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Why are my brakes grinding?

If you hear a noise from your brakes, you should make an appointment to come in right away—instead of turning up the radio to drown out the noise. Here’s why: What causes brakes to make a “grinding” sound? There are 2 major causes of brake grinding. If the grinding sound occurs when you press on […]

Six Winter Driving Tips You’ve Probably Heard Before (But Definitely Need To Hear Again)

This article has been refreshed with new tips and tricks to help you navigate winter terrain. It was originally published on December 12, 2019. Driving in the snow and ice can be tricky. Here are our top winter driving tips you’ve probably already heard before–but always bear repeating: Invest in winter tires. All-season tires are […]

Winter Survival Kit: 7 Things to Keep in Your Car During Winter

With the season’s first big snowstorm on its way to New England, it’s important to make sure your car is equipped with a winter survival kit. A “winter survival kit” contains the cold weather supplies and emergency equipment you’ll need if you find yourself stranded in the middle of a storm or a cold snap. […]

Pro Tips for De-Icing your Windshield

As the morning temps begin to dip below freezing, most of us have noticed a little frost on our windshields… and it’s only going to get worse from here. As we prepare for the inevitable winter weather, here are a few pro tips for de-icing your windshield. 1) Plan ahead (wake up early) This is […]

Winter Car Seat Safety: Alternatives to Puffy Coats

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 […]

Rattling Exhaust? Here’s what to do.

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?

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 […]

Mileage Milestones for Belt Replacement

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-Belt Replacement V-belts act as a transmission belt. It connects to pulleys and transmits the force from the engine to the […]

Dos and Don’ts of Buying A Used Car

Buying a used car can be tricky. Whether you’re buying from a dealership, private seller, or even a friend, here are a few tips to help you navigate the process: Do: Set your budget and stick to it. As with any big purchase, it’s important to know how much you can spend. Set a range […]