We all hope our vehicles will last a long time, right? And we all hope to avoid having to pay costly repairs to keep our cars running longer, too. By following some simple, common-sense tips to maintain your car, you can lengthen its life without digging too deeply into your wallet.
Perform regular upkeep and maintenance.One of the easiest, most cost-effective ways to ensure your vehicle stays on the road for years to come is to vigilantly pursue its upkeep and maintenance schedule. All vehicles require periodic work, such as oil and air filter changes, radiator flushing, hose and belt replacement and tire rotation. It isn’t flashy, but just following the recommended maintenance schedule in your owner’s manual will keep your car running lo ...[more]
As with all mechanical devices, over time, many of your vehicle’s parts will wear down and need to be adjusted or replaced. Belts and hoses are such parts. However, the good news is, if you have them checked and maintained regularly and replaced as needed, you can avoid the much more costly and potentially dangerous prospect of replacing them after they fail.
Hoses convey liquids like oil, coolant and transmission fluids to various parts of a vehicle's engine and gas refrigerant to its air conditioner. They also maintain vacuums or keep pressures steady in various systems. Hose failures can range from irritating problems, such as air-conditioning loss, to dangerous issues, like your engine overheating, to disastrous, like your transmission grinding itself to p ...[more]
- Lubricate engine to reduce wear and friction
- Reduce engine temperatures
- Maintaining proper engine function
As a person on the go, you want to minimize miscommunications that may slow you down and throw off your schedule. So when you take your car in for repairs, you want to make sure everything is clear between you and your technician. Your auto repair shop is likely a busy place on a tight schedule, too, and the folks there are just as interested in getting things right the first time.
Making sure you get pertinent questions answered up front is a great way to avoid misunderstandings later. To be certain you and your mechanic are on the same page, here are some important questions to answer from the get-go.
1. Ask if they are familiar with the make and model of your vehicle.Most repair shops are experienced with all ...[more]
While we’ve been experiencing a pleasant cool snap this week, East Tennessee’s usual hot, muggy weather is expect to return next week – and with it, greater potential for your vehicle to overheat. To avoid that possibility, here are some tips for helping your engine keep its cool in the summer’s heat.
Keep an eye on your temperature gauge.This may seem obvious, but while most drivers regularly check their fuel gauges and speedometers, many never bother to glance at the temperature gauge until they have a problem. So locate your temperature indicator and make a practice of checking it while driving until you have familiarized yourself with what the usual reading is. Once acquainted with the “normal&rdqu ...[more]
A suspension system keeps your vehicle from rocking, swaying or bouncing while allowing the steering system to guide the wheels independently of the vehicle’s frame. The suspension system also makes driving a pleasant and comfortable experience, instead of a scary and painful undertaking, by helping ensure that your car doesn’t bounce off the road when it hits a bump.
When your tires run over a bump, much of your car’s forward energy is directed vertically, pushing it upward. But the suspension system absorbs and redirects that upward thrust, keeping the tires on the ground and responsive to your steering.
However, absorbing that energy takes a toll on the springs, struts, shock absorbers and joints that make u ...[more]
On a smooth road, a vehicle should track on a straight path. If the vehicle pulls or veers to one side, it is time to check the alignment.
A vehicle’s tires become out of line by accidently hitting a curb or pothole. A minor accident or collision can impact the vehicle’s frame and cause more severe damage to the car’s alignment.
Sometimes, the degree of misalignment isn’t obvious, however, the slightly off-center orientation can prematurely wear out tires because of the constant drag placed on the tread. This premature wear can drastically reduce the life of the tire....[more]