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Yearly Archives: 2022

Why Changing Your Cabin Air Filters Is Necessary

Why Changing Your Cabin Air Filters Is Necessary

Wouldn't you love to breathe fresh, clean air while driving? If so, consider changing your cabin air filter. Going too long without changing it means potentially breathing in contaminated air. Make sure you change your cabin air filter as necessary to get the air you deserve! What Is a Cabin Air Filter and What Does it Do? A cabin air filter is an air filter, usually made out of multi-fiber cotton or other engineered materials, in your vehicle that filters out various air contaminates which include but are not limited to: dust, pollen, exhaust gases, dirt, smoke, and other air pollutants. By doing so, it provides clean air to your vehicle's ventilation system. The cabin air filter also prevents your vehicle's ventilation system from being clogged up by debris such as leaves, for example. When Should You Change Your Cabin Air Filter? Typically, you would want to change your cabin air filter every 15,000 to 30,000 miles through various factors such as the air quality and ... read more

Tips for Night Time Driving

Tips for Night Time Driving

There are risks to driving during the day, but the risks are higher at night because you can't see as well and you may be tired from the day's activities. Here are some tips to stay safe while driving at night. Seeing the Road This is the most important part of driving because of the guidelines for the different lanes, turns, street signs, etc. being laid out on the road. To ensure your view isn't obstructed at night, it's a good idea to make sure you keep your windshield and your headlines clean. If you have cracks in them, you may want to get them replaced. You should also be using your high beams in rural areas or on open roads, but make sure you are being courteous to other drivers. Precautionary Steps If you know ahead of time that you're going to be driving at night, you may want to make sure you take a nap or get a couple of extra hours of sleep the night before to make sure you're not too fatigued to stay awake. Keeping a snack in the car can be a go ... read more

Safety Driving Tips for Seniors

Safety Driving Tips for Seniors

There's no doubt that the older we get, the more difficult it becomes to drive. Your eyesight may worsen, and memories of certain driving rules may slip out of your mind. But just because we start to age and it becomes more challenging doesn't mean that you should give up their driving. There are many things that the elderly can do to stay safe on the road. Here are some of our top safety tips for senior drivers: Find The Right Vehicle For You Many older drivers don't like the bells and whistles that come with high-tech cars. Nonetheless, they can be distracting for older folks. So if you're a senior looking for a car, it's best to go with the basics or what you already know.  Stay Healthy and Active Being in shape can benefit your driving as well. By getting enough exercise and plenty of sleep, you will feel more flexible and alert on the road. Consequently, it will be less strenuous for you to turn the steering wheel, look over your shoulder, or do other ... read more

Signs of a Failing Water Pump in Your Car

Signs of a Failing Water Pump in Your Car

A water pump is a part of your car's cooling system that contributes to keeping your vehicle's engine cool while it's being driven. While a damaged water pump doesn't need immediate attention (in most cases), you should not put off its repair.    Top 3 Signs of a Damaged Water Pump Leaks - This is the most obvious sign that your water pump may be giving out. Coolant leaks are usually bright colors, so you'll be sure to notice it on the ground.  Engine Overheating - If your engine is heating up more than it needs to, you should consider taking your car to the auto repair shop. An overheating engine can cause irreversible damage to your engine. You will sometimes see it happening as steam will come out from under the hood.  Whining Sounds - If you hear the unusual sounds coming from the front of the engine, you should probably look into it. It may mean that there is a loose cooling system part. One possibility is that the bearings in the water ... read more

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