Check Engine Light On? How Auto Shops Can Know the Issue Right Away!
Posted on June 26, 2017.
The check engine light is one of the most dreaded things a car owner could worry about.  It is a pretty vague symbol as there is a long list of possible reasons as to why it could pop up in the first place.  If the check engine light has come on but it is steady and not flashing/blinking, this usually means that there is an issue present but is not considered a serious issue yet.  However, this doesn’t mean that you should ignore the problem entirely.
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How to Prevent Your Vehicle from Overheating
Posted on June 19, 2017.
When you find yourself in a situation where your vehicle is overheating, the proper steps and procedure might be unclear for some.  There are a lot of things you can do while you are out on the road to prevent your vehicle from overheating. If you are driving or stuck in traffic and you notice your temperature gauge is rising or your temperature warning light has come on, it is recommended to turn off your air conditioning immediately and open your windows.  If you haven’t noticed a change in your temperature gauge, you can turn your climate control to the hottest setting, as this will help redirect some of the trapped heat in the cooling system.
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Highest Safety Rated Vehicles
Posted on May 30, 2017.
When it comes to rating safety thresholds for vehicles, the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS) measures how well a vehicle protects its passengers in a crash.  However, in addition to this, cars must now also have effective headlights to get the highest rating as well.  The power of your headlights may determine if you see a pedestrian or an oncoming car and thus avoid the accident.  Of this year’s top safety pick plus winners by the IIHS, only seven vehicles got good ratings for both their safety rating and their headlights.
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Why Use a Pro Instead of a Family Member/Friend Perform Your Oil Change
Posted on May 22, 2017.
When it comes to oil changes, some people will opt to doing it themselves or having a friend do it for them for several reasons.  It may be that you’re trying to save money, looking to learn something new, or you simply don’t trust anyone else to do it. Whatever the case may be, having a professional handle the oil change for you is the best possible course of action, and will only take a few minutes of your day. Not everyone owns the same tools as professional mechanic shops do.
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Why Reliable Shocks Are Needed After Winter
Posted on May 16, 2017.
After a long and and strange winter that couldn’t make up its mind when it came to weather, it might be time to replace your shocks and struts.  Now that the spring weather is starting to come into the fold, we are left with sizeable potholes from snow plows and freezing/unfreezing of water, and damages that the winter inflicted on our vehicles.  There are many signs to shock/strut wear, and it is important to get your vehicle inspected for any damages and make replacements if necessary. One of the most telling signs of such damages is that your handling is off.
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Is it the Battery or The Alternator?
Posted on May 12, 2017.
We’ve all been in a situation before where our car just won’t start, and it always seems to happen at the worst times.  In most cases, it is usually your battery that’s dead and a simple jumpstart can get you back on the road again.  However, in other more particular cases, it could actually be the alternator… but how would you know exactly?  A car battery lasts on average of about five years.
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How Does Speeding Affect Your Gas Mileage?
Posted on May 09, 2017.
Drivers today are trying to get the most bang for their buck, especially when it comes to gas mileage.  Gas prices aren’t what they used to be and speeding can impact you when you’re at the pump.  According to fueleconomy.gov, aggressive driving such as speeding, rapid acceleration and breaking, can waste gas.
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Choosing The Right Antifreeze for Your Vehicle
Posted on May 02, 2017.
When it comes to choosing antifreeze for your vehicle, most people who aren’t car enthusiasts don’t really know where to begin.  For those who don’t know what antifreeze is for, it is a liquid that stops the water in your engine’s cooling system from freezing.  If the water did indeed end up freezing, then it would cause major damage to the radiator and other vital components of your vehicle. In addition, it also serves other important functions such as raising the boiling point of engine coolant to prevent overheating, protects your engine from corrosion, aides heat transfer, and prevents scale from building up internally.
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The Vehicle Models That Last the Longest
Posted on April 28, 2017.
Getting your vehicle to 200,000 miles is a goal that every vehicle owner should have.  Vehicles are expensive, and getting the most out of them should be first and foremost.  Consumer Reports has come out with a list of ten vehicles that are the most likely to get to 200,000 miles and beyond, that are not only reliable but they also scored well in all of their road tests. So let’s dive in.
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Air Filter vs Cabin Filter vs Oil Filter
Posted on April 25, 2017.
