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5 Things To Do During National Car Care Month

April is National Car Care Month, and it’s the perfect time to get some basic maintenance out of the way. This last winter was brutal for most of the country, and that means many vehicles were neglected during the coldest months. It’s about to get very rainy, so don’t let that little issue turn into a big problem at an inopportune time. Here’s five easy things you can do during National Car Care Month to save you some cash and give you piece of mind.

checking oilCheck Your Fluids

An engine is only as good as its fluids. The best built, high-end exotic engine will quickly wear out if you run it out of fluids. Take the time to make sure … Read the rest

College Road Trip

It’s the time of year when college students head back to their campuses and classrooms and begin planning their social calendars for the next few months. For many of them this will include road trips to follow their football team to away games in other states or going away for a weekend road trip with friends before mid-terms. A few who are in long distance relationships will travel many, many miles to visit a boyfriend or girlfriend who is attending a faraway school. In all these cases students need to keep a few things in mind when planning their road trip.

While college students are usually focused on having a good time, they need to take steps to ensure their … Read the rest

Car Wheel Alignment

Most drivers know that they need to regularly check their car’s wheel alignment and, if necessary, have the wheels aligned back to the manufacturer’s specifications. This is not to be confused with having your tires balanced. Alignment problems lead to tracking and steering problems as well as faster tread wear while balancing problems result in vibrations at higher speeds. If the wheels are ready to be replaced, it’s easy enough to find replacements somewhere like this page, but often it’s just a simple alignment problem that can be easily fixed.

When doing regular car maintenance, it is important to make sure that the tires are checked for both balance and alignment. Each tire should be aligned to the … Read the rest

Keep Car Cool In Summer

Summer is one of the seasons that we both anticipate and dread. While it often means a break from school and hectic schedules as well as relaxing vacation, it also means long days with the kids home and high temperatures that can make going outside nearly unbearable. But we aren’t the only ones that suffer in the heat. Our vehicles, which remain either outside or in the un-air-conditioned garage, take a good deal of abuse during the summer months. Especially if you plan on doing a lot of summer driving, keeping your car cool is important if you want it to keep running.

The most important part of your vehicle is under the hood. This is where the engine … Read the rest

Road Trip Car Maintenance

In the fast paced world we live in there are many options when it comes to travel; bus, plane, boat. But even with so many options there is nothing like the excitement of a road trip to get you where you need to go.

The most important thing that you can do before leaving on your road trip, besides having a detailed plan of your trip, is to perform a car maintenance check. Here is a complete maintenance checklist that will help make sure that you have a fun, safe trip.

Tires

A routine check should be done on your tires on a weekly or biweekly basis, but especially before a road trip. Begin by checking your tires air pressure. … Read the rest

Road Trip Planning

It’s hard to believe that summer is once again on its way. But even though that means rising temperatures it also means it’s time to start planning that summer road trip . Whether you are planning on driving up the coast, across the state, or across the country it’s important that you take the time to properly plan and prepare for your road trip so that it is not only fun but safe.

Before you begin your trip it’s important to map out your route . It may seem easier to simply rely on a GPS but they are by no means infallible. A good old fashioned map is a good to have on hand for double checking your route … Read the rest

Summer Car Tips

Rising temperatures, longer days and shorter nights are sure signs that summer is on its way. With so much to look forward to –the end of school, summer vacations, and quality time with friends and family –ow is the perfect time to get your vehicle ready for all of the adventures that you have planned.

The best place to begin is under the hood. Check all of the fluids to make sure they are at appropriate levels –coolant, radiator, power steering, oil –and belts for signs of cracks or leaks. If it’s been awhile since your last oil change now would be a good time to have that done as well as checking the air filter. Also, summer can … Read the rest

Car Maintenance Checklist

It’s hard to believe when many are still experiencing cold weather and snow that spring break is here again. Whether you are planning an awesome road trip with your friends to a far-off, warmer, destination or just plan to stay at home and relax now is a great time to go through that car maintenance checklist. We rely on our vehicles so much to get us where we need to go, the best automotive advice we can follow is to stay on top of routine maintenance. This way we can usually avoid major fixes down the road.

One of the first things that you should check is the tires. It may seem inconsequential now, but tires suffer a lot of … Read the rest