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Tips on How to Deck Out Your Car

Tips on How to Deck Out Your Car

Sometimes driving the same car over and over can be boring. It doesn't have to be; it is your car, after all. You can (almost) do anything you want to it! Here are some ideas you can do to spruce up your vehicle and make it unique for you.   Upgrade Your Car Stereo System If you are a music lover, you can save up to invest in a new stereo system in your car. Perhaps new speakers could increase the output power of the sounds. With an upgraded sound system, your sing-alongs in the car will be top-tier.   Get Seat Covers Adding seat covers is an affordable way to customize your car, especially if your interior is starting to look a little dingy. Protect your seats from spills and sun damage with seat covers. You'll be thankful for the extra layer of protection for your vehicle's interior.    Put in New Car Mats While you're looking for seat covers, check out if you can score a deal on matching floor mats that can go well with the overall theme ... read more

All About Brake Fluid

All About Brake Fluid

Various fluids are demanded by your car to upkeep its everyday performance. Undoubtedly one of the more forgotten fluids is brake fluid, which is necessary to the function of your braking system. Most manufacturers create a set mileage or time that brake fluid should be replaced by. However, some simply suggest that you monitor the fluid level and condition periodically. As a result of varying recommendations, everyday drivers are left confused about when their brake fluid needs to be changed.   What is Brake Fluid? Brake fluid is a pressure-driven solution that carries the weight of your foot on the brake pedal all the way to the brake pads. While this fluid is in a confined system, the lines that carry the liquid from your tank to your brakes can become worn or damaged and allow water, dust, or dirt to contaminate the fluid. As you may have guessed, dirty fluid is less effective at performing its job. Also, brake fluid naturally breaks down over time. Therefore, drivers need ... read more

Wheel Alignment or Tire Balance, Which Do You Need?

Wheel Alignment or Tire Balance, Which Do You Need?

When you have work done on your tires, your mechanic might recommend you get either a tire balance or wheel alignment or both. For many drivers, these terms are interchangeable. There is, however, quite a difference between the two. Tire Balance New tires are put onto your vehicle and balanced, but as you drive, the balance slowly changes. If you drive on roads with a lot of potholes, for example, the balance of one or more tires can be knocked out in comparison with the other tires. Balance is achieved by adding weights to the inner and outer portion of the tire rim. The type of weight you need is unique to your vehicle's rims and model. When a tire (or tires) is knocked out of balance, one or more of the following symptoms will occur Seat or wheel vibrations Tire wear that is not even A humming or whirring sound from the tires A shimmy when the vehicle speed exceeds 60 MPH Alignment Every vehicle starts off with a specific alignment. Over time driving, that alignment slip ... read more

How Regular Car Maintenance Can Help Your Gas Mileage

How Regular Car Maintenance Can Help Your Gas Mileage

As car prices continue to soar with each passing year, car owners have been more steadfast in finding ways to reduce car fuel expenditure. Besides ensuring that your car remains roadworthy for a long time, regular car maintenance can also help improve its fuel efficiency. Below are some tips that have proven effective in maintaining pocket-friendly gas mileage. Perfect Tire Inflation Car repair specialists warn drivers against over or under-inflating their vehicles since it may affect the car's gas mileage. On the same note, inflating your car's tires to maximum capacity may also compromise your automobile's gas mileage. Under-inflating your car's tires reduces the surface area that comes into contact with the asphalt. Conversely, over-inflating the tires may help enhance the vehicle's functional efficiency, but the high pressure inside the tires at that time increases the chances of them blowing. Therefore, you should always ensure that you maint ... read more

Warning Signs of an Aging Timing Belt

Warning Signs of an Aging Timing Belt

As is evident from its name, a timing belt connects and times the rotation of the crankshaft and camshaft. These two shafts are important components of the engine, and their timely rotation ensures well-timed firing of pistons and the opening/closing of the intake and exhaust valves in the engine. The timing belt is a long, notched rubber belt that runs along with the engine and is vital for efficient and smooth vehicle functions on the road. Since the timing belt is a dynamic component that interlocks and runs the crankshaft and camshafts, it tends to wear down due to long-term functioning and pressure. Regular maintenance and timely replacement of the timing belt are essential to avoid costly engine repairs. Without proper maintenance, the timing belt failure or slippage can occur unexpectedly, resulting in extreme damage to multiple engine components. The best resource to predict the correct time of timing belt replacement is a vehicle's owner's manual. It is generally reco ... read more

Is There A Difference Between a Flashing Check Engine Light and a Steady Check Engine Light?