When it comes to filters, your vehicle has several of them, but the three most important ones are your air, cabin and oil filters.  Your air filter prevents harmful debris, dirt, and contaminants from entering your engine, while your cabin filter prevents dust, pollen, dirt, and other pollutants from entering your car through your A/C and heat vents.  The oil filter helps remove contaminants from your car engine’s oil that can accumulate over time as the oil keeps your engine clean.  Clean motor oil is important because if the oil were left unfiltered for a period of time, it could become saturated with tiny, hard particles that can damage surfaces in your engine.
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The Most Important Info in Your Owner's Manual Blog
Posted on March 21, 2017.
If there is one item that you should have in your vehicle at all times, it is your owner’s manual.  Your owner’s manual has a lot of important information about your specific vehicle.  This includes step by step instructions on features as minor as how to change the time on your radio to major features such as knowing when you need to have your vehicle serviced. For new model year vehicle buyers, your owner’s manual will guide you through setting up your vehicle.
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Checking the Dipstick
Posted on March 15, 2017.
When it comes to checking the oil levels of your vehicle, most people probably don’t know the proper procedure, how to read the dipstick, or where to find it.  With a few quick and easy pointers, you’ll be able to check your own dipstick with ease. To begin, you want to park your vehicle on a level surface and shut the engine off.  Then, wait a few minutes for the oil to return to the oil pan.
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What Is Performed in a Vehicle Tune Up?
Posted on February 06, 2017.
Vehicle tune ups are very important to the longevity and overall performance of your vehicle.  In today’s fast paced world, most people might not have time for a tune up and barely just have time to get an oil change done.  However, tune ups are generally required once every two years or once every 30,000 miles, whichever comes first. (Check your vehicle’s manual for the most accurate recommendation.
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The Importance of a Radiator Flush and Fill
Posted on January 30, 2017.
With most investments in life, maintenance is key. A radiator flush and fill is one of the many car maintenances that should be done to keep your vehicle running properly. A radiator is a type of a heat exchanger and is designed to transfer heat that builds up from the engine. Your radiator is your car’s first defense when it comes to cooling down and making sure parts are not overheating while running.
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Why You Should Never Overlook Brake Maintenance
Posted on January 20, 2017.
When it comes to vehicle maintenance, there is one thing that should never be overlooked or ignored: your brakes.  It’s not something you think about daily, but you put your life in the hands of your brakes and trust that they can be relied on to stop your vehicle at a moment’s notice.  Your vehicle is a large machine that can travel at high speeds and the brakes are the first line of defense when it comes to traveling safely.  Over time, your brake rotors and pads will eventually wear down and become less effective.
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Role of a Transmission Blog
Posted on January 03, 2017.
When it comes to their car, most people don’t give their transmission much thought or even know the true purpose of the transmission.  Aside from the engine, it is probably the second most important part of a car and if not properly maintained, a transmission can be very expensive to repair or replace.  Now you may know what a transmission is, but do you know what it does and how it works?  Transmissions can be either automatic or manual.
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Improving Gas Mileage on Long Trips
Posted on December 14, 2016.
Everyone is trying to save money when it comes to traveling - and rightfully so.  Most people will opt out of flying because it might be too expensive and they will elect to drive to their destination instead.  While driving takes more hours of travel time, it could be just as or even more expensive than flying if you don’t follow the right tips and procedures.  Avoiding common gas mileage-killing mistakes in how you pack and how you drive can improve your miles-per-gallon by one third or more according to the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
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Is a DIY Oil Change Worth It?
Posted on December 06, 2016.
Every weekend warrior out there enjoys the pay-offs of doing a job themselves.  That feeling they get when he/she completes a job on their own without the help of a professional is almost second to none.  However, certain tasks that are certainly doable on your own require more investment than others, no matter how simple they seem at first.  While an oil change may seem like something that you can easily perform on your own, there are a lot of items you must purchase before doing so.
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Importance of Antifreeze
Posted on November 21, 2016.
Most people’s knowledge of antifreeze is that it is a weird, bright-colored liquid, which looks more like a citrus-flavored beverage than an engine additive. But what does it actually do? And why do you have to add water to it?   What Is Antifreeze?
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How To Know It's Time to Change Your Tires
Posted on November 07, 2016.
Although you keep up with your car’s oil changes, tires are a bit more difficult. Because many factors determine how quickly tires wear out and need to be changed, you can't follow a schedule for tire replacement. Instead, you'll have to look for the following warning signs to decide if you need a new set of tires.   The Penny Test The easiest way to check if your tires need to be replaced is the penny test.
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Importance of An Oil Filter
Posted on September 01, 2016.
As a driver, you're probably aware that you should regularly change your oil in order to keep your vehicle in tip-top shape. However, what you might not know is that you should regularly change your oil filter as well. This is an often over-looked repair that is crucial to your vehicle’s performance. Why Are Oil Filters Important?
