Archive for the ‘Car Maintenance’ Category
What do finding a good doctor and a good car mechanic have in common? According to this comprehensive guide by AOL Auto, finding one before you need one. When you have the flu isn’t the time to try and get in a doctor’s office as a new patient. And it’s the same with your car. You want time to find a mechanic without worrying if they’ll take advantage of an emergency situation.
Other tips include using reliable review websites, knowing what certifications to look for and the best time to visit a shop. You can read the complete guide at AOL Auto.
If you’re in the Southern California and Seattle areas, you can trust CarHelp to recommend reliable and efficient mechanics.
Today’s trivia question. How many miles has the owner of this 1966 Volvo P1800 put on the car?
The correct answer? C! Irv has averaged almost 65,000 miles annually since purchasing the car, breaking world records since 1998. Astounding not just because of the amount of miles on the car, but because its been owned by Irv for the last 45 years.
You can read more on Yahoo Auto.
I drive a 1999 Volvo V70. The odometer hit 175,000 miles on it this week, which is 5,000 more than this 1928 Rolls Royce Picadilly P1 Roadster. Click here to read more about the vehicle, owned by the same man from his 1928 college graduation to his 2005 death.
A bill that would give consumers the right to access information needed to repair their automobiles was introduced to Congress by Representatives from Pennsylvania and New York. The bill is called the “Motor Vehicle Owners’ Right to Repair Act (HR 1449).”
So what does this mean for the consumer?
The act would “require automakers to provide the same service information and tools to independent auto and maintenance shops, as well as to consumers, that the automaker dealership service centers receive.” It would allow consumers to choose their own trusted auto mechanic, either an independent mechanic or the dealership service center.
You can find more information on the act, and sign a petition, on the Right to Repair website.
Ah Spring. The snow is melting, the trees are budding, and the weather is unpredictable as, well, spring weather. It’s time to pack away the heavy winter coats and bring out the shorts.
Just like your wardrobe and your home, cars have unique needs to spring. Here’s a list of all you’ll need to do to keep your car in top shape for the warm weather.
Remove winter tires (if needed) and chains – Studded tires, chains and heavy traction tires need to be removed as soon as snowfall starts slowing down. These types of tires can do serious damage to asphalt. Each state has its own deadline, typically in early (Washington) to late April (Idaho, Alaska).
Check tread – Check your tires to make sure you have enough for the next 3 months. Here’s a cool link to checking tread with spare change.
Rotate tires – Rotating your tires properly can extend the life of your front tires dramatically. Tires should be rotated every 7,500 miles, and before you start those many spring and summer road trips.
Check wiper blades – April showers bring May flowers. In sub-tropical climates like Alabama and Florida, this translates into April, May and June showers. Check wiper blades before heavy spring rainfall starts. Don’t wait until you’re on the interstate in a heavy storm!
Check brakes – Drive without the stereo turned up for a few trips. If you hear any squeaking, squealing or, heaven forbid, grinding, take it in to one of our fantastic mechanics.
Change oil – Switch out to your normal thicker oil for the warmer weather (if you use thinner oil for winter). Change that oil filter while you’re at it. Gunk builds up over winter.
Check fluids – While you’re changing the oil, or having it changed, check transmission, windshield wiper, coolant, brake and power steering to make sure levels haven’t been depleted over the winter. If so, get the fluids topped off.
Clean the undercarriage – All that nasty dirt and salt can ruin your car’s undercarriage, reducing the value of your car. Make sure to get under the car and pressure wash all of that loose.
Clean and protect interior surfaces – If you’re driving an older car, use a vinyl protectant on all vinyl surfaces. For any car with leather seats, regardless of age, use a leather conditioner to protect seats.
Clean and protect exterier – Wash theÂ exteriorÂ carefully with products specifically made for cars. Don’t use kitchen soap or lint covered towels! These can strip your surface of all wax and leave lint over your entire finish. Finish it off with the annual buff and wax. You can do this yourself or pay a professional to detail and buff your car out.
There you Â have it! Â A complete checklist to prepare you for the bliss of driving with the windows open, top down and ZZ Top at full volume. With these items completed, you’ll get better gas mileage and be ready for road trips!
Are you the type of person who will try anything for a little peace of mind? Many people have adopted the principles of feng shui for their homesâ€¦.but you can also try a little feng shui Â in your car. Your car is a place where you need to try and incorporate positive energy – Â to get you through the frustration of rush hour and restless children in the back seat. Read more
Running out of gas is one of those things that we all hope as drivers weâ€™re never going to do. But, no driver is perfect. There comes a time where drivers decide to push it to the next gas station on a road trip, leave home in a rush only to discover the last driver left the tank low, or in some cases, even find that the gas gauge was deceiving. The gas light is never a welcome sign as no matter what the reason.
So what do you do when the unthinkable happens and you find yourself stranded on the side of the road after running out of gas? Donâ€™t bang your head on the steering wheel in frustration…follow these steps instead. Read more
Tire maintenance is something that many drivers overlook. Unless air pressure is drastically reducing, you canâ€™t tell that itâ€™s time to change your tires from behind the wheel of your car. But, neglecting to do so can cause damage to the suspension system of your vehicle, and it can increase your gas consumption if the car needs more power to run because of low air pressure or poor traction. There are also safety concerns, of course. Neglecting to change your tires when itâ€™s needed can increase the odds of a collision, especially when the roads are slick with water and ice.
Here are a few things you should know about replacing your tires: Read more