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Get Your Car In Gear For The New School Year

Get Your Car In Gear For The New School Year

Get Your Car In Gear September is here once again, and that means it’s time to get your car in gear for the new school year. Whether you’re a parent who is on drop-off and/or pick-up duty, or a student who drives yourself to high school or college, you know how important it is to have reliable transportation. In fact, a capable car is basically mandatory in order to make it a successful school year, because that’s how you get to class safely and on-time before the first bell rings. Furthermore, considering that the weather begins to turn colder in many states around this time of year, taking care of your car should be a top priority anyway. Staying on top of routine auto maintenance can of course help keep your car running smoother, looking better, and living longer, in addition to potentially preventing pricey repairs. Therefore, it is highly recommended that you address the following ten areas of your vehicle before heading b ... read more

Keeping Your Car Cool This Summer

Keeping Your Car Cool This Summer

Yes, once again the dog days of summer are upon us. While some people may actually appreciate and enjoy the excessive heat, automobiles definitely do not. Why would they? Since it’s always hot under the hood to begin with, no matter what the season. That’s why it’s especially important to ensure that your automobile’s air conditioning and cooling system is in tiptop condition during this extreme temperature weather. Here’s What You Need To Know About Keeping Your Car Cool This Summer There are of course some precautionary measures that you can take to make sure your car will be able to handle the summer heat. The first would be to run the system for a few minutes at least once a week, no matter what the outside temperature is. Doing so will help keep the hoses, valves and system pumps active and well lubricated. Also, physically inspect the hoses, pulleys, and connections periodically to confirm that everything is right and tight. In addit ... read more

5 Tips For Getting Your Car Ready For Summer

5 Tips For Getting Your Car Ready For Summer

Summer is supposed to be a season for fun in the sun, and that’s why the last thing that anyone wants is car trouble of any kind. Luckily, in this article you’ll find 5 handy tips to get your car ready for summer . Although some of these things you may be able to handle yourself, there are some things that are best left to a certified mechanic . Should you decide to do it yourself, to ensure safety, your car should not only be turned off, but also sufficiently cooled off before proceeding to perform any sort of inspection or work on it. In addition, make sure that the auto is placed in ‘park’ with the parking brake on and that it’s sitting on a level surface. Check Your Cooling System Since engine overheating is much more common when weather temperatures rise, you certainly want to make sure that the cooling system in your car is in proper operating condition before getting on the road ... read more

3 New Year’s Resolutions For Your Car

3 New Year’s Resolutions For Your Car

It’s that time of year again; 2015 is officially upon us, and you’ve likely spent at least a little bit of time during the past couple weeks thinking about ways to improve yourself in the new year. But why limit New Year’s Resolutions to just yourself? Right now is a great time to set some goals for maintaining your vehicle, too! Start 2015 off on the right foot with these New Year’s resolutions for your car! New Year’s Resolutions For Your Car It may seem silly to think about making resolutions for your car, but look at it this way: When you make resolutions for yourself, they probably include things like improving your diet, losing weight or better managing finances, all of which are goals that help ensure your future well-being. You can also set goals to ensure the long life of your car , and the new year is a great time to vow to break bad vehicle maintenance habits , like going too long betw ... read more

Top 5 Holiday Travel Tips

Top 5 Holiday Travel Tips

If your holiday plans include a trip over the river and through the woods to spend time with family and loved ones, the last thing you need is an unpleasant surprise while you’re on the road. Whether you’re heading across the country or across town, keep these holiday travel tips in mind to ensure a safe, smooth trip . Holiday Travel Tips By keeping a few simple holiday travel tips in mind, you can have a safe, enjoyable trip no matter where the road takes you. The holiday season brings about some of the busiest travel days of the year. With so many people on the road and a higher chance of inclimate weather, there is an increased risk of unexpected problems. Fortunately, there are a lot of simple things you can do to keep your family safe and avoid problems. Do a Pre-Trip Inspection Before you’re ready ... read more

