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Debunking Popular Car Maintenance Misconceptions

Debunking Popular Car Maintenance Misconceptions

According to a survey conducted on 2,000 car owners, many younger drivers are either not very confident or completely clueless when it comes to performing car-related tasks. Case in point: at least 60% of the drivers surveyed can’t fix a flat tire.  Unfortunately, it’s through the general lack of knowledge that many misconceptions are born and spread. Every car owner has probably heard several general car maintenance best practices that falsely claim to save money or increase performance. This article will share some of the popular car maintenance misconceptions that are entirely false. 1. Premium Gas Works Better Premium gas does work better in terms of octane levels, but that doesn’t mean it’ll give your car an edge on the road. Using h ... read more

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Complete Car Maintenance: Schedule and Checklist

Complete Car Maintenance: Schedule and Checklist

A complete car maintenance checklist includes tasks ranging from mundane routines such as changing the oil to urgent ones like dealing with a flashing engine light. With people spending more time at home, many car owners are also starting to get more hands-on when it comes to auto maintenance. This is supported by a 2020 study that found that 65% of 1,000 car owners surveyed worked on their cars during the pandemic. Making sure your car is running smoothly requires some dedication, diligence, and basic car maintenance know-how. Properly maintaining your vehicles also keeps you safe on the road. If you are planning to get more hands-on with taking care of your car, here is a complete checklist of car maintenance routines that you need to know. Urgent Auto Maintenance Issues The f ... read more

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How Often Should You Change Brakes

How Often Should You Change Brakes

If you’ve been wondering how often should you change brakes, then the answer should be after 50,000 miles or so. However, that will still depend on several factors that need to be considered: the type of car you have and your behavior on the road. What’s important is that you include having taking care of your car’s brakes as part of your vehicle’s routine maintenance. It’s estimated that were some 42,000 traffic fatalities in 2020. The last thing any responsible driver wants is to be included in that grim statistic. This article will talk about properly taking care of your car brakes along with other topics like the ... read more

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Car Maintenance

How To Spot A Broken Timing Belt

How To Spot A Broken Timing Belt

Motor vehicle crashes remain one of the leading causes of death in the United States. In fact, nearly 6.6 million cars were involved in traffic crashes in 2019 alone. Nobody wants to be a part of these grim statistics, however. That’s why car owners need to know when there’s something wrong with the vehicle, especially if it involves major components like the timing belt. The timing belt’s job is to rotate the engine’s cam and crankshaft to ensure each cylinder fires at the right time. A faulty timing belt will stop your car from running, which can be hazardous when you’re on the road. This article will discuss the symptoms of a malfunctioning timing belt, so you’ll know when you need to have it fixed. Engine Won&rsquo ... read more

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Car Maintenance

Essential Car Fluids That Needs To Be Replaced

Essential Car Fluids That Needs To Be Replaced

According to a report from Fox News, many American car owners don’t know the basics of car care. Over half of car owners say they aren’t confident enough to perform an oil change. When it comes to car maintenance, however, even knowing how to conduct a basic engine oil check can go a long way in keeping you safe on the road. Engine oil isn’t the only essential fluid that helps keep your car running, though. There are other car fluids that make a difference in keeping your car safe and road-worthy. In this article, we’ll list down the other types of car fluids you need to check and replace as part of your car care routine. Coolant     Your car’s engine can produce tremendous amounts of heat, and coolants help regulate the temperature. Coolants (or antifreeze) ... read more

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Tell-tale Signs Your Car Has Electrical Problems

Tell-tale Signs Your Car Has Electrical Problems

The number of traffic-related fatalities in the US for 2020 reached over 38,000. It’s a seven percent increase from 2019—and it may have to do with poor vehicle performance. When it comes to staying safe on the road, regular car maintenance plays a significant role in preventing accidents. Car owners must never neglect even the smallest of car problems, especially if it concerns their automobile’s electrical systems. Not only will these electrical problems put you and others at risk on the road, but they could also lead to further damage, which can be expensive to fix. This article will discuss some of the signs that indicate your vehicle is experiencing electrical issues and what you can do about it. You have Battery Issues A regular ... read more

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4 Major Engine Issues That Require Professional Assistance

4 Major Engine Issues That Require Professional Assistance

Car crash appears to be the leading cause of death within the first 30 years of an American’s life. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, one of the reasons most vehicular accidents happen is mechanical problems, including engine-related issues. A driver needs to know the signs of a failing engine to act on it immediately, prevent further damage to the car, and remain safe while driving on the road. This article will share four major engine issues that require professional assistance. We’ll also talk about the signs you need to watch out for and whether or not you’ll need an engine repair or replacement. Seized Engine A car’s engine comprises several moving parts working ... read more

How To Choose The Right Motor Oil For Your Vehicle

How To Choose The Right Motor Oil For Your Vehicle

One popular misconception about motor oil that Consumer Reports debunked is that the more expensive oil you use, the better performance you’ll get. Regardless of the price, all motor oils work in the same way to keep your engine running smoothly.  When it comes to motor oil, it’s not about getting the most expensive brand. It’s all about choosing the right motor oil for your car. Selecting the best engine oil for your vehicle may sound confusing, but it doesn’t have to be. In this article, we’ll run you through the basics of motor oils and help you choose the right one for your car. Viscosity Viscosity is about the resistance of a fluid to flow. When it comes to engine oil, viscosity determines the speed of oil as it flows around to protect the engine. If you pour water and honey into a ... read more

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Oil Change

Telltale Signs Your Car's AC Needs Immediate Repairs

Telltale Signs Your Car's AC Needs Immediate Repairs

There are many components involved in running your vehicle, making it easy for you to ignore more minor issues concerning the AC system until it’s too late. A simple case of strange noises can lead to extensive air conditioning repairs that often range from $1,000 to $4,000 and even more. It’s best to know the signs of a failing AC system as soon as possible so you can avoid further damage and expensive repairs. In this article, we’ll share some of the signs your car’s AC requires serious car AC repairs. Unpleasant Odor If you turn on your car’s AC and notice a noxious odor, it could be a sign of extensive mold and bacterial infestation. Mold build-up usually happens to vehicles that rarely use the AC or frequently use the max system, sometimes bringing extra moisture. B ... read more

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Air Conditioning

Tire Alignment and Balancing: Which One Do You Really Need?

Tire Alignment and Balancing: Which One Do You Really Need?

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, of all car crashes caused by mechanical failure, at least 35% are linked to tire problems. Improper maintenance of your car’s tires puts you and your passengers at risk while on the road. However, tire maintenance goes beyond inflating tires and checking treads. Tire alignment and balancing are also essential aspects of car maintenance. What exactly are tire alignment and balancing? This article will discuss these two car maintenance activities, so you’ll know which one your car needs. What Is Tire Alignment? Tire alignment (commonly known as wheel alignment) involves adjusting or aligning your vehicle’s suspension system. Despite the name, it has little to do with the actual tires. What tire alignment does is reset the angle of the ... read more

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