Yearly Archives: 2021

How to Have a "Pleasant" Fall with the Proper Car Care

How to Have a "Pleasant" Fall with the Proper Car Care

It's fall in MA, and soon we will be seeing the changing colors of the leaves and feeling the weather get a lot cooler. After this summer, you may have discerned that your vehicle has lost its glow. You're not seeing wrong because the summer tends to take a toll on many cars, which is why fall maintenance is so essential to restore your vehicle. Now is the ideal time to perform a complete vehicle inspection to identify any minor problems and get your vehicle in tip-top shape for the Massachusetts winters. Here are suggestions on the essential fall maintenance items (and tips) that you'll want to follow before we reach the cold season:   Windshield Wiper Blades, Defrosters, and Heating System - With the expected rainfall and snow to come within the next several months, it's vital to have your windshield wipers replaced beforehand. The summer heat could've dried out your wipers and make them useless. While you're having those exchanged, ask your technician ... read more

Easy Tips & Tricks to Better Your Gas Mileage

Easy Tips & Tricks to Better Your Gas Mileage

Depending on how you handle your vehicle significantly impacts your fuel economy. Whether gas prices are rising or not, you can still save some coin by making minor adjustments to your driving habits. Here is our guide on how to get a bang for your buck when it comes to gas mileage.   Tips on How to Get Improve Your Gas Mileage Avoid Heavy Acceleration & Excessive Braking. According to Consumer Reports, speeding on the highway can significantly decrease your car's fuel efficiency. As you can imagine, the more we accelerate, the more fuel is being burned. On the other hand, when we impulsively press on the brakes, we also waste the energy that we initially used to speed up before. To save money in the long run, avoid harsh acceleration and braking whenever possible.  Unload Junk or Heavy Items.  Unless you drive a U-Haul, heavy items are not suited for long-term storage in your car. Do your best to remove any unnecessary junk that has been sitting in your vehi ... read more

How to Get Most Out of Your Car's Air Conditioning

How to Get Most Out of Your Car's Air Conditioning

Your air conditioning has one simple task: to keep you cool. It's natural for us to keep our car cool during the summer, and sometimes that means sacrificing our gas mileage to get it pumping fast. We're here to tell you that you don't need to burn excess fuel to make you cooler. Here are some easy tips that will have your AC working smarter, not harder.    Park in the Shade or Use Sun Shaders Studies have shown that your car's AC unit can only decrease the cabin temperature by 40 degrees on average. If you choose to park in a shady spot or a garage at home (if you have one), then your AC will not have to work as hard. If either option is not available to you, consider purchasing windshield and window covers to keep your car shaded. It's also highly advised that you roll down the windows of your car to let out the hot air before turning the air conditioning up.   Use the Recirculation Setting The benefit of the recirculation setting is that your ... read more

The Importance of Having a Functioning Muffler

The Importance of Having a Functioning Muffler

The exhaust system comprises more than just an exhaust pipe. The muffler also forms the other part of it, and as its name insinuates, it is in place to 'muffle' the powerful sound of the exhaust system as a car's engine can be pretty noisy.   What is the function of a muffler? The idea of the muffler in the system is to dampen the sound the engine makes. Engines need to generate a considerable amount of power, and, as a result, they create various pulsating sounds that reverberate through the exhaust pipe. Without a functioning muffler, your vehicle is going to be incredibly loud.   There are a handful of vehicles, including motorcycles, in every town that may be roaring around without mufflers on their exhausts. Whereas some people put off fixing a broken muffler, there are a handful of drivers who choose to go without one. Some people believe that removing the muffler gives the car more power and ultimately more speed, but this is not neces ... read more

Why Does My Brake Pedal Feel Spongy?

Why Does My Brake Pedal Feel Spongy?

Your car's braking system is a crucial safety feature. Like any other braking problem, soft brake pedals mean that stopping your car will require more effort than normal. This can be quite alarming, especially when the pedals become squishy all of a sudden, without prior warning. In most cases, spongy pedals indicate a problem with the brake fluid and can cause serious trouble if not addressed immediately. Here are some of the common causes of spongy brake pedals: Air in the System One of the most common causes of mushy brake pedals is air in the brake lines. If air leaks into the brake lines, it interferes with the free flow of the brake fluid resulting in a spongy brake pedal. Bleeding your brakes would be a great way to eliminate the air and introduce a new, clean and fresh fluid. The clean fluid preserves and protects the other components of the braking system, including the ABS and master cylinder guaranteeing long, reliable operations. Damaged Brake Lines ... read more

What are the Symptoms of a Bad Catalytic Converter?

What are the Symptoms of a Bad Catalytic Converter?

Catalytic converters are crucial to preventing your car from emitting harmful pollutants. A catalytic converter is located between the engine and the muffler, and its main job is to convert harmful pollutants into gases that are safe to expel from the vehicle. If your vehicle's catalytic converter is bad, it may emit harmful emissions into the environment. Now that you understand what a catalytic converter does and why it is important, here are 5 symptoms of a bad catalytic converter. Poor Engine Performance One of the main signs that your catalytic converter is bad, or beginning to fail, is if your vehicle begins to experience poor engine performance. If your converter becomes clogged, the exhaust flow can be impacted which may decrease engine power and acceleration. Dark Smoke or Sulfur Smell From the Exhaust Because the catalytic conveyer's job is to prevent harmful pollutants from coming out of your exhaust, if you experience dark smoke or smell sulfur, it could be a s ... read more

Is it Safe to Drive With the Oil Light On?

Is it Safe to Drive With the Oil Light On?

Is it safe to drive with your vehicle's oil pressure warning light on? No, it's not safe to drive with the oil light on. In fact, it can be quite dangerous. If the oil light is illuminated, you should take care of this matter as soon as possible. There are chances of an accident so you should be careful. Read on for more information. What Does It Mean When The Oil Light Is On And What Can You Do About It? You might be wondering what the oil light indicates! It's important to know so that you are aware of your current situation. Consider the following: When the oil light is on, it could indicate a low oil pressure. You don't want to welcome a serious issue with your vehicle's engine which is why it would be better to get your car inspected. Just stop your car and turn off the engine. Follow the rules and regulations of your state for a safe stop.   It's possible that you might not be changing the oil of your vehicle on a regular basis. If that's ... read more

Besides Oil Changes, What Other Regular Maintenance Does My Car Need?

Besides Oil Changes, What Other Regular Maintenance Does My Car Need?

To optimize your car's performance and increase its lifespan, you need to do more than just changing the oil. Vehicle maintenance requires a lot, and it would help if you planned for regular checkups. This is something that requires you to put in more effort, but it pays in the long run. Here are some things you need to check. 1. The Air Filter The air filter of your car's engine regulates airflow in the engine. The air is necessary for combustion and also helps in cooling the engine. The air filter also keeps unwanted particles and debris from entering your engine. If your air filter malfunctions, your car's engine will become a mess. Your emission level will increase, and the fuel efficiency will be affected. 2. Tread Depth And Tire Pressure To be safe on the road, your car tires must have adequate tread depth and the right pressure. This will not only guarantee your safety but will also increase the fuel efficiency of your car. Don't forget to carry spare tires ... read more

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