Category: Maintanance

How to Avoid Serious Car Repair Issues

Approximately 17 million vehicles are sold in the United States each year. If you have recently purchased a vehicle, your main concern should be keeping it reliable and damage-free. While this may sound like a relatively easy process, it is anything but. A car will require lots of maintenance over time to stay functional. Ignoring […]

Simple Tips for Checking and Changing Your Oil

Keeping your car in tip-top shape can help prevent unnecessary repair bills and unexpected trips to the mechanic. One essential car maintenance task is a routine oil change. Oil changes are a must for proper vehicle care, but they can be easy and relatively inexpensive. Why You Should Check and Change Your Oil Your car’s engine is complex and contains numerous moving […]

Does an AWD/4WD Vehicle Require Additional Scheduled Maintenance?

Does an all-wheel- or four-wheel-drive vehicle require additional scheduled maintenance? That’s a question many consumers consider when car shopping.  The chances are it does, compared with front- or rear-wheel-drive vehicles. The additional maintenance usually involves inspecting and/or replacing fluids, and the service intervals vary widely by car. With all- or four-wheel drive (which for the […]

Your Check-Engine Light Is On — How Much Are Repairs Gonna Cost Ya?

Motorists in the nation’s capital and most populous state paid the most in 2019 to address problems indicated by vehicles’ check-engine light, according to a study by CarMD. Citing data gathered from nearly 16 million vehicles that needed repairs in 2019, the Irvine, Calif.-based automotive diagnostic info provider said today that California and the District […]

How Often Should I Change Engine Coolant?

CARS.COM — When is the right time to change your engine coolant? For some vehicles, you’re advised to change the coolant every 30,000 miles. For others, changing it isn’t even on the maintenance schedule. For example, Hyundai says the coolant in the engine (what many refer to as “antifreeze”) in most of its models should be replaced after […]

Why Do I Need to Check the Drain Holes in My Doors?

Why do you need to check the drain holes in your car doors? Because water can get past window seals and inside the doors when it rains or when you wash your car, and the water is supposed to exit through drain holes at the bottom. However, those holes in the bottom of the doors […]

How To Tell When Your Car Needs Maintenance

The contents of your car’s engine may be a mystery to you. However, you don’t have to be a certified mechanic to figure out when your car needs maintenance. A few handy tips can help you understand how often your car needs servicing. Consider the Mileage How often you use your vehicle determines when it […]

Why Does My Automatic Transmission Act Funny?

CARS.COM — Why does your automatic transmission act funny? The most common causes include leaking seals, mechanical damage, worn-out transmission fluid or inadequate transmission fluid level, but we must examine what “acting funny” means when referring to one’s transmission before recommending a course of action. Do any of the following symptoms seem familiar to you? Slipping […]

How to Find the Best Collision Repair Shop

Getting in an accident can be frightening and frustrating. Dealing with the insurance company and the other driver is difficult enough, but you also have to go through the process of fixing your vehicle. Though you may want it fixed as soon as possible, it’s important to take the time to find a reliable repair […]

How Far Should I Go on My Brakes?

CARS.COM — Trying to put a time or mileage limit on how long brake pads and rotors should last is harder than trying to predict what kind of gas mileage you should expect. Brake life depends on how much we drive, where we drive (think city versus highway) and how we drive (meaning lead foot versus […]