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What is OBD (On-Board Diagnostics)?

What is OBD (On-Board Diagnostics)?

On-board diagnostics (OBD) is a vehicle's capability to self-diagnose and report problems. This diagnosis ability allows mechanics to access the vehicle's sub-systems to see which systems are experiencing issues, so they can be corrected. Why is OBD Essential? On-board diagnostics is essential because it helps mechanics better understand the issues your car is experiencing, helping them to correct the problem at its source. OBD has a variety of benefits. What Are the Benefits of OBD? Quick Testing One of the most popular benefits of on-board diagnostics is quick testing. When it comes to vehicle maintenance, you may plan ahead to leave your car overnight or for a few days to have the necessary repairs performed. OBD testing is quick and easy to perform, making diagnosing car problems quickly, so mechanics can move on to the repair process. Fault Codes If you have a newer model car, you have the advantage of fault codes. These codes are s ... read more

How Can I Drive Safely in Bad Weather?

How Can I Drive Safely in Bad Weather?

Have you ever experienced the terror of your car turning sideways and felt like you had no control over your vehicle? Here are some tips to help you drive safely in winter weather. 1. Slow Down Whether rain, snow, wind, or fog, the most important thing you can do is lower your speed. Not only are you usually visually impaired in rough weather, slowing down lessens the chances of sliding on rain or snow and also keeps high winds from pulling the steering wheel out of your grasp. 2. Leave Plenty of Room Between the Car Ahead of You Even if you're driving safely and slowly, bear in mind the person ahead of you might not have the same mindset or experience with the weather situation. They may start to slip and slide and you want to have as much room as possible to come to a safe stop. 3. Plan Ahead Leave early for your destination so that you won't be prone to drive too fast. Scrape ice or snow off your windshield. Let y ... read more

Differences between Disc Brakes and Drum Brakes

Differences between Disc Brakes and Drum Brakes

Road safety and well maintained braking systems go hand in hand. Break failure can cause catastrophic road accidents. Regular brake checks, maintenance and repair, is vital to ensure they function correctly. As an essential car component, there have been significant improvements in the braking system over the years with the development of new technologies that have made advancements in the braking system possible. The most prominent types of brakes are drum and disc brakes, which differ significantly. Brake Drums Although drum brakes still exist in some vehicles today, they were an older version of brakes that features a simple design with low manufacturing costs. They were mainly made from cast iron and functioned by forcing the two arched shoes placed within the drum. Whenever the driver depresses the brake pedal, pressed brake fluid is forced into the drum brake constraining the pistons to press against the drum sides. The friction results in slow spinning of the wheels and even ... read more

Brake Maintenance Tips to Implement This Winter

Brake Maintenance Tips to Implement This Winter

  Brake pads create the necessary friction and force to stop your vehicle. Their maintenance is an integral part of handling, drivability, and safety. Over time, heat and friction can wear the brake pads. In some cases, the brake pads can wear at different rates depending on the environment and your driving habits. If your commute has a lot of city driving, you'll use the brakes more frequently than freeway driving. However, braking at high speeds can wear the brake pads exponentially faster than at lower speeds. Brake wear is also dependent on the type of vehicle you drive, but you can do techniques to get the most out of your brake pads. Below are three tips to implement to increase the lifespan this winter.  Lighten the amount of weight you carry in your vehicle. Excess weight will cause you to press harder on the pedal to slow down the same distance if there wasn't additional weight.   Increase your stopping distance.  Harsh braking that is har ... read more

5 Signs Your Alternator is Failing

5 Signs Your Alternator is Failing

The alternator plays a vital role in the electrical systems within your vehicle. It turns the energy from within the crankshaft into electricity that your car needs to power the battery and other essential parts of the electrical system. In ideal conditions, the alternator can last 7-10 years. If the alternator does begin to wear, various other electrical components also start to fail. While the alternator can fail randomly, some drivers notice minor vehicle issues happening overtime. If you suspect your alternator is beginning to fail, below are five common symptoms that indicate a problem is on the rise: •  Battery Indicator Light The battery light will illuminate on the dashboard or the letters ALT if the alternator is giving out. This can alert you that there are electrical issues that need your attention. •  The Battery is Weak If the alternator can’t charge the battery, the battery will be weak and inconsistent. One ... read more

