car maintenance

Going On A Road Trip? You may drive your car every day to and from work and all around town. If something goes wrong, you’re just a short distance from a repair shop. Things are a bit different when you head out on the open road with your family or friends. Long-distance travel can really wear on your car’s engine, tires, cooling system, and electrical components. Before you start out on your trip to Yosemite, Niagara Falls, or up to the Alaska Highway, do yourself and your vehicle a big favor by following these preventative car maintenance checks. You want

How To Make Your Car’s A/C Colder

Car A/C cold

Now that warm weather has arrived, you may be using the air conditioning in your vehicle a lot more than usual. If it seems like it is just barely getting cold, there may be some issues in need of repair. Because the air conditioning system of your vehicle is very complex, there are several factors that may be reducing the cold air output. Let’s discuss how to make your car A/C colder in greater detail, below. #1: Climate Control Servos One reason why your A/C may not be getting as cold as you’d like is stuck servos. Inside your dashboard,


How Long Should Headlights Last

Headlights may seem to last forever, especially if you only have a vehicle for a few years before trading it in on a new one and never had to change them. However, like almost anything else on a vehicle, they will wear out eventually. If you start noticing that your lights are not providing the amount of light they used to, it’s a good idea to replace them sooner rather than later. It can be extremely frustrating, not to mention hazardous, driving at night with dim headlights. Headlamps are not just to help you see at night, however; they also


Your car battery is the heart of your automobile. Without a solid battery, you won’t be able to crank the starter motor or fire a spark. All your accessories and lights run off your car battery. Yet, most owners take their car battery for granted and do nothing to maintain it until their vehicle won’t even turn over the engine. In those cases, the cells are usually far too damaged to hold a proper charge. In addition, a weak battery can force the alternator to run constantly and wear out the brushes. Considering that so much depends on the life


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

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