Humankind has lived over a century with gas-powered automobiles. It has changed the course of history on this planet for the good and the bad. With electric-powered vehicles on the rise, could the gasoline-powered cars become a thing of the past?
Everyone wants to make sure their vehicles are running safely and in top shape. Your tires work hard every day and are exposed to the outside elements more than anything else on your car. Like everything, eventually, tires come to the end of their life and need to be replaced. A tire failure can be disastrous, especially at high speeds or in vehicles such as trucks or SUVs. Fortunately, some specific warnings signs tell you it is time to have them replaced.
Take time every month to look for these signs or wear and tear on your tires:
When it comes to our vehicle, we all love to save money while being safe on the road. There is a lot to keep up with when it comes to maintaining a vehicle. Making sure your tires are well taken care of is important to the safety of your car and others on the road. That's why your tires are rotated periodically to keep you safe and provide better performance for your car.
Your tires should be rotated about every six months or so, or every 6,000 to 8,000 miles to extend the life of the treads. During rotation,
each tire is taken off, inspected, and put into a new position. This prevents wear and tear on just one spot or one tire. Many mechanics offer tire rotation services during a routine oil change or a tune-up.
Years ago when we looked to the future of the automobile, we always imagined we would be getting around town in flying cars by now. Sadly that is not the case, but the future looks bright and green when it comes to driving in the future in The Villages® Community.
Ten years is a long way when it comes to technology; just look how far the cell phone has come in the last ten years. Now imagine what is in store in the next ten years. Automobiles are changing for the better at a lesser pace, but it also takes a while for consumers to change over to new ideas.
Being on the lookout for a new vehicle can be an exciting time, especially if you're in the market for a newer model. There are so many makes and models out now, but what does the future hold for newer automobiles? Electric cars have become increasingly popular in the car market but does it go further than that? Here we will dive into hybrids, plug-in hybrids, and fuel cell automobiles and show you the future of driving.
Hybrids are aptly named since they are a hybrid of electric and gas powered vehicles. These types of cars would be your Toyota Prius, Ford Fusion, and the Honda Insight for some top examples. They've been using a type of technology that's been around for decades but have become more talked about in the late 2000s and into the 2010s. While you're still using fossil fuels to help the hybrid vehicles run, it's minimal amounts compared to that of an unleaded or diesel engine. The future of the hybrid automobiles wouldn't be a massive change unless we were to switch over to electric vehicles completely. They will continue to give impressive mileage as well as very affordable pricing for hybrid vehicles. Some makers are even revamping older car models to become hybrids, like the Toyota Camry for example.
Just like with your own body, a temperature that's too high can be severely damaging. This is especially true for vehicles. The radiator in your vehicle is like one big temperature regulator, and the gauge on your dash is the thermometer. If that level gets a little too high and is reaching in the red zone, closer to that capital H, that's not good. But does a car running hot mean you need to replace your radiator? How do you know you need a new one before it's too late? Here you'll find some of the top warning signs that you may need to replace your radiator before you're left over-heated and stranded!
Have you noticed new, or more significant, puddles of fluid under your vehicle after being parked for a while? This could be a coolant leak. It's not easy for an untrained eye to spot this specific leak. A colored dye test should be administered by a professional to locate the source of the leak. This way, when the fluid is expelled under the vehicle, you will be able to find the cause.
It's always important to get your vehicle looked at after that check engine light comes on. It can be an easy thing to want to ignore, but every time you get in and start it up, it reminds you there's a lurking problem in your car. One of these instances could be something severe, like problems with the transmission. Thankfully there are a few more warning signs than the check engine light to let you know if your transmission is starting to go.
Do you feel a slight slipping when you switch gears? This is one of the first tell-tale signs that your transmission needs fixing. If gone unchecked, it could cause the vehicle to slip into other gears which could end in a lot of damage. If feeling a physical slip isn't as clear, this issue also comes with a loud, irritating noise that's a hard one to ignore.
Tune-ups prevent maintenance on your car's engine. They are a service that includes the replacement of spark plugs, air filters and possibly a few other items and an oil change. In older cars, tune-ups are needed about every 30,000-45,000 miles. But today with most newer cars they can drive for much longer without a tune-up.
Conventional spark plugs have to be replaced every 30,000 to 50,000 miles. Platinum-tipped or Iridium spark plugs usually last for 50,000 to 120,000 miles.
You are running late on a Monday morning, and you crank up your car only to have a "check engine light" dinging in your face. You wonder to yourself if this is something that should be taken to the mechanic right away or can it wait awhile.
