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How Long Should Windshield Wiper Blades Last?

How Long Should Windshield Wiper Blades Last?

Effective windshield wipers are necessary for both your safety and the safety of other motorists when driving in inclement weather. We often neglect care for them until they stop doing what they're intended to do, which is to clear off your windshield. Fortunately, windshield wiper blades are inexpensive and easy to replace.    On average, windshield wiper blades should be replaced every six to twelve months. The interval between each replacement can vary depending on use, blade quality, and other external factors.  Signs That Indicate It's Time to Change Wiper Blades Most of the time, you can simply use your senses to tell whether your windshield wiper blades are going bad. Good, healthy wipers should always be able to clean off the windshield smoothly, quietly, and effectively. Here are the top signs that indicate you need new ones. Squeaking It can be very annoying to constantly hear high-pitched screams from your wipers. It can be a major distraction as ... read more

Common Signs That Indicate You Need Alternator Repair

Common Signs That Indicate You Need Alternator Repair

The alternator plays an essential role in altering the energy from the crankshaft and applying it to your car's electrical system. The alternator takes mechanical energy and transforms it into electrical energy to recharge your battery, which is used to carry out your car's electrical functions (ex. radio, power windows, windshield wipers, and more).  In perfect conditions, the alternator should last up to seven years. However, just like any other automotive component, alternators can fail due to time, mileage, and extensive use. Furthermore, fluid leaks can also lead to premature wear of the part. Below are some signs that indicate you need alternator repairs: Dead Battery A dead battery that occurs once is an inconvenience, but it could indicate an alternator issue if it occurs countless times after that. Electrical problems can be stressful, which is why we encourage you to take your car to our auto repair shop so we can inspect both your battery and alternator. Ele ... read more

What Are the Different Types of Vehicle Warning Lights

What Are the Different Types of Vehicle Warning Lights

Your dashboard is a wonderful hub of information for understanding what's going on inside your vehicle. Sometimes, you will be reminded for maintenance, while other times, it can warn you of a troubled system. Below are five dashboard warning lights that you should never overlook: Electrical System Fault Light - This warning is often depicted as a var battery, and it signifies that there is something wrong with one of your electrical components (battery, alternator, etc.). Tire Pressure Light (TPMS) - The TPMS light on your dashboard resembles a tire. It comes on when one of your sensors picks up that one or more of your tires are underinflated. Driving with low-pressure tires is very dangerous as it can impact your handling and increase your chances of a tire blowing out.  Oil Pressure Light - The oil pressure light looks like a traditional oil canister, and when this light is on, it's most likely an urgent issue. Driving with low oil pressure can put your engine at ri ... read more

When Should I Change My Transmission Fluid?

When Should I Change My Transmission Fluid?

For those who drive manual, the transmission fluid should be changed every 30,000 to 60,000 miles. For those who drive automatic, however, this range increases to 60,000 to 100,000 miles. There's no harm in changing the fluid early, but there may be harm in waiting too long. What Is Transmission Fluid and Why Do We Have To Change It? Transmission fluid, in short, acts as a lubricant. It prevents various moving parts from grinding against each other and reduces friction, which reduces temperature, and thereby keeps the transmission cool. Over time, this important fluid naturally breaks down and becomes increasingly sullied by dirt and debris. The further it breaks down, the less effectively it will be able to serve as a lubricant; the less effectively it's able to serve as a lubricant, the more it will struggle to keep the transmission's temperature down. When not duly replaced, sub-optimally functioning transmission fluid will lead to wear and tear on th ... read more

Auto Glass Repair Myths

Auto Glass Repair Myths

Believe it or not: many drivers fall for the falsely spread rumors about automotive repairs. And sadly, those assumptions usually lead to mistakes in vehicle maintenance and repairs, which can cost you more money later on. Today, we will touch on some of those myths relating to auto glass repairs. Myth #1: You don't need to repair minor cracks or chips. This is the most prevalent lie when it comes to auto glass services. Most drivers think tiny nicks on their glass surfaces are harmless; however, it's not the case. If your windshield has minor chips or cracks, you should 100% have it repaired. Over time, other elements like temperature, driving style, environmental debris, etc., can worsen and enlarge the chip or crack. Depending on how long you procrastinate on the repair, it could grow large enough to where repairs aren't an option anymore; you'll have to get the entire windshield replaced. It's best to get your minor glass imperfections fixed right away. Myth ... read more

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