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Yearly Archives: 2022

What Tools do I Need to Check My Tire Pressure?

What Tools do I Need to Check My Tire Pressure?

Checking your car tire pressure is one of the most important things to do before driving off. This is because the wrong pressure in tires could lead to your car tires wearing more than usual. The are two main tools needed in order to check your car tire pressure tire pressure gauge air compressor Tire pressure gauge A tire pressure gauge is also known as a pencil gauge, this tool can help you check your tire pressure and it is very affordable. Another type of pressure gauge is known as a digital gauge and it's a good choice as it is simple to read. Other pressure gauges are analogue and digital, they work by being attached to an air pressure compressor hose which allows you to not only check the pressure of your tires but also inflate your car tires at the same time. Air compressor You'll usually find air compressors at gas stations. You could also get yourself a portable air compressor that can be plugged into the 12-volt auxiliary power outlet. However with this one you ... read more

What Are The Symptoms of Bad or Failing Spark Plugs?

What Are The Symptoms of Bad or Failing Spark Plugs?

Your spark plugs are what help keep your vehicle's motions in check. Spark plugs have a main function, and that is to keep your engine running smoothly and efficiently. Spark plugs are made to ignite the air and to blend the fuel within your combustion chamber. They do this in order to take the burden off of the engine so that it can do the simple task of starting up and running your car. Plus, a good set of spark plugs should be able to protect your combustion chamber from harm by directing heat away from it by bringing it into a water cylinder for cooling. In short, spark plugs may be small but their mission is big. But like any other car parts, these tough little guys can wear out over time. Corrosion, wear and tear impact even the best set of spark plugs and can cause major issues for your car down the road. So what are the signs of spark plug failure? The first one is when you start to notice a rattling sensation during idling. Your car starts to vibrate and shake when you ... read more

Car Noises You Shouldn't Ignore

Car Noises You Shouldn't Ignore

Cars are obviously noisy because they're these big metal machines, but not all of the noises you hear are signs that your vehicle is running in smooth condition. Here are some of the sounds you should be listening for in case something is wrong with your car. Emergent Noises Not every sound your car makes is an emergency, but you should still pay attention because some things do need to be looked at immediately. If you hear hissing under the hood, it may mean that something is leaking. Also, if you hear a humming or a whining noise, it could be an issue with your transmission and you may want to get a professional opinion relatively quickly. Non-Emergent Noises You may not need your car looked at right away every time, but it's still a good idea to be familiar with the sounds your car can make. Squealing when you brake is a pretty common one that may mean your brake pads need to be replaced soon. As long as you don't hear a grinding noise, though, it's not an emerge ... read more

What Are Some Signs That Indicate You Need Transmission Repair?

What Are Some Signs That Indicate You Need Transmission Repair?

The vehicle transmission is responsible for transferring power from the engine to your wheels. After many miles and years of driving, your car will ultimately need transmission repair. In severe cases, it may even need to be rebuilt or replaced altogether, depending on the nature of the problem. Fortunately, your vehicle will usually warn you of its impending failure so that you can bring it to a trusted mechanic. The sooner you have a professional inspect and repair your transmission, the sooner you can get back on the road again.   Signs You Need Transmission Repair Problems Shifting Gears - Since you rely on your transmission to shift gears, the initial issues will be most noticeable in your gear changes. You may experience hesitation, jerking, and sometimes falling out of gear, all of which are pretty dangerous. Grinding or Shaking - If your vehicle makes a grinding sound or shakes when shifting gears, it can be a sign of a worn clutch or other transmission problem. We hig ... read more

Cute Car Valentine's Date Ideas

Cute Car Valentine's Date Ideas

If you're stumped on what to do with your significant other or don't feel comfortable going out due to the pandemic for Valentine's Day this year, we've got some great ideas for you. All you need is your trusty car. These are our top romantic car date ideas. Drive-In Movie A drive-in movie is always a classic of all these car date ideas. Get cozy with your partner and enjoy a movie you've been dying to watch. Lastly, don't forget to bring each other's favorite snacks. If you don't have a drive-in theater available near you, you can easily DIY one. Mini Road Trip Who doesn't love a mini road trip? You and your partner can cruise along a nearby coast, national park, lookout, or landmark. Put on your favorite road trip and whisk away on the open road.  Stargazing An all-time favorite for many couples is to go stargazing. There is just something so romantic about looking up at the open universe while you sit together in the car. Make it a chal ... read more

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