Category: Maintenance

The Most Common Problems With Traction Control

July 24th, 2019 by

Traction control and ABS are the foundational elements for a car’s stability control system. Traction control piggybacks on the antilock brake system (ABS) to detect tire slip during acceleration and maintains traction while accelerating. ABS does the same for braking, using the vehicle’s electronic stability systems to compare the vehicle’s trajectory with where the driver seems

How To Restore Headlights Without the Hassle

July 17th, 2019 by

Over time, the clear plastic lens covers that protect your headlights may become cloudy. And, depending on your car’s make and model, replacement lenses and assemblies can be several hundred dollars each. Thankfully, refinishing is a great alternative. Most modern headlights are made of a nearly unbreakable polycarbonate plastic that is treated to protect against

Common Serpentine Belt Problems & How to Fix Them

July 10th, 2019 by

Serpentine belts usually result from a misalignment or a defective tensioner. It might be hard to diagnose a problem just by listening but examining the belt itself can help you diagnose the problem- both before it’s removed and afterward. Excessive Cracking Excessive cracking is usually caused by old age. Serpentine belts stretch with age and

Will my tires pass inspection?

June 6th, 2019 by

In Massachusetts, the minimum tire tread depth is 2/32 inches. This means that all of your tires must have at least 2/32 inches of tread depth in the proper grooves, and be without any fabric breaks or exposed cords. New tires typically come with 10/32” or 11/32” tread depths, and some truck, SUV, and winter tires

My car’s AC just stopped working! What should I do?

June 4th, 2019 by

Air conditioner systems require regular maintenance and monitoring, especially during the summer months when we rely on them almost daily. And with the June heat ramping up, it can be tempting to use a cheap, store-bought fix if your AC needs some work. But one-size-fits-all solutions, like self-repair kits, usually do more harm than good.

Mileage Milestones for Belt Replacement

May 20th, 2019 by

Wondering when to replace the belts under your hood? Common signs of wear can be hard to see if you’re not a trained mechanic. Here are a few mileage milestones to look for: Auto V-Belts V-belts act as a transmission belt. It connects to pulleys and transmits the force from the engine to the ancillary components

Do I need to change my cabin air filter?

May 16th, 2019 by

Your cabin air filter probably isn’t top of mind when you think about regular maintenance. But this part plays an important role in keeping debris from entering the vehicle’s cabin. What is a cabin air filter? As its name suggests, the cabin air filter is what keeps the vehicle’s cabin clean. As air comes into

How to Change a Broken Headlight

May 1st, 2019 by

Driving without two functioning headlights isn’t just dangerous– it’s illegal. Thankfully, a headlight replacement is fairly easy to do yourself if you know how. In this article and we’ll walk you through the process: Identify Your Bulb Type First, it’s important to identify both the correct bulb type and wattage so you buy a replacement.

Is your car’s AC broken? This could be why.

April 30th, 2019 by

Now that warmer weather is finally in sight, it’s time to start thinking about AC maintenance. The AC compressor is one of the most important parts of your car’s cooling system. The compressor pressurizes and distributes refrigerant which, in turn, cools the incoming air. If there is a problem with the compressor, the rest of