Monthly Archives: February 2018

Why do Car Batteries Die When it’s Cold?

Winter and extreme cold can do a number on your vehicle. Not just with all the ice, snow, and salt on the roads, but the cold can also impact things under the hood. Car batteries for one, commonly die in the winter—especially older batteries after a hot summer. Why does this happen? Here are a few reasons why a car battery fails in the winter and what you can do to prevent problems. Cold Slows Down Chemical Reactions Heat speeds up chemical reactions and cold slows them down. With a typical battery, there is a chemical reaction that allows it to have and hold a charge. So in the winter, you might notice your battery becomes sluggish. This can happen even if it remains unchanged. To nip this cold weather problem, think about installing a battery blanket, especially if you have to park your car outdoors in the cold winter months. Just be sure to check your owner’s manual and correctly install the battery blanket by following the instructions. Yo ... read more

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Auto Repair

What the Color of your Exhaust Can Tell You

Have you ever been driving behind a vehicle and seen a different color of smoke coming from the exhaust? What does it mean when the smoke from the exhaust is visible or changes shades? Well, it could mean nothing. Or it could mean something is seriously wrong with your car and you need to have it checked out right away. So before your next trip goes up in smoke, here is what you need to know about car exhaust. Thin White Exhaust Smoke This is normal, especially on cold days. Typically, it is just water vapor burning up and being expelled after condensation collects in your exhaust system. Usually you will see it when you first start your car. But it is also common if you are heavy on the gas pedal. It isn’t anything to worry about. Thick White Smoke This is not normal. If it comes out in a persistent stream from the tailpipe, you might have a leaky head gasket. The coolant leaks and gets heated up in the combustion chamber. Then i ... read more

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Auto Repair

How to Jump a Dead Car Battery

You have probably been in a situation where you get in a car, turn the ignition, and nothing happens. You might hear some clicks, but the engine won’t turn over. The likely culprit? A dead car battery. Fortunately, if you are prepared with some jumper cables and a little know-how, you can get your car started and back on the road in no time. Here is what you need to know: Why Does a Car Battery Die? Any number of things can cause a car battery to lose its charge. It can happen if you accidentally leave a dome light or your headlights on overnight. Or maybe you don’t drive your car for an entire month. You might have corrosion on the battery connections or problems with the charging system. Or ultimately, you might just have an old battery that is in poor condition. If your car battery dies, there are things you can do to revive it. The most common option is a jump start. How to Jump Start Your Vehicle Here are a few tips to follow so yo ... read more

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Everyday Ways to Cut Down on Tire Wear

While most of us want our cars to last forever, that simply can’t happen. Certain parts will wear out and break down over time. Perhaps the most common is tire wear. It is perfectly natural as the tires are constantly in contact with the road. But there are some things you can do to prolong the life of your tires. Tips to Reduce Tire Wear Here are some tips to follow if you want your tires to last longer: Change your Driving Habits There is absolutely no way to avoid all tire wear, but there are some driving behaviors you can avoid that commonly trigger tire wear. For example, taking curves and corners too fast. This puts more pressure and wear on the edges of front tires. Hitting potholes is another big one. This often causes tire wear and leaks and also could throw off the alignment of your car. Monitor Tire Pressure Properly inflated tires help distribute the force of your wheels against the road. Tires ... read more

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Auto Maintenance
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