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Thanksgiving Road Trip Tips

Thanksgiving Road Trip Tips

According to AAA, more than 55 million travelers made plans to travel 50 miles or more for the Thanksgiving holiday last year. This year, there’s a possibility that there will be a lot more with the current travel restrictions. Most of us have been self-isolating away from our nearest and dearest. If it’s safe to do so, Thanksgiving may be the perfect time to reunite with loved ones. If you’re planning on traveling this month, it’s best to prepare in advance. Below are a few helpful road trip tips to consider before you set out on the highway.  Check your health. The pandemic still has many people shaken up and very concerned. If you’re planning to see family or friends, take a COVID-19 test to prevent spreading the illness to your loved ones. Keep a thermometer nearby and take note of how you’re feeling. This year it’s more important than ever to wash your hands, keep disinfectant nearby, and carry a few extra ... read more

Is it Time for an Alignment? 5 Ways to Tell

Is it Time for an Alignment? 5 Ways to Tell

While the steering wheel does control the direction your vehicle moves in, if the road is smooth and straight, your car should still continue to drive straight. If the alignment is off, you may have to manhandle the steering wheel to keep your vehicle from veering off. Improper wheel alignment doesn't just compromise the integrity of the suspension system; it's a significant safety hazard. An alignment service is a cost-effective maintenance task that reduces the need for expensive auto repairs in the future. Below are five ways to determine if your vehicle is overdue for a wheel alignment.  The steering wheel is vibrating.  Misaligned wheels will cause your steering wheel to work harder to keep your vehicle moving straight. If a wheel isn't centered, the steering wheel will vibrate or hum. A vibrating steering wheel can be due to various issues; keep an eye out for any additional signs of an alignment issue.  Your car pulls to one ... read more

5 Signs You Need to Change Your Spark Plugs

5 Signs You Need to Change Your Spark Plugs

If you’re having trouble starting your car, a dead battery isn’t always the offending culprit. While a dead battery is common, faulty spark plugs can be the primary source of the issue. The spark plugs and the electrical components that power them make up the ignition system. At a predetermined time, spark plugs transmit electrical signals from the ignition coil. These electrical signals supply a spark that ignites the air and fuel mixture inside the combustion chamber. Spark plugs require routine service and maintenance every 30,000 to 50,000 miles. If the spark plugs aren’t working, the engine won’t either. Worn spark plugs will show a few noticeable symptoms when it’s time for them to be replaced. Below are five signs that your spark plugs need maintenance.     The Check Engine Light Comes On.   If the check engine light is on, it’s best to have your vehicle inspected by an automotive specialist. The check engine light ... read more

Maintenance Tips for Your Brakes

Maintenance Tips for Your Brakes

When it comes to ensuring your safety, your brakes are one of the essential components. Without your brakes, your vehicle would struggle slowing or decelerating to a stop. Despite how important they are to our safety; many people still don’t know how to brake properly. They seem to be taken for granted with aggressive braking or slowing sooner than necessary. Leading most drivers to a life of frequent wear and brake tune-ups. This also doesn’t account for the drivers who then decide to neglect brake tune-ups to save money. The last thing you want to do is speed your vehicle on the highway with brakes that aren’t performing their absolute best. Below are a few maintenance tips for breaking bad driving habits and increasing the lifespan of your brakes: Brake Inspection. When was the last time you’ve had your brakes checked? If you don’t remember the last time, it’s probably the time to have them inspected. Your vehicle should be servi ... read more

Signs Of A Bad Alternator

It’s summer, and you’ve done all you can to keep your vehicle cool and effectively functioning. So, it comes as a surprise when you turn on your car and notice some of the electrical components aren’t working. When this happens, most people may think of their car battery. The alternator is one major part that can lead to several failing parts. The alternator, along with the battery, ensures that your vehicle starts and continues working successfully. Signs of a bad alternator will usually announce themselves pretty quickly.  The alternator is an essential aspect of your vehicle because it converts energy from the running engine into electrical energy. This electrical energy works to keep your vehicle’s electrical systems functioning and keeps the battery charged. It’s called an alternator because it creates an alternating current that reverses direction periodically. Alternating current was introduced to vehicles around the 1960s and has stuck around ... read more

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