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5 Dashboard Warning Light Every Driver Should Know

5 Dashboard Warning Light Every Driver Should Know

No matter how the age of your vehicle, all old and new cars have things in common: the same kind of warning lights that pop up on the dashboard. While your vehicle may be high-tech with bright touch screens, GPSs, and heated steering wheels, your car still needs the same level of maintenance as any other car. If your vehicle isn't well-kept, then you may need to start paying attention to your dash. Tire Pressure Warning Light What it Looks Like - A tire marked with an exclamation point or the words "low tire pressure."  What it Means - Whenever you catch this light on your dash, it means one or more of your tires have become deflated. Correct tire pressure is a massive contributor to the safety and efficiency of your vehicle. Insufficient tire pressure can drastically impact your fuel consumption from an efficiency standpoint. From a safety POV, deflated tires make the car more difficult to handle. Check Engine Light What it Looks Like - Yellow engine block What ... read more

8 Winter Must-Haves for Your Car

8 Winter Must-Haves for Your Car

If you're not new to Fairbanks, AK, you know that the winter weather is no joke with below-freezing temperatures every day. When you get into your car this winter, you should take a quick inventory. The weather will be snowy, icy, and unpredictable, which is why you must keep a few essential emergency items in your car. Here are eight must-have winter items you should keep in your vehicle! Portable Battery It's not unusual for everyone to keep a car charger in their cars nowadays, but do consider keeping a portable battery or power bank with you. Just in case you get stranded and your phone dies, you can power it up and call for help. Ice Scraper There's nothing more annoying than a frosted-over vehicle. To combat this problem, keep an ice scraper on hand, so you can quickly clear off your windows, mirrors, and lights before driving. Compact Shovel If your wheels get stuck in deep snow, a shovel can be your hero. You can dig out from around a tire that's spinning ... read more

DIY Auto Glass Cleaner

DIY Auto Glass Cleaner

Sometimes it takes more than a hand wash and dry to have a spotless car. In fact, many people happen to disregard those tough water spots on their car windows and windshield. Even if you're using generic Windex, it can be difficult at times to ensure that no streaks or dust is left astray. To get a spotless look, we recommend you try using a DIY cleaning solution. Ditching the commercial cleaner products and concocting your window cleaner is a lot easier and more effective than you think. You'll be happy to see your windows and windshield streak-free!   DIY Glass Cleaner Recipe 1 empty spray bottle 1 cup distilled water 1 cup isopropyl alcohol 2 tbsp distilled white vinegar Beginning with your empty plastic spray bottle, add in the cup of distilled water. Then combine with one cup rubbing alcohol and two tablespoons of distilled white vinegar. Once everything is in the bottle, please give it a good shake to mix the solution up. That's it - super easy, right? &nb ... read more

Why Does My Car Ride Feel So Bumpy?

Why Does My Car Ride Feel So Bumpy?

There are times when it may seem like you can feel every single bump and crack on the road when you are driving. If you are feeling this more often than not, then you are probably dealing with a suspension problem. You can also treat this symptom with other repairs, including wheel alignment, brakes, and tires, so it's a good idea to have your vehicle inspected by a professional technician. Our expert team at University Chevron can get to the root of the problem quickly.   When it comes to suspension difficulties, it is often relatively minor. When your ride starts feeling bumpy or shaky when you drive (present at low or high speeds), it's worthwhile to have your car examined by someone who can correctly identify the problem. Some of the most common issues we see at our shop include a loose component or a hydraulic fluid leak. Often, you can check underneath your vehicle and see that the shocks or struts look greasy and dirty. "Oily" or wet shocks and struts is ... read more

Disc Brakes vs. Drum Brakes: What Are the Differences?

Disc Brakes vs. Drum Brakes: What Are the Differences?

Brake failure can bring about horrific vehicle accidents and even fatalities. As a result, we stress routine brake checks, maintenance, and repair. Your brakes must always be full-functioning to ensure a safe ride. As a vital car component, there have been significant improvements in the braking system over the last several decades. However, the most prominent types of brakes today are drum brakes and disc brakes.   Drum Brakes Drum brakes are a more old-fashioned version of brakes that feature a simple design with low production costs. They are usually made out of cast iron and function by applying two arched shoes. Whenever you apply these brakes, brake fluid is pushed into the drum brake constraining the pistons to press against the surfaces. This movement slows down the wheels and eventually brings your car to a complete stop.   Disc Brakes Disc brakes are more modernized in design and have more features than drum brakes. They are commonly used today. Disc brakes ha ... read more