We've all been guilty of driving around for days or even weeks with our check engine light on. How do we know it is something really important or just something minor like the wiper fluid is low?
Something almost everyone who drives will experience the sheer terror of a bright orange light appearing on their dash – the check engine light. It's an ominous premonition that sometimes comes unexpectedly and can sometimes take months, days, or even mere hours to show its impact. Some choose to ignore it and go their way, while others instantly pull into the nearest garage to figure out what's wrong. Chances are if it's not a simple issue like an overdue oil change or maybe even some extra pressure in the tires, it is probably something electrical.
If you're not car smart and also prone to ignoring those lights on your dash, consider this your sign to take it to the nearest professional. This is the first step in figuring out what's going on with the electrical components in your vehicle. A simple diagnostic (which is usually free at any repair shop) will let you and the professional know what's not working anymore and how it can be fixed.
Have you ever been driving down a straight road and felt as if you were struggling to keep your wheel centered? A slight shift to the right could be normal, but if it feels like your vehicle is pulling to the right or the left, this could be a big problem. There are a few things that can cause your vehicle to veer sharply to the right. The main issues could be the vehicle alignment, tires, or problems with the brakes.
If the issue is the vehicle alignment, it could mean that your tires are no longer set evenly and parallel with one another. An excellent way to realize you need a new alignment is to think back to when the vehicle last had it done. If you can't remember, it's time to get that done! Other indicators that your alignment is slipping is an unpleasant screeching sound from the tires being out of place, a crooked/hard to turn the steering wheel, and uneven wear along the tire tread, showing how uneven the alignment is.
Just like getting regular checkups from a doctor for your own health, preventative maintenance of your vehicle's health should never be ignored. Preventative maintenance allows you to catch small problems before they become significant problems.
Before beginning any maintenance checks, read your owner's manual.
Your vehicle's owners manual contains information that helps protect you from voiding your warranty or causing damage to your car. For example, if you're using the wrong oil or fuel, you could be causing damage to other systems in your car. Read the manual and follow the instructions. If you cannot locate your manual, look online for it.
If you're finding yourself turning up your radio to drown out a loud sound from your muffler, it's time to get to the mechanic. Having your exhaust system repaired before it gets too loud is going to save you money in the long run.
If you notice your car making a sound like someone shaking a box of rocks, when your car is idling, you may have a missing catalytic converter. Sadly, the catalytic converter is prone to theft by thieves, as it is one of the most expensive exhaust system parts. If the problem is your catalytic converter, you'll notice a loud sound and diminished performance immediately when you start your vehicle.
Escaping the heat on a long summer day in Florida is a must. One of the easiest and most comfortable ways to cool off is to find some ice cold a/c! This is especially important when driving around, getting from point A to point B. Being stuck in a hot car with just the open windows isn't any Floridian's idea of a comfortable ride, it just gets too hot. So what's the best way to make sure you get the most out of your car's air conditioning on those close to 100 degree days? You'll find all the answers here with a few top tips!
Don't get stuck in a sweaty situation in your car this summer! Florida summers are no joke; it's essential to keep yourself comfortable and not overheated, especially on the road. Buckle up and enjoy ice cold drive in the 100-degree weather today!
By: Nicole Stevens
The kids are home for summer break, and you've got some vacation days to use up, so why not drive a few hundred miles to visit a far-away relative, or maybe even attend a national monument? Taking a road trip with the whole gang is a staple in some families. Before you set off on this adventure, making a checklist is probably one of the smartest things to do. At the very top of your list shouldn't be to bring extra underwear or an extra toothbrush, nope, it should be to make sure your vehicle can handle the drive!
If you want to get the most life out of your vehicle, regular maintenance is critical. Your peace of mind should never be sacrificed in the process. When you see the name "NAPA" on an auto parts dealer shop, you can rest assured you will receive the best in quality and service.
For a shop to become NAPA certified, they must offer qualifications, expertise, and integrity. NAPA personnel observes each area to ensure that the shop always puts the customer's needs before everything. To remain NAPA certified, the shop must demonstrate that their best foot is always forward.
NAPA manufactures and distributes auto parts for nearly every make and model of domestic, European and Asian vehicles. Also, all NAPA parts shops must offer warranties. Should something go wrong with a NAPA certified auto part, you should have no issue with having it repaired or replaced.
