Archive for the ‘Vehicle Maintenance’ Category
Important things that everyone should know about their car
Whether you’re driving a fresh-off-the-lot model, mom’s old minivan, or a new-to-you used vehicle, there are a bunch of things that you probably don’t know about your car. While there are some things that you don’t need to know, like how many people can fit in the trunk, there are plenty of important aspects that you might not realize are as crucial as they are. Some of these are important to your vehicle functioning properly, and some are just important to know so you have a clearer picture of your car, but all of them are important things to know about your vehicle. (more…)
Why is your check engine light on?
Generally, when they’re behind the wheel of a vehicle, drivers are able to relax and focus on a single task. Unfortunately, sometimes when you’re in the middle of a drive, something horrible can happen. You might be driving along, with nothing but the open road in front of you, when the check engine light suddenly appears. While it might not be enough to completely ruin your day, having any lights on your dashboard means trying to figure out what exactly is wrong with your vehicle and how you can fix it. (more…)
What happens if you don’t change your oil?
There are many important components to consider when you’re driving, the first of which is what is happening on the road. However, you should also be paying attention to your vehicle. There are plenty of things that can go wrong and leave you stranded in the middle of nowhere. If you’re worried about your vehicle while you’re driving, the first thing to consider is how long it has been since you’ve changed or checked your oil. You don’t want to have to find out what would happen if you don’t change the oil in your vehicle. (more…)
When should you replace your tires?
There are few components of a vehicle that are unimportant, but if you were going to rank them from most to least important, your tires would be near the top. As the only aspect of the vehicle that is in direct contact with the road, having tires that are well-maintained can be the difference between arriving to your destination safely, and ending up in a ditch. Even if you take care of your tires, you will need to replace them at some point. (more…)
Car maintenance you can do yourself
For some, car maintenance is simple. All you need to do is look at the icons that are lighting up the dashboard, and then cover them with a piece of tape. If you aren’t partial to the “out of sight, out of mind” approach, you’ll likely end up at your nearest mechanic more often than you’d like. While there are some aspects of vehicle maintenance that are better left to the professionals, there are some that can be easily done in an afternoon. (more…)
Calculating your vehicle’s fuel economy
Fuel efficiency is one of the many crucial aspects to consider when you’re shopping for a vehicle. A vehicle that is fuel efficient is going to be better for the earth, and better for your wallet. Even if you aren’t in the market for a new vehicle, it can be helpful to get a car that has high fuel economy. You can generally find the estimated fuel economy rating of your vehicle easily in the owner’s manual or online, but the estimated number can greatly vary from your actual fuel efficiency. (more…)
What to do if your car battery is dead
One of the worst feelings in the world is going to start your car and having nothing happen. A dead battery is an inconvenience to you, and can really ruin your day. Luckily, it is fairly easy to fix, as long as you have a set of jumper cables and another car that is running. If you don’t have jumper cables or a vehicle with a working battery, it is pretty easy to find another person who has both. (more…)