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Maintenance Tips to Keep Your Vehicle in its Best Shape

Your car is an incredibly complex machine with hundreds of components, some of which move up, down, or round. For you to continue driving safely and efficiently, a lot of these components require regular maintenance. Below are some tips that you can rely on to keep your car in its best shape. Change Oil on Time Oil is like your car's blood. Without it, your car will not go far without developing a serious mechanical problem. Oil degrades with time, and it eventually loses its ability to cool and lubricated the engine. Therefore, it is important to ensure that your engine oil is changed every 3000 to 3500 miles. Change Brake Pads on Time The braking system is one of the most important components of your car. If it is not functioning properly, it could put you and other road users in danger. Therefore, you need to subject the breaking system to regular maintenance. Brake pads are some of the parts of the braking systems that need to be replaced regularly. Therefore, if you notice ... read more

Why Is My Car Idling Rough?

When you notice your car is idling rough, it is a cause for instant concern. There are many factors that can play into why you're experiencing this problem. You'll want to address the issue and fix the problem sooner rather than later. Common Reasons Why an Engine is Idling Rough A good indication that there are problems with your engine is rough idling. This problem is easy to identify as you'll hear strange sounds when you start your vehicle. You may also notice shaking and vibrating. Your vehicle's performance overall will be poor with decreased fuel efficiency and irregular RPMs. There are many causes of rough idling and it's important to get your engine checked when you notice a problem. Bad Spark Plugs Spark plugs are responsible for igniting the air and fuel mixture within the combustion chamber. Oil and carbon deposits collect on the spark plugs and wires over time. This can lessen the power when you start your car ... read more

Signs You Need a Wheel Alignment

Wheel alignments are an important service. Properly aligned wheels are essential to your ability to control your vehicle properly and to keep your car's direction straight. Although you've probably gotten a wheel alignment done in the past, you may not understand exactly when one is needed or how to tell that you are due.  Alignments are usually needed every couple of years or so, but it can depend upon a number of factors. Sometimes our vehicle's wheel alignment can be forced out of alignment much sooner than a regular alignment is needed. This can happen from a number of different things, such as hitting a curb or driving over a speed bump quickly.  If your vehicle is due for a wheel alignment, you may notice one or more of the following symptoms:  Car veers to one side Trouble steering Uneven or excessive tire wear Squealing tires Steering wheel is crooked  As soon as you notice any of the signs above, don't hesitate to bring your vehi ... read more

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