Caring for your vehicle doesn’t always mean going in for expensive repairs. Part of vehicle maintenance is taking the time to care for it regularly. This is more than kicking the tires and putting in gas. Most mechanics can tell you that they commonly see issues that could otherwise have been avoided. If you listen to their advice, you can often prevent problems, or catch them when they are easier (and cheaper) to repair. Here are some tips that your mechanic wishes you would follow through with, which can help your vehicle last much longer.
It is important that you look over your car once a week. This helps you notice when anything is out of place or not quite the way it should be. The sooner you notice problems, the sooner you can get them fixed, and the less damage that problem can do. Here are some of the most important things to keep an eye on. Most of them will only take you a few minutes each week, allowing you to keep your vehicle well maintained in very little time.
Check Your Tire Pressure
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Have you recently noticed your battery light coming on, on your dash? If so, you likely thought that your battery was dying. It’s a natural assumption. However, what most people don’t realize is that there are a lot of different things that can signal this light to go off. If your battery light is on, or comes on now and again, take note. You may be facing one of these issues in the near future.
The Alternator Can Signal Numerous Problems
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Spring is an important time of year. Things outside are starting to regrow, there is a lot of rain to help bring frozen ground back to life, and your vehicle survived another chilly winter. In order to help bring new life back to your vehicle, it is important that you take good care of it properly. Rid your vehicle of the debris from the winter season, and allow it to feel new again. Here are six of the top maintenance tips to help your vehicle get ready for the rest of the year.
1 – Clean It Up
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When you need to take your car into the mechanic, it can be a worrisome prospect. This becomes an even bigger problem if you don’t understand some of what your mechanic is telling you. Here is a simple breakdown of some of the terms that most mechanics use, and what they mean. Instead of being worried about getting the right repairs, know what is going on and feel empowered during the situation.
Mechanics Terms Aren’t Often Complicated
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The exterior of your vehicle is what everyone sees when you are driving down the road. You want it to look its best. Springtime means getting that excess dirt and grime off of the vehicle, as winter can cause a lot of dirt buildup. This is especially true when the weather gets too cold to wash the vehicle without the concern of doors and windows freezing. If you are trying to figure out how to make sure the exterior of your vehicle is in tip-top shape, here are a few places to look.
Start With the Obvious
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After owning a car for a few years, it isn’t going to smell like a new car anymore. This is true no matter how often you clean it and how many car washes it has gone through. Instead of going to your nearest Florence auto parts store and getting a pretty-colored pinecone with a new car scent infused in it, there are other options. If you want your car smelling great, and don’t want to wait forever for the results, here are a few quick tips to improve the scent in your car.
Use Your Vents to Your Advantage
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Have you recently started to notice that under your vehicle, there is a puddle? It could be tiny, or it could have spread out into the size of a basketball, or possibly even larger. Knowing what is leaking allows you to have a much better idea of what the problem is. When you can say to your mechanic that this, or that, is what is leaking, it allows them to know where to begin looking. If you are your own mechanic, then it is good to narrow down the area to begin your search as well.
Getting into a crash can be terrifying. You look around to make sure everyone is alright. Then, you have to make sure to get a police report, and contact your insurance. However, you also need to make sure your vehicle is safe. If your vehicle was totaled, then you obviously know your vehicle is no longer safe to drive. But what should you do if your vehicle still starts and drives? Should you continue to drive it? The simple answer is no.
Your Vehicle Could Have Damage That Isn’t Obvious Right Away
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While snow in the Florence, Alabama area is rare, it isn’t unheard of. They are saying this winter is going to be colder and snowier than most of the winters in history. If that happens to be true, you are going to need to make sure your vehicle is prepared for the potential of getting stuck in a snow bank or slipping off the road. Here are some of things that folks that are used to snow, make sure are in their vehicles during the winter months, just to be on the safe side.