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Tips to Prep Your Car for Winter

Tips to Prep Your Car for Winter

With the transition to the winter season, we start to make changes to our wardrobe to keep warm and comfortable. Your car might will need a winter makeover as well to be in optimal working order. Maintenance and auto repairs need to be performed throughout the year, but your vehicle needs a bit more thought in winter. Road conditions can become very hazardous during winter weather, which can make driving dangerous. It's essential to plan ahead for the conditions and situations that can arise as winter conditions develop. Proper winter car preparation prevents a breakdown or even an accident. Our mechanics have compiled the following list of helpful tips to best prepare your vehicle for the winter season. Ways to Prepare Your Vehicle for Winter Install Winter Tires: Winter tires will provide a rubber compound that stays pliable in cold weather for better control and traction when maneuvering in snow and icy conditions. Check for wear before installing the tires and ch ... read more

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Longest Lasting Vehicles to Buy

Longest Lasting Vehicles to Buy

There are billions of vehicles on the road around the world. The average lifespan of a vehicle is about twelve years. This, however, depends on several factors such as maintenance, how often you drive, and where you drive. Technology has now made it possible for longer-lasting vehicles. Improvements in efficiency, emissions, safety, reliability, and longevity are now enhanced by microprocessors on board your vehicle. These improvements are increasing not only cars' lifespans but manufacturer warranties. As technology becomes more advanced, vehicles will have the potential to run even longer. Keep in mind that no matter how innovative your vehicle is, regular maintenance makes all the difference between a vehicle that is troublesome and one that is hassle-free. Without taking the time to take care of your vehicle and perform regular maintenance, your vehicle won't last as long. Not all manufacturers have been able to build vehicles that can chug along for at least 200,000 miles. What ... read more

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When Do I Need Oil Change Service?

When Do I Need Oil Change Service?

Your vehicle's oil change is a simple service with high importance. Oil change services are vital to the overall operation of your car because it helps to ensure the overall health of your vehicle's engine. Low or dirty motor oil can lead to heat damage, corrosion, and metal-to-metal contact between parts. Engine repairs can be costly, so it is best to avoid major engine troubles by staying on top of your car's regular oil changes. Oil changes are an essential part of owning a car. Clean engine oil circulates throughout your vehicle's engine to lubricate components and regulate heat. It also helps to carry dirt and debris back through the oil filter to prevent grime build-up over time. Oil quality, car age, and how the car is driven on a day-to-day basis are a few factors that can affect how often your car may need an oil change. Check your owner's manual for specific recommendations for oil changes. Visit your auto repair shop for quality oil changes and fluid check-ups that meets yo ... read more

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How Does Power Steering Work?

How Does Power Steering Work?

The power steering system relies on several mechanical parts. Power steering systems function to provide easier manoeuvrability and a better degree of control over the vehicle, making driving all the more effort-free. It is sometimes referred to as the steering assist system or SAS. Without it, steering would be physically strenuous and challenging to perform. Power steering systems can either be hydraulic, electric or a combination of the two. Steering a vehicle involves getting its front wheels to turn synchronously, either to the left or right. This is achieved with the help of different gear systems. The two main steering gear systems are the rack and pinion and the recirculating ball steering gear. The power steering system uses intermediate electric or hydraulic devices to reduce the effort necessary to steer the front wheels of the vehicle side to side. It multiplies the force applied by the driver through the steering wheel to achieve a smooth and quick directional change of t ... read more

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Should You Plug or Replace a Tire?

Should You Plug or Replace a Tire?

It has happened to most of us. We're on our way to school or work, and we hear that dreaded sound of a flat tire or a blowout. Some sort of debris in the road has left you with a damaged tire and an immobile vehicle. This situation always brings on frustration. Now you must deal with getting your car to a tire repair shop. The tire has to be properly assessed to perform the necessary repair or replacement service. Depending on where the puncture is located and the severity of the damage, the tire will either only need a simple repair or be replaced. Tires are crucial to the safe performance of our vehicles. For the continued safety of your car, mechanics must utilize the best possible way to fix your tire. The availability of options leads to some debate over what is the "best" way to fix a tire and keep your vehicle safe. Is a plug repair sufficient, or do I need to replace the tire? Here are some considerations to determine which tire repair method is the best option for you. When ... read more

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