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How Long Do Tires Last?

How Long Do Tires Last?

Whether you're driving a classic muscle car, a beefed-up pickup truck, or a modern sedan, your tires are the most important part of your vehicle. Without functioning tires, your car isn't moving anywhere. So how long do tires last? The average estimate is 50,000 miles, but there's no exact answer. There are many factors that affect the lifespan of your vehicle's tires. 1. Different tires have different treadwear ratings. The tread is different on winter tires and summer tires. Same with performance tires and all-weather tires. Make sure to check the treadwear rating before you purchase a tire, as that impacts the tire's lifespan. The higher the rating, the longer it will last. 2. The type of vehicle affects how long a tire lasts. A heavier vehicle, such as an SUV or truck, puts more weight on tires than a compact sedan. Always make sure to put the appropriate tires onto your vehicle. 3. Your driving style impacts your tire's lifespan. To make tires last long ... read more

The Importance of Keeping Your Car's Ventilation System Clean

The Importance of Keeping Your Car's Ventilation System Clean

A clean car is a well-functioning car. The ventilator in your car is no exception. Regular cleanings are necessary in order to avoid encountering problems later on. If you fail to keep up with these cleanings, the air in your car will become unhealthy and could make you and your passengers sick. The standard period of time to go between ventilator cleanings is a year and a half, or 15,000 miles, whichever comes first. This is as long as your cabin air filter can last before it becomes too dirty to do its job properly. When this does happen, you will need to immediately make an appointment with your mechanic. A typical air filter cleaning involves clearing out space where the air enters your car, as well as the housing the filter itself is surrounded by. Depending on the kind of car you have, it has either one or two filters. If your car has two, both must always be cleaned at the same time. When you have your air filter cleaned regularly, it allows your car to use fuel in a more eff ... read more

Do I Really Need to Replace my Timing Belt?

Do I Really Need to Replace my Timing Belt?

The timing belt is important because they will force different valves in the vehicle to open and close based on how the pistons move. However, getting this replaced can be expensive, which is why a lot of car owners will wait too long. Waiting too long to replace this belt is going to cause a lot of damage to the engine. Knowing when to replace the timing belt, and getting it done, can help protect your vehicle. When to Replace the Timing Belt? Timing belts, just like all of the other components of your vehicle, will wear out. When this happens, they will do some damage to your engine. It is best if you can replace this belt before it breaks or slips on you. The best time to do this depends on what type of vehicle you drive, but most will recommend that you do this somewhere between 60,000 to 100,000 miles. Look at your owner's manual to determine the best time to do this. Is Replacing the Timing Belt Expensive? The timing belt is often difficult to reach in most cars, which m ... read more

What Is The Difference Between the Muffler and the Exhaust?

What Is The Difference Between the Muffler and the Exhaust?

You can see some extension of an exhaust pipe out of the vehicle's body at the back of a car. Do you refer to this as an exhaust or a muffler? Many do not understand the difference in operation between the muffler and the exhaust since they are situated both in the same place. The engine usually emits the right amount of harmful gases from the combustion chamber that needs to be converted to safe gases before releasing them into the atmosphere. The conversion of the emissions to a safe gas to the air is the exhaust's role, whereas the muffler, even though it is part of the exhaust, plays a different function of muffling the engine's sound. The exhaust's role is to make sure that the gases from the engine are emitted to the air in good condition that is not harmful to anyone and to reduce the noise from the engine. The exhaust system has many pipes that work together to help minimize safe gas to the environment. These pipes include; tailpipe, catalytic converter, muffl ... read more

3 Indicators of Low Clutch Fluid

3 Indicators of Low Clutch Fluid

Clutch fluid is a vital fluid that is essential for your vehicle to function. The clutch fluid, also referred to as transmission fluid, can reduce over your vehicle’s lifespan leading to an inadequate amount within the transmission system. This can spell trouble for your car. Refer to your vehicle’s owner’s manual for recommendations on specific internals your clutch fluid should be changed. There can be an adequate amount of clutch fluid in some cases but a leak in the clutch reservoir. Leaks that are neglected can also cause significant damage. This makes it essential to check the quality of the clutch fluid regularly. This can help you determine whether it needs to be changed or topped off before costly problems can occur. Below are three common signs that the clutch fluid is low.  There’s vibrating when shifting gears.  When your clutch fluid is filled, your vehicle will switch gears efficiently and without much difficulty. A noticeable vibration ... read more

