning properly, most experts agree that the classic 3,000-mile rule is old news for newer cars, though this does depend of owner’s manual recommendations.   Separate Myth From Fact The 3,000-mile rule has been around for a very, very long time, and many drivers still stand by it. They argue that with regular oil changes every 3,000 miles, their vehicle is still reliable after years of wear and tear. However, studies show differently. Even a New York Times article says the 3,000-mile oil change simply isn’t necessary anymore for most new cars. Why can most vehicles now travel much farther before needin ... read more

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4 Signs Cold Temperatures Are Causing You Car Repair Issues

4 Signs Cold Temperatures Are Causing You Car Repair Issues

Have you ever noticed that you have a long list of car repairs needed during the winter? Cold weather, and everything that comes along with it like ice, sleet and snow, can be very hard on vehicles. Thankfully, winter-related repairs don’t have to be expensive. They’re usually just irritating, but shouldn’t be neglected because they could turn into more serious problems if they’re not addressed. If you notice the following issues flare up during the winter, chances are it’s a weather-related problem:   1. You Suddenly Develop Battery Issues   The cold fact is that chilly weather is synonymous with dead car batteries; at around zero degrees Fahrenheit, a battery can lose up to 60 percent of its juice. The cold actually leeches voltage from the battery.   Plus, once you add cell phone chargers, GPS devices, etc., into the equation, they contribute to battery-drainage when plugged in.   While there’s no clean-cut method to avo ... read more

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Replace Your Tires if You Notice These 5 Warning Signs

Replace Your Tires if You Notice These 5 Warning Signs

It’s the dead of winter, and your tires are likely taking a beating from the frigid cold, snow, ice, sleet, rain and irritating pot holes that appear on the road out of nowhere. Tires are four of the most vital features on your vehicle. Everyone knows the serious consequences of tires that give out. But how can you tell if yours are holding up properly? The following warning signs are indications that you should replace yours soon. 1. The Tires Are Vibrating While a small amount of vibration is normal — especially on bumpy roads — have you noticed an increase lately? If you feel more vibration than usual, check your tires, which are likely the culprit. You could have an alignment issue or a damaged suspension. If your wheels are out of balance, misaligned or unbalanced or your shock absorbers are failing, you’ll notice vibration hitting at around 40 to 50 miles per hour ... read more

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