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How To Prep Your Car for Rainy Weather

How To Prep Your Car for Rainy Weather

Driving through the rain requires extra attention and caution. For instance, it is easier for cars to slide on wet roads as the tires have to have enough tread to channel the water out. If you want to avoid the dangers of driving in the rain, please remember to follow the maintenance tips below: Measure the Tire Tread on All Four Tires – A penny test will do the trick as to determine when your tires need to be replaced. All you need is to insert the penny in the tread with Lincoln's head upside down. If you no longer see the top of his head, your tread is fit to drive in the rain. If Lincoln's head and hair is exposed, it is time for a tire replacement. Examine Brake Pads and Brake Fluid – Driving on a slippery ground can overwork your brake pads and even brake fluid. Your brake components have to be in good, working order to allow effective braking. Test the Windshield Wipers – Check to make sure your windshield wipers aren't leaving streaks, skipping ... read more

How Often Should I Have My Brake Pads Replaced

How Often Should I Have My Brake Pads Replaced

Did you know that your vehicle braking system plays a vital role in your safety? Healthy brakes allow you to reduce your speed or stop to avoid an accident instantly. However, without proper maintenance of the break, you will miss the advantages of the breaks. Brake Pads are one of the brake components to check their health often. But, How Often Should You Replace Your Brake? Continue reading here to explore more; Grinding Sound When Braking Vehicle brakes are built-in metal wear indicators, making a loud sound upon applying pressure on the brake whose brake pads are worn out. Such sound indicates that this is the right time to replace the pads. If you ignore the sound, you might repair more damage. Vibration When Braking If the brake pads are unevenly worn out, you will feel vibrations upon applying pressure to the brake. Such vibration is a call to replace your brake pads. To avoid more damage and poor brake performance, visit a reliable auto repair shop. Taking Longer To Stop ... read more

What Does De-winterizing a Car Mean?

What Does De-winterizing a Car Mean?

We've officially made it to March, which means you've almost made it through the Michigan winter, and Spring is right around the corner. While the Spring isn't as harsh, a new change of season brings new challenges for all our vehicles. To withstand these obstacles, you may need to de-winterize your car. What Does De-Winterizing Entail? Check tire pressure - Your tires probably went through a lot of wear and tear on the roads this past winter. As the temperatures warm up, your tire pressure may also increase. To ensure you are driving with properly inflated tires, don't forget to check and adjust your tire's psi regularly. Replace windshield wiper blades - As the precipitation shifts from snow to rain, you might want to reconsider getting new wiper blades so that you can see clearly. Don't forget to top off your wiper fluid, too, as you may see an increase in pollen, dust, bird poop, and other contaminants on your windshield.  Get an oil change - If you ... read more

How to Know If Your Ball Joints Are Going Bad

How to Know If Your Ball Joints Are Going Bad

Ball joints are essential in many of our car's suspension and steering systems. These small, metal joints connect the wheel hub to the rest of your suspension parts. This attachment moves vertically for shock absorption and horizontally for steerability. Therefore, ball joints are necessary to allow seamless multi-directional movement with your vehicle.   Typically, ball joins should last for years. Since they hold many parts together, they do undergo wear and tear. The space surrounding the ball should always be greased to prevent excess wear. The joint is also protected by a rubber boot that keeps it oiled by blocking dust and other debris.    What Are the Signs of Worn Ball Joints? Odd Sounds - If you notice loud, banging, or knocking noises from one of the corners of your vehicle, it usually means that your ball joints are the problem. The audible queues may get louder as you hit bumps in the road. You may also hear unusual metallic sounds when steering or t ... read more

How Long Do Car Batteries Last?

How Long Do Car Batteries Last?

Vehicle batteries are an essential part of the automobile. It provides the charge necessary to start your car, charge your phone, use your headlights, and more. Because it lends a hand in all these processes, it's essential to stay on top of your battery maintenance and know when to change it out. How Long Do Vehicle Batteries Last? On average, vehicle batteries last anywhere between 2 to 5 years. Many factors come into play to determine how long a battery can last. First, the weather in the environment you drive is a deciding factor, considering batteries weaken quicker in hot temperatures. Warm weather can make the chemicals inside the battery evaporate, damaging the battery. That's why those who live in a warm or hot climate all year round tend to have to get their battery replaced quicker. Besides temperature, proper care and maintenance can also improve your battery's longevity. If you practice these tips below, you can elongate the lifespan of your vehicle's b ... read more