Yearly Archives: 2020

What is a Suspension System Strut?

What is a Suspension System Strut?

If you've ever had your vehicle's suspension system repaired, you may be familiar with the term "shocks and struts". You may be aware that the struts are integral components within the suspension system and are important to the overall driveability of your car. But, what exactly is a strut and what does it do within your vehicle?  A strut is a component of your vehicle's suspension system, which is the system that is connected to the wheels and the chassis of your car. The suspension system not only supports the weight of your entire vehicle, but it also helps ensure that your tires travel straight and that your ride is smooth by absorving the impact of various bumps and uneven roads. It also helps to ensure that you can turn your vehicle properly when you need to. The strut itself is made up of two parts: the shock absorbers and a spring. The spring is typically a coil spring and its job is to hold up the weight of your car and help absorb e ... read more

Safety Tips for Nighttime Driving

Safety Tips for Nighttime Driving

With the new fall season upon us, the days will soon be shorter and you may find yourself having to drive in the dark more often than you did previously in the spring and summer. As winter comes along, the increase in darkness during the day will increase as well.  Driving in the dark can be more difficult for some, especially those with vision impairment. However, even drivers with 20/20 vision can experience trouble seeing clearly in the dark. Keeping safe on the road is important for you, your passengers, and others on the road, which is why we've compiled the following list of safety tips to keep in mind as we move into more nighttime driving:  Check that all of your exterior and interior lights are working properly. Your vehicle's headlights, brake lights, and signal lights are all necessary for driving in the dark. You need to see the road ahead of you and behind you, and other vehicles need to be alerted of your presence on the road. If your exterior lights l ... read more

How Often Do Windshield Wipers Need to Be Replaced?

How Often Do Windshield Wipers Need to Be Replaced?

Windshield wipers serve an important purpose when it comes to your vehicle. In the rain, your wipers wipe away the water so that you can continue to see the road clearly. When your windshield is caked in dirt, your wipers and wiper fluid allow you to clean your windshield to see the road again. Faulty windshield wipers can put you in a dangerous position while driving in certain situations, which is why you should always pay attention to your wipers and replace them when needed. How often do windshield wipers actually need to be replaced? On average, wipers should be replaced yearly, if not every 6 months. The frequency depends on the weather, and how often you find yourself parking in direct heat. There are certain signs that you can look out for that can indicate its time to replace your wipers.  A visual inspection of your wipers:  If your windshield wipers look cracked, frayed, dry, or peeling, these are all signs that you need to replace them. They sh ... read more

What are Some Bad Driving Habits to Avoid?

What are Some Bad Driving Habits to Avoid?

Many Americans use their cars daily, if not at least a few times a week. This makes most drivers super comfortable on the road - and sometimes too comfortable. This makes it easy to develop bad driving habits that can put our safety on the road at risk. Driving daily means remembering to practice safe driving habits and to focus our concentration on the road as much as possible.  Many vehicle owners don't realize the habits we have that can risk our safety, mainly because they become second nature to us. However, understanding any bad habits you may have when on the road and correcting them can make a big difference when it comes to driving safely and reducing your risk of an accident. Here are some bad habits that should be avoided while driving:  Talking excessively to passengers Talking or texting on the phone while driving Eating will behind the wheel One hand driving Not signaling when changing lanes or turning Riding the tail of other vehicles on the road Al ... read more

What Does OBD Stand For?

What Does OBD Stand For?

You may have heard the term OBD testing or OBD reset and wondered - what does OBD stand for and what does it mean? OBD is actually short for on-board diagnostics, which is the standardized computer system that all modern vehicles have equipped (models in year 1996 and newer). The on-board computer system has the important job of monitoring different electrical sensors throughout your vehicle. This computer monitors the performance of these systems and can detect when a problem arises.  The OBD also closely monitors your vehicle's emission system, ensuring that your vehicle is regulated in terms of emissions and fuel economy. If the computer system does detect an issue, it will illuminate your vehicle's check engine light, which will appear on your dashboard. This lets you know that something is wrong, and on-board diagnostics will be needed.  In order to understand what causes your vehicle's check engine light to illuminate, our experts will conduct on-boar ... read more

How Often Do I Need a Vehicle Inspection?

