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Monthly Archives: December 2018

Have You Checked Your Belts and Hoses Lately?

You know about your engine, and your transmission. Your tires and brakes are no-brainers. What about your belts and hoses? How much attention do you give them? If you’re like most car owners, then you probably don’t give them much attention at all. But just like every other part, your belts and hoses play a key role in how well your vehicle runs. So what belts and hoses are the most important to pay attention to? And what kinds of things should you look for? Let’s take a look. Timing Belt – this is perhaps the most important belt under the hood. And if it goes bad, you could be in for a lot of hurt. This ridged rubber belt is the part that actually helps turn the crankshaft and camshaft in your vehicle. Without it, your engine can’t run properly. And if it brakes while you’re driving, it could cause major damage to some of your engine parts. Most carmakers recommend replacing the timing belt every 60,000 miles to be safe. When you i ... read more

What Should You Have in Your Roadside Emergency Kit?

Now that winter is in full swing we have several months of rough driving conditions ahead of us here in Clark County. Hopefully no one ever gets stranded on the side of road in horrible weather conditions. But unfortunately, every year it seems to happen to numerous people. The fact is no matter how much you prepare to avoid these kinds of situations, sometimes, bad things happen. And many times they are completely out of our control. That’s why it’s so important to be prepared for anything out on the road. How To get Your Kit Ready One of the smartest things you can do to be prepared for the worst-case scenario is to have an emergency roadside preparedness kit in your vehicle. Hopefully you never have to use it. But if you do wind up in this type of situation, having a kit handy could help you immensely. It could even end up saving your life. So what should your emergency preparedness kit include? Here are just a few of the items that you should consider ... read more

Is Your Vehicle Really Safe?

Every time you get in your car you face certain dangers or hazards on the road. It’s part of driving. But most of the time you don’t worry about whether or not your vehicle is safe. For the most post part, the majority of vehicles on the road are generally safe. But not all vehicles are. Furthermore, just because your vehicle is “safe” that doesn’t mean it couldn’t be safer. So what about your car, truck, crossover, or SUV? Do you know how safe it really is? As you consider this important question, here are some things to keep in mind to help you answer it,     1. Crash Test Rating – the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests every vehicle make and model. And every vehicle receives a crash test rating. You can learn more about this test and rating process on their website, including how your vehicle stacks up. If you find that it’s not rated as highl ... read more

How to Get Your Car Ready for Winter

Can you believe it’s already December? Winter hasn’t officially begun yet, but it’s just around the corner. That means even more cold and wet weather is on the way. By now, you already have your warm coats and sweaters out and your thermostat turned up. You’ve probably had your furnace serviced recently, too. After all, the last thing you want to have is your furnace breaking down at this time of year. The same can be said for your vehicle. There’s not much worse than getting stranded out in the cold on a busy freeway after your car breaks down. Top Tips for Winter Car Preparation In order to avoid an awful situation like this, you need to give your car, truck, crossover, or SUV some extra attention. And now is the time to do it. So what should you do? Here are some important tips to help you get your vehicle ready for Old Man Winter.  How’s Your View – one of the most important parts of winter driving ... read more

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