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What Is a Wheel Alignment?

What Is a Wheel Alignment?

If you’re wondering whether wheel alignments are a necessity, the answer is yes. Wheel alignments help straighten out your tires' angles to have them pointed the right way. When they are misaligned, it can be very dangerous for your safety.   A wheel alignment, also sometimes referred to as tire alignment is more involved than adjusting the wheels themselves. They include your tires, wheels, steering, and suspension. All these processes will make your tires make proper contact with the road while improving handling and safety.    Are Wheel Alignments Necessary? Wheel alignment is key to enhancing your overall driving experience. Over time, your car's wheels change angles and positioning from normal wear and tear. In order for your vehicle to travel the way they're intended to, the wheel's angles must meet manufacturer specifications. Misaligned wheels can lead to negative consequences, including: Uneven tire wear Shorter tire lifespan Poor v ... read more

The Ultimate Tire Checklist

The Ultimate Tire Checklist

Tires are the number one car part that you should never ignore. The safety of your vehicle depends on your four wheels. Knowing when to get tire maintenance and replacement is crucial if you want to make sure your commutes are safe. When you get behind the wheel, especially for road trips, you should quickly assess your tires. We've compiled this checklist of all the things concerning your tires that you should check.  Tread Depth First and foremost, your tires need to have sufficient tread depth. Without its grooves, it won't be able to grip the road properly. Tread depth is vital when accelerating or braking, particularly in slippery or wet conditions. Your tires should have at least 2/32 of an inch on their tread.  Air Pressure All your tires should be at the manufacturer's recommended psi. Under- or over-inflated tires can cause irregular driving and affect the handling and control of your automobile. Proper air pressure in your tires promotes smooth rides ... read more

What Are the Biggest Driving Distractions?

What Are the Biggest Driving Distractions?

With the widespread use of cell phones and other onboard electronics in cars, distracted driving is becoming an increasingly serious problem. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), distracted driving is a key factor in fatal automobile incidents, accounting for up to one in every ten fatalities on the road. Below are some of the most common distractions while driving: Use of Cell Phone Since the introduction of mobile phones, distracted driving has risen in popularity across the United States. Cell phone usage is particularly harmful when it comes to prospective diversions. It accounts for around 12% of all distracted driving accidents. Events Outside the Vehicle Turning your head to gaze at an accident or other roadside incident while driving is extremely risky. This is especially true when numerous cars in close proximity slow down to watch the same thing. If you turn your head, the vehicle in front of you may slow down or come to a complete stop ... read more

Why Does My Vehicle Feel Sluggish?

Why Does My Vehicle Feel Sluggish?

Every day, millions of people rely on our vehicles to get them where they need to go, whether it be for work, school, errands, etc. After some time, you can understand how it handles and the typical noises it makes. When your vehicle stops accelerating the way it used to, it will be apparent to spot.  A sluggish vehicle often suggests that there is an underlying issue with your car. Below are some problems that can cause your vehicle to lose its acceleration power: Clogged Air Filter A dirty air filter can stop the right amount of air from getting into the engine, which can cause issues with its general performance. Fuel System Problem A problem with your vehicle's fuel system, such as a faulty fuel pump or dirty fuel injectors, can prevent the appropriate amount of fuel from getting to the engine, thus causing it to operate laggy. Failing Catalytic Converter A broken catalytic converter, or a similar problem concerning the exhaust system, such as a damaged pipe or faul ... read more

What Can Happen If You Drive with Bad Shocks & Struts?

What Can Happen If You Drive with Bad Shocks & Struts?

Driving with worn suspension parts, including shocks and struts, is not only unsettling, but it can cause a horrific car accident. Your vehicle will shake and bounce uncontrollably and be embarrassing to say the least. Here are some of the situations that can occur if you continue to drive with poor suspension: Lose Control Over Dips and Bumps Old shocks and struts can make driving over bumps a nightmare. You might "fly" over speed bumps, no matter how slow you drive. Furthermore, you may also get random vibrations from your wheels and ultimately lose control of your vehicle. Less Effective Anti-Lock Braking System  If your suspension is worn, it may have a hard time triggering your ABS to engage. And if it does, it won't be as effective. This can be especially dangerous if you need to brake abruptly. Problems Maneuvering and Turning Car Worn-out shocks and struts will prevent your car from gaining proper traction; therefore, you may end up heavily gripping the ... read more

What Do Fuel Injectors Do?

