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Yearly Archives: 2021

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

Driving and Parking Tips for Black Friday 2021

Driving and Parking Tips for Black Friday 2021

While most people are looking forward to Halloween and Thanksgiving, some of us avid shoppers anticipate Black Friday deals this year. Though many people fear this shopping event due to the traffic and parking nightmares, some deals are justifiable for it. To make the most out of your Black Friday shopping and avoid as much stress as possible, all you need to do is a little planning and smart thinking. Please consider these Black Friday traffic and parking tips if you plan to tackle your holiday shopping early. Plan Out Your Route Beforehand You should know better than to not dive headfirst into Black Friday. This often leads to people going into stores and making unnecessary purchases. Instead, you should scope out the deals and determine which stores you need to hit before leaving your house. Before you plan on running store to store to compare prices, consider using your phone to save you the extra trip. Apps like ShopSavvy, ShopKick, or RedLaser are designed to help, but you can ... read more

What Is A Drivetrain?

What Is A Drivetrain?

The drivetrain is the system of interconnected parts that unites the engine to your vehicle's wheels, which as a result, helps the vehicle move. As our engine runs, the drivetrain helps send the power from the engine through the transmission to the drive wheels. You may often hear the terms front wheels, rear wheels, or all the wheels, and they relate to your drivetrain.    How Can I Tell What Type of Drivetrain I Have? You can find this answer quickly by looking in your owner's manual. If you are not able to find it there, then you can inspect your vehicle. If the engine is mounted sideways, it usually means your belt is sideways too. If the belts are positioned left or right, it is a front-wheel drive. If the engine is set front-to-back with the belts facing your body as you stand in front of the vehicle, it is probably a rear-wheel drive.   What Parts Make Up the Drivetrain? Transmission - The transmission moves power from the engine to the wheels and en ... read more

What Are the Benefits of Waxing Your Car?

What Are the Benefits of Waxing Your Car?

Unfortunately, not all cars are protected with a protective, transparent layer. If your vehicle does not have this coating, you may find it challenging to maintain a shiny exterior over time. However, if you wax your car regularly, you'll have no problem keeping your vehicle looking new. Besides aesthetic motives, what are the other benefits of waxing your car?    #1: Protects Against Scratches  The chemical makeup of wax includes petroleum distillates, natural oils, and other ingredients that harden the resin on the paint. With the extra layer of protection, you'll be less likely to get scratches on your vehicle.   #2: Protects Against Paint Chips Wax can quickly help camouflage any pre-existing flaws. Though the wax can't guarantee that all scratches disappear entirely, it can fill in shallow scratches and make them blend.   #3: Easier to Wash Most people overlook this benefit, but wax makes your car easier to clean. The wax makes externa ... read more

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