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Preparing For Extreme Weather

Preparing For Extreme Weather

Unprecedented weather conditions give us the benefit of hindsight. How prepared were you? Did you plan for the unexpected? It's paradoxical, of course, why would you plan for the unexpected? Better question is why wouldn’t you? Let us help you with a good lesson with some easy exercises. Tires Your tires are your first line of defense against winding up in a ditch or trunk-deep in a poor stranger's car. Driving on ice is bad, driving on ice with balding tires is worse. Tires with good tread can help you grab any friction that's left on the road, even in icy conditions. In a pinch, snow and dirt can even provide a little traction, but only if your tires can grab it. Extreme weather, hot or cold, is equally unkind to your tires themselves, causing wild swings in air pressure and potentially making rubber brittle and prone to damage. Heat & A/C Your car is a second safe haven. Losing access to heat and A/C in your home may mean you ... read more

Speaking Your Car's Language

Speaking Your Car's Language

There are roughly 6500 languages spoken in the world today, but none of them can adequately translate your car's language. Your car is always talking. Most of the time it will tell you all about how good it's feeling. Unfortunately, eventually it's going to complain, and it will be up to you and a qualified technician to decipher what it's trying to say.   Fortunately, we know enough to have compiled a few key phrases in your car's language. It won't prepare you for a European excursion, but these translations might help you out during your daily commute.   Variable Speed Slapping A dying tire has a very distinctive sound. Slapping that changes tempo with your car's velocity is an indicator of your tire breaking apart and impacting your car like a rubber and steel weed whacker. Stop driving immediately if you hear this, or you may cause significant body damage to your vehicle (or worse, find yourself in a potentially major accident). Now ... read more

Diagnostic Codes vs Vehicle Diagnostics

Diagnostic Codes vs Vehicle Diagnostics

  The Check Engine light. Always friendly, rarely truly useful to the driver, and always seems to turn on at the worst possible time. An unnecessary stressor on an already unreasonable Monday, you head to your local auto parts store advertising Free Check Engine Light Diagnostic. “Ah! Here's your problem!” P0171 “Thanks detective, that's helpful” you think to yourself. You go home and Google the code. P0171 System Too Lean (Bank 1). Cryptic, and with a laundry list of contradicting solutions. Your question has been answered with more questions. We understand it can be frustrating. In many situations you wouldn't even know anything was wrong if the light hadn't come on, but paying attention to it can prevent expensive repairs later.   So what is a trouble code and how does it help? Well, it's only half of the story, but it's a start. Diagnostic codes help to narrow down what isn't wron ... read more

A Clean Car Is A Happy Car

A Clean Car Is A Happy Car

Keeping Your Car Clean Protects Your Vehicle's Value One of the easiest ways to help maintain your vehicle's resale or trade-in value is to simply keep it clean, inside and out. The non-profit Car Care Council offers these simple steps to keep your vehicle clean and protect it from the elements. Declutter: We've all got some junk in our cars, be it trash, clothes, junk mail, or otherwise. Removing excess clutter from the inside of your vehicle can not only make it look (and smell) nice, but it removes distractions and potentially dangerous situations. Road accidents due to debris finding its way under the gas or brake pedal happen all the time. Obviously an accident isn't going to do much to maximize your vehicle's value. Remember to check your trunk for accumulated items as well. This can add extra weight and reduce fuel efficiency. Clean the Interior: Thoroughly cleaning the interior is important as well. Dirt can get ground in ... read more

It's Time For A Fall Check-Up

It's Time For A Fall Check-Up

Fall is upon us and winter is right around the corner. Before it really starts to get cold, think about some winterization for your vehicle. We're not just talking about your heating system, though that's really important too. Here's a list of things to keep in mind this time of year.   • Your radiator doesn't just keep your engine cool. It regulates the engine temperature, regardless of how hot or cold it is outside. No doubt you're familiar with the words coolant and antifreeze. They're interchangeable, the fluid is known as both things because it does both things. It can lose potency after a while, and this is a great time of the year to go ahead and get it refreshed by having a BG Coolant Service performed on your vehicle. • Extreme temperatures and batteries aren't the best of friends. Routinely check your battery for rust or corrosion on the terminals. Older batteries should be tested before it gets colder, and replaced ... read more