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Why Does My Car Get Bad Gas Mileage?

Why Does My Car Get Bad Gas Mileage? One of the most common questions our customers ask us is how they can get better gas mileage? Or, why is my car getting worse gas mileage now? With gas prices so high it’s no wonder that so many drivers are worried about their fuel economy. As cars get older, it’s typical for them to get decreased gas mileage. But as long as you take good care of your vehicle, and get regular maintenance, your fuel economy should remain fairly consistent. Most Common Reasons for Bad Fuel Economy That being said, many drivers do experience decreased gas mileage. So why does this happen? Why is your car, truck, crossover, or SUV getting bad gas mileage? Let’s look at a few of the most likely causes and what to do to improve them. Tire Pressure – this seems like such a simple thing. But low tire pressure can play a huge role in your fuel economy. Fortunately, this is a super easy fix. All yo ... read more

Is One of Your Lights Not Working?

Is One of Your Lights Not Working? Remember when cars had simple headlights? They were either square or round and sat in the front grill. They didn’t do anything fancy and they definitely didn’t look fancy. Taillights, brake lights and blinkers were much the same. They had a job to do and that’s all they did. New Wave of Lights Times have changed and vehicle lights have become a lot more sophisticated. Not only do they light up in different ways, but also they have become a major part of car design. They come in all varieties, shapes and sizes. Today’s vehicle lights have a lot to offer compared to lights 20-30 years ago. But they also have become way more complicated to replace or fix, especially on your own. Don’t Wait to Fix it But if a light does go out you need to get it replaced. Driving without proper lighting can be dangerous. Plus, if all of your lights aren’t working correctly, a polic ... read more

Do You Have a Blown Fuse?

Do You Have a Blown Fuse? Have you ever tripped or blown a fuse at home? I’m not talking about when you get really mad at the TV and throw the remote. Or when your kid does something bad and you lose it. I’m talking about those times when lights suddenly go out, or your blender or vacuum quits working. When this happens at home, you usually just have to reset the breaker and the lights come back on, or the blender starts working again. Just make sure you leave the lid on before you flip that switch. That could be a huge mess. Anyway, tripping a fuse is usually not a huge problem. But a blown fuse means you must replace it. The same is true with your car, truck, crossover, or SUV. These tiny little fuses are hidden away but they’re still very important for your car to run smoothly. These fuses help protect your vehicle from overloading or short-circuiting. So what happens when you do blow a fuse? How do you replace it? Why Do Fuses Blow ... read more

Car Warning Signs to Look Out For

After driving your vehicle for a while, you become accustomed to how your vehicle drives. Then comes that one day where you are driving and you notice a strange grinding noise coming from underneath the hood - and you think, oh this can't be good. The great thing about understand how your vehicle is drives is the fact that it will be much easier to notice when something is wrong.  Most vehicle owners will complain about a strange noise, a weird smell, or a lack of performance when they suspect something is amiss with their vehicles. While sometimes the issue can be small or easy to repair, there are certain car warning signs to look out for that can indicate a more dire issue: A grinding or clunking noise coming from underneath the hood - this is an indication of a major transmission problem that should be addressed as soon as possible A screeching or squealing noise when your brake - this can point to needing new brake pads, which is important in order to prevent meta ... read more

How to Diagnose a Mechanical Problem

This new generation of cars is amazing. It seems like every year a new class of cars comes out with newer and better features. Technology is advancing and even the most basic cars now use sophisticated computers to operate. The new advances in auto technology are great and they make life a lot easier. But despite those advances, cars still have numerous mechanical components that break down. And even those most advance tools can’t diagnose mechanical problems. So how does a technician diagnose a mechanical problem? Thankfully, there are other methods to diagnose car problems besides computerized tools. The following “tools” are the most common methods they use. Standard Diagnosing ToolsVibrations & Movements – one way to diagnose mechanical problems is to pay attention to how it feels when you drive it. You mechanic can take your vehicle for a test drive and feel for any strange movements or vibrations. If your vehicle s ... read more

Does Your Muffler Need to Be Replaced?

