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Popular Misconceptions Regarding Oil Changes

Popular Misconceptions Regarding Oil Changes

When it comes to your vehicle maintenance, an oil change should be at the top of the list. It is the most frequent service that your car needs. Motor oil enables the various parts of your engine to run seamlessly without bumping together or reaching extreme temperatures. Unfortunately, numerous misconceptions have invaded general knowledge when it comes to oil changes. Here are five widespread misunderstandings concerning oil changes:   1) Dark Oil Is Bad and Should Always Be Replaced It would help if you didn't rely on the color of the oil to determine if it is dirty or clogged. Some oils turn dark as soon as the additives kick in. However, gritty or grainy oil is considered polluted. If you notice that it is contaminated, it needs to be changed promptly.   2) You Should Always Get Your Oil Changed Every 3,000 Miles While you may correlate the term "every 3,000 miles" with oil changes, it's not always necessary to follow this rule. Some high-quality o ... read more

July 4th Vehicle Safety Tips

July 4th Vehicle Safety Tips

From patriotic parties, picnics, and fireworks to spending long, beautiful days at the beach, the month of July brings along the ultimate summer vibe. Even so, July is known as one of the most dangerous months of the year as much as road accidents are concerned. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association, this month records the largest number of drunken driving fatalities in the year. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) recognizes the 4th of July as one of the most dangerous days to be on the road. This is why: There are more vehicles on the road than usual Many drivers are driving along new areas which are beyond their regular routes Most people have partying and drinking throughout the day More drivers are using their cell phones as they drive Everybody is exhausted from a long day of enjoyment and fun That said, you do not have to be part of the statistics. It is crucial to be incredibly defensive while on the road during this time to avoid run ... read more

What is a Cooling System Flush?

What is a Cooling System Flush?

Introduction A cooling system flush, also known as a coolant flush, is like a human blood transfusion within your auto's cooling system. With a coolant flush, all the old coolant is removed along with any build-up of chemicals that has occurred over time. The old coolant is replaced with a new supply of coolant. The result is that your engine will run smoothly once again. What Does the Cooling System Do? It keeps your auto's engine cool and lubricated throughout the course of its life. The coolant within your car's system carries away extreme heat from your engine. The part of the cooling system you are probably most familiar with is the radiator. When coolant is functioning properly within the radiator, it has a positive effect on the entire engine. Why Is Flushing the Coolant Important? The coolant in your automobile must be flushed every two years or 30,000 miles, whichever comes first. Its purpose is to get rid of ... read more

Why do air filters matter?

Why do air filters matter?

Why do air filters matter? Hey everybody! Have you ever wondered “why do my air filters matter?” If you have, we’re here to help! Almost all vehicles have two air filters. The Cabin air filter The Engine air filter (also known as the engine filter) The cabin air filter is what filters the air we breathe. So when your car goes through dust or any inclement weather, your cabin air filter is what keeps the outside out. There’s an old saying, “if you don’t change your cabin filter, you ARE your cabin filter!” Picture of a dirty cabin air filter! The engine air filter prevents contaminants from getting into the engine. When the engine filter is not changed it will reduce gas mileage and decrease how well the engine performs. This happens because the engine is not getting enough air flow. For example, having a clogged or dirty engine filter is like trying to run a marathon with a hand covering your mouth. We recommend replacing the engine and ... read more

Why do you need to change your brake fluid?

Hi everyone!  Have you ever wondered “Why do I need to change my brake fluid?” Changing brake fluid is important to keep your braking system running smoothly for as long as possible and to avoid expensive repairs. Your brakes have many hydraulic components. Hydraulic means that fluid powers sections of the braking system. The master cylinder, calipers and ABS (anti-lock braking system) are all hydraulic. The caliper is what squeezes the brake pads against the brake rotor when you are trying to stop. The ABS system is what stops your car’s brakes from locking up in an abrupt stop or when making an evasive maneuver. The master cylinder is the main component of the hydraulic braking system, it’s what provides pressure to the rest of the hydraulic braking system. Brake fluid absorbs fluid from the air and it becomes corrosive inside the metal lines that every car has under them. The whole hydraulic system will become prematurely worn if the fluid becomes c ... read more

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