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How Often Should I Rotate My Tires?

How Often Should I Rotate My Tires?

Tire rotation is an important maintenance duty that extends the life of your tires and ensures safe driving. All that parallel parking. All those three-point turns. With each turn of the steering wheel, pressure is brought to bear on the front tires. Resistance causes friction, which in turn produces heat. The result? The front tires wear quicker than the rears. Because of this, it's necessary to rotate the tires front-to-rear multiple times during their life cycle to 1) equalize tread wear and 2) maximize the life of the tires. Tires work differently, depending on their location on your vehicle. Right-side tires have more exposure to curbs and other road hazards; moving them to the other side of the vehicle prevents excessive outside wear. Front tires will show more wear if you are driving a front-drive vehicle. If your car has staggered wheels - the front and rear tires are two different sizes - you can still swap the tires side-to-side, but not front to ... read more

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What is a timing belt and when should I have it replaced?

What is a timing belt and when should I have it replaced?

We do our best to protect our vehicles and to keep them maintained against all possible problems. However, one of the greatest dangers to high mileage cars is also one of the least well known. The death of many older or high mileage cars is nothing other than a failure of the timing belt. In order to understand what makes the timing belt so important and how we can prevent it from failing, we first need to discuss what it does and what we can expect in the life expectancy of the belt. The timing belt serves a very important part to making your engine run. Namely, the timing belt is the belt that controls the camshafts in your engine and keeps the entire operation running smoothly. Timing belts are essential to keep these camshafts turning at the right time with the crankshaft. A camshaft is the shaft that opens and closes the intake and exhaust valves in your engine and the crankshaft controls the movement of the pistons. A timing belt must be properly calibrated in o ... read more

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The Check Engine Light Came On

The Check Engine Light Came On

You're driving along in your car or truck and suddenly your dash shows a light to check or service your engine. If you're like most car owners, you have little idea about what that light is trying to tell you or exactly how you should react. Call it the most misunderstood indicator on your dashboard, the "check engine" light can mean many different things, from a loose gas cap to a seriously misfiring engine. "It doesn't mean you have to pull the car over to the side of the road and call a tow truck. It does mean you should get the car checked out as soon as possible," says Dave Cappert of the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence, a Virginia-based organization that tests and certifies auto technicians. Ignore the warning, and you could end up damaging expensive components. It also can be a sign that your car is getting poor fuel economy and emitting higher levels of pollutants. Service is needed. What the Light Means ... read more

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Top Trends in the Automotive Industry

Top Trends in the Automotive Industry

Top Trends in the Automotive Industry for 2013 – Part 3 in series of 4 Trend #3 – Auto Repair Important Auto repair will continue to play a big role in the automotive industry. In addition to the routine car and repairs every car owner must go through, there is going to be higher demand for specialized parts and repairs required of hybrid and electric cars. Currently, there is a low supply of shops capable of fixing these hybrid cars despite its increasing demand. The auto repair industry includes numerous franchising segments including automobile body, transmissions, and oil franchises. Keeping a regular maintenance schedule and aligning with a trusted mechanic is critical to insure the maximum life of your vehicle at the minimum of cost

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How to save money on car repairs.

How to save money on car repairs.

Part IV- Do your homework and ask educated questions. Prepare your questions. The shop's staff will respect you for being a good researcher and consumer. A reputable shop should be willing to explain in lay language-and even show you-what's going on with your car. If the owner or mechanic is annoyed by your questions or talks over your head, he or she may be trying to intimidate you, sell you unnecessary services or overcharge you. Find a new shop, pronto

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