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Vehicle New Year's Resolutions

It’s that time again, where we think about the goals that we want to make for the new year. While you may be thinking the usual, such as being on time more often, visiting family, or going to the gym more often, you may not have considered making a resolution or two for your vehicle. Here are some resolution ideas that you can make for your car to keep you safe on the road into 2019!   Clean Out your Car   Cleaning out the inside of your vehicle will help you to feel more organized and give your car that new car feeling! A clutter car can make it difficult to feel comfortable while driving, especially for passengers.   Schedule your Vehicle Maintenance Deadlines in your Planner   The most important part of owning a vehicle is staying current with your vehicle’s recommended maintenance and services. If you have a planner or calendar, jotting down dates of your upcoming services will help you keep track of when it’s time to bring your vehicle i ... read more

Winter Road Trip Checklist

During the winter, many folks will be traveling to see friends and family during the holidays. If you’re planning to spend the holidays out of town and will be driving to your destination, it is important to make sure that your vehicle is prepared for the trek. Getting stuck on the road can be extremely stressful, and very dangerous when it comes to driving in the snow. The following checklist will help you be prepared for your upcoming winter road trip.   Has your car been inspected recently?   A multi-point vehicle inspection is always a good idea when it comes to getting ready to travel. Visit your trusted local mechanic for an inspection to verify that everything looks good and that there are no foreseeable issues that need to be addressed before driving long distances.   When is the last time you changed your windshield wipers?   If your answer is over a year, we recommend changing your wipers before your road trip. Windshield wipers typically ne ... read more

October is Fall Car Care Month

October is the start of Fall Car Care Month, which is the time of year that encourages drivers to take control of their vehicle maintenance for the upcoming winter months. With the colder and wet weather, it is important to make sure that our cars are in good working condition and are prepared to keep us safe and comfortable.   Regular vehicle maintenance is an important part of keeping your vehicle running healthy and to avoid costly repairs down the road. A well maintained vehicle will also ensure you and your family's safety on the road.    The Car Care Council recommends 10 Fall maintenance items that will make sure your vehicle is ready for the upcoming winter months:   Check fluids - This includes engine oil, power steering fluid, brake fluid, transmission fluid, windshield wiper solvent, and coolant. Topped off and clean fluids keep your vehicle's systems running smoothly.  Check hoses ... read more

Vehicle Maintenance Tips for the Fall Season

The fall season is upon us, and with the new season brings new maintenance items for your vehicle. As the weather gets colder and wetter, it is important to pay attention to services for your vehicle that may be necessary when transitioning from the warm to cold weather. Here are some maintenance tips that will help you drive safe during the fall season.    Replace your windshield wipers   Many drivers are not aware that vehicle windshield wipers need to be replaced once a year. The fall season usually brings more rain, and you never want to be stuck driving in the rain with faulty windshield wipers. This service is very inexpensive and will ensure your safety in wet weather conditions.    Check your heater and defroster   Getting caught in the colder weather without a working heater can be extremely uncomfortable. It is also important to make sure that your vehicle’s defroster is working properly. Your vehicle ... read more

How to Maintain Your Windshield Wipers for the Spring

How to Maintain Your Windshield Wipers for the Spring

Spring weather in Maryland usually means rain, rain, and more rain. While driving in the rain may get old, keeping your windshield wipers in top shape can make damp conditions more bearable. Use the following tips to help see the road clearly when April showers won’t let up, and to make sure your wipers are working properly after the harsh winter months. Tip 1: Cleaning Your Wipers While it may seem odd to clean your wipers (aren’t they supposed to be the ones cleaning?), it will keep them functioning properly for longer and prevent a grimy windshield in the future. As your wipers get used,  they shed a fine rubber powder that builds up on the wiper’s cleaning surface causing the once sharp wiping edge to get bigger. As the powder continues to accumulate, your wipers will start to smear debris across the windshield, instead of wiping it clean. Luckily, it’s very easy to clean your wipers. Simply take a wet cloth, preferably soaked in win ... read more

Are your Tires Safe for Driving in the Snow?

Are your Tires Safe for Driving in the Snow?

Every year, around 900 people in the United States die in car accidents during snowy weather. It’s no secret that driving in the snow can be both difficult and dangerous. If your car isn’t well-maintained with strong tires, your chances of getting in an accident increase significantly. Are your tires worn out? Before driving in the snow (or in general), you should check to see whether the rubber on your tires are worn out. If they are, you could very easily slide on ice or get stuck in the snow. To quickly check the tread depth of your tires , you can insert a penny into the rib of your tire with Lincoln’s head pointing down. If you can still see the top of Lincoln’s head even after putting the penny into the rib of the tire, the tire has been worn down and will li ... read more

Why Is My Car Making a Weird Noise?

Why Is My Car Making a Weird Noise?

A well-maintained car runs silently. Once you start hearing strange noises coming from your vehicle, we recommend bringing it to a qualified mechanic for repairs. Here are some of the most common reasons for the weird noise coming from your car: 1. Worn-down brake pads screech worse than fingernails on chalkboard. That screeching noise you hear is probably the pads (which are fairly cheap and easy to replace) chewing into the brake-rotors (which are expensive and more difficult to swap out). Have new brake pads installed so that you can stop screeching - and start stopping - quickly. 2. If you hear clunking while driving over bumpy or damaged roads, chances are your suspension needs to be looked at. When ball joints and control-arm bushings wear out, they make your ride less smooth, shaking everything inside your car - passengers and possessions alike. 3. If your car clickety-clacks while turning at low speed, your front wh ... read more

SOS! I Accidentally Put the Wrong Fuel in My Car

SOS! I Accidentally Put the Wrong Fuel in My Car

If you’re reading this article, I’m going to assume that you’ve accidentally put the wrong fuel into your car, and you’re desperately trying to figure out what to do. Even though all reputable gas stations will clearly mark diesel and petrol nozzles, as well as the different fuel grades, adding the wrong type of fuel can be an easy mistake to make if you’re in a rush or aren’t thinking clearly. Regardless of whether you’ve put petrol in a diesel car, or diesel in a petrol car, here’s a list of steps you should take immediately: 1.Don’t try to start your car, and be sure to take your keys out from the ignition. If you recognize your mistake prior to starting your car, you will be able to minimize the damage and the cost for repairs. 2. Put your car in neutral and ask a friend or a kind stranger to help you push your car to a safe parking area. 3. Call a roadside car assi ... read more

5 Common Car Problems & Solutions: Winter Edition

5 Common Car Problems & Solutions: Winter Edition

Being stranded on the hard shoulder is bad enough when it’s warm outside. With winter bearing down upon us, breakdowns can quickly turn dangerous. Keep yourself and your loved ones safe throughout the frigid months by tackling these 5 common winter-related car problems. 1. Deflated tires cause many problems. For every 10 degrees the temperature outside drops, your car’s tires lose roughly 1 pound of pressure. Under-inflated tires can heat up and burst under any weather conditions; they don’t provide better traction on slick or snowy roads. It’s nearly impossible to eyeball a tire’s pressure - buy a quality pressure gauge or take your car to a qualified mechanic once a month to ma ... read more

New Year's Resolutions for Your Car

New Year's Resolutions for Your Car

You've made your own New Year's Resolutions, now make some for your car too! Some maintenance and upkeep tasks may seem daunting, unless you make them part of your car's regular routine. Take a look at these ten easily achievable resolutions for your car, and see how you can improve the quality of your vehicle throughout the year. At Revolution Motor Works we can help you achieve these resolutions, from regular oil changes to preventative maintenance check-ups. Which of these ten tips will you choose to improve your car's performance, safety, and look in the new year?

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