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Which is Better for Gas Mileage - AC or Windows?
Posted on August 17, 2016.
Considering the price of gas these days, it makes sense to maximize your gas mileage. One of the most commonly used tips for improving mileage is to roll your windows down rather than use your air conditioning (AC). But, is that really the better option or just a widespread myth? The Short Answer Yes.
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Have These Items In Your Vehicle In Case of a Summer Breakdown
Posted on August 09, 2016.
With summer in full swing, you'll probably want to do plenty of driving to enjoy the weather. But, long road trips carry with them the risk of a breakdown. A breakdown in the summer months is particularly dangerous because you may be far from home, and the heat amplifies your need for water. So, if you become stranded this summer, then what should you keep in your vehicle?
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The Latest Diagnostic Technology
Posted on July 19, 2016.
When your vehicle has an issue, using vehicle diagnostic technology is a good first step in getting it fixed. After all, you have to know exactly what the problem is to fix it. Like all technology, these diagnostic tools have only gotten better over the years. These are some of the major improvements made to diagnostic technology in recent years.
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What Could Be Causing Your Vehicle to Overheat
Posted on June 30, 2016.
It happens all too often - you're driving down the road when suddenly you notice your car is overheating. This is an alarming issue to most people, especially if there's smoke involved. If your car has overheating issues, consider looking into these common causes. Leaks If your cooling system is leaking, it could be causing your car to overheat.
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What's Involved and The Importance of A Tuneup
Posted on June 21, 2016.
Anyone who's purchased a car has gone through the grueling process of finding a vehicle they deem reliable. No matter which make and model you choose, you're always running the risk of getting a lemon. So what can you do to make sure your vehicle has a long life? The answer is simple — consistent maintenance.
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The Importance of A Cabin Filter
Posted on June 07, 2016.
Are you paying attention to some of the lesser known hazards of your vehicle? Your cabin filter, for example, is responsible for the air quality in your car—yet it's still often neglected. How Does It Work? If you've ever driven behind a large vehicle on a freeway, you've seen the amount of debris that cars can create.
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Why Are My Brakes Squeaking?
Posted on May 24, 2016.
Anyone who's been around cars has probably heard two sounds: a squeaking belt and squeaking brakes. Sounds produced by various parts of the car are often unique and a great starting point for diagnosing issues within a vehicle. Why are my brakes squeaking? Car brakes can make squealing noises for many reasons.
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How Often Should A Transmission Be Flushed
Posted on May 14, 2016.
Keeping up with vehicle maintenance is one of the best ways to prevent serious issues that can cost you thousands in repairs. Everyone knows about oil, antifreeze, brakes and tires—but you may not have considered flushing your transmission fluid. While less frequent, it's an important part of keeping your car transmission running well. How often should transmission fluid be flushed?
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Tips for Knowing It's Time for an Oil Change
Posted on May 03, 2016.
If there is one maintenance process you should be familiar with, it is changing your oil. Throughout your vehicle's life, you will change the oil more times than you will perform any other maintenance task. You may know how to change your oil, but, just as important, is knowing when it is time for an oil change. Here are some signs that you may need to change your oil: Miles When you look in your owner's manual, there should be a manufacturer recommendation for how often to change your vehicle's oil.
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Why The Cheapest Oil Change is Not Always The Best Option
Posted on April 26, 2016.
Every 3,000–5,000 miles, it's important to change your vehicle's oil in order to keep it running smoothly. Although there are plenty of options for an inexpensive oil change, that is not necessarily the best idea. As with anything related to your car, what you put into your vehicle affects its performance and lifespan. What is the Difference in Oil Changes?
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How Extra Weight Negatively Impacts Vehicles
Posted on March 28, 2016.
Many factors affect your vehicle's gas mileage, performance, and lifespan. Therefore, you should be aware of what's good for your car and what's not. One lesser-known factor that can literally bog down your car is the weight it carries (particularly in the trunk). If you've ever loaded many people into a small vehicle, then you've seen firsthand the effects of too much weight in a car.
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Often Overlooked but Important Vehicle Maintenance
Posted on March 14, 2016.
Maintenance can be the key to keeping your car running great for years. When most people think of car maintenance, they think of oil changes and brake jobs—but what about some of the smaller or easy-to-overlook vehicle maintenance jobs? You should be keeping up with those too! Windshield Wipers You have probably driven your car on a rainy day and noticed that your wiper blades squeaked or did not wipe away the rain as they should.