Few things are more panic-inducing than watching your car's temperature gauge climb to the top as you're idling, or worse, while you're driving. An engine running hot is indicative of a few different possibilities. Before we address those, first remember to follow these safety tips as soon as you realize your temperature gauge is climbing:
1. Pull over to a safe location and turn off your car's engine.
Your car, truck, van or SUV engine will have a much longer lifespan when routine oil changes are part of your vehicle care and maintenance plan. Oil changes, depending on which service provider you choose, are either simple and basic (lube, oil, and filter job) or include 15 point inspections (checking and refilling other necessary fluids and systems in your vehicle).
Commonly, when taking your vehicle in for a routine oil change, your mechanic may discover problems with your car that you weren't aware of.
By: Nicole Stevens
There has been a time in almost everyone's lives where the check engine light came on in their vehicle, and they ignored it and prayed it would eventually just go away. Sometimes it can be something super minor, such as leaving the gas cap open while driving. Other times, it can be a warning of danger to come, and that danger could be lurking in your vehicle's transmission. Here you will find the top five indicators that the transmission is starting to fail:
Brake squealing occurs for many reasons. Most brake pads begin making noise when they have worn down to their last 25%. This squealing noise is often an indication that it's time for a brake inspection and possible replacement.
Brake squeals occur for reasons other than worn out pads, though. Moisture causes brake rotors (made of unfinished metal) to rust very quickly. This is normal and leads to a grinding sound, which lasts until the rust is removed from the surface. Frequent, hard braking generates heat, which glazes brake pads and causes a squealing brake sound.
Your car is an integral part of your life, and you care about maintaining it and keeping it on the road for as long as possible, which means you know the importance having your tires regularly rotated.
Tire rotation evens out tire wear and provides your car with better handling and traction. But what constitutes "regular intervals?"
By: Nicole Stevens
Keeping yourself safe while driving is incredibly essential. From keeping yourself undistracted and focused, to make sure your tires have the correct pressure, being safe on the road should be your number one priority. That being said, it's important to know the most up to date information on your vehicle. This is especially true with newer models that have ever-changing qualities. Every once in a while you're sure to see a news bulletin about a recalled vehicle for some various reason, but do you think you know about all the current recalls out there? Gain peace of mind and do your own research to discover if your vehicle has any possible recalls.
In days past, it was not uncommon for people to pop the hood of their car and fix everything themselves, but with today's ever-changing world of automotive technology, DIY repairs are quickly becoming a thing of the past. Here are five car repairs you should always leave in the hands of a professional, certified auto mechanic:
1. Diagnostics - check engine diagnostics deal with the computer within your car. Trying to perform a "quick fix" by just turning the light off not only doesn't fix the problem but also leaves room for many more issues to occur without you knowing.
By: Nicole Stevens
The best things in life are free and everything that glitters is not gold. Those old sayings can relate to so many different things, and sometimes even go hand in hand. A perfect example of that would be something as simple as getting better gas mileage in your vehicle. There are plenty of products out there stating they can improve the gas mileage in your car over time, but the truth is that there is no special product that can deliver those kinds of promises. What can help improve gas mileage in your car is simple, non-harmful to the vehicle, and also absolutely 100% free of charge. Why it almost sounds too good to be true, butreally all it is is simple maintenance of the vehicle along with driving safely.
Most everyone knows how to perform routine checks of their car's basic functions like gas, oil, and water, but how do you know when to check your brakes?
Depending on your driving habits and the conditions of the roads you travel frequently, a specific brake maintenance schedule is often difficult to pin down.
At Accurso Automobile Repair we love our military veterans and want to help give back whenever we can because of their dedication and sacrifice. Congratulations to Jeff McCarthy who was selected to receive a car donated by the Motors for Military, and the Intrepid Fallen Hero Fund. Jeff was given the car on October 28th.
Since 1902, the American Automobile Association (also known as AAA) has led the auto service industry as the most trusted source for technical expertise relating to the safe use and enjoyment of motor vehicles.
To be recognized as an AAA certified Auto Repair Facility, we had to ensure our reputation and quality met stringent requirements in the AAA prescreening. But, undergoing just one inspection and pre-screening is far from what it takes to remain in good standing and hold the respectful recognition by AAA as an Approved Auto Repair Facility (AAR).
Tune-ups are major services that include replacement of spark plugs, air filters and possibly a few other items and an oil change. Tune-ups are not a solution for all car issues, but rather preventative maintenance for your car's engine. In older cars, tune-ups were needed about every 30,000-45,000 miles. Nowadays, most newer drive for much longer without tune-up needs.
Traditional spark plugs have to be replaced every 30,000 to 50,000 miles. Platinum-tipped or Iridium spark plugs usually last for 50,000 to 120,000 miles.
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