How Often Do I Need a Vehicle Inspection?

An understanding of the importance of preventative maintenance and regular inspections is something that every vehicle owner should know. When you stay on top of your vehicle's recommended services and checks, you protect your safety on the road, save yourself time and money, and protect your overall investment. When you have your vehicle inspected, it doesn't necessarily mean that something will be wrong. It's just the best way to catch any problems early on before they progress so that you can pay for a little repair rather than a big one.  As a vehicle owner, you may ask yourself, how often do I need a vehicle inspection? The answer to this definitely depends on a few different factors. Let's look at some of the different factors that can affect how often your vehicle needs an inspection. Age The age of your vehicle comes into play when considering how often you may need a vehicle inspection. Older vehicles with more wear and tear are more su ... read more

Can I Drive with the Coolant Warning Light On?

Can I Drive with the Coolant Warning Light On?

The coolant pressure warning light is an important one - your vehicle is telling you that your engine is overheating due to low coolant. If this light has turned on and you're wondering if you can continue driving, the answer is you shouldn't. An overheating engine can lead to engine damage which can be costly repair. The quicker you can get your vehicle into our shop to get this issue repaired, the better off your car will be and the more money you will save.  The damage to your engine due to overheating can range from failed head gaskets to damaged pistons and valve stems, and even cracks in the cylinder heads. All of which can be costly repair, and definitely repairs you want to avoid. As soon as you see this warning light turn on, here's what we recommend doing:  If you're driving, try to pull over safely and turn off the engine.  After letting the engine cool, check your vehicle's coolant level.  If the coolant is low, you can fill ... read more

Revolution Motor Works is Open & Doing Our Part to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19

Revolution Motor Works is Open & Doing Our Part to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19

At Revolution Motor Works, we want you to know that we remain OPEN as an essential business during these tough times. We know that many of our community members are working from home, are out of work, or have kids out of school to take care of. While many businesses have closed for the time being, auto repair is considered a necessary industry and is permitted to stay open during this time. This is because so many people will still rely on their vehicles to get them to work, to the store, or to retrieve medical assistance.  Here are some important measures we are taking to protect the safety of our customers and employees while remaining open to serve you:  We will be open normal business hours during this time (unless otherwise stated).   We are offering contactless service via our key box pick up/drop off. Drop of your vehicle, keys, and filled out drop-off form and we can communicate with you completely over the phone.   We are accepting online or  ... read more

What is a Brake System Flush?

Your vehicle's brake system runs on fluid in order to create the proper hydraulic pressure to slow and stop when you need to. When you apply pressure on the brake pedal, the brake fluid uses hydraulic pressure to press the brake pads against the rotors to initiate the slowing of the wheels.  Over time, brake fluid can be contaminated with moisture and grime, which can affect its overall performance. Air in the fluid can lessen its ability to create hydraulic pressure, and can lead to brake failure. This is why a brake fluid flush is so important at certain intervals.  What does a brake system flush consist of? A brake system flush is the process in which current brake fluid is drained from the system and is replaced with fresh, clean fluid.  How often do I need a brake system fluid flush? If you're looking for information regarding your vehicle's factory recommendations, the best source is your vehicle's owner's manual. The typical interval for a b ... read more

What's the Difference between Synthetic and Regular Motor Oil?

When getting an oil change, you may have been asked whether you want regular, synthetic, or a synthetic blend of oil. The most important thing is that you get the oil that is right for your vehicle, which should be outlined in your vehicle's owner's manual. However, here is some additional information on the differences and how to choose the right oil for your vehicle.  Vehicles initially used conventional motor oil but has quickly become replaced by synthetic oil, which is lab developed to provide the best lubrication and performance. If you are unsure about oils and which is best, always have comfort knowing that the mechanics here at Revolution Motor Works can educate and guide you on the best options for your car.  Conventional motor oil uses a base oil blend with additives to meet the needs of vehicles. There is a wide range of oils available, some that are basic and others that are very high quality. Conventional oil is now mostly used for older model vehicles ... read more

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