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What Do I Do in a Car Emergency?

When we get in our vehicle, we assume that we will get to our destination without trouble. You never know when you might end up with a flat tire or experience a car breakdown on the road. Unfortunately, unexpected things can happen and you may find yourself in a car emergency at one point in your life. The most important thing to do is stay calm and think about how best to handle the situation you are in to avoid further issues.  Here's some advice on what to do when you're in a car emergency: Try not to panic. The worst thing you can do in an emergency situation is to panic and not act calmly. Stay calm and breathe, and try to figure out what the next best steps are.  Make sure that everyone with you is ok, as well as yourself! If you’ve been in an accident and a passenger or yourself is hurt, call for medical help right away.  Be sure to pull over to a safe place. Try to get your vehicle out of traffic’s way and to a safe place on the ... read more

Can you Drive with your Check Engine Light On?

No one likes getting into their vehicle to find that the check engine light is on, and many of us will wonder, is it ok for me to continuing driving with this light on? Whether you have to drive to work or you don't know if the problem is severe, you may end up driving on a check engine light. While many people do end up doing so, it is never a recommended solution.  Your vehicle's check engine light is essentially your car's way of letting you know that is has detected something wrong with your vehicle's engine. Engine problems can vary in severity, but even the smaller issues can turn into larger ones if they are ignored and begin to affect connecting components.  As soon as you notice that your vehicle's check engine light is on, try not to drive your vehicle unless you're headed into Quality Tune-Up Auto Care. If the issue is very severe such as a failing engine, you may find yourself stuck on the side of the road if you continue to drive your ve ... read more

What Causes a Flat Tire?

Getting a flat tire is never a fun experience, especially when it happens while you're driving. If you do find yourself with a flat tire, the most important thing to remember is to not continue driving your vehicle until it is fixed. Driving on a flat tire can cause damage to your wheels and suspension components.  Sometimes a flat tire can be extremely random. Here are some of the common reasons why flat tires happen:  Leaky valve stems - Corrosion and wheel damage can cause cracks in the rubber stem which can leak out air. An internal air leak in the valve stem because the valve is loose, faulty or jammed with dirt can also cause air to leak out.  A puncture in the tire caused by driving over sharp objects like nails, screws, steel wire from exploded truck tires, broken glass, sharp rocks, etc. Bead leaks between the tire and wheel, which can be caused by rust or corrosion on the wheel or a bent rim (hitting a curb or pothole). Wheel air leaks ... read more

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