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Get Your Car Really, Really, REALLY Clean!

February 23rd, 2017

It can be a lot of work and attention to detail to get your car really clean…especially if it’s pretty dirty to start with…but here are some ideas for truly thorough cleaning that you may not have thought of!Cleaning Car

--A cheap foam paintbrush can get into crevices (like A/C vents) that might be impossible otherwise. As you loosen up dust from these spots, keep a vacuum cleaner nozzle at work in your other hand to suck up the dust and prevent it from settling other places.

--A soft-bristled brush is perfect for cleaning around radio knobs and other buttons.

--While you’re cleaning, don’t forget to locate your cabin air filter and replace it. A dirty cabin air filter can lead to a lot of odd smells and stinks. Check your owner’s manual; cabin a ...[more]

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3 Engine Repair Secrets You Never Knew

February 13th, 2017
Check out these 3 engine repair secrets you never knew about!
  Tags: engine maintenance
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5 Fun Facts About Your Vehicle's Battery

February 1st, 2017

Your battery is an integral part of your vehicle. Without one, you can’t start and operate your car. All batteries wear out and need to be replaced sometimes.

 

Here’s five fun facts that you never knew about your battery.

  1. Your vehicle’s battery is always draining when the car is off. Your vehicle’s battery starts to slowly discharge when your car is not driven for a certain amount of time. Your battery may wear out while you are gone on a long trip, if you have your car in storage, etc. That doesn’t mean that your battery needs to be replaced. But if it won’t charge you might need to be.
  2. Your battery has water inside. And the water inside your battery sometimes needs to be added to. Don’t use tap water. Make sure you use distilled water or purchase battery fluid from an aut ...[more]
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What You Don't Know About Auto Repair May Hurt You And Your Car

January 30th, 2017

While you can’t know everything about everything, you do need to know a little about your car. Car maintenance and auto repair come with owning and driving a car. And if you don’t know some things, it can hurt your car and your financial investment in it. 

 

Keep your fluids topped off. Having not enough fluids can be a big problem. We all know that we need gas or fuel to run our car, but we don’t remember that the other fluids are just as important. Try starting your engine when it doesn’t have any oil. Not a good idea? No, we didn’t think so either. If you want to use that great invention of power steering, you’ll need to keep the reservoir full. The systems in your car were designed for specific fluids, with varying amounts and purposes. And don’t forget that not enough fluid is just as bad as overfilling. Use the measurement tools ...[more]

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Are You Ready For A Roadside Emergency?

January 26th, 2017

Yeah, yeah…your vehicle’s fairly new and you take care of it, and you’ve even got a membership in AAA. That doesn’t mean that your chances of Car troubleending up in a tight spot are zero. It’s just common sense to be prepared with a trouble bag in your car. Here’s a pretty good rundown of things you should keep in a car emergency kit:

Fully charged cell phone: You may want to consider a cheap prepaid “burner phone” with a long battery life and keep it strictly in the car. If nothing else, at least keep a charged-up power bank on hand.

First-aid kit: At a bare minimum, a first-aid kit should include gauze pads and bandage tape, aspirins, antiseptic wipes, scissors, antiseptic cream or ointment, Band-Aids, rub ...[more]

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So You Think Some Traffic Laws Are Nuts?

December 29th, 2016

Yes, there are plenty of traffic laws in certain areas that don’t make much sense. Here, though, we present a collection of traffic laws from other parts of the world that are just bizarre:

--In Thailand, the law states that no driver, male or female, shall ever drive without a shirt.Weird Traffic Laws

--In South Africa, “the driver of a vehicle on a public road shall stop such vehicle at the request or on the signal of a person leading or driving any bovine animal, horse, ass, mule, sheep, goat, pig, or ostrich on such road.” Or face a $500 fine.

--Splashing a pedestrian with water is illegal in Japan.

--In Montana, you can forget about driving with a sheep in the truck unless the sheep has a chaperone... and the state of Alabama had the presence of min ...[more]

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Your Car’s an Investment – Protect It

November 24th, 2016

You rely on your car every day, and you have a lot of money tied up in it. It’s probably one of the more valuable things you own…so make sure you get the most out of that investment:

Oil changes: Changing your motor oil at regular intervals will ensure long engine life by cutting wear and friction and helping to prevent the buildup of sludge Antique Carand carbon on internal engine assemblies.

Cooling system: Older cast-iron engines could overheat with no serious consequences, but not so with today’s aluminum blocks and heads. Your engine’s coolant has a finite life and should be changed and flushed at regular intervals to prevent accumulation of scale and corrosion in the radiator, heater core and water pump.

Finish: ...[more]

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Make Sure Your Car's Ready For Winter!

October 14th, 2016

You know that winter and bad weather are coming. Is your car ready? Here’s a quick checklist of things to get up to speed on:

Motor oil: Motor oil has a tendency to thicken in cold weather, making it harder to circulate to upper engine parts at startup. If you haven’t ever used synthetic oil Driving in the Winterbefore, this might be a good time to start. The flow properties of synthetic oil are a lot more consistent, meaning it doesn’t thicken in sub-freezing temperatures or thin out when it’s hot outside.

Wipers: Even the best windshield wipers only last about a year. If your wipers are showing cracks or chips or losing strips of rubber, go ahead and replace them. Don’t forget to refill your washer fluid reservoir…you’ ...[more]

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5 Tips to Get Your Car Ready for Winter

September 20th, 2016
With the winter months right around the corner, you want to make sure that your vehicle is winter-ready for the weather we can get here in the Provo, UT area.
  Tags: driver safety
  Posted in: Auto Repair 101

Things To Look For When Buying a Used Car

September 15th, 2016
Buying a used car is somewhat less of a crapshoot than it was at one time. You can get detailed information on a vehicle's history via the CARFAX report, and a Car for saletechnician can use onboard diagnostics to get a good picture of what's going on under the hood and what problems might be coming up. 
 
It's always a good idea to get a mechanic to look over any prospective purchase, but there are things you can get a look at yourself before you spend the money for a professional inspection. These are things which will give you a pretty good idea of the kind of use and maintenance a vehicle has seen before you got it. 
 
-- Put your head against a fender and sight down the side of the vehicle with one eye. Look out for ripples or ...[more]
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