The 5 Best Holiday Gifts for Car Lovers

The 5 Best Holiday Gifts for Car Lovers

The holiday season is just around the corner, and chances are, you have a car lover or two on your shopping list. From items to use in the car and around the house to truly unique gifts that will bring a smile to a gearhead’s face, there is plenty to choose from. Check out these unique gift ideas that are sure to be loved by anyone with a passion for automobiles. The Top 5 Holiday Gifts for Car Lovers Looking for the best holiday gifts for car lovers? Check out our list! While you’d probably love to present the car lover in your life with his or her dream car, chances are, you’re budget won’t allow it. Here are the top 5 holiday gifts* for car lovers that are more likely to fit into your budget this holiday season. Racing Brake Clock For a unique gift that your car-loving recipient will look at daily, consider something like the Racing Bra ... read more

3 Ways to Improve Gas Mileage With Simple Car Maintenance

3 Ways to Improve Gas Mileage With Simple Car Maintenance

Gas prices may be falling, but do you really want to burn more of it than absolutely necessary? Of course you don’t. You probably aren’t sure how to improve your fuel economy, though, or you might think that there isn’t much that can be done to help you get more miles to the gallon. In just a few seconds, you will learn about three simple types of car maintenance that can improve gas mileage, saving you both money and time at the pump. Routine Maintenance to Improve Gas Mileage Keeping up with routine maintenance is the best and easiest way to ensure that your car is getting the best possible mileage. Check Your Tire Pressure Driving around with improperly inflated tires is one of the leading causes of poor fuel economy. In fact… Simple maintenance like checking your tire pressure is an easy way to improve gas mileage in any vehicle. 1.25 billion gallons of gas are wasted annually ... read more

Don’t Forget This Often-Overlooked Fall Car Maintenance

Don’t Forget This Often-Overlooked Fall Car Maintenance

You’ve gotten your oil changed, had your battery tested, invested in a good set of tires and thrown an emergency kit in the trunk in anticipation of the coming months. So far, you’ve done everything right, but I bet there are a couple things you’re forgetting. Have You Overlooked This Simple Fall Car Maintenance? The days are getting cooler, the nights are getting longer. With fewer available hours of daylight, chances are, you’re spending more time on the road in the dark than you were just a couple months ago. Making sure you can see and be seen is crucial, especially when you’re going to be doing more nighttime driving. Unfortunately, maintenance on the headlights and wipers is often overlooked by even the most diligent drivers. Headlight and Windshield Wiper Maintenance Headlights When it comes to being able to see and making sure that other motorists can see you in the dark, your car’s headligh ... read more

Are You Hearing Scary Car Sounds?

Are You Hearing Scary Car Sounds?

Does your car sound like a horror movie on wheels? At this time of year, we’re all about all things spooky, but not when it comes to your car. The last thing anyone wants is a car that grinds, growls or goes bump in the night. What do all those sounds mean, and what do you do when your car is sounding scarier than the soundtrack to your favorite Halloween movie. Scary car sounds got you down? Whether you need a tune up or major repair, a trip to the garage is in order. Scary Car Sounds Any unusual sound can be scary when you’re driving down the road. Though some are more serious than others, none should go ignored. Avoid the temptation to crank up the radio to turn out those scary noises. Instead, pay close attention to exactly what type of sound you are hearing and where it’s coming from. Grinding? Growling? Groaning? What Do You Hear? The type of sound you hear provides the first clue as to t ... read more

Buying a Used Car: What You Need to Know

Buying a Used Car: What You Need to Know

When you’re in the market for a new set of wheels, buying a used car rather than a new one makes a lot of financial sense. In addition to the upfront savings, buying used also means you avoid the depreciation that occurs the instant a new car leaves the dealer’s lot. All the money-saving benefits of buying used go right out the window, though, if the car you get doesn’t turn out to be a good deal or has a lot of problems. Keep these tips in mind to be sure you choose a good new-to-you car. Common Problems to Watch Out For While it can be difficult to detect every possible problem with a vehicle, there are a few major signs of potentially costly problems. Many of these things can be detected during a test drive. Take the car on a test drive on different types of roads to see how it handles. Pay close attention to how well it corners and brakes. Leave the radio turned off and listen for any squealing or knocking sounds. Leaking fluids is a c ... read more

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