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The Difference Between a Fluid Change and a Transmission Flush

Car owners need to change their transmission fluid at the intervals specified in their vehicle user manual. Do you need a fluid change or a transmission flush? The two terms aren’t interchangeable, and most auto repair services offer both. We’ll explain the difference. Fluid Change A fluid change is more generally known as a transmission service. Under this process, a mechanic replaces the filter and drains the pan. However, not all of the fluid drains out. Some still remain inside the cooler lines and torque converter. As such, the new replacement fluid mixes in with the old. A mix of new and old oil, though, is still better than running purely on the old fluid. Nowadays, most auto services drain the fluid multiple times to remove as much of the old and contaminated fluid as possible. Transmission Flush In a transmission flush, a mechanic uses a pump inlet flush machine or a ... read more

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The Signs of a Car Exhaust Leak

A car exhaust leak is dangerous. Aside from operational issues, it also creates a major safety hazard by releasing toxic and odorless fumes into the cabin. Do not hesitate to bring your vehicle to an auto service if you suspect a leak. 3 Signs of a Car Exhaust Leak Lower MPG A leak causes engine pressure fluctuation. This affects the oxygen sensor and in turn may decrease the total MPG by two to three miles. Louder Engine Noise Does the vehicle sound louder than usual when you accelerate? The increased engine roar may sound nice, but it’s having a negative effect. This is likely an indication of a leak near the exhaust manifold. Vibrations Do you feel a vibration in the steering wheel or pedal? A leak causes the escaped gas to enter into the steering mechanism, causing a light but noticeable vibration. Consequences of a Leaky Exhaust Noxious fumes like nitrogen oxide and carbon ... read more

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Is Mixing Tires a Good Idea?

You will need to replace your car tires eventually. This leads to multiple questions: Is mixing tires a good idea? Should I replace all four even if only one or two are worn? We’ll provide answers to ensure you have the right tires for your type of vehicle. Mixing Tires Is Not a Good Idea Mixing tires is generally a no-no. Do not mix tires of different sizes, internal constructions, or tread patterns. Also, do not mix winter with all-season tires. If your car contains the relatively new run-flat tires, do not mix them with non-run-flat ones. Mixing tires affects the car’s traction, control, and stability. Replace Two or Four Tires Most auto repair services recommend replacing all four tires if your budget allows for it. If not, then replace two, but never replace just one. Ideally, all four tires wear out at the same time. This is a sign that your car’s many intricate parts worked in unison to equalize tire per ... read more

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Traffic Rules For Driving Behind a School Bus

Summer is winding down. Schools in the Kent area will resume within a few weeks’ time. This means the roads will be dotted with school buses. Traffic rules are very strict regarding driver behavior when driving behind a school bus. The road rules are simple, but many commuters pay heavy fines because they drive past a bus when they’re supposed to stop. Behind a School Bus? Follow These Laws If the lights in the rear and front of the bus are flashing red, and a stop sign pops out from the side of the bus, then you must stop. Period! This applies to ALL cars behind the bus regardless of the lane. Sometimes, the flashing lights will flash yellow before turning red. This is a warning for you to prepare to stop. Here is another traffic law most drivers are unaware of: ALL drivers from the opposite road must also come to a halt. The only exception to this rule is if the road has a median separation or barrier dividing the opposing lanes. In all scenar ... read more

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Does Your Car Have Low Engine Oil Pressure?

Car oil lubricates the various engine components. Lack of oil or poor oil quality can cause the parts to rub together, causing friction and overheating. If the engine oil pressure is low, then that means the engine is not receiving sufficient lubrication. What Causes Low Engine Oil Pressure? 1. Lack of Oil Since oil is changed only every 3,000-5,000 miles, people often forget about it completely, failing to take action until a problem arises. Be sure to change the oil at an auto service according to the vehicle’s user manual. 2. Engine Wear Even fresh oil can’t do its job to the max if the engine is worn to begin with. Engine wear causes a wider clearance between the cam and crankshaft bearings. This will cause the oil to more rapidly pass through, reducing its pressure. 3. Faulty Oil Pressure Gauge An oil pressure gauge alerts the owner when the pressure is below optimal. A faulty gauge can in ... read more

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Does Synthetic Oil Really Improve Car Longevity?

What is with all the hype behind synthetic oil? Does it really enhance engine performance and prolong the car’s life? We’ll explain how synthetic oil is made and whether it’s really superior to conventional motor oil. Synthetic Oil: What Exactly Is It? Synthetic oil is a lubricant made from artificial chemical compounds. This is different from regular motor oil, which is normally derived from crude oil. The synthetic variety is produced by altering the compounds of conventional motor oil or other naturally-occurring raw materials. How Is Synthetic Oil Better? Synthetic oil is thinner and more adept at resisting temperature extremes. You may not notice an improvement in your car’s performance, but it certainly helps reduce oil degradation, thereby reducing engine wear. Synthetic oil also doesn’t break down as quickly as conventional motor oil. This may increase intervals between oil changes. The age-old wisdom is to change your oil every ... read more

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Why Your Car Needs a Spare Tire

Most modern vehicles no longer contain a spare tire. While alternatives are available, we still recommend having a spare tire in the trunk as an added safety measure. Summer, after all, is just right around the corner; this is the season of tire blowouts Why Cars No Longer Have a Spare Tire Most car manufacturers no longer include a spare tire to keep the weight down. The extra tire, along with the required jack and wrench, adds an additional 30 to 50 pounds to the car. The spare is also placed below the undercarriage of the car. Keeping that space open reduces air drag, thereby increasing aerodynamics. Hybrid cars are also more common today. Hybrid models usually have less trunk space because the battery and electric components take up that space. This leaves even less room for the spare. Spare Tire Alternatives Many auto services recommend a spare tire as well as other solutions. An inflation kit is a ... read more

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Why Your Car Needs an Oil Change

Oil acts as the main lubricant for the moving parts in your car’s engine. It prevents the mechanical parts from undergoing excessive wear and tear. Its function is crucial to the smooth operation of the engine. So keeping the right amount of oil in the engine is important for ensuring that your car is continues to run properly. Purpose of Motor Oil Motor oil reduces the level of friction between the various moving parts that make up the engine. If friction between these parts becomes too much the parts will heat up, swell and bind. Good lubricants help keep the engine‘s temperature under control. The oil continuously circulates throughout the engine. The oil filter helps to remove impurities that have been created during combustion. Why your Car Needs an Oil Change If the engine is running at a high temperature, it will cause the oil quality to break down over time. At that point, the oil will need be replaced. Depending on the c ... read more

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