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Correcting Popular Tire Misconceptions

Correcting Popular Tire Misconceptions

Your tires are an essential function of your car, which is why it is so important to keep up with tire maintenance. From tire pressure, tire wear patterns to rotations, you have to know it all to keep your tires in good shape. However, there are also a lot of common misconceptions about tires that should be corrected. Here's what you should know:   Just because your car has a Tire-Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) does not mean you shouldn't manually measure your tire pressure. A tire-pressure monitoring system tracks your tire pressure using sensors on your tires. Once your tires run low on pressure, your dashboard will exhibit a warning light to tell you that your tires require attention. Though it may sound very reliable on the surface level, there are some flaws. The warning signal is only triggered when tires lose at least 25% of their recommended pressure. A loss in a quarter of your tire pressure is considered very unsafe, and you should avoid letting it get that ... read more

5 Useful Phone Apps for Every Driver

5 Useful Phone Apps for Every Driver

The smartphone has become an integral part of our lives, and it extends well beyond taking phone calls. Nearly every automobile manufacturer has incorporated Apple CarPlay or Android Auto into their vehicles. At the same time, the app stores on our phones offer an endless collection of apps that have replaced the traditional paper road map. Even better, some apps can save you time, money and streamline the driving process. Here is our list of apps that every driver should use on their commute. Waze: You're probably used to using Apple Maps and Google Maps. However, those navigational apps don't even come close to the benefits of using Waze. This app delivers navigation, but its primary benefits include its real-time, user-submitted data. You can see current traffic conditions and hazards instantaneously, such as hidden police traps, stopped vehicles, potholes, and even roadkill. Parkopedia: If you are driving to an unfamiliar location, you'll probably spend a great deal o ... read more

Fun Car Activities To Do This Summer

Fun Car Activities To Do This Summer

Most of us heavily depend on our cars, but it's even more important for us to have a functioning one in the summer. With the decline in COVID cases, some people are more than ready to get out of their homes. If you don't have your summer schedule set yet, that's okay. There are plenty of fun and exciting activities to do this summer, and they all usually will involve your car. Here are some excellent ways to spend your summer days (and nights):   Go Stargazing Stargazing is a relaxing and calming experience. Take a trip out of the inner city to somewhere dark and quaint. You'll notice that the stars in the sky at night are a lot bigger, brighter, and prettier than usual. If you have a convertible, you can remain seated in your car. However, if you want to optimize the experience, bring a telescope. We recommend that you research beforehand to scope out when the next meteor shower or cosmic event is happening.   Road Trip Across the Country This idea is a ... read more

When Should I Use My Parking Brake?

When Should I Use My Parking Brake?

  There are two brake systems in every vehicle. The one that we commonly use is the service brake, and that is the primary brake system that is activated when you step on the brake pedal. The secondary brake system, which is often overlooked, functions as a backup if the service brake fails. Since many view the secondary brake as a backup, this is why the secondary brake system is often referred to as the emergency brake. However, it is also often called the parking brake, e-brake, or handbrake.   Most people assume that since it is called an emergency brake, it means you hardly should ever use it. "Only in case of emergencies," people might think. However, that is a common myth. You should almost always use your parking brake whenever and wherever you park. Yes - that applies to both manual and automatic cars.  Why Should I Always Use It? Your car's brakes are controlled by a parking pawl, which is a device that locks up your transmission when you put ... read more

5 Signs That Your Battery Is Dying

5 Signs That Your Battery Is Dying

The battery of your car plays an important role in its operation. Powering the electrical components of the vehicle - most importantly the starter - is an essential part of the engine. A weak battery may leave you unable to use your vehicle, and should this happen in the winter, it could be a danger to your health. That's why you should watch out for these warning signs that your battery may be nearing the end of its life cycle. Dim Headlights As the source of power to your vehicle's electrical system, a weak battery will not provide the required power to the electrical components, which will cause your headlights to shine less brightly than usual. This can be extremely dangerous for people who drive at night.   Clicking Noise / Slow Start With a well-functioning battery, your vehicle should start as you turn the key. Any delays during this process, such as clicking noises or the engine simply not turni ... read more

When Should I Replace My Timing Belt?

When Should I Replace My Timing Belt?

