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Common Symptoms of a Failing Exhaust System

Your car’s exhaust system is made of pipes that guide harmful exhaust gases away from the engine and into the outside atmosphere. Exhaust gas typically flows through the exhaust manifold, the catalytic converter, the resonator, and, finally, the muffler, which connects to the tailpipe. If there’s a problem with this system, poisonous gases can travel […]

How often should I get my brakes serviced?

Getting your brakes serviced is an important part of regular maintenance. Similar to gas mileage, the wear and tear on your brakes will vary depending on where and how you drive. And determining just how long they’ll last depends on several factors. Factor #1: Driving Habits Where you drive makes a big difference when it […]

Common Symptoms of a Failing Brake Rotor or Disc

Similar to gas mileage, the wear and tear on your brakes will vary depending on where and how you drive. Disc brakes tend to wear out faster because they slow the vehicle by creating friction with the brake pads, and will eventually need to be replaced. Maintaining your disc brake rotors is critical to the […]

Pre-season Motorcycle Maintenance Tips | Part Two

An annual favorite of our readers, this guide was originally published in April 2019. With spring officially here, it’s time to bring those bikes out of hibernation! In our last article, we reviewed some basic preseason maintenance but we’re not done yet. Don’t forget to check these things before you hit the road: Oil If […]

Common Signs of Rust And What Causes Them

If your car has it, you’re probably not happy about it. When left untreated a rust spot can quickly grow to cause major structural problems. In many states, a car with rust holes in the body won’t even pass inspection, regardless where the spots are located or how small they are. Tha’s why it’s best […]

How to Change a Broken Headlight

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.

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 […]

How to Prevent Battery Corrosion

No matter what kind of car or battery you have, your terminals can become corroded over time making them poor conductors of electricity. While corrosion will not make your battery catch on fire, buildup on battery terminals can keep your car from starting. In our last blog article, we discussed some of the most common […]