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How often should I change my oil?

How often should I change my oil?

We all know that oil is the lifeblood of your engine.  Oil lubricates our engines, prevents overheating, and minimizes friction.  Maintaining fresh oil in your vehicle is the key to longevity.  Old oil becomes dirty with debris and other impurities, thickening over time.  Knowing old oil can harm your engine over time raises this critical question.  How often should you get your oil changed? The first step is to understand that different driving behaviors and conditions can affect the lifespan of your oil.  Long highway drives vs. short city trips—aggressive driving vs. calm slower cruises.   Driving on salty, gravel, or dirt roads vs. driving in clean and clear conditions will also affect the quality over time.  Let's get to the direct answer with so many factors to consider.  For older vehicles using traditional oil, you should change your oil every 3,000-5,000 miles.  As cars have evolved, oil's evolved, allowing ... read more

What causes uneven tire wear?

What causes uneven tire wear?

Tires are an important but often overlooked part of your vehicle. Tires not only provide comfort while driving but safety as well. All tires will wear eventually, but what causes them to wear unevenly? Let's start with tire inflation. Over and underinflation provide different wear patterns and challenges. Overinflated tires will show faster wear in the center of the tire, while underinflation will reveal wear on the outside edges. Check the door jamb of the driver's side of the vehicle to find out the proper specs and try to always maintain that pressure.  Tire inflation will cause your tires to wear faster than they should but typically will wear in a consistent pattern. What can be the issue if only one side of your tire rapidly wears? If you experience toe or camber wear and only the inside or outside of your tire are worn, its probably a sign that you need an alignment. With an alignment a technician can adjust suspension and steering on your vehicle, so all your tir ... read more

4 Tips for Summer Car Maintenance

4 Tips for Summer Car Maintenance

  Nothing is better than a summertime family vacation or road trip with a good group of friends. Keeping your car in tip-top shape for the summer is vital for great days in the sun. With summer comes extreme heat, which can do a number on your vehicle.  So today, we want to review a few tips for Summer Car Maintenance.   Battery:  The heat the summer brings can oxidize and drain your battery. Heat is one of the primary causes of battery failure. Find an auto service you can trust, so you ensure your battery is in solid working condition.  Wipers:  Wipers lose their ability to protect you from the rain when they begin to crack and deteriorate over time. Pollen and high heat accelerate that process. Protect yourself from summer rainstorms by ensuring your wipers are crack free and working correctly.   AC:  I can’t think of many things that can ruin a road trip faster than poorly ... read more

Should I repair or replace my car?

Should I repair or replace my car?

With the current economic environment, the price of new and used cars is climbing! These conditions make it vital that you weigh every pro and con before you decide to repair or replace your vehicle. You have a car you love, and a costly repair pops up. So, you must make that difficult decision, do I repair or replace my vehicle? Let's start with repair. Repairing your vehicle provides many benefits. It's much cheaper to repair a car than to purchase a new one, which will most likely require monthly payments for the following years. You'll save money on expenses, and the cost of insurance stays at its current level. Vehicles depreciate immediately and over time. With your current car, you've already taken those losses.   Chances are, if it's a vehicle you've had for a while, you have many memories and have developed a sentimental bond with the car over time. If that love makes any repair worth it, you should go for it, but beware of letting it sway yo ... read more

What's a GDI Engine?

What's a GDI Engine?

GDI or Gasoline Direct Injection is a fuel injection used by many modern vehicles. Traditional multi-point fuel injection injects fuel into the intake at low pressure. With GDI engines, a common fuel line injects gasoline at high pressure directly into the combustion chamber of each cylinder. This gives GDI engines precise control of injection timing and the amount of fuel delivered.   GDI engines provide many benefits that conventional fuel injection can’t. You can draw more power from smaller engines with gasoline direct injection technology. In addition, your car gets improved fuel efficiency and reduced emissions. While significant, the power of the GDI engine is a double-edged sword. While you get many benefits from gasoline direct injection, carbon deposits that build up can steal all the positive associated with this type of engine. Modern gasoline is packed full of detergents and does a great washing the back sides of your exhaust and intake valves. Because GDI eng ... read more