Why is Winter Gasoline Cheaper?

October 25th, 2016
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What is the difference between summer and winter gasoline?

You may remember the price of gas tends to go up right around Memorial Day every May. Prices of gasoline tend to go up, most people think, because of the increase in travel during the summer time which increases demand. Oil companies also conduct maintenance on their refineries in the spring, which limits output capacity temporarily. But another reason most people don’t realize is that the gasoline produced in the summer is much different than winter gasoline! This difference also makes it more expensive to produce gas in the summer than in the winter. Let’s take a look at the differences between summer and winter gasoline. Read the rest of this entry »

Staying Fuel Efficient During the Winter

October 18th, 2016

Your fuel economy tends to go down the tubes during the winter. Learn more why and how to minimize this loss.

The winter will be here faster than you think. Not only will that mean preparing for winter driving, it’ll also wreak havoc on your fuel economy. Testing has shown that a conventional gasoline car has around a 12% reduction in fuel efficiency for short-trip city driving in 20-degree weather compared to driving in 77-degree weather. For shorter trips it can drop as much as 22%, and, for hybrids, the drop is even steeper at around 31-34% reduction. Why does your fuel economy tank during the winter, and how do you stay fuel efficient? Read the rest of this entry »

Now’s a Good Time to Change Your Spark Plugs

October 14th, 2016


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The humble spark plug is one of the most important pieces of your engine! Learn more why spark plugs are important.

Regular car maintenance seems like a never ending job. This is because a modern engine is full of little parts that all need to function properly for the whole to work. You may be aware of most of the regular preventive maintenance that you get taken care of from time to time such as regular oil changes. But you probably don’t stop to think about the humble spark plug. Spark plugs are built to last for a while, but they do need to be replaced from time to time to ensure your engine continues running smoothly. And with the cold winter fast approaching, now is the perfect time to get them changed. Read the rest of this entry »

Why are Oil Changes So Important?

October 5th, 2016
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Regular oil changes are one of the most important parts of your car maintenance.

Oil changes are probably the most frequent routine maintenance you’ll perform on your car. It is relatively inexpensive and you probably don’t think too much of it. But why are regular oil changes so important? And what would happen if you stopped getting them? Today we’re going to take a look at the importance of oil in your vehicle engine. Read the rest of this entry »

Time to Warm Up Your Car’s Heating System

September 27th, 2016
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Your heating system should be checked now as the weather gets cooler to make sure it is in top shape for the upcoming winter.

As the weather cools and summer turns to fall, you may find that you’re giving your car’s air conditioning system a break. Indeed, there are some prime days for driving with the windows down still left – but soon the comfortable air of late summer will turn into the slightly chilly air of late fall. And before you know it, your car’s heating system will be pressed into service to keep you warm during the winter. Make sure, when you’re preparing your car for the fall, to check out the heating system and give it the warm up it needs so you aren’t left in the cold. Read the rest of this entry »

Prepare for Winter Driving This Fall

September 23rd, 2016
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Winter driving is coming sooner than you think. Preparing your car for winter during the fall will save you a lot of trouble.

As the leaves start to turn, school buses begin to line the early morning streets, and you reach for your jacket as you walk out the door, it becomes clearer and clearer that fall has arrived! While taking a drive is a great way to enjoy all of the beautiful colors of fall, don’t let the opportunity to prepare your car for winter driving pass you by. How can you prepare for winter driving before the first snowflakes start to fall? Read the rest of this entry »

What Does that Smoke Mean?

September 16th, 2016

The color of smoke emitting from your car can tell you a lot about what’s wrong with your car.

Sometimes cars can emit a smoke and it can be very scary. However, it should be noted that not all smoke is going to be at the same level of threat for you and your vehicle. Today we’re going to be talking about the different kinds of smoke that could be emitted from your car’s tailpipe and what they all mean for you! Let’s take a look. Read the rest of this entry »

A Guide to Tire Alignment

September 9th, 2016


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Discover the importance of tire alignment.

When you take your car into the shop for vehicle maintenance or an oil change, chances are you learn that your tires are out of their optimal alignment. While many car owners brush off tire alignment as something that is nice but not necessary, wheel alignment is absolutely required to keep your tires performing as well as possible for as long as possible. So what exactly is tire alignment and why is it so important? Read the rest of this entry »

How is Your Ignition Coil Doing?

September 2nd, 2016

The ignition coil takes power from a car’s generator and transfers it to spark plugs, which ignites the fuel. Without a working ignition coil, a car cannot start properly.

In order to keep your car safe and running optimally, regular car maintenance is a necessity. Without it your safety, and the safety of anyone else who is regularly in your vehicle such as loved ones and friends, will be put in jeopardy. While some problems are very obvious, others are harder to notice if you do not have an expert knowledge of cars and their complex parts. To learn more about your ignition coil and how to tell if it may be causing problems and need maintenance or replacement, read on.  

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Car Maintenance: Your Paint Job

August 29th, 2016


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Maintain your car’s beautiful finish with these tips.

As part of your regular car maintenance, you check your tire pressure, examine your wiper blades, and ensure that your oil doesn’t need to be changed. Beyond basic steps to keep your car in good working order, car maintenance should also include what your car looks like on the outside (even though what’s inside counts too)! Help keep your car paint looking great and protecting your car by following these five simple steps of car paint maintenance. Read the rest of this entry »