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The Most Important Maintenance Services for My Vehicle?

The Most Important Maintenance Services for My Vehicle?

Taking proper care of your car means taking it in for routine maintenance every now and then. If this is your first car or you're just not sure what maintenance services are most important to keep on top of, here is a reference for you: Oil Checking your oil every month is an essential part of maintaining your vehicle. you should find out what type of motor oil is best for your car. You can ask a mechanic for this information. Tires You need to check the air pressure in your tires. If they don't have enough air in them, it increases the likelihood of a blowout but if they're too inflated, they have less traction. You also need to rotate them to get the most use out of them in the long run. Fluids There are several fluids that you should check for leaks and refill, if necessary: Brake fluid Oil Power steering fluid Coolant/antifreeze Transmission fluid Air Filter Your air filter might get wet and harbor bacteria or mold that will spray into the car when you turn ... read more

Is There a Warning Light for Low Transmission Fluid?

Is There a Warning Light for Low Transmission Fluid?

Driving your car through a low transmission fluid level is dangerous to you and the vehicle. Failure to top up the fluid is a hazard that might cause extreme damage to the transmission, the engine, and essential components that keep the car running. What is Transmission Fluid Most people have no idea what transmission fluid is and how it functions. The transmission fluid is the fluid that lubricates the transmission, the gears, the bearings, and metal parts of a manual or automatic gearbox. It keeps the parts from grinding down during movement, ensuring they don't eat away and tear. In an automatic transmission, the transmission fluid causes lubrication to the moving parts and provides hydraulic pressure making internal parts function better. It allows a vehicle to shift gears with ease and without wearing out important parts. Whether your vehicle's transmission is automatic or manual, you use different transmission fluid types according to the vehicle's manual. The tr ... read more

What are the Symptoms of a Bad Catalytic Converter?

What are the Symptoms of a Bad Catalytic Converter?

The catalytic converter on your vehicle is a component that works hard to reduce the amount of emissions that your vehicle puts out into the environment. It will help to convert the vehicle's output into gases that are less harmful. When it goes bad, there are several symptoms that can tell you what's going on. 1. Reduced Engine Performance The first thing you might notice is that your engine isn't working as well. You might have a lower fuel efficiency, which will send you to the gas pumps a lot more often than normal. You don't want to engine performing less than efficiently because that can cause damage to that system, and many other components. Plus, it costs you more to run the vehicle. 2. A Rattling Noise You know what your car normally sounds like and when you hear something rattling, that's not a good sign. The converter might be damaged on the inside, which can cause it to break apart and rattle. That rattle will likely only worsen over time if you ... read more

How Long Do Shock Absorbers Last?

How Long Do Shock Absorbers Last?

Shock absorbers are an integral component of your car's suspension. They help with controlling the up-and-down movements of your car's springs. Without the shock absorbers, your vehicle would continue hopping up and down until the spring's kinetic energy is completely dissipated. However, these devices do not last the lifetime of a car, and they need to be replaced from time to time. But how long can you expect them to last, and when should you replace them? How Many Years Can Shock Absorbers Serve You? The lifespan of shock absorbers depends on a wide variety of factors, including how far a car has been driven, the kinds of roads it is often driven on, and the behavior of the driver, among others. For instance, the shock absorbers of a car that is driven on paved roads may outlast those of a car that is driven on rough roads. Similarly, shock absorbers of a car that is driven by a reckless driver may not serve as long as those of a car driven by a mindful driver. Unfortu ... read more

Why Does My Car Squeal When I Brake?

Why Does My Car Squeal When I Brake?

Nothing annoys like a car squeal when you brake. However, beyond this ear-piercing noise, it's a signal of something going wrong. Brakes are a vital part of your vehicle, but they can be a safety hazard without proper maintenance. Brakes will generally make some noise, for example, when they are not warm, newly replaced brakes, wet weather, or road conditions. But this noise should not linger much longer. It is that excessive squealing or grinding sound that calls for attention. Automotive experts state that about 99% of the time, your car brakes should not make any noise. What really causes this squealing sound?Worn Pads Worn out brake pads is a major cause of squeaking sound. This is a warning to replace the pads before they cause damage to the rotor. Slamming the brakes hard While driving, another car may pull out of nowhere, or other emergency forms on the road in front of you. This causes you to hit the brakes hard, gi ... read more

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