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When you car battery needs to be replaced (Part 1)

October 4th, 2016

When you car battery needs to be replaced (Part 1)

The battery influences every electrical element in a car. Every car battery needs to be replaced at some point. We’ve written before about battery cables, but let’s see what else we can learn.

Let’s start with why the battery needs to be replaced. 

Many cars on the road today use lead acid batteries, which are equipped with six lead cells, and lead oxide plates packed with dilute sulphuric acid. The lead acid battery usually gets drained of its capacity, mostly owing to high levels of sulfation. In severe cases, the capacity may drop too low that the battery may not be able to start a c ...[more]

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The Importance of Comprehensive Engine Diagnostics (Part 2)

October 3rd, 2016

The Importance of Comprehensive Engine Diagnostics (Part 2)

NOTE: This is the second part of our series on comprehensive engine diagnostics. Please click here for part 1.

More common symptoms and what they mean

Another sign of trouble is experiencing sudden jerks or surges. The same engine trouble that causes this may also cause a sudden stall of the car. Let the mechanic look at the vehicle’s spark plugs, fuel filter and, many other issues. It can be quite daunting when your vehicle sta ...[more]

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The Importance of Comprehensive Engine Diagnostics (Part 1)

September 27th, 2016

The Importance of Comprehensive Engine Diagnostics (Part 1)

The engine is easily the most important, yet sensitive part of your car, and needs thorough inspection. Diagnosing possible problems with your car engine can go a long way in avoiding accidents and damage. 

Have your car serviced regularly, especially before and after a long journey. After all, engine components eventually wear out and fluids get used up after time. While you can conduct some diagnostics yourself, it is better to let an expert mechanic do a comprehensive systems check for you.

Simple DIY diagnostics

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What is headlight restoration? (Part 3)

September 26th, 2016

 

What is headlight restoration? (Part 3

Headlight Restoration Increases Driving Safety

If your headlights are worn or cloudy, then you are taking a huge and unnecessary risk when driving at night. According to a study conducted by the AAF Foundation for Traffic Safety:

·         9 out of 10 vehicles on the road have dirty or cloudy headlights, which reduces visibility. These cars need their headlights to be repaired, replaced, and restored.

·         Many drivers do not know that worn and cloudy headlights are not just ugly, but reduce visibility at night by over fifty percent.

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What is headlight restoration? (Part 2)

September 20th, 2016

What is headlight restoration? (Part 2)

Types of plastic headlight restoration

The internet usually has a solution for all your problems. It will offer you very many products for DIY headlight restoration, but it is very important to do some research before spending your hard earned money. Many products available online offer to solve this problem, but they end up disappointing you. Most of the products remove the haze for several weeks, but then it comes back. Car washes and some mobile auto dealers also try to offer you headlight restoration services, but these are just short-term shortcuts.

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Why You Can’t Just Avoid Getting an Oil Change (Part 1)

September 19th, 2016

Why You Can’t Just Avoid Getting an Oil Change (Part 1)

If the engine is the heart of the car, then oil is its lifeblood. Both of them go hand in hand and when driving. For safety purposes, it is important to carry oil change as per the manufacturer's instructions. When the time comes for an oil change, it is critical to get the filter changed because it may harbor some contaminated oil that can harm your engine.

Consider the Manufacturer’s Manual

We have covered why New York City driving conditions are rated as “severe.” Severe conditions may include excessive short trips of less than five miles, loading the vehicle to m ...[more]

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What is headlight restoration? (Part 1)

September 15th, 2016

What is headlight restoration? (Part 1)

Headlight restoration

Everyone wants their car running and looking perfect, but this is not always easy. Taking care of the small things in your car before they get out of hand is a good way of maintaining your vehicle. Essential things like washing the car, cleaning the interior, changing the oil and keeping up with the regular maintenance can ensure that the car remains in good shape always.

When washing your car, do you notice how the headlights look? Many vehicles have cloudy, hazy, discolored, and scratched headlights. This is very common, even with newer vehicles. Many people don't bother to wash and wax these parts because they never look good after all the effort.

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Pros and cons of using Nitrogen to inflate your tires (Part 3)

September 13th, 2016

Pros and cons of using Nitrogen to inflate your tires (Part 3)

This is part 3 of our series on using Nitrogen to inflate your tires.

·        Click here for part one.

·        Click here for part two.

Drawbacks you can expect when using nitrogen inflation.

1. Regardless of its ability to stay put within the tire, nitrogen is s ...[more]

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Understanding the New York State Automotive Safety Inspections Requirements (Part 3)

September 9th, 2016

Understanding the New York State Automotive Safety Inspections Requirements (Part 3)

This is part 3 of our series on New York State safety inspections.

·        Click here for part one.

·        Click here for part two.

Emissions inspections for cars and light trucks

The Federal Clean Air Act passed in 1990 requires that the New York State carries out an insp ...[more]

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Pros and cons of using Nitrogen to inflate your tires (Part 2)

September 8th, 2016

Pros and cons of using Nitrogen to inflate your tires (Part 2)

Please click here for part one of our series on nitrogen fill for your tires.

Benefits of Nitrogen tire inflation

1. Provides more consistent inflation.

As much as compressed air is still widely used, it is important to note that one of the most detrimental properties of oxygen is the permeability of its molecules. The rate at which oxygen seeps out of the tires causes them to lose up to 3PSI per month. Nitrogen has significantly larger molecules than oxygen, being as much as four times larger than oxygen molecules. 

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