5 Reasons the “Check Engine” Light is On

5 Reasons the “Check Engine” Light is On

It can be worrisome to be on your way home only for the check engine light to illuminate. It's not only alarming, but it's also confusing. The check engine light doesn't give you very much information on what the problem is. Is the issue worthy for a mechanic, or is it a minor issue that's easily fixable? Below are five common reasons that will cause the check engine light to come on.   Bad Spark Plugs Spark plugs work to initiate combustion within the engine. Spark plugs can fail over time, but they typically last about 30,000 miles. Higher quality spark plugs can last well over. If you suspect the spark plugs may be the culprit, having them replaced should be quick and affordable.   Loose Gas Cap A loose gas cap is a simple issue but can leave the check engine light glowing. Pullover when it's safe to do so and check that the cap is securely fastened. If it is, it may be damaged or cracked. Gas caps are rel ... read more

Fall Vehicle Maintenance Tips

Fall Vehicle Maintenance Tips

Yes, it’s officially fall, and October is just around the corner. Summer is slowly becoming a distant memory, and it’s time to start preparing for the colder months up ahead. Seasonal changes affect your vehicle in various ways. It’s essential to keep up with regular vehicle maintenance to enhance efficiency and promote longevity. The fall love you show your vehicle now will help it ride out the worse winter weather in the future. Below are fall car-care maintenance tips that will protect your investment for several months to come. Check Your Battery. Summer may be over, but hot temperatures may have wreaked havoc on your battery. Have your battery inspected to verify how much life it has left and to stay prepared for future replacement. The last thing you need is to set out for a drive only for your car not to start. Top Off Your Fluids. Check all of your essential fluids like your coolant, power steering fluid, transmission fluid, and brake f ... read more

Helpful Reminders After Purchasing A Used Car

Helpful Reminders After Purchasing A Used Car

The next best thing to that new car smell is a great deal on a used one. If you just bought a pre-owned vehicle, you may be itching to take it around the block a few times. You may even start daydreaming about a future weekend road trip. Before you get excited and add some additional miles, below are few helpful reminders on things to do right after purchasing a used car: The Title If you bought your vehicle pre-owned from a dealership, most of the required paperwork would be submitted to the right places. If you decided to finance your car, your lender would hold onto the title until the loan is paid off. If you bought your car from a private seller, make sure they can provide official statements from the banks and other lien holders that any prior loans have been paid off. Automotive Insurance Make sure you secure automotive insurance as soon as possible. Insurance protects you and your vehicle. It’s also essential because most states requir ... read more

How To Prolong Your Vehicle's Battery Life

Your car batteries are the electrical source of your vehicle. They are responsible for powering significant components such as the radio, dashboard lights, starting your car, and more. When Summer is present most people tend to forget about their battery to focus on getting their A/C colder. Battery maintenance seems to be put on the back burner, with some people choosing to wait for the battery to die altogether. A new battery can cost up to $100 to $200 to replace it. While sticking to regular battery maintenance can help keep it running and functional anywhere from 2 to 5 years. Below are six tips to help maintain the life of your battery this summer:  Keep your car parked in an insulated garage – The best place to store your vehicle is in an insulated garage when you don’t plan driving. This helps keep the car battery warm during the winter. If you don’t have an insulated garage, a covered parking place should be an adequate substitute. &nb ... read more

Illegal Car Modifications

While some drivers have gas mileage or space in mind when it comes to purchasing a vehicle, other drivers see much past that. Some car enthusiasts look at vehicles as an opportunity to perform modifications to create something ideal. Any car can be modified with additions to meet their personal preferences. However, there is a point when the changes go too far. Below is a list of common vehicle modifications that may cause your car to become illegal to drive in most states. They are worth doing additional research on before installing:  1. Aftermarket undercarriage lights. Many cities and states do not want drivers to confuse citizens with police officers, so blue and red lights are banned. However, before you install the green neon lights, check with your state’s jurisdiction. Show lights are okay but maybe deemed illegal for the streets depending on where you’re located. 2. Yes, range and light detection radars are legal in most states. Virginia and Washington D.C ... read more

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