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Winter Car Seat Safety: Alternatives to Puffy Coats

November 30th, 2020 by

Winter is a tricky time for car seat safety. With temps well below freezing, it’s important to bundle up your little ones but all those layers can be dangerous. The extra padding of a winter coat requires extra slack in car seat straps but, in an accident, the coat will compress—and that extra slack will

What should I do about a corroded battery terminal?

November 27th, 2020 by

A corroded battery terminal can look ominous but it’s usually an easy fix. No matter what kind of car or battery you have, your terminals can become corroded over time making them poor conductors of electricity. Here’s how to handle a corroded battery terminal: Why do battery terminals corrode? When you see corrosion on the

When should I get a heater inspection?

November 25th, 2020 by

As temperatures start to dip below freezing, it’s important to come in for a heater inspection. No one likes to drive while shivering. But a broken heater can also hinder your visibility and limit your ability to drive safely. A failing heater can prevent the defroster from clearing ice and frost off your windshield, limiting

Holiday Travel During COVID-19: How to Find the Latest Information

November 23rd, 2020 by

The holidays are coming up and, this year, COVID-19 has caused major disruptions to countless cherished traditions. In the midst of this rapidly-changing global pandemic, it can be tough to keep up with the ever-evolving travel restrictions. If  you’re planning to travel this holiday, here’s where you can find the latest information: State Guidelines The State

When Do You Need to Replace a Drive-Axle Boot?

November 20th, 2020 by

Your axles transfer power from the transmission (in a front-wheel-drive setup) or the differential (in a rear-wheel-drive system) to the wheels so your car can move. The drive-axle boot protects that joint. How serious is a leaking CV boot? If the boot beomes damaged, the grease lubricating the joint can leak out—and open the door

Rattling Exhaust? Here’s what to do.

November 16th, 2020 by

A rattling exhaust can be both annoying and nerve-racking. Rattling in the exhaust is a common cause of heat shield issues, which can cause permanent damage to your vehicle. Here are some of the other common signs to watch for: 1) Excessive Heat from the Engine Bay Modern engines generate considerable amounts of heat, just

AWD, 4WD and Winter Tires: What’s the difference, and which is best?

November 11th, 2020 by

All-wheel-drive, four-wheel drive, and winter tires all sound like good features to have if you’re weathering a New England winter— but which is best for winter driving? Let’s find out. All-Wheel Drive Vehicles with all-wheel drive transmit power to all four wheels, in some cases to each one individually. AWD systems will automatically redistribute power

3 Unmistakable Signs That Your Car Battery is Failing

November 9th, 2020 by

Getting stranded with a dead car battery is always inconvenient—but getting stranded in the middle of winter can be downright dangerous. As the colder months approach, it’s important to take good care of your battery. If you think your car battery is failing, here are a few things to watch out for. 1) Clicking sound

Tire Care and Safety: Replacing Old Tires

November 4th, 2020 by

Replacing old tires can be a huge hassle. If you’re dealing with uneven front or rear tire wear, here are some things to keep in mind: Tire Care and Safety As the only point of contact between the road and your car, tires have a big impact on a vehicle’s overall health, handling, and safety.