Anyone that is a car owner goes to fill up their car with gasoline on a regular basis. Whether it is a few times a month, a few times a week, or on the cross country road trip…a few times a day.¬† We do it with such regularity that it doesn’t seem like a big deal, right? Although the shock from rising gas prices might cause a slight shiver, there isn’t any real danger in simply pumping your own gas is there? Continue reading
Do you know what’s under the hood of your car? Car owners have varying degrees of interest and knowledge about what goes on to actually make your car go from one place to the next, until, of course, it doesn’t. Then everyone is interested in making the car run smoothly again! Continue reading
The warning light comes on in your car so you stop, pop the hood and take a look to investigate. If you’re like the average motorist you have no idea where to start to diagnose the problem. Interestingly, the chances are pretty high of preventing many of these mishaps just by knowing a little more about your car fluids. For the most part they are easy to spot, easy to access and you can maintain them by yourself with little to no guidance from the auto shop. Here’s what to look for and when: Continue reading
These days, just about anyone can keep track of car maintenance without intimate knowledge of how the vehicle works. Computers do a lot of the “thinking” for us, telling us when a fluid is low, or a sensor is failing and even when tires need air. These conveniences are great to have, but it’s also a good idea to understand what a car maintenance schedule should look like, just in case. The best reference is your owner’s manual for the manufacturer’s recommended schedule, which should include detailed checklists at every few thousand miles so it’s easy to track your history.
So what exactly is chrome plating and why would you ever want to take advantage of it? Most people will use “chrome” (street slang for the chemical element and metal, chromium) for one or more of these four benefits: Continue reading
We all need tires for our cars, but do you know how to select the best brand for you? It can be confusing because there are so many different choices out there all vying for your attention and ultimately your business. Some people buy cars based on what their mechanic tells them or what their dad always had on the family cars. Other people might buy tires based on snazzy commercials or based solely on price. The best thing that you can do to help decide which brand to put on your car is to consider all aspects of what makes a tire dependable, affordable, and right for your situation. Check on a few things before the big purchase and you will be happy you did. Continue reading
To ensure that you get the most life out of your tires, what should you do?
A) Keep them properly inflated
B) Rotate your tires on a regular basis
C) Check the tread on your tires
D) Align your wheels
E) All of the above
If you answered “E”, you would be correct. All of these are important to keeping your tires healthy, but we are going to further investigate the importance of having your wheels properly aligned to save you money and time.¬†One of the main benefits of properly aligned wheels is that¬†they¬†allow¬†your tires to wear evenly. Tires that wear unevenly require you to replace them more often, can cause adverse handling of your vehicle¬†and increase¬†road noise.
Now that you have researched, bought and installed new tires on your car, you may think it is no longer something to worry about. I mean, they are just tires, right? Wrong. Tires are the thing that keeps you connected with the road, and in turn keeps you and your family safe, so making sure that they are in top shape should be considered a top priority. Besides making sure that they are properly aligned and properly inflated, you should also pay attention to how they are wearing. Looking closely at the treads on your tires is the best way to do that. Treads are designed to throw water out from underneath your tires so you don’t loose control of your car, and to ensure they are working correctly they should be checked every 6,000-8,000 miles. Continue reading
After you have spent hours searching, researching, and dreaming about the perfect performance rims for your car, you have finally found them. You bought them, installed them and now you can sit back and enjoy them. Or can you? We all know that one of the main reasons people purchase rims is for how cool they look when you drive around, right? Right. Well, in order to keep that coolness factor going, most would agree it is important to have your rims in tip top shape every time you bring them out on the road. Like many things in life, time, attention to detail, and a little elbow grease will keep your rims looking their Sunday best at all times. Continue reading
It’s a Saturday morning and you are driving along, enjoying life, minding your own business…when all of sudden, your eye is drawn to the sweet ride next to you. Upon further inspection, you notice that although the car is clearly moving forward, the rims look like they are actually moving backwards! You shake your head and look again, but still observe the same confusing results. Is this some sort of alternative universe where the laws of physics are reversed? Well, no…it just so happens that cars with this appealing feature are actually perpetuating a grand optical illusion with a nerdy scientific name, the stroboscopic effect. Continue reading