What Do Fuel Injectors Do?

A fuel injector is an integral part of the fuel system that supplies fuel into the engine in the form of a mist. The fuel injectors themselves are directed by the car's computer to allow a precise and efficient amount of fuel for the combustion process.   Fuel injectors can typically last the vehicle's life if the automobile is well-kept. However, as with every part, varying issues can arise. One common problem for fuel injectors is failing due to excess build-up of things like dirt, carbon, and fuel. Most of the time, you can fix clogged fuel injectors with a fuel cleaning service. If it is severe, your technician may go ahead and recommend a replacement.  Another problem that can occur with fuel injectors is leaks from cracks. Unfortunately, the only fix for a cracked injector is an entire replacement.  Last but not least, the electrical parts of an injector can also die off from wear and tear or exposure to heat and moisture. There are various warning sig ... read more

Reasons Behind a Faulty Car Heater

Reasons Behind a Faulty Car Heater

Nothing is exasperating as a car heater that suddenly stops working in the middle of a drive during the cold season. As you tune your car for this winter, please don't ignore the heating system or assume it will continue working well as always. Your vehicle's heating is one of the most important components in the cold season, and you should exercise due care. While there is no specific warning for a faulty car heater, you should know the main reasons behind a failing heating system. There are different repairs, depending on the cause and problem detected. Rather than wait and suffer in the bitter winter cold, ensure your car heater is well inspected in advance. Causes of Faulty Car Heater Different reasons cause heater failure in your vehicle and understanding these factors will save you from unpleasant surprises in those unfavorable weather conditions. Let's take a look at these causes. Faulty Thermostat A defective thermostat is one ... read more

Fall Car Maintenance in Denver, CO

Fall Car Maintenance in Denver, CO

It's officially sweater weather, and before you know it, you'll be bringing out your heavy coat. While fall is a season full of adventure and comfort, it can also bring seasonal driving hazards such as slippery roads and wildlife encounters. Here are some of the threats you may face driving in the fall and how to handle them with grace! Falling Leaves The fallen autumn leaves can make the roads more slippery, especially when it rains. They can also hide things on the road like traffic lanes, potholes, or bumps. If you see a blanket of leaves covering the road, make sure you proceed with caution and lower your speed if needed. Wildlife-Vehicle Crashes Fall is the peak season for animal-vehicle collisions, especially during sunset and sunrise. Be sure to drive slowly in areas with deer crossing signs. If you spot a deer, elk, or fox ahead on the road, flash your high beams to try to get them out of the way.  Shorter Days With the days growing shorter, most motorists wi ... read more

Tips for Nervous Parents with Teen Drivers

Tips for Nervous Parents with Teen Drivers

As parents, we have an instinct to get nervous when our child takes on new responsibilities. And if you have a 15, 16, or 17-year-old getting behind the wheel, it can be nerve-wracking. They are learning and inexperienced, after all, which poses more risks for them. Here are some tips we have for parents with a teen driver: Don't rely solely on driver education High school drivers' ed class may be convenient to learn driving skills, but it doesn't always result in safer drivers. Parents should do a little teaching of their own and set good examples when they drive. This will reinforce the lessons your teen may have learned in class. Restrict passengers Having too many passengers, especially other teens, in a vehicle can distract a beginner driver and lead to peer pressure into taking more significant risks. The best policy to have is to restrict teen passengers at the beginning of their driving journey. Practice driving with them We highly advise that you play an acti ... read more

Can Engine Oil Expire?

Can Engine Oil Expire?

Can motor oil go bad sitting in the engine for six months or even a year, even if you don't use the car? The answer is: it depends, but yes. When making an oil selection, you should note the dates listed on the oil container.   Your car's engine oil is intended to keep your engine parts lubricated. This prevents the pieces from rubbing against each other, reducing any friction that leads to wear and tear. When you use your vehicle over time, the exposure to heat and high pressures will cause your oil to deteriorate. Other outside contaminants can also make your oil turn dirty and inefficient.   Your car's motor oil longevity depends on various factors, including the type of oil you use. Conventional motor oil is more likely to break down much quicker at high temperatures, whereas synthetic oils last longer due to their additives.    How Can You Tell When Engine Oil is Expired? Here are some easy steps that can help you conclude whether your car en ... read more

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