Have you ever heard a car drive by that is so loud you want to plug your ears? Did you wonder at the time what caused that annoying sound? Well, there’s a good chance it was a bad muffler. When a muffler isn’t working right, that means there’s something wrong with your vehicle’s exhaust system. So if you’ve noticed your car, truck, crossover, or SUV getting louder lately, you might want to check the muffler. Your exhaust system, like every other system, is a very important part of your vehicle. If it’s not functioning properly your vehicle isn’t going to function properly, either. And if you don’t take care of the issues quickly, they could get worse. And that can lead to even more problems, greater damage, and more expensive repairs. So if you notice any trouble signs with your muffler get them taken care of right away. What to Look for There are some obvious signs to look out for if your muffler is having any problem ... read more

What Is the 30-60-90 Maintenance Plan?

Have you ever heard the term “30-60-90 maintenance schedule?” What about the “factory schedule maintenance plan?” These terms are basically the same thing. And they both refer to the auto maintenance schedule that car manufacturers recommend for your vehicle. The reason the schedule includes these three numbers is simple. Most car manufacturers recommend this service every 30,000 miles. So now that you know what the 30-60-90-maintenance plan is, you might wonder how important it is. Don’t Skip Your 30-60-90 Maintenance Some drivers don’t give this scheduled maintenance plan much thought. In fact, some drivers ignore it altogether. But this factory scheduled maintenance plan is actually very important. It’s not just a suggestion. It’s also not an attempt by the dealership where you bought your car to trick you out of more money. There are actually two very good reasons to follow this plan closely. 1. First, sticking to ... read more

How to Fix a Flat Tire

Have you ever been stuck somewhere with a flat tire? You walk out to drive your car and one of the tires is toast. It’s even worse when you’re driving and your tire suddenly goes flat. Unfortunately, flat tires are a part of owning a car. Tires are made super durable, but if you run over a nail, you’re most likely going to get a flat. That’s why it’s a good to know how to fix a flat. At some point, almost everyone will have to fix a flat – especially if they don’t have a spare tire – at least once in their lifetime. So here’s what you need to know if you end up with a flat tire. Using a Tire Plug Kit The first thing you’re going to need is a tire plug kit. Once you have this you’re ready to fix your flat. 1. Find the Leak - The next step is to locate the leak. This is often very easy if the nail or other object that caused the leak is still stuck in the tire. If you can’t find anything stuck in yo ... read more

Top Safety Tips for Driving in Traffic

If you're a daily driver or commuter, chances are you've been stuck in bumper to bumper traffic that won't budge. Nobody enjoys driving in traffic (well, maybe) - and the truth is, driving in conditions such as what we have described above can actually be more difficult and harder to navigate.  A traffic commute can cause aggressiveness and a bit of uncertainty while driving, especially when on the freeway. It may be harder to switch lanes or get where you need to go. With the larger amount of cars, it also becomes harder to stay safe and drive defensively.  Here are some top safety tips on driving during traffic:  Give yourself plenty of time to switch lanes, if possible. Bumper to bumper can make it difficult to get over, so allowing yourself enough time to find a way in can be very helpful and help you avoid accidents.    Leave plenty of space between your vehicle and the car in front of you. Traffic means uncertainty, and although it may ea ... read more

Simple Summer Car Care Tips

How’s your summer going? Having a great time in the warm weather? Have you taken any vacations or road trips yet? July is coming to a close but we still have several more weeks of summer. Summer can be a blast, but make sure you don’t forget about your vehicle while you’re having all that fun. You need to give your car the proper attention during these hot summer months or it won’t keep getting you where you need to be. That’s because even though you might take a summer vacation, your car, truck, crossover, or SUV doesn’t get to. Simple Summer Maintenance The good news is it doesn’t really take much effort to keep your vehicle happy and keep it on the road during the summer. All you really have to do is a take care of it. Here’s how. Engine Belts – have you looked at the condition of your serpentine belt lately? Did you even know you had a serpentine belt? It runs between the alternator, the fan and several other components. When it wears out, it can become loose, start to ... read more

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