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Which Gasoline Should You Choose for Your Vehicle
Posted on March 07, 2016.
When you pull into a gas station, you probably notice a sign that advertises two types of gasoline which are more expensive than regular. If you purchased a high-performance vehicle, then the manufacturer probably recommends that you use premium fuel. But, what's the difference between premium and regular gasoline? And, more importantly, is it worth paying an extra 20 cents per gallon?
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Improving Your Vehicle's Lifespan
Posted on February 22, 2016.
If you've ever bought or sold a vehicle, you know how important the number of miles on the engine is. That's because most vehicles have a generally agreed upon life span. However, there are many steps you can take to improve a vehicle’s life span.  The first and most important step you can take is ensuring your vehicle is properly maintained.
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What Type of Oil You Should Use on Your Vehicle
Posted on February 08, 2016.
Every 3,000 - 5,000 or so miles, you should perform an oil change on your car. Maintaining the correct level and type of clean oil is not only vital in preventing breakdowns, it can improve the performance and fuel economy of your car. Engine oil can be purchased in different types, weights and viscosities (thickness), which can make changing your oil tricky. The first choice you'll have to make when performing an oil change is whether to go synthetic, conventional or a blend of both.
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Preparing Your Vehicle for Winter
Posted on January 18, 2016.
When the harsh winter weather hits, it is important to make sure that you properly prepare your vehicle for the season. There are many easy things that you can do to keep your vehicle working in tip-top shape during the cold winter months. The following guide walks you through a few handy tips to help you properly prepare your vehicle for winter. Replace Your Wipers You need to be able to see clearly at all times when you are driving.
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Maintaining Your Car Battery
Posted on January 07, 2016.
Everyone's been there: You climb into your car after a long day, put the key in the ignition and attempt to start the car, only to find nothing happens. Often times, this is a result of a car battery that needs to be replaced. Car batteries are made using a lead-acid reaction to create electrical energy. This electrical energy is then strategically dispersed throughout the engine for components like the starter system.
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The Cost of Not Keeping Up With Your Vehicle Maintenance
Posted on December 21, 2015.
If you've ever owned a car, chances are you've had to deal with the heartbreak of having to shell out hundreds of dollars for repairs. What you may not know is that many of these problems can be prevented with proper vehicle maintenance.  Oil Change One of the most common vehicle maintenance tasks you'll need to perform is an oil change. Engine oil is vital to your vehicle as it has many moving parts that need constant lubrication to work properly.
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The Role of a Radiator
Posted on December 10, 2015.
In order for an engine to work properly, all of the parts under the hood must work properly. One of the essential parts of your vehicle is the radiator. The following guide walks you through the role it plays in your vehicle and the importance of it. The Purpose of a Car Radiator The engine in a car can become very hot when all of the moving parts are working at once.
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Winter Driving Conditions
Posted on November 24, 2015.
Driving in winter weather for the first time can be scary if you do not know how to handle the precarious driving conditions. Driving in the snow and ice is not difficult if you take your time and incorporate some useful winter driving skills into your daily commute. The following guide features a few winter driving tips to make your next commute on hazardous roadways a bit safer. Take Your Time When you are driving on icy or snowy roads, you need to take your time.
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When to Change Brake Pads
Posted on November 12, 2015.
A car that starts when you need it to and runs well is great but how well it stops is just as important. Do you know how to tell when it’s time to change brake pads? There are several symptoms that your vehicle will develop when it’s time to go to the shop and have your brakes attended to. Fortunately, manufacturers have added features to your brakes that will let you know when they are being worn down and need to be changed.
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Shocks vs Struts
Posted on October 20, 2015.
Shock absorbers refer to its more popular shortened version of the term shocks. All too often, many use the terms shocks and struts interchangeably. Each functions similarly, in how they work to dampen the springs while additionally working to reduce the “bounce” of the vehicle, but are not the same. Shocks cannot replace struts and struts cannot replace shocks.
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Rotation of Tires
Posted on October 08, 2015.
Chances are you’ve heard that rotating your car’s tires is an important action to take in order to help extend their life.  But has anyone ever stopped to wonder why exactly?  Think about it, it’s not as if your front tires are being used more than your back tires, or vise versa.  All four tires take the same journey with you wherever you go, yet rotating them is a key maintenance duty that not only extends their life, but can also make sure your car is safe.
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Car Won't Start
Posted on September 24, 2015.
We’ve all probably experienced this situation.  You get into your car, stick the key into the ignition, turn it over, and… nothing.  Your heart immediately stops and your stomach drops.  There are a million thoughts that are racing through your mind.
