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What Is Antifreeze Used For?

What Is Antifreeze Used For?

You’ve heard the word antifreeze used in the context of automotive maintenance, but do you really know what it’s used for? Perhaps not, but that’s okay. You’ve come to the right place to learn everything you’ll ever need to know about it! In fact, this quick primer will teach you about the different types of antifreeze, so that you can learn how to check your own vehicle’s antifreeze levels in a snap. Being able to handle your own vehicle maintenance at home always feels empowering. But if there simply aren’t enough hours in your day to check your antifreeze and other essential vehicle fluids, then perhaps it is time to schedule an appointment with Living the Dream Auto Care. Our skilled in-house mechanics can check your vehicle’s fluid levels quickly so that you can get back on the road without delay. What Is Antifreeze? How Does it Work?   Also known as “engine coolant” or simply ... read more

How to Prep Your Car for Warmer Months

How to Prep Your Car for Warmer Months

    Spring is in the air! No more scraping ice, salty residue or slippery driving. Maybe it’s even time for a road trip. While you might be ready to hit the road in the warmer months, it may be helpful to help your car recover from the cold weather and get ready for the summer.    In order to do that, we put together an inside-out checklist to help your car be in top shape and hit the road.   Inside the Car Air conditioning. Chances are that you probably haven’t used your air conditioning in a while. Turn it on to make sure it’s still cold. If not, now is the time to schedule an appointment to make sure it’s working so you’re ready when it really warms up.  Brakes. Road salt can erode your brakes, so just do a quick check to make sure they are working ok. Keep an ear out for noises, and watch for unusual brake behavior like grabbing and taking longer than usual to stop.  Emergency kit. It’s always good ... read more

How to Keep Your Windshield from Freezing Over While Driving

How to Keep Your Windshield from Freezing Over While Driving

If you live in New England, you probably spend much of the long winter months wondering how to keep your car’s windshield from freezing over while you drive. Admittedly, this can be a challenging task, especially when snow fills the air or wind chills drop below 0° F. But even so, there’s a sure-fire set of steps that can help you keep your windshield clear, regardless of what wintery weather settles in over the roads ahead of you. Of course, regular maintenance can also go a long way towards keeping your windshield in the best condition possible. Your friends at Living the Dream Auto Care can help you keep up with this kind of maintenance, regardless of the season.  If you find that these following steps aren’t effective enough to keep your windshield reliably clear, contact us and we can help you work out a more long-term solution.   Step 1 – Pull Over & Turn on the Defroster  Though it may sound ... read more

Do I Need Snow Tires?

Do I Need Snow Tires?

As wintry weather blows across New England once again, you may be returning to an automotive question that you ask yourself every year: “Do I need snow tires?”  While you might be able to make it through winter without a set on your car, the truth is that cars with snow tires are far less likely to swerve and skid across the roadways when ice and snow are present.   So, in many ways, you do need snow tires on your vehicle if you want to be as safe as possible during this blustery season! But if you still have questions about the value of snow tires, read on below because we have answers for you. Then, when you’re ready to buy your own set of snow tires, you can stop in to Living the Dream Auto Care and we’ll set you up with an affordable option.     What Makes Snow Tires Different?   At a basic level, snow tires (also known as “winter tires”) are made from a special type of rubber ... read more

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3 Tips for Winterizing Your Vehicle

3 Tips for Winterizing Your Vehicle

Folks living in the Northeast region know that winterizing vehicles is so important, but sometimes the concept is confusing or unclear — or you’re not prepared. Before you know it, frigid temperatures bring in snow and ice that make the roads in your community treacherous. In order to decrease the likelihood of a dangerous crash during this period, cautious drivers should always spend some time winterizing their vehicle.   Some people believe that they only need to put chains on their tires in order to accommodate New England’s cold and snowy winter environment. But the truth is you’ll also need to address other susceptible parts of your vehicle – such as the anti-freeze liquids and windshield wipers – when winter rolls into town.    These are just a few of the key maintenance tasks you or a professional should undertake to fully winterize your car or truck:   Prepare Your Tires   ... read more

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What to Do When Oil is Coming Out of Your Exhaust Pipe

What to Do When Oil is Coming Out of Your Exhaust Pipe

When you’re driving down the road and black billowing smoke starts to come out of your exhaust pipe…it’s definitely noticeable, right? You wouldn’t miss it and neither would the other drivers on the road!  But what about more sneaky issues like oil leaks? How do drivers know when oil is coming out of the exhaust pipe — and what should you do about it?  Oil leaking from the exhaust pipe can lead to deeper issues and it’s best to take your car to a professional for repairs as soon as possible.   Here are some warning signs that there’s an issue and that you need a professional’s assessment as soon as possible.    Check Your PCV Valve Blueish smoke coming from spark plugs and reduced fuel economy are some of the initial warning signs you need to look out for.  Why? Because when the PVC valve becomes clogged, it can result in a rough idle — or worse, stalling. If the engine becomes pressurized ... read more

What's Wrong When the Engine Cranks But The Car Won't Start?

What's Wrong When the Engine Cranks But The Car Won't Start?

Have you ever found yourself turning your car key in the ignition…but your engine refuses to fully start? It might crank, but that’s all it’ll offer. There are a lot of reasons this could happen. But the root of all causes behind your engine’s inability to start always points back to three issues: the car’s lack of fuel, spark or compression.    So, before you bang your head against the steering wheel out of frustration, consider the previously mentioned symptoms and how they could be causing your engine malfunction. Knowing and understanding these symptoms will enable you to fully explain your car troubles to your mechanic, who will then be able to officially diagnose and fix the problem. Luckily for you, the experts at Living the Dream Auto Care are here to educate you on common car engine issues.  Insufficient Fuel Pressure Your car needs fuel to work — that’s an obvious given. If you ... read more

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 ser ... 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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