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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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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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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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PREPARE YOUR CAR FOR SUMMER

PREPARE YOUR CAR FOR SUMMER

No matter what type of car you drive — a BMW, Mercedes, Audi, Porsche or other brand — there is one thing they all have in common: they all need a little TLC to prepare them for the coming summer months. Here in Florida, especially, the heat can be brutal, getting above 100 degrees Fahrenheit on a near daily basis. To ensure both you and your vehicle make it through the season feeling cool and collected, here are a few tips you’ll want to keep in mind. 1. Inspect your air conditioner. Even if it seems to be working just fine, it is worth bringing it to your favorite local automotive repair shop — like Auto Works of Brandon — to give it the once-over. You’ll want to have all the systems checked to make sure they are in good condition, change any filters that are looking a bit dingy, and ensure all of the fluids are topped off and ready to go. You don’t want to discover a problem with your air conditioner when it’s 110 degrees and you n ... read more

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PREPPING FOR EXTREME WEATHER

PREPPING FOR EXTREME WEATHER

Just because we aren’t likely to see snow in Tampa, Fl doesn’t mean your Audi won’t encounter any harsh environmental conditions. Maybe you plan to drive north to visit relatives or take advantage of snowy climates and activities. Or maybe you just know that when summer hits and the temperatures start kissing the triple-digits, you’ll need to take steps to keep your car running at peak performance. Here are a few things to keep in mind when dealing with extreme weather conditions — hot or cold — to ensure your Audi is always performing at its highest levels. 1. Keep the battery charged. Cold weather can put a strain on your Audi’s battery, with heaters blasting, lights going, windshield wipers running, to name a few, all operating at the same time. And in the summer, it’s the same systems, just with the air conditioning instead of the heat. Running all these systems can put a strain on your battery, and could leave you stranded when you ... read more

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LUXURY VEHICLES DESERVE LUXURY SERVICE

LUXURY VEHICLES DESERVE LUXURY SERVICE

When you buy a luxury car, you expect certain things. You expect the trim to be high-end. You expect the technology to be the most cutting-edge on the market. You expect the parts to be top of the line. You expect the vehicle to run perfectly. And you should expect your service appointments for things like oil and filter changes to be high-quality as well. At Autoworks of Brandon, we pride ourselves on servicing some of the best luxury brands on the market, including Mercedes, BMW, and Audi. We haven’t just hired some of the most competent service professionals on the market, we have also built a modern, state-of-the art facility and staffed it with friendly people from top to bottom, with a mission of not only ensuring your car is serviced well, but also giving you great, personal service. Speaking of our service technicians, we hire the best, and we ensure they are trained regularly, and kept up to date on the latest techniques and technologies direct from the manufacturers ... read more

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