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Yearly Archives: 2022

Top Tips for Car Rust Prevention

Top Tips for Car Rust Prevention

Sure, it can be quite ugly! However, car rust greatly affects more than your vehicle's appeal. Besides eating away and destroying the structure, it can eventually creep into the engine bay and cause performance problems. Moisture is one of the most common causes of vehicle rust, mostly from continued exposure to precipitation and snow. Your vehicle can also get rusty if it is not properly maintained, covered, and due to old age. Prevention is everything. If you ignore the rust and allow it to settle in, it might become a nightmare, impossible to eliminate. Here are some top tips for vehicle owners who want to keep their vehicles rust-free: Wash and Wax Too much dust and dirt can translate to a quick accumulation of rust. Therefore, you must wash your vehicle at least once weekly, regardless of the season. Wax it with top-quality wax every four months to protect it from contaminants. Contaminants stick on the vehicle's surface, causing openings in the car paint and allowing i ... read more

4 Signs That Indicate Low Brake Fluid

4 Signs That Indicate Low Brake Fluid

If your car, SUV, or truck has a hydraulic braking system, then the safety of your vehicle is highly dependent on brake fluid. Without the pressure provided by the brake fluid, the brake pads, calipers, and brake pedals would not be able to work together to slow down your vehicle.    Low brake fluid is a major safety concern and can even mean there is a leak or moisture build-up in the system. Unlike motor oil or transmission fluid, brake fluid is not consumed. Typically, you can detect low brake fluid by looking at it under the hood. Brake fluid is a clear, yellow color and sealed in a transparent reservoir. However, you may be able to tell if your car is running low on brake fluid with the following signs: Brake or ABS Light Illuminated Most vehicles nowadays are high-tech enough and have brake sensors that relay information to the onboard computer. Hence, the brake light may turn on when it detects low levels of brake fluid.  Soft Brake Pedals You can tell if th ... read more

What Causes Tires to Knock Out of Alignment

What Causes Tires to Knock Out of Alignment

A wheel alignment service corrects your wheel’s angles to have them pointing in the right direction. There are many reasons why your car’s tires can lose their alignment. While it may not seem dangerous to you now, misalignment can create costly and extensive damages.   Every automaker has alignment specifications depending on the model and size of the vehicle. When your car’s wheels are knocked out of alignment, your tires won’t grip the road properly. Therefore, your vehicle’s handling and performance will be negatively impacted. Additionally, it will wear down your tires unevenly and prematurely.  What Causes Tires to Lose Alignment Wheel alignment intervals can vary depending on your vehicle, driving conditions, and tires. Road Impacts: If you frequently ram into curbs, run into potholes, and speed over road bumps, don’t be surprised if your wheel alignment is off. These impacts, minor or major, can throw your vehicle’s wheel ... read more

What Happens During a Pre-Purchase Car Inspection

What Happens During a Pre-Purchase Car Inspection

Do you finally have your eye on a car but are having doubts because it is second-hand. Get yourself a pre-purchase inspection to ease your worries. What Is a Pre-Purchase Inspection? A pre-purchase inspection is a thorough evaluation by a certified person to ascertain the aesthetic, technical, and safety condition of the vehicle before finalizing the purchase. A trained mechanic or automotive expert who is familiar with the brand and model of the vehicle performs the majority of checks. The purpose of the PPI is to identify current problems or maintenance issues that might later cause financial or safety concerns for the buyer. When Do You Need a Pre-Purchase Inspection Some of the things you should consider before getting a pre-purchase inspection include whether the car is; • Owned by a certified person and has warranty • Being sold locally • The car has valid insurance After buying the car, any issues you experience are on your budget. Therefore, it's crit ... read more

Tips on How to Take Care of Your Car This Summer

Tips on How to Take Care of Your Car This Summer

It's no secret that the summertime is an easy time for mechanical failure to occur. When the heat cranks up in Alexandria, VA, many drivers will need to keep an eye out for their vehicle's performance and efficiency. The best way to avoid car problems this summer is with preventative maintenance. Follow some of these tips below to prevent unwanted breakdowns: Engine Performance - If you notice any engine issues, such as hard starts, rough idling, stalling, or a general lack of power, your car may be due for a tune-up. Additionally, you should get an oil change if you plan to do a lot of driving this summer. Cooling System - Coolant is a vital fluid that keeps your car from overheating. With temperatures climbing high, make sure you have a mechanic check your cooling system. You should flush your radiator every 1-2 years. Windshield Wipers - Windshield wipers should be changed at least once every year. Rain showers can come a ... read more

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