dirty air filter

When it comes to proper fuel economy and performance, the proper combustion of fuel is the key. Your engine has various sensors to help it fine-tune the fuel-to-air ratio for maximum combustion. However, if your air filter is clogged up, you will find that your acceleration is far less responsive. It will take full throttle to really get the RPMs up because the engine has to work hard to suck in air through a clogged particulate filter. Having some basic knowledge about air filters and knowing when to change them can save you money and restore the responsiveness of your

How to Change the Oil on Your Car

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You can change oil like a professional with investment in a few tools and never have to worry about paying for an oil change again. It all starts with planning, safety, and having reliable tools that make the job easier. Let’s learn how to change the oil in your car as the professionals do. #1: Invest in Tools You will need the following tools: • 3- or 4-ton automotive floor jack • Disposable latex gloves • Set of socket wrenches or box wrenches • Oil filter cap or strap • Oil drain pan • Oil funnel • Shop rags •

Why You Should Run Your AC in Winter

Run your AC in Winter

If you have ever noticed how the cold air in every automobile seems to progressively become less frigid year after year, there may be a reason for it. If you consider that many car owners only use their AC during the hottest summer months, it is easy to see how these parts can begin to deteriorate slowly from lack of usage. The reality is that automotive air conditioning systems retain their function when they are run regularly. This is because the refrigerant condenses to a liquid and stores when it is not in use. There is also oil mixed in

Tire Wear Indicators

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It is critical to have adequate tread on your vehicle’s tires to ensure proper traction and to prevent premature failure. A blowout or other problems related to low tread can have catastrophic results. All tires are required to have tire wear indicators so that you can easily tell when they need to be replaced. How Treadwear Indicators Work The standard measurement for tire tread depth is in 32nds of an inch. Most new tires have a tread depth of approximately 10/32″. You should replace a tire immediately once it wears down to 2/32″. In most states, tread depth below 2/32″

The Dangers of Driving on Under Inflated Tires

The Dangers of Driving on Under Inflated Tires

Driving on under inflated tires is one of the leading causes of tire blowouts and tire-related accidents. Creating awareness of the dangers is important because the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that nearly one-third of drivers may be driving with at least one low tire at any given time. Safety should never be compromised in an automobile because it not only puts your life in danger but the lives of passengers and other motorists on the road. In the best-case scenario, you will wear out the tires prematurely and merely be taxed for your negligence. However, blowing out a

How to Check You Tires for Uneven Wear

Check You Tires for Uneven Wear

If you have invested a lot of money into your tires for that comfortable ride or performance in inclement weather or on the track, examining your tires for premature uneven wear is critical to retaining your investment. In fact, even if you are driving on a standard all-season, you can take a few minutes every month to double-check your treadwear on the tires during the daylight hours and take preventative measures. Many times, you simply need an alignment, tire balancing, or adjustments to the air pressure. Letting these problems progress unnecessarily taxes your income and can reduce your safety. Let’s

The Dangers Of Lifting Engine Covers

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If you have a late-model vehicle, you probably have an engine cover. These plastic sound-insulation devices are the perfect illusion for car manufacturers to cover up their ugly messes of hoses and wires. I mean, if you really want to sell a vehicle, why not open the hood up and let everyone drool over how clean the engine bay looks. Yes, an engine bay, so clean that you can eat off it, says something about the performance and quality of its build, one would presume. However, when it comes to owning a late-model vehicle and having to wrestle with a

How to Replace Headlight Assemblies

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Burned out headlights are a repair that needs immediate attention. They not only impair driver sight distance, but they are also certain to get the attention of any patrol officer you may meet. Worse than a traffic ticket, they can cause traffic accidents. If your headlights are not working, and an accident happens, you are held at least partly responsible whether you committed any actual driving infractions or not. So, yes, replacing headlight assemblies must not be delayed. Generic Instructions NOTE: The following steps are generic in nature. This brief article does not aim to cover all the different headlight

How Much Does it Cost to Replace a Headlight?

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Replacing your headlights is something that is inevitable for most vehicles. While Honda boasts that its LED lightbulbs are good enough to last for the life of the vehicle, even the assemblies themselves will dull and oxidize over time. Perhaps, this is what they mean by the life of the vehicle if you replace each sealed headlamp assembly unit for $1000 each after the 10-year mark. Types of Automotive Lightbulbs There are essentially three main types of bulbs, inexpensive Halogen bulbs that cost about $15-$20 each, pricier HID High-Intensity Discharge bulbs that check in around $100-$300, and LEDs that should

What Role Does a Condenser Play in Your Car’s A/C System?

Radiator condenser air conditioner

The condenser is an aluminum-finned heat exchanger that looks very much like your car’s radiator. While the radiator of your vehicle may circulate antifreeze and water (aka coolant) to ensure the stable operating temperature of your engine, the condenser is a vital component of your car’s air conditioning system. Rather than releasing thermal energy from the cooling fins into the atmosphere to cool down a liquid, the condenser- works to cool down and condense the vaporized refrigerant pumped in from the compressor. Because it condenses a vapor in the same manner that moisture in the atmosphere condenses as dew on