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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

Why Does My Car Air Conditioning Smell

Don’t you love that new car smell? It’s too bad it can’t last forever. On the flip side, don’t you hate it when your car starts making bad smells? Sometimes, it comes from the engine, or the exhaust. Sometimes it’s because we don’t clean are cars enough. That unfinished cheeseburger in the backseat from two weeks ago might be the problem. But sometimes, your car smells fine until you turn on the air conditioning. And then all that nice cool air is ruined by something stinky. So why does your car’s air conditioning smell bad? Most Common Reasons for Air Conditioning Smells If you notice a bad smell from your air conditioning then you obviously have a problem. These are the most common reasons for bad air conditioning smells. Gas Leak – if the bad odor from your air conditioner smells like gas, then you might have a gas leak. This happens because the gas smell gets sucked into the fresh air when you turn ... read more

How Often Should You Service a Diesel Engine?

If you own a diesel then you know you’ve made a serious investment in your vehicle. So that means taking care of it shouldn’t be a problem. But sometimes diesel owners don’t understand all the ins and outs of caring for their vehicle. And that can be really costly. Proper maintenance is absolutely critical if you want to keep your diesel engine running smoothly for many years to come. Stick to You Owner’s Manual The easiest way to take care of your diesel engine is to simply follow your manufacturer’s guidelines for vehicle maintenance. When you do this, you have the best chance of keeping your diesel engine running at optimal performance. But there are several other factors that play a role in the health of your diesel. Things like road conditions, your driving habits, weather and your driving distance all affect your engine and the maintenance you’ll need. But again, if you stick to the recommended guidelines, you should be okay ... read more

Top Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Timing Belt

Top Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Timing Belt Have you checked your timing belt lately? Do you know it’s probably time to get it replaced, but you don’t really want to? No one wants to replace his or her timing belt, because it’s an expensive service. But it’s also a very important service. In fact, if your timing belt quits working properly it can affect other parts of your vehicle. And if it snaps while your driving, it can actually ruin your engine. So putting off this important service can really cost you. What to Watch for First of all, if you follow the manufacturer’s guidelines in your owner’s manual then you shouldn’t have to worry about your timing belt breaking. But if you’re not sure when your timing belt should be changed, there are some signs to look for that indicate your belt needs to be replaced. Here’s what you need to know. Loss of Material – Your ... read more

Emergency Items to Always Keep in Your Car

There is never any harm in being prepared and being safe. When you hit the road, especially for a long drive or road trip, it is important to make sure that you always have some key emergency items in your car. These certain items can come in handy is situations where your car may be stuck on the side of the road or you find yourself in a vehicle accident.  Here are the top emergency items to always keep in your car:  Jumper Cables Spare Tire, Tire Iron, and Jack Blanket/Sleeping Bag Water Phone Charger Flares  Flashlight and Batteries All of the items listed above are essential to have in your vehicle at all times. You never know when you may get stranded on the side of the road at night, and might need jumper cables or a charged phone to call for help.  Next time you plan a trip on your car, don’t forget the emergency essentials listed above. You’ll thank us later! 

Is Auto Repair Insurance Worth the Price?

How do you feel about auto insurance? If you’re like most people, then you probably have some strong feelings about it. Auto insurance is important. And all drivers have to have it, even if it feels like it never works out in your favor. But what about auto repair insurance? If you’re not sure what that is, you might be in for a surprise. Many drivers think their insurance comes with auto repair coverage. But that’s not always the case. In fact, many people don’t have auto repair coverage at all. What is Auto Repair Insurance? Some insurance companies offer car repair insurance to cover both major and minor auto repairs. Like most insurance plans, there are multiple levels of coverage you can choose from. Typically, the larger insurance companies offer this service more often than the smaller companies. In most cases, auto repair insurance is best suited for drivers with newer or low-mileage vehicles to protect against unexpected problems. Old ... read more

Why Does My Car Sputter When I Give it Gas?

If you’re like most drivers you expect your vehicle to run smoothly. And you rely on it to get you to so many places. Of course, numerous things can go wrong with any kind of car. And one of the most frustrating things that any driver faces is a sputtering vehicle. If you’ve ever experienced that sensation, then you know what we’re talking about. You go to step on the gas pedal and your car, truck, crossover, or SUV just kind of ignores you. It almost seems like it wants to stop working right there in the middle of the road. So why does your car sputter when you give it gas and what can be done about it? Common Causes First and foremost, your sputtering problem could simply be a fuel problem. If your vehicle is low on gas then it’s likely going to sputter. This doesn’t happen to often because most people recognize when they’re getting low on fuel. But it could be the reason your car sputters if you’re not paying attention. Unfortunat ... read more

Which Manufacturer Offers the Best Warranty?

Which Manufacturer Offers the Best Warranty? What’s your favorite kind of car? Maybe you prefer a Japanese automaker, like Honda, Toyota, Subaru, Mazda or Nissan. Perhaps you like American made, like GM, Chrysler or Ford. Or, maybe you prefer one of the German automakers like Audi, Mercedes or BMW. The fact is there are literally dozens of vehicles to choose from. So which is your favorite one of the most popular models right now? Well, according to Cox Automotive, based on the latest sales forecasts the most popular automakers are GM, Ford, Honda, Nissan, and Hyundai. All of these manufactures make solid vehicles, but not all of them offer the same warranties. The truth is, not all bumper-to-bumper warranties are created equal. Does a B2B Warranty Really Cover Everything? The term bumper-to-bumper warranty gets thrown around a lot, and the phras ... read more

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