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7 Signs That Means Your Car Is Due for Brake Service

7 Signs That Means Your Car Is Due for Brake Service

Your brakes are at the top of the list when it comes to your car’s many safety features. They not only allow you to stop your car, SUV, or truck safely but ensure smooth handling and full control over your overall speed. Brake parts are some of the most vulnerable parts to wear out over time. Therefore, it is essential for you to know the warning signs of worn brakes. 1 - Thin Brakes You can physically crouch down to check on your brake pad’s condition. If you see less than one-quarter of an inch of brake pad in this space, it is probably time to have new brake pads installed. 2 - Loose or Sinking Brake Pedal  A normal brake pedal should have some sort of resistance when you push on it. If the brake pedal seems to fall straight toward the floor of your vehicle when you push your foot down, you should have your mechanic look at your brake fluid. 3 - Squeaky Brakes Brake pads have small strips of metal called shims. Once your brake pads have worn down to a certain ... read more

What Happens When Your Timing Belt Breaks?

What Happens When Your Timing Belt Breaks?

It is essential always to ensure your car is in top condition to avoid any eventualities while driving. The engine is usually the most critical part of your vehicle and should be treated carefully to maintain smooth running. Some engine issues may require a minor fix, while others signal serious trouble, like a broken timing belt. What is a Timing Belt? A timing belt is a toothed belt or chain in the engine that perfectly synchronizes the crankshaft and camshaft. This ensures timely opening and closing of engine valves during each intake and exhaust stroke. It also prevents the piston from striking the valves. But what happens if the timing belt breaks? If a timing belt breaks, you will hear a lot of noise in your engine. If you fail to act promptly, the engine dies completely. Usually, your car cannot run without a timing belt. So if it breaks while driving, your vehicle will completely stop. Your engine may also experience severe damage. When the timing belt breaks, the camshaft ... read more

Why Is My Car Feeling Sluggish?

Why Is My Car Feeling Sluggish?

Have you pressed down on the gas pedal in your vehicle, just to feel a little hesitation? When we hit the gas, we have an expectation that our cars will take off. If your car doesn’t do it smoothly, it means you have sluggish acceleration.   This is a common problem with older, high-mileage cars, so don’t feel surprised if that matches your car’s description. There are several reasons that can explain why your car is feeling sluggish. In some cases, it could be a side effect of old age. Other times, it may be because you’ve failed to keep up with routine maintenance.    Engine problems are the most prevalent issue behind slow get-up-and-go responses. However, your sluggish performance may be due to the following factors as well:   Dirty fuel filter – Fuel filters play an important role in blocking out dirt and debris from your vehicle's fuel system. Over an extended period, you will need to replace it to prevent the fuel pump ... read more

What Are the Signs of a Faulty Thermostat?

What Are the Signs of a Faulty Thermostat?

Your car, SUV, or truck’s thermostat is responsible for letting coolant into the engine once it picks up a high temperature. The thermostat can typically last up to 10 years. If your vehicle is old, it may be good to go ahead and replace it at the first signs of problems. Read on to learn more about the warning signs of a faulty thermostat. Erratic Temperature Gauge – Naturally, your engine should read cold when your first start the car and slowly creep up to the middle range as the motor warms up. If the gauge is reading lower or higher than usual, it’s possible that there’s an issue with the thermostat. Cabin Temperature Changes – The thermostat can also affect the temperature of the cabin. If the temperature of the air inside goes from hot to cold or cold to hot without you adjusting the temperature, this is a sign that your thermostat is not working as it should.  Heater Problems - If your thermostat is stuck in the open position, it may be imp ... read more

5 Tips for Driving Safely Through Construction Areas

5 Tips for Driving Safely Through Construction Areas

Road and highway construction becomes more popular in the spring and summer. As a motorist, you should be prepared for backups and the dangers that could arise in these zones. Here are our top 5 tips for driving through construction areas: Pay attention to the signs - Whenever you see those bright orange signs, you know that they indicate that road construction is near. Make sure you proceed cautiously and follow what the signs say to stay safe. There should be a sign that indicates the end of the zone. Expect the unexpected - Road construction means that the road you're familiar with is getting altered somehow. Workers may have cones and other warning signs to indicate changes to the speed limit, lanes, etc. Don't follow too close behind others - Because it can be challenging to predict what changes are made to the road, you must keep a safe distance between yourself and other cars. The most common accident in any work zone is a rear-end collision. The extra room will give ... read more

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