How to Choose the Right Tires for My Car

How to Choose the Right Tires for My Car Are you looking for some new tires? These days, there are almost as many different tires to choose from, as there are vehicles. Tire options are endless. But it’s important that you choose the right kind for your vehicle. After all, your tires are where the rubber the meets the road. You have to be sure you’re driving on the right kind of tires if you want to be safe. In other words, you can’t afford to get this decision wrong. So, with so many choices, how do you select the right tires? When to Replace Your Tires But first, when should you change your tires? Most tires have a specific tread life. For example, if you buy a tire with a 50,000-mile tread life, you could expect to drive on them for 50,000 miles. However, it doesn’t always work out that way. Sometimes, tires wear out before they reach their tread life. Driving conditions play a key factor in how long your tires last. Addit ... read more

When Should I Change My Fuel Filter?

When Should I Change My Fuel Filter? Your engine needs gas to run, unless you have an electric vehicle, of course. But in order for your vehicle to send clean gas to your engine it must first pass through the fuel filter. This part is extremely important. If your engine is getting dirty fuel it’s going to hurt its performance. The fuel filter also protects your fuel injectors. But as with any other part, your fuel filter wears out over time. Eventually, fuel filters get clogged with so much debris they don’t allow the fuel to pass through to the engine. Of course, that means your car isn’t really going to work right. In fact, without gasoline, it’s not even going to start. So that’s why it’s so important for your entire fuel system to be working properly, including your fuel filter. So how often should you change your fuel filter? When to Replace Your Fuel Filter With older model cars the general rule is to repla ... read more

Never Ignore These Bad Smells From Your Car

Never Ignore These Bad Smells From Your Car Have you ever been driving down the road or just started up your car and you smell something different? Maybe it’s a burning oil smell, or the smell of gas. Or maybe it’s something even worse, like rotten eggs. The truth is your car has the potential to produce a lot of bad smells. There are so many working parts and different fluids in your vehicle, that bad smells are pretty common. So if you’ve ever asked yourself: “Why does my car smell like rotten eggs?” you’re not alone. Bad Smells You Don’t Want to Ignore That rotten egg smell is a bad sign and you should pay attention to it. In fact, there are several bad smells that you should never ignore. Rotten Egg Smell – of course, there are no eggs in your car, unless you forgot about some groceries from a week ago. That rotten egg smell is actually sulfur. It comes from your catalytic convert ... read more

When Should I Change My Transmission Fluid?

Do you know how many fluids it takes to operate your vehicle properly? Obviously, you need oil and gas. But there are many other important fluids that make it possible to drive your car. You need radiator fluid (antifreeze/coolant), brake fluid, steering fluid, and several others. One of the most important fluids that often gets overlooked is your transmission fluid.   Your transmission fluid needs to be changed, like every other fluid in your vehicle. But how often you need to change it varies on several factors. Many manufacturers recommend flushing your transmission fluid at 100,000 miles. Some companies, like Ford for example, recommends you flush your transmission at 150,000 on some of its vehicles.   However, not everyone agrees with those numbers. Some mechanics think you should flush your transmission every 50,000 miles. And manual transmissions usually follow a different maintenance schedule. So sticking to the owner’s manual is the best plan for manual tra ... read more

Symptoms That Indicate You May Need a Tune-Up

While a tune-up can mean a number of different things depending on how old your vehicle is, the make and model, and how well you maintain your car - a tune-up is essentially refresher for your vehicle. It will replace necessary parts, clean parts, check fluids, and basically just ensure that your vehicle is running at its best.  Most tune-ups are considered a major service, and are typically needed every 30,000 miles or so. However, there are certain symptoms that can indicate you may be due for a tune-up, especially if you have an older vehicle. Here are some of the main symptoms to keep an eye out for that are indicators that your vehicle needs  a tune-up: Engine misfires Dirty engine air filter Engine carbon deposits Check engine light is on Poor fuel mileage Lack in overall performance Shaking or vibrating at certain speeds  Rough running engine   If you notice any of the symtpoms listed above, don't hesitate to bring your vehicle into the professi ... read more

Are Your Wiper Blades Ready for Fall?

Are Your Wiper Blades Ready for Fall? Fall is officially here. For many people that’s a sad time of the year, while others enjoy this season immensely. In any case, like it or not, fall is upon us. And that means it’s time to start getting your vehicle ready for the foul weather that’s coming. There are numerous things to do to prepare for the change of seasons. And here in the Vancouver area, one of the most important things is checking your wiper blades. Signs Your Wiper Blades Need to Be Changed With as much rain as we get in the Pacific Northwest, you can’t afford to be driving around with bad wiper blades. So how do you know when you need to change your blades? Wiper blades don’t have a mileage marker to let you know they need to be replaced. But they do usually show signs of wear that let you know they need to be changed. These are the most common signs that your wiper blades need to be replaced. Damaged ... read more

When Should I Change My Antifreeze?

When Should I Change My Antifreeze? When was the last time you checked your antifreeze? Most likely you never really think about it unless something goes wrong. Your antifreeze is vital to your vehicle’s performance. In fact, without it, your engine would overheat and quit working altogether. So obviously, it’s important to make sure your antifreeze is clean and that you always have enough of it in your cooling system. What Does Antifreeze Do? Just as its name implies, antifreeze protects your engine from freezing up when the weather gets cold. Thanks to this liquid, your engine continues to turn over every time you start your vehicle, even in the most frigid winter temperatures. Nothing is worse than getting stuck in your vehicle somewhere on the side of the road in freezing temperatures. But antifreeze doesn’t just protect your engine from the cold. It’s also what keeps your engine from overheating. Your engine gets hot ev ... read more

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

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