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How Often Should You Change Spark Plugs?

How Often Should You Change Spark Plugs?

Spark plugs are essential in a vehicle's combustion engine as they influence everything, including gas mileage and acceleration. This means for your vehicle's engine to perform well; it has to be appropriately maintained. So, how often should you change your spark plugs? What happens if you don't replace spark plugs in time? This article includes a step to step guide on how to change your vehicle's spark plugs. Timely replacement This is a general answer on how often you should change the spark plugs in your vehicle. That's because the answers you seek are in your vehicle owner's manual. In the manual, you will get the replacement interval recommended by your manufacturer. Generally, a vehicle's spark plugs need replacement after every 30,000 miles. But, if you don't replace the plugs on time, you increase the chances of causing engine problems like uneven idling, improper acceleration, and misfiring. Also, if you don't replace the old spark plugs ... read more

What is the difference between Shocks and Struts

What is the difference between Shocks and Struts

When you drive over a speed bump or potholes, you probably count your lucky stars that your car didn't get "totaled". This is possible because of the shocks and struts in your vehicle are doing exactly what they're supposed to do. What's the difference between the two? Let's find out. Are they the same? Both parts help the car from not absorbing as much impact, but they are two different parts. Struts are shock absorbers for your vehicle suspension system. They limit the vertical travel or motion when the vehicle run over something on the road. Shocks is an independent component that helps the strut absorb the impact on whatever object that is on the road that you may strike. Now that you know what both parts do, let's explore what kind of shock absorbers there are! Three types of Shock Absorbers Mono-tube Shock Absorbers This shock absorber is the most common one that's used in a vehicle. This is because it makes sure that you have a smooth tr ... read more

How Often Your Radiator Needs to be Flushed

How Often Your Radiator Needs to be Flushed

Radiator flush might sound like a punch line but for cars it is a tune-up fundamental. Radiator fluid, also called antifreeze or coolant, keeps your car's radiator cool, especially during warm weather. This prevents the engine from overheating which will literally stall your plans. Because coolant is a fluid that runs constantly through the engine system it will collect debris and contaminants over time which can generate corrosion, causing rust, scaling and other types of debris that you don't want in your engine's radiator. A radiator flush acts almost like a blood transfusion, but designed for the cooling system. By blasting gallons of water, cleaner and fresh antifreeze during the flush, all of the contaminants and old fluids are cleared out. Another benefit to a radiator flush is the removal of rust and scaling that has built up on the radiator from debris and old fluids. A flush will also help to lubricate your water pump which will make it last longer. It will al ... read more

What Causes Brake Rotors to Warp?

What Causes Brake Rotors to Warp?

Brake rotors, also called brake discs, are essential to your vehicle's braking system. The rotors are attached to your vehicle's wheels and spin along with them. When you press on the brake pedal, brake pads clamp down on the rotor to create friction that slows the wheel and brings your car to a stop. Over time, brake rotors can become warped or damaged from excessive heat and friction. Warped brake rotors can cause your vehicle to vibrate when you brake and may decrease braking performance. In some cases, warped brake rotors can also cause premature wear of your vehicle's brake pads. If you suspect your brake rotors may be warped, it's essential to have them checked by a qualified mechanic as soon as possible. What Causes Brake Rotors to Warp? There are several reasons why brake rotors can become warped. The following are the most common causes: 1. Excessive Heat One of the most common causes of warped brake rotors is excessive heat. Every time you press the brake ... read more

How Often Should You Replace Windshield Wipers?

How Often Should You Replace Windshield Wipers?

Windshield wiper blades are necessary for making your drives through rain, fog, snow, and other hazardous conditions more comfortable and safe. Most drivers don’t consider their windshield wipers when it comes to auto maintenance, and we believe more of you should. If you are having trouble seeing through your windshield, consider having them replaced. How Often Should You Replace Windshield Wipers? On average, you should replace your windshield wiper blades every 6 to 12 months. How often you swap them really depends on usage, blade quality, and other environmental factors. If you live in an area with extreme climates, you’d need to change them more often than others who live in moderate climates. What Are the Signs of Worn Windshield Wiper Blades? You can typically tell when it is time for new ones using your eyes. If you struggle to see, it is an obvious sign. Some other warning signs include: Squeaks and Squeals: When you catch these screeching sounds coming from y ... read more