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How to save money on car repairs-Maintain and Prevent

How to save money on car repairs-Maintain and Prevent

Part I: Maintain and Prevent The number-one way to pay less on car repairs is to avoid them in the first place. Keep your ride in prime shape by following the manufacturer's recommended maintenance schedule. Major & minor services are usually suggested every 15,000 to 30,000 miles & you'll find it in your car owner's manual (lost yours? find it on Edmunds.com)

What is the difference between Wheel Alignment vs Wheel Balancing?

What is the difference between Wheel Alignment vs Wheel Balancing?

Wheel Alignment is the process of adjusting the angles of the wheels so that they are making contact with the ground evenly as well as parallel to each other. Why align the wheels? The purpose of these adjustments is to maximize tire life and to keep the vehicle tracking straight when driving. Wheel Balancing insures that the tires and wheels spin correctly and without vibration. Balancing is accomplished by checking for any heavy spots on the wheel and or tire and making allowances for it by placing weights in specific spots on the wheel. The sign of alignment problems are: Uneven or accelerated tire wear Pulling or drifting from a straight line Wandering on a straight level road Steering wheel off center while driving on a straight, level road. The signs of a balance issue are: Steering wheel vibration at certain speeds. General vibration at certain speeds. Scalloped or cupped wear on the tire surface Wheel Al ... read more

Spring Cooling Maintenance - Radiator Flush

Spring Cooling Maintenance - Radiator Flush

ost people know that the coolant in your radiator keeps your engine from freezing in the winter but it also helps keep things cool in the summer. All too often people are driving with the incorrect mixture or old coolant in their vehicles because they have not been educated on the service needs of their vehicle. Radiator coolant actually raises the boiling point of the water, allowing it to carry more heat away from the engine, and that means a cooler running engine. If you're running low on coolant, things can get steamy fast. It only takes a second to check your coolant level. Most cars have an opaque coolant overflow tank right next to the radiator. It's white plastic, but you can see inside to see if there's enough fluid to keep things safe. You'll also see markings on the side telling you the low and high levels. Always check your coolant level when the car is cold. What about a Radiator Flush and when do I do a radiator flush? A Cooling System Flush Service is important becaus ... read more

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