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Yearly Archives: 2022

What to Do When Your Engine Overheats

What to Do When Your Engine Overheats

There are many possible reasons that a car's engine may overheat which may occur at any time. It is important to recognize the signs of overheating and know what to ahead of time in case it catches you by surprise. One of the classic signs of an overheated engine is smoke or steam seeping out from under the hood of the car. Another clear sign is if the engine's temperature gauge on the car's dashboard is indicating that the car's temperature is higher than it should be. One of the easiest things you can do immediately is turn your car's heater on and air conditioning off. This will attract the heat in the engine away into the area of the car the heater is warming, thus cooling the engine. It is also important to pull over your car and stop the engine as soon as is safely possible. This will give the engine time to cool down on its own. This is a great time to call a friend, family member, or roadside assistance for help if you wish while you let the engine rest for ... read more

How Often Should I Have My Brake Pads Replaced?

How Often Should I Have My Brake Pads Replaced?

Any mechanic will tell you that there is no set mileage that will determine how often you need to replace your brake pads but generally they are changed after around 50,000 miles. A mechanic can check the lining for thickness for a clearer picture of the health of your brake pads. Pads, when new, are 12 mm so when they are in the 3 mm to 4 mm range, they are due a change. Signs Your Brake Pads Need To Be Replaced Unless you bring your car to an auto repair shop, you may not be able to tell when your brake pads need replacing. However, there are some signs that will point to your brake pads being in bad repair. A scraping or squealing noise on braking The car jittering or shuddering when you press on the brakes Sparks coming from your brakes All the above signs are a cause for immediate concern as it means that the grippy material of the pad has, or is about to, run out. This puts you in a very dangerous position should you need to brake suddenly or at a higher speed. What Can Cau ... read more

5 Steps to Take Following a Car Accident

5 Steps to Take Following a Car Accident

It is unfortunate that even the safest and most cautious drivers can end up in a car collision. When this incident happens, it is important that you are well-prepared and know what to do afterward to save you time, money, and stress. Here are the top 5 things you should do after being in a vehicle accident: 1) Inspect for injuries and damages If anyone is hurt in the accident, the top priority should be to get help immediately. Please remember to turn on your hazards. You should stay at the scene of the accident and remain there until the police get there. If the accident occurred in an unsafe area or with high traffic, it would be best to move to a safer location. 2) Call the police and file an accident report Having an officer at the scene to gather unbiased information from all parties is the best way to go about the situation. They can help collect information from all parties. 3) Gather information Exchanging contact information with the other drivers is the most important s ... read more

Choosing Between an Auto Repair Shop vs. Dealership

Choosing Between an Auto Repair Shop vs. Dealership

It's nearly inevitable that your vehicle might need mechanical or body repairs done at some point in its lifetime. Generally, most people want their repairs to be done quickly, efficiently, and at a reasonable price. While figuring out what kind of services you need is crucial, figuring out where to get them done is even more important. When searching for the proper repairs, most people wonder, "Is it better to take your vehicle to an auto repair shop or a dealership?"  Before you jump to conclusions, here are some factors to consider when drawing the comparison between the two: Price The cost of the services is usually one of the most important factors for most people. You don't want to spend more than you have to. When comparing independent auto repair shops versus dealerships, it has been shown that dealerships have to upcharge their services at a minimum of a couple of hundred dollars more. So if a warranty doesn't protect your repair, you're bette ... read more

How to Tell When You Need An Oil Change

How to Tell When You Need An Oil Change

Oil changes are the most important service to get for your car. Day in and day out, mechanics can't stress this enough. Oil changes are necessary for the overall function of your vehicle because this particular fluid protects the health of your engine. Running with low or dirty motor oil can lead to overheating, corrosion, and metal-to-metal friction between the engine's parts. And if you know a thing or two about cars, engine repairs can be costly. Therefore, it is best to avoid it at all costs by having your oil changed on time.    Motor oil is responsible for lubricating your car's components and regulating the heat. It also helps to prevent dirt and debris from building up by moving them through the oil filter.   There are many things that dictate how often you may need an oil change: oil quality, car make/model/age, and how you drive the car on a day-to-day basis. To be reassured, you can always refer to your vehicle's owner's manual for spec ... read more