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Yearly Archives: 2021

Tips for Seniors to Be Safer on the Road

Tips for Seniors to Be Safer on the Road

The older we get, the more physical health challenges we may face. Most of those challenges will do doubt interfere with driving. Even if you aren't an elder yourself, you may still have parents or grandparents that need your care. To keep yourself and your loved ones safe, you should bring more awareness to these safe driving tips.   DRIVING TIPS FOR SENIOR CITIZENS Always seat belt first. All of us know that buckling is an enforced law in the US. If you catch a loved one forgetting to buckle, please remind them to do so. If the seat belt is uncomfortable, adjust the shoulder mount or look into buying a pad that slips over the strap.   Understand and read your medications. As health is sometimes compromised as you get older, medications also become a part of your daily routine. Some prescriptions can make you feel sleepy, less alert and can severely affect your reaction time. However, medicines may warn on their labels to avoid driving after a particular time after ... read more

How to Prolong Your Car’s Battery Life

How to Prolong Your Car’s Battery Life

Just like your phone battery to your device, your car battery is the electrical source for your vehicle. Your car battery plays a significant role in powering various components of your car: the radio, dashboard lights, car engine, and more. Battery maintenance matters more than ever now that summer is upon us. If you stick to the following tips, you can keep your battery running anywhere from 2 to 5 years.   Tips to help preserve the life of your battery: Keep your car parked out of the sun (preferably in an insulated garage). Whenever you are not driving, the best place to situate your vehicle is in a garage.  Keep your battery clean. Periodically open the hood of your car and inspect your car battery. It is vital to keep it free of dirt and unusual residues to charge optimally. If you notice any gunk on your battery, clean it off immediately.  Make sure your battery is secured. You should ensure your battery is in its tray so it doesn't shift around. An unsta ... read more

What Are the Signs of a Dirty Air Filter?

What Are the Signs of a Dirty Air Filter?

Air filters are designed to protect your engine from getting contaminated with dust and dirt. Over time, the air filters may become dirty, affecting the performance of your engine. It is best to know the signs of a dirty air filter to have it repaired before it results in profound issues. Here are some of the common signs of a dirty air filter. Slow Acceleration If your car feels sluggish and slow to accelerate, there is a chance that the engine is not getting enough air. A dirty or clogged air filter reduces air passing or flowing to the engine, resulting in slow acceleration. The best remedy is to replace the dirty air filters with new ones. Unusual Engine Noises If you have been using your vehicle for a while, you probably know which sounds are expected and which ones are not. Usually, an engine produces subtle vibrations when turned on. Unusual sounds such as a popping sound or excessive vibrations could indicate that the clogged air filters are damaging the spark plug. Exces ... read more

Benefits of Having a Coolant Flush

Benefits of Having a Coolant Flush

A coolant flush is critical to the life of your vehicle. Like an oil change or tire rotation, a coolant flush is vital to the smooth operation of your vehicle. Getting it done on a regular basis is vital to keeping your engine cool and running well. Good coolant should be able to keep your engine free of grime and debris as it cycles through. If it fails in its mission, getting it flushed is your best solution. Your coolant should get flushed at least once every 50,000 miles for normal driving. If you have done a lot of driving in severe weather conditions, getting it flushed once every 30,000 miles would greatly benefit the life of your engine. The first thing that happens during a coolant flush is that a mechanic will inspect your radiator and see if there is any sludge buildup or residue. They will check the hoses to see if there are any loose ones that need to be tightened up. If any of your hoses have holes in them, they will be addressed as well. In some cases, you may need to ... read more

Does Power Steering Fluid Need To Be Replaced?

Does Power Steering Fluid Need To Be Replaced?

Hydraulic power steering systems rely on fluid that is sent up into the steering chambers through a hydraulic pump. This is what keeps your power steering active and always ready to use, and when it goes out, professional attention is needed. A power steering flush is just the type of maintenance needed to make your driving experience a safe one. This type of routine work clears out the contaminants while replacing old fluid with new fluid. During the process, your mechanic works to clear out any residue that's left while using a special chemical to clean out any debris or grime that's been left behind by the old fluid. Once completed, you will reap many positive benefits while enjoying good, quality power steering at its finest. You'll know when it's time to go for a power steering flush. An initial sign is when you start cranking your wheel really hard just to make a simple turn. In fact, driving becomes a serious workout to the point where you seem to be putting fa ... read more

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