Is There A Difference Between a Flashing Check Engine Light and a Steady Check Engine Light?

Most drivers understand that the Check Engine light is not a good thing to see in the vehicle. But there is a difference between a solid Check Engine light and one that is blinking. There are many different causes to a solid Check Engine light, some of which are rather benign. There's only one cause for a blinking light and it is an urgent one. When the car's check engine light is flashing, do not ignore it. Your car needs repairs as soon as possible. If the Check Engine light is blinking, it's a big warning sign and something that you want to have inspected immediately. If the light is solid, there are other things you can ask yourself to diagnose the issue. For example, if you recently got gas, it's possible that your gas cap is loose and that can trigger the light to come on. Tighten the cap first before you panic. When the light comes on, try to listen for other noises in the vehicle. Do you hear something different? Is the vehicle driving differently? If so ... read more

Top Signs Your Cooling System Is in Trouble

Top Signs Your Cooling System Is in Trouble

Is your car overheating, blowing smoke, or gauges leaning toward the red zone? You may be heading for cooling system trouble. Issues with your car's internal cooling system can cause your car to overheat or even shut down. In this article, we talk about how your cooling system works and 4 signs of cooling system trouble. How Your Cooling System Works Water, antifreeze, and your car's built-in cooling systems work together to keep your car from overheating. Your car's cooling system is powered by the radiator, thermostat, and cooling fan. If any of these components has an issue, your cooling system can malfunction or shut down. 4 Signs of Cooling System Trouble 1. High Temperature Reading - if your temperature gauges are above normal and in the red, this is a sign that your car is overheating. Your cars temperature gauge should stay within normal range. When your temperature gauge rapidly rises, this is a sign of cooling system overload. ... read more

Common Signs of Vehicle Electrical Problems

Common Signs of Vehicle Electrical Problems

Modern-day vehicles rely on electrical systems to function properly. Your vehicle's electrical system is composed of the alternator, battery, and other significant components. If any of them begin to fail, various issues may become present, including decreased performance. It's not always easy to diagnose electrical issues within your car. We have listed a few signs to be aware of that indicate an electrical problem.  The lights have become dim. One of the most critical aspects of the electrical system controls is the headlights, brake lights, and turn signals. If there is an electrical problem, the lights will begin to dim. Dim lights are caused by low system voltage and charging malfunctions. This can occur if there is a dying battery, damaged alternator belt, or loose wires. The exterior lights are not the only lights losing power. You may also notice the electrical components inside the cabin even underperforming.  Y ... read more

3 Winter Car Care Tips

3 Winter Car Care Tips

Winter car maintenance prepares your vehicle for winter, but it has many other benefits as well. Car maintenance can offer a longer lifespan, increased fuel efficiency, and offer a higher resale value. Summer heat drains batteries; the Winter is the perfect time to prevent any unforeseen issues. It's a time to give your car a little extra love before it gets too cold. Below are three car care tips to boost performance in the Winter.  Check the essential fluids.  Summers can get hot in Huntington Station, and you may have cranked the air conditioner on a few times. In the fall, coolant is used to chill the hot engine. And in the winter, it acts as an antifreeze. Constant usage of the air conditioner may require you to top off the coolant. However, the coolant isn't the only fluid you should check. The engine oil and transmission fluid need to be of good quality to lubricate the engine parts adequately. It's essential to check on their fluid levels and quality as ... read more

Why Is Cruise Control Not Working?

Why Is Cruise Control Not Working?

If you're on a long fall road trip, cruise control can make the drive more comfortable and more pleasant. Cruise control gives your leg time to rest and allows you to maneuver around to avoid road fatigue. It can be quite disheartening to learn your cruise control doesn't work in the middle of a drive. The cruise control function controls the vehicle's speed, and without it can make a long drive feel a lot longer. Below is a list of three common reasons your cruise control may not work to help bring some clarity.  The Speed Sensor is Damaged The speed sensor determines how fast a vehicle is traveling. Since cruise control needs an accurate speed reading, cruise control will not work correctly if the speed sensor is damaged. A damaged speed sensor can also give inaccurate readings to the speedometer. Controlling your vehicle's speed is essential, and without this function, you can find yourself with a ticket or in an accident.  A Fuse is Blown ... read more

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