Everyone that has a vehicle knows just how important it is to do all you can to keep your car in top shape in order to do that maintenance is required! While changing oil, fluids, filters, keeping gas in your vehicle, and maintaining your tires may be the things that stand out to you, there are other things that need to be done that fall under the maintenance umbrella! There are some things that you may not realize are just as important as those other maintenance thing, that is replacing your timing belt. While it is essential to do so, you need to know when you should replace your timing belt. Your timing belt is essential to your engine; in fact, it is an integral part of the internal combustion engine. The purpose of the timing belt is to synchronize the rotation of the crankshaft as well as the camshaft - this allows the valves of the engine to open and close at the correct time during every cylinder's intake and exhaust pump. There are some engines where the belt is made to p ... read more

How Do I Know if I Need New Brakes?

How Do I Know if I Need New Brakes?

Besides the security of your home, your car brakes should also be a top priority when maintain and protecting your assets. You need to ensure that the brakes are always in top working condition for you and your loved ones. You can rely on your looking or listening to establish whether you need new brakes. Check out for the following: Growling and Grinding The growling and grinding of the brakes are a result of the caliper and the brake disk rubbing against each other. This is one of the top ways of knowing that you need new brakes as the noise produced is very loud. Such a mechanical hitch means your brake pads are completely worn out and is very dangerous as it could cause your car to break on its own. As you drive, try listening if there is any sound coming from any of your tires, as it could be a god-sent sign for brake pad change. Brake Unresponsiveness As you drive, you will notice when your brakes lose responsiveness. As soon as this happens, you need to redo your schedule to ... read more

What are the Signs of Starter Failure?

What are the Signs of Starter Failure?

Starter failure problems are quite common. Unfortunately, most drivers and car owners tend to confuse them with other car issues. Your car starting system is intricate, composed of numerous components working together to get the motor running. The starter motor is overly integral as it spins the flywheel bringing the pistons into motion to generate enough compression to start your car. When the starter fails, it will impact your capacity to start and operate your car. Here are some tale tell signs to look out for: Grinding Noises It mostly happens when the starter gear is completely worn out or is unable to engage properly. Even so, your car might also produce a whirring sound or none at all when the starter is faulty. If left unattended, this could translate to incredible damages to your vehicle's engine flywheel. The Engine Doesn't Turn Over Your car will not start when its starter is failing, even if you jumpstart it. Often, this is due to a burnt-out starter motor ... read more

What is a catalytic converter?

What is a catalytic converter?

Every vehicle has an exhaust system that serves three basic functions: Move exhaust away from the engine and passengers, muddle the noise of the engine and reduce emissions. Of the entire system, one of the most baffling parts to people is the catalytic converter. Here is what the catalytic converter does, how it does it and why it is important. The Catalyst The catalytic converter is one of those vehicle parts everyone has heard about, but virtually no one gets how it works. Without it, however, a vehicle would be a pollution belching, potential death trap, thanks to poisonous emissions. Every catalytic converter has a honeycombed ceramic interior that is coated by Palladium, Rhodium and Platinum. Its purpose is to convert toxic emissions into less harmful gases. This protects vehicle passengers and improves external, environmental air quality. What It Converts When an engine is running, it emits three main gasses: Nitrogen Oxides Carbon Monoxide Hydrocarbons Each pollutes th ... read more

What are Signs of Low Brake Fluid?

What are Signs of Low Brake Fluid?

As you drive your car, it's crucial that we remain aware of our car moves. Whether it's your gas pedal, exhaust pipes, or carburetor, all of these parts must work properly to get to you from point A to point b. One major part is brake fluid, which helps our brakes to stop when needed. When the driver steps on the brake pedal, brake fluid is released into the lines. As the fluid enters the lines, the brake pads to clamp on the motors, causing your car to stop. However, there are some signs when your car does not stop right, due to having low brake fluid. Check the Reservoir You can check the brake pad reservoir in the engine bay, to check the level of fluid. Make sure that the level is between minimum and maximum, as well as look at the color of the fluid. The fluid's color should be translucent and not dark or cloudy. The Brake Pads are Worn and Lower Than Usual Brake pads that are worn out are taking in more air than usual in the hydra ... read more

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