Yearly Archives: 2019

Winter Car Prep for Traveling

Whether you’re planning to travel by car this winter season or will just be driving to and from work each day, prepping your car for winter can help you avoid car troubles on the road and keep you safe while driving in winter weather conditions.  Before you hit the road for any type of extended travel, we recommend bringing your vehicle into our shop for a winter car inspection. This will give you peace of mind on the road knowing that an expert took a look at your vehicle and made sure that everything was in working order to stay reliable in the cold weather.  Here are some of the top ways in which you can prep your car for traveling this winter:  Get your car serviced if it is due and inspected for other issues Check your manufacturer’s website for any recalls Inspect your tires to verify they have good tread and are in overall good condition Install new windshield wipers and top-off wiper fluid Check all vital fluids  Be sure to test your vehi ... read more

Happy Thanksgiving from Revolution Motor Works!

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us here at Revolution Motor Works! We hope that you had a wonderful holiday with friends and family. With all the holidays comes lots of travel, so if you are planning a road trip in the near future, we recommend that you check off some important travel measures before you hit the road.  Be sure to have your vehicle inspected by the experts here at Revolution Motor Works before you hit the road. You never want to be caught in a situation where you are stuck without a working vehicle, so guaranteeing that your vehicle is ready for any road trip will keep your family safe and bring you peace of mind on the road.    Pack ample blankets and coats for the road to keep warm if you’re traveling in the cold this winter.    Have an emergency kit on hand in your trunk to help out in cases of emergencies. Some things to make sure you have with you include a spare tire, jack, wrench, flashlight, flares, cell phone charger, and ... read more

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

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