A Vehicle Owner's Guide To Understanding Brake Calipers


Brake calipers are the part of the brakes that connect the force on the brake pedal to the brake pads. This is done through hydraulic fluid within the actuators and the calipers used on both front and rear brakes. As a vehicle owner, it is normal to want to know more about brake calipers. When Are Brake Calipers Needed? Calipers are found on cars that use disc brakes. The majority of vehicles have them on the front wheels, and many also now have them on the rear wheels.

11 August 2016

3 Maintenance Tasks To Help Your Car Deal With Extreme Heat And Avoid Overheating


The summer heat means that cars get a lot of extra wear do to the heat. Just like you may be overwhelmed by heatwaves, the same thing can happen to your car without proper care. Since most cars are air cooled with fans and radiators, modern commutes in traffic can compound these problems. To avoid these problems, maintenance like flushing the coolant and checking auxiliary fans can help reduce the potential for overheating problems.

2 August 2016

Four Commonly Heard Misconceptions About Maintaining A Foreign Car


There are a few common misconceptions out there about foreign vehicles. If you fall under the influence of any of these misconceptions, it could cause you to spend more than you need to on vehicle maintenance or pay for service from mechanics that aren't qualified to work on your car. The following are four of the most common misconceptions about maintaining a vehicle produced by an overseas manufacturer:  Foreign vehicles require more costly maintenance than domestic vehicles.

26 July 2016

Tips For Inspecting Your Chimney Before Winter


With the end of summer approaching, it's the perfect time to start prepping your chimney for the winter season ahead. If this is the first pre-season inspection you've done, you might not know what you should be looking for. You can't always see the problems just by glancing at the chimney, so there are a few things you should be aware of.  Look At The Mortar The mortar holds the bricks of your chimney together.

20 July 2016

Can't Get Your Tire Indication Light To Go Off?


Your tire pressure warning light has come on. At first, you thought it was just a warning to say you need to pump the air up in your tires. Now, you can't get it to turn off, so what does it really mean? What do you need to do right now? Is It Operating Correctly? The first thing to check sit that your tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) is working correctly.

12 July 2016

How To Replace A Rear Turn Signal On A Vehicle


If you have almost been rear ended or another driver shouts at you or points at your vehicle, check your rear turn signal. A burned turn signal needs replacing right away to avoid traffic tickets and accidents. You should be able to replace a rear turn signal bulb with no prior experience. Here are some tips to replace a rear turn signal bulb. Prepare to Work For this project, you need:

11 July 2016

Tips For Towing A Trailer


Towing a trailer will require you as the owner and driver to handle a few things. Some of the most important steps include figuring out what equipment you need to tow the trailer, remembering some tips for driving while towing the vehicle and understanding the laws in your state. To go a little bit more in depth on each of these matters, read below. Buying The Right Equipment For Towing

4 July 2016

3 Tips For Saving Money On Auto Brake Repairs


Auto brake repairs are going to be necessary at some point. This is because the brake pads on your vehicle will become worn over time and they will need to be replaced, especially once you hear a squealing noise when you step on the brakes. This means that the pads are worn and the metal is now exposed causing metal on metal contact, which does not make for a smooth transition when coming to a stop while driving.

29 June 2016

Top Reasons Your Car Won't Start


You've put the key in the ignition and turned it over, but nothing is happening. Your car isn't starting and you have no idea where. Here are the top reasons for cars not starting and how to deal with them quickly. Your Battery Is Dead A dead battery is one of the most common reasons for cars not starting. You'll usually get some of the lights to turn on, but the start motor doesn't turn.

4 May 2016

How To Spot Trouble With Your Car's Transmission


When something goes wrong with your car, what is your first reaction? Chances are you baby the engine because you know it's the heart of the car. But there's more to a car than just its engine. The transmission is another major component. You might compare it to lungs, and if they don't work, you'll need life support. An automatic transmission engages gears, allowing the vehicle to shift as speed increases or decreases.

4 May 2016