Different Types of Tire Wear Patterns & What They Mean

Different Types of Tire Wear Patterns & What They Mean

Your tire tread is very telling on how your tires are holding up. If you notice that your tire wears in the center, edges, or on the outer, they need to be corrected somehow. By inspecting your tires frequently, you can catch any problems and determine whether you need service immediately. To help you interpret your tire tread, here is a short guide on the five most common types of wear patterns.   Patchy Wear Patchy wear usually suggests that your wheels may be out of balance. Regular tire rotations can also prevent a patchy tire. These maintenance services can prevent the wear from worsening in the future. As soon as you catch this on your tires, reach out to one of our mechanics for a consultation.   Center Wear If your tires look to be worn in the center, your wheels may be over-inflated. Overfilling your tires is strongly discouraged because it will make your tires wear faster. If you catch this, you should check the tire pressure. It would be best to match the pre ... read more

Are Wheel Alignments Necessary?

Are Wheel Alignments Necessary?

A significant number of car owners ignore taking their vehicles to an auto care shop for wheel alignment. It's a necessary safety precaution because bad alignment can be costly. After all, you'll have to replace your tires frequently due to uneven wear. Additionally, you risk causing an accident because the vehicle will pull to one side. The next time you notice such red flags, contact our automotive technicians to inspect them and align the wheels. The primary benefit of a wheel alignment is that you avoid unnecessary costly repairs because of uneven tire wear. With routine wheel alignment and balance, you'll protect your vehicle's brakes, suspension, and steering system. Below are other benefits of wheel alignment. Improved Fuel Efficiency Wheel misalignment means that the rims aren't moving in the same line. The power transmitted to each wheel will vary, causing the engine to work extra hard to meet the increased power demands. As a result, you'll need to ... read more

Symptoms That Indicate You May Need a Tune-Up

Symptoms That Indicate You May Need a Tune-Up

Whether yours is an old or new model, every vehicle needs a tune-up at one time or the other. Mostly a tune-up service involves you dropping your car at your trusted auto repair shop for a thorough inspection and preventative maintenance service. The inspection covers a visual check of the entire engine system, including the spark plugs, fuel pump, injectors, filters, engine fluid, among other components. This is to ensure that everything is in great shape and running smoothly. Suffice to say, the ultimate tune-up service will depend on the inspection report and may include anything from oil to spark plug and ignition timing replacement. So, How Can You Tell When Your Car is Ready for Tune-Up? You can save yourself a lot of trouble by understanding the common indicators that your car needs tune-up services. Some of them include: Engine Light Illuminates the Dashboard While these little engine lights do not always mean impending danger, they point to one thing - you need to drop you ... read more

How Often Should You Change Your Spark Plugs?

How Often Should You Change Your Spark Plugs?

There is nothing worse than a stuttering engine, especially in bad weather. Yet, many things can cause that stutter, and one of them is an old spark plug. It throws all the other spark plugs out of sync eventually too and the car may choke off until the spark plugs are professionally replaced. Spark plugs are a necessary part of the vehicle and should not be neglected. Taking care of essential parts of a vehicle will not only save the owner time but also money, and regularly servicing the vehicle and changing old spark plugs is no exception. That faulty spark plug could mean the difference between making it to an important meeting or not, picking the children up after school, and many other scenarios. It is better to take care of problems before they arise in order to ensure everything in the vehicle is in good running condition. If spark plugs are faulty, a driver can expect reduced gas mileage as dirty spark plugs will make the car burn more fuel. The engine can also misfire as the ... read more

What are Signs of Low Brake Fluid?

What are Signs of Low Brake Fluid?

Have you taken a break to check your brake fluid recently? There are many different fluids in your vehicle that keep it running smoothly and safely. One of the most important fluids in your car is the brake fluid. Essentially, the brake fluid is what moves the different parts of your vehicle's braking system. Brake fluid helps to deliver the force necessary to stop your wheels when you hit the brake pedal. Without brake fluid, your brakes don't work. Making sure that your car has the proper amount of brake fluid is an easy way to stay safe on the road and avoid unexpected accidents. There are several signs that indicate your car is low on brake fluid. 1. Your Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) light turns on. In a modern car, your dashboard will light up with the ABS light. This is the easiest way to tell that your brake fluid needs to be changed. 2. Your brakes aren't responding like they used to. If your brake pedal feels firmer or softer, it could indica ... read more

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