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Importance of Gear Oil
Posted on September 04, 2015.
When it is time to get your oil changed, most people assume that it is their engine oil that needs to be taken care of.  While this is the most common lubricant requiring routine attention from car owners, it needs to be known that there are other areas of your car that need proper lubrication other than your engine.  Gear oil is often times forgotten or not even recognized when it comes to properly scheduled maintenance.  The main purpose of gear oil is to lubricate, cool, and protect all of the parts of the car that have rotating and moving metal gears.
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Where the Rubber Meets the Road
Posted on August 24, 2015.
Often times, the only part of a car that actually comes into contact with the road is the most overlooked, the tires.  With all of the moving components that are operating at full speed underneath the hood, tire maintenance is often forgotten.  A study done by the Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA), found that only 1 out of 10 drivers check their tire pressure correctly.  But, air pressure is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to properly checking your tires.
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The Auto Repair Shop's Almighty Air Filter
Posted on August 10, 2015.
We’ve all seen what an air filter looks like.  It’s the spongy looking apparatus under your hood that is designed to catch any unwanted debris from reaching your engine.  But could something so simple really make that big of a difference when it comes to your car’s overall performance?   To put it simply, YES!
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How to Improve your Gas Mileage
Posted on June 05, 2015.
At Quality Lube Plus, we’re not your run of the mill auto body shop.  We do not want you to have to be in our shop more than you have to.  We pride ourselves in being an auto body shop that is here when you need us, and when you don’t need us, we want you to be getting the most out of your vehicle!   Who doesn’t want more gas mileage out of their car?
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Oil Changes: Things You Should Know
Posted on May 27, 2015.
We’ve all heard the same thing; you should have your car’s oil changed every 3,000 miles.   But, what and why are the reasons for this?  What really happens at that 3,000-mile mark that makes it a necessity to change your oil?  Truth be told, it really depends on the make and model of your car that has to do with when the oil needs to be changed.
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Regular Tune Ups Will Save You Time and Money
Posted on May 03, 2015.
If you have ever experienced your car breaking down, then you know how much of an obstacle it becomes in your life.  First of all, breaking down on a highway is one of the worst feelings in the world.  You have to safely pull over immediately, and then just sit and wait until the tow truck arrives.  Second of all, your schedule is completely ruined for the day and possibly more without knowing how long your car is going to take to be repaired.
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What's Fueling your Car?
Posted on April 13, 2015.
How many times have you stopped at a gas station to fill up your car’s gas tank in your life?  Probably hundreds… you do it so much that you do not stop to think about it and it has become second nature to you.  But what really is the difference between all of the various fueling options? Is there even a difference big enough for you to even think twice about?
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Preventative Maintenance
Posted on March 27, 2015.
We’ve all heard the expression, “Why fix something that isn’t broken?”  In many scenarios this phrase has a lot of merit behind it.  If you have taken the same route to work everyday for the past two years and you’ve never been late, it would not make sense to take a new route.  But, in other cases, this expression should be thrown out the window.
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Keeping up on your Car's Fluids
Posted on March 14, 2015.
The fluids in your car are as important as the blood running through your body.  If all of the fluids in your car are not maintained and kept at the proper levels, then you’re in for a world of trouble.  The fill lines are there for a reason, so letting the levels drop below those lines is just asking for trouble.  Here is a list of the major fluids that you should be checking on a regular basis to ensure your car continues to run properly!
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In Case of Roadside Emergencies
Posted on February 05, 2015.
Chances are we have all been in a situation where we were stranded on the side of the road for some unforeseen reason.  Whether it was because the car broke down, you got a flat tire, or the engine wouldn't start, odds are you dealt with your situation by calling roadside assistance to come help – which is easy enough.  It seems that we have begun to develop a sense of security when it comes to roadside emergencies.  We think that no matter what might happen we can take out our cell phone and call for help.
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What are the noises your car is making telling you?
Posted on January 16, 2015.
When people get sick, they tend to show certain symptoms of the illness.  Coughing, sneezing, and fever are just a few signs that something isn’t quite right.  Well, your vehicle works the same way – so where do you stick the thermometer to check your car’s temperature?  While humans and cars aren’t exactly the same, vehicles do in fact show symptoms that should not be overlooked.
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Things to Check for Before A Long Road Trip
Posted on December 10, 2014.
The holiday season is upon us once again.   A part of the year that brings with it timely traditions and lasting memories.  While every family has their own unique customs, chances are there is one thing that every family has in common.  Most people are going to have to travel in order to create those prized memories.
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