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What To Do If Your Car Stalls While You’re on The Road

What To Do If Your Car Stalls While You’re on The Road

You’re driving your usual route to work, listening to your favorite podcast and sipping coffee from your travel mug. All of the sudden your car starts jerking and acting up. The engine is stalling and you’re in the middle of the road. What should you do? Safety First Your safety comes first in the case of a stalled engine. First, turn on your hazard lights to alert other drivers that you’re experiencing car trouble. If possible, try to get your car out of traffic. Put your vehicle in neutral and coast to the side of the road.  Note that without the engine running, your steering and breaks will be affected. Give yourself plenty of time and space to come to a complete stop, as your brake pedal will be harder to push. Your steering wheel will also be harder to turn as your power steering won’t work.  Once you have stopped in a safer area, leave your car in neutral, if you’re on level ground – don’t put it in park. This will reduce th ... read more

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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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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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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 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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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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5 Maintenance Tips for High Mileage Cars

5 Maintenance Tips for High Mileage Cars

It’s no secret that high mileage cars require more frequent maintenance than newer vehicles. If you’re driving a vehicle with 75,000 to 100,000 miles on it and hope for more, you can aim for another 100,000 with recommended care and check-ups.   By now, your vehicle is likely no longer under warranty and you have to keep track of maintenance schedules and what needs to be done every few thousand miles. It may feel overwhelming, but some simple tips and professional auto shop service should put your mind at ease.   Here are five ways to extend the life of your vehicle:   1. Follow Owner’s Manual Tune-Up Schedules Over time, as your vehicle racks up thousands of miles, it’s easy to lose or disregard your owner’s manual. But your manual isn’t there just to give you one more thing to do. It’s to preserve the life of your vehicl ... read more

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