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Dangers of a Dirty Cabin Air Filter

Dangers of a Dirty Cabin Air Filter

Even though a cabin air filter doesn't directly affect whether your vehicle can drive doesn't mean you should push off getting a replacement. Changing your cabin air filter is just as important as getting an oil change or tire alignment. It is an essential part of regular vehicle maintenance, and ignoring the air filter will negatively affect your vehicle.    What are the dangers of having a dirty cabin air filter?   Personal Health at Risk - A functional cabin air filter is essential in keeping the inside of your car free of pollutants. An air filter that is filthy or clogged won't filter those contaminants, causing problems for those who suffer from allergies or have breathing impairments. A new cabin air filter will block pollen from making its way into a vehicle and provide fresh, clean, breathable air.    Poor Function of HVAC System - A cabin air filter left beyond its life span will make a vehicle's HVAC system work significantly ha ... read more

How Do I Jump Start My Car?

How Do I Jump Start My Car?

At some point, it's bound to happen to all of us car owners. The dreaded 'flat' battery as you try to start the engine. You may have gone away on an extended overseas holiday, or perhaps you've been working from home more lately during the pandemic and not using your car so much. Opting to get your groceries home delivered instead. For a lot of people nowadays, the 'morning commute to the office' is being done in slippers and a gown. Any car that sits idle in a garage for a lengthy time can result in the battery losing its charge. That doesn't mean the battery is necessarily 'dead' or faulty and there's usually a quick DIY fix; as long as you have access to a second car and a pair of jumper leads. Follow these simple steps and you should be on your way in no time. Prepare both vehicles Start by parking the 'live' car as close as possible to the 'dead' one. This is to ensure the jumper cables can reach between each car's bat ... read more

What is a Head Gasket Leak?

What is a Head Gasket Leak?

Compressed right between the engine block and the cylinder head, a head gasket is a small component that is essential to the efficient functioning of your car. Without a gasket, the motor oil and the coolant will keep mixing together as they move through the casting ports of the engine block and the cylinder head. Additionally, the internal combustion chamber will not seal properly, leading to reduced power from the combustion process. A blown head gasket means the cylinder block is cushioned properly from the cylinder head, and the engine fluids will start mixing and leaking to other parts of the engine. But what could lead to a head gasket leak? The following are some causes that may result in a head gasket leak. Overheating The billowing of clouds of white smoke is the utter indication of an overheating engine. Overheating causes the metal present in the engine to expand and loosen the grip on the sealing of the head gasket. The gasket material gets tampered with and can no lon ... read more

Do My Driving Habits Affect My Maintenance Schedule?

Do My Driving Habits Affect My Maintenance Schedule?

If you drive your vehicle more often in the city and brake hard, you might notice that your car is subject to more wear and tear. So you would need to have services performed more often to keep your car in good condition. Your car needs oil changes, tire rotations, brake maintenance, and a lot more. Let's dig in for more information. Driving Habits And Required Maintenance If you are driving more often around the city, it's wise to focus on the maintenance of your car. Consider the following: It's possible that you would be cold starting your car that can affect its lifespan. It's important that you let the engine warm-up.   You might not be using the parking brake when you are parking your vehicle. There is a reason why it's in your car. Your car is subject to wear and tear if you are not using it. In the same way, you have to deactivate the parking brake when you start to drive. You don't want to damage the rotors of your brake, right!   If ... read more

Does the Color of Your Car Impact Nighttime Visibility?

Does the Color of Your Car Impact Nighttime Visibility?

Many drivers choose the color of their vehicle based on what they prefer, and that's certainly one way to go. However, the next time you are in the market, it's a good idea to look into the safety aspects of different colors as well. There are many different studies that have been done on vehicle safety in relation to colors. When you think about nighttime driving, color differences make sense. Black is the most dangerous because it is the hardest to see. If a black vehicle's lights go out, there's no seeing it at nighttime. White is the safest option because it can be seen, even in poor light conditions. White vehicles also stand out against the roads, especially if there are black surfaces. White also stands out against the forest. Gold is another safe color as it is another light color. Headlights also reflect off those colors well so the vehicles are easier to see in any lights. Yellow cars are a bright, safe color that you can see during the day and night. Taxi c ... read more

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