We get it, tires are expensive. Having to replace all four tires on your car can feel financially devastating. However, you can make the most of the tires you already have by doing a monthly P.A.R.T. check. The first day of each month is a good time to take five minutes and check your tire pressure, alignment, rotation, and tread depth. Pressure: Inside the driver side door is a sticker that indicates the PSI for each tire. Ensure that your tire pressure matches the manufacturer’s recommendation as over-inflation or under-inflation can cause the tires to wear unevenly. Alignment: While not an easy aspect to observe, your car’s alignment is crucial to keeping the tires in top shape. If you’ve recently felt the vehicle pulling to one way or the other, it may be time to bring your vehicle in for an alignment check. Also, if you recently had a collision or hit a pothole, then call us to inspect the alignment.&nbs ... read more
When you hear noises coming from your engine, you might wait for them to disappear. However, you could be making a mistake, as the noises could signify a serious issue with the engine. Knowing what the noises signify could save your vehicle and you from severe damage. The following are five car noises that mean that your car requires immediate attention: Popping A popping noise coming from your engine can be very unnerving, especially if you are on a long drive. If you hear your engine produce pop sounds, there may be an exhaust pipe leak or a dirty air filter. You should seek immediate attention as it will negatively affect air quality in the car or ruin your exhaust system. Grinding You should be concerned whenever you hear your engine produce grinding noises. Grinding, especially, when you start your vehicle, is a sign of issues with the starter motor. If the grinding occurs when you change gears, it may be a problem with the transmission. For manual vehicles, a grinding gearbo ... read more
October is the month when we embrace the spooky and scary. However, that frightening feeling shouldn't extend to your vehicle. One of the most alarming situations while driving is a sudden downpour so intense that your visibility is impacted to the point that the road practically disappears. What's even more terrifying? Worn out wiper blades that no longer clear your windshield. Here are four signs that your wipers need to be replaced. Do you need new wipers? Safety is our primary priorities, so stop by any of our locations in Maryland or Delaware so that one of our highly-trained technicians can expertly install new wiper blades for you.
A vehicle's braking system is among its most crucial safety elements. That said, maintaining it in its best state should be a priority for any serious driver. The fluid works under high pressure to ensure the brakes function correctly, keeping you safe on the road. When working correctly, the brake fluid is pure and clear and offers ideal braking for your car using hydraulic pressure. But with continuous use, the fluid can get contaminated with air, rust, and moisture within the system. It will also get old with time, losing its color due to overheating, translating to a less responsive braking system. If not timely corrected, this can lead to spongy, soft, and unresponsive pedals. So, What is Brake Fluid Flushing? Brake fluid flushing refers to completely draining the hydraulic fluid and replacing the master cylinder with a new fresh one. A common rule of thumb is to have your vehicle's fluid flushed every 30000 miles (two to three years). However, some manufacturers recomme ... read more
As the leaves turn colors and the weather gets colder, you may notice another change occurring: a decrease in your vehicle’s fuel efficiency. There are a number of reasons your gas bill is going up just as the temperature drops. --The colder weather means your vehicle requires more time to reach its most fuel-efficient temperature, so short drives consume more gasoline than longer ones. --Allowing the vehicle to idle so that it is warmed before traveling burns fuel without increasing miles-per-gallon. --Colder air decreases tire pressure which increases rolling resistance. More resistance leads to the vehicle working harder thus burning more gasoline. --Heated seats and window defrosters require more power. Some causes of increased fuel consumption are unavoidable, but there are steps you can take to improve fuel efficiency as the weather turns colder. --Avoid idling your vehicle. Rather than waiting several minutes for the vehicle to warm u ... read more