How to Create the Ultimate Tailgate

How to Create the Ultimate Tailgate

It's football season, and if you're a big fan, chances are you plan on going to watch your favorite team play. Most visitors will tailgate before the game, which is just a time to spend time to friends and family and eat and drink before the game starts. If you do plan on tailgating, be sure to consider the following tips on how to create the ultimate tailgate this season:  Be sure to bring a cooler filled with ice and all of the drinks you will need during your party Bring a portable grill to cook your food, a propane gas powered one is a good idea since power probably won't be as easy to set up Pack portable chairs and a table for relaxing and a place to store food after its cooked for family and friends to dig in Consider purchasing or bringing along a tarp or tent top that will block the sun and keep you in the shade If you really want to take your tailgate to the next level, bringing a TV and stereo system can put your party over the edge. You may need a gene ... read more

What Are the Most Common Electrical System Problems?

Your vehicle works on many different electrical components that power your vehicle, the radio, lights, power windows, locks, and more. When something goes amiss with your vehicle's electrical system, it can cause the electrical components of your car to perform poorly or prevent your car from turning on altogether.  The most common culprit of an electrical problem is the battery. Car batteries typically last between 3-5 years, but can die unexpectedly if you leave a light on in your car overnight for example. If you do suspect a problem with your electrical system or battery, the best thing to do is bring your car into the experts here at Revolution Motor Works for an inspection so we can pinpoint the exact cause of the issue. Here are some of the most common electrical system problems that can occur:  Dead Battery Charging & Starting System Issue Bad Alternator Failing Starter Blown Electrical Fuses Bad Wiring or Faulty Circuit Failing Spark Plugs All of the ... read more

Tips for Daily College Commuting

Not all college students will have the luxury of staying on campus, and if you are attending a local community college, you may not have this option. Over 80% of all college students are considered commuters, so it is relatively common to drive to school each day.  With the hustle and bustle of thousands of students driving to school each morning and night, you'll most likely run into some traffic and possible parking issues. The most important thing to remember is give yourself plenty of time to arrive to class on time and to always drive safely.  Here are some tips for daily college commuting that will protect you and your vehicle:  Leave early, especially in the first couple of weeks of school. This is when school tends to be the most crowded, so there will be traffic and lots of cars on the road. This will prevent you from stressing out and trying to rush to school. Have your parking already planned out. You may have trouble finding parking for the first coup ... read more

Maintenance Items to Never Ignore

Owning a vehicle is a huge responsibility - not only do we have to take measures to drive safely and carefully every day, fill our tanks with gas to get where we need to go, park legally and accurately, and get a car wash every now and again - we also have to make sure that we are staying on top of our car's regular maintenance and service.  When it comes to vehicle maintenance, the best way to understand it is by thinking of a very poorly maintained car. If your car isn't taken care of, systems will start failing and it won't perform well, definitely not as well as it did before. The better care you take of your vehicle, the longer it will last and the more reliable it will be.  Maintenance can mean a number of things, from regular inspections to oil changes and other recommended services by the car manufacturer. While you may know that there are many different maintenance items that your vehicle will need in its lifetime, here are some that you should never ig ... read more

How to Avoid a Dead Battery During the Summer

No one wants to get into their car on their way to a destination to find that their car won’t start. If you get into your car and crank the ignition and your car doesn’t start up, your vehicle may have a dead battery. A dead battery is never fun, and during the summer, batteries can tend to die quicker and more suddenly.  Here are some ways on how to avoid a dead battery this summer:  Try to park your vehicle in parking lot structures, out of the sun, and in the shade.  Have your vehicle charge tested before hitting the road for a long drive. If it has been a while since your last new battery, it doesn’t hurt to have your battery charge checked. If your battery is nearing the end of its life, a new battery is a good idea.  Unplug any cords that aren’t being used and reduce A/C use if possible.  Keep your vehicle clean to reduce the overall effort that your vehicle needs to move.  Think about investing in a car battery charger ... read more

