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]
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 ending 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]
So your vehicle’s been sitting for a while…you get in it, start the engine and pull out of the driveway when you notice a hard, rough (but very regular) vibration that only gets worse with speed. It doesn’t feel like it’s coming from the driveline or suspension – so what is it?
It could be that the tires have developed flat spots.
With the weight of the vehicle pressing down on the tires for long periods, a section of the rubber and belts can become softer (or harder) than the rest of the tire. This can be exacerbated by cold weather, or just by parking on a cold concrete floor.
Low-profile tires with short sidewalls can be more prone to flat-spotting, as can tires with an H or higher speed rating. In most cases, you can j ...[more]