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How to Properly Maintain Your Vehicle's Tires

How to Properly Maintain Your Vehicle's Tires

There's a lot riding on your tires. They maintain traction on the road, and they absorb the shock of every bump along the way. Proper maintenance will maximize both the life and performance of your vehicle's tires. Tire Pressure Improperly inflated tires can affect both your fuel efficiency and how your car handles in various types of weather. Many vehicle monitoring systems alert you to a tire with low pressure, but it does not tell you which tire. Use an inexpensive tire pressure gauge to check your tires monthly and before long road trips. Recommended tire pressure levels can be found in your vehicle owner's manual and on a driver's side door frame sticker. Tire Tread Tire tread is the key to your vehicle maintaining traction on the road. For every mile driven, the tread is wearing away. To check for low tread, put a penny between the treads with Lincoln's head facing down. If you can see his scalp, it's time for a new tire. Most tires also have an indica ... read more

5 Common Reasons the Check Engine Light Came On

5 Common Reasons the Check Engine Light Came On

The check engine light isn’t always a welcomed surprise, but it is a helpful indicator that it’s time for your vehicle to have preventative maintenance. In a few cases, the check engine light may be alerting you to a simple fix. Its ambiguity can be frustrating and leave you panicked. To help bring more clarity to the check engine light, we have listed five common reasons the check engine light has come on.  Spark plugs Spark plugs send the needed spark to ignite the combustion process. While it would be nice if spark plugs last forever, they do wear over time. Work spark plugs will need to be replaced. If neglected, faulty spark plugs can cause a reduction in gas mileage and an engine misfire.  Oxygen Sensor The oxygen sensor measures how much-unburned oxygen is in the exhaust. This measurement is vital because too much or too little oxygen can damage your vehicle. If the oxygen sensor is damaged, the chec ... read more

3 Common Exhaust Colors and What They Mean

3 Common Exhaust Colors and What They Mean

Exhaust smoke is sometimes considered an evil necessity for our vehicles. Any smoke released from the exhaust should not look or smell very noticeable or unique. The color of your exhaust can tell you a lot about the status of your vehicle's health. It can be alarming to notice your exhaust changing colors. If your vehicle's exhaust has changed color since the last time you drove, below are three common exhaust colors and what they usually mean. Black Exhaust Black smoke is usually a clear indicator that your vehicle is burning too much fuel. This type of exhaust is typically emitted if the air filter is clogged or there is a problem with the fuel injectors. Black exhaust smoke should be inspected before it significantly impacts your vehicle's performance. Blue Exhaust  Blue exhaust smoke is hazardous, as it typically means that there's an oil leak. This can occur if there's a leak in the valve seal or a malfunctioning pist ... read more

Odd Vehicle Smells and What They Mean

Odd Vehicle Smells and What They Mean

Have you ever noticed an usual car smell? Vehicles use various fluids, and when something goes wrong, an odd smell may become apparent. Bad car smells can indicate a mechanical problem and, if neglected, can lead to expensive repairs. If you need help sniffing out the odd scent coming from the vehicle, below is a list of common smells and what they could mean.  Sweet syrup smell Coolant as an active ingredient called ethylene glycol. If you notice a sweet syrup smell, this can signal there’s a coolant leak in the heating system or radiator. Burning smell A burning smell can indicate that one of your rubber hoses has deteriorated or become loose. A loose hose can burn due to moving across hot engine parts. Additionally, if oil leaks on hot engine parts, a strong burning smell may be noticeable. Musty Smell A musty smell usually comes from the A/C vents due to excess moisture accumulating in the air vents. Excess moisture causes mold and mil ... read more

Can Speed Bumps Damage Your Vehicle?

Can Speed Bumps Damage Your Vehicle?

If you’re in a rush, a speed bump seems like an unnecessary delay, slowing down to shimmy your car over a bump. Speed bumps are meant to slow vehicles down in neighborhoods, roads, and parking lots with less than 35mph or less. If you press the gas when approaching a speed bump, you may find your car slamming hard on the pavement. This leaves many drivers wondering how speed bumps affect their vehicle. Depending on how fast you speed over them, speed bumps can cause frame damage. Cars with low ground clearance can experience even more severe damage if they hit the pavement at an angle. It’s always best to approach every speed bump slowly and with caution to avoid significant repairs. Below are a few common ways speed bumps can cause major damage: Tire Damage Speeding too fast over a speed bump can cause an impact, and hitting the ground could cause the tires’ sides to also hit the ground. Any significant tire damage could find you needing a required ... read more