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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 […]

Tire Care and Safety: Replacing Old Tires

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. […]

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 […]

End-of-Season Motorcycle Maintenance

With cold weather and snow right around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about your end-of-season motorcycle maintenance. Here are our top tips to help you keep your bike in the best condition through the winter months: Clean and Dry Drying is a critical part of your end of season maintenance. A lot of […]

Schocktober: 3 Signs It’s Time for Replacement

Happy Shock-tober! It’s hard to know if a part needs replacing when you can’t see it. Here are three tell-tale signs it’s time for new shocks or struts: 1) Stopping distance increases Most drivers notice the wear on their shocks and struts when quick-stopping distances increase. Shocks and struts are designed to control the tires and […]