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When Should I Use My Emergency Brake?

When Should I Use My Emergency Brake?

There are two brake systems in every automobile. We commonly use the service brake, which is the primary brake system that is engaged whenever you step on the brake pedal. The secondary brake system functions as a backup if the service brake fails. The second brake system is often referred to as the emergency brake. However, it is also often synonymous with the parking brake, e-brake, or handbrake.   Since it is coined the emergency brake, most people have a misconception that you should only use it during emergencies. However, this common myth must come to a stop.    Instances That You Should Use Your E-Brake Parking on a Hill Parking on Flat Ground Parking Along a Curb Your Service Brake Fails Your Car is Getting Serviced Changing Your Tires   In other words, you should be using your emergency brakes EVERY DAY. There are a few rare instances where you should not use your e-brake. You should avoid using your parking brake whenever temperatures are well b ... read more

Summer Road Trip Tips

Summer Road Trip Tips

With things starting to return to normal, summer road travel is expected to increase significantly this year compared to last year. 87% of Americans are expected to take a trip this summer, according to a survey administered by Destination Analysts, a travel market research company. It doesn't matter whether it is a trip within the state or across the country; people are thrilled to get out of their homes finally. More travel also means more traffic and ultimately more hazards. To avoid unnecessary stress, we've compiled a list of some popular tips to follow before embarking on your summer travels:    1) Do a deep clean on the outside and inside of your vehicle before leaving. It might be 2021, but it is never a bad idea to properly sanitize your car. Give extra attention to the most commonly touched places: steering wheel, dashboard, and buttons.    2) Conduct your research and plan ahead of time. Map out places to eat, where to stop for gas, and when to ... read more

My Car is Bouncing Up and Down, What Does it Mean?

My Car is Bouncing Up and Down, What Does it Mean?

After driving your vehicle for many years, you become in tune with your car. That means that anything unusual feel or function should indicate a problem with the car and acting fast to remedy the issue can prevent serious and costlier repairs. For example, when you notice that your car has an excess bounce, the problem can be attributed to various issues, from the power steering column to worn-out tires. Below, we discuss these causes and how you can troubleshoot the problem. Struts and Shocks Struts and shock absorbers play a key role in stabilizing the car on the road. That's why most technicians usually inspect these components when your car's excessive bouncing is causing handling and control issues. Worn-out struts cause the car to shake and bounce, resulting in a bumpy and low-quality ride, and replacing them asap prevents further damage and safety risks. Suspension A car's suspension system's role is to ensure that the tires are constantly in contact with the ... read more

5 Car Care Tips for Spring

5 Car Care Tips for Spring

The winter weather usually gets many people stuck indoors. When spring comes, the weather starts looking up; an excellent season to embark on that family vacation or road trip you dreamt of all winter. But is your car ready for the spring and summer seasons? If you have plans to drive more often in spring, here are five practical car care tips for spring. 1. Check the Oil and Oil Filter It would help if you observed oil and oil filter changes according to your car manufacturer's manual. It's one of the most affordable car maintenance services, which ensures excellent engine cleanliness and performance. Oil changes also ensure your engine achieves higher fuel economy and a longer lifespan. 2. Steering and Suspension Inspection The constant freeze-n-thaw cycles in winter lead to road damage, and potholes become a norm. Driving on such road conditions can significantly impact your vehicle's steering and suspension systems. That makes the car pull to one side and compromise ... read more

Have You Checked Your Belts and Hoses Lately?

Have You Checked Your Belts and Hoses Lately?

Your vehicle's belt and hoses play a major role when it comes to how smoothly the car runs. Like most drivers and car owners, you probably don't pay much attention to the belt system under the hood. However, the hoses and belts help in powering major vehicle systems, especially for heating and cooling. Suffice to say, preventive maintenance on your car's belts and hoses system can save you from untimely and costly repairs. Here are some of the belts and hoses you should pay attention to and exactly what you should focus on. Timing Belt This notched rubber belt helps to turn your vehicle's crankshaft and camshaft. The belt is crucial that the vehicle cannot run without it. If it breaks while you are on the road, you should pull over immediately and have a certified mechanic have a look. If left unattended, a minor fault in the timing belt could translate to major engine damage, which might be too costly to repair. As a rule of thumb, you should replace your timing belt ... read more