What’s Up With My A/C ?

Air conditioners are necessary for maintaining the inside temperature of a car. However, this machinery can break down at any time and can be very annoying. You must remain calm and focus on eliminating the issue. Once the problem is evident, you can choose the best solution for it.

The following is a brief summary of the possible situations and plausible causes you might find yourself in while dealing with you car air conditioner.

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Preventative Maintenance You Should Practice

Automotive Maintenance Tips for Your Vehicle

Sky-high car repairing costs can be a real headache. Probably the only solution to this problem is conducting preventive maintenance on a regular basis. It will not merely save you a hefty sum of money in the long run by avoiding repair costs, but will keep your ride in a good shape as well.

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What are Brake Rotors? Should I Service Mine?

Brake rotors are an important component in the braking system that stops your vehicle. Brake rotors (they’re also called brake discs) are what your vehicle’s brake pads clamp down on to stop the wheels from spinning. While it may not be common knowledge, brake rotors are just as important to stopping your vehicle as the brake pads are.

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Tire Alignment

What is a tire/wheel alignment?

While it’s often referred to simply as an “alignment” or “wheel alignment,” this type of automotive service is deceptively complex. It requires angles to be measured, adjusted, and a variety of suspension components to be evaluated. This makes an alignment an important suspension-tuning tool that impacts the operation of the vehicle’s tires.

An accurate wheel alignment is vital to the performance of a vehicle’s tire and the longevity of its tread. Regular wheel alignments can save you money by increasing the life of your tires, and should be considered routine, preventative maintenance.

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Do you have Suspension Problems?

Inspecting Your Suspension System

The main function of your vehicle’s suspension system is to provide a smooth, safe, and comfortable ride regardless of the road you travel. Your vehicle’s suspension ensures your tires remain in proper contact with the road, so additional systems such as braking, steering, and driving are responsive when needed most.

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The Importance of Coolant/Antifreeze Within Your Engine

Coolant (antifreeze) mixes with water in a car’s radiator and helps to prevent the liquid from freezing and boiling within your engine. Your engine’s cooling system is vital for the vehicle’s overall health. Considering the amount of heat energy generated by burning gasoline within the engine, the engine’s cooling system has a direct role in whether or not the car functions properly.

The mixture of antifreeze within the engine lowers the temperature at which water freezes. Because of this, your internal engine fluids can remain liquid well into negative temperatures.

While oil is important for an engine’s overall livelihood, coolant is equally necessary to keep everything running at optimum temperature.

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Replacing a Bad or Failing Water Pump

Does your Water Pump need replacing?

The water pump is a primary component of the engine’s cooling system. When it works properly, your vehicle will maintain a consistent temperature and run smoothly. When the water pump begins to show signs of wear, or fails, it can lead to complete engine failure.

Common signs of wear include shaft leaks at the front-center of the car, loose water pump pulley, an overheating engine, and steam rising from the radiator.

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Why is my car stalling?

We have all been there. It’s the end of a long day, your sitting in traffic, and then your engine begins to make a strange sound. Then, it’s dead.

Car engines stall and then quit because of a variety of issues involving air flow, fuel, and mechanics. When your engine stalls, it’s not only an uncomfortable event, but it can also cause unnecessary wear to your vehicle, and in some situations it can even be dangerous.

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All About Fuel Economy

Fuel economy is the relationship between distance traveled and amount of gas used. When studying fuel economy, different methods are used to evaluate the actual performance of the vehicle. Our vehicles fluctuate in fuel economy because of make/model design and personal driving habits. There are many design implications that impact a vehicle’s fuel economy, such as size, shape, engine, & purpose.

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Why We Need an Oil Change

A recent study by the Car Care Council of the Be Car Care Aware campaign stated that 22% of vehicles have low or dirty engine oil. Being aware of when to change your vehicles’ oil and filter is key to keeping it at its’ best and for preventing costly repairs down the road.

Proper oil maintenance will help to extend the life of your vehicle. Even if you don’t drive that often, contaminants can create sludge, and sludge is what leads to engine failure. When trying to decide when to change your oil, the first step should always be to check your owner’s manual. This will tell you what type of oil your car needs and how much it takes.

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