Vehicle Belts 101

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As we celebrate National Car Care Month in April, here are a few factoids about your vehicle’s belts to keep in mind: • Belts in today’s vehicles are designed to last for years, and you may even know people who haven’t ever replaced them • But if you ever hear a loud, sharp squealing come

HOW TO JUMPSTART YOUR CAR

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In terms of frustrating scenarios, encountering a dead car battery when you’re in a rush to get somewhere has to be near the top of the list. Fortunately, giving a jumpstart to your vehicle is a relatively simple procedure. Follow these steps and your car will be up and running again in no time: Items

Warning Lights: What They Mean For Your Car

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We have all been there – starting up the car in Hayes only to see a flashing yellow or red symbol on the dashboard. Before you panic over an unfamiliar symbol, there are some simple steps you can take to address these common warning lights: Battery/Charging Alert – This symbol indicates that the battery charge,

Why DIY Antifreeze Flushes Can Be Dangerous

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As we look at the forecast for Virginia, temperatures are dropping! Cold weather brings different challenges for your vehicle. When temperatures fall to freezing, your engine has to protect itself from the adverse condition which is why it relies on antifreeze. Also known as coolant, antifreeze is added to the engine to prevent the fluids

Time for New Tires?

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Trying to figure out when the right time to change your vehicle’s tires can be quite the dilemma. You obviously don’t want to wait too long and drive around with a dangerously-low amount of tread but you don’t want to get them changed too early either since it can be an expensive undertaking. Thankfully, there’s

MOTOR OIL – Your Vehicle’s MVF (Most Valuable Fluid)

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The most important of the many fluids found in your vehicle is undoubtedly its motor oil. Without motor oil, your engine would quickly grind to a halt at the behest of intense grinding and friction among its many moving parts. In addition to lubricating your engine to ensure it can function properly, oil also acts

Why Are Spark Plugs So Important?

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In any gas-powered car, you have what is known as an “ignition system”. This system has a basic function of igniting gasoline which in turn powers the motor and allows it to turn. Critical components of the ignition system include the spark plugs and cables among other parts including, in some instances, distributors. Frequently, the

Safe Driving Tips

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Safe driving tips may seem old-fashioned or just for new drivers. Yet by avoiding fender benders and speeding/traffic tickets, you can keep your insurance rates low – just one of the many benefits of continuing to work on your safe driving skills. Here are a few safe driving tips for you to consider this fall:

Breakdown Breakdown

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A breakdown can affect drivers at any time during any season. One minute you’re driving your kids to school, heading to work, or running errands and the next your car is emitting smoke, forcing you to pull off the road immediately. A total disaster? It doesn’t have to be. Remaining calm and being equipped with

How Replacing your Timing Belt can Save you Money

The first time most drivers think about the timing belt in their vehicle is when the manufacturer’s recommend maintenance schedule says it needs to be replaced. Other drivers aren’t so lucky. These drivers are often lamenting a problem they didn’t know they had when the timing belt brakes and leaves them stranded on the road