Avoid Causing Unnecessary Damage to Your Vehicle

Your vehicle is an investment, and it is important to protect that investment in order to save yourself money over time. Many of us don’t realize it, but there are some habits that some drivers practice every day that are actually hurting their vehicles unintentionally. Here are some things that may be damaging your vehicle that can be avoided:    Don’t forget to use your vehicle parking brake. When you put your car in park, you engage the parking pawl, which is a small metal pin that disengages the transmission’s output. The job of the parking brake is to immobilize the wheels, easing the weight that is put on this small metal pin.    Make sure your tire pressure is always correct. The Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) in your vehicle will let you know when your tires are low on air, however it is always a good idea to check them yourself because the TPMS could be faulty. Low tire pressure actually lowers your fuel efficiency and can put you ... read more

Tips for Saving Money on Fuel

Summer is notorious for high gas prices, and if you’re noticing that you have been spending much more on gas lately, it may be time to adjust your driving habits and make some changes. Although each tip for saving money on fuel has a small effect, making multiple changes can actually help keep money in your wallet when it comes to buying fuel.    Here are our top tips for saving money on fuel this summer:    Driving safer and smoother. If you are constantly hitting the gas pedal, slamming on your brakes, or driving fast - you are using up more fuel than needed. By adjusting your driving habits, such as driving at the speed limit and allowing yourself plenty of time to brake, you’ll end up using less gas and saving yourself some cash.   Use the right fuel grade. Check your owner’s manual to make sure that your vehicle is getting the right grade of fuel at the pump. You may have been pumping premium in your car when you actually don’t nee ... read more

Spring Vehicle Maintenance

Spring is a great time to take control of your vehicle’s maintenance. Driving in the winter weather can take a toll on our vehicles, causing wear and tear that can affect overall performance and fuel efficiency. Before your spring and summer road trip plans, be sure to come by our shop for a spring vehicle inspection. Here are the top spring maintenance items to keep your vehicle running smoothly into the summer!   Read your vehicle’s owner’s manual and see if any recommended services are due Make sure you are current with your vehicle’s oil and filter change Have coolant levels, condition, and concentration checked Inspect belts & hoses for any wear and tear Test air conditioning and verify if it is working properly Check your tires - look at the overall condition, tread, and check tire pressure  Look at all lights, interior and exterior, to make sure they work properly including headlights, tail lights, and brake lights Change your windsh ... read more

What To Do When Your Car Breaks Down

It is one of the most dreaded occurrences as a vehicle owner - a breakdown on the road. It always seems to happen at the worst time and at the worst location, and never when we expect it! Although it can be extremely stressful, the first thing it do is to stay calm and try to get to safety as soon as possible. Breakdowns can put you at risk for car accidents if you are in a dangerous spot, so understanding your surroundings is important. Here are some tips on what to do next:    Turn on your emergency lights as soon as you can! This will indicate to other drivers on the road that something is wrong and will allow others to take precaution when driving around your vehicle.    If you feel your car breaking down, get over to the side of the road in a safe area as soon as possible, and if possible. Sometimes we can feel our car slowly coming to a stop, and this is when you should try to safely get over to the roadside and out of the w ... read more

Safety Tips for Driving in the Rain

Certain weather conditions can make driving more dangerous and risky, especially during rainstorms. Even in the rain, we are usually still required to drive to our jobs, or school, or to run errands. If you need to drive during the rain, be sure to make note of the following tips that will help you stay safe on the road.    Drive more carefully and slowly. While driving in the rain, your visibility is decreased dramatically and your ability to control your vehicle may be altered. It is important to drive slower and more carefully in the rain to avoid accidents.    Try to avoid braking and accelerating quickly. It is much harder for your tires to grip the street in the rain, so trying to avoid slamming on the brakes or accelerating too quickly will reduce the risk of skidding or hydroplaning.    Change your windshield wipers. Properly working windshield wipers is extremely important when it comes to driving in the rain. Wipers should be changed at least ... read more

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