Monthly Archives: March 2018

When is it time for new tires?

When is it time for new tires?

Once we put tires on a car, many of us don't give them another thought, until something goes wrong. It's important to check your tires regularly to make sure they are inflated properly so they last a long time, and to make sure they have adequate tread on them for safety. Driving on bald or nearly bald tires is dangerous. If you're forced to brake suddenly, your car may not stop in time. There are a number of signs to look for in determining if it's time to retire your tires. Cracks in the sidewalls are red flags. So is uneven tread wear, which can be the result of under-or-over inflation, wheels that are out of alignment or suspension problems, according to consumer reports. If the tread is REALLY worn, less than 1/16th of an inch, replace your tires. Most tires come with tread lines that show you how much tread you have left. Another way to determine tread wear is to take a quarter and place it on edge with George Washington's head upside down between the tread ... read more

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My Window Won't Roll Down

My Window Won't Roll Down

Ever pulled up to a drive-through only to find that your car window won't go down when you push the button to order. It's frustrating. If you have electric (power) windows in your car - and most people do these days - the causes range from simple to complex. If the window won't budge if could be one of the simple causes, such as a loose connection or a blown fuse, which are easy fixes. The reason could also be a faulty switch. If the window has been acting up, sometimes working and sometimes not, but seems to be getting worse over time, the switch is often the culprit. If, when you play with the switch, it works intermittently, that's also a clue that the contacts might be coming apart. You can try pushing if several times to get it to open temporarily. Obviously, however, you'll have to have the switch replaced. Another reason your window may not be moving is the gaskets. Those are the rubber strips around the inside of your car's window opening that hold th ... read more

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What to do if your car's check engine light comes on

What to do if your car's check engine light comes on

It's an instant feeling of dread - heading down the highway and your check engine light comes on. Don't panic yet. It's not necessarily a big-ticket fix, although it could be. If you're lucky, it's just because your didn't screw the gas cap on tightly the last time you gassed up. However, other causes could also cost your thousands if there is major damage to your engine. In any case, you definitely want to have it checked right away by a trusted mechanic who will use an onboard diagnostics system code reader to determine the exact cause of your problem. One common cuase is an aging, faulty oxygen sensor, which can cause gas mileage to plummet and emissions to soar. If you ignore it, it can damage your catalytic converter, which can also cause your check engine light to go on. Its job is to render carbon monoxide nontoxic. If it doesn't work, it really affects gas mileage. Replacement cost is around $2,000.  Another reason your check engine light ma ... read more

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