Ready to outfit your ride with some new tires but overwhelmed with all the options? Here are the key considerations to ensure your choice truly excels when the rubber meets the road.
Size is important.
Even the most expensive tires won’t be any good if they don’t fit your vehicle. Be sure to only look for appropriately sized tires for your vehicle. How? Locate the tire size on your tire’s sidewall or the driver’s door placard along with the tire pressure.
Know which type you want.
The type of tire you need is based on the type of vehicle you have, your usage of the vehicle and your geographic location.
Passenger tires (“P” prefix on the tire size) vs. Light truck (“LT” prefix on the tire size.)
If your fuel pump quits, your car stops running and you may be left stranded on the side of the road. To prevent this from occurring, it’s important to know the signs of a fuel pump going bad. Prepare to learn how your fuel pump functions and what red flags to look for to head off a potential problem.
Wondering why your car is sputtering and sluggish? The cause of its malaise may be bad gas. This issue happens more than you think and can have some damaging effects on your vehicle. Here’s everything you need to know:
Keeping your car healthy requires understanding when you should be taking it in for check-ups. This applies both to wear on car parts as well as the useful life of its various fluids. For brake fluid, unfortunately, there is no general guideline. Read on to learn why brake fluid is important and how to know if your brake fluid is ready to be change.
What is brake fluid and why is it important?
Brake fluid essentially helps all the various parts of your car’s braking system move. This hydraulic fluid is a non-compressible substance that lies within your brake line and operates under high temperature and high pressure. Brake fluid is what delivers the force created by your push on the brake pedal to each of [...]
Listening to your brakes squeaking, big deal or mild annoyance? Learn what brake noises say about the health of your vehicle.
Brakes can squeak for many different reasons. Recognizing which are serious concerns is an important skill to develop. Here is a list of the common causes of brake noises and what to do about them: Cause:Your car has been sitting overnight and now your breaks are squeaking
What’s happening: This is not uncommon and typically caused by moisture from rain or dew that collects on the surface of rotors and creates a thin layer of rust to form on their surface. The brake pads scrape this rust as the rotors turn and it gets stuck and embedded on the leading edge of the brake pad, causing a squeak. The noise should go away after several brake [...]
Your automobile’s water pump performs a critical function. Do you know what it does and, more importantly, how to know if it’s failing? Check out these tips for water pumps to keep you and your car cool.
What is a water pump and why is it important?
The water pump, which is tucked under your car’s timing belt cover, is responsible for maintaining a safe engine operating temperature. It is powered by your engine and circulates liquid coolant through the engine cooling system and the radiator. If your water pump fails, your engine may overheat, causing serious damage and possibly requiring a new engine.
When and why should I replace my water pump?
Water pumps typically do not need to be replaced unless a leak develops or the pump fails. (The exception is a water pump that is driven by [...]
Your windshield is the leading safety restraint of your car- adding strength during an accident and preventing occupants from being ejected. If it needs repair, here’s what you need to know about getting it fixed and making sure it continues to protect you and your passengers.
Don’t opt for the lowest cost option. If a windshield is not installed correctly, it could pop out in an accident, which would allow the roof to cave in and crush the people inside the vehicle. In the event of an accident, the deployment of the airbag exerts a force on the windshield. If it isn’t glued in properly, the windshield could be blown out.
Be sure you utilize a certified automotive shop that is experienced and trained in windshield repair. Mistakes such as not wearing gloves can result in grease that prevents the [...]
Finding a trusted auto body shop is extremely important in maintaining the health of your vehicle and minimizing unnecessary automobile expenditures. Take these factors into consideration before choosing your go-to mechanic:
One of the best places to go for information you can trust is your circle of friends. Ask them what body shop they have used in the past and how satisfied they were. Referrals are a great way to identify quality shops.
Read online reviews. There are numerous online sites that allow customers to weigh in on their experience.
Contact your local consumer organization and find out if there have been any complaints made against a particular shop and how the complaints were resolved.
Shop qualifications. Visit the auto repair shop and: