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Tips to Increase Fuel Efficiency

Tips to Increase Fuel Efficiency

The rapid fluctuation of gas prices is a major concern for many drivers. You may wonder how to deal with the rising costs, lower your budget, and probably the environmental effect. Now it's a perfect time to reflect on your driving habits and their impact on your pockets. Still, it's pleasing to know you can shrink your gas costs by increasing your fuel efficiency using a few proven tips. These gas-saving strategies and tips are also highly recommended and tested by automotive professionals. Therefore you don't have to swap your current vehicle for a hybrid to increase or improve fuel efficiency. Improving Fuel Efficiency A short answer on how to increase fuel efficiency is proper and regularly scheduled maintenance, but here are more details and tips. Avoid speeding and keep it steady Unless in unavoidable circumstances or emergencies, slow down and enjoy your ride. When you are constantly speeding, your engine works harder than usual, consuming more fuel even for shor ... read more

Should I Flush My Coolant?

Should I Flush My Coolant?

Coolant is a car fluid that is a vital part of the cooling system. It travels through your car's hoses, radiator, water pump, and engine. Its main job is to prevent the engine from overheating by drawing its excess heat away. When the fluid levels drop or become contaminated, it cannot do its job effectively, making your engine susceptible to damage. To avoid major repairs, we recommend getting your coolant flushed as a form of preventative maintenance. When Should You Do It? Sometimes, your automaker will outline when it would make sense for you to get this particular service. The interval varies depending on what type of vehicle you drive, the car's age, and the kind of coolant that your vehicle takes. Some vehicles' fluids need to be flushed as often as every 30,000 miles, while some can go longer. Besides the number of miles, you can look out for the following signs that indicate you need a coolant flush soon: Engine temperature gauge creeping up to "H"&nb ... read more

How to Find Good Timing on When to Replace Your Timing Belt

How to Find Good Timing on When to Replace Your Timing Belt

Your timing belt plays an essential role by syncing up the crankshaft and camshaft rotation in your vehicle's engine. Without the timing belt, you will not achieve proper combustion to get your car moving. Because this component is made of rubber, it wears down due to high temperatures and pressures over time. If neglected, it can break and cause extensive damage. Knowing when to replace it will save you from repair costs and an inconvenient breakdown, so when is a good time for you to replace them?   Some manufacturers recommend replacing it as little as 60,000 miles, while some say every 100,000 miles. Because the interval can vary from vehicle to vehicle, you should follow the number listed in the owner's manual.   Besides mileage, there are other factors to consider when determining the timeframe of changing your timing belt. You should be on the lookout for the following signs of a worn timing belt: Engine misfires Ticking or other unusual engine noises Ro ... read more

How to Check Your Engine Air Filter

How to Check Your Engine Air Filter

Your engine air filter plays a significant role in supporting engine performance by acting as a barrier between the air intake system and important engine components. Every day, the air filter blocks out the nasty dirt, bugs, leaves, dust, and other contaminants that could harm your car parts. Over time, you can expect it to get very dirty and require replacing.    Below are some of the adverse effects of running with a clogged engine air filter: A drop in miles per gallon (MPG) Loss in acceleration power Rough idling Lit check engine light Unusual scents Loud engine sounds Engine misfires Dark exhaust smoke If you notice your vehicle showing these warning symptoms, it may help to check on your engine air filter. Mechanics typically suggest checking on it every 6,000 miles or oil change. Moreover, it would be best if you usually replaced it every 10,000 to 15,000 miles. If you operate your car, SUV, or truck in more dusty conditions or frequently partake in stop-and ... read more

Winter Maintenance Checklist for Your Vehicle

Winter Maintenance Checklist for Your Vehicle

Depending on where you live, you should prepare for winter. Here is an easy-to-follow checklist to get your vehicle ready for winter. 1. Check your tires Driving in the snow is already no fun, but if you have tires that are worn out, it can be dangerous. You should check for cracks and see how good the tire's tread is. The thread should be at least 5/32" and never should be less than 2/32". It's also important to check the tire pressure to make sure there is enough air in them. 2. Check your battery When it's freezing out, batteries that aren't in good shape sometimes won't start. So you'll want to make sure that there are no cracks and run a battery load test if you know how to do it. 3. Check the coolant & oil You'll want to use a coolant that can handle freezing temperatures. It helps keep the car from overheating, which is what you don't want to happen. It also protects damage fro ... read more

What Makes Your Engine Oil Pressure Drop?

What Makes Your Engine Oil Pressure Drop?

If your low-pressure oil dashboard light has come on, you're more than likely not going to know what caused it. Also, you might wonder, "is it safe to continue driving". InMOTION Auto Care is here to answer your burning questions on oil pressure. LOW ENGINE OIL  Engine oil is necessary to keep your engine running efficiently and effectively. A loss in oil can be caused by a series of issues, including loose or worn parts. One of the first things you should do following the discovery of the oil pressure light is to check your oil levels.  WRONG OIL VISCOSITY Inadequate oil viscosity can also trigger the low oil pressure indicator. The oil's viscosity should meet those defined by your manufacturer so that you can achieve proper oil flow and engine lubrication. FAULTY OIL PUMP Things like oil contamination, a jammed oil pump, or improper parts installation can all make your oil pressure drop. It's essential to repair or replace the pump immediately si ... read more

What Symptoms Indicate a Tune-Up Is Needed?

What Symptoms Indicate a Tune-Up Is Needed?

If you've had the same vehicle for a while now, you're probably already adept at spotting any unusual signs or weird funks. A responsible and experienced driver knows when to take their car into the repair shop for a tune-up. Tune-ups are extensive vehicle inspections that should be performed periodically, significantly more often if you drive an older model vehicle. It usually involves checking up on the fuel, ignition, and emission systems. Tune-ups are generally not expensive, so you should not worry about it. In all seriousness, it can save you a lot of money by preventing minor problems from spreading. Here are the top symptoms your car may exemplify when it needs a tune-up: Problem Starting Your Car If you have difficulty starting your engine, it's a clear sign that you need to make a trip here. Car start problems can stem from a variety of things. Due to its ambiguity, it is necessary to have a professional get to the bottom of the problem. If you ignore it, your c ... read more

How to Change a Flat Tire

How to Change a Flat Tire

Knowing how to change a flat tire is a fundamental skill that all drivers should learn. These days, we rely on the internet to teach us to do so many things. However, there's always the off chance that your phone's battery is dead or the flat occurs in an area with no cell service. Before learning to change a flat tire, you need the proper tools to do so. Some of these tools may already be present in your vehicle, but you may need to purchase additional tools to store in your trunk.  What Tools Do I Need? You will need the following items: Jack Lug Wrench Fully inflated spare tire Vehicle Owner's manual To be extra cautious, you should check if your vehicle has these tools stored in your car, especially before embarking on a trip. If you do not own any of the items above, please purchase them as soon as you can. You should also make sure that the spare tire is properly inflated. To make the changing process more manageable, you may consider buying and adding the ... read more

The Different Types of Brake Fluid

The Different Types of Brake Fluid

Your brakes are vital to your vehicle and require consistent maintenance. For instance, you need to make sure there's always a sufficient amount of brake fluid in your car. Without brake fluid, you wouldn't be able to stop your vehicle. Your brake fluid is critical to your vehicle's braking system because it is needed to perform its duty in all the right conditions. You may not know this, but there are many types of brake fluid. Here are the five different types of brake fluid and their properties: DOT 3: This type of fluid is a glycol-based brake solution. It is amber in color, and it has the lowest boiling point. DOT 4: Most international vehicles use this type of brake fluid. It is also glycol-based but has a higher boiling point than DOT 3. It has more additives than DOT 3, which makes it slightly more expensive. DOT 5: DOT 5 is different in formulation than DOT 3 & 4 since it is silicone-based brake fluid. It usually is purple, and its price point is similar to ... read more

What do you mean you charge for testing??? Just to plug in the computer!

What do you mean you charge for testing??? Just to plug in the computer!

Let’s say you wake up in the morning with a terrible headache.  Your first thought, I need a doctor. You call in and state “ I’ve got a terrible headache, how much will it cost for you to fix me?”  In reality, you probably wouldn’t say that.  You understand there could be many reasons for your symptoms and that you will need to see the doctor for an examination, answer some questions, and probably run some tests before she can tell you what’s wrong and give you treatment options. This identical scenario plays out every day at auto repair facilities across the country.  When the cause of your concern isn’t obvious, like a flat tire or missing belt, your vehicle will need to go through a diagnostic process.  The average vehicle has over 30,000 parts, including several networked computers, modules, sensors, switches and miles of wiring.  Finding exactly what is wrong can be very complicated and take some time. Testin ... read more

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