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5 Signs that You Need to Change Your Brake Fluid

5 Signs that You Need to Change Your Brake Fluid

5 Signs that You Need to Change Your Brake Fluid   There are many different fluids in your car that are required to help it perform at its best. Perhaps one of the more overlooked fluids is brake fluid, which is vital to the function of your braking system. Most manufacturers have a set mileage or time frame that brake fluid should be changed by, but some simply recommend that you check the fluid level and condition periodically. This can leave drivers a little confused as to when their brake fluid needs to be changed, especially if they aren’t sure what clean fluid is supposed to look like.   What is Brake Fluid?   Brake fluid is a hydraulic fluid that transfers the pressure of your foot on the brake pedal to the brake pads on your wheels. While this fluid is in a sealed system, the lines that carry the fluid from your reservoir to your brakes can become worn or damaged and allow water, dust, or dirt to get into the fluid. This contamination ... read more

Why you Should Avoid Potholes

Why you Should Avoid Potholes

Why you Should Avoid Potholes on the Road After months of freezing temperatures and winter weather, one of the things you can definitely count on seeing is an increase in potholes during your daily commute. You certainly know by now that potholes make for an uncomfortable ride for both you and your passengers – but did you also know that they can cause damage to your vehicle? Learn more about how potholes can damage your vehicle, and some tips to help you avoid them when you’re driving. Potholes = Bad for your Vehicle  There are a number of different issues that hitting many, or very large, potholes can cause to your vehicle. The biggest risk from potholes is damage to your front tires or suspension. Potholes can cause underinflated or flat tires, cracks or bulges in sidewalls or tread, and even dents in your rims. They can also take your tires ou ... read more

Ten Basic Car Care Tasks Every Car Owner Should Know

Ten Basic Car Care Tasks Every Car Owner Should Know

While many vehicle maintenance tasks are best left to professionals, there are a number of basic tasks that every car owner should know how to do themselves. Being able to do these tasks can not only help to keep you safe while you’re out on the road, but also alert you if something isn’t working quite as it should. Read on to learn the ten most important car maintenance tasks you should be able to do yourself, and how some can signal engine trouble. Add Windshield Washer Fluid Windshield wiper fluid is a year-round necessity, as it helps keep your view clear through rain, snow, and the occasional mud puddle. One of the easiest tasks that you can complete yourself, all this requires is for you to open the hood, locate the fluid reservoir (usually topped with a blue or yellow cap), and fill it up with the fluid of your choice. Replace Windshield Wipers This is another important component to keeping your windshield clear of precipitation or ... read more

How To Jumpstart Your Vehicle

How To Jumpstart Your Vehicle

How to Jumpstart Your Vehicle Almost everyone has been here at least once in your life: you get into your vehicle to head to work, turn the key...and nothing happens. The most common culprit in this situation is your battery having died during the night. And while it is sometimes the result of accidentally leaving your lights on, it can also just be that your battery’s useful life is coming to an end. But you don’t have to be left stranded – you can be on the road in about five minutes with a simple jumpstart. What do you Need to Jumpstart a Vehicle? Before you can jumpstart your vehicle, you need two things: a pair of jumper cables, and a “donor” battery, which is simply another vehicle with a functioning battery. Jumper cables can be purchased at any auto parts store, and even some large reta ... read more

How Often Should you Service your Transmission?

How Often Should you Service your Transmission?

How Often do you Need to Change your Transmission Fluid?   Though the importance of regular motor oil changes is well-known to most drivers, your vehicle also relies on a number of different vital fluids in order to function properly. One of the most important fluids aside from motor oil is transmission fluid, a special fluid inside of your transmission that keeps it working smoothly. A sometimes overlooked task, having your transmission fluid changed is an important part of regular vehicle maintenance that should be performed on schedule.     What is Transmission Fluid?   Transmission fluid is a slippery liquid that helps to lubricate the many moving parts within your transmission. In vehicles with automatic transmissions, the fluid also acts as a coolant to keep it from becoming overheated. While automatic transmissions use a standardized flu ... read more

How to Tell if Your Brakes Need Replacing

How to Tell if Your Brakes Need Replacing

  How to Tell if Your Brakes Need Replacing   Your vehicle’s brakes play an important role in keeping you safe on the road – and yet they also often end up being one of the most ignored vehicle maintenance tasks. But allowing your brakes to become too worn can lead to issues with other parts of your braking system, leading to more costly repairs. Many people wait too long to replace their brakes simply because they are unaware that their brakes are wearing out, but there are a few easy-to-read signs your vehicle will give you when your brakes need to be replaced. Read on to learn what signs to look for so you can know when it is time to have them serviced. Signs of Brake Wear Being able to tell if your brakes need replacing is quite often as simple as keeping your ears open when you are driving. All brake pads contain a component called an indicator, which is a small piece of metal buried in the brake pad that will rub on you ... read more

Why is Synthetic Motor Oil Better Than Conventional?

Why is Synthetic Motor Oil Better Than Conventional?

  Why is Synthetic Motor Oil Better Than Conventional? Synthetic motor oil may have been around since the late 1920s, but it has only been in recent years that synthetics have become an option everywhere you get your oil changed. After years of using conventional oil and enjoying its relatively low cost, seeing how much a synthetic oil change is can present a bit of a shock when it comes time to pay the bill. So why is synthetic oil more expensive than conventional, and is it worth the extra cost? What is Synthetic Oil? Much like conventional oil, most synthetic oils are made from highly refined crude oil. The main difference between conventional and synthetic is the amount of refining and the additives each contain. Synthetics are more refined than conventional oils, resulting in a much purer product made up of smaller, more evenly distribut ... read more

Subaru Head Gasket Repair - What You Need To Know!

Subaru Head Gasket Repair - What You Need To Know!

  Subaru Head Gasket Repair - What You Need To Know!   If your considering replacing the head gaskets in your Subaru then read thru this Q&A. We will be answering some of the most popular questions asked by Subaru Owners. If your experiencing intermittent overheating, loss of antifreeze or vent heat coming and going this may pertain to you.  Is my Subaru even worth putting the money into? If your Subaru was performing the way it should before you started noticing the symptoms and you enjoyed it. Then the odds are that it is worth repairing and you will start enjoying it all over again! Subaru Love!   Is it time to replace the timing belt? Clutch Assembly? Motor Mounts? When replacing the head gaskets, the engine does come out of the car. With that being said that’s the perfect opportu ... read more

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