Maintenance 101

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Why Do I Need to Change My Head Gasket?

2016-10-20T17:38:31+00:00March 28th, 2016|Categories: Engine, Maintenance 101|

Why Do I Need to Change My Head Gasket? The head gasket seals the gap between the cylinder head and engine block, and when it fails coolant can leak outside the engine or inside, into the combustion chambers. In either case, the engine is losing coolant and will soon overheat, which could cause expensive damage [...]

Why Do I Need to Change My Water Pump?

2016-10-20T17:38:31+00:00March 25th, 2016|Categories: Coolant System, Maintenance 101|

Why Do I Need to Change My Water Pump? When water pumps leak or quit working they quickly cause an engine to overheat, but they generally don’t need to be replaced unless such problems develop. An exception to this is that some water pumps are driven by the timing belt (as opposed to the accessory [...]

How Do I Know It’s Time to Replace My Timing Belt?

2016-10-20T17:38:33+00:00March 24th, 2016|Categories: Engine, Maintenance 101|

How Do I Know It’s Time to Replace My Timing Belt? The timing belt connects the crankshaft to the camshafts and controls when valves open and close. A loose or worn belt will cause ticking or rattling noises, poor engine performance and overheating, usually triggering the Check Engine light. If the timing belt breaks, the [...]

How to Restore Your Vehicle’s Headlights

2016-10-20T17:38:34+00:00March 23rd, 2016|Categories: Car Care Tips, Cleaning Tips, Electrical, Maintenance 101|

How to Restore Your Vehicle's Headlights Cars get old and if you're part of the vast majority of Americans who own a set of wheels at least 11 years old, we're pretty sure those front headlights could use a makeover. Clean headlights not only make your vehicle look like new, but they allow for safe [...]

How to Remove A Sticker From Your Car

2016-10-20T17:38:35+00:00March 21st, 2016|Categories: Car Care Tips, Cleaning Tips, Maintenance 101|

How to Remove A Sticker From Your Car Stickers on cars can symbolize just about anything under the sun. They can show support for a certain political candidate, identify you as a proud parent of an honor student or the fact that you just love that one special dog breed. Others are required by local [...]

Are Pricey Wiper Blades Better Than Inexpensive Ones?

2016-10-20T17:38:36+00:00March 18th, 2016|Categories: Car Care Tips, Maintenance 101|

Are Pricey Wiper Blades Better Than Inexpensive One When it comes time to replace windshield wiper blades, does it serve you best to spend more money on pricier brands? Prices depend mainly on type and brand. There are three basic types of wipers. The most common is the frame type, which uses a metal framework [...]

How Long Does a Car Battery in a New Car Last?

2016-10-20T17:38:37+00:00March 17th, 2016|Categories: Electrical, Maintenance 101|

How Long Does a Car Battery in a New Car Last? Though battery problems are often associated with cold weather, Consumer Reports magazine says heat is a bigger enemy of car batteries and will take a bigger toll on performance and reserve capacity. The magazine recommends that vehicle owners in hotter parts of the country [...]

How To Get Rid of Tree Sap on Your Car

2016-10-20T17:38:38+00:00March 16th, 2016|Categories: Cleaning Tips, Maintenance 101|

How To Get Rid of Tree Sap on Your Car Sap will not immediately damage a car's paint, but it should not be ignored. After some time, the sap can etch through the paint's clear coat, leading to discoloring and staining. "The concentration of sap generally varies, so it is difficult to say what the [...]

What’s a Cabin Air Filter & When Should You Replace It?

2016-10-20T17:38:39+00:00March 15th, 2016|Categories: Car Care Tips, Maintenance 101|

What's a Cabin Air Filter & When Should You Replace It? The cabin air filter, a feature found on most late-model vehicles, cleans the air that comes into the interior through the heating, ventilation and air conditioning system. It catches dust, pollen and other airborne material that can make riding in a car unpleasant, particularly if [...]

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