Car Tips & Auto Maintenance

Signs to Watch for in Older Vehicles

Older vehicles can cost more in maintenance than newer vehicles, though it doesn't mean that they have to be junked due to age. Many makes and models can be reliable for hundreds of thousands of miles. If you want to purchase a cheaper used car that's 10+ years old or you can't stand the thought of parting with the ride that got you through college, you'll want a trusted mechanic for any problems that crop up. Pros and Cons of Driving Older Vehicles The number one reason drivers generally want to purchase an older vehicle is the significantly reduced price. Of course, there are also classic cars that are worth more as they age but this is the exception. There is less depreciation on an older car, which is a huge advantage when it comes to maintaining the vehicle for years to come. Other benefits of purchasing and owning older vehicles include: Lower insurance premiums Fewer add-on fees Affordable option for teen drivers These older vehicles, while budget-friendly, also [...]

Emergency Car Repair Kit – Being Prepared

Car breakdowns never seem to happen at a convenient time and many drivers are underprepared for a flat tire or a dead battery, especially if they're in the middle of nowhere. Always keeping a handy emergency car repair kit in your vehicle can allow you to get your vehicle back on the road. Why You Should Keep an Emergency Car Repair Kit Whether you're heading to work or you're traveling cross-country to visit family for the holidays, an emergency tool kit for your vehicle is a helpful resource to have on hand. Many drivers will experience a flat tire or a dead battery at some point during their years of driving and it's integral to understand how to approach these situations. If you're someone who enjoys taking road trips or who drives during the night time hours, you'll want to ensure that you're self-sufficient for a few basic repairs. 8 Essential Tools for an Emergency Car Repair There are a few basic tools every driver should keep in their [...]

Preventing Car Breakdowns

Having a broken-down vehicle in the middle of the highway is a nightmare for any driver. It's inconvenient to be stuck on the side of the road, waiting for a tow truck and a potentially expensive repair bill. That’s why preventing vehicle breakdowns should be a big part of your vehicle routine and maintenance. Staying on top of your vehicle's maintenance schedule is a surefire way to keep it in optimal working condition, though untimely repairs can still occur. You're less likely to become stranded with a vehicle breakdown if you practice preventable vehicle maintenance. What is Preventable Car Maintenance? Preventable vehicle maintenance involves staying updated on oil changes, tire rotations, throttle body, fuel injection services, brake and power steering flushes (if power steering system is hydraulic and not electric) and other normal upkeep on a vehicle, just to name a few items. These types of preventative measures can decrease the likelihood of something failing prematurely. As vehicles get older, they can require more frequent visits to the mechanic [...]

Tire Balance vs. Wheel Alignment

Tire balance and wheel alignment are both integral maintenance routines that prolong the life of your tires, yet many drivers don't know the key differences between the two or what purpose they actually serve. In short, tire balance has to do with the balance between tires and rims and wheel alignment focuses on the direction or angle that they're facing. When your wheels come out of alignment or become unbalanced, you'll begin to notice uneven wear on your tires. For a safer and smoother ride, your wheels should be properly balanced and aligned. You may find that you save money on gas, prevent a costly suspension repair, and avoid having to prematurely replace your tires. Difference Between Tire Balance and Wheel Alignment If you're not a professional mechanic yourself, you may be wondering what the difference between the two is or if they can be used interchangeably. Tire balance and wheel alignment are specifically designed to treat different issues and are in fact two separate procedures. Wheel alignment ensures [...]

Keeping it Cool – Tips for Cooling Off While Driving

No one wants to stay in a hot car, and those living in Texas tend to get extra hot. A vehicle with a working A/C is almost a requirement for Texans. However, that doesn't mean your vehicle is cooperating. When the A/C system isn’t working properly, there are many things that can cause that condition. The most common causes are a leaking system and/or a faulty a/c compressor, followed by a faulty expansion valve or leaking line/hose and a leaking condenser. There are other causes, but those are the most common. When it gets really hot, it can take a while for your vehicle to cool off. And it can seem like it takes an eternity. Tips for Keeping it Cool Turn on the Fan Before the A/C After starting the car, the next thing you should do is, switch on the fan and roll down your windows for a couple of minutes. This allows the hot interior air to exit your vehicle before turning on the [...]

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