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Yearly Archives: 2021

5 Best Items For Vehicle Emergency Kit

5 Best Items For Vehicle Emergency Kit

Picking out the "5 best" emergency kit items is difficult because in most cases, a stranded driver might need everything in the kit. Nonetheless, there are a few mainstays that should take priority if necessary. Here are five suggestions. Jumper Cables Almost every driver at some point has a dead battery. Most have a few during their entire driving careers. Yet, it is amazing how many people with dead batteries do not have a good pair of jumper cables. Reflectors Each year, in just about every state in America, someone is involved in an accident when standing near their broken-down vehicle. In many cases, the driver that causes the accident was not paying enough attention and did not see the vehicle on the shoulder of the road. One way of reducing that chance is to have adequate roadside reflectors and/or flares to alert people of your presence and vehicle. This is also a good way of signaling that you need help. Blanket A blanket might not have anything to do with th ... read more

Get Your Car Ready for Spring!

Get Your Car Ready for Spring!

Getting your car prepared for spring should be a top priority for all. With the summer months fast approaching, you need to take time out of your schedule to have your car primed and ready to go. After a season of colder weather, it's time to pamper your vehicle with some springtime care. The first order of business is getting your oil changed. Oil is the primary lubricant that keeps your engine and its parts running well. It also protects your engine and keeps it clean. With that in mind, it's important to have both your oil and the filter changed at the same time once every 3,000 miles. An inspection of your battery should also be done. It is the one item that keeps your car running at an optimal level during the winter months. It keeps your heater and your lights on as you drive more in the dark during a season of shorter days and longer nights. Plus, it's quite possible that your battery may have had to work a lot harder just to get started. The cold weather has an im ... read more

What’s the Difference Between the Muffler and the Exhaust?

What’s the Difference Between the Muffler and the Exhaust?

As a responsible motorist, you need to understand the functions of various parts of your engine so you can keep yourself and your passengers safe on the roads. One basic system you need to understand is the exhaust system, the part of the engine that eliminates harmful byproducts from your car. As the engine functions, it produces a lot of noise that needs to be reduced. That's where the mufflers come in. Without the mufflers, the engine would be too loud and uncomfortable. Simply put, the exhaust is that part of the engine that eliminates unwanted byproducts from the engine and controls the gas output, while mufflers act as silencers. Let's dig deeper into the difference between an exhaust and a muffler. The Exhaust Consider the exhaust system as the gas-controlling part of your car's engine. This system comprises components and piping that guide the gases the combustion process in the engine produces. When fuel burns, toxic gases are produced. If these gases were to b ... read more

Gas Prices Rising? Suggestions on How to Increase your Car's MPG

Gas Prices Rising? Suggestions on How to Increase your Car's MPG

The world is facing quite a tough economic time. Therefore, having a way of saving some money, no matter how little it may seem, can go a long way in helping you balance your budget in the long run. As a driver, you need to find ways of saving on your fuel consumption, particularly now that fuel prices seem to be skyrocketing. Below are some tips that you can count on to improve your car's miles per gallon (MPG) of fuel efficiency. Remove Excess Weight If your vehicle has front-wheel drive, having unnecessary things in the trunk weighing down the real axle can reduce the front wheels grip and reduce your mileage. This means that you will have to unnecessarily spend more time and fuel to get to your destination. Therefore, if you would like to improve your car's MPG, you need to get rid of any unnecessary load in your vehicle. Inflate the Tires Properly If your tires are not properly inflated, they can reduce your mileage and force your engine to consume more fuel to move yo ... read more

Why Does My Vehicle Need a Coolant Flush?

Why Does My Vehicle Need a Coolant Flush?

All cars require periodic maintenance to keep them performing at their best by reducing wear and tear on their components. Here's what you need to know about a coolant flush and its benefits. What is a Coolant Flush? A coolant flush is a cleanse for your cooling system. During a coolant flush, four to five gallons of anti-freeze is put in your cooling system. Over time, your current anti-freeze collects contaminants. The coolant flush removes the old anti-freeze and replaces it with fresh anti-freeze to prevent the buildup of scale deposits and rust, helping your anti-freeze last longer. What Are the Benefits of a Coolant Flush? Removal of Rust and Deposits When you get a coolant flush, rust and deposits are removed from your car's cooling system, preventing your car from overheating and causing various problems. Improve and Extend the Longevity of the Water Pump Lubrication is a part of the coolant flush process. When you get a coolant ... read more