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How To Properly Clean Your Tires

Your tires are the only piece of your car that comes in contact with the road, meaning they are also the most difficult to keep clean. While a bit of dirt won't hurt anybody or anything, stuff lurking underneath the soil might. There are specific cleaning procedures you can do at home to keep your tires squeaky clean.  Here's What You Need: To start your tire-washing process, you'll need: A bucket Microfiber towels A hose and spray nozzle (or low-pressure washer) A soft-bristled brush Cleanser made for cars  Wheel wax Waxing mitt Step 1 - Give Them a Good Rinse After you've gathered the necessary tools and materials, rinse off all the loose dirt and grime with the spray nozzle or pressure washer. We recommend spraying from multiple angles so that you don't miss any spots. Step 2 - Wash and Scrub After you've rinsed the tire with water, scrub the surfaces of the tire thoroughly. Using the soft-bristled brush, scrub the tire with warm water a ... read more

Should You Come to a Complete Stop Before Switching Gears?

The majority of today's modern vehicles (cars, trucks, and SUVs) are made with automatic transmissions. An automatic transmission is simple to use and doesn't require too much attention, which is why it is preferred by many. All you have to do is put it into Drive and go. Even if you've never seen the Suite Life of Zack and Cody, you've probably heard of the iconic acronym PRNDLE (Prindle). It stands for all the gears Park, Reverse, Neutral, Drive, and Low. However, have you stopped to think whether you're shifting your gears correctly? What is the best way to go about shifting gears? We're here to do a deep dive into it all.   How Does An Automatic Transmission Work? Most automatic transmissions are hydraulically operated, meaning it uses the pressure of a fluid to change gears, hence why you need transmission fluid. Some of today's transmission functions also rely on computer technology, which means that a processing unit manages all of the necessa ... read more

Different Types of Car Fluid Leaks

Considering that all automobiles rely on multiple fluids to function, everyone is bound to experience a fluid leak. Some liquid leaks are more of a headache than others; nevertheless, leaks are never a good indication. Here are the various vehicle fluids that your car may leak:   Coolant Coolant leaks are often found to be bright green, orange, or pink. Leaking coolant can sometimes be considered normal for older cars, but modern vehicles are created with preventative traits. Your vehicle may be facing an overheating issue if its coolant is leaking.   Oil  A dark brown or black puddle is usually a common sign of an oil leak. Oil leaks transpire around the oil pan and in gaskets that are located near or in the engine. If an oil leak occurs and puddles under your car, it means that your gasket is damaged and must be inspected by a licensed professional.   Transmission  Transmission fluid is often a pinkish-red color, so you'll probably have no proble ... read more

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