Maintenance Tips for High Mileage Vehicles

Maintenance Tips for High Mileage Vehicles

Drivers aren’t just keeping their vehicles for several years; they’re driving more miles in a shorter period of time. Cars are expensive, and not every individual can purchase a new one once it hits over 100,000 miles. Today, it’s about protecting your investment. While modern vehicles are built more sturdily, they still need consistent servicing to optimize performance. Once a car enters the high mileage club, constant vehicle maintenance helps increase longevity, handling, and fuel efficiency. Below are a few tips to keep your high mileage vehicle running several thousand miles long.  Stay consistent with the owner’s manual recommended services. Vehicles need regular checkups just as we do. A tune-up is a perfect time to have an inspection to ensure that everything is running smoothly and efficiently. Tune-ups also catch any issues before they lead to costly repairs.  Get Regular Car Washes. Keeping your vehicle clean inside a ... read more

Tips for New Drivers

Tips for New Drivers

Learning how to drive is a great step towards independence. While it’s exciting to learn, it can get very intimidating when other vehicles speed off near you and cut you off on the road. The trick to being a good driver is being a comfortable driver. When you’re comfortable, you’re confident. Becoming comfortable takes time and practice behind the wheel. Below are a few helpful tips for the new driver on the road: Stay Distraction-Free. After you put your seatbelt on and start your car, make sure you have a clear idea of your route or destination. If you aren’t sure, have your GPS on and ready. Make a habit out of ensuring everything in the vehicle is adequately stored and strapped in, so nothing falls during the trip. Also, make sure your ringer is off. Most newer cars come with Bluetooth capabilities, but you shouldn’t be taking any calls at this point as a new driver. Make Adjustments Before Hitting the Road. Before d ... read more

Doggy Road Trip Tips

They say dogs are a man’s best friend, so what better way to spend your free time than a road trip with your furry pal. For some dogs, a road trip is a joyful experience, while for others, it may leave them nervous and tense. Some dogs even get nauseated and car sick. To ensure your road trip will be a fun and stress-free experience for you and your pup, you should follow a few tips. Below are some suggestions for making your drive safe and enjoyable for your dog:  What types of drives is your dog used to? The trips your dog takes should be varied. If you only drive your pup to the doctor to get shots, car rides can be nerve-wracking. Help your pup associate car rides with a pleasant experience like play dates, dog parks, or puppy spas. Make road trips an enjoyable experience for your pup.    Make sure you pack your dog’s essentials. Before starting your trip, make sure you have bags for poop, water, bowl, treats, safety harness, crate, etc. You should be ... read more

Mirror, mirror on the car

Modern vehicles have a variety of accessories that come standard in most vehicles. Seat belts, seat warmers, and air conditions were not always included in cars in the past. Most of these features have just recently become the new norm. One addition that was most recently standardized within the last few decades is the side mirror. For most of the 20th century, side-view mirrors were not the norm, but an optional add-on feature for new cars. This may come as a surprise becomes one of the first lessons we learn in Driver’s Ed is to check your side mirrors and glance over your shoulder before switching lanes. For the first half of the 20th century, many roads only consisted of two lanes, with each lane headed in the opposite direction. Therefore, design and safety requirements depended on the regulations during the period a vehicle was manufactured. Vehicles consisted of only the features that lawmakers deemed necessary. Since most roads were only one lane at the time, there weren ... read more

Emergency Items to Keep in Your Vehicle

Emergency Items to Keep in Your Vehicle

While many of us get into our cars each day and expect to get to our destination without trouble, unexpected things can happen. Whenever you use your vehicle, being as prepared as possible is the single best way to handle a variety of different types of situations. Whether you hit some bad weather, get a flat tire, or are involved in a minor vehicle collision, having emergency items on hand when you need them can make a huge difference!  We know that emergency or unexpected situations on the road can be scary, but this is why being as prepared as possible can help aid you in these instances and take away some of the stress that comes with having to deal with an unexpected situation. We recommend having the following 10 emergency items on hand in your vehicle at all times:  A spare tire, jack and a lug wrench to change a flat tire.   A flashlight in case you need light in the dark to change a tire or check out something on your vehicle.   A small tool kit to ha ... read more

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